Jul. 09, 2018
We are back with the first big release of Gravit Designer after the acquisition by Corel, and it features massive improvements to exporting, mainly for SVG and PDF files. But we also have a bunch of other goodies for you. Please download Gravit Designer 3.4 here. Have got questions or found some issues (or just want to congratulate on the awesome release)? Please visit our forum.
Improvements to SVG export:
Improvements to PDF export:
- All layers names are exported as
IDs now. This can be switched off in the export dialog (“Retain attributes and add IDs”).
type of imported SVGs are now retained when exporting as an SVG. Can also be switched off from the same option as above.
- Added a new option “Preserve editing capabilities for SVG files” in the Export dialog. When switched on, it ensures that SVGs can be properly re-imported into Gravit Designer.
- Ellipses and circles are now created with the appropriate and tags when exported as an SVG.
- Showing a warning message when trying to export an SVG with unsupported effects/features.
- Enhanced the importing of SVGs considerably, including shadows, gradients and borders. This also includes improvements to the exporting capabilities.
- The extended area caused by certain effects (blur for example) is now considered when exporting.
Optimized duplicate and copy/paste behavior.
- Massively improved exporting of PDFs at high resolutions (150 and 300 dpi). The exporting process can now be canceled at any time and in case a file can’t be exported at all (if the dimensions are too large), a message is shown.
- Drop shadows and inner shadows are now exported with the best possible quality in PDFs.
Massive improvements to the workings of compound shapes ( Merge), including shapes with holes, compound operations involving shapes that touch each other at the edges, and compound paths intersecting multiple times in one place. Also optimized speed and performance.
Renamed Shading tool to Freehand shaping for more clarity and improved it, especially when holes are involved. Also, drawing a counter-clockwise shape now removes it from the original shape, drawing a clockwise non-intersecting shape adds it. Please see this video: https://cl.ly/2F2r361T3G2o. Tip: Be sure that the shape has a border applied for the Freehand shaping tool to work correctly.
Improved saving, to prevent loss of progress when saving fails. Also, it’s now ensured that files have finished saving when closing the application.
Opening a panel in the Inspector (color picker for example) now dims the background for more visibility. This also simplifies closing panels. Please see https://cl.ly/472j3U1o343Y.
The background color can now be set for pages with an infinite canvas.
All file formats allow to set the background color now in the Export dialog ( File → Export → Export...)
Improved Light and Dark themes with additional icons in the toolbar, to make these functions more discoverable. Furthermore, you can now change between the new left-aligned icons and the former grouped appearance of the icons in the Settings.
Brought entire signup/login workflow as well as the user settings to Gravit Designer. No popups or external pages anymore.
New elements are now added on the correct position of the hierarchy in the Layers Panel, for example when adding a rectangle shape.
Removed all inappropriate graphics from the Libraries, to make them suitable to a wider audience.
Improved display of images clipped to text layers.
Optimized “pinch to zoom” on Mac trackpads.
Paths now also have proper handles to resize and rotate.
Improved importing of EPS files with text layers.
The Knife tool now also works on compound paths.
Renamed Shading tool to Freehand Shaping for more clarity.
Renamed Split selection to Ungroup selection for more clarity.
EPS files can now be imported from File → Import → Place image...
- Replaced clone tool with duplicate ( Ctrl/⌘ + D) and enabled smart duplicate, also for Alt-drag and groups.
- Improved Paste in Place, in that it pastes content at the top-left of the currently selected element (shortcut ⇧ + Ctrl/⌘ + V).
- Improved Paste inside Selection, which still clips content to the selected shape, but also pastes it at the top-left corner (new shortcut ⇧ + Ctrl/⌘ + Alt + V).
- Added a new “Paste” sub menu in Edit in the menu bar.
- Added a new right-click Paste Here option, that pastes content exactly add the position of the mouse cursor.
- Added a new right-click Paste Style option, to make it more discoverable. As a reminder, the styling of an element can be copied with Ctrl/⌘ + C.
- Content pasted onto an infinite canvas is always placed at the center of the viewport.
