SisMoon reacted to Jonopen in Weevil drawing
This image (made for fun as a learning exercise) was inspired by a drawing by the scientific illustrator, Des Helmore.
I must confess my version is not a completely accurate representation of the original weevil beetle, and is also a work in progress, as it needs more detail (hairs) and better shadow and highlights etc. It was originally drawn in colour, but looks more interesting in black and white.
It was made using Affinity Designer and mainly uses these resources.
Dots on legs and body: Fineliner brushes and vector texture from Artifex Forge (makes loads of excellent brushes)
Organic texture: DAUB paper 15 from Paolo Limoncelli, who did an excellent 2020 creative lock-down session
Background texture: a texture file from Trevor Young's (Tapocketa) lock-down session (also very excellent!).
SisMoon reacted to R C-R in Affinity Designer or Photo for digital drawing ?
Sorry, but to get your Official Affinity Fanboi Membership Card & the free Secret Decoder Ring, you must have at least four of these five Affinity apps installed on your desktop computer:
Affinity Photo 1.6 Affinity Designer 1.6 Affinity Photo 1.7 customer beta Affinity Designer 1.7 customer beta Affinity Publisher 1.7 beta To qualify for Elite status, you must also own the two iPad apps. (Owning an iPad that can run them is optional but recommended.)
SisMoon reacted to MJWHM in Footnotes/Endnotes
And that, surely, is the point
If you are going to build a better mousetrap, then be sure what a mouse looks like, how big it is, and how it behaves. Having a series of programs that inter-mesh is all well and good, but if they individually fail to provide significant basics they are neither one thing nor the other.
My overwhelming sense is one of considerable disappointment that a company in which I have had a lot of confidence for probably decades can so completely miss the point.
There probably is little point in continuing to discuss this at present. Either the Powers that be are aware of the (urgent) need for some of their user base and are addressing the problem or they are not. If the former we can hope they act with expediency. If the latter, well, what?
And for the record, I have now returned to attempting to create this book using PagePlus. In a couple of hours last night on my laptop I moved on as far as it took me several days with AP, although to be fair I am less confident on AP, which has huge potential, but will fall by the wayside unless it is careful.
SisMoon reacted to Ralph in Footnotes/Endnotes
But I don't WANT really clever functions: as a "hobbyist" I want the basics without which I can't produce a book. I appreciate Patrick Connor saying that they are working on it. But I am left with the lingering concern that the scarce resources are being diverted to create more, very clever, features. Features which are nice, but which aren't crucial to the creation of a publication.
How long have Serif been working on Publisher? - well, I'm going to assume it includes the entire time they have been developing PagePlus. So quite a long time. Development staff? - the functions that are being requested are basic and may well have been covered in degree syllabuses (or is it 'syllabii'?).
Finally, it's difficult being so critical - their business model (as seen by a user) is laudable, their admin excellent and their determination to listen to feedback almost unique.
SisMoon reacted to Patrick Connor in Footnotes/Endnotes
@garrettm30 is correct. This is pinned to make it easier to find as we know it is important and really do not want 100 independent threads all asking for the same feature.
Serif are currently in the process of implementing this. It needs to be done carefully, not just thrown in, and we do always have the issue of programming resources. Thank you all for your patience, it will be rewarded.
SisMoon reacted to OzNate in Footnotes/Endnotes
I came here because I am laying out a book and needed the feature but couldn't find it. Couldn't read all 19 pages of comments but now I know what I have to do for now.
I was an early adopter of InDesign and from memory it didn't have footnotes when it came out. So I'm not too worried to be honest. Serif have been smashing it with their development speed, really. Meanwhile I'm really happy I'm not paying Adobe club fees so all good. 🙂 🙂
SisMoon reacted to garrettm30 in Footnotes/Endnotes
It was a simple misunderstanding, so it is probably best that we drop it. But I’m not dropping it (haha!).
Rory did not say "into" but "in." English has the annoying habit of dropping the relative pronoun, and sometimes it can obscure the meaning, but as I native speaker, I did understand it. To turn the sentence around, what Rory wants to import is "footnotes and endnotes [that are] in Microsoft Word." If Rory had said "footnotes and endnotes into Microsoft Word," as you suggested, then it would have had the opposite meaning.
So now we know what Rory meant, and that it could be correctly understood as written to native English speakers. Now we can move on.
SisMoon reacted to PaRunk in Features that I still miss and are not working properly
Hello Affinity Team,
would it be possible to integrate the following functions?
These are very helpful for me and important in the design.
1. footnotes and endnotes
2. Seperation preview (to control the colourfulness)
3. Generator for QR (in PagePlus possible) and bar codes
4. Convert selected texts to table and back
5. Open and export Indesign files
6. Placing graphics and images with special colors (also called true colors) These are currently being converted easily, which does not happen. Have a lot of images and graphics from other programs, which I want to use, but that does not work yet, especially companies logos)
7. Opening PDF files with spot colors is also important. That does not work either. The colors are also changed, which must happen under no circumstances)
8. Gathering data for sharing would also be very helpful, as I would like to share more of the original data, at the request of the clients I recommended your software to. This was possible in PagePlus and also possible in other laypout programs.
