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  1. Just chiming in to echo "Swatches needs work" It's not intuitive. Some Examples: If I have Grays selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" does nothing. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. If I have Colors selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" does nothing. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. If I have Gradients selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" works. It adds the current color to the palette. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. If I have Custom Application Palette selected as palette: - Clicking "Add current fill to palette" works. It adds the current color to the palette. - Clicking Hamburger > "Add Global Color" brings up the dialog, but does nothing. ------ I'm guessing Global colors are not usable in application palettes. That would be a nice, expected feature, but I can understand that it doesn't work. I think part of the confusion is that Affinity defaults into a Application palette where all of the features don't work even though there are button for them. ------ "Add current fill to palette" and "Add current fill to palette as global color" buttons: - These are grouped with the Palette menu, makes me think they are related to adding a palette. I can overlook that placement though... - These should just be one button with a "+" image. When pressed should have the functionality of Hamburger > Add Global Color. Of course, then, that dialog should be renamed to "Add Color" and have the global option in it. - I use spot colors 99% of the time. I have to use the hamburger every time I add a color, so the UI buttons are almost useless. ------ When I click on the palette menu, PLEASE show the list starting from the top. Having to scroll up after I open the dropdown is annoying. Yes, small gripe. ------ Also... Why do spot colors have two names? a "Global Color" name and a "Spot" name... 😕
  2. Check Panels > Text Styles panel > Options There is only one line, it says: Current Formatting—displays the formatting applied to the selected text or at the current caret's position. Click the arrow to the left to display overflowing information, if necessary Also, I just noticed how difficult to read the Help docs in the software is; everything is bold and italic... you can also fine docs at affinity.help
  3. @pirxx Some additional observations. I've edited some bullets and realized there is more formatting that needs to be set beyond what I described above. In the Edit Text Styles Dialog > Paragraph >Bullets and Numbering: Type: Bullet (Obviously you have that) Text: In dropdown, select Bullet. In dropdown again select Tab. Tabstop: match this number to the number you set for Paragraph > Spacing > Left Indent That tabstop part above was key that I did not know to look for. I assume you have this functioning correctly, but I wanted to add to the discussion for anyone else that might find this thread. Everything wasn't covered, so I wanted to make this discussion more complete.
  4. Hey Kevin B, I have some insight into this for you! We'll call it the Current Formatting window. Think of this as a way to get insight into the formatting applied to specific text in your document. How is this useful? Let's say you have a 10 page document. On page 4 you can highlight a paragraph and look at the Current Formatting window. It might say "Body". You might see an italic word in that paragraph. Highlight the italic word and look at the Current Formatting window. It might say "Body + Emphasis". That means there are two styles applied "Body" and "Emphasis". "Body" is a Paragraph style and "Emphasis" is a Character Style. You might be thinking, "that's not useful, it's already highlighting the styles in blue, why does it need to also list them?" Imagine in that same 10 page document you notice on page 6 a paragraph that looks off. The text looks slightly smaller. Highlight that text and look at the Current Formatting window. It might say "Body + Font: Myriad Pro; Font size: 10pt". Someone has assigned the Body style, then applied some local formatting to the text. That is, the text started as Body, but someone manually selected attributes outside of the Body style definition by manually selecting a different font and a different font size. You can strip all of that local formatting away so that it is consistent with the rest of the Body paragraphs by pressing the (T) Reset Formatting button to the right. **EDIT** Adding this: Otherwise, you might decide you like that style, and want to apply it to a few other paragraphs in the document. You can package that style by pressing the (+P) button and give it a name. When you highlight [No Style] it's kinda a special case in that it lists all of the default formatting. If you highlight [No Style] and press (+P) Create Paragraph Style, it packages all of those attributes into a Style. Now look over at the Current Formatting window, it now just lists the name of the style. I kinda feel I have a better understanding of some of this just trying to put it into words! haha.
