brunoczech got a reaction from bures in Some UI elements are too tiny after the update
1.9. - good update but unfortunately still missing things that have been talked about here so many times... Search function in Preferences is still totally unusable, for example. Well, let's cross fingers for 2.0.
Anyway - could you guys make UI elements actually visible for human beings? Now I'm talking about those too tiny buttons for switching Fill and Stroke and to disable one of these. Check screenshot.
I myself have a pretty good eyesight but I have to click at least twice or three times because I just cannot hit the right spot. These two elements could easily be twice as big to fit the overall design.
brunoczech reacted to `a.m.a in how can I export from affinity publisher to indesign
so I know that I cannot export as indd or idml but I want to export to a file format that will open on adobe indesign because I am in a team and they all use indesign so are there any free software that will convert affinity publisher files to indesign files were they can edit it. or can I use one of the file formats to export it.
brunoczech reacted to AK_CCM in IDML export
I am responsible for public relations at the German Mycological Society and create all my printing templates with Affinity Publisher. However, a colleague from the Presidium, who also designs printed matter, has been working with Indesign for years. Neither she nor I want to learn how to use the other app. Besides, I am not willing to spend money of our society for this and certainly not my own.
I myself have an easy job importing her data: She exports her documents as PDF/X-4 files with image compression disabled. I open them and save them as .afpub files. With version 1.8 I can now also use IDML import.
But how can my colleague open my .afpub or .pdf files? Unfortunately, Indesign can only open .pdf files as images. And .afpub files aren't supported, if I remember correctly. But without being able to exchange the data in both directions, there is no efficient creative collaboration. In any case, I wouldn't know how.
Because of that it would be great if Serif could add IDML export in future.
brunoczech reacted to PaulEC in Feature Request: Horizontal spread layout & distance between them
I agree! I really miss the multi-page view in PagePlus, where you could decide the layout of the pages in view - number of pages, horizontally or vertically.
brunoczech got a reaction from Dan C in Stop adding _1 to the end of the filename when not necessary
Well, I totally forgot about that. Maybe because that was back in May...
Let's hope this gets fixed.
Thanks a lot for the hard work!
brunoczech reacted to Nazario in 100% image viewers support by using .af.png file format
I too would like larger Quicklook previews from Affinity Suite in MacOS. Currently they are too small to accurately determine content within and lead to loading up the full file.
brunoczech reacted to Ken Hjulstrom in "Rich black" is a bug - not a feature
At this point, I'm not sure exactly what I did, since I didn't realize that the black color had changed until some time had passed. Generally, though, as a long-time user of software, I tend to expect that any software that has an "undo" capability should provide a way for me to "undo" my way out of mistakes, and if I'm about to make some sort of change that will result in an "non-undo-able" change, I would expect to see some sort of warning message notifying me of this, and giving me the option to cancel the operation if I don't approve of what the end result will be.
brunoczech got a reaction from Blende21 in Exported PDF size - still way too big / resizing
OK so I found out what's the problem. It's the 'Convert image colour spaces' command. When I leave this empty I get a file of 6MB.
So there must've been some colour space mess with some of the images I guess. I will have to check and see.
But this solution is OK with me, so thanks for helping me!
brunoczech got a reaction from Jowday in File Saving locations
Dear Affinity people,
I've encountred a strange behaviour when saving files.
I've always thought that the program will offer as a saving location the folder the original file was placed in.
But when I open a picture in Affinity Photo, for example, make some adjustments and try to save it or export - it will show totally different location, without much sense.
If I save it in some random location, the next time I open another file from a different folder, it will not even offer the last used location for saving - this would still be strange and make some sense but even this doesn't happen.
So how exactly does the saving work? Why it doesn't offer the original location first?
brunoczech got a reaction from thomaso in Left Indent - not aligned
God bless you! :-)))
Still not the ideal solution as I tend to use text boxes of the same length, for example. If I use Artistic Text and try increase the length of the box the text transforms, in this case it is stretched to the desired length.
However it is at least some solution to the headings and titles.
Thank you for help!
brunoczech reacted to PaoloT in IDML export
I think this has not been asked as of yet (at least, I can't find it when searching). Probably, most of us are interested in IDML import, since the most urgent thing is transitioning from ID to APublisher.
However, I think that the ability of exporting IDML is still very important in a professional context.
1) Most of the professional publishing sector will be based on ID for years, and being able to transfer our files to a larger workgroup is very important to have our work accepted.
2) Computer aided translation tools are usually compatible with IDML files (and I can confirm they can be perfectly compatibile with ID). Translating our work will probably mean that the translators will ask us an IDML file.
So, I hope to see this implemented in a near future version.
brunoczech reacted to digital in Vertical distance between objects
We need an option to rotate the numbers showing the gap between objects — It is very difficult to read a number when it is written vertically.
