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  1. Thanks Carl, I was unaware of the extra handle.
  2. The attached AD project illustrates the workaround that I am using to scale text on a path. The project has three artboards: Example Text in a rectangle. Here, scale with object works fine. Example Text on an ellipse path. Here, scale with object is broken as the text doesn't scale. Example Text on an ellipse path is first converted to curves before scaling. Here, the converted to curves text scales fine. Unfortunately, one must keep the original text on path around if you want to be able to alter it in the future. Regards, B~ TextPathScaling.afdesign
  3. OK, so I'm guessing that there is another bug hiding somewhere that created all of those nodes in the pistils screenshot.
  4. What about the Flowers.afdesign? Are these all the same problem/bug or are they different?
  5. Well gentleman, thanks - you have confirmed that the PDF files are very different. However, the most important question remains: Why does Affinity Designer create hugely different PDF files based upon very small differences in the lines within the artboards? I hope Callum can find the solution. Open the HairCurl.afdesign and you'll see that the difference is merely the stroke width.
  6. Hi Callum, Do you any further analysis of this issue? Clearly there are compositional differences - like the 2.5 versus 2.6 stoke width on the curly hair - but why would that result in a content stream within the pdf file that is 10x larger? I'm new to the forum and don't know if I should expect you to provide a conclusion on the matter. Regards, B~
  7. Here is yet another peculiar example. The attached project contains six artboards each which has a single curve that represents a curly strand of hair. Each strand and artboard varies the size of the stroke. Upon export to pdf for web the stroke and file sizes are as follows: 2.0 = 3 kb 2.1 = 3 kb 2.5 = 3 kb 2.6 = 35 kb 2.9 = 35 kb 3.0 = 35 kb Why does the pdf file size grow from 3 to 35 given such a small change in the curve? a3-0.pdf a2-9.pdf a2-6.pdf a2-5.pdf a2-1.pdf a2-0.pdf HairCurl.afdesign
  8. I am hoping that you can identify the differences that add to the file size. It would be nice to know the cost of these differences and any more economical choices that would yield better designs. The yellow flower has a warning sign in the export persona slices window. It says: "The Slice has duplicate paths." A new version of the flowers.afdesign tests a couple of your theories. The green flower is duplicate of the blue flower. It has the same number of nodes in the pistils. But, on the pistil, I removed the black stoke and left only the black fill. The pdf file size went from 180 KB down to 47 KB. So, the unneeded strokes where very costly. I duplicated Flower-Yellow to create Flower-Orange and Flower-Purple. These were used to test theory regarding the number of groups. The purple flower has 12 separate petal curves, removing the four groups. The purple and yellow exported pdf file sizes are the same at 289 KB. So, removing unneeded groups did not show any benefit. The Orange flower is an exact duplicate (except for color) as the Yellow flower. I included this flower so that you can observe an anomaly that I discovered. Open the orange flower and within the petals group, select Group1 and then click Ungroup. Notice that two of the visible petals seem to disappear. This anomaly also occurs if Group2 is Ungrouped. The result of ungrouping all three petal groups yields 12 petals with 9 petals visible and 3 petals hidden behind others. I believe this causes the warning sign on the export slice. Interestingly though, the yellow flower does not hide 3 petals when grouped, even on the exported pdf rendering. Note, the purple flower was created by duplicating the petals in each group and then dragging those outside of the original group. Finally, deleting the groups. The end result was 12 petals, all of which remain visible. Callum, thanks for your help and please let me know if there is any information available that addresses economy-of-scale in file size reduction as a result of choosing more efficient design practices. Flowers.afdesign
  9. In regards to the above Spirals example: Changing the Black Spiral style attribute from Stroke Miter Join to Cap Join and then back to Miter Join somehow resets its style such that the exported PDF file is now 3 KB instead of 25 KB.
  10. Here is another example. This AD project has two artboards, each with a spiral. The first black spiral was created using an asset that was downloaded from here (sorry, I don't remember where exactly.) I created the second pink spiral by hand. Export the pdf's and you'll find the black spiral is 25 KB and the pink spiral is 3 KB. Why? They are essentially the same spiral except for the color. The only other difference that I'm aware of is that the black spiral has 10 nodes and slightly better symmetry while my pink spiral has only 9 nodes and is not quite as smooth. Spirals.afdesign Spiral-Pink.pdf Spiral-Black.pdf
  11. Are the attachments there now? It looks like it to me. Flower-Blue.pdf Flower-Red.pdf Flower-Yellow.pdf Flowers.afdesign
  12. The attached Affinity Designer project illustrates how different drawing techniques can result in pdf export files that differ is size substantially. I discovered this while developing images that are to used in an iOS app. Of course, we can expect the size of the pdf file to impact the performance of the app. The attached AD project has three artboards. Each artboard has a separate drawing of a flower - all of which look much the same: Yellow-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 282 KB. Each of the twelve petals is a separate curve object with yellow fill and a black stroke. The inner pistils is comprised of 27 brown ellipses imbedded inside a single black eclipse. Red-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 31 KB. The twelve petals is comprised four curve objects (each represent three leaves) with red fill and black stroke . The inner pistils is comprised of 27 brown ellipses imbedded inside a single black eclipse. (Same as yellow flower.) Blue-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 176 KB. The twelve petals is comprised four curve objects (each represent three leaves) with blue fill and black stroke (same as red flower). The inner pistils is comprised of a single black curve imbedded inside a single brown ellipse. Why are these file sizes so different? The yellow flower has only nine additional petal curve objects compared to the red flower. Yet, the pdf file size is also nine times the size. Note, the the pistils are the same. The blue flower uses the same petals as the red flower. However the pistils were refactored into only two objects, one complex curve and one ellipse. The complex object was created by subtracting the 27 ellipses from a single ellipse. The result of this distillation of the pistils causes the pdf file size to grow from 32 KB to 180 KB. is there a knowledge-based article that will help me understand why this occurs and how to avoid these problems during design? Flower-Yellow.pdf Flower-Blue.pdf Flower-Red.pdf Flowers.afdesign
  13. billm

    Graphic Interface

    Created a black symbol and cannot find it in the symbol studio at all!
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