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I use Affinity Designer (, german) on my MS Surface Book with performance base and MS Dial.

If I choose the move tool (V), I can rotate the paper with the Dial.

If a choose a drawing tool, I can only change the volume with the Dial.That doesn't make any sense. E.g. I want to rotate the canvas while using pen, ...

What goes wrong?


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Hi maxmax,

Thanks for your feedback. This is, AFAIK, the intended design choice of the Surface Dial - however I can certainly see why this is a feature that you would want. I'll move this thread to Feature Requests and feedback for our devs to see and consider!

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there is a workaround: in AD, assign hotkeys to View - Rotate Right, View - Rotate Left and Reset Rotation; then in Windows system settings (Wheel) create a new tool for the AD app with these hotkeys. Rotation is not that smooth as with the V tool, the step is about 15 degrees, but seems acceptable for me

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