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  1. Since the upgrade to version 1.7.1 one of my keyboard shortcuts isn’t working anymore; it shows a yellow triangle (that indicates to me that there is a conflict with another option) and the tooltip “move inside” when hovering over the field with the pointer. I have several problems now: It doesn’t tell/show me with which option it is conflicting, and there is no way to search for the option(s) where keyboard shortcuts are used. What does that cryptic message “move inside” mean? Nothing is happening when I click the field.
  2. Oooooohhh, I see. I didn’t realize that was the command name in the tooltip. That could be improved a little, I guess.
  3. I guess the main goal of Serif was/is to release the holy trinity of Affinity Designer, Photo, and Publisher in a state that works for most people first, and then they can continue to implement the additional features with the advantage that they can implement them for all three programs at once. These are strategic decisions, and they decided to do it in this order, not in the one you prefer. And I’m sure they have a better overview over the customer base and how many users they would gain or lose with a certain strategy. You’re free to buy AP and APub at any time in the future once the features you desire are implemented.
  4. I just had a thought (no idea if it has been done yet): how about a petition on change.org or some similar platform, to see how much actual potential demand there might be?
  5. Some people take every statement in the forum absolutely literal like it was the bible. And even if they literally meant they would consider it – perhaps they actually have considered it and then decided it wasn’t worth it. What then? At what point are you going to accept it and get on with your lives?
  6. VIPStephan

    New Logo Please!

    New icons are out once again! They got rid of the basic triangular shape and have more sublte gradients — I like them. :-)
  7. It’s not actually a bug in the software but I noticed a typo in slides 1, 2 and 6 in the German version of the welcome screen, where the discounts are promoted: in the red eye-catcher it reads “Rabbat” when the proper spelling would be “Rabatt”. Also, in slide 5 where it reads “Sparen Sie 20% auf alles in unseren Store” it should read “unserem”.
  8. I did this, too, but I think it would have sufficed to hit Cmd-R to refresh the updates page, and it should show up in the list of updates.
  9. The first thing that was there was Affinity Designer, and is was for Mac only. Windows users had the Plus range (PhotoPlus, PagePlus etc.). If I remember correctly Serif decided to port AD to Windows before AP came out for both platforms right away. It’s all documented here in the forums somewhere but I can’t be bothered to search for it right now.
  10. If you’ve bought it through the App Store that’s where it is also updated. If it doesn’t show in the list of updates, refresh the window (Command-R).
  11. VIPStephan

    New AD version?

    You see the version number on the startup screen (and might notice the app icon and startup screen look different if you have 1.7). And if you’ve missed that, in the menu go to “Affinity Designer > About…” to bring it back up and see the version you have.
  12. I didn’t see it as update either at first. What should work is to go to the “Purchases” section (I don’t know whether that’s the right term in the English version, my App Store is in German) and there click on the program name that brings you to the specific page for the program. There should be the “update” button. I clicked it and got the spinning loading icon (but without any further progress indication); I then went back to the Updates section of the App Store and there it was with the update button, too, which I could click and it would download the update (and show the progress).
  13. VIPStephan

    Affinity Designer for MacOS - 1.7.0

    Wohooooo! Long awaited and finally here! Thank you so much!
  14. I seem to remember that this has been possible but I can’t for the life of me remember how that was done or whether I’ve just dreamt that: is it possible to delete a node from a curve and keep the same curvature but with less points (as illustrated in the image)? If not that would be a great feature to be added.
  15. Ah, thank you, @MEB that’s what it was! Yeah, @MickRose, this only works with simple curves, like when the nodes next to the one you are going to delete curve into the same direction.
  16. VIPStephan

