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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Create in AD export to Illustrator only agency   
    Oval,
     
    I am not saying, and have never said this was a perfect software. There is clearly room for tremendous improvement. Which is a good thing! An even better thing is how responsive the development team is, and has been, to requests and input from this forum regarding that improvement. I wish this was a completely mature software ready to compete on an equal level with Adobe products. For some it is. For others it is almost there and for still others it has a ways to go. But at this stage of development this software is pretty freakin' amazing. Which is something you seem unable to even acknowledge and I truly do not understand why. Affinity Photo and Designer are children that have barely begun to stand on they're own. You not only want them to run Olympic marathons today, you demand that they do it in world record time. From everything I have seen on this forum it is clear the developers not only appreciate constructive criticism, they encourage it. Your comments are almost entirely critical without offering, either encouragement, appreciation, or constructive solutions. If you are as gifted in the area software development as you believe yourself to be, it shouldn't be that hard to observe an area that could be improved and offer a well thought out and respectful suggestion. Just saying "It doesn't work. Do it better. And do it now! It's easy, what's the problem?", is not helpful.
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    jmac got a reaction from MEB in Create in AD export to Illustrator only agency   
    Oval,
     
    I am not saying, and have never said this was a perfect software. There is clearly room for tremendous improvement. Which is a good thing! An even better thing is how responsive the development team is, and has been, to requests and input from this forum regarding that improvement. I wish this was a completely mature software ready to compete on an equal level with Adobe products. For some it is. For others it is almost there and for still others it has a ways to go. But at this stage of development this software is pretty freakin' amazing. Which is something you seem unable to even acknowledge and I truly do not understand why. Affinity Photo and Designer are children that have barely begun to stand on they're own. You not only want them to run Olympic marathons today, you demand that they do it in world record time. From everything I have seen on this forum it is clear the developers not only appreciate constructive criticism, they encourage it. Your comments are almost entirely critical without offering, either encouragement, appreciation, or constructive solutions. If you are as gifted in the area software development as you believe yourself to be, it shouldn't be that hard to observe an area that could be improved and offer a well thought out and respectful suggestion. Just saying "It doesn't work. Do it better. And do it now! It's easy, what's the problem?", is not helpful.
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    jmac got a reaction from evtonic3 in Create in AD export to Illustrator only agency   
    The issue of compatibility and reasonable work arounds between Affinity and the current industry standards is a concern to me BUT, I get PDF files from clients all the time that I open in Illustrator. No the layers aren't named and sometimes the font formatting gets chopped up. Sometimes drop shadows get rasterized but I have never had a situation where "Much work gets lost". I may have to spend a little time putting things back together but the file is editable and the information is there to work with. Missing fonts...that is a whole other issue.
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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Create in AD export to Illustrator only agency   
    The issue of compatibility and reasonable work arounds between Affinity and the current industry standards is a concern to me BUT, I get PDF files from clients all the time that I open in Illustrator. No the layers aren't named and sometimes the font formatting gets chopped up. Sometimes drop shadows get rasterized but I have never had a situation where "Much work gets lost". I may have to spend a little time putting things back together but the file is editable and the information is there to work with. Missing fonts...that is a whole other issue.
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    jmac got a reaction from peter in Windows   
    I find it ironic to hear Windows users feeling the same frustration Mac users have known for years...discovering a great piece of software only to find it is Windows only. I would be surprised if Serif did not release a Windows version simply because of the potential profit. But I do hope it is after Photo, Designer and Publisher have been matured and polished for awhile.
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    jmac got a reaction from AshTeriyaki in Windows   
    I find it ironic to hear Windows users feeling the same frustration Mac users have known for years...discovering a great piece of software only to find it is Windows only. I would be surprised if Serif did not release a Windows version simply because of the potential profit. But I do hope it is after Photo, Designer and Publisher have been matured and polished for awhile.
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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Is it possible to open an AI file which does't include PDF stream?   
    Dutch,
     
    No problem. Glad the files worked.
     
    Paul,
     
    Thanks for the tip on the file conversion site. That might come in handy now and then.
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    jmac got a reaction from Dutch in Is it possible to open an AI file which does't include PDF stream?   
    Dutch,
     
    No problem. Glad the files worked.
     
