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  1. I would like to bring this up again. Double tap to Undo and/or Icons for Undo/Redo and Delete in the toolbar would really help and would be appropriate for a pen and touch device like a Surface. At the moment a keyboard is still needed when using Affinity on a Surface. That's counterproductive for a mobile device.
  2. @stokerg thanks for the link! I tested the MSI/EXE install and I must say, that AD now feels so much snappier! I didn't test long (just 10 minutes for now, because of other things to do), but my first impression is, that the MSI-Version runs much more smoothly (even with OpenGL turned on). At the moment I can't see almost any delay between clicking an object on the canvas or in the layers palette and the object being highlighted. Even without real lagging, the MSIX-Version felt much stolid. I hope that this impression will be confirmed as I continue to work.
  3. Hi @stokerg, my processor is an Intel i7-11370H in a Surface Laptop Studio. I turned off OpenCL now, but for the next days I don't have jobs to do in AD. I was testing yesterday for ca. 15 minutes and didn't see any lags. But when I turned in on again, there where no lags either, even with the documents that caused them before. Just selecting and moving objects around doesn't seem to produce lags, even with large documents. Sadly I am to busy at the moment to test further. Edit: I see, 2.0.4. is out! I will check this and stop testing 2.0.3.
  4. Hi @stokerg , I would like to jump in here because I have exactly the same problem with AD V2.0.3. The problem that AD starts to become extremely slow is not dependent on specific files in my experience. It happens with very simple documents as well as with more complex ones. Unfortunately, I can't contribute actual files, as all my projects are custom work and subject to secrecy. These delays affect all areas of AD in my experience, but especially the selection of objects, whether on the canvas or in the Layers palette, but also painting, adjusting colours, applying effects and more. Some actions take seconds to be done. Strangely enough, other actions show no lags again. The lagging can occur instantly when starting to work with a document. In other cases it can take some time to see the lags. I suspect it may have something to do with the nesting of the objects. For example, painting on pixel layers often goes more smoothly when they are on the top level of the hierarchy. If the pixel layer is subordinate to other objects, delays are more likely to occur. The same is for selecting objects. But there is no strict rule to that. When I work with the same documents in Affinity Designer V1, I don't see these lags. Something crucial must have changed between the versions. Can this possibly affect the memory management?
  5. Exact the same here. I gave Designer and Publisher a few chances, but now that I have to finish my projects, I can't do any more experiments, so I did the whole layout again in Illustrator and Photoshop. At least it was pleasingly easy to export from the Affinity programs. I think the idea behind the Affinity apps is still great (and I will surely come back), but that doesn't help, if the apps aren't absolutely reliable. I very much hope that a lot will improve in the foreseeable future.
  6. To be fair: If the option "show lines in points" is enabled, you can still enter the value in millimeters in the input field for the line width, if you add the unit "mm" to the numerical value. It's just that you can no longer read the value in millimeters, but only in points. However, it is no problem to set a line to a line width of, for example, 10mm. I just realized that I have never changed the units in the fields to mm in version 1, but have always worked with pt.
  7. I would like to suggest the following small change to the Layer Palette UI: The hierarchy lines on the left side should not be displayed in gray but in the darker selection color. This would make the layer staggering easier to read and the whole thing more logical.
  8. I think this message is a mistake. According to this list below Version 2.0.3 has not been released yet:
  9. 2.0.3 is a beta version. You can find the infos about what has changed in the beta section of this forum. For AP for Windows it's here: However, you have to look up each individual beta version of 2.0.3 to see what has changed there. There is usually no list of all changes since 2.0.0, which will only be available when 2.0.3 is released.
  10. If you have more than one GPU you could also switch them in the Affinity preference pannels in the "performance tab". Isn't this the same as the setting in the Windows preferences for the apps? I suppose the brush lag must have to do with either AMD CPUs or AMD GPUs. On my old machine I have both (AMD CPU+GPU) and there only turning off OpenGl helps. On my new Machine there is an Intel CPU + nVidia GPU. Here I don't see brush lagging, no matter if OpenGL ist turned on or off. But beyond that, the freeze problem (as seen in the screen capture video on page 1 of this thread still exists. But it is very difficult to narrow down the problem, because there is no pattern when the freezing occurs. For me it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the pure mass of content in a file. Rather using a lot of clipping, layer effects like gaussian blur seems to be of importance. I also see some strange glitches in the rendering when moving objects. The disapear instantly but while dragging the objects there can sometimes some strange pixel forms be seen. Therefore, I suspect that the problems might have something to do with the rendering. Obviously Serif has changed the rendering engine a lot, which in turn could be related to the GPUs.
