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  1. You haven't heard from me for ages - I'm not a "pro" designer and, to be frank, the Affinity trio I have on my MacBook (Designer, Photo and soon to be used in depth Publisher) pretty much covers my needs. But .. I did come across a number of occasions where illustrations were supplied in pixel format by people who have drawing talent but have as yet not woken up to the benefits of vector drawing (or just like freehand - some people I know create magic with just a pencil). It's at that point I had to use brew to install inkscape because there's no auto-trace available in Designer (I used brew because the MacOS DMGs tend to lag a bit). Therefore, please count me as another vote for this feature. I know the "Affinity Way" is to go miles beyond the original concept which will take time, but I'd be quite happy to have at least the basics around. Until then, inkscape it is..
  2. Hi, I have AD 1.6.1 on MacOS Mojave 10.14.3, and when I tried looking up Help on transforming (as I need the one thing missing in the default shapes, a parallelogram) I got.. well, nothing. Is this me or is there something broken here? Is this not-help stored locally or does it have to be pulled in from the Net (in which case it isn't)? First I used the pulldown menu, and I drew a blank after selection of the topic that appeared viable to me. Next I re-entered the search term in that window I got and got something which after a mouse click led me to .. .. nothing again. Don't get me wrong, I like the minimalism but it's just a tad unhelpful. I also have AD beta 1.7.0.4 installed which DID give me an answer after some prodding (screenshot added), so I'm guessing that's what I'll have to use for the moment. Bug, feature or me? (BTW, not to worry about the parallelogram, that turned out to be as stupidly easy as I was suspecting - no need for transformations ) Cheers, Binc
  3. Ah, that worked, thank you. I'll work out at some point what actually happened. Ah yes, history. I put a feature request in, asking if it was possible to add an option so you choose the default on/off condition for a new document. Especially when you're experimenting or when you have to share work with someone else it makes sense to have that default set so you can't forget it.. Thank you for the help! Kind regards, Binc
  4. Hi, I drew a simple donut in 3 segments, once by rotating a 120º segment, and once by adjusting the parameters of three donuts on top of each other, which was considerably more effort (not sure which is better but I wanted to test both). I then added puzzle ends (thank you for the instructions on this forum) and did a subtraction of each segment so I had the cutouts - or so I thought. One segment has a line left, and I have as yet not worked out how to delete that line. It's probably something insanely obvious to all you experts, but for the moment I'm stumped. Observe in the attached the cutout in the left segment. I copied and moved it to the right so you can see that the cutout has a line still closing the shape - and I can't get rid of it. None of the other substractions produced this aberrant extra line, and I seem to be unable to zap it. Now I can probably find a way to cheat this into behaving, but I prefer finding out where I made the mistake so it won't happen to me next time and learn more about how vectors work. Anyone? do-nuts.afdesign
  5. As I am working through some tests and your workbook, I have come to appreciate the ability to stop working on something and resume later. The problem: I always have to manually set "Save history with document". I would greatly appreciate a Preference setting so this can be temporarily set as a default. I know it makes files a lot bigger, but for some projects it's worth it and I can always save once with it disabled to remove the history from the file. Cheers, Binc
  6. Hi, used "Separated Mode" for a bit, but I found it difficult to get gridlines on a design so I switched it back off. However, "Merge all windows" doesn't appear to do anything when I'm in "Separated Mode" - what is it supposed to do? Using Affinity Designer 1.6.1 on Mojave 10.14.1
  7. I've been so busy that I haven't had time to deal with the "you must update your CUDA driver" message that appeared since the latest MacOS update (and for which there are apparently non-Apple solutions), but it did raise an interesting question: does the Affinity code also use this driver to speed up processing, and, if so, does that still work with this sort-of-bug-that-nobody-seems-to-claim? I like the idea of using all the horse power in a machine to make things go faster - heck, I like anything that goes faster - so I'd be interested if fixing what is at present just a nuisance may help the application along. Call it an extra motivation to find an answer, it may otherwise be with me for another half year
  8. I'm baaack (sorry, real life got in the way). I'll give it a shot, but that whole proposed sequence of events only supports my position that this feature needs some attention.. At this rate I may have to get a real designer to get things done
  9. As I see light bending around me I think I've gone into dense mode again - would you care to take me through this step by step? Or better, I'm going to stop for the evening. I'll probably get this tomorrow morning when there is again blood in my caffeine - thanks already. That said (being the stubborn type), I still think that text on a path needs a lot of help. These hidden dependencies on underlying facets only make sense in one particular way of working, but otherwise they get in the way. Call me picky, but I like controls and dependencies where I can see them. While I'm at it, is there is a simple way to turn text upside down in a shape? I reckon that would take care of 50% of my battles :). Cheers, Binc (PS: re. the "covered in bees", I was listening to Eddie Izzard at the time ).