    Paul,
     
    Thanks for the tip on the file conversion site. That might come in handy now and then.
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    jmac got a reaction from Knight_of_Newbury in Layers and Masks Concepts   
    My best suggestion would be a YouTube search for "using layers and masks in Photoshop" only because you will get a lot more results. Look for beginner tutorials that would offer the explanations you're looking for. It's not the same software as Affinity Photo so the exact tools and steps may be different but the general concepts will be the same.
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    jmac got a reaction from MacGueurle in Is it possible to open an AI file which does't include PDF stream?   
    A5_TT Converted.aiA5_TY Converted.aiA5_YY Converted.aiDutch,
     
    Affinity Designer can't open Illustrator files that don't have a PDF stream. I downloaded your files, saved them with a newer version of Illustrator that embeds the PDF stream and uploaded here. I hope they work for you.
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    jmac got a reaction from Dutch in Is it possible to open an AI file which does't include PDF stream?   
    A5_TT Converted.aiA5_TY Converted.aiA5_YY Converted.aiDutch,
     
    Affinity Designer can't open Illustrator files that don't have a PDF stream. I downloaded your files, saved them with a newer version of Illustrator that embeds the PDF stream and uploaded here. I hope they work for you.
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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Is it possible to open an AI file which does't include PDF stream?   
    A5_TT Converted.aiA5_TY Converted.aiA5_YY Converted.aiDutch,
     
    Affinity Designer can't open Illustrator files that don't have a PDF stream. I downloaded your files, saved them with a newer version of Illustrator that embeds the PDF stream and uploaded here. I hope they work for you.
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    jmac got a reaction from fes in LEGACY: Official Affinity Photo (Desktop) Video Tutorials   
    First I will say that I am very happy to see this software and impressed with what I have seen so far...with one exception. The lack of a complete user manual. I don't understand the idea among developers that their job begins and ends with the software and users will fumble and stumble and guess their way to a working knowledge of the program. Video tutorials are great and helpful. So is knowing I have a reference, provided by the developer, that explains what every tool, panel, and menu option is and what it does, as though the person reading it has never worked with this software before. This is especially true for a new software that hasn't been around long enough for authors to fill the void with How To books. From what I can see the information available under Affinity Photo Help is bare bones at best and some of the bones are missing. I spent a lot of time learning Illustrator and enough of Photoshop to do what I need and I am disgusted with Adobe's switch to subscription based software availability. So the discovery of Affinity Design and Photo is very exciting to me. Stumbling through video's and searching YouTube and Google for additional information to understand how to use your products...that is not so exciting.
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    jmac got a reaction from JimW in Using Photoshop Plugins   
    Yes Mike I was pleasantly surprised too. The moderator did say that presently Affinity is not supported so I decided to send them an email letting them know that though there are clearly issues, some of the plugins do work. I verified tonight that I can open, use and return to Affinity with Adjust, Detail, and Simplify in both the MAS and newest beta versions and told them this in the email. I told them for me, Clarity quits before launching in the MAS version but opens and allows changes in the beta. But when I click "OK" to go back to Affinity I get a screen asking for a validation code. Strange because it accepted the code when I first loaded the plugins and tested them. I put in the code and then get a screen saying the validation failed because the code was invalid. I tried this multiple times and the code is valid and correct. I told them there is a growing community of Affinity users anxious to use their plugins. I will let you know if I get a response.
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    jmac got a reaction from JimW in Using Photoshop Plugins   
    I attended a webinar for one of the Topaz plugins the other day and some one asked If Topaz planned on making their plugins work with Affinity Photo. The moderators response was " We are considering it."
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    jmac got a reaction from ResKlau in AP- Hair/Fur brush   
    ivykok, If you look at your first attachment showing the brush you made you will see a small menu button to the right of the "Basic" brush palette. Click that to bring up the brush editing panel. There are quite a few adjustments you can make there to get your brush to behave the way you want. It looks like A_B_C has his brush spacing and other adjustments set up differently than yours.
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    jmac got a reaction from ivykok in AP- Hair/Fur brush   
    ivykok, If you look at your first attachment showing the brush you made you will see a small menu button to the right of the "Basic" brush palette. Click that to bring up the brush editing panel. There are quite a few adjustments you can make there to get your brush to behave the way you want. It looks like A_B_C has his brush spacing and other adjustments set up differently than yours.
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    jmac got a reaction from A_B_C in AP- Hair/Fur brush   
    ivykok, If you look at your first attachment showing the brush you made you will see a small menu button to the right of the "Basic" brush palette. Click that to bring up the brush editing panel. There are quite a few adjustments you can make there to get your brush to behave the way you want. It looks like A_B_C has his brush spacing and other adjustments set up differently than yours.
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    jmac got a reaction from Sh1erryTit in Plugin Support in Affinity Designer   
    I am probably not qualified to frame this question in the best way but hope that others more experienced in vector design generally and Affinity Design specifically might comment on wether it would be useful for Affinity Designer to support plugins such as those offered by Astute Graphics. Or it may be more accurate to say wether it would be useful for Astute Graphics to support plugins for Affinity Designer. I am very new to Designer and not familiar enough with it's features but I get the feeling that at least some of the functionality of these kinds of plugins is already built in or planned for Designer, such as the corner tool for example. I asked Astute Graphics if their plugins might one day work with Affinity Designer. Here is their
    response...
     