    AD Updates

    Could be. But I suppose your actual question is when the next update will come out? And I’ll say “when it’s ready”. But seriously, it’ll be released together with Affinity Publisher (and I suppose that includes Affinity Photo as well) because they will work closely together and this close integration needs to be tested thoroughly, that’s why it takes longer than usual.
  17. Is there a way to copy a color value of an object to the clipboard for pasting in an CSS file, for example? I need to apply various RGBA values (RGB with alpha/transparency) and am tired of manually typing them for every object. OK, I just found the dropdown in the color panel where you can copy the currently selected color value as HEX. That might be useful sometimes but doesn’t help me in this case. Firstly, I need RGB(A), and secondly the color is applied as color overlay effect, not as standard background color. So, I wish I could just open any color panel and there would be a similar menu as in the color panel to copy a value in different variants.
  18. Laziness is the beginning of all problems. It might be more convenient to have one master password for everything but if there is a security breach then everything you use this for is at risk. It might also be more convenient to have your ID, social security, driver’s license, and debit card functionality on one single card (or even on your smartphone, together with all communication you’ve ever done) but if that’s stolen or lost, you lose your whole life and have a lot of trouble getting back on track. Sometimes, minor inconveniences, especially if they are barely worth mentioning (e. g. how often do you have to re-enter your product activation key anywhere?), aren’t even worth the lengths to go through in order to eliminate them.
  19. I’m not an admin but I dare to say what they would say: It’s done when it’s done. What’s the point of asking when it’s done? Just continue to use Illustrator or whatever until you get the notice that it’s here. It’s not going to come any quicker by constantly asking.
  20. How about “minor bug fixes and sability improvements”?
  21. VIPStephan

    Linux. Seriously now.

    It is true, however, that often you have to offer something before the demand comes.
  22. By “production” I mean to create websites that are presented to the public out of the box. No serious professional web developer would use Fireworks to create the code for a website and upload that to the internet like that. Yeah, that’s not production-ready code, though. You used FW as designing tool which is fine and what it’s made for, but not to create websites in a website-builder-like fashion which is what I read out of a lot of comments here.
  23. SVG doesn’t currently have any support for non-centered strokes, but that is not the problem of Affinity or Illustrator (or Inkscape, or whatever else), it’s a problem of the file format which is specified by an independent entity. So, if you have strokes that aren’t centered, every program has to make a decision on how to handle this when exporting as SVG: either keep the object type/attribute at the expense of slightly changing the look or keep the look and convert the objects/attributes to universally supported ones. But to make a point with a different argument: you can’t even reliably interchange AI files between different versions of Illustrator, i. e. AI files from newer versions of Illustrator will not open properly in older versions. So I would say it’s a little unfair to expect that from a completely different program.
  24. The thing is that every switch between some programs will also include a mandatory change in habits and workflows, there is no way around that. If you can’t adapt then keep on using whatever you are more happy with. Not every user interface/workflow fits everyone. Funnily, I have a direct comparison with a very similar development in music notation/scoring software. I’ve been using the “dinosaur” Finale for more than ten years to create music layouts and had various issues with how this program makes me do things to achieve what I want (i. e. the workflow). Then I learned that there is going to be a new player in town, which is now known as Dorico, and how it does things very differently than Finale. It doesn’t yet do everything that Finale does and the workflow is different but just knowing that the development is more active for Dorico than for Finale and how the different workflow makes it so much more fun to work in it, I can’t complain that it’s not as mature as the older programs. The fact that all three programs will support each other’s files (I’m already including Affinity Publisher here) lets me conclude that whenever there is an update in one there will also be updates in the other two. So, the fact that updates have been slow recently just makes me think that when the next one comes it will be even bigger and for all programs. And I dare you to find another suite of programs in the same league that has more updates. What many fail to see is that not everyone has the same requirements when it comes to features and workflows. For many users Affinity already is an alternative and/or replacement for Photoshop or Illustrator. It’s unfortunate that it isn’t for you (yet) but that’s not everyone else’s mistake, and most certainly not Serif’s. But this, again, is not the problem of Serif. Convince your team to use Affinity and you can seamlessly hand off files to them. ;) Adobe is not a law of nature that can’t be changed, it’s a choice of the users/customers using it. You’ll never get full compatibility between native file formats because how would Adobe profit from that? Likewise Adobe will never support Affinity file formats, and, in fact, nobody is asking them for it in turn.
  25. Perhaps you could export to PDF? This is also a widely supported format which can contain vector data.
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