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  1. Oh... that's cool. Everything is there already. :-) One just has to know. Thanks for the information!
  2. Hi there, I see there are fields (or "placeholders" as I call them ) for "Page Number", "Next…" and "Previous Frame Page Number", but there's no field for a self-updating "Total Number of Pages", so one easily could add something like "Page 1 of 10", "Page 2 of 10", and so on, to the document. Also it would be nice to have some fields for time values (current date: day, month, year, current time: hour, minutes, seconds... with or w/o leading zeros). Those could update on save or export.
  3. I actually just tried the beta earlier already (still on Yosemite for a bunch of reasons)... after I read the whole thread here. And it works (at least it launches and shows up... didn't dig in yet). What doesn't work is switching to the 2 other personas (doesn't like Apple Store bought Designer/Photo it seems) A weekend ahead.. so I hopefully will find some time to test things and see, if it fits into my pipeline/ is useful for my workflow. What I hope the final version gets some "Privacy" settings (at launch it fired up a whole bunch of network connections... some even still over port 80). That's something I don't like at all, I'm very honest about. Hopefully that's just for the beta. Also it should inform the user about the privacy implication (what data do you collect, what do you do with the collected data; how can I force their deletion, etc. the whole GDPR shebang that is required these days. :) ). Better it doesn't do unasked network connections at all, of course.
  4. I hope compatibility with the somewhat out-of-date versions of Mac OS X comes soon, so I can give this a test drive too. :) Anyone has an idea why I can't use cursor movements in this input field here? Yikes... makes it hard to write/edit one's post. :)
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    I just made a quick test and the plugins from the NIK collection works much smoother now. This is really nice! Just need to import all my custom presets now. One thing I noticed that in Affinity Photo no new layer is automatically generated (in PS the result of the NIK plugins ends up in a new layer... which can be useful when one want to tone down the result and/ or change the blending mode). I probably need to configure something.
  6. The PDF import creates all the artboards already (one for each page), so I'm was not creating them myself in this particular case. Good to know anyway.
  7. I was making a multipage layout where every page of it has to follow certain layout rules. But for example guides I set up in artboard #1 were not existent in artboard #2 and so on. Also I like to show/hide pages quickly to show the underlying page to properly compare them how their layout (etc.) matches. If I have all pages besides each other (compared to having them on top of each other) in much smaller rectangles it's much harder, if not impossible, for me to judge things visually (I don't have the biggest monitor to begin with ). Functions I use often, like "Zoom to Fit", did not do what I expected them to do either (shwoing all artboards rather than fitting the current one onto the screen). I know "Zoom to Selection" would work in that case, but it means I need to entirely adjust mentally what I usually do to navigate around in a document (it just kills time.) I never really used artboards before besides a few test (maybe I miss their magic?) and when one just wants to get some things done quickly then one doesn't want to waste time trying to figure things out. BTW, I found a slight improvement to my earlier method. After importing I select all artboards and use the align tool to center them (they end up on top of each other), before I convert them one by one. Still... the "Convert Artboard to Object" function should recognise multiple selected artboards and convert them all in one go. </feature request>
  8. Hi, what would be the quickest way to import a multipage PDF into layers (one layer group per page)? Or rather is there a quicker way to what I do currently? Right now —when I import a multipage PDF— I end up with those hard-to-use and rather confusing artboards. And it's a real pain to manually convert those to the layers I want. For each page I have to go to the menu and select the conversion function "Convert Artboard to Object" (doesn't work for all at once). Once that is done I have to go through each page again and fix the offsets to x=0,y=0 manually (doesn't seem to work for all at once either). It's a real time eater. Usually takes half an hour.
  9. Hi, I stumbled on a JPEG that sometimes shows up too dark in some cases on the web for some reason. Upon investigating what the issue for this was (suspecting an embedded color profile) I also loaded it into Affinity Photo. Upon loading Photo assigns the default color profile (sRGB) to the "unprofiled" image and the image shows up too dark too. Loading the same image into Photoshop results in the proper colours. According to Photoshop the file is in "Linear Color Space". It seems this "Linear Color Space" situation for JPEG files isn't handled by Affinity Photo yet. Also it doesn't seem to be possible to convert the image later into this space unless one converts into 32bit first. It doesn't result in proper colours either, however. Image in question is available here: https://imgur.com/gallery/0DP5M (credit to Reddit user JulianF6 via
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    Thanks for the feedback, guys! The little spider was pretty much the last thing I added, a real last minute idea. Even got a whole bunch of eyes (even those aren't really visible anymore at the final image size)
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    Affinity Designer: Compound Messes Up

    Indeed, this fixes the operation. Good to know when I encounter the problem next time. I wasn't even aware of those "Smart" nodes.
  12. Hi, with the current version of Affinity Designer for OS X (from the Apple Store) I encounter some strange problems with Compound (Live Booleans). For some reason simple things like the "Add" method produce strangely broken results, also moving compound elements around in the hope the problematic merge resolves makes Affinity Designer looks up on a regular base (starts busy looping and doesn't seem to return back to normal). Interestingly the very same shapes can be merged w/o problems with the normal boolean operation. I attached a test case which triggers the problem for me. If required, I can also provide a process "Sample" generated with Activity Monitor during such look up situation. Affinity Designer: 1.6.0 (latest) Mac OS X: 10.10.5 (Yosemite) Hardware: Mac mini (late 2014) with Intel Iris TestFileBug,1.afdesign
  13. Yep, sounds like the same issue. I checked and indeed the actual gradient information is still there (in the gradient editor field), so probably just the offsets/ scale broken for some reason. I don't even see the gradient handles when I select the gradient tool (even, if I zoom out a lot).
  14. Hi there, just something I noticed, not sure if it's a bug, missing feature, or something that can't work by design. I made a nice artwork in Affinity Designer, using bunch of gradient fills (linear), and also transparency fills (linear). I exported the file as SVG and it looks great in Safari and Firefox (no lost features). Next I optimise things with SVGO (https://github.com/svg/svgo) which does its thing and reduces the file size by almost 40%. The resulting file still looks great in Safari and Firefox (no lost features and all gradients and transparency effects are still there). But when I load this optimised SVG file back to Affinity Designer all the gradients and transparency effects are gone.