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  1. Hi,

    I'm getting confused about how and when to use groups vs layers in AD. The question has been already discussed (previous discussion about groups and layers) but the answer seems to be unsatisfactory as it's full of personal opinions and the only video that seems to answer the question is not available anymore.

    So, if there is any solid, official answer to the question: what is the difference between LAYERS and GROUPS in Affinity Designer?, please post it here, so people like me, looking for it, will find it in the future.

    Thank you.

  2. On 12/5/2019 at 1:40 PM, AITCH said:

    To prevent me going back and forth from Affinity Photo to Adobe Photoshop/Essentials 2020 it would be great if the development team at Affinity could implement Automatic Shake Reduction and Colourise Photo functions. And also introduce the Trace Bitmap/Image Trace functions I already enjoy in Corel Draw and Illustrator would be a major boost.

    Thanks guys


    Hi, not sure what is your workflow, but until AF Designer has Trace Bitmap implemented, you still can benefit of this feature for free: Inkscape is free, open source vector drawing software with a rather decent and powerful Bitmap Tracing functionality.

  3. One of the most needed features in resizing the canvas is percentage! We have percentage in Guides Manager, but we don't have it when resizing things. How much is 50% from 3255? Yeah, I need a moment to figure it out too... but if we would have an option to choose percent along with mm, pixels, points and other units, that task would be performed by the computer (this is why we invented computers, i believe).

    So, if there isn't too much trouble and the Affinity Development team is listening, it would be awesome if the next release has this feature.


    Best wishes!

    AF Photo Percent.png

  4. Hi, I switched to Affinity for about one year already, because my university won't offer free educational license for Adobe software, and it was really obvious that one time payment will do for all my needs for long time and not have to deal with Adobe's business model.

    The only issue now is that the computer at the university are all running Adobe software, so I can only work at home, which at times can really complicate things.

    So, I was wondering if there would be a way to carry my Affinity software on a USB stick and run it on a machine at university, without requiring installation.



  5. One of the most successful 3D Mesh Modellers was SketchUp. The initial developers (@Last was their name) came with the most intuitive and simple way so far to work in the 3D space.
    Unfortunately, since Trimble acquired SketchUp, things started to go south and the company is more focused in money making at all costs (and by this I mean sucking the blood out of the people which have little choice but to stay with Sketchup for one reason or another) and did too little to improve the software and the experience. The new version (SketchUp 2019 just moved towards web-based and yearly subscription...and users aren't happy about it.

    On the other hand, there is another company which thought there would be a bit of a market to compete with SketchUp (Bricsys - https://www.bricsys.com/en-intl/), they are offering the free software Brics CAD Shape (https://www.bricsys.com/en-intl/shape/). The similarities with SketchUp are obvious, but the downside of this one is they won't allow expansion by using plugins. SketchUp's real power came from plugins developed by the community members.

    Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea for Affinity to consider an alternative for SketchUp, following the same principles: take what is good and make it better, but at a decent price. And focused on users, because users will reward you for that.


    Wishing you best!



  6. 2 minutes ago, Steps said:

    Yes, I saw your screenshot in the first place but I assumed it will perform a autosave before doing so.

    Maybe you should write in bold letters in the starting post that you loose all data since the last autosave due to this to make the relevance of the problem much more clear. I did not get the consequences in the first place.

    But staff already answered so this will be tackled.

    It's just surprising that so much discussion happened there after.

    done. I added your suggestion. thanks for pointing it out.

  7. Just now, Steps said:

    That does actually happen?

    Affinity closes down without asking to save the altered document something else? O.o

    Never had this situation but if it is so I would fill in a bug report and let me explain why that should be intentional.

    Please read the first post in this topic and you will understand when it does it. And why... I experienced the joy of losing work 3 times before I decided to ask here about what's going on.

  8. 5 hours ago, R C-R said:

    When it is operating normally, there is no reason to retain a recovery file after the document is closed -- on a close or quit, users are given the opportunity to save any unsaved changes or discard them, just like with most other apps. It is important to discard the recovery files because otherwise they would just keep using progressively more disk space.

