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  1. I would dearly love to have the option to set a custom date format for the date/time fields. The addition of the YYYY-MM-DD (ISO) format in 1.8 has been a big (and required) progress for me, but still I sometimes would like to use other formats (in my case, YYYYMMDD or YYYY which I use for automated version and copyright information, respectively). Of course, same request for Designer, too.
  2. Hello Gabe, I am sorry, but I am not able to reproduce the behaviour now. It may have to do with selecting the layer or it may have some other reason or it may have been the confusion thomaso mentioned – I'll keep an eye open and call again when I have a good example. I do not exclude the possiblílity that I created soem confused situation myself. I have yet to drill myself to accept that, in the Affinity suite, I have to keep a constant eye on the layer panel. Thanks for the help! Lutz
  3. AP 1.8.2, MacOS 10.14.x I observe this behaviour: I draw a closed curve (5-sided irregular polygon) to use it as a text frame. The text frame tool only accepts that curve as a text frame if the stroke is set to something other than "none" (none = the leftmost setting in the stroke panel). The text frame tool offers to snap on the non-stroke but does not change to the "text in shape" cursor. Same if I set the stroke colour to "none" in the colour panel and even if I set it to white (this is the part I understand least). If a use a polygon with a visible stroke to achieve anything, the polygonal stroke remains in the finished text-in-shape object, and I have no way to remove that stroke. I. e. the frame shows up as a visible polygon.
  4. That reflects my feelings, but maybe for slightly different reasons. Yes, other apps also take the bullet style from the first word, but I think they also are wrong. A list is a compilation of items that are basically "created equal" and thus should have the same bullet. I think AP should ignore the character style of the first word and only apply the paragraph style to the bullet. If, for some reason, you want to break the flow of the list and highlight an item by giving it a different bullet style/glyph the only clean way to do that is to define a second bullet style, derived from the previous bullet style and assigning it a formatting that does what you want. Lists with individually changing bullet formats look, IMHO, just amateurish, and to use a workaround to get a clean looks seems weird to me. Just my 2ct, but I think the designers took the wrong decision here.
  5. Thanks for the fast reply! I'll check this workaround. "…as far as I am aware it is normal for bullets to inherit the characteristics of the first word" … well, if so, I would consider this behaviour a typographical aberration; bullet style should be identical throughout a list and not dependant on the list content. I am aware that many layout programs make the same mistake, but with respect to the function of a list, I still consider it mistake. Please consider that "bullet 1" is a paragraph style, so it should be valid for the complete paragraph. On top if this I add a character style for 1 word; why should this change the style if something (i. e. the bullet) that is definitely not part of the word?
  6. AP 1.8.2 on MacOS 10.14.5 When I apply a self-defined character style to the first word of a paragraph formatted with a bullet-type paragraph style, the bullet glyph changes. Example: I use the default bullet 1 style (Helvetica Neue regular). I create a new paragraph style that changes (only) the font to "Helvetica Neue compressed bold". If I apply that style to the first word in a bullet paragraph, the bullet point itself seems to change to the new font.
  7. 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?
  8. Tried this today. Affinity Photo (1.6.7) did not announce that 1.7 was available. The version check link is dead.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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