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  1. Hi, I originally posted this bug under 1.8.x beta and retail. None of the issues has been fixed in but my original post has been archived. They are also present in the current retail release (1.8.4). Just to recap, and hopefully to get it fixed one day (Sorry to nag on about it...) I am using a 2018 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In Develop Persona, while developing a raw image (Panasonic .RW2 in my case) Clicking the red Close button in the image window causes the image (modified or not) to close immediately without any sort of warning dialog. Pressing the Cancel button in the Touch Bar switches me immediately into Photo Persona, with any edits to the raw image lost. Clicking the Esc button in the Touch Bar has no effect. The first two of these are particularly annoying and poor UI design. Attempting to close a window without saving should result in an "Are you sure?" warning dialog. Cancelling an editing session using the Touch Bar should work in the same way as cancelling an editing session by clicking in the UI. And why provide an Esc button in the Touch Bar if it doesn't do anything? Cheers, H
  2. Hi @gregj and welcome! I've uploaded a possible setup. Same image on the left-hand side of the spreads, pages numbered on the right. Main thing to note is that when you create the document, Orientation is horizontal, Facing pages is checked, Arrange is Horizontally, Start on is Left, number of pages is 52. Dimensions and colour settings are up to you. Cheers, H Just to add: for a publication (magazine, book etc), "Start on" would be right. For a pack of cards it would be on the left to give 52 pairs. 52pages.afpub
  3. Me too on Mac 1.8.4. Not sure what qualifies as 'simple' but there seems to be a fair amount of cross-compatibility.
  4. Well, in the immortal words of Galileo Galilei, "Eppur si muove". 🌎 In the current Mac beta of Affinity Designer (, I can create, edit, open and save documents and then open them in the current Mac retail version (1.8.4). Of course that may change with the next beta, and I would be the last to rely on it for Important Work.
  5. Affinity don't recommend it, and it is at your own risk. But if you download the beta you can run it alongside the original, it won't replace your retail copy. I've just created a document with multiple rectangles with the same colour fill in the retail version, saved and closed, then opened it in beta, replaced all the colours using Select - Same - Fill Colour, saved and closed, and re-opened in the retail version without any issue. It's not a real-world test, but you could give it a try on a copy of anything important.
  6. Check out (and try out) the newest betas of Affinity Designer. This functionality is in the pipeline.
  7. Apart from observing with my tongue very firmly in my cheek that one person's 'bug' is another person's 'works as intended', I'm all done here. Interesting discussion! Best, H
  8. Yes, but I don't think the centre of the circle as such is explicitly defined in the software. I'm not absolutely certain though.
  9. I can link you to an Affinity example: Snap to shape key points—when checked, objects can be aligned to key points on shapes, such as the start and end of a rounded corner. That's from Help-Snapping-Snapping options. I presume those are the points labelled "7" below: They're not nodes on a curve, they're points on a shape.
  10. On further reflection I don't think the node snaps to the centre of the circle at all. I think it snaps to the intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines passing through the mid-points of the circle's bounding box. Which just happen to be the centre of the circle.
  11. The bounding box describes an object's overall size, shape and position on the page. In the case of the circle, the centre is by definition aligned to the mid-points of the bounding box, thus making it an easily calculated snapping target. The position of the node on the curve bears no relationship to the shape, size or position of the bounding box. In this sense its position is arbitrary: its position cannot be derived from any element of the bounding box, and it can only be a snapping target when it is selected.
  12. Delete the text frame on page 76. The text will then flow from 75 to 77.
  13. My guess was half right. You've got two paragraph marks at the end of the chapter followed by a page break (in the blank frame). They are forcing the next chapter over. Delete one of the paragraph breaks (¶ character) and see if that helps. PS: this is your page break, with a paragraph break just above it:
  14. My guess is that you have two page breaks at the end of the chapter. In the Text menu, select Show Special Characters and check to see if there are two downward-pointing arrows, one at the bottom of the chapter and one at the top of the empty box. If so, delete one of them. This will remove the empty box from the flow. (Personally I would use Sections to split the work into separate paragraphs. Managing a book as a single flow of text would seem a bit cumbersome to me.) Cheers, H
  15. Latest betas (for Mac at least) promise: It's not something I have used myself so I can't offer an opinion.
  16. I think - may be wrong - that it's because the node isn't in the centre of the curve, but an arbitrary point on the curve. If the curve is selected (using the Move tool, as above), then the node is not defined by the bounding box. But even if the node is selected (using the Node tool), you can't move the circle without de-selecting the node. "Align to nodes of selected curves" no longer applies, and there's nothing in snapping prefs that you can snap to: The node is not part of the bounding box, it's not a bounding box mid point, it's not a shape key point (because the curve isn't a shape). Is it part of the object geometry? I don't think so, because it's an arbitrary point. (That's why you can snap the node to the centre of the circle - the centre is an element of the object geometry.) But you can snap to guides - hence my original suggestion. Is it a bug? I'm not convinced.
