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rowspaxe

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Many ipad apps have offered creative gesture controls on the ipad. But I always thought
they were awkward and time consuming. Today I started working in Affinity Designer with
a bluetooth keyboard and the experience was so much better. No awkward two finger
undo, two finger duplicate, one finger break handle. Just pure productivity. Has anyone else
started using ipad graphics apps with keyboard commands?
 

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Many ipad apps have offered creative gesture controls on the ipad. But I always thought
they were awkward and time consuming. Today I started working in Affinity Designer with
a bluetooth keyboard and the experience was so much better. No awkward two finger
undo, two finger duplicate, one finger break handle. Just pure productivity. Has anyone else
started using ipad graphics apps with keyboard commands?
So you adjusted to it over time?
 

rowspaxe

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So you adjusted to it over time?
I am arguing gestures are inherently less productive than key commands. Just like the
pencil in inherently less efficient than a mouse for productivity tasks.

Another example is ios cut and paste. In ios 12 it is awkward and time consuming, and in
ipad os it is awkward and time consuming. Anyone lining up to do this over a couple
keystrokes.
 
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Mr.Blacky

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I am arguing gestures are inherently less productive than key commands. Just like the
pencil in inherently less efficient than a mouse for productivity tasks.

Another example is ios cut and paste. In ios 12 it is awkward and time consuming, and in
ipad os it is awkward and time consuming. Anyone lining up to do this over a couple
keystrokes.

So you want a MacBook, basically.
 

rowspaxe

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So you want a MacBook, basically.
I explicity cite Affinity Designer--I am using art apps that require the pencil. I am saying that
complementary keyboard commands are far more efficient than gestures. Affinity just happens
to be an app that supports this. I imagine photoshop will also support keyboard commands.
 

digitalexplr

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I explicity cite Affinity Designer--I am using art apps that require the pencil. I am saying that
complementary keyboard commands are far more efficient than gestures. Affinity just happens
to be an app that supports this. I imagine photoshop will also support keyboard commands.
I agree with you!
 

omni

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I haven’t used Affinity Designer but I would HATE to use procreate with a keyboard. I can fly around in that app erasing, undoing, redoing, adding new layers, etc all without a keyboard. I would hate to be tethered to a desk or some other configuration just to be able to draw.
 

aevan

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I haven’t used Affinity Designer but I would HATE to use procreate with a keyboard. I can fly around in that app erasing, undoing, redoing, adding new layers, etc all without a keyboard. I would hate to be tethered to a desk or some other configuration just to be able to draw.

While Procreate is great with gestures and I use it primarily without the keyboard, it is also great with a keyboard, too. And Clip Studio takes it one step further - you can customize it the way you like and assign a key to any action - just like on a Mac.

And still, I like running it on an iPad even more than on a Mac. For me, the iPad can offer best of both worlds - gestures AND shortcuts. Gestures only for on the go, and a combination when you’re at your desk.
 

rowspaxe

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While Procreate is great with gestures and I use it primarily without the keyboard, it is also great with a keyboard, too. And Clip Studio takes it one step further - you can customize it the way you like and assign a key to any action - just like on a Mac.

And still, I like running it on an iPad even more than on a Mac. For me, the iPad can offer best of both worlds - gestures AND shortcuts. Gestures only for on the go, and a combination when you’re at your desk.
I did not know Procreate had keyboard commands--thanks
 
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