- Alt-dragging now also works in the Layers panel.
Notable bug fixes
Character spacing isn’t added at the end of text layers anymore.
Fixed that slices are smaller when being exported.
Vertical and horizontal paths (or lines) can now be rotated and flipped properly.
Ensured that SVGs are opened with the correct dimensions.
Solved multiple problems with the grid: Switching between grid types doesn’t reset the size anymore; the isometric grid isn’t synced with the normal grid anymore; properly remembering the formerly set grid settings; switching to another document unit doesn’t affect snapping anymore; fixed some rendering artifacts; limited the grid to minimal values.
Fixed rounding off anchor points with the right mouse button for shapes converted to a path.
Switching between different types of anchor points now works correctly.
Pressing Ctrl +/- (to zoom into the canvas) when an input field is focused doesn’t zoom the browser window anymore.
Fixed that exporting JPEGs from File → Export → JPEG from an infinite canvas used a wrong background color (black).
Switched off “Autoscale Borders” for newly created elements when adopting the styling from another element.
Template previews aren’t distorted anymore in the welcome dialog.
Fixed that aligning anchor points and undoing changes the appearance of the element.
Switching from Auto to Fixed width/height text can be properly undone now.
Make Exportable now exports multiple file formats properly.
Various bug fixes in Firefox:
- Wrong display of certain effects.
- Arrows of drop down menus.
- Preview images of effects.
May. 24, 2018
Critical fix for the view mode, which prevented to switch to Output view.
Enabled click tracking, to track usage of features. This is to learn which unused features to remove, to slim down Gravit Designer, and which highly used features to expand and improve. Please note that no user data is tracked.
Apr. 18, 2018
Making a double-click on a path doesn't select the entire path anymore.
Improved PDF support for certain situations with complicated paths.
Added a warning message when attempting to open files from cloud services such as OneDrive. Due to a bug in Electron (caused by node.js) files need to be copied to the local hard-drive to load properly for now.
Fixed a problem with effects, that caused unexpected lines to appear on the canvas.
Fixed loading files in corrupted installations.
When using the Transform tool, the last element doesn't keep selected after the transformation anymore.
Fixed a bug that prevented certain fonts from being imported.
Mar. 27, 2018
General improvements to EPS import.
Increased compatibility of old files with symbols.
When "Autoscale Clipped Shapes" is off, shapes in clipped groups are now anchored to the top-left to make resizing more predictable.
Symbols fixes: Deleting and adding a symbol creates it correctly as a master again; resetting an instance with an image works again.
Fixed that the Recolor effect shows correct values in input fields.
All icons can be dragged out correctly from the Libraries again.
Fixed EPS import in desktop apps.
Changing from English to Portuguese version works correctly again.
Enlarged the login window to make all options visible.
"Place image" works again for PDF files.
Mar. 19, 2018
Please read more about this release on Medium: https://medium.com/gravitdesigner/back-from-the-dead-gravit-designer-3-3-360b38c08127
Nov. 30, 2017
Linux: download here: https://designer.gravit.io/_downloads/linux/GravitDesigner.zip?v=3.2.6 (there are currently some caching issues with the link on https://designer.io.
Windows: Please be sure to remove the old version before installing Gravit Designer 3.2.6.
Please note that the app store versions (Windows, MacOS, Chrome OS) may take some days until they are available.
- More improvements to font importing: we still haven't ironed out all bugs, but importing fonts should now work across all systems and platforms.
- Made sure that all system fonts are now available in the desktop apps.
- Solved a bug where a text layer is blank when added.
- Added a warning if overlarge images are imported, that could harm the performance.
- Switching between grid types doesn't break the isometric grid anymore.
- Fixed a bug where the selection box wasn't correctly updated for nested groups.
- Updated the iPhone presets on the welcome screen.
- "Don't display message again" on welcome screen missed the checkbox.
- Made some improvements to SVG importing.
- Clipped shapes are now resized correctly alongside other elements.
- Fixed that Arial Black and some other fonts now display correctly.