  5. @Kevin B I just realized this. I am guiding you in the direction of creating Group Styles that are filled with settings set for every attribute and creating Paragraph Styles that are clean except for the styles you explicitly want. That is the way that the pre-setup "Base" styles are design, BUT Affinity naturally behaves in the opposite way. What I mean by "Affinity naturally behaves in the opposite way", I mean, when you Create a new Paragraph style with [No Style] highlighted, it is filled to the brim with settings, but when you Create a new Group Style, it is blank. The opposite of how "Base" is designed. I'm really just thinking out loud here and putting into words some of the ways that Text Styles are confusing. I know that Affinity developers browse these forums, maybe they'll see some of these grievances and use them to improve the product.
  6. You describe creating a Group Style and the settings box (in Edit dialog) is empty. Try this: instead of pressing [ +s ] Create Group Style, highlight P [No Syle] and press [ +P ] Create Paragraph Style. Now in the Edit dialog under Style > General > Type change it from Paragraph to Group. You now have a fresh new Group Style with all of the default settings that "Base" has. Note: I think they are the same settings, there is a lot in there to cross check. I also realize that is a workaround non-intuitive way to get that result. I really feel that dialog should be named the same things across the app. It's the same thing but sometimes named something different... 😕 That would be a good approach. Your top-level Group Style can have all of those settings, but you can ignore them and keep your Paragraph Styles and Character Styles clean and more simple.
  7. I was speaking about the number of Style settings for any 1 Style, not the number of individual styles. But, yes, it is sometimes necessary to have a lot of settings. I try to keep as few settings as I can because it's very hard to tell at a glance what settings a style is writing. This is one area that I really wish Affinity would improve on. The style settings should be easy to read at a glance, but instead they are all clumped together in a tiny box with no line breaks.
  8. I would use the "Reset formatting" for when making a new style. I would leave Base as it is. Yes, there is A LOT listed in the Base style settings. My reasoning for cleaning that section with the "Reset formatting" button is because I cannot tell what the style is for with all of that there. I am overwhelmed from step 1! haha . So, I clean out the Style settings to start fresh. I want to be able to glance in that box and see what settings the style is overwriting. If you have a style and press "Reset formatting" so that the Style Settings window is blank, I assume Affinity sets all settings to some default settings. These are just assumptions, but my thinking is there has to be default font, font size, line height, text color, etc, etc for every one of the dozens of settings. Base might be exactly those default settings, but I have no idea if that is true. So, Base with all of those settings and Base with "Reset formatting" pressed might be functionally identical. Maybe someone can chime in and give some insight! Yes, Base is a Group Style. Group Styles [I think] are unique to Affinity. They are there as a way to help organize your styles. If you have "Show Hierarchical" checked under the hamburger, your group styles are collapsible. You can also choose style settings for the Group style that all styles under it will inherit. For example, if you decide on 2 fonts for your document: a San Serif for headers and a serif for body type. You can create 2 Groups Styles, place all of your headers in 1 Group Style and all of the body type styles in the other. Now, if you want to change the font you use for headers, you only have to change it in one place. Group Sans-Serif (Font) - [ P ] Header 1 (Font Size) - [ P ] Header 2 (Font Size) - [ P ] Header 3 (Font Size) Group Serif (Font, Font Size) - [ P ] Body 1 (No Change) - [ P ] Bullets (Bullets) Sorry, I should have proof read my post a bit better. You are correct. Group Styles do not have anything in front of them in the Text Styles panel. Base is a Group Style. The reason I used [ s ] is because to create a Group Style, you press the +s at the bottom left of the Text Styles panel. As an aside. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of Affinity users that don't even use Group Styles. The most important style is the Paragraph Style. Group Styles should be thought of as just a way to organize your styles when you have "Show Hierarchical" checked. Yes, my approach is to start fresh. For example, I might make only a body style first that will style almost everything. When I get to a point that I need a header, I create a header style. When I get to a point that I need an unordered list, I create a bullet style. My logic for that is the Text Styles panel is too overwhelming from the start. I want to explicitly write the styles that I need.
