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  1. Place a jpeg2000 image file in an Affinity Publisher 1.7.2 document and the transparent areas come in as opaque black. Save the same file as a png and place it, and the transparent areas are honoured. My example .jp2 is 2MB, and when saved as .png is 16MB. If, as an exercise, I separately open the .jp2 in Affinity Photo, where the alpha channel is again discarded, and then manually recreate the alpha from the composite rgb (hard), and save, then I get a 30MB file.
  2. @thomaso Are you connected in any capacity to Serif (if so which?), or are you just pitching your own POV?
  3. > Actually to generate a text frame one would not use the rectangle shape tool and convert that afterwards but rather start with a text tool. @thomaso It's dangerous to make assumptions about the way people work - you risk a narrow inflexible implementation. Best to expect the unexpected. In my case, I'm replicating a layout from an 1876 newspaper, and I blocked out the areas using filled rectangles to get the proportions right first, then proceeded to derive text frames from them. > The UI enables you to choose what property of an object you want to change, just at a different location then you might used to. There was a discontinuity in UX behaviour: the Colours changed one attribute on the selected object, and then after "Convert to Text Frame", they changed a different attribute on the same object. I just asked the that you expose the choice instead of hard binding. ---- When I first encountered the problem I spent 30 minutes looking through the UI for a way to make the Colours palette change the text frame fill. I didn't spot the Text Frame panel, and I didn't search the manual (though I did search the forum). It's common to want to get to grips with an app without reading the manual, which is serial and slow. Please try to see this from the POV of a newly arriving user. This was a friction point and a confusing experience, which I would consider a UX bug. Ideally you would want to make the UX as frictionless as possible. (I'm assuming some of you are developers/ux.) @fde101Tnx, useful. Good that they expose the choice in the context bar, plus I see they remove it from the Colours palette while fill tool is selected. So… shame that they only expose half the choice permutations in the Colours palette when the fill tool is not selected.
  4. Ok, hadn't seen the Text Frame panel yet. It's not shown by default. What worked before "Convert to Text Frame" does not work after, which is confusing. It would be more considerate to allow nomination of which attribute will be changed by the Colours panel when a text frame is selected - apply to text or frame; InDesign and AI have just such controls. (And likewise for Swatches, etc.) (This forum is easy to find: Affinity Publisher > Help > Support… and the forum link is in the bug reporting section on that page.)
  5. Please show the file proxy icon in the title bar, as standard for Mac apps. (Absence means locating file quickly and being able to drag it into an email, etc. is more of a pain than it should be.) Affinity Publisher 1.7.1
  6. In Affinity Publisher v1.7.1, cannot remove or change rectangle fill after converting to text frame — there is no UI to do this, and the fill is permanent. Have to delete and recreate the work. Steps: 1) Select rectangle tool and draw a rectangle, 2) In the colour palette, set a noticeable fill colour, 3) Choose Layer > Convert to Text Frame, 4) adjust the same controls that were used in step 2 to choose a fill colour. Result: the fill colour of the box no longer changes (the newly selected colour is applied to text added). 30mins search and experimentation did not yield any place in the UI that would allow the rectangle fill to be changed (if its present but well hidden, then this is also a UI bug). Expected: either a) rectangle fill is removed when converted to text frame, or b) all colour selection palettes allow target for change within text frame to be selected, out of text (selection) or frame itself. (Presumed same for all types of shape, and for stroke as well.)
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