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  1. @Patrick Connor I don't think anyone thinks you're doing it deliberately, after all it's you who's losing out, and the fact that you did, after all, make an .exe installer shows that you don't hold any grudge towards us .exe plebs I bought the V2 universal license in order to try out the .exe installers, they work like a charm. Again, thanks for making them and for listening to your community. One more happy customer for you :3
  2. @Patrick Connor What I believe the problem here is, is that you don't realize how widespread the hate for Microsoft Store and everything to do with it actually is, and how many people uninstall it first thing when installing Windows, hence the problems with the .msix installers. (Yes, I'm one of those people, thank you for listening to the community and providing .msi/.exe installers) I think you're really shooting yourselves in the foot by not having official exe installers before the end of the sale though, the aforementioned people will not have time to try the software before the sale ends, losing you potential sales. I know you've already extended it once, but a second extension might not be a bad idea.
  3. Aaaand 2 years and one major release that required a re-purchase later, we still don't have this core feature. /sad If your calculator app doesn't have multiplication and division, but you spend all your development time on the UI, you're doing something wrong, Serif.
  4. I recommend refunding now, and repurchasing when the .msi update does drop. Never buy things on future promises. At worst, you could buy again at 14 December before the sale ends, so you have as large as possible window for refund.
  5. THANK YOU! It only took the whole community with verbal torches and pitchforks for you to see reason. Definitely a step in the right direction.
  6. A quick message to Serif, if you think you can just "wait out the storm", while keeping radio silence, that may be so, but there may be no userbase left after the storm is over. When there are page-long threads about the same issues everyone is having and everyone is unhappy with your latest choices, I think it's high time you did something about it, or at the very least acknowledge the problem, don't you think?
  7. Serif, what the frick? Literally show me ONE user post saying "hey I wish the programs installed as apps so I have absolutely no control over anything on my pc and wish my programs don't even work". This is exactly what we mean when we say you don't listen to your community - you don't implement features they want, you implement ones you "think" we want. This "you think you do but you don't" mentality will not serve you well - it will repulse your userbase and they will go to the competing suites instead, as we have seen a lot of people in this thread have already done. Every basic feature you don't have, but your competition does is a reason for a user to switch over. And instead of implementing those basic features, you waste time and resources implementing what is essentially stripping the control your users have over their OWN software and OS, following in Microsoft's horrible example. This is a huge no-no. I don't think I'll be buying V2 any time soon either. I think the real reason they did this is DRM, but here is a reality check - people will find a way to pirate your software either way. Making regular users suffer for it is a terrible practice, because it will push more of them to pirate it without the horrible DRM you put in. I have diasabled Windoze Store on all my windows installations, so I'm not even able to try out your demo so I can decide if I want to buy it, how is that a good marketing practice?! And think of the linux users that have been asking for Linux support all these years, and instead you just shove the software deeper in Micro$oft's clutches, so they have even less of a chance to emulate it. I honestly hope you can see how much this change hurts your software and give us a regular exe installer. Otherwise I fear Affinity V2 will flop spectacularly, which is would be a shame.
  8. Same. Add the basic features the community has been asking for since 2019, then I'll consider re-buying your software, Serif. Honestly, I'm kinda happy that they're making some progress with releasing V2, but it does not meet expectations for a new release. It's definitely better than the radio silence we had for months (years?) though. But still, what I think Serif needs is to be more transparent with their community. Respond to posts more, let us know what features are in the works, and explain why some aren't and when they will be. I think there should be some kind of "Patreon-like" monthly subscription where users that want to can fund the development of Affinity software, and get some perks for it - like the ability to vote on features. This would solve 2 problems - insufficient funding, because of their single-purchase model, and the community feeling left out of the development process. I think it would be pretty good for everyone all around.
  9. This is exactly the problem. They don't share ANYTHING with their community. "Neglect" is the exact word I'd use for their attitude towards their own community - they seldom even acknowledge our existence. At first when I bought Designer I was so hyped, because it was *ALMOST* exactly what I was looking for, with some more work and features it would have been perfect. It's so frustrating to see them get so close, but fall short of expectations, and just sit on their thumbs and keeping silent all the time. A roadmap would be awesome to have, or even little teasers about what they're working on would do. Instead all we get is radio silence. Certainly makes me lose interest.
