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Corrections, Corrections, Corrections (even a genious makes mistakes)

Last week I posted an article where I complained about a few things in Expression Design. Some of my claims were questioned by Microsoft and I’ve found that on one count I was actually wrong (well, sort of wrong anyway). I’m a stickler for details and I think it’s important that everything said here is correct so here goes:

Vector Effects
In my post I claimed that the effects didn’t always work when you started messing around with the vectors. I stand by the fact that when I was working with the program I experienced this exact problem but I have been unable to reproduce the issue so therefore I say I was wrong pending further investigation. I have altered my original post to reflect this new development.

Deleting Sub-Layers

I also described an annoying issue caused by the inability to select individual objects under a layer through the layers pallet. I realize I was not clear in my description of the problem I was experiencing so let me clarify: Yes, you can select individual objects through the layers pallet but there are two vital functions that are not available but need to be:

1. You can’t toggle each object visible/invisible – this function is only available per layer. In my case this forces me to make new layers for each object and kind of defeats the purpose of the sub layers. Might be just me being old school but that’s the way it is.

2. You can’t select an object under a layer and delete it using the trash can function. If you do you end up deleting the whole layer. To delete one object alone you have to select it and then use the Del button. I find this very annoying, probably because I’m used to being able to delete objects individually from Adobe Illustrator.

These two features should be added to the program simply to make it easier to use and accommodate old Illustrator geezers like myself.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.