Hi, I have no idea when 2.0 will come but here would be my list of things that I'm hoping at least will change. I hope this can be somehow helpful. (Sorry for my english, hope you will understand).
1) Payment/Business model/Updates: I will start with that because it may be the most important for Affinity to bring all other changes. I think Affinity did toooo big jump of $ model. I know you have a big companion - Adobe - but Sketch showed that when program is good it will have dedicated audience and begin the change. Sketch has AMAZING business model. 99$ for lifetime licence and 1-year updates. I'm so happy to pay them that money every year, especially that they give updates so frequently.
This is something that worries me about Affinity. I don't see any updates. When I look at your forums and blog I see that there is not much news / info about new releases. I would hate if Affinity would stop development because the number of new users slows down. I would feel more hopeful if I know that every Affinity User would gladly pay for next year of updates. While I was using that program for a while I noticed some major bugs/problems (stroke expand / no live warp perspective) and few minor ones (the way how affinity photo handles artboards and live filters) and things to improve (live perspective / export persona / mockup support / publisher script, GREP, find and replace presents support etc.). I have NO idea when anything like that will be changed. I’ve seen posts about „expand stroke problem” for a long long time - and nothing has changed, and this is the biggest problem of all that I have encountered… It almost made me quite this program and only because I just love Affinity new fresh vibe, I have staid, but to not be able to „expand strokes” feels shockingly weird.
2) Stroke expand - this one have shocked me. I do understand when Affinity is missing some options from illustrator, but I wasn’t prepared for this. Stroke expand is not precise. When I expand a stroke it is weird looking object. This is crazy, because I have to play around it a lot right now. Creating logos started to be tricky. I’m glad that my sketch can expand strokes correctly. It feel like a bug that has to be patched „next week” but I’ve seen posts about it for a long time.
I could stop here because what is most important for me is a support/updates frequency and this shocking expand stroke problem. But I will write some more, maybe somebody will read it and relate
3) No live warp perspective filter - so without this filter I can’t do a proper mockup for things thet are not flat. This pretty much stoped me of showing my clients some of my corporate identity mockups. I can live without it, but it limits a lot of my presentations to clients.
4) Artboards in affinity photo - they can be created, but only by designer and then I open it in photo - I’ve stoped doing that because affinity photo doesn’t handles artboards well. Then I use few live perspective filters for mockups I have a refresh of quality problem. Even in export it can blurry my design.
5) Photo vs Designer - if we have a pixel persona in affinity designer, why photo and designer are not combined to one program? I feel like it could be the same program just with more „powerful” personas. It is not a big problem, but I would pay even more for designer if it would combine photo. It feels like they are „tooo close” to be separated- but I may be wrong.
6) Export Persona - For some reason exporting in affinity always confuses me. Maybe I’m do „adobed” but I feel that photoshop/illustartor/indesign does it better. More simple way. Slices: I did instagram grid and because copying artboard doesn’t copy slices in export persona, it forces me to manually do all slices again - very not intuitive and time consuming. „Slices from layers” works like exporting layers but this isn’t good - there should be an option to decide how slices behave. I miss stuff like „quick png export” when I could easily right-click layer/smart object and just export it as a simple png. I think adobe „export assets” is just much more simple, intuitive and it does that job good enough.