- Duplicating an element while the Transform tool is opened now retains the selection handles.
- Fixed a bug where the file preview and the actual fill showed a different result.
- Opening a new file doesn't close old one anymore on Linux.
- Exporting a PDF from "Make exportable" retains effects now.
- Font weight field now shows the correct wight name instead of "Regular."
- Fixed a bug where the selection box didn't show correctly for some layers.
- Changed "Export > PDF" in the menu bar to "PDF Document (.pdf) at 72dpi" to prevent confusion about the expected output.
- Fixed a problem with Surface Pro 4 device, that prevented filling input fields.
- Improved loading of .gvdesign files.
- Improved importing of PDF files.
- Fixed PDF exporting indicator.
- Added warning, that shows when there was a problem saving to the Gravit Cloud.
- Performance improvements to grouping and moving elements.
Border on text layers doesn't freeze Gravit Designer anymore.
Alt-dragging Pages works again.
Moving all types of layers works smoothly again.
Styling gets transferred correctly between layers again.
There's only one dialog now for multiple missing fonts.
Selecting alternatives for missing fonts works correctly again.
System fonts work again on all systems.
Performance problems solved on desktop versions.
Applying a border to text layers with a gradient fill works again.
"Split Path" is back to normal.
Selecting all elements of a design now really selects all objects.
Font-importing is also back to normal. (Some minor issues still happening, will be fixed with 3.2.6.)
Fixed a bug with text layers showing a "Missing font" warning.
Font importing and system fonts work across all systems now.
User gets warned when uploading an image, that's too large.
Fixed many bugs with Symbols.
Application window can be moved properly again on Linux.
Correct text alignment icons.
Removed Ctrl/⌘ + S to create strike-through text while in text edit mode. Now, the document is saved instead.
Compound shapes can be resized and anchored properly again when inside of a group.
Grouping and moving elements doesn't freeze the application anymore.
Fixed multiple bugs in Firefox.
Line-endings work correctly for all types of lines again.
Custom guides can be moved properly again.
Fixed problems with saving to the Gravit Cloud.
Flattening an image doesn't create a strange grid overlay anymore.
Changed "Business Card" preset to the correct size of 85 x 55 mm.
Version 3.2.1 and 3.2.2
Fixes to the Linux build
Read the related blog article: https://medium.com/gravitdesigner/hot-off-the-presses-gravit-designer-3-2-c04879484a62
Symbols: The best from Sketch and Figma, combined in Gravit Designer.
Open recent files list.
New "Mask with Shape" option: Easier discoverable (new option in right-click menu), keyboard shortcut ( ⇧ + Ctrl/⌘ + M), easier handing (mask can be above the content).
Snap Packages for Linux: Installing on Linux is now easier than ever.
Ability to resize layers with the keyboard
Groups can be created from individual layers.
All icons from icons8.com are available in the Libraries tab.
New checkbox "Scale font on resizing" for text layers, that lets you decide whether the text frame is resized or the font size itself.
New "Flatten" option (from "Modify" in the menu bar) converts the currently selected layer or group to a flattened bitmap. This is mainly to reduce the complexity of resized images or elaborate vectors.
Enhanced anchoring options: It now works for groups too, not only pages.
Improvements to color swatches: Now they show the opacity, if they belong to the RGB or CMYK color space, they can be rearranged, and you can save and load them.
Improved visibility of themes: we made sure that each interface element is perfectly visible in each theme.
Improvements to Pages: Flip their dimensions and trim them to the content.
Reduced file size of desktop apps. Chinese language file isn't downloaded with the application anymore.
Layers are highlighted in the Layers panel when you hover them on the canvas.
"Make exportable" also includes the PDF file format.
While showing the measurements guides with Alt, it's still possible to move layers.
Assets are exported with lowercase file endings.
Tutorials were moved into the "Help" menu in the menu bar.
Checking the "Keep Ratio" switch also applies to elements that are resized on the canvas.
Simplified image cropping: It's not only easier to catch the selection handles, but also to move the image inside the frame and to reset it.