  11. Comming from an other discussion I would suggest to implement a separation preview at least in Designer and/or Publisher. With this preview you should be able to check all separation plates, including overprinting and see if there are any spotcolours.
  12. Now, this works. But would you say, that it is logical to need two times the same colour (i.e. the same CMYK percentages) to have it one time with overprint and another time not overprinting? Say you want to have magenta to be not overprinting in general, but one shape with the colour magenta should overprint (a yellow shape to get a nice red). Therefore you need to set up a second mangenta colour with overprinting turned on. Mm 🤔, not sure if this is really a logic workflow, because after all it's still the same ink and still ends up on the same color separation. I would say, that overprinting is rather shape based and should be adjusted for shapes, because it determines if a shape is part of a specific separation plate or not. This is something that can be found throughout the Affinity programs - breaking with traditional workflows for... - well, what for? Just to be different?
  13. @Tia Lapis Right. TIFF can save lossles or lossy and handle layers (However, I'm not sure if this is part of the official specification of this format, or a propriety feature.) But as mentioned above, lossy is a no-go, because it damages the quality of the image if it is used serveral times in a row. But back to the problem with large files: The filesize on the disk is one side (rather less important today). The question is, can the image software handle this large images when they are opened and edited. This seems to be the problem that @JaGold appearently had to struggle with in AP V2.
  14. Well, of course 😉. You never want to lose quality, especially in the manufacturing phase. If the client agrees, maybe you can save the final version in a lossy format, but even that publishers don't like to see. Saving in a lossy format, reopening the file, and repeatedly saving in a lossy format means that sooner or later this file will become garbage. BTW, I don't know any lossy file format, that could handle layers. You might want to add that Photoshop is not very good at compressing the file. Other programs can do that better. In Photoshop, for example, it is already decisive whether the bottom layer is a "real" background layer. If it is, this also saves some memory. For whatever reason.
  15. That's no problem. Apart from photos, which can use a lot of memory (that starts with using 16bit channels), you can do all kind of print documents in an image editing software. I for example do puzzle illustrations in Photoshop. With A3-Size in at least 300dpi, perhaps CMYK-Mode (I use RGB as long as possible), lots and lots of layers the memory requirements can also get very high. Since clients tend to change their minds about some things, it's always good advise to not flatten layers until the work is really done.
  16. Why not just ignore them who take themselves and their needs too seriously? I don't think Serif values their requirements more highly just because they call themselves professionals. I hardly think Serif actually keeps a list of user requests here from the forum. At least they have ignored most of them in the past years. It is still a big mystery what Serif plans to do with its suite and what suggestions and needs they will take into account. Therefore, it is completely irrelevant whether some users consider their needs to be more important than those of other users. JM2C.
  17. Well, without doubt there are "professional needs". I understand this to mean, among other things, speed, reliability even on a very large scale, precision, and the ability to streamline and automate workflows. However, the existence of special professional needs does not diminish the needs of users who do not use the software for a living, but may be even the same in some parts. I don't know who said otherwise (I don't read or know each comment in this forum). Professional or not says nothing about the quality of work that is done with the software nor the users themselves. So no need to feel personally attacked when the term "professional" is used.
  18. I would really appreciate it if we could just discuss the software here and no one had to discuss themselves, feel offended by the wishes of others, or be allergic to the term "professional". This forum is about software and not about the personality of individual users, not about belief and not about the bad guys versus the good guys (may it be users or companies, especially in relation to another software provider that starts with a capital "A").
