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Everything posted by peterdanckwerts

  1. I think it's a big mistake to apply styles to the names of those styles in the style panel. It can make them extremely hard to read.
  2. When this has happened, I've closed Affinity Photo and reopened it. This has usually fixed the issue, which makes me wonder if it is a memory issue. I guess that 8GB RAM doesn't go very far when you're running a number of other programs and opening large files.
  3. Ah, I seem to have the Serif option selected. Perhaps that's why I haven't had a problem recently!
  4. I haven't experienced it recently. Mine's a lowly TZ100. Wish I has an X-T2!
  5. Affinity Photo 1.5.2 running on MacOS 10.13 Raw photos occasionally open as double images. The only way to fix this seems to be to close and reopen Affinity Photo.
  6. Of course database connectivity would be useful, but let's get Affinity Publisher out and handling the essential publishing functions first.
  7. I should have added, that the halftone screen will inevitably be lower resolution than the maximum resolution of the raster engine because halftone dots are of variable size, so evey dot is made up of several scan lines. By the way, I see that Graphic Converter, which I have, can convert to 1-bit.
  8. Believe me it does. I don't pretend to know how these rasterising programs work but they seem to work on the assumption that there is no such thing as pure black or pure white in a greyscale image (a reasonable assumption). In any case, a high halftone screen resolution might be 200 dpi (many digital presses use less), a fraction of the resolution of the raster engine (or a typical 600dpi 1-bit image), so you'd end up with what was effectively a very low resolution image with jagged edges. Indeed, if you applied a screen to the text, it would look terrible. There might also be case
  9. I work in book publishing and 1-bit TIFF files are essential. If you have a greyscale image, the printer's software will automatically apply a halftone screen, which degrades the image. This is really a sine qua non of a serious graphics program. PNG and GIF images are often rejected by printers.
  10. I have a slightly different problem. The UK App Store lists 1.5 as the latest version of Designer. I have version 1.4.3 but no upgrade is shown as available (just the Open button). Should I delete Designer and re-install? I imagine that it's just the App Store being flakey (again).
  11. InDesign CC (2015) is pretty good but the subscription is killing me.
  12. I would say that InDesign's handling of notes is rather poor. It has no facility for endnotes so I have to use InFnote from Virginia Systems. I don't expect Affinity Publisher to improve on InDesign in its first version but it would be nice to see support for endnotes at some stage.
  13. Well, I'm using InDesign CC at the moment and it is fantastic but it is also horrendously expensive. All the other programs mentioned here are not in the same league. If Affinity Publisher is as good as Photo and Designer (and I'm sure it will be), then it will be a worthy replacement, although I'm not sure what I'll do with my last 20 years' ID files.
  14. Fascinating discussion. I have an Adobe CC subscription which I really can't afford and a mid-2007 iMac (max 4GB RAM) which I can't afford to replace. I can't get Illustrator (which, like others, I consider inferior to Freehand) or Photoshop CC to work at all, while Affinity designer works very well on my decrepit machine. When Publisher becomes available, I'm hoping I'll be able to dump my Adobe subscription – but I may well go bust before then.
  15. Hi! I'm Peter. I'm a publisher and I've been designing and setting books and book covers since the 1970s. I produce both print books and ebooks. The first decent vector drawing program I used was Freehand when it was still owned by Macromedia. I never liked Illustrator much. Affinity Designer is by far the best and most intuitive vector graphics program I've come across. If the photo-editing and DTP programs are as good, I might actually be able to escape the horrendous burden of an Adobe CC subscription. Mind you, I think toppling InDesign is a massive task.
  16. That's good to know. A very small, but annoying, bug in a fantastic program. I can't wait to see what your other programs a like.
  17. There are some very odd behaviours with the numerals. If I select all the text and choose Oldstyle proportional numerals, some of the numerals are lining. If I make one of the numerals tabular, all the numerals are Oldstyle. I have tried this with several fonts.
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