  10. More than three years later, we still don't have anything like that. You know it's useless to have a Suggestions forum when none of these suggestions ever get implemented, right? I'm honestly very disappointed in Serif, their software has such great potential, but they REFUSE to listen to their community and add the features that could make it rival industry standard software suites. The suggestions forum is FULL of threads from 2019 that request basic features that are STILL not implemented, with no plans to implement them either. I just feel like Designer hasn't been updated since then, I just don't see any noticeable difference in the feature set.
  11. Okay of all the places, I found a perfectly-working Voronoi Diagram Generator that was built into Inkscape. Open source software never ceases to amaze me. This is exactly the result I was looking for. Thanks for all the input everyone!
  12. I found a couple of videos and scripts that generate real Voronoi patterns from points, but they are all for Adobe Illustrator. Guess I'll use that then. @Old Bruce @Alfred The pattern I have is not "regular" at all - the points are placed seemingly randomly (athough I did follow certain mathematical calculations), so the end result won't have any regular hexagons or pentagons, besides the central one. I'll post it here once (and if I'm able to) I make it. But doing this manually is just not something a sane person would try to do.
  13. Sadly, that's just a filter that generates cells at random, not a real Voronoi generator. This is how it's supposed to be generated, from points, not a raster image:
  14. @NotMyFault Sorry, I need it to be this precise pattern. I did it mostly with geometry and maths - made a line of dots, spaced them evenly and started duplicating and rotating some of them, ended up with this. I've attached the file if you want it. @MEB Thanks for the answer, I'll look into doing this kind of thing in blender. Is it possible to import the vertex "vectors" from planes in blender back to curves in Affinity Designer? Also, the thing I'm trying to do is called Voronoi Diagram apparently - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram Circle.afdesign
  15. @GarryP Well, it doesn't have to be calculated in such a caveman way. It could be an algorithm that calculates where the "seams" between these objects (or even just the centerpoints of the objects, they don't have to be seen as circles, just points) are and split a larger circle shape by these seams. I just don't know if such an algorithm exists or is possible to do in the program.
  16. Hello!  I have this grid of dots that I want to expand, so they take up all the white space between them, while not colliding into eachother (which means they won't be circles anymore, but weird hexagon-ish shapes, depending on how many neighbors they have, except the outermost circles that would still be circles on the outside, albeit bigger ones). Kinda similar to what Substance Painter does with unused parts of the texture, so there are no seams around the edges, but in vector. Basically divide the white space to the objects evenly, while keeping them separate objects, so I can color them differently and make a mosaic. Does anyone know what this "technique" is called so I can search it better or know a way to achieve it in Designer? Thanks in advance!
  17. Another useful feature would be to turn any object into a predefined symbol. How this can be useful: 1. Create your symbol 2. Position simple shapes like circles where you want your symbol to be. 3. Turn the circles into the symbol. This could help with snapping and positioning, especially if the symbol is very complex and snaps all over the place. We could have options about what to transfer from the shape to the symbol: Position only (center point, the symbol would be normal 100% size), scale (stretch the symbol to fit inside the shape's bounding box), fit, etc. This workflow has been very useful for me in blender (yes, it's a 3D software, but the method is the same)
  18. And yet it's not unreasonable to believe someone with 25.3k posts since 2017 is more than an insanely hyped fanboy (I'm saying that without a hint of offense). Perhaps staff members have "user" accounts for one reason or another (the same goes for yourself, 19k posts? Dayum.) Anyway, let's not get offtopic with conspiracy theories. If either of you is actually a current employee of Serif, it means staff actually reads and considers these requests adequately, even discussing things with the community. If that's the case, thank you. If not, still thank you for the discussions.
