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  1. Good question and good comment. I landed here in search of the same answer. For many things the docs are useless. No cross references or cross-refs that point to nothing useful such as explanations that consist of parroting the name of the option in question. Some features are very good, like the 'interactive' graphics that demonstrate effects, but much of it serves only to fan frustration. This needs to be addressed at some point, and I hope that point is version 2.0. Given what Serif gives us for a very small price (which of course limits resources that can be devoted to docs) I find their products a bargain and recommend them to anyone who asks.
  2. The Stock Panel is way useful as it is, but I want more 😊. I'm spending time watching AP videos, and when I see something I'd like to try, I like to use a similar image. They're easy to find on the Stock Panel, but once I find one, how do I open it in AP? I don't know its size so I can't create a new project of the right size. I can't copy it into the clipboard and "New From Clipboard". I can't drag it into AP with nothing open. I can't drag it onto the desktop. All I can do I double-click to open the image on the website and download it. So, how about a context menu for the images in Stock Panel that would allow me to "New From Image"? Or allow me to drag the image into AP with nothing open? Or both? 😊
  3. The OCD in me is triggered by the behavior of the various Studio Panels. Specifically, I'm frustrated with the behavior of the panels which insist on changing their height for no good reason. It drives me nuts when I click between panels in a group and the height of that group changes, changing the height of everything else in the stack. For this reason I have to find panels that don't behave this way and group them together, whether it makes sense or not. But wait, it gets worse. Since the fixed-height panels are of different sizes, you can't dock them in the same group without the group resizing as you switch between them. Thus, you need one group for each panel, and you have to find other (resizable) panels that are useful at that size. What shall I dock with the Transform Panel? Worse, at least one panel allows resizing when floating, but when switching to their tab in the group resizes the group anyway - I'm looking at you, Sources Panel. Panels have acted this way since I started with AP (1.5.x); I'm now using 1.8.3. I hope you'll find time to remove the max-height limitations. Thanks for listening. 😊
  4. I'm not a photographer so I'm not sure how well this solution will work, but apparently Adobe Bridge is (and always has been) free. Here's a YouTube video about using it with AP:
  5. I was just perusing YouTube in search of new Affinity-related videos when I ran into one entitled "Digital Sketching with Affinity Designer for 100 Commissions". Puzzled by the title, I investigated. I'd been impressed with Serif's response to the pandemic in reducing prices by a whopping 50% and extending the trial period to 90 days (I picked up a license for Publisher to round out my own collection 😍). But the 100 Commissions program is something else - a generous fiscal contribution to your customers when it is most needed. Thanks for the warm, fuzzy feeling!
  6. I stopped using WinZip years ago when I discovered 7-Zip, which is free: https://www.7-zip.org/
  7. Dave has given us some splendid macros (and videos). I've been playing with his "Histogram Squeeze 'n Shift" and find it useful and educational.
  8. You can drag macros into the category, and you can save macros you record to the category. Being able to *nest* one category within another so we could arrange them hierarchically would make macros much more convenient to use.
  9. Thank you. I hadn't seen that. I'd noticed the limited editing. There's much power locked in the various functions and such we can access only through a peephole; a scripting language combined with a macro management system would really open that up.
  10. Thank you for the many macros you've shared. Do you just load the macros you're using for a specific project then? Your suggestion regarding notes is excellent, btw. I've been saving links to associated videos. I'm just starting to play with macros and haven't figured out how to edit them. For example, I downloaded "Dave's Shifters" after watching one of his excellent videos on YouTube (https://tinyurl.com/wfhonsj). I wanted to add a 'fine' slider to his controls, which I was able to do easily as I was running the macro. But of course that only added the sliders to that instance of the macro, not to the source. I was able to open his macro in the editor, but was unable to find a way to edit the procedural text filter which contains the controls. Is there no way to edit these?
  11. I wish it was 😊. How do you organize your macros (assuming you have more than a few)?
  12. Thanks, Walt. I knew I could drag a macro from one category to another. What I'd like to do is arrange them hierarchically, with several categories grouped together.
  13. This seems so simple, but I can't quite figure out how to organize my macros within the library. I'd like to create a category to house several sets of macros I've downloaded. After I create the new category, how do I move the macro sets into the new category?
  14. Thanks for the insight. That explains how the devs got AP/AD to come up so fast. So I guess the answer is no, Publisher can't be used as a 'studio' for all the apps. Oh well, I'm still excited to play around with Publisher, although I have no real use for it.
  15. Now that I have Publisher, and can launch AP and AD from within it nearly instantly, Publisher could act like a 'Studio' version of the Affinity products. I could configure my system to launch Publisher for AP and AD files. It appears that when I switch to AP from within APub, I am in the full AP program with all AP features available. Is this the case? Assuming memory isn't an issue, is there any reason not to do this? It would be even better if APub opened in the app associated with the file type I opened. For example, if I open an .afphoto file in APub, it opens in the APub UI rather than the AP UI. No biggie, but this would be a nice touch.
  16. Thanks, I've got that. I thought there was perhaps something more...
  17. I don't see where I can select a category. I'm on Windows; is this a Mac-only feature?
  18. I've been using AP for some time, and picked up AD to play with. I just noticed the incredible sale on Publisher (thank you, Affinity!) and grabbed that as well to complete the set. I'm amazed at how well AP and AD are integrated into APub. Switching between the 3 is faster than I could have imagined, especially on a 6-year-old system with SATA storage. You guys are awesome!
  19. I was reading an article about sizing images for Facebook and ran across the following "JPG is generally used for images with blended tones, like photos, and GIF and PNG are better for images of flat tones like logos, text and graphics." I've never heard this assertion before and can't imagine why it would be true, but I'm not an expert. What say ye?
  20. If you haven't been able to disable Windows Ink at the OS level you should pursue this; my Deco 03 problems (across several apps) vanished once I'd done this. The problem is that in Windows 10 they've changed the way to disable the 'feature' more than once, so the solution you find may no longer exist in the Win 10 release your're running. I'd suggest searching until you find a solution that works on your version of Win 10.
  21. I'll second John's recommendation. Simon's (drippy cat's) courses are great. He provides the assets you need to follow along and is on-the-spot to answer any questions you may have. His 'Solid Foundations' course includes a PDF that serves as a reference.
  22. That's sad, but if all the features aren't available then it wouldn't be fully useful to me anyway. I wish they'd do a real studio - not everyone needs publishing features, but I'd love to have all of the AP and AD features in one UI.
  23. If things are working properly I wouldn't change a thing. If you want to disable it, Google is your friend. I'll warn you that MS has changed the Win 10 interface in this area more than once, so you'll have to find a solution that works on your system.
  24. Studiolink is impressive. Are all of the AP/AD features available in APub? Is something like this planned for those of us who have no need for APub, so we can access AD features from within AP?
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