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  1. Thanks Aaron. You’re right, now that Publisher is out, it sounds like a good alternative. I have plenty of projects with douzaine of artboards. I’m traveling now, but will try that as soon as i’m back to the workstation!
  2. Update: On Mac, if you have a backup system, such as time machine for example, you can restore Designer 1.6 and still run Designer 1.7. So at least, you won't lock up file you have not saved with 1.7. Note 1. You can only run one version at the time. Note 2. Both versions share the same preference files, so this will mess up all your palette tools, etc. every times you swich version. Consider creating a MAcOs separate user profile just to run the alternate version; or if you know how, and have the time, create a automator scrip to save and restore Affinity user preferences, so you can alternate, or restore your setup for each version.
  3. Update: Can't open Designer 1.7 files with Designer 1.6.
  4. Exporting individual artboards in PDF with bleed does not seem to work anymore. At all. I have hundreds of templates that worked fine with version 1.6, but no longer export artboards with bleed in version 1.7. Yikes!!!! Workaround: Export as a multipage PDF from the Designer persona, then open the PDF in Acrobat Pro* and split the pages in individual files. Or you can export individual artboards from the Designer persona, one at the time, and you need to rename them manually, every times. None of the above will take into account slices that do not cover an entire artboard. *Ouch comes to mind (to be polite). I'll try to restore 1.6 from my backup and hope that I can open newly created files. Affinity, please fix this quickly, that's a serous problem.
  5. Work around : This is not as neat as just replacing an image would be, but it gets the job done: You can insert a new image and place it within your symbol (by dragging the new image in the symbol layer), then you just delete the image you wanted to replace.
  6. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Actually, I hate to contradict, but pixel misalignment is real problem for printed ads or anything printed that does not require bleed. One of the Affinity's biggest strength is symbols, which take all their advantages while used across multiple artboards. A series of ads for a variety of publications and medias is takes good use of symbols and artboards. I cut my production time in four or more for some of our projects by doing this. The problem is that the export persona converts your real life measurement (cm, points, inches, etc.) into pixels, and the result rarely end up with a nice round pixel number. One might think that a third of a pixel on the edge of an ad is irrelevant and could be dismissed. The In real life, you end up with a 1 pixel frame around your artboard when you export to PDF.  (If your artboard align to the pixel grid, then the border will only be visible on the bottom or/and right edge). That either make for fuzzy ad edges or a visible white border when you place it on anything else than white. A clumsy workaround is to adjust your artboard dimensions to round up to an exact pixel count. That sort of work, but your document ends-up being off specs and that can create a bunch of other issues which i won't discuss here. Ideally, artboards should be independent of the grid altogether and should have their own size units as well. Yup, I can see the programming challenge here, but it is problematic and will be a deal breaker for some people.
  7. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Also note that Force pixel alignment is OFF by default when you install the software on a new system... That should not be and it would probably reduce the traffic on this blog if it was ON by default.
  8. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Aaargh! I just noticed : If the Move by one pixel toggle button is "ON", the this takes precedent over the Force pixel alignment toggle button. Meaning that if the artboard is not already aligned to the pixel grid, it is not possible to align it. For example, if the artboad X origin is 10.666 px. it will jump to 125.666, 9.666, 1.3423, 100000.666, but never to a round number.
  9. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    In theory, based on my experience and tests, the force pixel alignment button remains to the state it was when you quit Affinity Designer. So if you turned it on and quit, it will be on next time you launch the software. Similarly if you turn it off and quit, it will off when you start a new session. It's not document dependent. A little like the light switch in a room: it will remain ON until you turn it off.
  10. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    On a user perspective, yes exactly. The current behaviour is just creating a nightmare for the user. That also raises the question of alignements... Right now, you can align and distributes artboards which is awesome. Well, not really. Distributing artboards will just throw everything off grid. So on the one hand, users need be meticulous and well educated** about placing artboards, in the other, we tempt them function that will wreck everything. ** I'm all for learning software properly, but this issue is so counter-intuitive that you can pretty much only solve it by finding this forum. That might seem like a small issue, but if unresolved, this alone can be a deal breaker for many users. Sorry, not very constructive, I just think that a big issue. I still love this software.
  11. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Weird, do you have the latest version? Normally, that option stays on/off until you change it back.
  12. Don't want to put oil on the fire here, and call me uneducated, but when I look the illustrator scripts that perform that conversion, they are fairly simple and weigh about 1.25 KB, for both (about two paragraphs of code). Of course I see that implementing a full feature function will require more development but I'm somewhat sceptical in the amount of code required. I’m sure it’s more complicated than that, but still. Again, that's leaving the symbols outside of the equation. Ref: https://ajarproductions.com/blog/2009/03/07/convert-illustrator-point-path-text-to-area-text/ Also. Coming from a different field entirely, Autocad had features to combine separate lines of text into one text frame in the mid nineties — it was an add-on script at the time if I recall. As previously mentioned, so did Corel Draw in the same time frame. Surely, 20 years later, something can be done on modern systems. Or am I just really missing that much?
  13. There was also an Illustrator script you could download that used to do this nicely and simply. Yet, I guess the challenge with Affinty Designer are symbols. Let say you have text frame in a symbol and have various instances of that symbol where you adjusted the frame width, redulting in various rags. If you converted it to artistic text, you would a problem.
  14. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Arrrrg... I just spent haft of my day fixing some artboards/slice alignments — and I've known how it worked for a while already. (Except for the top left alignment which I just posted above). Now I have to go and check months of production files. I understand that this might be a programming nightmare to address, but It sure feels like the nightmare had been passed on to the users instead... Slices should simply align with their parent artboard. Always. Period. It might seem like a small issue compared to all great things accomplished by the Affinity team, but grrrr. Hopefully that will get resolved in a future release.
  15. arkinien

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    I just found out THE FIRST ARTBOARD(S) to the TOP or LEFT defines the grid from which the slices will snap to. In practice, you could have a hundred artboards, well aligned to the pixel grid and their slices, but if you move or create an artboard that is on the top/left of your document and don’t align it to the pixel grid, all other artboards will now be off — the grid origin has moved to match the top or left artboard, and everything that was on the previous grid origin no longer aligns. Two artboards can each defines the pixel snapping origin if the artboard on the left isn’t also the top artboard. In that case, the left artboard will only define the left origin. Same goes for the top. So watch your edges!

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