I am making a pattern where I need to create squares made from circles, as shown in the image below. It's important that the corners have fully formed circles, so I am not using the "Pattern Along Path" feature.
I'm currently making this by drawing a square, converting it to a path, then using the "Add Nodes" extension, and finally setting a marker, as the image below shows.
I would like to now convert this to simple paths, so that it no longer is using markers, however object to path does not seem to affect markers. I have found I can use stroke to path, however that results in each circle having an inner and outer path to define the stroke.
Is there a way to convert the circles to a simple path without converting the stroke to a path? I'm currently using Inkscape, but also have access to Affinity Designer if it has an easier workflow.