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  1. Hi Matt, I own an older Mac Pro (2009) and I am running separate Mac OS Xs on separate Hard Drives… this includes Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Yosemite and El Capitan. I started with Affinity Designer on OS X Mountain Lion and have since moved files to Yosemite. (I am still working the bugs out of El Capitan.) Something odd happens when I launch Suitcase Fusion 7 (or 5 or 6) first — when I launch Affinity Designer on my Yosemite login, it refuses to open any of my files, saying that I don’t have privileges to open them. Only occasionally does this happen on my Mountain Lion login. BUT… if I launch Affinity Designer first, then launch Suitcase 7, then it works OK, unless I am missing a font, then I have to load the font and hope that Affinity Designer won’t crash or refuse to open the file I was working on... This does not happen in Quark, InDesign, Word, FreeHand MX, Illustrator, Photoshop or any other layout/illustration/image editing software on my Mac. Those apps allow for “plug-ins” of the Suitcase Fusion software, except Word which loads fonts differently than the other apps. So, in order to use Affinity Designer I often must load fonts into the System Fonts via Apple’s Font Book, which defeats the purpose of having 4,000 fonts at my disposal via Suitcase Fusion. And, once I launch Suitcase Fusion, I cannot quit Suitcase and use Affinity Designer because it just won’t work. I have to restart and launch Affinity Designer first. Do you have a work around for this? At this point, I am not using Affinity Designer as much as I could be because of the font limitations. Please let me know. Thank you.
  2. I’ve only been working with AD for a few days now, but there is something odd happening and I’m not sure why. I exported an AD file to PDF (fonts converted to curves) and the PDF files did not show up in the folder where I saved them — or anywhere else on my hard drive, for that matter (I used Spotlight to search my storage drive). In order for me to export to PDF from AD, I had to quit out of all my apps, including AD, and restart Finder (with Total Finder plug-in running). I tried just quitting the extra background apps and restarting AD, but that didn’t work either. My last solution was to restart my computer, if restarting Finder didn’t fix the glitch. Please let me know if I have missed an AD preference setting that needs to be updated to continue operating with my workflow. Thank you. BACKGROUND: Three days ago, I was working between four applications: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, AD and Pages. I had a few other apps running in the background including Quark XPress 10, Suitcase Fusion 5, Apple Mail and Safari. (This is about the normal number of apps I run at any given time, so I hope this “bug” can be found and fixed.) Apple’s Operating System on my 2009 Mac Pro (2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel) is Mountain Lion (10.8.5), and I have 8 GB of RAM installed with over 790 GB of free storage space available on my main boot hard drive. I have four hard drives installed, three have separate Mac Operating Systems installed to accommodate old and new software applications. At this time, I am saving the AD files to my main boot drive. (For some unknown reason, I am experiencing "Kernel Panic” errors on my Mavericks OS (separate hard drive) which the Apple Techs cannot figure out, so I’ve had to step back to Mountain Lion for the last 9 months. I hope Yosemite has a fix for it.)
  3. Multiple templates would be grand! FreeHand has only the one “default” template for New Documents, but I can save FreeHand files (FH11) as templates… there just isn’t a “Template Palette” or window that displays a thumbnail and name of the template… instead, it only lists the files you have saved to a specified folder. Apple’s iWork suite — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — have nice template selection windows, which can be set to auto open when you start the apps or not. Adobe has a separate app — Bridge — that allow you to organize files and your own “template” files for Photoshop, but it annoys me that I cannot view template previews in Illustrator or InDesign (CS4). My vote is for a scalable thumbnail view of templates in a separate window — if you allow us to create our own templates, that is. AND, a Template Folder that goes where the application keeps necessary files, so that it is difficult to delete a template… nothing like setting up a template only to accidentally delete it… or overwrite it… without the app double-checking with you, i.e.: “Are you SURE you want to delete this file?"
  4. I haven’t tried the “Export Persona” yet, because I, too, need to export “pieces” of vector graphics as separate PDFs or EPS files. I did notice that even when I hide items on the layers palette that the objects will often show up in the exported PDF, so I have to do a “Save As” and give it a new name and delete extraneous objects in order to keep that from happening. If you do add in “Export Selection” please see if you can include an “Export Text as RTF” — there are times I need to move text from one application to another and keep the font (bold, italic, underline, strike-through, etc), paragraph style settings and text color(s) the same in each program — it would be nice to do that without having to rely on my Mac’s iffy copy and paste (to-from clipboard) for each text box.
  5. I find I am using FreeHand (FH11) Keyboard Shortcuts the same way… I am so used to holding down CMD-SHIFT (mouse click) keys and dragging an object’s (or group of objects) corner handle to scale the selection’s size proportionally from that handle or, with CMD-OPTION-SHIFT to resize from the center. I can’t wait until AD has the option to program my own keyboard short cuts — which I hope will include the ability to scale any selected object. In FreeHand, however, you need to “Group” a text box in order for it to act like an object so you can scale the entire box, including kerning, baseline offsets, outlines, shadows, fills, etc. Perhaps AD can do it one better and make a “Scale Text Box" tool that will essentially do the same thing… it would certainly translate better to an iPad version if both apps had such a tool. Then the text remains intact, meaning you don’t have to convert it to paths in order to scale it, which also means you can edit the text at anytime in the future.
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