Anchoring also works for groups, not only for individual elements.
Clicking on the font size field selects the value to enable quick changes.
The grid is now shown no matter if you switch it on in the inspector or the menu bar.
New checkbox "Scale font on resizing" for text layers, that lets you decide whether the text frame is resized or the font size itself.
And many bug fixes.
And many bug fixes.
Improved the stability of the app
Alert user when saving to the cloud has intermittent issue
Lines will now snap to other nodes when dragging
Added support for text colors to the "In use" swatches
Added option to export text as curves for PDF
Fixed an issue where copy paste is broken in Safari
Fixed an issue where designs sometime will fail to sync to the cloud
Fixed an issue where Safari saving design to cloud will render broken preview image
Fixed an issue where copy paste objects between design will not bring over the styles
Fixed an issue where export design in Safari browser will hang the app
Fixed an issue where nothing happens when change the vector pattern
Fixed an issue with multiple missing fonts dialog when import a PDF
Fixed an issue where mac app does not open in corporate network with proxy
Fixed an issue where the app will take longer time to load due to the youtube api
Fixed an issue where apostrophes will get mess up during PDF Export
Fixed an issue where images exported from desktop app have the extension in full caps
Fixed an issue where clicking on the font size field does not highlight the value
Fixed an issue where there are weird snapping when rotating shapes with shift key
Fixed an issue where the gradient handles will reset to original position when change gradient stop to another color
Fixed an issue where pressing Enter key in the font resize field does not apply the font size.
Fixed an issue where pressing ESC key does not close the font size drop down menu
Fixed an issue where isometric grid will give render artifacts when dragging shapes
Fixed an issue where lasso tool does not remove selected points when draw on them
Fixed an issue where open PDF Import break text frame apart for mix text styles
Fixed an issue of the position of overlay when resizing window
Fixed an issue of the show sidebar action
the related blog article: https://medium.com/gravitdesigner/gravit-designer-3-1-just-landed-5a042ee0921f
- International text support, including Cyrillic, Chinese, Polish, Japanese and Vietnamese.
- Import of Sketch files: Full support except Symbols, which are imported in a flattened state for now.
- Improved gradient editor on the canvas for linear and radial gradients.
- Improved image saving: reduces the file size of designs including bitmaps by about 300% and improves the loading and saving time.
- Plugin development environment: we have prepared everything for you on GitHub so that you can start developing plugins.
- Gravit Cloud integration: upload and manage your designs right in Gravit and open them on all platforms. Exchange designs with our all new Gravit Klex.
- Migration of old Gravit.io into new Gravit Designer: All users and designs are transferred from the old platform, so nothing is lost.
- Gravit Designer fully localized to Chinese. Includes the interface, handling of text and the website.
- Improved SVG export: now the names of groups and layers and preserved as IDs in the exported SVGs. You can also define the number of decimal places (default: 3, up to 6).
- Measurement guides: Hold Alt to show the spacing between elements. Also, guides are now indicated in relation to the parent.
- Fullscreen mode: Leverage the maximum space to work on your designs.
- Improvements to "Pages": ability to quickly duplicate pages with Alt-drag, among others.
- More presets: for example "A" paper sizes, iPads, etc.
- Inline Video Tutorials to get started with Gravit Designer right away.
- Assets and templates: Choose from a multitude of different assets, such as illustrations and icons, as well as ready-made templates to be used in Gravit Designer.
- Ability to in/decrement values in input fields in 0.1 steps with Alt.
- And many bug fixes.
Added 32-bit and portable version
New white and dark theme options on the welcome dialog.
Automatically detect used colors and order them by how many times they are used.
Alt click on swatches to select objects of same solid or gradient color properties
Copy paste text will now paste as pure text to other apps.
Improves the SVG import to allow most design elements from Adobe XD
Added Fit page command on document panel to trim transparent pixels.
Web fonts listing will now sort by alphabetical order.
SVG export will output leaner codes when export shapes with borders.
Fixes a few more Bacci popping out errors.
