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    Linux Flatpack Version

    Good luck with that. I think you'd see an Android version of the iPad apps before you see a Linux version of the desktop apps... and I don't think you're ever going to see an Android version. The venn diagram of people on Linux who are willing to pay for software, people who are wanting to use graphics apps, and people who all have a similar enough system, is pretty small. I realize I don't know that much about Linux, especially these days but I know one of the reasons that other apps have often avoided doing linux ports is because of the various windowing systems and how you can't always rely on all the same resources being present. I know on Mac the Affinity Suite leverages tech like Metal, CoreImage and maybe even CoreML? (Is CoreImage still a thing? You know what I'm talking about, the GPU accelerated parts of macOS.) They're probably plugging into similar APIs on Windows, and I am not sure but I haven't heard about any fantastic graphics APIs on Linux. They'd probably have to fall back to using OpenGL or something. Unfortunately consumer software on Linux is hard to make good money in and has a lot of the pitfalls of developing for Android (tons of different variations on the same base, tons of things that could cause bugs that aren't in anyone's control). I'm sure they did some sort of cost benefit analysis and figured out that they'd have to pay X number of extra developers to ensure the Linux version would work, and that there probably aren't enough potential Linux users to cover the costs. Frankly as somebody who owns both the Mac and iPad versions of their apps, I'd rather they invest in the platforms where the bulk of their potential users are. (Mac, iOS and Windows.)
  2. Okay so I was just working on painting in a project and suddenly noticed that my brush wasn't changing size based on pressure. So I had to turn it on. I confess I don't use Affinity Photo every day, honestly I haven't had any massive drawing projects since it came out (I guess maybe that says something?) But every time I open an Affinity app and start designing something I go through a time where I'm drawing and all my lines are super uniform and it takes a few seconds or minutes (depending on how essential size variation is) before it kicks in, "Damnit, my stylus isn't doing pressure sensitivity!" Pressure sensitivity is the default in Photoshop if I remember correctly it also was in Illustrator. ANYONE who buys a Wacom buys it because they want their work to look more like drawing not because they want a mouse shaped like a pencil. I feel like the number of people who don't use pressure sensitivity is dwarfed by the number who do. (Assuming they own a drawing tablet or Apple Pencil.) Why can't pressure sensitivity be the default? It is in every other drawing app. Heck it is in Apple's Notes! It just seems so bassackward to have it off by default.
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    Affinity Publisher (1.7) Launch Announcement

    So happy to see this finally out! I confess I'm at a point in my life where I'm not doing much graphic design, but a few years ago I'd have been using this regularly and probably even trying to teach some people in the non-profit sector how to use it. That said I still bought it day one because I can never have enough Affinity apps!
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    Designer for iPad Pro 2

    I seriously want Designer on the iPad already!
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    More than worse Beta App!

    I don't think the developers would call it a beta release. Though it is a 1.0 release. And I'd keep in mind that sadly due to the way Apple runs things on the app store, they couldn't do a beta the way that the Affinity folks like to. They've ported over the back end. And I'm sure that they've tried to iron out all the bugs that they could find, especially the ones they figure most people are going to encounter right away. But Photo does soooo many different things, the best way to ensure the product is rock solid is to let them know exactly what you were doing when things broke, so they can recreate it and find out where the problems are. Personally the stuff I was doing with the app so far has been rock solid. Though I haven't been trying to import more than a JPEG, I've mostly been working with Apple Pencil. My guess is that over the next month a lot of the big bugs will get squished, and pretty soon after that you'll stop encountering weird conflicts. The good news is that a lot of the problems you report now will also mean that Designer will be even more stable when it launches on iOS.
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    First drawing with AP on iPad!

    Thanks!
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    First drawing with AP on iPad!

    Sorry didn't upload properly for some reason. Hope I didn't get your hopes up!
  8. I've used Procreate a bunch and this plus double tap to undo are the two things I really feel are missing. (Though I love the app so far!) Also a toggle to disable touch input on the canvas when using pencil would be great. Since palm rejection so far is not perfect. (Not that it is on any other app either)
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    Too bad no Affinity Photo on iPad Mini 2

    I'm a little surprised it can't run on anything less than an A9 because it runs like butter on my iPad Pro!
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    Affinity on Ipad

    Wow, turns out I was right!
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    First drawing with AP on iPad!

    Pretty proud of how this turned out given that I was only messing around in it for a bit. Love that I can dodge and burn with my pencil finally! Though the palm rejection needs to either be improved, or ideally I'd love it if they could add a setting to reject touch input on the canvas while using the pencil. Also we need an undo gesture stat! But overall for a 1.0 version this is bloody amazing! (Looks like I hit upload but the file didn't upload. I since found an online host for uploading images)
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    Affinity on Ipad

    Ugh it's been forever since there's been an update about this. The last time they posted an update it sounded as if it was basically working already. I'm praying that it's been ready for a while, but that Apple asked you guys to hold off on releasing it before WWDC so they could show it off or something. Ugh, I want it on my iPad Pro so badly!
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    Stupid Work

    Thanks for posting these, how did you find the XP-Pen worked with Affinity? My Wacom Intuos 4's mouse is getting flaky and I think they just don't want to fix the driver for it, and I don't feel like rewarding them, and this looks like it's priced really competitively!
  14. Hey, I'm creating an organizational chart. (Yeah, I know that's exciting!) And I'm using a TON of backgrounds around labels. And making sure that there's the same amount of padding around each seems to be really difficult. Right now I'm actually unhappy with how it looks so I'm dragging each box in until they're at the edges of the text, and then using the transform box to add .2 inches to the height and width. But I've got like 30 separate boxes to do it to and it's a pain. It'd be great if I could just add some sort of boarder automatically around text, or place the text within a shape like you can do in Pages or Keynote. Also, in general I love Designer, can't wait for the iPad version and can't wait for Publisher!
  15. There is an option when you've got the path selected to hit a button in the tool bar that does smoothing. I use it all the time. (I found Affinity was often far less forgiving than AI was of my slightly shaky hand while drawing slowly. Part of me wishes I could have the button auto pressed every time I draw a shape. But I appreciate having the option to not do it if I so choose.
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