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Chiefmonkey

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  1. Hey @Solpablo fantastic response... yeah I still tinker with Affinity, though I am back on Adobe for my sins since I just got to work. But like I said I still tinker, there are things that take me seconds in Affinity that take minutes in illustrator... just need to keep playing Your design looks fantastic... I'm slightly envious of your skills lol... I shall have a play with the offset tool Cheers mate, Chiefmonkey
  2. no offence taken @JET_Affinity Stroke widths can work just fine... as I described earlier on... you just expand the stroke
  3. Hey Lagarto, Really appreciate your solution... just loaded it up and it is perfect... unfortunately Inkscape, as much as I love to use open source and (donate to it) is clunky AF with it's XQuartz on my mac... so frustrating... I love the Affinity software, it really does have a beautifully made UI... it just doesn't do what I need Looks like I'm going to have to suck up the Adobe price in order to have that "just works" experience... I do appreciate all the answers and help I've had from folks here but I also have animation to do Looks like my move to open source and alternatives to the giants will have to wait a little longer... gutted but I gotta work, eat and pay bills Thanks again
  4. Oh god that was the answer I was dreading I still want to support the underdog though... I've bought copies and will continue to play with them but it looks like I'm going to have to pay the extortionate Adobe fee's Thank you for your reply Gary... just to double check... are you saying I can not convert that pink outline I've created into a vector?
  5. Hello folks, I'm trying to convert from photoshop to affinity but am struggling. This literally takes me seconds in AI. I find a picture I like... I open it up... I trace the image as silhouette... I expand the image... I have outline of image... a smooth outline no anti-aliasing. How do I do this in Affinity? It's been 2 hours of googling and playing but no luck... So far this is what I've done: Opened up image in Photo... removed background... save as .png... open up image in Designer... layer effects > Outline... I expand the outline (but I can not tell what thats done, if anything) I'm now stuck... how do I just get that outline... nothing else, just a vector image of that outline with no anti-aliasing? Thank you for any helpful answers (I'm begging you guys for help here, I seriously do not want to go back to Adobe... I realise there's a learning curve and there will be something obvious but I'm struggling... I can usually switch to a new bit of software with a few tutorials and some googling but this is just getting painful... sorry)
  6. no offence taken @JET_Affinity Stroke widths can work just fine... as I described earlier on... you just expand the stroke... it's cumbersome but can be done I've looked after dev teams and owned my own mobile app startup for years... Roadmaps are great, we swore by them... you can't always stick to them because you can't predict everything... but we were always 80% there and the rest is just communication... that is all that I asked for in my initial post Being a middle aged adult, who's worked online with devs since the mid 90's I wouldn't dream of demanding a feature... and I haven't here... what I've asked for is for communication... I've looked throughout the forums but unfortunately can't see anything conclusive but things from years ago that say "coming soon" or worse people simply being told what they can't do without being provided a workaround alternative I'm not expecting an answer anymore... it's pretty clear one isn't coming... @dominik pointed me toward the beta tests so you can see new features which has been appreciated (thank you Dominik) but still doesn't answer the question So as I said in my last reply... I'm letting it go... I'm sticking with Affinity because I'm determined not to use Adobe... I'm using workarounds that either I worked out or the more helpful members have offered Thanks for sharing your thoughts
  7. @dominik yep cheers mate... if you ever hear of a workaround for Blending between shapes please do let me know @Pšenda I agree... I can live without the Shape Tool... the boolean operators are actually a no brainer and in some circumstances quicker As for the Offset Path, I shall struggle on... painfully clicking 30 times to simply add a uniform outline to a previously drawn shape... I'm letting it go... it's gone... all is good in the world Appreciate your time guys... thank you
  8. thank you @dominik all good... no offence taken at all... I guess this bit sums it up: "If they felt there was anything new or significative enough to add (disclose) to the discussion they would probably have done it by now." Blending between Shapes - aka transitioning/tweening... can't believe this isn't a function/feature they'd want to include... an answer to this would be greatly appreciated Shape Creation Tool - the Boolean tools are OK (a "Shape Tool" would be so much quicker but hey I'm letting it go lol) Offset Path - in AI and others this is a 2-click feature.. but hey there is a workaround... it's cumbersome UX but you get there in the end... I'm letting it go
  9. Cheers @Old Bruce... thanks for the extra info there... I'm thinking Publisher is part of the change of "Vision" they had... they're targeting the Publishing/Print industry... as opposed to creating Animation/3D/Video as in something like After Effects You're dead right... I am sticking with Affinity not expecting anything new... for sure if there's a better tool I'll use it... I'm just committed to not returning to Adobe... want to support the underdog and especially open source software (shame about Inkscape) Be interesting if anyone comments here to provide some clarity on my questions maybe if I mention @Affinity Designer it'll help
  10. Cheers @dominik really appreciate the link... it explains why the roadmap got out of sync with their change of vision... doesn't explain why they don't just update the roadmap My point is pretty straight forward... there are these three features that are crucial to many users who have been asking repeatedly over the years and there has never been a straightforward, non fluffy answer e.g. "Yes that feature is definitely coming... approximately on this date OR in the next release" OR "No that feature will never be included... we have a different approach for you... here is that different approach... AND/OR here is a workaround"
  11. lol thank you haakoo, appreciate your response... but you're right I don't like that answer lol Any software not listening to its users will see their users slowly disappear to solutions that do listen to them... it's just what happens This is a quote of the Affinity Designer homepage: "Thousands of designers around the world told us how they need their graphic design app to behave. We put that knowledge at the core of Affinity Designer." I guess they've stopped listening All I'm asking for is some clear and transparent communication as to whats happening with these 3 features which have been requested from years ago... the need for them hasn't gone Guess I need to hit twitter to see if that will prompt a reply... or something... anything... give me a grain of insight, anything lol
  12. Cheers Dominik I appreciate your reply These are 3 major features in most other graphics tools and the community have been asking for them for years... all I'm asking for is some communication... some open and honest transparent answers... These are feature requests, I'm not complaining they're not in, I'm complaining about the lack of communication or the fob-off's "coming soon" Thats frustrating as hell All I'd like is a straight forward "This feature will be added in version 1.7.x and that is expect 15 Febraury 2020" OR "This feature will never be added because blah blah blah... but we are doing this instead" Something just something... so far I've not seen a conclusive answer to any of these questions... would be great if a member of the dev team chip in here. I like the Affinity Software, I've bought both... generally they're pretty damned good and better than Inkscape (which I really wanted to like but regretfully don't get on with) and better than adobe in some regards... I've also owned my own app development business before and totally appreciate priorities of work and complexities of software like this. Just wish there's was an improvement in the communication of these three features that have been requested many times for years now. The main reason I'm aware that people shy away from Roadmaps is because they can't stick to them 100%... but it really doesn't matter, just communicate what you have achieved and double down on what you haven't for the next release... but communicate Thanks again Dominik... apologies for my ramble... I feel better now lol
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