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  1. Was just testing some new things in Affinity Designer 1.7.1 and had this random blob (curve) on the screen, and it looked like an animal, so —a tiny bit later— this came out. Tested the new stroke arrow options too (the feet). The vectorised voronoi pattern was generated with CINEMA 4D, rendered out, passed through "potrace", and then imported as curve into Affinity Designer. Not sure that's the best way, but works for me.
  2. Yeah, the "APOSTROPHE" (U+0027) character gets mangled. Even when inserting it directly via the Mac OS X "Character Viewer" thingy. (Copy'n'paste from a different application, e.g. TextMate in my case, seems to work at least. Else some code examples pasted into publisher would mess up majorly. )
  3. tokai

    A Random Blob Became a Funny Animal

    Rainy Day… let's stay dry!
  4. There's an odd and ugly "floating" circular "close" element on some of the info panels in Affinity Designer. Visually it doesn't even seem to belong to the info box (see screenshot, the black thing with the cross behind the window). Personal Opinion: Why are there two separate elements offering the same function on such small panel? Wouldn't the normal and proper "Close" button be enough?
  5. That's on Yosemite (with all the "latest" or rather last updates). Not sure what to record. It just pops up like that instantly. Nothing special to see. Occasionally I managed to open it up normally while further testing. Certainly feels like some timing/ race issue (maybe my hardware —an ageing Mac mini with Intel graphics— too slow?)
  6. Seems to happen all the time:
  7. tokai

