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Jim Monson

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    Wheaton, Illinois, USA
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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. Creating and editing gradients in Affinity Designer is so easy. However, color editing in the Gradient Map of Affinity Publisher does not accept my editing, even if I enter the CYMK numbers after selecting the Gradient Map's color box. Is there a video or forum link on this topic? As yet I have not found it.
  2. It's great to have such useful converts as AD's "convert to curve, text frame and path,' but a convert from curve to ellipsis would be a great help for those of us bringing Illustrator work into AD. I have maps with hundreds of city dots that I must manually change to vector ellipses to reduce their weight within an app. Any chance of a "Convert curve to ellipsis" coming in the future? I realize it would take some complex programming but hopefully it could be done.
  3. Thanks so much, Walt. I should have thought of that since this is dealing with nodes. Much appreciated for all advice above. I'm a much happier camper now and can't wait for AD 1.7 to be out of beta. These Affinity folks and these forums are fantastic
  4. I am very grateful for your video, Methferion. I finally realized that I could easily open it in Chrome rather than in Safari. What you showed is exactly what I need. However, I cannot find the icon that you used in your toolbar. You appear to be using a Windows version of the latest 1.7 Designer Beta and I am using the Mac beta version. Could you send me the name of the toolbar icon so that I can inquire if it is coming soon for Mac users? I really hope so. Thank you so much. This feature will save me tons of resizing time in my very complex map work. All the best!
  5. Looks interesting but I am not sure where you are doing this on the Mac. Could give me a hint? Thanks. Also, it appears that the positions of the objects change. This is the problem with AffDesigner. Transform will indeed change the size, but it treats the objects as a group and thus also changes the size of the entire group while changing the size of each individual object. If you can solve this, bravo, and please let me know. I now see that you are in AffPhoto. Will give it a try.
  6. Jim Monson

    Grouping swatches

    At least I now know that I'm not missing something. My highly complex geology map has a myriad of different colors for various rocks and soils, rivers, stream beds, seas, lakes, marshes, etc. in one long list of swatches. Having collapsible´╗┐ groups´╗┐´╗┐ would be much more efficient than bringing up separate palettes. This comment is simply for AD designers to ponder. In the meantime, everyday I'm increasingly grateful for Affinity products.
  7. As yet I have not found any way to group swatches, like we can have sublayers under a top layer. This would be very useful when one has so many swatches that one has to scroll to find them. Up to now I simply put is a "title swatch" (a color I do not use) and make an artificial heading for swatches that are common to that part of my work. A group-type approach to swatches would be great.
  8. Not to worry, Alfred. I'm a Mac user but sometimes must revert to Windows. Meanwhile, I'm tediously creating and resizing ellipses of hundreds of curves brought over from Illustrator (cut and paste). Your posts are always very much appreciated.
  9. I have which has some great new features, but as yet I have not found any Transform Each feature. If you know where it might be hiding, please let me know. Thanks.
  10. Sounds good, thorgas, Will try soon. Thanks!
  11. I used Transform Each in Illustrator hundreds of times and it worked beautifully. In Illustrator it is a matter of *not* having a group selected, only objects---and not all the object in a layer since Illustrator looks at that as a group. Here's how I do it in case the Affinity Designers programers did not notice it (I'm almost sure they have). 1. Go to Transform Each (only in Illustrator, not in Designer) 2. Select all of the objects to transform in a layer. 3. Turn off any one of the objects. 4. Enter the Transform info required = selected *items* (not the group) transformed without changing their positions (since they are no longer a group). 5. Go to the unselected object and transform it alone. Meanwhile, without this feature in Designer I must take my objects back into Illustrator (yes, I am still paying my expensive dues to Adobe-ugh!), use Illustrator's Transform Each and then bring them back into Designer. Problem is that I do not want them as "curves" in Designer but as ellipses (much lighter weight and faster processing). I'm waiting not so patiently for Designer to have its own Transform Each that works on curves and ellipses. In the meantime, Designer is still great!
  12. I've tried the default shortcut for "Switch to Next View" as well as other keyboard shortcut combos, but none of them change my view (I have only two views to try this). As long as I'm on the view question it would be helpful to be able to save the views with the doc so that one did not have to recreate them after closing. I still find it easier to use my other own shortcuts (the "x" key + mouse rotary for zooming, the Preference choice for scrolling with the Shift + mouse rotary for panning (left and right), plus the Spacebar for moving around the view. This keeps it handy with my left hand on the keyboard and my right hand on the mouse. I wish there were a fast and slow for each one of these as in Google Earth. Easy to request, but programming is another matter. I'm happy for all that AD already has and AD's updates and betas.
  13. Your "New View" option is quite handy. With various views on screen, I see no shortcut for moving through the screens. Am I correct? This would make views even better when having them full screen. Otherwise I must keep some part of every view visible on screen so I can click to the desired view, although it is difficult to know which is which unless I leave the top name visible, another limitation.
  14. Many thanks, although I find that I must hold down the CMD key rather than the CTRL. Works beautifully. I should have guessed that you folks at Affinity would have addressed this already. Getting back to AD from AI is such a relief!
  15. In my work in editing a complex geology map I have carefully planned text and graphic layers, e.g., scores of site names are all under one layer, their dot locations are under a different layer, etc., for some twelve layers. Sometimes there are sublayers under these layers. I just completed another complex map with many layers and objects in Illustrator (not yet brought into AD) and noted how quickly my selection of an object allowed me to move it or edit it. Returning to AD I suddenly discovered that after double clicking on a site name, AD had to first select the entire group and then (but not always) it selected the object and often took me inside the frame text even though I only wanted to move the name. Since I work very quickly in the editing process using my convenient keyboard shortcuts, I found that I had to wait and sometimes even start the select process again to avoid moving the entire layer of object or having my shortcut key appear in the text frame. Often I must use esc to start the selection process over again until I finally get the selection I wanted in the first place. Is there anyway to speed up AD's selection process so that it would be like Illustrator, i.e., immediately select the specific object (as a site name) rather than go through the AD process of selecting the group and then selecting the object? That option under Preferences would be a great help.