  9. I think that Text Styles should be front and center for any long-form document, but Affinity makes it very confusing. It's hard to understand. I'll write some pointers, but keep in mind, I am no expert. Most of the time I feel that I am hitting far away from what would be "best practices." Start with a clean slate: Delete all styles. you should be left with: [a] is Character Style [P] [No Style] [a] [No Style] In the hamburger menu check "Show Hierarchical" and "Sort by Type" Paragraph Styles are for styling full paragraphs (paragraphs are separated with Hard Returns (Enter). A new line can be created within a paragraph with a Soft Return (Shift+Enter)). Character Styles are used for styling characters within a paragraph. A bold or underlined word would be Character styling. For any text box you have selected you will always see two styles highlighted: A Paragraph Style and a Character Style. Create a Paragraph Style with the +P in the bottom left of the Text Styles. Two things to do first: (1) Name the Style (2) Press "Reset formatting" in the Create Paragraph Style dialog. In the Edit Text Styles dialog, there is a "Style Settings" window always visible in the bottom right. You want to keep that as clean as possible! Don't have too much there. If you are having to scroll, you have too much. You will notice when you press "Reset formatting" all of that goes away. With "Style" highlighted in the left column of the "Edit Text Style" dialog, always take a look at "Based on." It should always say [No Style] unless you are explicitly and consciously making a style based on another style. If you have a Paragraph Style Highlighted when you press "Create Paragraph Style" (yes, there is always one highlighted) the Style that you are creating will be based on that highlighted Style. This is good to know and be aware of every time you create a style. On the Text Styles panel, there is a "Reset Formatting" button near the top right. It looks a T with a half circle. This button will be your friend! Press it whenever you have a paragraph that is styled in ways that you don't want and you cannot seem to make the styles go away. Do not confuse this with the "Reset Formatting" button I mentioned earlier. They use the same wording, but are not the same thing. *** Note: I am using the Beta as I am writing this, and some of the annoyances that make the Reset Formatting (T) Button necessary seem to be resolved. I hope that makes sense. Here is an example of a Group style that would make use of "Based On" feature: [ s ] is Group Style. Not sure why it doesn't use a G [ s ] Body Text (Font, Font Size) [ P ] Body (Body Text + No Changes) [ P ] Bullets (Body Text + List:Bullets) Above, you would use Body for all of your body type. When you have a Bullet list, you can use Bullets. If you want to change the font, change the font of the Body Text Group style. That will automatically change the font of every Body paragraph and every Bullets paragraphs. There are two different approaches for edited a Paragraph Style: (1): Open the Edit Text Style dialog by double clicking the Style in the Text Styles panel. Make edits and press OK to close dialog. (2): Highlight the paragraph you want to edit. Use the toolbars and Studio panels to edit the paragraph to your liking. When it is how you like it, press the "Update Paragraph Style" button at the bottom of the Text Styles panel. When you press that button, the paragraph style will be updated and applied across the document. I tend to use method (1). I do want to say, I have very little confidence in what I do is best practices. I did want to contribute to the conversation though. Hopefully some of what I posted will help bring clarity to you. I also hope others will contribute to help wrangle in my methods! Note: I refer to both a Create Paragraph Style dialog and a Edit Text Style dialog. They are the same dialog, but just named differently depending on when you see them,
  10. In the Edit Text Style dialog: Paragraph > Spacing Edit: - Left Indent - First Line Indent I suspect there is a easier (more straight forward) method, but I don't know what it is and would like to know.
  11. I really feel like someone, or everyone, on the Affinity UI team should use Blender. Blender, to me, is really the best example of efficient UI design. If ignoring everything else, the way Blender handles UI scaling is absolutely beautiful.
  12. I spotted this thread and find it interesting. I'm still on a 1920x1080 display. I've always assumed that Affinity software was made with higher resolution in mind because all of the panels, toolbars, etc take up so much space. I can see now that was a false assumption.
  13. Awesome, thanks! Convert to curve was key! This was driving me mad! To get around it I was moving the photo out of the mask, editing the mask, then moving the photo back inside the mask.
  14. I've created a mask by dragging a placed photo inside of a rectangle in the layers panel. How can I edit the shape of the mask now? I can easily edit the size, scale, rotation of the masked photo, but how do I edit the mask? There's no obvious/intuitive way of editing the mask. How do I rotate it independent of the photo? How do I select individual nodes to move? If the mask is a rectangle that I need to be wider, how do I edit it to be wider?
  15. What scripting language does Affinity support? You should be able to simply iterate over the layers and return a count.
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