And one problem: when I move an object using the arrows on the keyboard, the rotation marker overlaps the numbers.
brunoczech reacted to Granddaddy in Preferences window UI is frustratingly designed
After using APhoto for two years, I just tried for the first time to Search through Keyboard Shortcuts in Preferences. I find that the Search box does nothing except highlight categories on the main Preferences window. By the time I type a single word into the Search box, all the categories are dimmed.
For instance, if I type "Set" everything in Preferences goes dim. Pressing <Enter> causes the Preferences dialog to vanish from the screen. I know there are three Miscellaneous shortcuts defined by "Set ..." but Search doesn't find them nor does it find anything else I search for.
I was dismayed to learn from this thread that APhoto users have been begging for four years for Preferences to be made functional, with no result nor even a promise of a fix. I guess this is yet another one of those things that Serif will or will not work on at some undefined time that will be kept secret from loyal users and former APhoto enthusiasts such as myself.
Putting a non-functioning Search box on a fundamental dialog box reminds me that quality cannot be criticized into software, it has to be designed correctly from the ground up.
brunoczech reacted to Medical Officer Bones in Preferences window UI is frustratingly designed
Agreed with the OP on all counts. Here are some of my observations.
The keyboard shortcuts preference screen cannot be resized. This leads to unnecessary scrolling and extra effort to locate an option in the list. Other preference screens, such as Abbreviations and Auto-Correct in Publisher also cannot be resized, leading to similar user frustrations. The search option is almost useless in practice. Entering "Use" highlights four categories, but the actual preference options remain unexposed. A much more usable method would be to include a simple dropdown list that lists the found properties, and when clicked immediately opens the intended preference screen, as well as highlighting it. Allow the user to use the up and down cursor keys to navigate the found entries in this dropdown list. Hitting the Enter key in the search field should not close the Preferences window. Hitting the Enter key at any time closes the Preferences dialog. Frustrating to the user, because the user may not have noticed that they mis-clicked an input field, still continue typing and hit Enter. Result: dialog closes. Besides, Escape already closes the dialog. The Escape and Enter keys have very different usability connotations in a dialog. In the beginning I kept clicking the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to attempt to paginate through the main option screens. But instead these act like browser buttons, making it frustratingly hard to quickly browse the main preference screens.
Click a preference category. Can't find the option? Go back to the main preferences entries. Click another. Still not found? Go back, and try again. A chore, in particular when it is unclear where a specific option can be found. If the Next and Previous buttons would allow the user to quickly page between preference categories a lot of wasted time clicking around could be avoided.
In short allow the user to quickly browse/paginate the main preference screens.
(And yes, I am aware of how Apple abuses these as well.) Page up and down keys could be used to effectively paginate from one preference category to the next. And/or right and left cursor keys. Miscellaneous screen's top content is center aligned, which is inconsistent with all the other screens. Check boxes should be left aligned instead. Instead of a slow, cumbersome and hidden dropdown list to browse to a specific preference category, list all main preference categories in a list on the left of the main preference dialog. Highlight the one currently browsed. 1) far easier and efficient to navigate, 2) far better indication which settings the user is currently viewing.
(The currently used category word is hardly noticed due to visual hierarchy problems. Some preference screens are "uber"-filled with options, without proper visual grouping or even adequate vertical space used. The General options is particularly busy with no apparent logical grouping, but other screens are problematic in this respect too. The lack of visual subgrouping of options leads to cognitive overload and confusion on many preference screens.
For example, the Performance screen puts four distinct subcategories of settings in one densely populated screen, with no visual grouping. All in all, the preferences dialog in Affinity is among the worst that I have encountered so far in regards to usability.
I am used to both Mac and Windows in my work.
Rely foremost on active user testing rather than anything else. What works in one situation, may backfire in another. Avoid blatantly copying GUIs. Besides, the Mac Preferences dialog is far more configurable and evolved user experience than the one in Affinity, which is a shadow of the former.
brunoczech reacted to Nikola Kovac in Preferences window UI is frustratingly designed
"Reset" what? does it reset the shortcuts in focus or all? the manual says all customized, but a first time user, trying to find its way around the app will have to dig, and all it takes is that button to say "Reset all shortcuts to factory defaults" (or something on that line)
"Clear all shortcuts" ok this one is self explanatory.
7. the shortcut list itself...
a) c'mon, it's a list and it is restricted to show only 8 lines at a time it is wider than it is tall, and the window cannot be resized to see all items on the list :-D that's silly. I need to constantly scroll up and down this miniature list although I could dedicate a whole monitor for it, as I am unable to search for an item on it because the frickin' search bar is bonkers.
b) If I pick a new key that overlaps with existing combo, I get great little yellow icon telling me so, mouseover will give me the info, great. And now I need to go back to those two fiddly drop-downs fo find my way to the duplicate if I want to change it, why not give me an opportunity to solve this conflict here and now, by doublee clicking on the yellow icon or something.
