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  1. GrahamvdR

    ArcGIS for Affinity Designer

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that: That would have been developed by ESRI, not Adobe (and similarly you’d need to talk to ESRI to convince them to build something to integrate with Affinity). However: Adobe has support for plugins, scripting, etc, that allow third-party developers to integrate with their products. Affinity doesn’t have this yet, as far as I know, and I’m guessing it’s not high on their list of priorities at this stage of development. I really hope it’ll come sometime in the future. As someone who has never used ArcGIS (I use QGIS), or the plugin above, I’d be interested to hear what you envisage your workflow looking like with ArcGIS and Affinity. For most of my map work I save PDFs out of QGIS and edit those with Illustrator or Affinity Designer. Presumably that plugin builds a much more powerful bridge between the two programs? I’d love to see something similar between QGIS and Affinity, but I’m not really sure how it would work.
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    Symbols not detaching

    Thanks Chris_K. I worked around it by just duplicating a single instance of the group to fill the grid, then modifying those. Once I had finished the design process there wasn’t any need for the symbols. I would be curious to hear what the root of the problem is, however, and get it fixed so we don’t run into this issue again.
  3. I have created a page with a grid of listings (3 × 4). Each listing has a title text frame, an image (masked), a body text frame, and a couple of colour panels, all grouped together. The intention was to create a mock-up for a client, who would be able to edit the text and images herself as needed. To speed up the design process I combined the listing elements into a single symbol, then duplicated it to fill the grid. This meant I could alter the design and immediately see my changes reflected across the whole grid. It worked very well. However, now we’re having trouble detaching each instance of the listing from the symbol. I tried selecting all the placed symbols and selecting Detach from the Symbols panel. This appeared to work, as the instance names in the Layers panel all changed from (Symbol) to (Group) and lost the orange lines to the left of the layer thumbnails. However, nine of the twelve instances are still synchronised, and update if I change one of them. Furthermore, the update is only visible after a zoom change, so it’s not obvious immediately that they have all changed. The other three instances can be edited independently. Even deleting the symbol from the Symbols panel doesn’t fix the issue. I also noticed that the symbols didn’t respond to the “Bring to front” command among themselves. If I had a symbol instance at the bottom of the layer stack and pressed Ctrl+Shift+] the symbol would come forward to the bottom of the stack of symbols. I could move it forward by pressing Ctrl+] to move it one layer at a time. After Detaching them they behave as expected, so Ctrl+Shift+] brings them all the way to the top of the layer stack. I am using AD 1.5.3.69 on Windows 10. I have attached the file in question, after all symbols have been detached. I have replaced most of the text with letters and numbers to indicate which are updating together. Action_Properties_Out_of_Africa_ad_2.afdesign
  4. I noticed that when exporting a vector-only document to PDF that many of the elements were being rasterised. I was surprised, as I had done a similar thing previously with no problems. After doing a bit of searching around the forums I noticed there seemed to have been problems in the past when vector masks had transparency, so I inspected my masks and discovered they all had strokes. After removing the strokes everything exported fine as vector elements in the PDF. I’m not sure if this is a known issue, intended behaviour (?!), or a bug, so I’m reporting it here just in case it’s helpful. (AD 1.5.3.69 on Windows)
  5. Designer was consistently crashing on me earlier today when I tried to print (it sent error reports). Eventually I made a PDF of my document and tried to print that from Acrobat, which told me that there was no printer installed. I have an old HP LaserJet 1010, and Windows updates seem to routinely require me to update or reinstall the drivers or apply other fixes to keep it working. So after the Acrobat warning I ran the troubleshooter, which suggested something about isolating the driver from the spooling service, I think, and that fixed all the issues. The document now prints fine from Designer. So, I’m posting this in the hope that it might be useful to the developers for handling printer problems more elegantly. :) (Should I be posting it in the Resolved subforum instead? Or is it the moderators who move topics into there at their discretion?)
  6. Ah, thanks Chris_K. I don’t know why I didn’t think the issue might be with the reader. You’re right, it does look fine in Chrome and Firefox. However, opening it in Illustrator (CS4) shifts all the artwork off to one side, and it’s blank in Photoshop. So, I assume it’s an Adobe issue, not an Affinity one. I haven’t tried with newer versions of Illustrator or Photoshop. I supplied the original PDF and a scaled-down version to my client. Since it’s all vector artwork I’m confident they won’t have any issues with quality when printing, but if I had raster elements too is there anything I could do to make sure there are no problems for the client or printer? Just suggest they don’t use Acrobat? I realise it’s not up to Affinity to deal with Abobe’s problems, but I’m just wondering if this is a common issue and if there are any clever workarounds or suggestions that anyone has?
  7. I created a new document in Designer with two artboards of 6,000 × 1,240 mm, and set up bleed of 50 mm on all sides. I then dragged in a simple vector group from the Assets, scaled it, centred it on Artboard1, duplicated it and centred it on Artboard2, and made some changes to the vector shapes on Artboard2. It all looks fine in AD, but when I export it to PDF and open that in Acrobat, the pages appear blank until I open the separations preview, which I have to do on each page to reveal the artwork. And then the artwork has shifted off centre by a significant amount. I’ve tried creating a new document from scratch and varying the order and methods of creating artboards, duplicating the vectors, etc, using only the first artboard, excluding the bleed, and a few other things, but always with the same result. It’s not the first time I’ve run into the issue of the missing artwork that is revealed by opening the separations preview. Any suggestions for other things to try? Any known issues with anything I’ve done? I’ve attached the AD and PDF files in question. TyreZim sign logo 6000 x 1240.afdesign TyreZim sign logo 6000 x 1240.pdf
  8. Thanks, MikeW. In looking for contact details I did a bit of digging around the GitHub page and found this thread. So, it looks like you were spot on. I’ve downloaded the version in the link, and all seems to be working as it should.
  9. I’m trying to use the font Cooper Hewitt (available for free from here), but the styles are not displaying correctly in the drop down menu. There should be: Bold, Bold Italic, Book, Book Italic, Heavy, Heavy Italic, Light, Light Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Semibold, Semibold Italic, Thin, Thin Italic But I’m seeing: Thin Italic, Bold, Bold, Thin Italic, Book, Bold, Bold, Thin Italic, Thin Italic, Book, Bold, Bold, Bold, Thin Italic Hm, I’ve just checked in Illustrator, and it’s only showing: Thin, Thin Italic, Book, Semibold Italic, Bold So perhaps it’s a problem with the font? That was the .otf, which the site lists as being “best for OSX” (I’m on Windows). There don’t seem to be any problems with the .ttf, which is listed as being “Windows-compatible version, limited to 4 weights”. I thought .otf was cross-platform, and I’ve used plenty others with no problems, so even with these descriptions I’m surprised to be having these problems.
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