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  1. Power duplicate is roughly a match for Transform Again in Illustrator, and it's not nearly as good as InDesign's "Gridify" feature. (In fact, Illustrator doesn't have a great way to make grids either.) The way InDesign builds grids is that you press the arrow keys while you're dragging a shape. Up/down change the number of rows, Left/right change the number of columns, Command-arrows change the gaps, and when you let the mouse go, the entire grid appears, taking up exactly the amount of space you chose. The same thing while you're placing multiple images places those images in a grid. Alternatively, there's also Edit > Step and Repeat which can make grids instantly. The guide manager is probably the best way to get the job done here, but it's not much fun to poke around in dialog boxes.
  2. Loving Affinity Publisher so far, but one total deal killer for a couple of my clients is the absence of captions. In InDesign, I can automatically create static captions based on the image name (or any other metadata property). This is a massive time saver for creating image-heavy catalogues and there's no equivalent feature in Publisher, so please consider adding it? Along the same lines, a tool for creating grids of picture frames would be terrific, and there's room to improve over InDesign's tricky method (arrows while holding the mouse button) too. Many thanks for what you've done so far — it's great.
  3. The joy of the A sizes is that their ratio of 1:√2 makes resizing easy. More info: http://betweenborders.com/wordsmithing/a4-vs-us-letter/ And here's a map of metric adoption (no offence intended!): http://mentalfloss.com/article/55895/countries-havent-adopted-metric-system
  4. Optical kerning is sometimes essential to avoid disasters, even in common fonts. Writing about Tchaikovsky in Gill Sans, for instance, isn't possible without it, because the designers forgot to provide for the "Tc" pair.
  5. Just trying out the app, and a few missing shortcuts slowed me way down. Many of the shortcuts shown have been lifted from Photoshop, so please take a few more: Command-Delete (i.e. backspace) and Option-Delete to fill with foreground and background colours. Shift-Delete should bring up the fill dialog. D to return to default colours, X to swap foreground and background. Those, together, make working with masks much, much easier. I also need a bigger brush than 1000pixels to work on larger images. There are many subtle points in the UI which need work, but it's a beta so that's OK. A few first impressions are that the checkboxes on the right (not the left) of layers are distracting; there are eyes in Channels but not in Layers? Also, I like the clipping workflow as is more advanced than Adobe's, but not sure that it's obvious enough, especially to those used to the Photoshop way. When items are clipped, it looks like they're just in a group together, and it should probably be clearer that something entirely different is happening. Thanks, though! Great to see alternatives out there.
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