9. A tool for creating charts would not be bad. That was available in PagePlus.
10. Placing Excel files would also be helpful as it often gets files from customers and needs to get them into the products.
11. The personalization feature as described in PagePlus (Mail Merge and Photo Assembly)
12. The creation of workspaces (in PagePlus and programs of competitors possible)
13. The function Replace color would be good. If you have to replace the color in the whole product, because the customer has a different color concept.
14. When deleting used colors, a warning should come and the choices will be "do not delete" or "replace with".
15. Convert existing colors to spot color and convert spot colors into working space would be fine without having to create a new color.
16. When exporting, there is the problem that contours and lines that have a gradient as a fill are converted into graphic objects. This must be fixed, they should remain contour or line. In the programs of the competition it works.
17. Possibility to put objects on "Overprint", "Aussparen" or "nicht print" would be very helpful. This is important because there are situations where certain objects must necessarily be printed on each other by overlays. Do not print the command is important when using objects as positioning aids, but not outputting them. In other layout programs there is this possibility.
18. Opening and exporting Indesign and Quark files
SisMoon reacted to Pyanepsion in Footnotes/Endnotes
Hello Moon! You must return to Earth!
Footnotes are not important only for short graphical documents, such as a cover, or flyer (a very small part of the job in desktop publishing). I do not know a book, a magazine, a student report, a company presentation, or a university thesis that does not require footnotes. It is even the essence of the service.
I did a test with a novel of 50 pages. This contains 20 footnotes. The text is just sticking in the right place. QuarkXpress 37 min. Affinity Publisher 5 hrs 12 min. What can I say about a famous actor’s bio whose author was on TV? It contained 480 footnotes…
This is a serious failure to correct as soon as possible, not a favour to please some eccentrics.
SisMoon reacted to Eusebius in Footnotes/Endnotes
Yes, I agree with all those who are requesting implementation of footnotes/endnotes. I'm sure it will require some programming effort to do it right, but it is an absolutely essential feature for serious desktop publishing, which includes books, magazine articles, and academic publications.
SisMoon reacted to crazyM in Artboard & Export Persona proxies
I dumped the duplicates and created symbols from the original layout components, then created symbol instances for the artboard / export persona. Super easy to use and now I'm only editing the single symbol when I need to make changes. Thanks again!
SisMoon reacted to jcdickinson in Export Artboards as SVG Symbols (Sprite/Icon Sheets)
This would be a great feature for people using Affinity to create SVG web icons. SVG supports symbols, which are basically re-usable bits of SVG. For example, given this SVG file:
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"> <symbol id="artboard1" width="10" height="10" viewBox="0 0 10 10"> <circle cx="5" cy="5" r="5" /> </symbol> </svg> You can use it in a page as follows:
<a class="button"> <svg class="icon"><use href="/images/icons.svg#artboard1" /></svg> <span class="text">A button with a circle.</span> </a> Currently, Affinity exports artboards as transparent rects with an id when exporting an entire document. It would be awesome if we could instruct it to export it artboards as SVG symbols (like the first example), effectively turning Affinity Designer into an end-to-end sprite/icon sheet editor.
Bonus feature: an option to export artboard names (outside the symbol element, positioned near it), so that the same sprite/icon sheet can be used for documentation (example: font-awesome).
SisMoon reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.7.0
This build has been superseded by the release of 1.7.1 announced here
We are pleased to announce a major update for the Windows release of Affinity Designer, version 1.7.0
The changes in Affinity Designer for Windows 1.7.0 over the last Affinity Designer patch 1.6.5 are as follows:
CHANGES SINCE LAST VERSION
We've overhauled most of the core tools, adding subtle new features to make you more productive. New Point Transform Tool allows you to scale and rotate objects from any node. The Node Tool now contains a 'Transform Node' option which provides a containing box for the selected nodes and allows for more freeform editing of the nodes. New 'Cube' grid setup mode (take a look in 'View' -> 'Grid and Axis Manager...'). Pen tool now has a 'rubber band' mode and also a mode to allow future curves to be added to the current object's curves (for example, the character 'a' is constructed of two curves in a single 'curve object' and this mode makes that construction simpler). Node tool can now auto-snap nodes if you drag a node from one curve over the top of a node from another (selected) curve and pause, it will offer to snap to the same geometry as the node you're hovering over (ie, modify the on and off-curve nodes to match). This is really useful for trying to reconstruct areas of one curve from another curve. Node tool now allows for lasso selection of nodes by holding the Alt/Option key and dragging a selection lasso. Pencil tool now offers a 'sculpt' mode that allows for extending or manipulating curves in a more natural way. More to come in this area soon. Many tools now allow for 'Alignment widgets' which you can toggle the visibility of in the context toolbar. When enabled you can visually adjust the alignment or even, for example, 'align to centre, snapped to the left edge of this object' by simply click/dragging. Fill tool correctly allows editing of skewed fill handles and newly-created skewed fills draw much nicer now. Ruler origin can be edited by simply dragging the area where the rulers intersect each other - it can even be snapped onto objects in the document. Guides can be edited in most tools by simply dragging a guide in the ruler area. Grid setup is now more interactive: origin can be dragged, axis scale adjusted and angle adjusted on-document, complete with snapping to objects and angles in the document to help you reconstruct useful grids from finished artworks or sketches. By enabling 'Edit in Plane' on the new Isometric Panel, tools can edit objects and appear to make those edits along the currently active plane - extremely useful for artists who enjoy working with any axonometric projections. You can now drag the rotation centre point (when enabled on the context toolbar) while holding Ctrl and it will translate the object - this is actually very useful for positioning and snapping objects relative to others. Shapes tools now have presets so you can create your own favourite shape setups and more easily use them again. There are just far too many subtle tool changes to mention here, but hopefully you'll find the tools much improved General
