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    toutou123 got a reaction from Helmar in Text Variables   
    They should add running head variables that are based on paragraph/character styles.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from StanleyHarrison in Text Variables   
    They should add running head variables that are based on paragraph/character styles.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from spinhead in Plug-Ins, Add-Ons, Add-Ins, Extensions   
    There was a discussion about enabling scripting at some point. They might include it after the official release.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Ray Levang in Directly open Stock Images?   
    +1.
    My best workaround is to create any document of any size, drag drop one of the stock images in it. "Ctrl+C" to copy, then "Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N" to create a new document from clipboard.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from loyukfai in Asian Punctuation Line Breaking Problem   
    @loyukfai People speaking different languages have expressed the desire to use Affinity products with their non latin languages over and over again. Especially right to left languages like Arabic and Hebrew.
    The problem is that Affinity needs a text shaping engine for complex languages, currently there are 3 main ones: core text from apple, uniscribe/directwrite from microsoft and harfbuzz (open source but mainly managed by google).
    As you can see, it's not a simple task and only the biggest tech companies in the world Apple/Microsoft/Google that create operating systems have the ability to create such complex systems.
    Unfortunately Serif has a small team and they can't in anyway create a fully operational text shaping engine for the many languages of the world in the near or far future. We have advised them to use HarfBuzz since it's ready and open source but they refused to. Even more, one of their stuff directly expressed that they don't want to use any third party app for the text engine, but they can't develop one too and it'll require a lot of time, so they dropped it from their to do list altogether to work on other things. They want to focus on Latin scripts only. And to be honest I don't know what to say or do after that statement.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Tony Christian in Master page attached to a paragraph style   
    Having multiple paragraph styles with master page override on the same page is really problematic, but that can be solved by finding a mechanism of priority or an error message. If the designer makes his design to avoid such problems would be fine.
    What I meant when I said that triggering a certain master page at section break won't work, is let's assum we have:
    [Body Master] : with running head and page numbers for full-text pages; [Chapter Master] : with page numbers only fur chapter openers; [Blank Master] : with nothing on it, I apply it to front matter pages and other purposes like full photos... Now the problem with a section break, is that sometimes I need to use the [Blank Master] page, and sometimes I'll need to use the [chapter master] page. A feature to trigger only one master page at every section break won't really work.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Tony Christian in Master page attached to a paragraph style   
    Please add a feature that allows overriding the master page choice if there is a specific paragraph style in that page.
    A use case scenario for this is:
    in books interior. we need a master page (Body) for the main matter, usually, it has running head + folio (page numbers).
    We use a different master page (chapter) for the 1st page of each new chapter, it has folio, NO RUNNING HEAD, plus or minus some graphics.
    If we apply the (chapter) master page to each chapter opening page, let's say page 8 for chapter 2, then I make the font size bigger, which pushes the chapter 2 opening page to page no 9, but the (chapter) master page is still applied to page 8. Which means now I'll have to apply (chapter) master page to page 9, and apply the (body) master page to page 8 too.
    Now imagine if you have a book of 50 chapters, everytime you make some tweaks that changes the pages order, like font size, tracking, lining, add or remove pages and so one, you'll have to apply those master pages 50x2=100 times, which is a very time consuming task. If you implement this feature it would be of great help.


     
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Cealcrest in Publisher 2.0   
    Affinity publisher is aimed for professionals who create documents for print, not hobbyists. If you can't make $40 back from your work, it might not be for you in the first place.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Amateur John in Add caption on image which was text wrap applied   
    You can also group the image and the caption, and then apply the wrap to the whole group.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Bruno Henrique in Options for increasing and decreasing tools   
    Hold Alt+LMB+RMB and drag. This should work fine.
    The exact way way is to hald alt+rmb then hold lmb and you can release the rmb after. For ease of mind I keep pressing all of them. I don't know how well this will work with drawing tablets. 
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Toshchak Pёs in Text Variables   
    It's not available yet. The best you can do is to create different sections and put a variable based on the section names.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Toshchak Pёs in Text Variables   
    They should add running head variables that are based on paragraph/character styles.
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    toutou123 reacted to Mithferion in Back with the Mesh Warp / Distort Tool... Some considerations   
    TYPE FOUR
    How could I forgot? Another kind of Distortion that some might find useful is to adapt text into some specific shape.
    The idea is as follows: the ability to fit text into a shape, like this one (again, with editing capabilities):