    I was referring specifically to the situation when Affinity can't save (due to remote disk communication issue) and it closes the document on purpose (that's not a crash, is a deliberate command). So, before closing the document, Affinity could simply make a recovery file with everything that hasn't been saved yet and then close. I really can't see what is the issue here.
    But instead, as it is now, AF Photo will forcibly close the document and any unsaved edits are gone... sad, very sad.

  9. 6 minutes ago, fde101 said:

    That is the problem.

    The current version, in which that feature was added, is .221.

    I didn't get any notification for update and when trying to download it, the file received is still 206. Could you please provide a download link?

    Thank you.

    @fde101 nvm, I found a link on the forum. Thanks for letting me know about the new version!

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  10. 15 minutes ago, R C-R said:
    • File Recovery Interval—sets the interval for saving temporary data for currently open documents, allowing a document restore to be offered at startup if the app develops a fault.

    Great feature! Maybe there should be another flag added to this function: when an error happens and Affinity can't perform a normal save... I understand that in the event of a crash, it can't operate because.. it crashed, but when the software is operating normally, I don't understand why it doesn't perform a quick recovery save before shutting down.

  11. I have a Master Page with a text placeholder and I want to have a unique text on each page where that specific placeholder is.
    The issue is that the text is between two layers, so if I take the text out of the Master Page Group, (which has been created in page's layers when I applied the master page), the text won't be between those two layers anymore (it has to be between the layers, as the layers do some blending).

    So, I would like to be able to edit my text field on every page, but to not affect the Master Page. In Illustrator is possible to "release" a field so it can be edited independently from the Master Page.

    Any suggestions?

  12. I noticed the objects in Publisher are all surrounded with a purple outline, including text.

    For text this is really annoying as I can't clearly see the fill color and asses that against the document (visual contrast, aesthetics, etc). Is it any way to disable the purple outline? The outline is not some effect applied to the text, it comes from the way Affinity is displaying the elements. I also have an image imported in Publisher which has the same purple outline.

    - see attached

    Affinity Publisher.png

  13. 7 hours ago, R C-R said:

    Keep in mind that Affinity needs read access to the file for as long as it is open -- it is not just about saving/writing back to it.

    I understand that, but what puzzles me is that I was able to work just fine all along and edit my work, until I decided to save... when it closed. And it didn't happen once, it was repetitive, at least 3 times it happened until I decided to write on this forum.

    So, if Affinity needs continuous access, why it was no warning and I was allowed to do my work all along? And why it only happened when I tried to save? Also, on opening, there was a recovery dialog which helped me recover a part of my edits, but not all of them (which is weird also, why AF Photo won't save a temp recovery data when such situation happens).

    From all talks on this subject, I still see no reason for the following:

    • Why Affinity does not give any option for the user to take action, but instead just informs the user about the unavoidable and then closes (don't you find that rude?)
    • Why Affinity has to close the document and there is no better solution, like automatic check of connection, and/or even allowing the user to manually re-select the path to file?
    • Why Affinity doesn't save the changes until the last one locally (in a temp file), so they can be recovered next time when the file is being open?

    For me, it all looks like Affinity didn't manage this aspect very well and it would be in their best interest to show their presence here, to let us know they are hearing us and they will take proper action in order to improve user experience on this matter (and not only on this one).

  14. 17 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    As for other brief interruptions, say those that last for no more than a second or two, I would be surprised if the app did not already have a built-in delay before deciding the connection was lost. If not, it should be simple enough to build that into the app.

    Surprisingly, it seems is not. My issue while saving on my pCloud virtual drive confirmed it: whilst Affinity Photo was NOT able to save, I had no problem opening the drive and interacting with the files there. So, the storage was available, but for some reason Affinity could not access it.
    What I can assume are 2 things:

    1. pCloud is "locking" the file while sending it to the cloud server, so Affinity "thought" it cannot be overwritten/saved.

    2. there was a short intrerruption at some point and Affinity did not check again


    @R C-R I understand your point with cached copies, indeed, too many variables and too many complications in too many scenarios. Most probably this wouldn't be the desired solution.
    Perhaps then making sure the connection is re-checked, or allowing the user to select the path to the file (in case Affinity can't automatically find it for some reason), and also if possible to save the modifications so they can be recovered.

