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  1. andrewsimper

    External Linked Text

    External text file linking for content would be brilliant. This would not only make focusing on written word content easier for authors, but also allow for revision control systems like git to be used to track changes. I understand it's not exactly trivial, but if the scope was limited to a highly structured text format then some easy wins could be had. I'm not sure if there are any industry standard structured text file formats to use as input to a page layout tool, but a wiki like markdown type language may be enough, it has basic heading / subheading, paragraphs, and lists all covered in an easy to edit way with enough structure to pin formatting changes to in Publisher. There are also a few extensions to markdown that add citations and cross referencing like multimarkdown: https://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/
  2. External linked text would be much appreciated.
  3. The copy drag of an area onto another area of a single layer without having to switch from the marquee tool is a very big use case for a lot of possible customers for rough and ready mockups of user interfaces and other situations where speed is more important than the quality of the end result. I recommended some friends try out Affinity Designer / Photo, but because it doesn't have this one feature it's a no go for them as the workaround is too slow and messy. It seems that the Command modifier is ignored when either the ctrl or alt keys are also pressed, so there are possibly two different sorts of copy drag possible, a copy merged (the visible pixels in the selected are are copy moved) or single layer copy and move. These could be done with the chord of command+control and command+option (for mac, and equivalent variations on win). I realise that modifiers on iPad throw another issue at this whole thing. Perhaps then another way may be best, have a menu item for what happens on command+drag, and under it you can have move / duplicate / merged duplicate to cover the 3 options. Most of the time people would just pick one of these options and stick with it, and this would default to move so that existing customers would not be impacted, and this will make it easier for those that always want the merged duplicate since they have to hold down fewer keys to get that.
  4. I would be happy with not having a specific layer creation / flatten and leaving just the cmd+g and shift+cmd+g to group and ungroup if there was another easy command to switch the item between being a group and a layer, eg alt+cmd+g
  5. Layers and groups are different, please read this: And no, adding a "new layer" is not an option as this will place it at the top of the layers view panel. Moving it back into place, and then manually dragging the previously selected layers onto it takes a lot of time for even an moderately complex set of layers.
  6. The point is to keep it vector but allow direct selection of each sub layer.
  7. In 3D software I use transforms are a big thing, and most of the time it's great as you move each group / item the transforms stay with the groups / items, but a lot of the time once things are in place what you really want is to zero out all these parent level transforms and push them all to the innermost level possible: either the points of the geometry directly, or to the innermost text items possible. A lot of the time, for basic layouts, this would just consist of pushing all the translations (x, y position changes) into the innermost item translation - and even if just that option was added for starters it would be a huge improvement. This is typically called Freeze Transforms in 3D land, but Flatten Transforms would also be fine. I noticed such an option in SVG export, but it doesn't actually work, <g> elements in the SVG still have matrices with translation in the stuff I've exported, it hasn't been pushed down to all the individual text items. Thanks!
  8. The same operation that Group and Ungroup currently do, but create a layer instead. Also it would be super handy to be able to switch a group to a layer, or vice versa with a single command.
  9. Remove the stroke from the shapes, just keep a solid fill and you get what you want, but I do agree that allowing a slice based on a line without thickness would be awesome. So would better snapping (to tangents and mid points), mirror above an arbitrary axis (with snapping), and a whole bunch more, but hey, Affinity Designer is an awesome tool for first release, and props to the fellas for their hard work
  10. andrewsimper

    Fonts not being deleted when added from settings

    Hi Dan, Awesome work! I can confirm that a full swipe from right to left deleted the fonts as expected Thanks very much for your help on this one, much appreciated! A shot a video the first time I tried it to help the developers debug the situation: affinity-designer-fonts-swipe-deleted.MOV
  11. andrewsimper

    Fonts not being deleted when added from settings

    Hi Dan, Did you follow the exact steps I posted? First try installing the .ttf collection, then the .dfont, then the .otf collection. The attached video is how it ends up on my system, even after I delete Affinity Designer and re-download it, I can't delete anything! affinity-designer-fonts-not-deleting.MOV
  12. andrewsimper

    Fonts not being deleted when added from settings

    Sure thing, fonts incoming...
  13. Hi guys, great work on designer, I'm already being very productive! Like many other people I would love to see transform tool improved, especially for translations. A lot of the time I am fine tuning positions only of small objects, and it is really hard to do it right now since the scaling handles get in the way. I've got a couple of suggestions to make this workflow better: For small screen pixel size selections draw a normal blue bounding box, but do not draw the control points for resizing and rotating on that bounding box, but instead offset them away so the selected object is always visible and there is a minimum of 20 pixels in both the width and height of the control handle box (see mockups attached) Offer a toggle option to lock the size and rotation, and only allow the translation of objects that are selected. In the transform studio allow for a drag that begins in between the x and y number circles to fine translate in both x and y with snapping.
  14. andrewsimper

    Fonts not being deleted when added from settings

    I was adding the entire family of Helvetica Neue, which I use in a file I opened in designer that originally started on macOS, but the font was not showing correctly in iOS. I used a folder on iCloud Drive called "Fonts" which contained a sub solder called "HelveticaNeueTTF" which contained all the variations as individual .ttf files. When imported via a multiple select from the iCloud Drive folder inside Designer the list did inside the "Settings >> Fonts" section of Affinity designer did not update. I then, withotut shutting down Designer, tried to installed the file "HelveticaNeue.dfont" I copied from the fonts folder of my macOS 10.12.6 computer to iCloud. When that also did no update the list I tried converting every .ttf file to .otf via the utility "TransType 4.app", and did a multiple select installed via iCloud drive again, but still not update to the list until I restarted Designer, which then listed all three collections of fonts. If it will help debug the situation I can upload .zip files of each folder, but it would probably violate several copyright agreements in the process, and an as author of software I would prefer not to do so if people can re-produce the situation from the transcript above. Please let me know if this is the case.
  15. andrewsimper

    Rounded corner number input

    Can you tell I'm a programmer

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