  17. Using guides... With the Node tool selected, in the context toolbar, select Align to nodes of selected curves (the left-hand button next to Snap): Ensure snapping is on. Select the node with the Node tool Drag a vertical guide from the left margin to snap to the node. Drag a horizontal guide from the top margin to snap to the node Snap the circle to the guides. Screen Recording 2020-09-17 at 14.11.53.mov Hope it helps!
  18. Generally speaking, for keyboard shortcuts, yes. But not for these brush action modifiers. On Mac, the shortcuts are also control-alt-click and then drag left-right to modify width, or drag up-down to modify hardness. Just to add to the fun, on UK (and possibly other European keyboards) the "alt" keys are labelled option.* *EDIT: except when they're labelled alt EDIT 2 (and slightly more serious): on Mac, with the brush tool selected, holding down ctrl-alt (or ctrl-option) and repeatedly clicking cycles through three options: Width-Hardness Shape-Spacing Rotation Screen Recording 2020-09-16 at 22.58.07.mov Not sure if this works on PC?
  19. Hi @Christopher J. and welcome! As a former newspaper editorial production person with a fair amount of experience in system upgrades and replacements, I would say: As @Seneca says: test, test and test again before you consider committing. You can download a 10-day free trial of all the apps, but considering the time you'll need to come to a fully informed decision, I would suggest buying at least one licence for Publisher and Photo, and possibly one for Designer if you produce a lot of graphics. Consider every aspect of your workflow, end to end - page planning, advertising, editorial, page output, web output (if appropriate), archiving. If you decide to change, it would be a major project - and a major upheaval - that would require huge commitment from staff and suppliers. For example advertising - the Affinity apps don't currently supported embedded fonts in PDFs. If that's how many of your ads are supplied, you'll either have to ask your advertisers to flatten their ads before submission or supply you with the fonts. (I can hear the screams from across the Atlantic - and there may be issues with font licensing.) How do you currently place ads on the page? Manually or automatically, with external systems? What would you do about classified ads? Editorial - Affinity apps don't lend themselves to collaborative working in the sense that there's no integrated text-editing app. So it wouldn't be straightforward to have one person working on the copy while another works on the layout. If you're used to that with InDesign you'd need to work out different editorial workflows. How would you replicate your existing colour palettes, paragraph styles, standing artwork etc? How do you manage picture flows? Would you need to buy licenses for Affinity Photo as well as Affinity Publisher (still a heck of a lot less expensive than Adobe...). Web - how do you process pages and/or individual stories? PDF upload? XML? You could do the former in Affinity Publisher but possibly not the latter. Page output - make absolutely sure that your printers can accept what you are producing (either EPS or PDF), and ask them to run test pages to iron out details before going live. Automation - the Affinity apps have no scripting capabilities beyond some fairly basic single-app macros. If you you rely on scripted automation (AppleScript, VBS, whatever) then Affinity may not be ideal. And finally - try not to let anyone persuade you that this would be a good time for a redesign In my humble opinion: yes, in basic terms it would be perfectly possible to produce a newspaper using the Affinity suite of applications. But the devil is in the details. And there are many more things to consider than I've covered here! Good luck, and post back if you need more input!
  20. Clicking the Esc key does it for me, without modifying any keyboard shortcuts. This is on a MacBook Pro with the Esc button in the Touch Bar, so I can't say for certain it will work on other configurations or OS's.
  21. Hi ETC, In the Swatches studio, click the Hamburger and choose Add Document Palette: This will give you a palette called "Unnamed". Click the hamburger and choose Rename Palette... and give your palette a name. To the right of the palette name is an icon three squares and a plus sign. Hover over and you'll see it says "Add current fill to palette". Click it. Your current fill is now in your palette: Right click (ctrl-click, alternate click) on the colour and choose Rename fill: Pink for February: Rinse and repeat...
  22. Hi, The marvellous new Select Same command has the option to select same "Transparency". Shouldn't this be "Opacity" to make it consistent with the object definition in the Layers panel? They seem to be the same thing - objects with the same Opacity are all selected with Select Same - Transparency, whereas objects with different Opacity are not. Or am I missing something? Cheers, H
  23. Ah sorry, my mistake. Duplicate the t-shirt layer, drag the duplicate above the dots group and then drag the question mark into the top shirt as a mask:
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