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  1. Almost all of these needs are met by the Symbols panel and I don't understand why almost no one ever mentions Symbols (except @R C-R ), as if it's the 30-year-old son who lives in the basement. I must be missing something here because I think the Symbols feature is great and I feel like the Affinity team aren't capitalizing on it and don't want to for some reason. Hint: the orange border on master layers shows that they're Symbols. Unlock a master layer, open the Symbols panel (View→Studio→Symbols), click the 'Sync' button to disable syncing, and make some changes, such as editing some text. When you're done, remember to toggle the Sync option again and lock the master layer to prevent accidents. You can later change any other attributes across all pages, except for text (including color/style), but you can use Text Styles to keep such changes shared. I imagine it isn't ideal for the workflows that some may have coming from other software packages, and I appreciate the devs baking a more fitting solution, but I'd say it's a decent enough workaround for many cases that at least deserves to be mentioned in threads like this. Cheers, guys!
  2. Have you tried Master Pages aka Symbols? You can toggle the Sync option to customize master objects on individual pages. The big problem, I think, is not having a clear indication whether sync is on or off (you have to check the icon, and even that is a bit low in contrast), and not being able to re-sync attributes. Being able to set some attributes to be desync'ed by default would also help.
  3. As far as I can tell there's no way to get the standard text editing shortcuts in Affinity through the keyboard shortcut preferences. I have tried.
  4. I discovered a highly reproducible (>75%) and contagious hang in Affinity Publisher Beta 1.7.0.206. When I simply select a rectangle shape and an HSL adjustment layer, it hangs. Moreover, if I don't force quit AfPub within ~5 seconds, the hang becomes infectious and starts incapacitating one program after another as I hopelessly vie to shackle this MEGALOMANIC Mêе§å (Dock→Force Quit, Activity Monitor, ⌥⌘⎋, etc). After a hard reboot, in Console.app there are messages like this corresponding to my futile actions: 03/01/2019 23:35:14.733 Finder[326]: [IMKInputSession deactivate] exception caught. IMKInputSession:<IMKInputSession: 0x610000717340> -- NSPortTimeoutException : connection timeout: did not receive reply 03/01/2019 23:35:19.735 Finder[326]: [IMKInputSession activate] exception caught. IMKInputSession: <IMKInputSession: 0x608000103ba0> -- NSPortTimeoutException : connection timeout: did not receive reply 03/01/2019 23:35:19.756 WindowServer[125]: common_reenable_update: UI updates were finally reenabled by application "Finder" after 10.21 seconds (server forcibly re-enabled them after 1.00 seconds) 03/01/2019 23:35:20.777 WindowServer[125]: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application "Finder" for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them. 03/01/2019 23:35:31.000 kernel[0]: process Affinity Publish[12334] thread 109557 caught burning CPU! It used more than 50% CPU (Actual recent usage: 99%) over 180 seconds. thread lifetime cpu usage 96.897237 seconds, (96.596742 user, 0.300495 system) ledger info: balance: 90004932433 credit: 96859677815 debit: 6854745382 limit: 90000000000 (50%) period: 180000000000 time since last refill (ns): 90013801987 03/01/2019 23:35:31.861 ReportCrash[15865]: Invoking spindump for pid=12334 thread=109557 percent_cpu=99 duration=91 because of excessive cpu utilization 03/01/2019 23:35:32.854 spindump[15866]: Error loading dyld shared cache uuid 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000: 0x8 03/01/2019 23:35:33.544 spindump[15866]: Saved cpu_resource.spin report for Affinity Publisher Beta version 1.7.0 (1.7.0.206) to /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Affinity Publisher Beta_2019-01-03-233533_Hawks-MBP.cpu_resource.spin 03/01/2019 23:35:34.777 WindowServer[125]: disable_update_likely_unbalanced: UI updates still disabled by application "Finder" after 15.00 seconds (server forcibly re-enabled them after 1.00 seconds). Likely an unbalanced disableUpdate call. ---------- REBOOT ---------- Anywayz, attached are the various diagnostic reports that were generated from several different instances of this crash, as well as a test file – but continue at your own peril.. . . Affinity Publisher Beta_2019-01-03-230456_Hawks-MBP.wakeups_resource.spin Affinity Publisher Beta_2019-01-03-233533_Hawks-MBP.cpu_resource.spin Affinity Publisher Beta_2019-01-04-000239_Hawks-MBP.hang virulent_hang.afpub com.seriflabs.affinitypublisher.beta.plist MacBook Pro.spx
  5. It looks like the right arrow key, although for me it looks a bit different – not sure if that's a newer macOS thing – but it should be TAB by default anyway.
