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ianstudio

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  1. 1. Use secondary monitor as primary monitor 2. Be in Full Screen 3. Play around for a bit.. In my case I can invoke a tool from the menu bar that pops down, for example the 'Align' tool.. and boom my Toolbox disappears. Not every time. It is very fickle, as are all bugs, so very difficult to pinpoint a specific sequence, at times it decides to reappear after one or a few other manipulations like selecting/deselecting objects on the design all without leaving Full Screen of course. I think the easiest way is really to play around for a couple of minutes, maybe switch to another app and return to an Affinity one etc.. it's bound to happen it seems. Also my secondary monitor is run by an eGPU. Hence why I use it as my primary monitor, much more powerful than my iMac's Graphic Card.
  2. Yes, that seems to be the issue but my secondary screen is my primary screen for practical purpose, nice wide screen (the iMac is my secondary really).
  3. Toolbox keeps on disappearing behind main window when not docked. And I hate docking it as using a wide screen and being right-handed.. like a few people... having to go all the way across the screen to the left is ridiculous (We should be able to at least dock it the right). This disappearing act happens on all three applications. I use the latest MacOS and my main screen is a secondary screen (using an iMac). To recover the toolbox I have to Hide it and re Show it, or Dock it and re undock it. Truly annoying. Happens more in fullscreen but also when not in fullscreen.
  4. The silly idea of using Master Pages as make-believe global layers is still being peddled by 'support' on here. Yeah V2 is a big let down in that sense.
  5. Yes, this is why I only use Publisher for things like posters, flyers and leaflets. If it has more than 4 pages, I'm back to InDesign. Seems that the Affinity people and a lot users I guess.. do not understand how much a flaw this is. It's a bit of a Twilight Zone situation.
  6. Oh I get it, it only shows if the pen tool is activated, NOT the selection one.. which is a bit silly IMO.
  7. Hi, was this feature removed, there is no "selection" option appearing in my context bar while my path (curve) is selected.. I have no idea iof this is a bug or a "feature" and maybe they expect us to only work with masks ? I do remember seeing a button with the text "Selection" at some point in past versions of the software.
  8. There are two main things I regret from Adobe in terms of interface.. as I imagine many of us "migrants" do: 1. Ability to save workspaces.. 2. Much more customizable side panels.. you could have 2 on each side, they could be folded etc.. allowing to really keep a lot of tools at hand and in place (not at all a fan of having my tool floating around). Am not holding my breath but these were really veeeeery practical
  9. Hello, I wish snapping to guides would work also in Preview Mode, I usually know more or less where our guides are and sometimes you want to make an adjustment while previewing but in Preview Mode the snapping is deactivated
  10. This thread cracks me up :0) Nice to see others share my frustration. I don't even understand how people cannot comprehend the need for global layers*.. then again I've only been a graphic designer for 30 years. * ESPECIALLY FOR PUBLISHER (and since they want their suite to "function as a unit" it'd have to be implemented in all 3).
  11. On my Mac my 3 Preferred Languages are set as: English US, French and Italian, and my main language is set as English US.. I still get that same issue of having only English (United Kingdom) accessible for spelling in Publisher when it comes to English. However if I change my Region (under Language & Region) from Switzerland.. to United States, then in Publisher my choice for spelling changes from English (United Kingdom) to English (without any further mention next to it..). Of course I will not keep my Region set to United States as I want my temperature, units etc to match my culture.. at the Mac System level..
  12. I was about to order one.. then I thought.. oh wait.. I use Affinity apps
  13. This should be on the very top of Affinity's' list.
  14. Same here... I tried to do what eflatz suggested: new file and copy content from old file. Same problem, still no bleed, so I had to actually create a new file WITHOUT an artboard.. but this is beyond unacceptable. The whole beauty of using Designer for me is to have all my various sizes be exportable as needed from a single file with different artboards when I work on an ad campaign.
  15. Indeed Bogdan, I hate floating windows, they should definitely copy InDesign a little more.. considering how much they already did ;0) A whole host of reasons Adobe won the Desktop publishing battle, and ergonomy is one of them.
  16. Without global layers there is no way I could switch to Publisher. And that's only one of the issues, but definitely a major one ! Imagine laying out a magazine that way, Hello ?!! LoL I guess it is very hard for them to implement considering that if I understand well they want their 3 applications to be able to juggle the same files. As long as I have to use InDesign I will likely remain in the Adobe Ecosystem. For now I have only played with the Affinity Apps but not used them professionally. I'm sure they sold a lot.. but does that mean buyers are converts ? I sill see all this as potential in a bit of a pipe dream way.
  17. I'd like the Apple Color Picker (View..) to have a shortcut.. AND to appear as a Studio toolbox even.. should be possible no? Or even allow the user to specify if they want to use the Affinity Color Toolbox or the Apple one by default.
  18. Hi, I really wish I could dock the "Tools" to the right of the screen: either to the left of Right Studio or to its right (basically at the right edge of the screen).. or even horizontally at the top. To me it is a big annoyance when using the Affinity suite that the only choice is docked as it is now or undocked (I don't like undocked anything usually). I would imagine it is annoying for many right-handed people.. a decent number of people are right handed no ?!!
