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  1. Take a look on https://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio - I own the older Pro version and coming from Acrobat Pro X I am quite happy with it, although I am not sure if it does really everything you mentioned. You can try yourself the free trial here: https://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/download and at the moment they have promos 25 % Valentine discount + next version for free with purchase. Just note that it requires Java (at least the older version I own).
  2. Hello everyone, both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo for Mac are not able to open their files if the files are on locked media (which of course includes optical discs like CD, DVD or BD discs). As a person who is used to backup finished work onto the BD-R discs, I am quite unhappy about this fact - most of time when I go to backups, I need to open old files only to check or print them and this means I have to always copy the file to the harddisk first. To be honest, I don't understand this lock at all, because if you open the file from unlocked media, don't modify anything (just for example print it) and then close it, the file is not modified at all - so apparently when I would open file from CD and close it, Affinity apps will not modify anything too. Besides, the error message is provided by Affinity apps and not the macOS, so apparently Affinity apps know which file is on locked media and which not - so if the problem is that something in the apps needs the file to be unlocked (tools, history...?), what about making these parts unavailable (disabled) when the app detects that the file being opened is on locked media? Or if it is easier to make, just open the file in separate window without any tools around, only with ability to print it? (If it would be possible to click on objects and copy them to the clipboard, it would be great too). I use many other Mac apps, but Affinity are the only ones where I noticed this lock - you can open even the files in apps like Pages, which has the for-user-transparent saving (the file from locked media simply opens as locked - you can view it and print it as much as you want, but if you try to do any change, Pages shows you message that you have to make a duplicate). So is it possible to remove from both apps the lock for opening the files from locked media, please? Thanks and have a great day.
  3. Hello affinitydummy, if you need this way of importing now and don't have any other way, here is my solution: Graphic (formerly iDraw, now by Autodesk) imports PDF so all the fonts that are not available are automatically converted to curves, then you can easily copy everything via clipboard into the Affinity Designer. The quality of import is very good - right now I tried to download local newspaper in PDF and import it and it is without problem. The downside is that Graphic cost 30 USD (you can find it on Mac App Store). There is probably some free solution too - I tried Scribus (open source page layout application), to which you can import PDF and then export to PDF in curves, but the quality of text conversion is not as good as in Graphic (the letters are little bit scattered). Hope it helps and have a great day.
  4. When you design materials with texts (posters, brochures etc.), it is later often necessary to translate the material into another laguage(s) and then you have to make different language versions. Because the translators are usually some third persons (who of course don't have Affinity products, usually not even Macs), you must provide him/her the design in PDF, which he/she translates - either by retyping everything into the new text file, or by using some PDF converter and then rewriting the result. In the end you get some Word file, in which one your text box is three separate text frames, there are spaces instead of tabs and many similar nice things. And you have to orient in all this, copy everything back into your original file and repair all the mess. My idea is - would it be possible to add export "for translator" that would export all the text content from your Affinity file into the .txt file? You would then give the translator this text file alongside the PDF (because the translator usually still needs to see how the texts are placed in the material), the translator would translate the text file and then send it back to you - you would then just import it back via special command and voila - all the texts in your Affinity file would be replaced with the translations. Of course the .txt file would have to be arranged inside in some way so Affinity will know what goes to which text frame during importing back. I suppose the objects have some unique identificators already or there could be some identificators generated during export. I can imagine the file like this: <Affinity54997548784548578a> Buy our <Affinity54997548784548578b> milk <Affinity54997548784548579> It's tasty, it's healthy etc. (that would be export from the Designer file with two text frames - one with title "Buy our milk", where "milk" would be in different style (hence separated), and second frame with the third text. Another possibility could be that the order of the texts would be taken (optionally) from the names of the objects - so if there would be many text frames and you would feel that you want set the order by yourself, you could just number the text field and mark during export that it should use the order from the names. While this whole idea might sound like nothing big with files where are 5 sentences, imagine that you have 100 pages long brochure in the Publisher with tables, pictures with text descriptions etc., and then this whole thing gets translated by one import...
  5. Hi Chris, thanks for the answer. I've thought about temporary manual solution - in the original file select all, group it, make rectangle in the size of the document and mask the group with this rectangle and then copy via clipboard to the new document. There is only one little problem tho (and actually I wanted to ask about it too) - if the group contains text in the text frame, you cannot effectively resize the group, because while everything else scales accordingly, the text remains still the same size. So my question about the resizing was whether is there any way how to resize grouped objects including framed text so everything scales including that text? InDesing allows this via tool Free transformation or if you keep pressed shift-cmd while resizing. If is this not present in AD, would it be possible at least add some scale tool, that would temporarily treat all text object included in the selected objects as artistic text? (Which would solve what I am asking about). And one more thing to the embedding documents - in the Illustrator (and other programs) you can optionally insert files as links - so the inserted file is not physically "added" into the document and is always loaded from the original file during opening, printing, exporting etc. I haven't found this option anywhere, so I suppose AD doesn't support it (yet?) - so maybe incorporate this would be the solution for my original problem as well...? (The linked file would be treated differently from normally imported file which is now being rasterized). Side bonus of linking files is, that when you work on project where you need many variants or saved versions, you have many copies only of the design file itself, while the linked files takes space only once.
  6. Hi everyone, I often create smaller print materials (coupons etc.), which are then printed x times on A4. So the workflow I am used to do is create new document in the size of the coupon, make the coupon, save it to the file and then create new A4 document, insert here the created file with the coupon and then duplicate and arrange it to fit the paper. Now the bug I found is, that when I print or export to PDF the resulting A4 document, it prints / the PDF is in low resolution (not exactly 72 dpi, but the fonts are blurred). In Affinity Designer I see everything OK - everything is sharp - so apparently the problem is born during printing / exporting. And exactly the same problem is when I export the single coupon file to PDF and then use this as source for A4 (and even when I create the PDF with curves). Here are steps to reproduce the problem: 1. create new press-ready document (for example in size of 1/3 A4 210x99mm) 2. make new text field and write there something in some smaller size (for exampe 7, 9 etc.) 3. save the document and close it 4. create new press-ready A4 document 5. drag the first document from the Finder to the Affinity Designer (if you want, you can then duplicate it to fill the A4, but it is not necessary for seeing the problem) 6. print or export this A4 document - result is blurry As I wrote above, if you in step 3 instead of saving AD document rather export PDF and use this PDF to lay out the A4, the result in step 6 is blurry again. But if you insert the exported PDF from step 3 into inDesign and lay the A4 there, it prints / export fine.
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