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  1. Laserjunge

    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    A bit worrying to see serif's plans for another software although the community is still waiting for necessary features of AD. I remember very well that two years ago, it was said that the users shall remain patient with their requests due to the intense work on AP. Now, two years and only few AD features later, serif has another big project, where they have to focus on, and again no time to include the features into AD, which are on the road map since version 1.0. That's bad news.
  2. Hi, yes, you are right. It's a horrible long way to open a freeware app to fulfill the purpose. This is were the frustration comes from. I am aware of the workaround you are describing, but it does not do the job. A small example: Draw a square (your technical device) and draw a horizontal and a vertical line with identical "arrow tips" at each end to indicate length and width of the square. Now, you find out that squares are actually out of fashion and rectangles are much hotter. So, mark everything and scale from 1:1 aspect ratio to 1:2 aspect ratio. As you will find out, the "arrow tips" are not identical anymore comparing the vertical to the horizontal scale. Crap. Now imaging you cannot earn money with simple geometries but devices being composed out of multiple shapes each dimensioned and labeled individually. And after your first prototype from the workshop you recognize: "hu, I need to rescale the inner 23 elements of my 54 elements individually". Suddenly the way to open the freeware seems like a golden road of juicy salvation. Fair enough, but still a sad story.
  3. So?! Never touch a running system is obviously no solution in software. Plus, isn't this argument the same for all new features which were implemented from version 1.0 to 1.6?! And AD is still working. We are talking about custom shapes of line ends and not to implement three-dimensional free rotation or something. Now I am ignorant and a bit snappy. Sorry. I fully understand your considerations, but I do not want to discuss the (definitely) hard life of software programmers when I am in the role of a years-long unpleased user who bought a software he can only use for a few purposes before he has to import the figure in a freeware to add arrows. EDIT: What I actually would like is a definite deadline of the Affinity team, in which version we can expect this feature.
  4. Thank you for your comment. I totally understand. But please also understand my (our) frustration since we are waiting for 4 years soon for such a "seemingly simple" feature.
  5. Sure. The members of the hot discussion in the respective forum to this topic (see link below) split mainly in two groups: people who are desperately waiting for such a feature since years (most likely "technical users") and people who do not understand the issue since they are able to live well with workarounds or do not need the feature at all (most likely "artistic users"). Since the quoted topic is one of the most active ones of this forum one could expect that this problem is tackled soon. However, there is no action followed by the repetitive empty promises by the Affinity staff members since 2014. On the other side many new features were implemented to AD since then. I, as a member of the first group, do not feel that those new features tackle the needs of the technical users, but rather satisfy the artistic ones (I do not want to discuss which of the new features are useful for the technical user group, too). The reactions of the artistic user group, together with the missing actions of the AD staff, makes a very ignorant appearance to me.
  6. Can we please, finally, get this before we talk about getting to the 6th digit of accuracy of something. Arrow head line styles are promised since the begin and there is still no satisfying work-round. I know, it's a feature for the "technicians" amongst the users, but a little less ignorance here would be just amazing.
  7. Laserjunge

    Font replacement issues at PDF import

    Ok, thanks for the explanation. I though this is a feature which is highly necessary to use AD as a design tool in a bigger commercials design network, where you cannot force everyone to use the same software. I spare out a cynic comment here and just add the which, that the feature of font interpretation might be added in a future release, please. Alternatively, please make clear in you advertisements that AD is not a tool for technical and scientific work due to the lack of font interpretation (which you need as soon as a collaborator sends you a data plots to prepare for journals) and arrow heads (obvious). LJ.
  8. Laserjunge

    Font replacement issues at PDF import

    Hi Chris, sorry, this was a misunderstanding. The font replacement dialog works for also on my system. This is what I referred to with "import options" in my first post. However, I am confused that a PDF graphic, that I generated on the same system, and what can be opened and visualized correctly by all PDF readers on that system, cannot be opened with AD without screwing up the fonts. Maybe I understand to little about how PDFs work, but my question is, what do the PDF readers different to AD, that they do not screw up the fonts created by another third-party software? Or asking a bit different, why do I not have to choose a replacement font in a PDF reader? Cheers, LJ.
  9. Laserjunge

    Font replacement issues at PDF import

    Hi Chris, sure, please see attached. Thanks for having a look into it. Cheers, LJ. !Figure_MSstyle.pdf
  10. Dear Affinity support, I discovered a problem with the font replacement when I import a PDF which was created by another third party software. When I open this PDF with MacOS Preview, everything looks all right (see screen shot). But as soon as I open this file with AD the fonts get destroyed (see other screenshot, options: no font replacement, no grouping) regardless of which import option I choose. That's why I cannot use AD to post process my plots for glamorous journals, which makes 90% of the use of AD for me. Is there a solution for that? Cheers.
  11. Arrow heads in progress... This is what I hear since two years. Very frustrating. Here is a little list of software that allows drawing arrows just to see with what AD still cannot compete: Inkscape Gimp OmniGraffle Paint2 (!) EazyDraw (!!) and PowerPoint and I know that PowerPoint is no design software, but imagine that even horrendous Microsoft "software" offers this simple feature. Please, if there is a most wanted list, I am pretty sure this topic should be somewhere on top. Please make it happen for us guys who are not simply drawing beautiful colorful pictures. Cheers.
  12. Laserjunge

    3D extrude and 3D paths

    It would be just great to know whether we can expect such (or a similar) feature within this release of Affinity Designer or whether this is more something fundamental which has to be added in a future upgrade (maybe AD2 or something). Can someone answer to this already or does it needs some weeks to discuss this? Thanks in advance.
  13. Dear Affinity Designer Team, I am very excited follower of your work. Your app seems to have the potential for a AI alternative for what I am looking for since months. I am very close to purchase it. But there is one critical feature I am missing and that is a 3D tool box. Beside AI there is no other vector graphics software on the market which is able to "extrude" objects and to use their path to make perspectival logos a.s.o. To give a better understanding of my request I attach three AI tutorials resulting in very simple but neat logo designs: a) 3D maze: http://gomedia.us/zine/tutorials/illustrator/create-3d-vector-labyrinth-maze/ b) Flying Stars: http://www.bittbox.com/illustrator/illustrator-tutorial-how-to-make-3d-vector-vintage-stars c) Perspectival logos: http://www.vektorgarten.de/illu-tipps-3d.html In addition a shape library for simple 3D objects (cube, sphere, cylinder, tube...) would be amazing. I hope, I did not ignore a feature which is doing similar things. Thanks for your great work. Cheers, Laser.