    Hi James, 
      Thank you for your enquiry.    I’m afraid our plug-ins are only compatible with Adobe Illustrator and we have no plans to develop plug-ins for Affinity Designer. However you are not the first person to ask this question.    We would be very interested to know your experience with Affinity Designer though and why you think our plug-ins may benefit?  Best wishes,

    Georgie
    Georgie Hulburd
    Operations Manager

    Astute Graphics Limited
    Penn House, 9-10 Broad Street
    Hereford HR4 9AP, ENGLAND
    tel. +44 (0) 1432 341073
    Intuitive Tools for Digital Artists

    www.astutegraphics.com

    Follow us on our Blog, Twitter, Facebook or our RSS news feed

    Registered company number 6465495 (England and Wales)
     
     
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    jmac got a reaction from Dakacha in text on a path in photo?   
    I have to say this mind set seems oddly rigid and unsupported by the nature of the 2 applications. While they each do have "features that the other doesn't have" they clearly share many, many others, some of which you would not expect. Like being able to "create a feature in one app and then edit it in the other." This does not set them apart from each other. It sets them apart from Adobe. This feature compatibility between the two apps and the pixel persona in Designer specifically, is much more advantageous to designers who often work with photos and vectors than it is to photographers who I image rarely need the design capabilities of a vector app. There is clearly a need, even if only now and then, by photographers, and I would imagine digital painters as well, to make attractive text within their images. This is a feature that makes sense to include in Affinity Photo. If you not going to allow text on a path because "Photo and Designer are different apps" then why include text in Photo at all? I really don't understand the logic here and forcing photographers to buy (even at a very reasonable cost) an additional application to access this one feature doesn't seem reasonable.
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    jmac got a reaction from MacGueurle in I'm wondering how many people here can really use Photoshop   
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm wondering if this was posed as a serious question or more of a dig at those looking for a legitimate alternative to PS. As in If someone "really" knew how to use Photoshop they wouldn't be interested in Affinity. If my cynicism is misplaced I apologize to coconut2015.
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    jmac got a reaction from MEB in I'm wondering how many people here can really use Photoshop   
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm wondering if this was posed as a serious question or more of a dig at those looking for a legitimate alternative to PS. As in If someone "really" knew how to use Photoshop they wouldn't be interested in Affinity. If my cynicism is misplaced I apologize to coconut2015.
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    jmac got a reaction from MattP in I'm wondering how many people here can really use Photoshop   
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm wondering if this was posed as a serious question or more of a dig at those looking for a legitimate alternative to PS. As in If someone "really" knew how to use Photoshop they wouldn't be interested in Affinity. If my cynicism is misplaced I apologize to coconut2015.
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    jmac got a reaction from Paul Bravery in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (1.3.5.1)   
    Paul, could you be more specific about what these two apps do with your color palettes? Are you saying that the Pantone colors are converted to CMYK but retain the Pantone name in the list? Is this achieved with ColorBook Importer and then Color Palette Importer makes them useable in Affinity?
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    jmac got a reaction from A_B_C in Can guides in Affinity Designer be locked / unlocked?   
    A_B_C that is an unfortunate amount of setup to do but a clever workaround.
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