Here is my suggestion for solving the Keyboard Shortcut preferences mess. Why not making a table with horizontally foldable categories of shortcuts (foldable like "Assets" sub categories) these categories would be "File", "Edit", "Text" etc.. First column would stay the same, that is, the description, Second column would show Draw persona shortcuts, third Pixel persona, fourth Export persona. It would make the features that are parallel across personas obvious, those that are non-existent in a certain persona would be "grayed out" And make the preferences window resizable, please. That way we could edit our shortcuts many times more quickly, and enjoy the switch to Affinity apps much more.
Please, pardon my ignorance, as I am not a professional UI designer but a frustrated user. I have written this overly long post to try and make Affinity better. I have lost precious time and artistic inspiration because of the design of this window and decided to spend some more time, trying my best to alleviate the problem somehow.
Please try and read it with an open heart, as it was written in the best of intention.
brunoczech reacted to Nikola Kovac in Preferences window UI is frustratingly designed
There it goes, my inspiration that is, out of the window, and I lost it trying to change who knows what shortcut key... again.
As a professional in video, animation, 3d and audio I have used many many applications over the years, and find Affinity package a real refreshing leap forward. However, I must admit that the preferences window across all three Affinity apps (Photo, Designer and Publisher) is one of the most useless I have ever encountered. I am not afraid to switch and learn applications and am ready to customize the new ones I learn to my own best practices, and the preferences window is my friend or it should be, but Affinity's is not at all. Please let me try to explain what I find is wrong with and suggest some changes which I did not think a lot about, but seem much simpler to use. Let's start:
1. The preferences window uses a unique visual paradigm, completely different from any other dialogue I have encountered in the rest of the application. It has a header with Back/forward buttons, "home" button (with an odd icon and a drop-down menu) and search bar. No other panel, toolbar, manager, assistant or any other window in Affinity uses this paradigm or at least my humble knowledge of the app does not bring any into the mind. I doubt that this is good. For instance having tabs, like some other windows would do the trick no need for back/forward buttons, no need for home button, no need for drop-down menu, just 7 simple instantly accessable tabs.
2. search bar is a sneaky red herring! It is in fact dangerously useless! I'd like to change a shortcut for brush size in pixel persona? typing any of these terms does not help me to find where to do it. It seems that this search bar is good for searching only a couple of dozen words which does not make any sense at all, either you make every single preference item that can be change searchable or get rid of the search bar because the way it is now is frustratingly useless.
3. I will not go in depth on my thoughts about "General", "Color", "Performance", "User Interface" and "Tools" pages as I do see some benefit of "bite sized" preferences pages even if some items on them seem to belong to another page, and the number of these pages could actually be decreased. (for instance half of the "Tools" preferences could easily belong to "User Interface" tab)
4. Checkboxes, since they have really powerful results would benefit from tooltip help with a more verbose description of what they do.
5. "Miscellaneous" could easily be renamed to "factory resets" or something on that line, as that is what it does.
6. And now I come to my nemesis, the "Keyboard Shortcuts" page. Where to start?!
a) there is a search bar on the upper right, that is as we said a sneaky trap, and a red herring. It does not help us here, and will take us "home" probably finding nothing of interest.
b) we need to use these two fiddly drop-downs. The first one could easily be replaced with beautiful Draw, Pixel and Export icons cutting the number of actions for picking persona to edit to only one click (or even better none.. read on). The second one is really unintuitive as its items partially overlap in different personas. It took me a while to get the idea that this second one is contextual to the first one (as the list changes "behind the curtain")... I got it only after learning my way a bit around the app so I recognised that some items belong to some personas.
c) a quick overview of other buttons and check boxes in this upper region of Keyboard Shortcuts page;
"Apply to all" -what? to all what? I had to dig through the manual to see what it does, and all it would take to fix it is to call it "apply shortcut changes to all personas" without this information there is no way to know that there actually are some connections possible between personas. As if the for instance, brush size in pixel and draw persona must be separate.
"Ignore Modifier—Lets you create shortcuts using a single letter designation instead of using keyboard modifiers." says the manual, and I still do not get it. Does it allow me to pres only the letter in application without modifier keys and get what I want? No, as Ctrl+S is stil "save" and "Ctrl+Shift+S" is stil Save as. Does it filter out the input of Modifier keys while assigning new shortcuts? No. So what does it do? Maybe a better explanation in manual would help, and a more verbose checkbox title or tooltip.
"Load/Save" what? it loads and saves what? a file obviously, but what does that file contain? All shortcuts, or only those in focus? Maybe "Load Shortcut configuration" or something on that line would be better. to be continued...