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I love the Affinity Software, but I find the panel sets a little challenging at times, because they all dock in on each other and sometimes it gets a little tricky to navigate the panels. The easiest way for me to work at the moment is to work with two monitors where I use one monitor only for panels, but I travel a lot and don't travel with two screens. So a way to make workspaces a little more flexible would be great.

Is there a way to make another column of panels that are collapsible as in Adobe? This feature really saves time and makes the workflows easier, because you can build muscle memory to the location of the tool sets.

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You can make 2 to three tiles of panels on top of each other. But you can't make them collapsable like Adobe at the moment. That might be included in a later release.

You should also notice that whenever you have a tool selected, you can toggle the panels from the toolbar most of the time. Selecting text, for example, will put the paragraph and character panels in the toolbar where you can open and close them. This might be your best way.

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On 6/19/2019 at 5:44 PM, toutou123 said:

You can make 2 to three tiles of panels on top of each other. But you can't make them collapsable like Adobe at the moment. That might be included in a later release.

You should also notice that whenever you have a tool selected, you can toggle the panels from the toolbar most of the time. Selecting text, for example, will put the paragraph and character panels in the toolbar where you can open and close them. This might be your best way.

Yes, I know this already. The panels can just get muddled up. I've been working with design software since 1994, starting with FreeHand and Illustrator. I never got panels mixed up. In Affinity the panel sets get a bit messy. Every time I need to go to a panel I need to search for it. It would be easier if it can be collapsable to an icon and I call up the panel when I need it.

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You can collapse a set of panels by double-clicking on the title tab of a panel.

You can have a column of docked panels on the left of your workspace, and another on the right. If you're on Windows you can have two docked columns on each side of the workspace, but I believe Affinity on Mac supports only 1 docked column on each side.

You can have as many floating sets as you want, and they can be collapsed or open.


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First off, it's not due to ignorance that I posted the initial post. I've been working with and teaching design software since 1994.

My pet hate is floating panels — I will only float a panel if it's short term and something I don't want to dock, because I want to make a change and close it. It's like getting in your car every morning and all your pedals, knobs and buttons are in different locations. Floating panels are not effective and it slows down the design process, because you have to keep looking for things, plus it obscures your work. The panels do not collapse well, sometimes I try to collapse panels to give another panel more space and it doesn't do it, so I have to fiddle with the panels to try and get what I want and then the panel undocks, so I end up fiddling and losing the design workflow I was busy with.

I already have panels on both sides of the screen and that just takes up "real estate" that could have been used for the design. I actually feel that the Affinity panel setup on the iPad works better than on the desktop version.

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Neither Affinity nor Adobe or Quark have an elegant solution for panels.


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Oh no! Quark is also bad! 🙈

At least Adobe gives you the option to collapse the panels to icons or you have the ability to doc panels into two or more columns. And if you have a set workspace then you develop muscle memory to the locations of the panel sets and your workflow is not hampered by looking for things.

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56 minutes ago, Markcq said:

Oh no! Quark is also bad!

Of course.

But, there is a way to rearange panels (task for Affinity staff) and the designer to be 100% efficient without having to memorize the panels' possitions. :)


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37 minutes ago, haakoo said:

 

No. The main idea is no Studio, no workspaces. Nothing to memorize which you don't need. :)


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Whatsoever. They won'.t do anything better. Just a make-up. :)


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6 hours ago, Petar Petrenko said:

Of course.

But, there is a way to rearange panels (task for Affinity staff) and the designer to be 100% efficient without having to memorize the panels' possitions. :)

When I talk about memorize panel positions I'm talking about muscle memory... the arm's movement to a specific location. If panels keep popping up and down and changing size (which they currently do) and without clear definition between panels it takes  you  out of your workflow.

So I feel the iPad versions work better than the desktop versions.

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5 hours ago, haakoo said:

 

I hope they will bring this feature through to Publisher and Designer as well.

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1 minute ago, Markcq said:

I hope they will bring this feature through to Publisher and Designer as well.

Since the basic code for the three apps are the same it is likely that it will 😀

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Haakoo has already posted this link and I answered to him. :)


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