    Hey Affinity,

    If I want to generate some shapes then I use code (e.g. Python or Processing) and let it generate some SVG to import into Affinity. Not that hard. Especially for such kind of abstract shapes stuff. Sticking to one tool for every task is just limiting. Use the right tool for the right job and have many tools at hand. Anyway… I didn't know this handle stuff… found out how to use it in the Desktop version too. Learned something new! That's what counts. And here's the end result of my messing around with that stuff for 10 minutes in post afterwards (by the way: used 2 additional tools here, and only 1 is by Serif )
  8. Same here. Unsplash fails (the two other choices work.) I don't even get an error, but maybe I'm not patient enough for the error to pop up? It's just stuck there and I also get to deal with a broken floating scrollbar in the middle (screenshot #1) when attempting to use Unsplash. The broken scrollbar even remains when I switch to one of the other services (screenshot #2). Maybe related to those errors: 22/07/19 11:35:53,607 PM Affinity Photo[28015]: *** -[__NSPlaceholderDictionary initWithObjects:forKeys:count:]: attempt to insert nil object from objects[10] 22/07/19 11:35:53,608 PM Affinity Photo[28015]: ( 0 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b1e603c __exceptionPreprocess + 172 1 libobjc.A.dylib 0x00007fff91bcb76e objc_exception_throw + 43 2 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0d1c4f -[__NSPlaceholderDictionary initWithObjects:forKeys:count:] + 383 3 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0e78cb +[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObjects:forKeys:count:] + 59 4 libcocoaui 0x000000013e6d1ddb -[StockPage grid:viewForItemIndex:] + 1867 5 libcocoaui 0x000000013e8dc9a8 -[Grid itemAtIndex:] + 56 6 libcocoaui 0x000000013e8dc477 -[Grid internalReloadData] + 1015 7 libcocoaui 0x000000013e6d26b2 -[StockPage connectionDidFinishLoading:] + 626 8 CFNetwork 0x00007fff9379681d __65-[NSURLConnectionInternal _withConnectionAndDelegate:onlyActive:]_block_invoke + 69 9 CFNetwork 0x00007fff93796681 -[NSURLConnectionInternal _withConnectionAndDelegate:onlyActive:] + 232 10 CFNetwork 0x00007fff93796587 -[NSURLConnectionInternal _withActiveConnectionAndDelegate:] + 48 11 CFNetwork 0x00007fff93797544 ___ZN27URLConnectionClient_Classic26_delegate_didFinishLoadingEU13block_pointerFvvE_block_invoke + 104 12 CFNetwork 0x00007fff9384b4a3 ___ZN27URLConnectionClient_Classic18_withDelegateAsyncEPKcU13block_pointerFvP16_CFURLConnectionPK33CFURLConnectionClientCurrent_VMaxE_block_invoke_2 + 94 13 CFNetwork 0x00007fff936e9eec _ZN19RunloopBlockContext13_invoke_blockEPKvPv + 72 14 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0ce474 CFArrayApplyFunction + 68 15 CFNetwork 0x00007fff936e9dad _ZN19RunloopBlockContext7performEv + 133 16 CFNetwork 0x00007fff936e9b98 _ZN17MultiplexerSource7performEv + 282 17 CFNetwork 0x00007fff936e99ba _ZN17MultiplexerSource8_performEPv + 72 18 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b102821 __CFRUNLOOP_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_A_SOURCE0_PERFORM_FUNCTION__ + 17 19 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0f49ad __CFRunLoopDoSources0 + 269 20 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0f3fdf __CFRunLoopRun + 927 21 CoreFoundation 0x00007fff8b0f39f8 CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 296 22 HIToolbox 0x00007fff8810d56f RunCurrentEventLoopInMode + 235 23 HIToolbox 0x00007fff8810d2ea ReceiveNextEventCommon + 431 24 HIToolbox 0x00007fff8810d12b _BlockUntilNextEventMatchingListInModeWithFilter + 71 25 AppKit 0x00007fff8f9828ab _DPSNextEvent + 978 26 AppKit 0x00007fff8f981e58 -[NSApplication nextEventMatchingMask:untilDate:inMode:dequeue:] + 346 27 AppKit 0x00007fff8f977af3 -[NSApplication run] + 594 28 AppKit 0x00007fff8f8f4244 NSApplicationMain + 1832 29 Affinity Photo 0x000000010d2871d4 Affinity Photo + 8660 )
  9. This is an issue that plagues all 3 apps. "Zoom to Fit" and then use the mouse scroll wheel to move the canvas out of the viewport. No scrollbars (screenshot shows an example with Photos: note the scrollbar areas are empty even the canvas is clipped off 50%). This is less problematic with an Apple Mouse, but it's a real annoying time eater when dealing with a more traditional mouse. In my system settings I have "Show Scrollbars: Always" configured.
  10. Did you try "View > Studio > Stock" from the Affinity Photo menu? Perhaps the respective panel is just disabled in your workspace setup?
  11. (latest version of Affinity Designer 1.7.1 from the Apple Store, OS X 10.10 with the "latest" updates) After changing the document dimensions with "File > Document Setup…" I experience refresh issues on the background area of the document (doesn't seem to matter if the background is transparent or a color). This especially happens very often after adding extra space to a document by using the "Anchor to Page" option. Perhaps related to the fact if it has to trigger a new zoom level afterwards or not. Usually on the right side of the document parts are missing then or I get bars in the UI background color. See the vertical bar in the screenshot (no such rectangle part of my test document). Moving the document around in the viewport will repaint those areas properly. This is easily reproducible.
  12. Pressing the "Alt" key while painting the mask with the brush should do erasing, so it's easier to quickly correct small mistakes.
  13. The FFT Denoise is a awesome function, but its panel is rather awkward to use. on my screen the spectrum doesn't fit entirely inside the window and scrolling around is super slow for some reason. Maybe an option to zoom (50%, 75%, 100%, 200%) could be nice to have a rectangle paint option (I often want straight hard lines in my mask... impossible to do with the current paint brush option) an option to save the current mask (I often have to redo the same mask over and over again) an option to load a mask Alternatively it simply could react to clipboard events via the menu ("Copy" copies the mask to clipboard, so I can create a normal new b/w document from it and edit it with the normal tools in Photo or Designer, "Paste" does the reverse) (I guess, that probably would be the smartest w/o blowing up the UI with more buttons, etc.) maybe a buch of special mask presets (e.g. "smooth vignette", "hard vignette" for filtering the fine details, etc.)
  14. The window for FFT Denoise is slightly transparent/translucent (even the part where the spectrum is displayed). If one has some high-contrast image loaded in Photo and it's displayed below the window the visual result in the spectrum is noticeably altered (image shows through) and therefore can lead to wrong/ unwanted choices when painting the mask (I might try to "mask out" some frequencies from the spectrum that are actually just elements from the image showing through the window from below). Please make the window opaque, or at least make sure the spectrum is opaquely displayed. (Mac OS X)
  15. Can we have the Zoom functions ("Zoom In/Out", "Zoom to Fit" (especially important), "Zoom to Width", etc.) as optional features to add as buttons to the toolbar? Since all the functions have moved into a submenu ("View > Zoom") with the recent releases I notice I spend a lot of extra time to trigger those options just by having to navigate into that submenu. Personally I'm not a fan of this change (this was more efficient in the older releases). (Note: I'm very bad at learning and using all the strange keyboard shortcuts. I know this would go faster. But I need a quick and direct way to trigger it via a mouse operation. )
  16. (1) Not sure this is a bug or not, but I'm unable to boolean merge (add) the 2 curves in the attached document. It doesn't work directly and it doesn't work via compound. I simply get an empty result set after an operation (both curves disappear from screen.) For some reason going to the "Layer" menu the "Expand Strokes" option is offered for both curves, even strokes are disabled… feels a bit odd too. I remember that there was/is some issue with the smart nodes, so I made sure to select all points and convert them to the normal ones ("Smooth"), but this didn't solve the problem either. (2) Unrelated to the actual boolean failure: if there's some sort of error Affinity Designer should report them (pop up the assistant and let me know the operation failed or something). Basically it just fails silently. In a more complex situation I might entirely miss the problem and then run in problems later when I notice a graphical element is suddenly missing for some reason. Let the user know there was an error. Bug,1.afdesign
  17. Indeed, closing the curve (or rather deleting all that mess) fixed the boolean operation (not sure what strange zig-zag curve Designer generated there anyway… the legs where expanded strokes originally. ) The application definitely should inform the user about things like that. I was completely in the dark here about the actual issue. This was just some funny nonsense project I made, but if this would have been an important work project where I depended on a single curve I probably would have cursed like mad at the screen.
  18. tokai

