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    Objects “forget“ color swatch

    ... but before starting this procedure: be aware that Global swatches are saved only with this particular document in a the specific type of "Document" palettes. – And it gets more weird: – You are allowed to export such a custom Global swatches document palette. – And you are allowed to import it as Application palette. (those palettes are available in every document) Such import results in a palette named "Document" (regardless of its exported name) and appears in the Application Palette menu with the app icon. Exported + imported palette: But such imported swatches have lost their global icon & property and also their overprint icon & property – and, though they still may have their spot icon they have lost their spot property, too. After all, they, of cause, still have their name, which might be auto-given when created and start with "Global Colour" + a number. But indeed, they are 'normal' swatches with a useless spot icon. On export such a spot swatch isn't spotty: That means: To use a Global swatches palette in other documents you must either use copies of that document or import the according palette for every document. To make it not too easy: Don't think about to copy/paste objects between documents to get their swatches transferred. This does not work, too. Last but not least a specialty about Global swatch names and their appearance in the Colours Panel: Obviously a Global swatch may have 2 names. Its second name is in brackets below. This 2nd name is its Spot color name on export, you may name it individually and also rename it later. For instance: This right-click menu at a Global swatch also includes the use- and helpful option to make a swatch overprinting. In case of a 'normal' swatch you have a slightly different menu with the option "Make Global". (But, as MikeW pointed out: you are not allowed to turn an existing swatch into a spot swatch.)
  2. @Dan, thank you for the instructions. It's good to know now that the Pen Tool is drawing that way without any brush at first. Unfortunately I seem to have some fundamental not- or misunderstanding and try to make that obvious in my screen recording: 1. I am not able to make a selected brush being used when drawing with Vector Brush Tool. What am I doing wrong? 2. I can't understand the use of the two different "pressure" editor fields. Which is influencing what and when? The Pencil Tool records my pen pressure while drawing, okay. But I need to assign the brush after drawing (is as you wrote) – whereas with Vector Brush seems to use a preset pressure curve, whereas there are two places to define the pressure property: in Stroke panel next to the property button AND 'under' the property button. Which is which? 3. Does Vector Brush Tool never respect my pressure when drawing but only (afterwards ?) with a manually set curve? brush strokes & variances 2.m4v
  3. Yes, it is. – But for senseful text wrap it needs meaningful line breaks which requires words and optionally hyphenation rather than an endless chain of letters. You might like the feature of "Filler Text" instead typing endless letters for your layout trials: With a text frame selected go to menu "Text" > "Insert Filler Text".
  4. Just zoom out. Sounds magic but works. ('Red dot award')
  5. Columns are per text frame, not per page. Per page you additionally have the option to create a grid, vertically + horizontally, which supports you visually and with snapping when creating text frames in such a custom page grid. A text frame, created on such a grid, is snapping with its size, whereas you additionally have the option to set the frames inset AND its columns gutter: With this flexibility of grid area options you can achieve object snapping in a complex grid without the use of any guide line:
  6. They are. Studio Link does not mix them. Possibly the computer got slightly confused by these procedures of un- and re-installing. I occasionally experienced issues after a beta update, then a computer reboot always solved that.
  7. If one really applies text wrap to both of two text frames I'd rather expect a warning or error message to make such a contradictory setting obvious for the user her/himself. (... rather than the effort for a hidden workaround, which also would prevent for the user to detect such an own setting issue) On the other hand this current "bug" solution (> foreground wins) enables a setting like this for instance: (which would not be able if two text frames could not have text wrap applied but would need extra wrapping shapes instead)
  8. There is no need to combine double-click + dragging if you don't want to move text but rather select only. In case you want to select the first word by click + drag for the rest: Do not release the mouse after your 2nd click but hold it pressed and start dragging. p.s.: quite a few different ways available: https://operating-systems.wonderhowto.com/how-to/select-drag-copy-and-move-text-mac-os-10-5-334557/
  9. As far as I remember, you'll need to launch each app 1x individually for your Studio Link to work for future use.
  10. A. How can I draw with a selected (and highlighted) brush when using either Pen or Pencil Tool? – Whereas it does work for Vector Brush Tool as expected, both Pen and Pencil Tool always draw with a 0.24 pt black line, regardless of my brush selection. – Clicking the selected brush after drawing does assign it but does not make it being used for further drawing. – Also using the "Synchronize defaults" button after assigning the highlighted brush to a drawing does not make that brush being used for further drawing. B. I can't make the Vector Brush Tool to use the Variance Properties of a selected brush, f.i. the "64 Square Marker" in "Pens" – whereas its variances do occur, both in opacity & width, when assigning this brush after drawing with Pen Tool. – Am I misusing the Vector Brush Tool or is it ignoring brush variance properties in general?
  11. It is indeed weird. Apparently it occurs if both objects involved in text wrap are both text frames. In that case text wrap seems to work only under specific conditions. The text frame which should be wrapped must be either/or ... placed on a layer above (in front of) the wrapping text frame a text frame with ticked "Ignore Text Wraps" an Artistic text frame a text frame with text converted to curves text wrap weirdness.m4v
  12. It pops up. It is a directory for its presented topics. It is a website with dynamically changing content and URLs to other websites. AND it is a modal window. There is no either or in that case. Even Save and Export are modal windows, too. As many others are in the UI, too. Hopefully you will not demand as "most logically" to move them all into the Windows menu.
  13. Aha. So what do you care, waste your time and don't play with WebP successfully somewhere else? With such thoughts this discussion can't result in the implementation of WebP. I care because I am missing an argument which might convince the Affinity developers. Just saying "we use it" or "it is modern" or even everybody is using it is very vague and not clear about the real usage and spread of this format.
  14. The number counts. Even flash/swf might still be used by web developers.
  15. Compared to all "modern" possible formats it is rather any than THE format.
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