  15. 1 hour ago, R C-R said:

    No, the point here is how to do that, considering all that is involved, including that for performance & other reasons all of a document file is not loaded into working memory at the same time or into local temp files.

    You keep assuming that either it is all loaded at once or that there would be no significant downside in doing so. Neither is true.

    Guys, this debate became way too generic. There are two types of interruptions: short (milliseconds - seconds) and long (minutes or even permanent). Two different approaches for two different situations:

    • if interruption is short, that means is most probably "sleeping" and it needed a wake-up signal, or it was a short network drop, or something else. But this also means is back in no time. So, after the first failed attempt, the software should warn the user, WITHOUT CLOSING THE DOCUMENT and the user can check the connection of the drive (in explorer, for example) and then try again to save.
    • if interruption is long or permanent (someone simply unplugged the drive, or internet is down), there isn't much to do. Obviously the document has to be closed, but maybe a better recovery system could be implemented so all tools and operations can be recovered since the last successful save on the disk.

    Now, as long as there isn't any "observer" or "listener" to check connection continuously, I see no reason why there would be any negative impact in performance. Just don't close the document until the user performs another attempt to save. Keep everything on stand-by and there is a very big chance that the connection will be re-established with the help of the user. I really don't see where is the issue here, conceptually speaking.

    Also, having a cached copy locally would be a safety measure, a redundancy point. Yes, more space occupied on the local disk... and I see no problem with that. The storage media is meant to be used. I'd welcome a setting in Affinity to allow me to decide on which drive to create a "cached copy" of the current documents. I'd be happy to reserve ~10GB or so for that, when Affinity software is open, just to make sure my files are safe. Of course, there are issues here: what if you have Photo, Designer and Publisher open at the same time? Well, whoever wants to do graphics they usually invest in a decent machine with decent storage... there has to be a compromise anywhere.

  16. Just now, carl123 said:

    That's a bit like having a car that warns you every time you are about to join the motorway/highway that it might unexpectedly crash.

    Not what you would want to hear or have to make a decision about

    Or is like... windows popping-up the UAC warning... bit annoying at times, but extremely useful!
    I agree with this: if there isn't any elegant solution to FIX it (fix = make it work as it should), then a warning with the possibility of disabling (don't show it anymore) would be the common sense thing. 
    Why? Because many (most) users would expect the software to work with a networked drive, not knowing there might be stops in communication and that might lead to their work being lost. So, a warning would... warn.

  17. Although this topic seems old, maybe someone would be interested to replicate my method (i'm using it for creating shadows):

    ☐ Image_to_blur
    	⬕ Live Filter - Gaussian Blur (HIGH value) 
    	 Live Filter - Gaussian Blur (LOW value)

    Apply a gradient masking on the topmost live filter, to reveal the second blur filter applied. 


    * it doesn't matter which filter is on top, as long as you apply the gradient on the topmost one and the direction of the gradient reveals the blur transition in the desired direction

    * the Blur Live Filters have to be applied as children to the layer to blur, so they will only affect that one.



    Attached an example of this procedure, along with the complementary layers to cast a shadow.

    * for gradient blur, only the info in red boxes is relevant. The gray info is only important for shadow casting.

    AF Photo Gradient Blur.png

  18. On 1/9/2019 at 10:13 AM, GabrielM said:

    Hi @bitey,

    Photoshop might have some sort of stabiliser, and also they do not seem to take into account the pixels, and they average your selection based on the pixels AFTER you make the selection. We lock the selection on pixels, so there is no "on the fly smoothing" applied. 

    I have moved this to feature requests.



    I noticed the "jaggy effect" on other types of selections, for the same reason of "selection lock on pixels" and it often requires editing of the mask, to remove this irregularity. Smoothing the selection still keeps a very "wavy" line, unless considerable smoothing is being applied, but then the selection gets affected everywhere.
    So, this should be improved in a future release.
    Thanks for making AF better!

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