  10. Argh. Created 3 x 120º segments (yes, to form a circle, thank you ) that were to hold text. I then spent the next half hour fighting the evil "text on a path" demons again, so eventually I gave up and created three plain circles so *I* was in control instead of whatever creation method was at the heart of a shape. Is there no way to tell a text on a text path to ignore the previous history of the shape that created the path (read: being flipped, rotated, mirrored, turned inside out and covered in bees - ANYTHING) and offer some options to solely make the TEXT flip, go into mirror mode, write backwards or upside down? As in controlling the actual component you are working instead of a hard and mostly invisible dependency on the characteristics and previous life of the underlying shape that created the path? I think adding that control to the text part would IMHO rather massively reduce the pain of text on a path. The present approach basically forbids the use of any normal shape manipulations such as flipping and mirroring because you end up paying dearly for that later when you convert it to a text path. You cannot flip or mirror the text on its own as you end up flipping the shape with it, which you then have to undo the effects of. Moving control to where it belongs ought to help. FFS_not_again.afdesign
  11. If you've been using Designer or Photo for a while you will probably have switched off the Welcome Screen. Start Affinity Photo, go Help - Welcome and the popup will show. The big panel on the left is a 3 part slider - either wait or use the button on the side to go to the 3rd panel which has a button that takes you to the Affinity Site. If you haven't done so, you'll need to create an account (also for Designer downloads), but it's there that you'll find the free downloads. All packages come with an instruction PDF of how to install/use them and I believe even with video examples. For Designer the process is similar, but the link to the free goodies is on the SECOND pane instead of the third. If you've been using Affinity from v1.5 you'll find that you already have the Photo macros pack and the Designer grade-ui-kit - not sure if there has been any update to them since 1.5. So there
  12. You could use ImageMagick. Free, and available on all the main platforms. More GUI oriented might be Permute for Mac, which you can either get direct or via the SetApp packager. That's not the same as having it built-in to Affinity software, but it ought to get you going.
  13. The handling of meta data is a chapter in itself. If you read all the documentation on the site of Phil Harvey's exiftool you'll understand that meta data handling is far from trivial. I'd love to be able to set tags like "creator", "copyright" and "comment" tags from within AD/AP, maybe even in some automated fashion with versioning support, but it's a chapter on its own. Regardless of what you want to do with images, getting exiftool installed is probably an excellent first step - it's free, it's insanely powerful and its developer is well versed in the standards that apply. You may find a tag that supports your needs in the documentation, otherwise, adding to the "comment" tag may be an approach.
  14. I must apologise for the delay in answering this. I will come back to this but I have been a tad buried in work and look at the tools you mentioned (thanks for that ).
  15. I was wondering if it would be interesting to create space for a notes field in the file properties (I'm aware I'm opening a can of worms there, IMHO there should also be room for data such as creator, company and copyright which then inevitably segways into a discussion about EXIF data too - allow me to stay away from that for now). I've seen someone talk about a description/information layer but that's inside the design, what I'm talking about is the ability to store meta data with the document which describes content, with or without tags and other fun stuff that you could actually search for if the search facility, file system or DAM supports it. At the moment, the only means to store data with a design is to add a box somewhere with some description or rely on a DAM to add external tags to a file which can get lost and which do not travel with the file in a makeshift collaborative environment. Ironically, document properties are a default feature in wordprocessors such as MS Office and LibreOffice which are the one facility that needs it less because you can actually search in the file contents - no such luck with graphics.. Opinion?
