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  1. I'm in the same boat - I love the Affinity apps, but for dealing with scientific illustrations the update from 1.6 to 1.7/1.8 was a major step backwards. I really hope text will be imported as artistic text as default again. @nonresidentalien, my workaround at the moment is to select the texts and doubleclick on the bounding boxes to make them fit snug. Then it's possible to align again (obviously still a pain if you need to do it for dozens or hundreds of objects...). ps. by the way, the altered importing behavior of pdf text elements even leads to wrong positioning of labels sometimes, which for scientific illustrations is somewhat scary ( )
  2. Dear AD team, unfortunately, for me version 1.7 continues to be quite a downgrade from 1.6 in terms of handling text boxes upon pdf import. I continue to dislike the large bounding boxes (rather than the snug bounding boxes from 1.6, which made it easy to align objects without having to manually adjust the boxes), but the bigger issue is that the new handling of text objects introduces errors with wrong positioning, which is a major problem particularly for scientific figures! Please see below the example of an original pdf file and what happens to the x axis labeling upon import into AD (labels "6" and "9". Thanks for looking into this! hubob original.pdf AD_export.pdf
  3. I still struggle quite a bit with this - are there any plans to go back to snug fitting text boxes or will the current behavior of creating oversize text boxes for imported text via pdf prevail?
  4. thanks a lot, Old Bruce, the far right bottom corner handle did the trick (unclear how I missed that one...).
  5. Dear Affinity team, I'm afraid my workflow really has taken a hit with 1.7; it mainly concerns the different way 1.7 seems to handle boxes of text objects upon pdf import (I also remarked on the issue with the size of the boxes here). Previously, resizing of text from objects imported from a pdf would result in a change of the text size, whereas now it only changes lines, but not the text. Is there any way to toggle between this behavior and changing the text size? Thanks!
  6. Congrats to the 1.7 release! Upon pdf import the bounding boxes of text objects are not as neatly adjusted to the text field as they used to be in AD 1.6. As I remarked in the beta forum, I would really love for AD 1.7 to revert back to the behavior of 1.6, since excessively sized bounding boxes make alignment of text objects in 1.7 much more cumbersome. Alternatively, it might be a solution to have a shortcut to make bounding boxes fit tight to text objects? Thanks for considering this!
  7. Hi everyone, is there a way to restrict the selection of snapping candidates to the current artboard? Thanks!
  8. I would also love for this feature to be implemented as soon as feasible. Along with arrowheads (...), an option to resize canvas to selection, and being able to link and not only embed objects - after these I'm all set:)
  9. Thanks so much for trying this out, JimmyJack, it certainly seems like Prism is to blame with regards to the first point (yes, it was 1/2pt and I exported the pdf); I'll get in touch with the developers there. As far as the second point is concerned: you're absolutely right, this way works to adjust the sizes and it's what I use to do. Since I import a lot of individual pdf's all the time (creating figures with multiple pdf-subpanels) it would be very useful, if AD recognized upon import that the placed file is a pure vector file and thus just recognizes the dimensions, regardless of whether pasting it into a 72dpi or a 300dpi document. With the current way I need to create an intermediary document in which I assign the required dpi value to the pdf before placing it into final document. I wonder which way it works in Illustrator? Thanks again for your great help!
  10. Hi JimmyJack, this actually is the pdf export from Prism prior to pasting into AD. You're absolutely right - when adjusting the dpi's of the pdf and the AD file the font comes in at 100% but the weight of the strokes is 0.72pt rather than 1/2 pt in Prism (this could potentially also be a problem on Prism's side). On a more general note, I don't understand why AD requires the adjustment of dpi's - a pure vector pdf should just carry dimensions, right? Thanks for your help!
  11. Thanks for your answer JimmyJack and sorry for taking this long to post the graphic. These are the issues: - after placing the pdf into an AD file I have to manually adjust the dpi of the placed vector graphic to match the intended size; I don't understand why AD does not just recognize the dimensions of the vectors but requires dpi for it? My understanding was that vector graphics don't really have an associated dpi but rather just position cues and dimensions... (i.e., the vector should always be for example 3x4cm regardless of whether pasted into a 72dpi or 1200dpi document)? - after manually aligning the dpi of the placed pdf and the target file the font in the placed pdf is correct (7pt, Helvetica) but the weight of the lines (set at 1/2pt in Graphpad Prism v7) shows as 0.72 pt. thanks for your help! affinity_test.pdf
  12. Does anybody have a clue on why the import of purely vector graphics require tweaking the dpi and whether this behavior holds true in AI as well? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi Leigh, thanks a lot for your answer. Unfortunately, when I do just as you suggested the line width is 0.7 pt while it's set to 0.5pt in Prism 7 (the font size matches, however). As far as I remember this wasn't the case in Illustrator, but unfortunately (for this case...) I don't have it any longer and cannot compare. On a more general note I don't quite understand why the dpi settings matters for pure vector graphics, shouldn't it be sufficient for the import of vectors to provide the dimensions and positions rather than any specific resolution? Thanks for your help, -hubob
  14. bump - does anyone have a hint at what might be happening here? Thanks!
  15. Hi R C-R, thanks for your response! The problem with that (at least as far as I can see) is that it is hard to drag the graphs to exactly match the line widths and font sizes as required (Prism does not show the dimensions of the graph to start with, so I could not enter x/y values to scale but would have to drag the graphic).
  16. Dear Affinity team, it is part of my workflow to import vector graphics from the statistics program Graphpad Prism into Affinity designer. When I copy a given plot in Prism and paste it in Affinity the vector nature is preserved. However, I found that the size of the graph's components changed, e.g. a 0.5 pt line would end up being a 0.7 pt line and so forth. I found that when I set the document's dpi to 104 the dimensions seem to be preserved, but since I also work with raster images from other sources within the same document I don't want to switch back and forth changing the dpi for the document all the time. Am I missing an obvious solution so AD would paste vector graphics at a given size regardless of the document's dpi settings? Thanks for your help, -hubob
  17. Dear Affinity team, I would still be interested in an answer to the question above, any help appreciated! Thanks hubob
  18. Hi all, does anyone have a clue why the raster parts of this pdf get pixelated so badly when I import it into Affinity Designer? Thanks! hubobaffinity_example.pdfpdf_import.tiff
  19. I was just wondering whether you could change the behavior of embedded images to adopt the color space/profile and dpi of the target document (e.g., my embedded images were in sRGB but I had to change the color profile manually and they were only displayed at the intended size in the main document when I matched their "dpi" in the embedded document's settings to the target document's)? Thanks!
  20. Brilliant - thanks a lot for your answer! I was using the latest beta but inserted the embedded documents in the app store version....
  21. Sorry - I found this thread that basically says it's a known issue (https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/13529-embedded-items-are-always-rasterised/?hl=embed). Do you already have an estimate timeframe for then this might be fixed as it's pretty crucial to my workflow? Thanks a lot!
  22. Dear all, I'm having some problems with the pdf export. I embedded a couple of graphs in a document that Affinity recognizes as vector graphics. However, upon exporting the file in pdf-format the embedded vector graphs get rasterized. Additionally, preview takes a long time to display the graphs with higher detail (showing very pixelated versions first). The same thing happens when I export in EPS format. Is this a bug or am I missing something? I attached the AD file as well as the pdf-export. Thanks a lot for your help! -hubob AD_file.afdesign pdf_export.pdf
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