    So, yeah, with this one added, I know it's A LOT to cover, but please, take it into consideration for your internal Roadmap.
    Best regards!
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    toutou123 reacted to Mithferion in Back with the Mesh Warp / Distort Tool... Some considerations   
    Hi there!
    DISCLAIMER: First of all, this is not another "bring the Mesh Warp / Distort Tool right now!" Topic. I'm not asking the Team to give us an estimated time of arival... None of that. It's something different, hinted in the Title.
    INTRODUCTION & INTENTIONS
    The purpose of this Topic is to share my thoughts and considerations, specially with @MattP, the talent behind this and some other great Features, to keep in mind when developing this. Why? The reasons are simple:
    Some of us are more than impatient to have this Feature available. It's been on the Roadmap for so long... Many need this and they are all in into Designer and lefting [Design Application] behind. There are high hopes and so much anticipation. And it's in the Dev Team plans. That's all good, but... is the gap between the Dev Team idea and the users need really been closed, even narrowed? When realeased, will it be what a lot of people are expecting? That's the key point that might turn things ugly here in the Forums.
    So, I want to open a relaxed discussion to talk about needs, capabilities and workflow. I will do so by diving the kins of distortions I know in 3:
    TYPE ONE
    Miscellanous Specific Forms Distortions:
    Topic 1: Arc Warp. @TonyB confirmed it will be doable as some other transformations. Said feature works like this for texts (but also for shapes), in Illustrator 2019 and on other Apps like PSE 10:

    The other transformations available are this ones. Available on both Apps but they don't work exactly in the same way:

     
    Now, the thing about these transformations (and the other Types) are these ones: Control and configuration. They are done through a set of parameters, not through a Mesh like the one in Affinity Photo. so, it's not just that it's doable, but that it's repeatable and done with a degree of presicion. And of course, it has to be editable and resetable, or as it's called nowadays: live. For example, trying to do it through a Mesh is not that great (the red one is done by hand after a lot of struggle, and it's no good):

    That's the Arc Warp but imagine this for all kind of options known to man.
    TYPE TWO
    The next thing is about Perspective, whis is another popular requested feature.
    Topic 2. This is really clear as what it has to do. Not just of one object, but for an entire Group, to do a pseudo 3D thing. On this one, DrawPlus does a good job and offers interesting options, like the slider on the Top part, and it gives the sens of working with a 3D object.

    The one in Illustrator does its part, but once you transform an object, you can't have the original back, so it's a destructive effect (making this a live feature would be awesome).

    If the angles of "rotation" can be in the form of parameters and mouse control, would make it cover all scenarios.
    TYPE THREE
    The last kind of Distortion people ask for in the forums is the Free Transform.
    Topic 3. This is the one that sounds more like the one currently present for bitmaps in Photo or the Envelop Tool in DrawPlus. Personally, this is the least I am interested in, but it has its uses and would make this feature as robust as it can be.

    I see there are two variations to this feature:
    One with the handles, as seen on the previous pictures. One with "sharp" cornes, without the handles (it's almost like a Perspective Distortion, but I present it like a different one because with a perspective you should be able to maintain the aspect ratio, with this one you can go beyond that). In Illustrator, the Free Distort Effect does this in the "sharp corner" fashion, turning it to semi-curves in some extreme distortions:

    As with the previous ones, the ability to reset and edit the effect on already distorted objects, would be gold.
    SUMMARY
    As I said, when talking about Distortions / Warping, most people have one or more of the three I showed. So, I leave some key points:
    Having all of the three types listed above in Designer is the best thing that can happen in this regard to Serif and us the Users. Also, having the ability to reset, edit and have parameters in some of the cases, would provide absolute control (and enjoyment). If the Dev Team implements this one after the other and not all in the initial release, even if it's not desirable, is still a good path. Limiting to one or two of the Three Types "by design" would hurt the product. Very important: I'm not saying "copy this and copy that", I'm just showing examples of the possible use cases for a Tool like this; however it's implemented, as long as it's logical and feels natural, offering all of the capabilities presented, would be perfect. So, citing Matt himself:
    I want our products to be good in their own right: It’s not good enough to be better than ‘x’ or ‘y’, you should just be really good and that be the end of the sentence
    I expect from you what you have set as your own goal: the best possible Affinity Designer.
    Finally, I invite anyone who wants to contribute by bringing examples or something they want for this Feature that I missed.
    Best regards!
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    toutou123 reacted to richardsison in Affinity Designer [All]: Set image as visible/traceable in Outline mode   
    Whenever I'm using Outline mode, it's always to trace an image. I prefer to use Outline mode because the "visible stroke" is as fine as it can be, and there are no styles applied (i.e. no fills, strokes, gradients etc). In my opinion (and my usecase of course), having the "Outline" view mode seems incomplete without being able to set an image layer as a background.
    I don't think every image layer should be visible, but there should be a way to change an image layer's view setting to "Traceable" (or something similar) so it is visible even when in Outline mode. It makes sense for this "traceable" layer to be slightly opaque just so the outline can be clearly seen on top. The opacity could be set on the layer, or it could be set as a global setting (whatever's easier).
     
