T_Y got a reaction from RemN in Web Design App
I have a copy of everything out there, including Sparkle, RW, etc., etc., but there are no traditional WYSIWYG apps that have the power of FW.
Like many others out there in the business world, I'm one of those who has to handle web as well as other creative/marketing tasks and on a restricted budget, which means I can't allocate thousands of dollars a year for web designers, yet I have to manage sites that drive millions in sales (go figure - it's the conservative nature of many businesses when it comes to web). There are a lot of apps for creating websites, but the apps for designing truly robust sites are not particularly friendly to non-specialists.
Pinegrow (which is more or less visual) is an app that has a ton of potential but it is heavily focused on coding, it has an everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink interface, and tweaking items visually is very quirky. And unlike the popular WYSIWYG apps out there, it does not just generate the code, but it is 100% editable. If I were a major code-head I would jump to Pinegrow in a flash.
It appears that there will be a long dry spell before someone comes out with a WYSIWYG web design app for creative professionals.
T_Y got a reaction from Muffins in Guerilla training for working pros
There are massive numbers of people using Photoshop and Illustrator who hate Adobe because of the switch to rental software. Many are working in very fast-paced, high-pressure situations, are highly task-oriented and facing a daily stampede of deadlines. If they are to jump onto the Affinity bandwagon, they need a quick and easy way to do this without risking any delays regarding their daily workload. Setting aside a large block of time to learn a new app poses a challenge for such professionals.
I’ve been using Photoshop and Illustrator for a very long time and I can fly through tasks very quickly. While I have both Photo and Designer, as well as the Designer Workbook, in the intense rush of day-to-day business, I can’t put on the brakes and work my way through doing an entire project in a new app as it causes a huge hit in productivity. When the day is over, the thought of setting aside an additional block of time after hours is a bit much. It’s a cycle that keeps me from making the transition. When Adobe cut off permanent licenses after CS6 it was a major expression of disregard for long-time users such as myself, which is why I have purchased Photo and Designer. Taking the next step of actually using the apps is a huge hurdle. I know that I am hardly alone in this. Other pros I’ve spoken with have said the same thing. It all comes down to balancing workload, impetus to switch, and avoiding burnout while changing horses midstream. Having been on the creative side of marketing for a long time, I know what I would do in order to facilitate such a changeover. I would hire someone to take the ten most common tasks in Photoshop and Illustrator, create 60-second tutorials, then promote the heck out of them. After this, I would take the next ten most common tasks and repeat the above, then do the same until you have around fifty of each. Affinity already has tutorials but what someone in my situation needs is training that is quick, in-and-out, and which can be done on the fly whenever a small task comes up in the workflow; not project-stype tutorials or references to steps within projects. In an intense, high-pressure situation, the way to make inroads in prompting a transition is to provide a fast, brief and easy, guerilla-style tutorials so that the user can pull this off without blowing deadlines. Examples of quick, in-and-out tasks: – Adjust color balance and crop – Convert text to vector logo with gradient and outline – Open photo and save as optimized JPG / PNG – Import vector into Photo, then add fill and stroke – Select pixels, create a mask, and output with transparency – Create a nested object then duplicate this on a grid – Slice a photo for optimal web output – Isolate a foreground object, clone the background, and output layers for parallax responsive Affinity already has something similar in place. Refining this for pros in high-pressure working environments would speed adoption.
T_Y got a reaction from safoster71 in Web Design App
The tanking of Softpress Freeway created a ton of orphans - thousands of users who wanted a powerful, flexible and expansive WYSIWYG web development app (which Freeway was) and a modern app that moved gracefully forward with the times (which Freeway did not). If you didn't mind the finicky responsive tools, Freeway out performed the competition in many ways.
This means that there is an enormous void out there for a truly powerful and modern web development app that one can learn without requiring a degree and which has a ton of expandability and headroom for advanced users.
It seems to me that Affiniy is the ideal company to develop such an app - something that would leave all WYSIWYG web apps in the dust. (How about in 2018?)
There is a gigantic void in this area and nothing that truly fits the bill.
T_Y got a reaction from Drewligator in Affinity Photo: Where's the manual?
I am a pro running a one-man department working 50 hour weeks with a staggering backlog of work. I don't have time to play with the app trying to guess what things do and how they work. If I have to spend fifteen minutes poking around just to find an eyedropper tool (or equivalent) that is fifteen minutes I can't get back.
I've owned Designer from the get-go. Many times I've fired it up, messed around with it and stumbled on all sorts of intuitive ways to do things I don't want to do (and in a totally over-the-top fashion), but in the end, I quit and go back to Photoshop so that I can get work done.
The long and the short - six video tutorials and a busy forum is a less than ideal way to get up and running. Now that the app has won its award and customers are buying, perhaps you could take the time to provide formal documentation.
Speaking from 20 years of experience in marketing departments, the one thing you don't want to do is make a ton of sales, have customers say it looks cool but they can figure it out, and then they tell everyone that the app is confusing and hard to figure out. It will blow up in your face.
Speaking from 15 years of experience as a paid software reviewer, the same goes: It looks great. It is very powerful. It is extremely affordable. It takes a ton of messing around it can be mastered. Consumers and prosumers will enjoy spending the time to figure it out. Professionals will need to volunteer quite a few unpaid hours before switching. In terms of the app itself, I would award five stars but in terms of being able to get up to speed in any reasonable amount of time, take away two stars.