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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RNOj7W67yM
  5. How about “minor bug fixes and sability improvements”?
  6. How do you know that? Do you have the roadmap from four years ago in front of you to compare?
  7. It is true, however, that often you have to offer something before the demand comes.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Perhaps you could export to PDF? This is also a widely supported format which can contain vector data.
  12. VIPStephan

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    I was just gonna say that (on your behalf).
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    Not nearly as in-depth as it could be, though. But I don’t want to take this thread completely off-topic.
  14. Is there a simple way to convert circular curves into actual circles? I have an image with a lot of circles (visually) which are technically just curves. And I want to export this as SVG. Curves are converted to SVG paths and are much more elaborate (in terms of code) than circles, so I could have a much smaller file size if the circles would be exported as circles instead of paths. However, for that I need actual circle shapes in AD, so ideally I’d need some way to convert these curves to circles.
  15. Well, the file I have is an EPS file, and exporting this to SVG produces paths; so I suppose AD adds some meta information to the shapes/curves that tells it what it actually looks like, and that EPS files are missing.
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    The way you often express yourself (and continue to beat a dead horse) it doesn’t sound as altruistic as you try to make it with this statement.
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    Fireworks usually asks whether the copied item (doesn’t necessarily have to be text) should be resampled or not.
  18. I’ve brought this up before (but can’t find it anymore) and it has been kind of waved aside by staff but new observations have me bring this up again: I’m used to hit Cmd-D when the modal dialog comes up to dismiss unsaved work. This works with every program except Affinity Designer (and LibreOffice but that’s a different subject). I have to add that my OS language/locale is set to German but still, the shortcut is universal and works in every program I can think of right now except this one. Now, I don’t remember what Serif staff told me would be the reason for that but interestingly I can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd-R for “Replace file” in the respective dialog box when saving a file with the same name as an already existing one. So, why is that? I find it a major inconvenience that I can’t dismiss unsaved work with a keyboard shortcut.
  19. No, because activating all controls isn’t always desirable. I know that there’s a keyboard shortcut for that, too (Ctrl-F7) but activating this setting to be able to hit a button in a dialog is even more disruptive than using the mouse.
  20. Thanks but that’s not an ideal workaround for me. I’m surprised how silent Serif suddenly is regarding this issue.
  21. If it’s still on the roadmap it hasn’t been implemented yet; everything that has been implemented is taken off the list in the first post. But to answer your question: yes, ther eis no mesh warp/distortion tool yet.
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    I was just kidding with the vacation thing, by the way, just in case sarcasm doesn’t come across here. It’s a common misconception by Americans that there is a common European culture (and that’s partly what my comment aimed at). Despite the existence of the European Union, each country within (and outside, because the EU is not equal to Europe) still has mostly their specific culture and laws, including regulations regarding vacation. However, I suppose it’s common across the entire temperate climate zone on the northern hemisphere that during summer people go on a vacation for some amount of time and business (except the tourism industry) is less busy than on other times.
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    Yeah, the whole of Europe (the continent) has three months of paid vacation per year of which one is taken by all people at the same time. So, basically time stands still during that time.
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    Serif should specify a Unix timestamp. Although that would lock them to a specific time while the current statement is vague enough to keep us peasants busy speculating while they go on vacation, laughing about our mediocrity.
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    But it will likely still be more than 250MB, so it would be more than it needs to be if all I’m using is one specific application. That’s like going to McDonald’s to get a Big Mac and saying that it’ll be cheaper in a super size menu – of course, every component in itself would be cheaper than buying them separately but absolutely you are paying more and are getting stuff you didn’t want in the first place.
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