  19. I hope they at the very least read them... Else this entire forum would be pretty useless.
  20. I never said I regret my purchase of Designer because of the absence of this feature. Quite the opposite actually, I like the software enough to see the potential for improvement and try to help said improvement by laying out my arguments on why implementing said feature would be a good idea. For other users however, the lack of this and the features you mentioned might prevent them from getting as far as purchasing the software, just because the software they're coming from has these features and they're used to having them. This is why I think this "segmentation" of features is counterproductive for Serif, instead of beneficial. You say they never added it, but that's simply not true. The code for automatic hyphenation is inside Designer and is working perfectly fine after activating the option in Publisher (hell, even copy-paste works). This means they did add it, but purposely left out the way to activate it. That can be considered "stripping a feature out" or even blocking it behind a paywall.
  21. I can see this being implemented in Affinity Photo, but for Vector color mixing, it's a long shot and unlikely. I'd love to have it in the pixel persona though. Thanks for sharing!
  22. I'm glad others are feeling as grateful as I am towards Serif for giving us an alternative to Adobe's monopoly. I am also loving the software, having gone through Illustrator, Inkscape and Coreldraw, Designer seems the best fit between cost/quality for me (Inkscape gets an honorable mention for being FOSS and for Linux support ofcourse, but it's quite janky around the edges at times). While there are a few features I'm missing from the aforementioned programs, once and if they are added to Designer, it'll be the ultimate vector program in my eyes. By the way, your logo is really cute, but I'd really do something about that bottom text, the distance between the letters is quite jarring. Either make it WAY bigger, to have the same distance between letters as the top text, and/or choose another font/outline/colors etc. Experiment away! ❤️
  23. I see where you're coming from and I do agree with many of your arguments, however, I don't agree that stripping such a basic feature, that every Illustrator or Inkscape user that is switching over is expecting to be in a vector editor, is making the program easier to learn. Even the dropdown menus for "Hyphenation language" are inside Designer, even though they don't do anything by themselves, which can only confuse a new user and send them on google searches that might lead them to threads like these (Hi, confused users from the future!), and to disappointment that they have to spend another 50 bucks for a basic functionality their previous software had out-of-the-box. Not everyone can afford this, especially not if they're still trying Designer out and deciding if they'd like to make the switch or not - this would only add points against. I'd argue that they're losing more money from customers lost to things like this than they gain from people who bought Publisher to have the extra functionality. Furthermore, it might be intimidating for some people to learn a whole new program just to have a few more functions - I'm not saying it's hard to learn, but not everyone is so open-minded and willing to learn. People are comfortable with things they're familiar with, and if they're used to working in Designer (or other vector programs) on designs with lots of text, they'd see the act of switching their main program to Publisher as intimidating. It's better to give you users multiple ways to accomplish the same thing, than to take options away for the sake of profit. I see it as selfish, which, as you said, is purely my opinion, but it might be shared by others too.
  24. I see. This is useful to know, and I might consider buying the rest of the affinity suite for this kind of seamless integration, but that is beside the point. The point is that there is no reason for the auto hyphenation tickbox to be hidden in Designer, when the code is already in the program, the practice feels dishonest.
  25. 1. The fact that there are threads asking for hyphenation support in Designer dating back to 2015/2016 is as good as a "no". Besides, literally after enabling the option in Publisher and switching back to Designer, it stays active and working perfectly. That means it IS already implemented in Designer, they just hid the tickbox to enable it, as a form of primitive "DRM" to see if you purchased Publisher. It's only a matter of time before some hacky solution comes along to enable it without Publisher, but it might require shady addons from shady people on shady sites, putting Affinity users in danger of malware attacks just because Serif refused to add the damn tickbox. This is not okay. 2. I'll trust what you say about Publisher is true, since I've never used the program, I just know it has a Designer persona. It might be an awesome piece of software, and THAT SHOULD be the reason people buy it, not to enable features in other programs that require it as a proof-of-purchase or somesuch. 3. Why buy and work in Designer in the first place then if you can do everything you can do there in Publisher instead? Truth is, the programs have different goals; it's true that Publisher is more catered towards text manipulation, but that doesn't mean Designer can't have a simple feature such as Hyphenation, given the code is already in the program! My work is better suited to Designer, since I need to use complex vector graphics and effects in addition to text manipulation and I'd like to be able to do it one program, not 3. This is the reason I purchased Designer, because it implemented raster editing in addition to vector instead of having to rely on yet another program, and then they go and do things like this. It goes against their main strength and ideology.
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