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    Workflow, and again workflow

    Having used Affinity Designer/Photo and now Publisher in a full time design and photo editing capacity since their introduction and having raised a few issues myself both for Mac and PC versions I feel that this thread could almost be the opposite of Timo's suggested paid for by serif and more of a paid for rant by Adobe. I ditched Adobe CS as soon as Designer and Photo became stable releases after their beta versions and haven't looked back since. Sure there have been annoying work arounds at times, but nothing deal breaking. Sure there are features I would like to see ( mesh distortion of vectors for example, or mesh gradients in designer and one day maybe some rudimentary 3D positioning, rather than just rotate and shear in Photo) but in general for day to day print and web layout deisgn and image work both packages have been more than equal to the challenge. Even producing 36pp magazines for clients in designer was acheivable... Publisher, the missing link, is coming along at a rate of knots and bringing with it welcome updates and additions to both the other applications as they progress through the 1.7 beta - lets also not forget that apart from the initial purchase - not one of us, not one - has had to purchase again for any of the features we have all been clambering for. Personally, if I were Serif/Affinity I would bump 1.7 to 2.0 and charge everyone again for an upgrade, they definitely deserve the financial incentive to keep improving this software, through bonuses and salary increases - which is hard to do without continual investment from us. Not a fanboy, even though it sounds like one, but want to balance the argument above. No puppies were harmed during the typing of this post.
  2. When I'm sending the document to a print partner and their impostion software/workflow requires single pages so that they can adjust for bulking between the inner and outer gatefold? Artworking across three single pages means bleeds are present across each page and the page folding in can be set to a width appropriate for the weight of paper/board... Plus if a client wants a page extracted to be printed individually - say a dealer list, this can be as simple as PDF'ing the relevant page - it doesn't then require reartworking/cut'n'pasting or increase the margin for error
  3. To be fair, I bought both applications as soon as they dropped and have used them extensively and look forward to publisher too. The improvement over two years is startling considering they have not required a paid update yet! If you absolutely needed those features, you could have been a CC user, but then you will have spent £1408 to have said features... Not the £100 two years ago... But it would be nice to see it added
  4. I'm sure its been asked a thousand times but is there any chance of a similar function to Inkscape's path effects being added to 1.7.0 << if it were to happen I would be more than happy to pay for the upgrade from 1.6 A very simple example is shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aotGj9iJB4U
  5. Call me odd, but I actually don't like the new loading splash. Not that I particularly like the old fluffy cloud either. If I were in charge (which obviously I'm not) I would take design cues from the Jetbrain splash screens - each revision gets a new 'fresh' design and also has a small loading bar to show progress if things are taking longer than anticipated. For example: Just two pennies worth! No more no less Feel free to ignore Release is great though, can I purchase it soon please before the new tax year starts, I need to get rid of some cash!
  6. Thanks Adam, something to play with over the weekend. Nice to see inner/outer bleed on facing pages.
  7. Excellent, couldn't find a post relating to it so thought I'd add it in to the mix.
  8. Current beta 1.7.0.58 does not apply the adjustment layer on an embedded .afphoto file when exporting to PDFX-4 if the adjustment is a masked layer above all others. If the adjustment is a nested layer then the export gets applied correctly. See below: Publisher file - embedded afphoto, with HSL Adjustment to helmet Adjustment as masked area above pixel layers PDF Output Adjustment layer moved to nested layer Expected and resultant PDF output
  9. This is an important requirement when working on multi-page documents as some of the print services I use require different PDF's to be submitted for each section/part of the item. Currently I am having to use PDFSAM to extract the pages from the document, I know this is okay, but I do always worry that something will 'break' during this process. Native export of page ranges would make the export section 'feel' more like a complete desktop publishing package.
  10. Happy to see PDF Export now has bleed fixed too, I'd say this is almost usable. One small bug/issue - if I place an image and change its size/position or move it within its frame, if I then change the shape/size of the frame then it resets the image placement fill. Maybe the 'image properties' couldbe removed somehow if the image has been manually altered within the frame?
  11. Hi Mark, Make sure you have 'Clip to Canvas' turned on too. I thought it wasn't working initially but then realised quite un-intuitively you need clip to canvas + show bleed on to see the document with its specified bleed - without clip to canvas you get the old artboard effect and show bleed has no effect.
  12. I just opened an .afdesign file and it asks if I wish to make a copy or not. As for the page additions, you can get around the bug by 'ctrl'/'cmd' dragging a page to duplicate it but yes there is an issue with adding pages too
  13. I have a ten page document, clicking the end page icon sends the document to the last page, clicking the back one page works but the forward icon is always greyed out so am unable to traverse the document using the icons.
  14. Just opened up and fixed the pagination in an Affinity Designer file. Each page is set to the correct dimensions and bleed is set to 3mm. Outputting the file to PDF with the 'more' option set to include bleed and printers marks on produces a PDF with marks but no bleeds...
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