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  1. Horseflesh

    CHEAP PC build

    Before I bought a whole new computer I would see if I could figure out the hub issue. You can get decent USB 3.1 hub for not a lot of dough, and it is possible that USB 3.1 dongles will behave differently than those on a C hub. Also, unless the computer is fancy and your C port is actually Thunderbolt, the C and 3.1 ports should be about the same speed. And if the computer ejects the SD dongle along with the card, you can just ... plug it in again. Seems like that would be a minor irritation compared to getting a new computer.
  2. Illustrator's function may be pants, but I haven't noticed... it has done all I have needed, but my use is so far constrained to a weird, small use case. Guess there is nothing we can do but keep our fingers crossed!
  3. Hah, then I am not the only one who feels that way. My sans-serif opinion is that it should be treated as a bug because it is an inconsistency, but I will be happy if it gets put on some official list or other.
  4. That makes sense but then is Designer wrong for not understanding spelling with ligatures when that text is imported? If I type the word "benefits" into Illustrator, and it automatically uses the fi ligature, that isn't a spelling error, and I'd expect the same in Designer no matter how that text got in to Designer. This is not a big deal as I understand what is happening now, but I'm still unclear on what's supposed to happen in Designer. Is "ligatures screw up spell checking" or "ligatures in imported Illustrator text screws up spell checking" expected behavior?
  5. I use Designer (and Illustrator, and even Inkscape) at times to make shapes that will be cut out on a laser cutter. If I want to make pieces that are sized correctly to press-fit into each other, it is necessary to make the piece that goes inside the hole very slightly larger than the piece that you originally cut out of the hole. If you don't do this, the piece you plug in fits too loosely, because the laser vaporizes a stroke about 0.007" wide. Illustrator's Offset Path function is perfect for this "kerf compensation" operation--as well as having many great uses for illustration, I am sure! With it, I can set an offset like +0.008" and then use the miter and join settings as needed to make sure that the new path matches the shape of the source path. I don't think there is a way to do this in Designer, so right now I have to detour into Inkscape or Illustrator, which sucks. This is my most-desired feature addition. In the meantime, if anyone has a trick for using existing Designer tools to produce a very precise amount of offset, I would love to hear about them.
  6. Retracing my steps, I am pretty sure I did NOT activate "favor editable text." I just re-imported with that turned on and the ligatures/misspellings are gone. Looks like that explains it. Thanks @Sean P! (What I am now not sure of is how the ligatures got in there in the first place. I didn't create the original Illustrator file, but the typeface is Open Sans and I cannot imagine the previous designer went out of their way to place ligatures that don't even look any different than the regular glyphs... A problem for another day.)
  7. I took a closer look and there is definitely something different about the "fi" glyphs. You cannot put the cursor between "f" and "i" as if they were one glyph. Is that how ligatures work? I honestly don't know. But in the typography panel, there is nothing about ligatures. (The text also looks identical to the re-typed text, so if this is a ligature, it seems pretty useless!) If I select the re-typed text, the Typography panel shows a ligature setting. And lastly if I look for the "fi" glyph in this font (OpenSans), it isn't there! So this does seem to be related to ligatures, thanks @R C-R, but I don't know enough about that topic to know if what I am seeing with regard to spelling is a bug, or expected behavior for however this word was constructed. Well, mystery partially solved anyway.
  8. Excellent idea! It's in English though, so that isn't the issue. Pretty weird. In addition: If I Copy the text frame with this word in it, and do New From Clipboard, the new document doesn't show this error. However, I found that it shows NO spelling errors... Even if I make some deliberately! (The language is still set to US English.) If I Copy the text frame, make a new document, and then paste it in, the weird spelling error comes along for the ride. I have attached such a sample file in case Serif looks in to the issue. I would be curious if anyone else who opens the file sees the same misspelling indicator. spelling bug.afdesign
  9. Today I opened an Illustrator file in Designer for Windows ( and saw that a few words were incorrectly underlined as spelling errors. I typed the same text into a fresh Designer document, and spelling worked as it should. Then I copied the "bad" text block from the imported .ai file into the Designer document, and the incorrect underlining came along for the ride. I can copy/paste these underlined words into new text frames and the underlining persists--but if I select the word and re-type it, the spelling works correctly. Someone file a bug. I can provide example files to the devs if it will help.
  10. Looks like the required settings are in a provided preset! I looked under that menu and found "Pixel work." Too bad it won't automatically snap to the grid on paste, the dragging step is not intuitive. I am not a pixel artist but knew I would get bit by this someday too. Glad there was a solution.
  11. @GameDevJoe are your snapping options set like this? If that doesn't do it, I am sure there is some way to get the desired behavior.
  12. Apologies as I bring this thread back from the brink of death with an off-topic question... Can you explain the issues you noted with the workaround you mentioned? I need this feature bigtime, it is important in preparing some files for laser cutting. All I know for sure is Illustrator's "Offset Path" function works perfectly.
  13. .afphoto is analogous to a PSD file... it is native to the program and supports layers, etc. The options you want for creating jpegs etc are found under Export. Cheers!
  14. Interesting, thanks... that sure is what it seems like. The dude will abide... but I hope they can make this more clear. Still, from a cold start I was able to be productive in my first session. Pretty cool!