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  1. Lutz Pietschker

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    Thanks, that works! I guess the App Store was just slow to announce it in its own. Problem solved. Still, maybe someone could repair the link quoted above?
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    Mac, bought via the Apple App store.
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    Tried this today. Affinity Photo (1.6.7) did not announce that 1.7 was available. The version check link is dead.
  4. Based on v1.6.1 - for topics I ifound in the forum I just added a "like", but I did not exactly find the following: Graphic Styles: These are not styles in the usual sense at all, they are just shortcuts to assign certain attributes. I need styles that are attached to the object so that editing a style changes all objects with that style – in other words, styles that work as styles do in almost all other applications. I am omitting other minor quibbles I have with them … AD styles are no use unless their principal behavious changes. Select all objects with the same graphic attributes. (This would be a workaround if the previous is not coming - but also a great help to assign "real" styles or to navigate complex objects.) Real text wrap around objects. The announced ability to edit text frames is, at best, a workaround for this request. IMHO artboards should be independent of layers – currently they seem just to be layers with a special export capability. In AI I use layers primarily to collect similar objects, either to switch visibility on or off across all artboards or to enforce a Z-axis hierachy (for example, all text should come on top of all art, and all art on top of the background), again across all artboards. This does not work with AD's current implementation of artboards, as I would need to replicate the same layer structure below each artboard. And tthe last thing I need are more layer levels – I usually have thousands of objects in my designs, and to rely on the layer panel to organize them quickly becomes tedious. I would greatly prefer to have a searchable, in-depth manual (i. e. PDF). The printed manual is out of date (in fact I was a bit surprised that such a book really existed – I like books, but they are hopeless for a software that is still very much under development), and most of the help pages/videos I used were built after the motto "explain the obvious and omit the rest". Which is probably good for beginners, but someone with a bit of experience needs something much better. Some of my requests fall into a similar problem category, all too common also in other apps: The functions to create things are great, but the functions to change them at best mediocre. It may just be my problem, but the vastly greater part of my work are in fact changes – either because I made a mistake or did not think things through, but mostly because customers change their mind. Unfortunately, the problems listed here are quite sufficient to make professional use of AD as a AI replacement next to impossible. Don't get me wrong: I am prepared to change the way I work when I switch applications, but for the problems mentioned I see no real alternative.
  5. I have a similar question to this thread, but symbols are no help for me. In AI I use layers primarily to switch visibility during the drawing process and to make sure that certain objects are always and reliably on top of certain others (for example, all text above art, and everything on top of a background picture, which for me translates to 3 layers: from top to bottom, text > art > background). Also, I might wish later to make all objects of a certain layer, say, 50% transparent. All this should work across all artboards. How does that (rather common) use of layers mix with artboards in AD? Since artboards are part of the layer hierarchy I see no way to do this. In https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/53445-artboards-and-layers/ you say "you can think of them as several canvas on the same document all sharing the same layer stack/hierarchy", but "canvas" is exactly what they should be, but are not – they seem to be, for all purposes, just layers with the additional ability to break the document down into pages. Currently it seems to me that artboards should be top-level objects in the layer hierarchy to achieve the paging, but at the same time my layers should be the top level to achieve my use case. Is there a solution to this dilemma?
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