  16. The idea is indeed to edit the images (although I have to add I'm not the source as I'd take separate shots - the idea is to be able to handle anything coming in from third parties), but the issue was that AP in panoramic mode has facilities and tools that are exclusive to that mode, not accessible in any other way. Hence the wish to find a way to "encourage" it to switch into that mode when opening a panoramic image. From what I hear that's not possible, I assume that during assembly some kind of mapping is created for the panoramic mode that an externally sourced pan shot doesn't supply. Interesting is that I have failed so far to find any other application that comes even close to what AP can do with panoramic images, hence me hoping for answers. Oh well. Can't win them all.
  17. Possibly yes. Let me explain what and why as far as I can. The issue with panoramic images is that you get an elongated shot. One of the (IMHO) absolute fantastic features of Affinity Photo in panoramic mode is that you can take a pan shot (after you assemble it "inside" AP from separate images), rotate it as if you were in the scene (without the distortion you sometimes get from especially the bottom end of pan shots), and then drop things in it. That way, you can edit the image where details need elevation/magnification because, for instance, they're in the shadows or they were previously not noticed, then add speech bubbles with index numbers for reference and eventually use it as a viewer and "walk" the scene with others to see if anything else was missed. When you have done this from separate images, the result is extremely useful for emergency briefings and (later) post event reviews. The quest was thus to find a method to see if AP could be "pushed" into panoramic mode with an image that was assembled outside AP, because (as I said), sometimes that's all you can get from a live event besides far lower quality video footage.
  18. Really? Bummer. There goes my understanding of what photo editing software does, you know, actually editing pictures? I naïvely thought the description covered what the program actually did. Sarcasm aside, your perspective is a tad on the narrow side because appear to assume that you're always in control of the source, whereas especially in emergency work it doesn't always pan (sorry) out that way - in that case you're grateful for whatever you can lay your hands on from whomever and whatever is around, even low resolution video frame grabs. Would I like separate images? Sure, but a luxury of choice tends to signal that you're late to the scene. Secondly, it was an observation made in a discussion, not a demand, it could very well have yielded a response of "try this" from Affinity because they do like solving challenges and they're nothing but creative. In this case I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't try slicing the source image and re-assemble the slices in AP so panoramic mode kicks in anyway. I don't have the time today, but it is something I'm going to try - especially now I've been told it cannot be done .
  19. Dang (not the Mac Miller version) - that answer infers there are no plans afoot to handle these either which is a shame because I see more and more of them appear .
  20. I have a number of panoramic images taken by an iPhone, i.e. the iPhone already did the stitching of separate shots. I'm probably missing something obvious, but how do I open these images in AP to use its panoramic tools? If I just open it I simply end up with a rather elongated picture which is not quite what I was after
  21. There's also the non-trivial fact that design is more than just colour ;) I have a father whose colourblindness borders on the spectacular, but in one of nature's weird games I am the opposite: I can detect colour differences of 2..3 MacAdam (more close to 3 now as I no longer work in a profession where I use this on a daily basis). And, as you may have seen from my questions, I am *definitely* not a professional designer :P
  22. Affinity Designer is a drawing program: you create images and designs with it, mainly in vector format so you can scale it to any dimension without loss of quality. Affinity Photo is a program focused explicitly on photos and their manipulation, ranging a wide range of images from your average PNG or JPG format to RAW, HDR and panorama shots. The best way to work out what you need is simply download the trial versions and play with them. Personally, I didn't make a choice - I got both :P
  23. I've come across something called ResourceSpace which I'm going to try and install in my ISP space. ResourceSpace also offer trial accounts, but 1GB isn't going to cut it for me so I hope I'll get a personal setup running (not a big fan of cloudy things). The main challenge is making time for it. It's not just the install, it's also transfer and tagging. I'll have to set up a workflow so I can do this in batches. I've tried to do this with ACDsee but having it online makes it less dependent on my laptop and makes it easier to give someone else controlled access to some parts. Update 19 Jun 2017: I couldn't get ResourceSpace to work (uploads simply vanished), which may not be the software but my ISP as they use FreeBSD, not all Open Source ports that easily. I ended up installing Piwigo which is actually a tad too simplistic but which will do for now. The killer feature for me is Piwigo's ability to be a front end to a storage area on the server so I can push a directory (and subdirectories) up to the server with FileZilla and then run a sync, after which those directories show up as galleries. I still have to title/tag them and set rights, but it's good enough for my personal needs. It's too lightweight for commercial use, though.
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