    A Random Blob Became a Funny Animal

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like my little funny ones. Making a children book is something that crossed my mind multiple times (not necessarily for those 3 fellows here), only that I always struggle with the right story idea that makes sense from start to finish and can be told in the necessary constraints. Making the actual illustrations is usually the easy/ fun part.
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    A Random Blob Became a Funny Animal

    I know it's somewhat stupid, but I made some quick friends.
  20. Thanks for the information. Makes a little bit more sense now, but it's still a highly confusing feature, IMHO. Feels like it's a tiny bit unfinished in its implementation. I also don't really see the advantage to control the linear gradient that way (do I actually want to skew the gradient too, when I skew the object? Not sure this always makes sense.) But definitely: * it shouldn't activate on pasting the style on a non-skewed object/ if the source object wasn't skewed * there should be a clear way to enter this input mode manually (w/o having to use the paste-bug or having to skew the object) Just… IMHO.
  21. In some situations I get this odd extra rectangular handles (or guides?) for linear gradients in the Transparency or Gradient Tools, see screenshot. E.g. this happens when I copy an object with a "Linear" gradient and then Paste Style it onto another object. I didn't found anything about it in the documentation. What are those things exactly useful for (fill shear?) and how could I trigger their view manually while in the respective tools? Also it shows "Linear" as type for the gradient during this, but it actually doesn't seem to be a "Linear" fill anymore (click again on "Linear" in the selection makes the gradient jump back to the original linear handles and reverts the adjustments/ look too.) It's a little bit confusing. Perhaps a little bit buggy too (shouldn't switch the gradient type/ modus during the copy+paste operation and the UI also properly should reflect the "Fill Shear" gradient type, I guess)
  22. In the Affinity Designer help under Appendix > System Requirements it states that "1.27MB of available hard-disk space" are required. I don't believe that for a second while looking at that 1.16 GiB monster in my application folder!
  23. tokai

    A Random Blob Became a Funny Animal

    Just sharing some random improvements (?) I did. (Yes, I forgot to flip the cacti pot for correct light direction… maybe next time. )
  24. Would be nice to have all the tutorials in one downloadable (zip) package (not necessarily has to be in 4K, of course. 720 would be fine, IMHO. ) , so one can fetch them in one go and comfortable watch locally with VLC. My slow network connection struggles with the online streams. Always buffers; one can't quickly pause and seek back in case one missed something, rebuffering, etc. In the end I don't watch the tutorials at all for this reason.
  25. Hi, please add an option to allow me to disable the splash screen that appears during launch of the application for a second and an unnecessary felt delay (the one that looks identical to the Aboutbox; not talking about the welcome screen that can be launched via Help menu.) I don't mind typing a 'default' command in Terminal to do so (doesn't have to be a UI option). For some reason I recall such option existed in the past, but I'm unable to find it in the Preferences now. The pictures are nice and everything (though I'm not such a big fan of the new simple square icons/logos w/o defining outline) and I get the desire to do some "branding", but for me as user it also gets quickly boring and then the 3rd or 4th time it gets annoying. Just showing up with the UI, so I can quickly get started with my work, would be best, IMHO. (this goes for all 3 apps, not just Designer, of course) Thanks.