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    The file could not be opened because permission was denied.

    It's not a matter of the OS. It's the number of fonts active. Clearing the font cache is useless. You need to deactivate fonts, to get below a certain threshold. Restart the app when you've shaved off enough fonts and the app works as expected, but this is a miserable limitation that Serif should address or find a workaround for.
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    The file could not be opened because permission was denied.

    Is this issue ever going to be addressed? I'm so sick of it. I have 2,700 fonts activated on my system. This is nothing compared to the number I have overall. Even at this number, I get this error in Designer. And Affinity is the only app I have that throws this error.
  3. How could this be? One or two files open, only vector content. Multiple iterations. The file is 376MB. AD 1.6.1 Macos 10.14.2 Beta (18C38b) 16GB RAM 75GB free storage
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Sometimes I literally put Artistic Text in a rectangle the size of the artboard and copy and paste into Illustrator. That way, you keep your positioning, and you get editable text. But I don't know if other losses are incurred. I prefer working in AD. But when text is involved, it becomes too much of a pain to stick with it. Again, eager to see how Publisher handles this.
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Is your text made with the "Artistic Text" tool, or the "Frame Text" tool? The latter is useless: I cannot find a way to export this in a way that remains editable, for example in Illustrator. The former remains editable, but you suffer the loss of flexibility that the Frame Text tool allows in terms of layout on blocks of text. I'm not talking about .eps especially, but any way to get text from AD to remain editable in another program.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Thank you, MEB. I saw the sneak preview of 1.7 and it's definitely encouraging. I hope we see it this year sometime. Or early next. I'll stick with Serif. Like Macbeth, I'm in deep enough that turning back would be as long as going forward. I wait patiently for the day that AD has all the tools many need. Some tools, like the one I mentioned, are very basic to any illustrator. Maybe I'm assuming, but AD from 1.5 seemed to get confused about what it is. Personally, I don't see the point in competing with Sketch. I hope when Publisher is out, some focus will eventually return to AD to not only round out its capacities in layout design of various kinds, but its capacities as a vector illustration environment. The bells and whistles are great. But don't forget those who need to output only and pure vector.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Someone asked me recently about Gravit. I took a look and recommended against, for all but small time web graphics, maybe. I recommended AD instead. But even Gravit has a vector knife tool. And it's free.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Maybe I'm missing something, but so far as I can see you cannot. Boolean operations will close the curve, so I cannot arbitrarily divide a square, for example, precisely with no gaps, with a line. Or I expand the stroke and deal with the gap.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Yes. Obviously.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    A vector knife tool should have been in v1
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Sorry, but that is not realistic at all. And it's not only about clients. It's about the print shops clients would send final files to, and the software they use, and what they need from files. I don't know how Publisher will address this problem, but I hope it does.
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Yes. You can see the "b" in the image above.
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Doesn't work for me, sadly. In general, I have trouble copying text from within Designer to apps or locations outside Designer. For example, say I have a simple sentence. If I highlight and command-C, if I go to any app (Mail, Chrome, TextEdit, or anything else), press command-V, nothing is inputted. I use the app Paste for clipboard control (quitting Paste makes no difference to the error), and it shows this if I copy text within Designer. I have no clipboard issues in any other app.
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    I detest how Adobe has had a chokehold on the design community for a quarter of a century, so I'm in support of Serif. But it's chicken and egg, precisely because of the last 25 years. Yes, Designer has a long way to go. We all know that. But the rate of adoption would be far higher if exported files could be opened without critical issues in the industry dominant software. Ironically, this would reduce the urgency of compatibility, and .afdesign files -- or at least Affinity-outputted .pdfs -- might gain a foothold. Editable text seems such a basic. And .pdf is a non-Adobe standard. But Ai spits out otherwise valid .pdf files. Sadly, of course, Adobe has no interest in mutual growth. Doesn't work? Tough. So to deliver industry-workable files, we're left with only one choice if we stick with Affinity: create in the environment we prefer, and recreate in the industry dominant software. To be honest, what working graphic designer has the time? I bumped this thread in hope that someone had a neat trick up their sleeve. A method, no matter how bizarre, that didn't entail recreating designs. No problem if your document is a few pages. But if it's 30+, the comfort of the UI becomes a luxury no one sane can afford. We speak of problems none of us (I'm guessing) could technically solve. I have no doubt Serif knows what it is doing. I just wish there was an interim bridge. Some kind of workflow that was viable.
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    Editable Text in EPS?

    Today I took my kids to see Ferdinand, and as I'm sat watching the incredible animation, I'm thinking, "I cannot get a simple text box from Affinity into Illustrator and remain formatted and editable." I understand that the majority of the problem lies in Illustrator. But heavens above. This week I faced the task of producing editable .pdf files from Affinity. Yes, I know Acrobat can handle them (or I think: it had no problem reading my export as unified paragraphs), but the truth is, my client wants a file he can open in Illustrator. Simply put, I found no way to do this. At all. I looked into bridges. Sometimes different software can fill in gaps, or change something critical. Nothing worked. Sketch outlines text, Acrobat brought the same errors into Illustrator (or Illustrator read the .pdf in the same way, creating errors). InDesign is useless. Illustrator: a) destroyed some tracking; not all, just some; b) resized fonts in some cases, and not all; c) outlined two lines of text in a paragraph for no apparent reason; and d) put everything on a single line each anyway. I had to recreate a complex text layout from scratch. Wonderful. Again, I know Adobe and Illustrator do their own thing. But is it impossible to figure out what they actually do? Is Publisher, when it arrives, going to resolve this? Will Designer also benefit from whatever you're developing for Publisher? Watching two hours of incredible animation made it so stark how hobbled we are in our everyday tasks while also trying to be loyal to Affinity.
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