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  1. You can use a PC or Mac to download a video, then sync it to your iPad. But it needs to be in the correct format. You can download HandBrake to transcode, if your video isn't the right format for your iDevice.
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    A Twist on Keyboard Shortcuts

    Since we’re talking about Macs, you can do this by setting up (I think it’s called) an hard link. You’ll need to learn some Unix to make this happen, but OS X’s underlying Unix kernel has the ability to make itself think a file is in two locations at once. So you could have the file in the export folder hard linked to the same file in your Dropbox, and both AD and Dropbox would treat it the way you want, no extra coding on Serif’s part required.
  3. Sorry it took a while to get these posted. But here are examples of what I’m talking about. Some of these aren’t super obvious, but where curves touch in these examples, they touch at one point and only one point exactly. I threw in a couple extra I thought of as I was doing these, too, including something that will make long shadow aficionados like me swoon. HTH! —Russ
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    Optical typesetting

    I hope I end up with some kerning values that aren’t whole numbers! My opinion: make the thing as close to analogue as possible. Oh, there still will be those who want x points of kerning exactly, and sometimes I’ll even be one of them, for one reason or another. But that’s what text input fields are for. We already have 1,000,000-plus-per-cent zoom. I see every reason kerning should be exactly the same. And besides, having the ability to work more æsthetically than mathematically is one of the things that will separate a good tool from a great tool. And Serif already have proven they intend AD to be a great tool.
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    Optical typesetting

    Honestly, I wasn’t … at least in AD. That having been said, I've been doing typesetting long enough to know that stepping through discrete values, whether by typing or repeatedly pressing ⌥→ and ⌥←, tends to build some bad habits, not the least of which is paying attention to setting values at the expense of getting the look of a piece just right. The trick is to make changing spacing as analogue a process as possible.
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    Optical typesetting

    I can appreciate launching a feature like this in a page layout program first. That having been said, some of us (:::raises hand REALLY high:: :) are basically junkies for hand-setting text. Any chance you could code a shortcut for character spacing, something along the lines of ⌥⇢ to increase and ⌥⇠ to decrease kerning, maybe with an optional ⇧ modifier to affect tracking instead … and while we’re at it, ⇧⌥⇣ to increase leading and ⇧⌥⇡ to decrease leading? I could blow through some headline text in seconds with one hand on my mouse and the other on my modifiers & arrow keys! PS: The dotted arrows here indicate scrolling with the mouse wheel/Magic Mouse or one-fingered swiping on a trackpad.
  7. Examples I got. Which would you like me to clarify?
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    Merge Character/Paragraph panels

    I’d have to agree that the Character and Paragraph panels … contain generous amounts of white space.
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    Linux. Seriously now.

    Well if that's the case, I'm going to have to insist on Amiga and OS/2 versions as well. You can have the CD-ROMs to me in the mail by the end of the week, if it's not too inconvenient.
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    Radial Gradient Direction

    MattP: It was raining for you today? You’re not in Tennessee, are you? lol —Seriously, though, thanks! I actually thought that would involve a decent bit of eye-bleeding math. Glad to know it’s so easy. So, here’s hoping the forecast calls for more showers before the next beta! ;)
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    Zoom Window Button

    I don't know how much control the programmers will have over this, unless they want to roll their own windows completely from scratch. The function of those buttons is controlled by the system, as set out in the HIG. Now the HIG states that the zoom button should toggle “between the user state and the window's default state,” (if I remember the quote correctly.) So, if the programmers want the ”default state” of a document window to be maximi{z/s}ed, then everything's hunky dory. But in an application like AD whose whole purpose is to take advantage of the Macintosh MDI, the “default state” of a given window really ought to be the size of the document. If the coders want to help make sure AD doesn't lose focus in Separated Mode, which I imagine is why this may have been as it has been, the best solution would be a sort of backsplash to catch wayward clicks. Heck, it could even be made to look like a dimmed version of the active desktop’s background picture. 2¢ —Russ
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    [Fixed] Modifier key doesn't affect menu

    Thanks! Oh, by the way, I wrote this out pretty late at night, so there should be a step 2B (also 7B): ⇧ Click both shapes. Not that I think you couldn't figure it out, but I have a real hang up about leaving things incomplete. —Russ
  13. I'd like to see tools that leverage geometric measurements to make shape making easy. Specifically: Path tangent to 1 curve Ditto 2 curves Arc tangent to 1 curve Ditto 2 curves Ditto 3 curves Circle tangent to 1 curve Ditto 2 curves Ditto 3 curves Path perpendicular to 1 path Ditto 2 paths Path along shortest distance between paths Arc by three points Arc by start-end-direction Circle by three points Circle by two points and direction Shape exactly inscribed in another shape
  14. Issue: Modifier keys do not affect menubar, context menu items in same way as toolbar icons. Steps to reproduce: CONTEXT MENU 1: Create two shapes. 2: Position them so that they overlap. 3: Right-click the shapes. 4: In the context menu, point to Geometry. 5: Depress ⌥ and click “Combine.” 6: Observe results in Layers panel. MENUBAR 7: Repeat steps 1 and 2. 8: Click the Layer menu. 9: Point to Geometry. 10: Depress ⌥ and click “Combine.” 11: Observe results in Layers panel. Expected behaviour: Combined layer should be a Compound shape. Received behaviour: Combined layer is a curve. Affects software version: Affinity Designer 1.2 Platform information: Mac OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3 MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid-2010) 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB
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    Appearance Options

    @MEB: When this is implemented, will it work with the upcoming distort feature, so strokes and fills can be poked and prodded independently of their parent objects (I sure hope!) ?

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