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  1. I've also had to add a multi-page PDF into an existing project. In my case it was only 10 pages, so manually selecting the page was still not too horrible. But I still was looking for something faster and found the "add pages from file" command. The interpretation of the PDF pages may be extremely useful sometimes, but in my case, it produced some visible differences in the formatting. So I can't do that, and have to use the manual place -> change spread routine for now. Please add something like a "passthrough" option to the "add pages from file" command, or make it possible to place multiple pages from a PDF at once automatically like @okhick is asking for in the original post. Thanks!
  2. Thanks again! Please also have a look into what makes one and the same object export as PDF differently according to the coordinates of a node. That was the initial frustration here
  3. Hi @SPaceBar, thanks for looking into this! I am not 100% sure how these overlapping nodes happened, my best guess is, I made a curve or shape for the left half of the shape, mirrored it to get the right half and merged both into one. I tried this right now: even when the mirrored halves and the nodes were perfectly aligned using a guide, the nodes on top and on the bottom did not merge into one when using the "add shape" button or the "Geometry -> add" option from the menu. Instead they turned into two nodes with a little bit of distance which destroyed the perfect symmetry... Maybe from there somehow these very close nodes got pushed and "snapped" together. (The underlying problem with the quality of the boolean operators has been showing up in the forum a lot already). Playing around with new nodes, if 2 nodes are pushed until "snapping" together, it seems the broken contours can also show up. The one issue is to avoid creating overlapping nodes, maybe give a warning whenever two nodes end up overlapping and offer to merge them. The other issue is, that even with overlapping nodes, sometimes everything looks fine, and sometimes not. This was making me crazy until I found out that moving the shape just a few pixels may fix the output. The output should be the same always and not depend on the coordinates.
  4. Using Publisher on Win10 I've attached an afpub and the exported PDF and a screenshot of the PDF. I have a shape with multiple contours, and made multiple copies of it to illustrate the problem. It seems that depending on where on the page this shape sits, sometimes the contours "break" at the topmost node. If you start moving around the copies, the broken contours may disappear or change. It is not related to the PDF options, I tried various different presets, including for print. (The topmost node is a weird one, since it seems to be 2 nodes on top of each other. I guess this was the outcome of a merge of two shapes (done in Designer). Such nodes should be merged, not overlap like this, so maybe that's another bug somewhere...) affinityshapetests_pdf_digitalsmall.pdf affinityshapetests.afpub
  5. This looks like an issue that might come from the handling of (global) colour swatches. Overprinting is an attribute of a colour swatch in Affinity. Only "global" swatches can have that attribute set. But placing a file in another seems to lose the global swatches. Same result when you copy and paste from the logo file into the document file. See also this post about some missing features where the author notes:
  6. Since 1.9, a very basic preview is now possible when exporting, but not in the export persona. It's better than nothing, but let's hope improvements are in the pipeline... Some other threads about this: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/9330-export-preview/ https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/136314-export-preview-scalesize-where/
  7. @Stephen_H, thank you for this list of important little things! I agree with most of it, especially the colour / swatches / overprinting handling issues. They really need some love... Some of the issues that you mentioned may have been fixed in the meantime, or there are work-arounds: - Snapping to "round" values: using the mouse wheel over a number input field, hold down "Shift" to jump around in steps of 10. If you hold down "Ctrl", you can go by steps of 0,1 in some fields that support it. - Proofing colors: in Photo, there actually is a "Channels" Studio -- strange that it does not exist in Designer or Publisher. - Previewing at export: Photo added a preview at export (not in the export persona). It's not yet great, since it's very slow and sits in a small window where you need to find out how to zoom (hint: Ctrl-mousewheel, or Ctrl-1,2....) But at least it gives some indication on what the result may be. There's still no export preview from Publisher or Designer. Hopefully, when it is added, it might provide some overprint/channel checking. - Changing the colors of margins & guides: It's possible now to change the colour of the grid and margins -- but not of the guides that you drag from the rulers (really?? or am I missing an option somewhere?)
  8. One little thing that might enhance usability would be to add some indicator with every colour swatch to show what kind of colour it is (CMYK, RGB, Greyscale, Spot). This could be a small symbol like in the Adobe products, or a letter or short word. It should be visible in the list view, there's enough space for something like that. In the compact view I don't see a way to add this info, except for the tooltip. Also, I would love to be able to see the (current) numeric values of swatches more easily. A swatch should show these after their name, maybe in parentheses, or italics: "Logo Red (CMYK 0-80-40-10)" or "Logo Red CMYK 0-80-40-10". If the swatch doesn't have a name, the current values could be shown on their own. Showing the numeric values does of course solve the issue of not knowing if a swatch is RGB or CMYK, so that no other indicator would be needed. A related issue is #77313 Color Numeric Value in Swatches, but if I understand that correctly, it deals with the CMYK/RGB approximations of Library Spot colours.
  9. +1 from me too, this would be quite helpful. I was surprised to see the way overprint is handled today, which seems a little bit too complicated. If you want to change an object's colour, you will lose the overprinting, unless you remember to make a new, duplicate colour swatch that is set to overprint.
  10. Related issues not yet linked in the thread: From 2020: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/120668-template-layer-in-affinity-designer/ From 2019: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/82506-outline-mode-preview/ From 2018: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/62889-add-template-layer-feature/ From 2017: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/50025-affinity-designer-layer-template/ From 2016: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/16801-background-raster-image-template/ https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/16800-background-image-in-outline-mode/ https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/28742-tracing-jpeg-with-pen-tool/ From 2014: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/2909-outline-with-the-pen-tool/&tab=comments#comment-11586
  11. This part is what I need right now... I want to trace a photo and I want to check the precision of my vectors. When the vectors have only a stroke, it's possible to see the template photo and modify the vectors easily. But when they are using fills, the fill is covering the photo and I can't see where I might want to move a node to fit the template better. So I thought, I'll switch to outline mode and do the "finetuning" with only the outline(s) visible... well, sorry, the template image is not visible any more 😪
  12. +2, this would really come in handy in some projects...
  13. Yes, like you mentioned, this has been asked for before (more than a few times ) This might be the oldest thread: Maybe the newer ones should be labelled as duplicates and have a link to one "main" issue?
  14. Yes, I can confirm this bug. Noticed when I copied a shadow effect.
  15. About that InDesign-like feature: I found something in APub that offers pretty much the same functionality: Turn on the Glyphs browser, then find the little menu and activate "Unicode and alternatives". Voilà, the various swashes and positional alternatives are shown right after the standard glyphs! Too bad that there's also a bug in this function: type "AAA" with the Salsa font (with standard settings in the typography panel) -> you'll get three different As (initial, normal, final form) try to replace the initial or final form with a regular form using the Glyphs browser -> does not change the glyph The "positional alternatives" seem to override the specific glyph chosen by the user. It should be the other way round.
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