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Charles Jenkins

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  1. Thank you both! I swear, I don't know why Serif makes things so difficult, but at least there is a good workaround for this one.
  2. This is one of those trivial things that seems impossible to find in AP. Last night I needed to recolor an image based on a color found in one small part. Recognizing that the color I perceived and liked was probably an area with minute variations, instead of using an eyedropper, I wanted to get an average of just that spot. I used a circle selection to copy the desired area, then pasted it into a new layer that was supposed to be blended with the entire image. I ran the Average filter and got my first surprise: instead of the average color filling the layer, all it did was turn my small circle into a small square containing the average color! My theory was that the layer size was small--just large enough to contain the circle--and I needed to resize it to become the full size of the image, then run the Average filter again. At this point I wasted my time trying to find a menu option for fitting the layer size to the image or otherwise expanding it, but eventually I had to give up. I realized that the eyedropper would work fine if I used it on the averaged square, so my workaround was to pick that color and fill it into a new empty later that I did not make via copy/paste. So eventually I got where I needed to be on this project, but for future reference I would still like to know how to control and adjust layer sizes.
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    [APh] Crop to selection option

    Please implement this soon. Your developers may think it's trivial because "we already have a crop tool," but the current crop tool's UI is terrible for precision. It is currently too monumentally difficult to get a pixel-perfect crop in Affinity Photo. I find it way easier to save my picture and load it up in another program for cropping. The outlines in the crop tool are too fuzzy, and it's a matter of trial and error and to see where they're going to crop. There is no option I can find to just trim based on transparent pixels, top-left pixel color, or anything else that would let me get perfect crops automatically. I do a lot of shots of Windows dialog boxes for user manuals. Windows 7's windows have a thin black line at the very bottom. So when I crop to that, how do I tell if I'm successful? Either there is a black line next to AP's black workspace -- or there isn't. I'd have to export the photo and use something else to look at it in order to make sure I didn't trim off the last row of pixels. I strongly prefer AP's UI and workspace with docked panels, and I don't like Pixelmator's floating windows that constantly get in the way. But I sure do envy the fact that getting a good crop in Pixelmator is just a couple of steps, rather than all the frustrating fooling around Affinity Photo requires. Letting us crop to selection would be a huge, fantastic improvement.
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    There doesn't seem to be a forum yet for AP feature requests, so I'd like to mention one here. The one feature besides general ease of use that makes me feel trapped in InDesign is "optical character margins." I'm still using a pre-CC version of Creative Suite so I don't have to pay a huge monthly fee, and in my old version the option is found on the "Story" palette. This feature lets some characters like quote marks stick out over the margins a tiny bit, so word wrapping makes paragraphs look less ragged, much more even and professional. I think Quark and Scribus both have the same feature but with a different name, but other more modern programs seem to lack the feature. I'm hoping AP includes this feature and is otherwise as fluid to use and logical as InDesign.
  5. Gradients are incredibly difficult to figure out. And when I finally do figure out how to get the stops and their colors right, the little Add Fill to Palette icon on Gradient Swatch panel doesn't save them correctly, so all my work is lost. What's that button there for if it won't actually save the gradient? You won't be able to tell it, but in the attached image, the user interface has seemingly locked up because I tried to change the color of a gradient stop by clicking a color in the Swatch panel. No UI widgets work: no scroll bars or menus or anything. I just have to keep clicking on things and pressing Escape for a minute before the program becomes responsive again. So far I haven't lost work because of this hang, but I haven't figured out exactly what causes it or what I do that finally cures it.
  6. Please make Distribute options easier to find in Affinity Photo. They aren't on the ribbon, they apparently aren't in the Arrange or Alignment menus--why not?--and it takes some clicking around to finally find them hidden in the pop-up you get when you click on the Arrange icon. It blows my mind that the Arrange icon offers functionality not available (or at least, I can't find it) in the menu system! How about adding a Distribute icon to appear along side the Arrange icons in the ribbon?
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    Typing New Font Size in Ribbon Has No Effect

    I just discovered that pressing Enter after typing the new size works. I suggest making the Tab key work as well, because that's what users switching from other programs will be accustomed to.
  8. By "ribbon," I mean the bar that appears at the top of the screen when you're editing a text object. If you use the pulldown to select one of the predefined font sizes, the size change takes effect. But if the size you need isn't predefined and you type a new size into the box and press the Tab button, nothing happens.
  9. The graphics depicting the effect of stroke alignment have been swapped. The Outside button shows the stroke being drawn inside the bounding line; the Inside button shows the stroke being drawn outside the bounding line. The button names are correct, but the pictures depict the opposite of what they do.
  10. I'm thrilled to hear Affinity Publisher is on the way. I was a happy PagePlus user many years ago before switching to Mac, and I was sad to leave PagePlus behind. InDesign has a feature called "optical margins" which makes typeset documents look much better. It is well described at http://theworldsgreatestbook.com/book-design-part-2/ Inexpensive publisher programs typically don't have this feature, which is why (in my opinion) there's not yet any real alternative to InDesign for professional quality work. I hope you'll implement optical margins in Affinity Publisher. I would not be sad to leave Adobe behind.
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