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    h_d got a reaction from Chris B in 1.9.0.199 (Intel) - typo in Equations filter   
    "Angular uits" should read "Angular Units".
    Cheers,
    H
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    h_d got a reaction from sfriedberg in AfPub. How to tell what color swatch is assigned to text?   
    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...
     
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    h_d got a reaction from ronnyb in Designer 1.9.0.2 - Transparency or Opacity   
    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
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    h_d got a reaction from Ganna in How to Edit the Alpha Channel   
    Latest betas (for Mac at least) promise:
    It's not something I have used myself so I can't offer an opinion.
     
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    h_d reacted to John Rostron in Unsharp Filter Issue   
    I take it that you are viewing everything at 100%. If you are not, then that could explain your differences.
    Jihn
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    h_d reacted to MarieDoesDesign in Replace colour with another in all objects   
    Thank you that is very helpful, glad you explained that I can have both versions. I shall experiment and see what happens.
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    h_d got a reaction from MarieDoesDesign in Replace colour with another in all objects   
    Well, in the immortal words of Galileo Galilei, "Eppur si muove". 🌎
    In the current Mac beta of Affinity Designer (1.9.0.2), 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.
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    h_d got a reaction from MarieDoesDesign in Replace colour with another in all objects   
    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.
     
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    h_d got a reaction from walt.farrell in Replace colour with another in all objects   
    Well, in the immortal words of Galileo Galilei, "Eppur si muove". 🌎
    In the current Mac beta of Affinity Designer (1.9.0.2), 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.
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    h_d got a reaction from MarieDoesDesign in Replace colour with another in all objects   
    Check out (and try out) the newest betas of Affinity Designer. This functionality is in the pipeline. 
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    h_d got a reaction from MattyWS in How to Edit the Alpha Channel   
    Latest betas (for Mac at least) promise:
    It's not something I have used myself so I can't offer an opinion.
     
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    h_d reacted to R C-R in Snap Object Center to Node   
    As I understand it, in the context of the "Snap to shape key points" snapping option, a key point is either the geometric center of the object or any of the points of its maximum or minimum extent on the canvas, all of which are geometrically unique regardless of the object type & coincide with the handles of the object's bounding box (because that is how the bounding box is defined).
    That context has nothing to do with animation or interpolation or the like, only with that specific snapping option.
    Isn't that the same thing?
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in Snap Object Center to Node   
    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. 
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in Snap Object Center to Node   
    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.
     
     
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Patrick Connor in How to Edit the Alpha Channel   
    Latest betas (for Mac at least) promise:
    It's not something I have used myself so I can't offer an opinion.
     
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    h_d got a reaction from walt.farrell in Brush size and hardness shortcut for windows   
    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?
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    h_d got a reaction from sfriedberg in Can Newspapers use Affinity instead of Adobe   
    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!
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Seneca in Can Newspapers use Affinity instead of Adobe   
    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!
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Headway in Can Newspapers use Affinity instead of Adobe   
    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!
     
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    h_d got a reaction from Old Bruce in Can Newspapers use Affinity instead of Adobe   
    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!
     
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    h_d got a reaction from jmwellborn in AfPub. How to tell what color swatch is assigned to text?   
    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...
     
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    h_d reacted to dominik in Where are the basic keyboard shortcuts?   
    ESC works the same way on Windows, too.
    d.
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    h_d reacted to Sean P in Designer 1.9.0.2 - Transparency or Opacity   
    Hi h_d,

    This is something I noticed myself and will get passed on to development. 
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    h_d reacted to cre8tivetoy in Copy styles from one document to another   
    "Thank you", to both of you; Its taking a while to learn the little details,, but I want to use the software efficiently and your help is greatly appreciated. 
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    h_d got a reaction from Myzlopez in Affinity Photo   
    Hi @Myzlopez!
     
    Affinity Photo is primarily an image editor. If you want to create print products, Affinity Publisher is a page layout program and may be better suited to your needs.
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