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Rene Verkaart

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    www.stoerebinken.nl / www.characters.nl

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  1. Spread the word. If @Affinity would have this, this would mean a lot and it would make a the type design community very happy. I hear a lot of them would like to switch to Affinity, but they can't until now.
  2. Please give a loud shout out to @Affinity so that they might add this in the next update.
  3. Yes, this is specific to the type design community. But there are so so many of us out there, even on a really high professional level. This is an easy update for Affinity but a huge win for our community. This solution is originally created to circumvent the font cache info. By putting the font files directly in a dedicated folder, a specific app (Adobe Suite in this case) can read out and use these fonts without the well known font cache issues. I as a type designer export on average 15 times a day font files to this folder. If I'd have to deal with font cache every time I export these fonts... I'd run away crying. Yes, the fonts in packaged Indesign files is quite the same. This way you don't need to fiddle around all the time with installing fonts and all the problems that come with it. It only works with Adobe software though. If you put the fonts in the dedicated folder, it only works in Adobe software. So the more people that shout out to @Affinity about this feature, the more chance we make to finally see this in a future update. 🙏🙏🙏
  4. Unfortunately not... Nobody at Affinity seems to notice this, or even see the sense of it. It would be not only AWESOME to have, but NECESSARY for large parts of my work. Please, give a shout out to @Affinity to get this in the next update.
  5. It works perfectly as a font where the bullet (or any other glyph) is set up to work in a bullet list. I've done this custom bullet for a client recently. Custom bullet font.mp4 I'm a type designer which is very helpful. If you're interesting in having me make a custom icon font for you, feel free to contact me for options and pricing: https://www.characters.nl/contact/ Cheers, René
  6. The thing is that I fear @Affinity doesn't fully understand this (feature). They're developing low hanging fruit features and don't have a good focus on the importance of typography. It's the basic of any design! Variable Fonts are still not available. This is a great USP for them to have in the design community, an upcoming "must have" for design apps. They already tweeted about this in 2018, but still no VF on the horizon...
  7. It's such a simple solution. I don't understand why Affinity just doesn't add this feature. You instantly get the type community behind you. But more than that, this is a great feature for every designer. And Affinity would win them over from Adobe Indesign. I would! I still have a € 20 subscription for an app I hardly use anymore...
  8. @Lagarto I totally agree. First of all that Freehand was way ahead of its time. In my opinion it was the top notch app from its era. Much much better than Adobe Illustrator was. But secondly, Affinity SHOULD have Variable Fonts support for sure. Come on, it's the future of typography. All other apps have it by now.
  9. I totally agree with this discussion. I too have problems understanding the color palette, or the use of color in general. It sometimes takes lots of steps to pick a color. I'm sorry, but using the color picker to select a color is so 90s for me. I always hated the early Adobe Illustrator for their color UI, but Affinity Publisher is even worse. Simple things like copying files from one document to the other doesn't even transport the color over. You have to set up the colors new. If you import an existing color palette then the colors in the document are not linked and you have to click through the colors to apply them to the color palette. And this discussion about PMS colors says it all. Not very intuitive al all! I don't know how pro's use Publisher to create print-ready artwork. I have my own design agency (www.stoerebinken.nl) for the last 25 years, and I want to switch to Affinity, but I'm still not really sure. I still use Indesign for print. Affinity is for everything where color and accuracy is not important. I think this is one of the least thought-over functionalities but one of the most vital for professional designers. They're not winning me over on the color UI...
  10. Variable Fonts is a must by now. I also hope Serif steps up and adds this to their suite.
  11. Hi guys, I'm part of a type design community working with the Glyphs app (https://glyphsapp.com/) or Fontlab (https://www.fontlab.com). This is a huge community and type design is an important part of the design process. There are some real typography rockstars in this space wanting to work with Affinity. We'd love to have a system fonts folder, like Adobe has, to export and test fonts with Affinity apps. Adobe's fonts folder is usually located here: user > library > application support > adobe > fonts This folder allows us to export fonts to this location and prevent Apple font cache issues. Because Adobe directly reads typefaces from this folder there's never an issue and you can export and test fonts unlimited. Whereas if you'd use Apple Fontbook, you'd need to clear font cache all the time, because it's almost impossible to change the same font file a few times in a row without issues. Having a specific folder for the Affinity Suite would help a LOT of type designers out there. I know a lot of people who are switching from Adobe to Affinity, but this is kind of a dealbreaker, because font cache issues are horrible to work with. Would this be possible? @ Type Designers feel free to jump in!
  12. Hi Joachim, I know what you mean, and I've tried this tool as well. So I uninstalled everything and started from scratch. I added the Affinity apps to my Wacom settings and... drumroll... it works. Thanks for your input.
  13. Hi guys, I'm new to AP and I've got a very strange bug / issue that I can't seem to fix. Affinity is not responding on Twitter, so I'll post it here hoping that you can help me out. I've made a screen recording, that I've attached. The issue is that my Text Frames are not resizable! If I create a Text Frame I don't see the 2 dots to resize or scale the Text Frame. If I export my afpub file as a PDF and re-open thát in AP, everything works just fine! You can see this in the attached MP4. It works in AD, so this issue is for me just related to AP. Strangely... Does anybody know what this might be? Has anybody experienced this himself? Hopefully, someone has a tip for me. Thanks in advance, René ★ I'm on MacOS Catelina 10.15.1 running the latest AP install. Affinity Publisher Text Frame Issue.mp4
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