  6. Oops, I was going to ask a question, and forgot to change to the other forum before posting that. I think it could be possible because you can for example drag files and text between apps, and you can start dragging screenshots (⇧⌘4) in one app, command+tab to a different app and then when you release the mouse button it will capture the other app's windows. So there are examples of this functionality, but maybe this is something only Apple can do.
  7. Can't you disable sync in the Symbols studio and make the changes? Is that not what you're asking?
  8. Hello, I have two suggestions for the colour picker in the Colour & Swatches studios. Hold option/alt to immediately apply the picked colour to the selected layers. Keep the loupe active when switching apps as long as the mouse button is held down. This is so we can easily pick colours from other windows without having to resize the Affinity window, pick the colour, and resize the window again. Thank you for your consideration.
  9. I use ESC to exit both artistic text and frame text edit mode.
  10. Some reasons why I personally dislike the Mac App Store: It is slow, outdated and frustrating to use. Startup is slow, pages are slow to load, even Back/Forward sometimes reloads a page instead of using a cache. No tabs/windows/bookmarks. No wishlists. Bad text-only search, no filtering. Can't zoom screenshots. No videos (I thought they finally made it possible a few years ago but I've never actually seen a video on any product page since then). Can't select text. Doesn't show tooltips for truncated text. This is especially problematic when many developers clutter the listing name with marketing text, sometimes even full sentences. It doesn't allow bundles/deals, upgrades, transferring licenses. Mandatory sandboxing excludes many great tools. MAS apps randomly require me to sign in (and therefore to be connected to the internet) when I launch them from time to time. Apple breaks downloaded installers: https://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/03/older-os-x-installers-broken-by-certificate/ There's no way to download older versions of apps. Therefore you also can't revert to a previous version when there's a major problem. If I don't update an app for a while, and then want to update when the latest version no longer supports my system, then I'm SOL, I can't get the latest bugfix version for my system. So yeah, direct purchasing is still the way to go for me, and googling, and sites like MacUpdate and AlternativeTo are better ways to find apps, and I'm glad that Affinity is now available outside the MAS. I will definitely be buying Affinity Publisher through the website.
  11. On Mac this is already the case if you press TAB. There's also the Hide Studio (⇧⌘H) command which shifts the document as in your example, although I realize that you are using Toggle UI (⇥).
  12. Yes, you can use the power of Affinity's duplicate like @reglico said. You just have to be careful not to deselect the layer during the process or the transform delta will be forgotten.
  13. Hi nrx, and welcome to the Affinity forum! I agree, but I would say it's better to keep the cursor hugging the edge. Blender uses the wrap-around approach in the 3D viewport and I don't like it because it's not always predictable where the cursor ends up and I have to find it again if I was looking at something else (i.e. the effects of the parameter change). E.g. if I change a value by 250 the cursor may end up at the right edge of the screen, but if I change a value by 251 it may end up at the opposite side. My hand cannot naturally tell the difference between those two movements. But if the cursor simply stopped moving, it would be close by or at least the distance would be proportional to the magnitude of my hand movement, bounded by the edge, and always in the same direction. Alternatively the cursor could be fixed in place. Although it may feel a bit unnatural at first, I think this is still a better option than teleporting the cursor.
  14. Yes!!! It feels so right. This is the way it should be. I love snapping options and Affinity has them all! Thank you, Ben.
  15. Hi Vaughn771, and welcome to the forums! What is happening here is that when you click that arrow-cursor button, it automatically selects the image layer itself and switches to the Move tool. The reference frame is a feature of the Picture Frame tool and and only shows when a (Picture Frame) layer is selected. Perhaps the Picture Frame tool should remain active and the reference frame could work with image layers directly, but I'm not sure what ramifications that could have for other use cases. I, for one, don't see any significant differences between the Picture Frame tool and the Move tool when an image layer is selected.
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