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Fixx in Text Variables   
    They should add running head variables that are based on paragraph/character styles.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Interior Book Design in Text Variables   
    They should add running head variables that are based on paragraph/character styles.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Old Bruce in Question: Image after chapter heading - best way?   
    I also need this effect done. Here what I do:
    - I put put the first text frame on page 1 and autoflow the text. It's not part of the master page.
    - I set the chapter title/heading to start on new/odd page with space after/before.
    - I create a new master page with the appropriate image placement.
    - I format the whole book first, usually at the last step before exporting, I apply the master page to the chapters so I don't have any problems if pages change order.
    - To select them faster, I open the find/replace panel and the pages panel next to each other. In the find/replace panel I search for chapter paragraph style, I select the results one by one and each time the corresponding page is shown the bottom of the page panel, I Ctrl+left mouse click to select them all, the on one of them, right mouse click => apply master page...
     
    If done correctly, this can take like 1 minute for 10 chapters. This is the fastest method I can think of that'll allow you to change the object or it's size.
    I have made a request to automatically apply a certain master page when a certain paragraph style is present on a page.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Rick G in Question: Image after chapter heading - best way?   
    I also need this effect done. Here what I do:
    - I put put the first text frame on page 1 and autoflow the text. It's not part of the master page.
    - I set the chapter title/heading to start on new/odd page with space after/before.
    - I create a new master page with the appropriate image placement.
    - I format the whole book first, usually at the last step before exporting, I apply the master page to the chapters so I don't have any problems if pages change order.
    - To select them faster, I open the find/replace panel and the pages panel next to each other. In the find/replace panel I search for chapter paragraph style, I select the results one by one and each time the corresponding page is shown the bottom of the page panel, I Ctrl+left mouse click to select them all, the on one of them, right mouse click => apply master page...
     
    If done correctly, this can take like 1 minute for 10 chapters. This is the fastest method I can think of that'll allow you to change the object or it's size.
    I have made a request to automatically apply a certain master page when a certain paragraph style is present on a page.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Vlars in Publisher 2.0   
    It depends on the level of the user, a graphic designer who studies design and produces work in exchange for money will appreciate the software, and we all know how much of a bargain to have affinity software for $50 and even down to $35 and $40 discounts. Other users might see them just as a nice game to produce cool images or make a document here and there won't value them as much as we do.
    While open source software fail to provide professional quality features (having used Inkscape/Gimp and tried Scribus), they still have a value of providing accessible source code for programmers to learn how such software is made and how it works, providing free easy install alternatives, and many libraries/utilities can be even used by commercial software, even Affinity software incorporate a lot of them. Just check 3rd party licenses under Help/About...
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Vlars in Publisher 2.0   
    Affinity publisher is aimed for professionals who create documents for print, not hobbyists. If you can't make $40 back from your work, it might not be for you in the first place.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Glicky in Two problems with typography   
    @ashf sorry, I don't know any. I don't speak Chinese or have work on it too. I speak Arabic and I need RTL language support.
    I commented because language support is very weak in the Affinity suite and needs improvement for a lot of languages.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Glicky in Two problems with typography   
    I have mentioned the biggest languages "For example" as I said, if you count other languages with smaller populations, the numbers will add up. And even 3.1 billion out of 7.7 (according to wikipedia) is not considerably small at all.
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Glicky in Two problems with typography   
    Serif should make more effort to support international typography, if it's not their top priority I don't know what should be.
    For example:
    Chinese script: +1340 million users Arabic script: +660 million users Devanagari: +820 million users Bengali: +300 million users If not making the product usable for more than half of earth's population, I don't think what should take more priority than that.
     
     
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    toutou123 got a reaction from Migo Photos in Right to Left Support for Hebrew and Arabic   
    +1 for RTL and Complex Script Layout Support.
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