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Or, the Pen tool and hold the Shift Key down

  1. Select Pen tool
  2. Click on screen for the first node
  3. move cursor to where you want the line to end
  4. Hold the Shift key down
  5. Click to make a straight line.
  6. Press Esc to deselect the end node
  7. Adjust stroke width and colour to suit

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10 hours ago, firstdefence said:

Or, the Pen tool and hold the Shift Key down

  1. Select Pen tool
  2. Click on screen for the first node
  3. move cursor to where you want the line to end
  4. Hold the Shift key down
  5. Click to make a straight line.
  6. Press Esc to deselect the end node
  7. Adjust stroke width and colour to suit

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Once line drawn with pen/line mode, I switch to move tool and grab line to move it about but can’t unless I zoom in very closely to line and even then line drags after several attempts. Can someone repeat this pretty serious problem?

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3 hours ago, SandMagic said:

Once line drawn with pen/line mode, I switch to move tool and grab line to move it about but can’t unless I zoom in very closely to line and even then line drags after several attempts. Can someone repeat this pretty serious problem?

what are the line settings ie stroke width length, we need this to recreate a comparable test, else just make a doc and upload here with the line drawn and we'll see how it reacts on our systems.


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It’s a standard line segment

Line stroke  : .058 in wide; 9in long

When zoomed out enough to fit about ten 9 inch tiles on screen - individual tile line segments can be selected but not moved as there appears to be “slippage” as line deselects rather than moves; must zoom in to fill ipad screen with one 9inch tile before i can select and drag line segment, but even then i get the same “slippage” problem

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22 minutes ago, SandMagic said:

must zoom in to fill ipad screen

You’ve posted to the Affinity on Desktop Questions forum. ;)


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excessive zooming required, more than fill, then I grab and zoom only to lose object selection - sometimes finger works better than pen.

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after further tests, i turned off constraints in preferences and problem went away - but with constraints off my boxes are now not constrained - at least when I group my objects the entire group doesn’t vanish from the screen - many problems seem to link to the constraints option in preferences...

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