Fixes a bug where using alignment options on selected path nodes will align to the page instead.
Fixes a bug where it will give imprecise undo with Anchor feature.
Fixes a bug where Open Sans font weight menu should list only available styles instead of all styles.
Fixes a bug where texture when paste looks different from original pattern when zoom.
Fixes a bug where the gradient rotation control is missing from UI.
Fixes a bug where moving using subselect tool outside the selected paths will move other elements instead of the path itself.
Fixes a bug where copy paste image does not work.
Fixes a bug where print function does not work for Mac app.
Fixes a bug where opened designs will lose linked to master pages.
Fixes a bug where texture fill will render grey fill when performing images via copy paste.
Added version number on new document dialog window
Improve UX when user change a transparent color to a solid color using eyedropper will always render the color as 100% opacity
Temporary removed system fonts from browser and chrome version until is ready
More bugfixes with Bacci error popping up
Fixes a bug where colors from palette can now be assigned to current gradient stop without reset to solid fill
Fixes a bug for ChromeOS when overwrite an existing file from gravit that the file is not being either truncated or deleted prior to writing the new data.
Fixes a bug where Mirror effect doe not work when object has Inner or Drop Shadow
Fixes a bug where a selected shape does not assign share style when creating it
Fixes a bug when opening of svg, pdf and images using place/import on chromeOS app
40+ Bugfixes with errors popping up
Web Fonts and System Fonts now fully functional
Improved Subselection handling
Submit Gravit Designer app to Mac and Windows app store for approval.
Added web links product homepage, change log and blog on welcome dialog popup.
Better swatches where global colors are the ones that will be available across all documents whereas you'll only be able to use Document Colors in that particular document. Gradient and patterns are included too.
Shared Styles for fills, borders, effects and text of multiple elements. Use the "Sync" button to apply the new style changes to all its instances.
Added opacity and blending mode support for groups
Remembered last directory of inserted images or working folder. It will also always start in the directory of current open document if there's no last directory yet.
Improved the responsiveness of Layers panel for selection of multiple objects at once.
Added the current measure unit to the ruler.
Added "Show Effects" under view menu to allow disable of all effects.
Improved the zoom amount so now can view faster with mouse wheel scroll.
Improved Split path so it will select the path nodes after split for both open and closed paths.
Enable appearance properties for elements without fill style.
Added error dialog window.
Added context menu for Layers to allow easy access to selected objects.
Improved the sub-selection of nodes behavior when working with paths.
Fixes a bug where file opened in Linux will not work with pan tool and won't be able to select master page.
Fixes a bug when show or hide outline or inspector panel, the objects on canvas view show render issue.
Fixes a bug where dragging a group object messes its selection box.
Fixes a bug where polygon shapes with border center and outside gets trim off when resize.
Fixes a bug where canvas will give painting artifact when width or height is set to zero value.
Fixes a bug when using Select all (Ctrl + A) is selecting items from all pages when it should select only the items from current page.
Fixes a bug where Outline panel will not load correctly when load.
Fixes a bug where cannot undo back to original color after paste style is applied.
Fixes a bug when nothing selected command + "zoom" does not aim at center of the screen.
Fixes a bug where the ruler text measure are rendering blurry in non retina displays.
Fixes a bug where paste style for text will also duplicate original text from clipboard to other text object.
Fixes a bug when shift click to select multiple groups on Layers panel, it will expand the groups instead of just selecting them.
Fixes a bug where clipped object does not conform to the compound shape.
Fixes a bug where the subselect is not working for the paths clipped inside the compound path.
Fixes a bug when 2 or more objects selected, the alignment should respect the area of selection and not the page.
Fixes a bug where after adding slice using Export panel, the app will kind of freeze.
Fixes a bug where SVG are not exporting single rounded corners shapes correctly.
Fixes a bug where rounded polygon shape after duplicate does not retain its corners correctly.
Fixes a bug where JPEG in PDF does not export correctly to CMYK colors.
Fixes a bug when you input the width or height for group object will not resize the object at all and give render issue.