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  1. "allows you to apply a non-destructive warp over any vector artwork or text. Choose between a fully customizable mesh, or use presets including arcs, perspective, fisheye and twists. Editing a warp gives a super-fast live preview, even on complex illustrations, and gives a true vector end result" Is it finally here!!?? https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/press/newsroom/affinity-v2-sets-new-standards-in-creative-software/#affinity-designer-2
  2. I've been focusing on HTML and web-specific accessibility tree type things, but this year I attended CSUN conference and learned a bit more about PDF accessibility. I'm trying to think through the steps that would be needed. When creating documents, we already use paragraph styles. Those aren't necessarily semantic, however they aren't a big leap from tagging things. I'm laying out a pricing sheet in Publisher right now (which is fairly simple) - but as an example, if there was a panel like the paragraph styles panel - but with h1, h2, h3, h4 - (or however they do it in PDF land) - it would be quick to select the headings and assign them to their respective hierarchical tags. There could be a panel for "Assistive technology" and it could be like the "appearance" panel / and contextual. Whatever was selected could have its options. An image could have alt text. A block of text could have optional headings. Given that there's a history panel - and we're able to record state and key: value pairs for just about everything - I'd be curious what the hold up is here. Is it a gap in the real-world reasoning for how it works? (as you can tell - I don't know either / on the actual PDF output side) (or the legal side) - But as someone who would use a screen-reader or braille reader to read a basic PDF document, that part seems like something we can illustrate to help move this forward. As it stands, Publisher can't be used to create official (legal) digital documents for any company - unless you plan on sending them out for remediation.
  3. I couldn't put the video here because it was over 2mb - so, I put it on this page: https://perpetual.education/resources/sizing-your-art-in-affinity-designer/ I was frustrated about changing the document size, but once I realized I could just use the artboards - that's all I use now. Sizing to the selection isn't always perfect - but here's a few examples in case it helps in the discussion.
  4. Well, I'm glad you've found an outlet here. I just wish it wasn't drowning out my feature request. - for no good reason. I'm sure there are 30,000 Discord servers where you could go and correct people for fun.
  5. Thanks Adam. This is really useful. Why did you retire, if you wanted to continue to try and teach people math?
  6. OK. So, for anyone with common sense - I'm sure the request is clear. For anyone who wants to fall on their sword about the not-so-perfect wording of my request, please do so.
  7. Who knew it would be such a snappy topic! I might not be smart enough or emotionally intelligent to understand the joke / or specific version of attitude here. But I'm OK with that. It would benefit me, my web designer/programmer colleagues, and my students - to have the wheel match up with what we perceive to be "the top." That's just my opinion. And I totally agree that when searching the web there are figures showing it at 0deg, 90deg, 310deg - and all over the place. But my desire is clear enough. I'd like it at the top. Anyone who cares to hear me, can talk about it more. If they want to implement a single checkbox, 4 radio buttons, or a number field to choose the degree of choice: that'll be up to Serif. https://www.w3.org/wiki/CSS/Properties/color/HSL https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/07/hsl-colors-css/ Maybe I'm just relating it to a clock? Top is zero? When I'm skateboarding / I'm going 0deg straight. If you think my idea is something that would hurt other people, or that there is a better way to think about it, or that you can explain some history of it - please do. I would love that. But saying "I don't care - it's fine" - is a waste of everyone's time. (yours too) Maybe we just shouldn't use HSL at all: https://wildbit.com/blog/accessible-palette-stop-using-hsl-for-color-systems I'd be curious how it works for people who can not see the colours.
  8. I can't see the coordinate system. I can only see the color wheel. Is there something I can do to clarify the request?
  9. I care more about AD specifically, but the whole sweet uses the color wheel. So, I think the change would be across all of them. The H in HSL - is a 360deg (well, and beyond in many cases) - spectrum of hue. Most examples/figures show red at the top of the wheel. Being able to learn the colors - is a major win over hex or rgb. You can't really learn those. However - you can could on 0deg or 360deg being "red" and then adjust the saturation and lightness from there. You can count on 180deg being a light blue. Over time, you can learn where the colors are - generally. The color wheel in affinity - is a daily joy. We love it. It's the best. But - the red starts at 90deg. If we could set it to turn -90deg then it could match up with our mental model for the degrees. A checkbox in settings would be lovely.
  10. There are many other topics with the goal of explaining our desire for a free-transform tool. I suggest you add to those instead of creating a new one. and I believe there's one from 2015, but I can't find it.
  11. Ah! I have it wrong. The SVG is in the correct order but the HTML would in the incorrect order. I'll edit the request. It's not a problem exactly - but I will explain how it would be helpful in the edited post. : ) As far as the code - I'll link to this CodePen: https://codepen.io/perpetual-education/pen/NWaWxrx?editors=1100 which shows some SVGs being used inline - (as opposed to as src in an img element) and being manipulated with CSS state and animated.
  12. Plainly - "naming many layers at the same time" - is useful just by itself because you are doing something 1 time instead of many. You might have 20 "eyes" in your illustration of a jungle at night - and want to name them all "eye." Currently: you would (find the layer, double-click twice, and type "eye")*20. Here is one of my use cases: I have this illustration. I'm tasked with preparing it to be used for an SVG / where I'll be giving each path it's own --custom-property for dark mode and it may also be animated in some way. Affinities options for SVG export are another can of worms, but - I'd would like to select > similar fill (which will then highlight all of the layers with paths using that fill color) - and I'd like to name those layers. If I could right-click and just rename them all - that would be really fast. Other wise, clicking each one will remove the highlights - and I'll be doing the process many times. In this situation, grouping them is not an option. And these layers must stay in this source order. Does that help explain it?