  19. After reading your other post @ProDesigner (about the missing highlighting of the selected recent colour on iPad) I think I now understand, what your criticism is directed to. I must say, I have been a big fan of V2 at first. I like the new features like the shape builder tool, the warp tools, multiple masks in Photo, "hide others", the new export dialogs and some more. But the more I try to work with it, the more I am disillusioned (and therefore disappointed). Still no simplify path tool, for example! What I miss the most of all is stability. I could live with questionable UI/UX design decisions like locked layers that are not locked, preserved transparency not as layer options, but only for painting tools, an almost useless contour tool and so on. But I can't do my daily work with software that starts lagging to or freeze after using it some minutes. I'm glad I don't have to rely on Affintiy Suite and have enough alternatives to get my work done. You will laugh, but for a children's non-fiction book I now used instead of Affintiy Publisher, which started crashing when I was almost ready with the layout, guess what: ... Photoline. This absolutely underrated gem had all the features I needed and used before in Affintiy Publisher: multi pages (of course), virtual duplicates of layers and layergroups (a combintation of linked shapes and symbols in Affinity), vector shapes with multi contours, vector shapes as layer masks, typografic adjustments that filled my needs and so on. And it is stable as a rock! I would really prefer to do my work in the Affintiy suite, because I like the combination of all three apps very much and without doubt, there are some ingenious solutions like clipping by nesting layers, combination of vector and raster, the export persona with slices and so on. But all in all the apps after all these years are still that immature ☚ī¸. So many open ends, that could be connected or just finished. That often stopped half the way. What is a contour tool usefull for, if it can just shift the contour? If I want a contour shifted, I want some original shape that this contour is around. But by using the contour tool I loose the original shape. Thus I have to do the contour with a copy of that shape. But what if I change the original shape? The contour on the copy doesn't follow, because it is a copy and not linked. Of course I could switch to Photo and establish a link between them, get back into designer... forget it! I could do much better with multiple strokes on the original shape. But as said before, I could live with all these shortcommings and with workarounds - if the apps would be rock solid and stable.
  20. I'm a professional illustrator (professional=this is the job I live from) doing some parts of graphics design as well, for card games, for example (I learned graphic design when there was no "desktop publishing"). Of course I know your scenario. But I still don't see your problem. You switch through different shades of a colour looking for the best fitting. So far, so clear. I do this daily. I really try, but I can't get the problem, that you have with recent colours (except that 10 are too few color patches in my opinion). If I was unsure about colour combinations, I would duplicate the artboard and test another one. Or I would set a color to my liking and save it as swatch to be able to access it again if necessary. In the phase in which I'm not at all sure about the color, I of course also switch very quickly between the colors. But the colors that I then pass over are ultimately also out of the question for the design. And after all, I can get at least the last 10 recent colours. I would never change a colour so lightly that I couldn't tell, if it was this or this one and try to restore it from the recent colours palette. After all, you can change the colour of any vector shape at any time and adjust it to match the overall design. The recent colour list is just a helper to get back the last 10 colours you used. It's a comfort thing, nothing more. May make more sense with painting, than with graphics. Not ment as an insult(!): Just click on the object and you will see which colour it has. Of what interest could it be, which one of the recent colour it was? The actual colour is the colour the object has, isn't it? Perhaps you expect very other things from the recent colour list than I do.
  21. Sorry, but this sounds a bit ridiculous. Do you really have problems to indentify the most recent colour in a row that grows from left to right? The most recent colour is the most left one, the colour you used before this is the second left one. When there are two rows, the reading is left to right and top to bottom. The most recent is the upper left one. This is no uncommon way of sorting them. For example, Clip Studio Paint sorts them the same way. There is nothing useless with this sorting. If one colour is really so importat for your work, you can save it as swatch in a document palette. Can't imagine, that you really didn't get this.
  22. The logo you place in the CMYK Publisher document must have CMYK as colour space too. Otherwise it will be rasterized by Publisher.
  23. I assume that greyscale isn't treated as percentage of the solid printing colour black. That's a missunderstanding of what the greyscale mode is in my eyes. I would suggest to use CMYK mode for print documents and adjust the colour as CMYK (in your case as 100% Black) and use no other colour model if I want to be sure to get the right print colour. All other colour models have to be rasterized for printing. That's in the nature of printing colours.
  24. Sorry, but could you please explain what grey=0 means? I know only the print colours cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Is grey a spot colour (solid colour)? BTW, why do you export the logo from Designer in PDF or EPS format to place it in Publisher? You can use the native Designer format.
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