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Jim Monson

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    Analyzing J.S. Bach fugues, cantatas, etc. Glad I was born "after" Bach and not "before."

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  1. Scrolling up and down in some of Affinity Panels is a great feature. It does not appear to work in the Character, Paragraph, etc panels. Am I missing something or is this something you are working on? I get so used to using it where I can that I must back up for a moment when in the non-scrolling panels and realize that I must pull down the side bar.
  2. Below is a snap to help explain what I'm saying. I want to change the green fade to a blue fade. In order to do this I must type in the four CYMK or the three RGB numbers since I cannot drag a color or use the swatches panel to change a color in an effect. One day I hope this can be worked out, I would really be happy if I could use the eye dropper tool to click on the blue adjoining the green fade and have that happen as I work in the color area of the effect panels. That would be a huge help rather than looking up the colors numbers and typing them in.
  3. I posted this in the general forum on questions but thought that perhaps it belongs here as a request. - - - PROBLEM: Two tiny spaces remain at the top left of a group of multiple panels, the group being kept narrow on the side of my screen. The very top left space closes the group, and the other allows me to move (reposition) the group. Unless I am very careful I often miss the "move" the panel and hit the "close: space," thereby force me to reconstruct it via VIEW. This stops work flow and is frustrating. See my snap below. I want to keep such groups narrow in order to have more screen space for the document. SUGGESTED SOLUTION: This problem could be solved if Affinity's programs were to have a preference that would allow the user to opt for an on-screen warning to be issued (with a "yes" or "no" choice) if the user accidentally clicked on the "close" space rather than the 'move" space. It would save a lot of time, both in carefully placing the cursor in the exact position between closing and moving before clicking, and in reconstructing the groups panels if a slight wrong positioning accidentally closes rather than in the small space for moving the group.
  4. PROBLEM: Two tiny spaces remain at the top left of a group of multiple panels, the group being kept narrow on the side of my screen. The very top left space closes the group, and the other allows me to move (reposition) the group. Unless I am very careful I often miss the "move" the panel and hit the "close: space," thereby force me to reconstruct it via VIEW. This stops work flow and is frustrating. See my snap below. I want to keep such groups narrow in order to have more screen space for the document. SUGGESTED SOLUTION: This problem could be solved if Affinity's programs were to have a preference that would allow the user to opt for an on-screen warning to be issued (with a "yes" or "no" choice) if the user accidentally clicked on the "close" space rather than the 'move" space. It would save a lot of time, both in carefully placing the cursor in the exact position between closing and moving before clicking, and in reconstructing the groups panels if a slight wrong positioning accidentally closes rather than in the small space for moving the group.
  5. Problem solved! I rebooted my iMac after closing APub, and then brought up APub again and turned off "Use mouse wheel to zoom" in preferences that I had tried before but didn't help. This time it workd, so I'm up and running again.
  6. In Affinity I have always (with great delight) taken advantage of setting things up as follows so that I can quickly navigate. 1) Scroll in a doc with the mouse wheel with no modifier 2) Zoom with the mouse wheel plus the OPTION modifier 3) Pan with the mouse wheel plus the SHIFT modifier With the recent Affinity update my options are gone and my various combos above only zoom. I have used this quick way to navigate so long that it is now sorely missed. The last thing I want to do is to go the Navigator. Using the space bar to access the hand tool and then navigating by this tool is far less efficient for me than the mouse wheel Has there been a change with the recent update? If so, I am making a plea to return to what was. I am now working in Big Sur OS. Perhaps this has made the difference? Thanks PS: The two PNGs below from an earlier forum question are irrelevant to the above, but I cannot delete them.
  7. All of a sudden my CNTL key in APub turns the Cap Lock on and off. I have not tried to reboot but have quite APub and brought it up again with the same result. I have looked through shortcuts and other APub preferences but found nothing. Perhaps some of the strange things that APub does when it gets "tired." I'm working in Big Sur that also may have some bugs. PS: I rebooted and it still occurs before I bring APub up, so it must be some setting in the OS - yes a Keyboard Pref.
  8. I tried to document this with a clip from my screen, but thankfully and to my surprise, I could not replicate it. Last night I could have since it kept happening after quitting and bringing up APub again. It appears that closing down my iMac last night and booting it up today took care of the problem. I have found that after long hours of work in APub, strange things occur, even though I am not saving history (that must eat up a lot of RAM). Will keep monitoring it and see if it happens again. Your helpful comments, and consistent kindness on the forum is much appreciated, Walt.
  9. Yes, Walt. I'm changing personas and not going to the File > Edit in Designer. Sorry. I should have used the proper terminology. The problem I described has occurred multiple times, and thus I no longer use the Designer Persona options, although it is a wonderful help when needed. People cannot believe it when I show how simply I can move around in the three Affinity programs. I can't thank the Affinity gang enough since it is a huge help in my work flow. All I can do is to give them a little PR when possible.
  10. I just tried. the switching from AffPub to AffPhoto and the same thing happened. The AffPhoto Studio remained when I returned to AffPub. However, after clicking the AffPub icon the AffPub Studio returned to the screen. This was not the case with AffDen. Nothing I did could bring back the AffPub Studio after switching to AffDes and back to AffPub.
  11. I have used Text Frame extensively since it appeared in AffPub. Great help! With the 1.8.6 update I have had the same problem as mentioned above and believe I have located at least part of the problem. When I load AffPub the Text Frame appears in my AffPub Studio. However, after switching to AffDes via Studio Link (where Text Frame does not appear, of course) and returning to AffPub, I see the AffDes Studio rather than the AffPub Studio. If I want Text Frame in my AffPub Studio I must quit AffPub and bring it up again. Thus from my limited perspective it appears that this is a bug when switching from AffPub to AffDes and back to AffPub. It might be the same in switching to AffPhoto, but I have not tried that. Here is a screen shot showing what I see when switching back to AffPub from AffDen.
  12. Same problem here. I checked all three of my Spaces prior to my solution and Tools was nowhere to be found. I took a hint from your solution, Andrea, and tried changing my display back to 'Default' rather than 'Scaled.' That solved it, even when I changed from 'Defauit' back to 'Scaled.' Thus Tools must have been showing but was somehow off the screen. Thanks, Andrea!
  13. As I thought, Callum, there are limits, even for the great Affinity programmers. Thanks! Many thanks, Joachim. That worked! It came out beautifully even the linking of paragraphs. I never realized that this option would work so well. Much appreciated!
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