  19. Same here.. better yet would be to be able to dock it to the right of the screen and to the left of the Right Studio. Most humans are right-handed, and screen are bigger and bigger (not sure why UI devs keep using certain of these outdated paradigms). Can't be that hard to implement is it ? Adobe has so many things right with their docking and folding options, would Affinity run into "rights" issues if they lift too many ideas from them?
  20. There are a few things I wish would be possible with colors: - Ability to select and delete several colors at once from swatches - When one deletes a global color, the software should ask if one wants it to be replaced by another one.. so that all elements using the deleted color then become the new chosen replacement one (or at least tell the user that he's about to delete a color that is actually used in their graphic. Hope these can be implemented..
  21. I feel like I'm on a hill, close to the top.. and that when I get there I'll hopefully feel "fluent enough" with Affinity. I originally got both apps as soon as they came out as everything about Adobe is bloated, too many apps, most of which I have no use for, the subscription of course and just that I hate when a company has a monopoly. I have to stick to Affinity, suffer a little (I barely touched my Affinity apps until very recently, always going back to Adobe out of laziness). Thanks for the uplift.
  22. Thanks a lot for all your answers.. 1. Well my slices were created automatically from each board I had created, but not when I then duplicate one of these boards. Maybe that is because when I create a new file I click the checkbox "Create artboard" below units that it then acts that way.. 2. Units do work as you say, more or less, they always seem to add a pixel here and there: 300px entered in the mm box becomes 301px upon export etc.. I like precision even if only for basic web banners (I don't do UI design but that would be a real issue there) so I'm now changing units at the file level when working on a web banner and switching back when working on a flyer for example (I have files containing both, so I can work on all of them at once), I wish there were a simple toggle button right in the toolbar for that. I also wish the toolbar could be attached to the right side as in Adobe (I hate a floating toolbar just a little less that a toolbar on the left (I'm right-handed.. so rare...!!!). ________________________________ There are certain things I don't like with Designer.. when you place an object/image, the part outside the board does not show, which is good but limited, it would be good at times to actually see the whole image and its edge without having to select it first (as you can toggle viewing "frames" in InDesign for example).. And I really hate that you cannot fold the "studio", you can hide it all or show it (I really like the way Adobe approaches the folding and having several levels of tools not just one column on each side). So at times my brain feels the interface is quirky.. maybe when I really get use to it all.. I understand they cannot totally copy Adobe, but Adobe had decades to figure certain things out with their UI's, not all good of course but many are) _________________________________ What's gonna make or break it for me over time is the "upcoming" "Publisher... loooong waait.. end of 2018 they say.. if I find I can work with the trio pleasantly then I'll possibly be an Affinity person.. Not sure the level of precision in typography will be up to par, will kerning, justification etc match Adobe's.. unlikely.. Adobe composer in InDesign is quite advanced. Right now I work with InDesign a lot and still compare when it comes to overall UI... when I switch from InDesign to say Affinity Designer.. I sort of feel like I am switching to a more toy-like environment. Thanks again!
  23. I feel very much let down by this "community".. am thinking of going back to Adobe.. No answer from any Affinity people (whom I think should be doing the job..).. makes me feel like Apple forums where lost people try and help each other (when you are lucky enough that someone took the time to try) and Apple never ever reacts to any question, bug issue etc (likely to protect their ass legally and pretend no issue exists) until they release some sort of blanket statement and/or fix.. is this the society we're building, the Amazon cashier-free style of "deal with it monkeys." Sad, very sad.
  24. Hi, I'm trying to figure out how to fill a colored area of a bitmap logo to a different color yet keep the transparency around it (original was a png). In Photoshop I could just select "fill" then pick my fill color and check the keep transparency checkbox.. How do I achieve this in AP ? THX
  25. Hi, I have a very hard time understanding the slices and export. 1/ SLICES Should a slice not automatically be created from a layer.. ALWAYS ? Did I miss something? it seems to be it does at times and at other times it does not. 2/ LAYER DUPLICATE.. and SLICES When I duplicate a layer containing my design, rename it to something else than the original (say original is called Flyer.. and dupliate is renamed Web banner) it becomes a truly new layer thus shouldn't a new slice be automatically created at this juncture or am I totally off-base and shouldn't that slice inherit the name of the renamed layer also? 3/ UNITS If a file is set up as a print file, I think I can enter pixel unit in the Transform toolbox using px next to the number (though that box still shows mm).. and thus use pixel values for resizing layers that need to be in px for exports (my projects often include having to create both print and web elements). I'd swear at times entering pixel values in the Transform yields correct pixel exports and at times not at all.. Basically I'm trying to understand where I bug and where the software bugs.. as when different outcomes happen after a similar sequence of events.. I get totally confused not getting the expected result. PLEASE point me me to very clear Youtube or video tutorials (I need images to understand I do very badly with text tuts) .. H E L P At this point things I did farily easily if not very easily using Adobe products are still quite complex in affinity.. guess my brain is not yet matched to this way of thinking. I'm off Adobe but at times I miss it still.. I was hoping the switch would be slightly more intuitive. THX
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