  13. When working with SVG files (The code) as inline SVGs - the source order is the same layers panel. However, when visual designers are mockup up layout ideas for HTML components, the layers panel is in the opposite order as the HTML source. With HTML, the elements will be 'on top' of each other when they appear after one another in the source. A toggle to flip this could help us with the visual-design/graphic creation and the mental model for how things will work between graphic artist and the developer who will be working with that file later.
  14. I would like to rename a bunch of paths to the same name. (because then when I export - I want to change those IDs to classes for some inline SVG CSS stuff). I can select many layers with command and click /or with select > similar https://affinity.help/designer/en-US.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Layers/selectEditLayers.html?title=Selecting and editing layers but I do not see a way to rename all of those things. In our case, I can't group them - because they are many paths away from each other - in a stacking order.
  15. I've been tasked with something like this as well. I thought I might use multiple strokes, but - haven't found something that will allow me to draw many lines and magically have them be adjacent. One of my students is trying to emulate this coffee ad. Just droppin this example here in case it stirs up any ideas on this. It seems like it would be complicated math - and that it would need some controls for how many and how thick to calculate it. Do you have any advice on what terms I could use to search for this? Maybe I can use illustrator for this part of the project. "Adjacent stroke" was all I could think to type.
  16. @Fixx can you explain more about the DPI? I was trying to show a student how to get grain like this in AD, but it's so fine. It's also visually confusing because it looks different when you zoom in and out. Are there any other ways besides the standard noise tool to get programatic grain and gradients like this?
  17. I don't think it's funny. And although it's frustrating 2% of the time... I have to try and remember that Serif is a much smaller company than Tesla. I also - don't want a bot to "do the washing." So, - I'm happy enough to use Illustrator - for this one thing. After deciding to teach Affinity Designer at PE, to can't imagine being any happier (except of course... with those few little warts removed.) I am joyous when I use it. Every time. I feels like my little friend. The things they are doing right - far outweigh the faults. As a graphics professional / it seems pretty reasonable to have many graphics programs. After all - Affinity is basically free. So, you're only really paying for Adobe.
  18. I know this discussion became about more than the question --- but in case anyone is trying to change the alignment and it's not taking effect, check if you are using starting or ending arrows. I couldn't understand why my closed shape wouldn't apply alignment changes - and it turns out that with the arrows on, it doesn't. (which kinda makes sense - but maybe those alignments should be grayed out or something)
  19. No one wants to buy the company. The company is great. I'm saying - that (if it's even possible) to program a free-transform type vector path manipulating thing... that I (for one) - would be happy to pay LOTS of money for it. I'm saying that I want to give Serif money in exchange for goods.
  20. Affinity Designer is a vector illustration program. Graphic artists in the web space take those graphics and use them on websites. We need the paths to remain paths. We also need to warp/distort/ or whatever you call it --- and so, turning it into a bitmap is NOT an option. Do we need to start a separate thread for every single reason that "turn it into a bitmap" - isn't a solution? There's a thread here already for supposed "workarounds" - but THIS thread is about a feature request / and hopefully includes compelling use-cases If it hasn't even been considered for over 6 years... I'll guess that something about that engine will brick the rest of the program - and that this just isn't going to ever happen. If you can afford Adobe (meaning you make absolutely ANY money from your graphics) / then this isn't a problem. I use Affinity for the color-wheel - and to integrate with the iPad app - and then I use Illustrator anytime I need to do something that isn't flat. Sure - I'd rather just give Affinity $50 a month instead... but that's not an option.
  21. How many hundred thousand dollars do we need to make this happen? I'll chip in. Maybe you can kick-start it - or create an optional "pay for software" type of "club" - like GreenSock does. I'm pretty sure we could get together and pay for it. It's great that Affinity is priced low enough that it's basically free - but As a teacher - who is using Affinity in our course at PE, the inability to transform vector shapes is always the first and most notable road-block.
  22. I create SVGs to be uses as code and not as graphic output. So, if it's not SVG - then it's not going to my needs in most cases. In the case of my floor example / that would likely be fine as a bitmap - but what if I wanted to interact with it and change the color with CSS? That's what I'm looking for when I use Affinity. https://codepen.io/sheriffderek/details/RPeMQZ Stuff like this / where I'm manipulating the SVG with CSS or JavaSCript and user interactions.
  23. Just another use-case to toss in the ring. Is this possible? I'd love to be able to take some text and skew it to look like it's written on this stage. I might be a boring designer, but If I were to order the things I use a graphics program for (in order of importance) this would be really high on the list.
  24. As a programmer... I certainly understand that "reverting" to an unknown state - is problematic. As a use-case -- If I draw out a detailed shape with the pen tool, it may or may not have a stroke / but it might! I guess there's no agreed upon "default" - but undo is not really a solution. I might set a style to the shape and do 400 things - and then decide that set of effects isn't working. I'd want to set it to some raw/default. Instead, I can go and uncheck all of the effects in the style. Could we then - decide for ourselves what a "Default" style was / create a style with those attributes and values - and name it "default" - and then have a go-to to strip your average applied style?
  25. I try to use Affinity, because there's so much to like... But there's a few things like: - that keeps me using PhotoShop or Illustrator. This isn't a user problem: it's a missing feature - (and probably a top 10 most important features) (at least for my workflow) For example... I'm making something... and I don't know what size it is yet - because it's based on some other graphics or screenshots. So, instead of just using the program: I end up just taking a screenshot instead, or opening up an Adobe product as my final steps. This thread is pretty embarrassing to "Design" and "Thinking" in general... -- Shift + o -> drag, done..
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