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over 5 years ago from John Atkin, Head of PR, Affinity

  • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, over 5 years ago

    JUST bought a 12.9 iPad. Perfect timing!

    Edit: been playing around with it and finding it a bit cumbersome for UI work, but I’m going to check out the tutorials and see if I’m missing anything. Off the bat, doesn’t have snapping (to artboard or other objects), editing text is not easy (seems like you need to select all the text before making changes vs just selecting the text box object), gradients are not intuitive, and I’m not loving the brushes (Pixelmator, procreate, etc. are amazing there).

    But like I said, maybe I’m just not using it right. Anyone having success making any quick mockups to play around with it? I’d love to use this as a tool when I don’t feel like pulling out my computer or if it isn’t nearby.

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    • Michal Svoboda, over 5 years ago
      • snapping is here you must to turn it on “left top corner > second icon (document with three dots) > snapping”. You can customize snapping options better than in other apps"Sketch, Figma"... Left bottom icon is only for quick turn on/off.

      • I recommend you to turn on 8px grid with grid snapping if you creating some UI designs, it will speed up positioning of your elements

      • variation on “Sketch” symbols is here too

      • i dont have problem with text editing at all just tap to text box where i want to make changes... selecting all text without some BT keyboard is little pain...

      • dont compare procreate (bitmap only) to affi designer (vector, bitmap) brushes... You can create simple vector only illustration (you know the trendy ones) to your UIs and avoid all compresion quality/x sizes for differend devices real world bitmap problems

      I think this tool is very capable to creating UI on go... (most capable iOS app right now) You must get used to the fact that the control is just a little bit different from the desktop and some smart cover with keyboard is recommended. Keyboard arrows for positioning selected objects is real deal (You can also adjust nudge distance... screen for file selection > right top corner (cog wheel) > Tools)

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      • Brent RiddellBrent Riddell, over 5 years ago

        Great tips! Thanks :)

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      • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, over 5 years ago

        Thanks, I watched some of the tutorials last night and learned some tricks. The pencil and brush tool are taking some getting used to, sometimes when I select a default brush it doesn’t work. But when I select another default brush it does. Maybe user error.

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