First off, thank you for Affinity Designer's powerful toolset. It's a joy to use!
When I am using Affinity Designer to create complicated presentations with multiple artboards and nested groupings, I wish for 3 key tools to make my job faster, easier, and more controlled. Tools that obliterate tedious tasks can mean the difference between enjoyable and monotonous, between making money and losing money as a designer. Let me know if you think these three suggestions should be added to Affinity Designer. Apologies if these have already been suggested...
1. SELECTION SETS
a. Summary – Select a bunch of objects across artboards, even within groups, and save them out as a selection set.
b. Distinction – Not the same as grouping because the selection set can span multiple groups. Also spans objects located on different artboards.
c. Procedure – Select the objects you wish to have in the selection set, save them as a selection set, give the set a unique name. Choose your selection set from a list at any time. The selection is made, ready to modify, hide/unhide, lock/unlock, etc.
d. Advantages, examples – Easy to select multiple objects within complicated group structures. Many 3D apps have this, like 3DSMax.
2. SELECT BY…
a. Summary – The “Select By” command allows you to select objects by stroke, fill, or effect properties.
b. Procedure – Select the source object with the properties you wish to select, activate the “select by” command, choose the properties you wish to select by (stroke, fill, effect) Affinity Designer will select all the matching objects.
c. Advantages, examples – Allows you to select all objects with similar properties and easily change those properties. E.g.: If you determined that your assets would look slightly better with a 6-pt. line thickness, rather than a 4-pt. line thickness, you can select them all and change them easily, without adjusting adjacent objects with a 5-pt. stroke. Adobe Illustrator has this.
3. COLOUR MODIFY
a. Summary – If a group of selected objects have the exact same stroke and fill colour, this command will allow the user to change identical stroke and fill colours simultaneously, rather than have to change the stroke colours and fill colours separately.
b. Distinction – Not the same as using Global colour on a stroke and fill, where the global colour swatch can be changed, because this affects all items using that colour, not the selection exclusively.
c. Procedure – Select the objects with the colour you wish to change, activate the “Colour Modify” command, choose the source colour, choose the new target colour, all the selected objects’ fill and stroke colours are modified if they are the exact same colour.
d. Advantages, examples – This comes in handy of you have an asset comprised of a mixture of lines and shapes all the same colour and you wish to change that colour, which can be complicated when those objects are grouped, and/or have mixed colour stroke and fills.