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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Confirmed that different profiles give different breakdowns in different profiles. Also confirmed that this actually happens in InDesign as well. I think it's still going to freak people out, but it's a good reminder that you need to pick colours for a design using Pantone OR CMYK, but not both. The remaining differences between InDesign and Affinity Publisher are probably due to the new Pantone Coated V2 breakdowns, but check profiles if you're comparing the apps.
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    Diacritical characters

    The "hold down the key" feature is the newer way to add special characters, but the "dead key" feature (option-i then e for ê, option-u then o for ö) has worked forever in every app, is a system standard, and needs to work properly too.
  5. Great start to the app, a few rough edges obviously. 1. While it's easy enough to use any Pantone colour in the Swatches panel, it's hard to add one to the document swatch. The #1 way people will try is to go to the Swatches panel, then choose "Add Global Colour…", but if you choose Pantone in that modal dialog box, you can't show the list of swatches by name, and you can't search. You can hover and wait for a tooltip, but that's a nightmare. 2. Going a different way, choosing Pantone from the Swatches panel, then 485C, then applying that to an object, then right-clicking the object and choosing Add to Swatches > From Fill works, but it's not obvious. 3. Converting the Pantone 485C swatch back into CMYK doesn't give the values I'd expect. In InDesign, this is 5.84/97.64/100/0.57, but in Affinity Publisher I see 0/81/87/15? Another: Pantone 130C in InDesign is 2.43/37.87/100/0, but in Publisher it's 0/30/100/5. What's going on? Is there some kind of double conversion happening? Is it just that the new "V2" of Pantone+ Coated is completely different *again* from the last version? (Pantone+ Coated is not the same as Pantone Coated, all the CMYK breakdowns changed in CS5 but few noticed. 485C used to be 0/98/100/0.) Worth noting that the Pantone+ CMYK Coated values *do* seem to be the same between InDesign and Publisher. Still, if Pantone numbers in Publisher are so wildly different from Pantone numbers in InDesign, clients will be pretty unhappy. Most people only use the "C" numbers but then print in CMYK anyway — the breakdowns are really, really important. This may be Pantone's fault, but Affinity will get the blame if colours don't match.
  6. Re-requesting this now that the 1.5 beta is out. It looks really good, lots of new and refined features which is great to see. So firstly: thank you! Now, is there any way you could please add a few commands that could be triggered by keyboard shortcuts? There are plenty hidden away, and I really, really miss a few from Photoshop that I use all the time. They aren't in the Photoshop menus any more, but they've worked forever and I really rely on them when working with masks. Option-delete fills with the foreground colour. Command-delete fills with the background colour. Those two are the key ones for me, as they're the easiest way to blank a mask and start again, to completely apply or remove a mask, to convert a loaded selection into a mask, etc. Without them, I'm way slower, and there's no real replacement. Please! Two related shortcuts that I'm sure other people would like to see, but which aren't as important to me personally: Add Shift to either of the previous shortcuts and current transparency is preserved. Shift-delete brings up the fill dialog box. Yes, Shift-F5 is listed in the menus instead. Far harder to remember though, and harder to type on a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Speaking of that, I'd love to see proper customisation of the Touch Bar too, but I suspect it's a little tricky — not even all Apple's apps offer that at this point. Great to see some support there right now, though.
  7. 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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