Arrowheads are now available in the Stroke Panel. New Appearance Panel allows for multiple strokes and fills on a single shape. HDR / EDR monitor support New brushes, styles and assets are now shipped with the product. Visible bleed (accessed from the View menu) so you can more easily design into the bleed area - a common feature request. “Alternate futures” for document history have been added. Traditionally, if you roll back the undo history then do something else all your changes after that point are lost. Designer will now display a small branch icon in the history tab when you do this. Pressing that button will cycle between all the different “futures” after that history entry - meaning you will never lose work you have done. New 'Isometric Panel' makes it easy to setup and work with various axonometric projections within the application. HEIF images can now be loaded directly into Designer. If they contain a depth map, this will also be loaded as a second layer. Because depth maps are typically lower resolution than the main image, optional “smart” upsampling will be performed. Designer now supports custom document presets - a popular feature request. A new blend mode - Linear Burn - has been added. Layers Panel now allows you to tag individual layers with a colour and display thumbnails with transparent backgrounds and at different sizes. New “Move inside / outside” commands have been added - useful for quickly clipping/unclipping. New "Merge curves/Separate curves" commands. Grids now have an editable number of angle subdivisions. The Hard Mix blend mode has been improved. Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features such as bullets and numbering. Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes. Improved Freehand import slightly - failing to read all of a file shouldn't force it to produce a 'failed to load' response, instead we just load the bits that we *could* read New splash screen and Persona icons Brushes
Designer 1.7 introduces a new “sub-brush” mechanism, developed in conjunction with Paolo Limoncelli (DAUB® Brushes). This exciting feature allows any raster brush to have a list of other brushes attached which will draw at the same time. Each sub-brush has a fully separate and customisable set of dynamics. You can control when the sub-brushes are drawn and how they blend with the main brush. Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring. Wet edges and accumulation are now available on colour brushes and brushes with HSL variance. Brushes with multiple nozzle textures have always chosen the nozzle at random. In 1.7, the nozzle choice has a dynamic controller and ramp for greater control. All pixel brush tools now support left and right arrow keys for rotation - a common feature request.
The HSL adjustment layer has been rewritten. It now supports custom hue ranges, a new algorithm, new UI and picker controls. The Levels adjustment layer now supports output levels - a common feature request. The White Balance adjustment layer has been rewritten. The Selective Colour adjustment layer has been rewritten. PSD import / export of adjustments has been improved. The Vibrance adjustment layer has been rewritten. The Recolour adjustment layer has gained a lightness slider. Misc
There is currently new free content available to claim in the Welcome Screen This thread is for commenting on this announcement. Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Designer Bugs on Windows section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.
UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (Free for existing customers)
For purchases from the Affinity Store the software: Each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer any available update, or it can be downloaded from here. The new build will install over the top of any earlier version, with no need to uninstall. Alternatively you can log into the affinity store here and find the order in your account and use the download button in there.
For purchases from the Microsoft Store: These are done automatically by the operating system (next time you start the application)
SisMoon reacted to kimtorch in Scripting
I'd like to offer some brief suggestions of what I believe would be a good start for scripting support. Clearly both InDesign and Quark have extensive scripting libraries but I think with some basic fundamentals a lot can be achieved. I believe the below would allow us to do about 80% of what we need.
Ability to create objects (text frame, image frames and rules) of specific sizes at specific co-ordinates using a list of properties. (set myFrame to create frame (x-coord, y-coord, width, height, colour, tint, border, name, columns, inset etc, etc)
Ability to populate frames with text or images with ability to fit or scale as required (set story 1 of frame 1 to "myText.txt")
Ability to assign styles to objects (set paragraph style of text frame 1 to "Heading 1")
Ability to create new pages with properties for size, bleed, numbering, spreads etc
Ability to reference selections (set border of selected frame to 0 - set style of selection to "Bold")
Ability to export using defined PDF Presets (export to myPath with PDF Preset "My Preset")
Ability to address (or loop through) all objects on a pages (set background of all text frames on selected page to "Transparent")
Ability to test for missing or broken links to assets
Ability to create colour swatches, character or paragraph styles, PDF Presets
Ability to create and manipulate layers
Most importantly, the ability to query for any property related to an object (set myProperties to properties of my selection -> list of all available properties) This is incredibly useful for writing and debugging.