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    yoshimura got a reaction from A_B_C in Affinity Publisher + Photo roadmap   
    Please keep in mind this dynamic OpenType proposal from Klim Type foundry:

     
    Way better than InDesign's implementation.
     
    Full post: https://klim.co.nz/blog/towards-an-ideal-opentype-user-interface/
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    yoshimura reacted to A_B_C in Affinity Publisher + Photo roadmap   
    Thank you very much for your quick reply, Dave! :)
     
    This is very appreciated … it is so great not to have to sign a petition in order to be heard by the developers of your favorite apps. But let me just add some remarks about the questions from the mentioned article.
     
    First question. Yes, indeed I would like to see all Open Type features that are present in a font regardless of the text I am working on. Although I know the features of the fonts that I use on a regular basis, I am unable to remember the features of the several hundred other fonts that I use less frequently. The only way to see them at the moment is to create an empty text frame, which is a bit cumbersome. So it is really great to hear that you are going to care for a better solution here. Thank you very much.
     
    Second question. I believe you are right. This feature is already implemented quite nicely. Personally, I don’t need much more information than is provided by the previews.
     
    Third question. On this point, I would like to disagree. As far as I understood the question, this feature is not yet implemented. I would like to have the option of clicking an entry on the Typography panel, while a text frame is active (or the caret cursor blinks within the text), and Affinity Designer should highlight all the parts of my text, where this feature is applied, just like it is the case in the animated GIF from the Klim page below. (The animation is a bit slow, so it needs some patience to be properly understood.)
     
    A simple and very common use case for the last feature would be the search for typographically wrong ligatures. We could simply click the entry “Standard Ligatures” on the Typography Panel or an icon besides this entry, and Affinity Designer would highlight all parts of the selected text, where this feature is in effect. So it would be much easier to spot and correct “leaflet” and “Auflage,” as shown in my own screen shot. It would be outstanding, if you were able to implement these features.
     
    Thanks again for your great work!  :)
    Alex


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    yoshimura reacted to Dave Harris in Affinity Publisher + Photo roadmap   
    First, thanks for the feedback. It seems to me that we do answer the second and third questions. On the first question, we show the features that you can use for the current selection, and we show what their effect will be if you apply them. It sounds like you also want to see features that you can't use. Klim suggests listing them, greyed out and disabled. That shouldn't be hard to do, so I'll try to get that done in a future update.
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    yoshimura reacted to A_B_C in Affinity Publisher + Photo roadmap   
    Hi Dave,
     
    I am sorry, but I am not happy with the current implementation in some of its aspects, and I would like to strongly suggest improvements of the Typography panel. Let me just address one point. It seems that we loose the option to see all available Open Type features in a font, as soon as we insert text into a text frame. And that is a huge issue.
    Create an empty text frame. Unless you insert text, you will see all Open Type Features present in the font. Insert some text. Only Open Type features applicable to the inserted text are shown on the Typography panel. But there is no way to ever see all available Open Type Features in the font again, unless the text frame contains text where this features are applicable. From a typographer’s perspective, the folks at Klim are very right on three points. An Open Type user interface should always provide the means to answer at least the following questions:
    What are the OpenType features in this font? How do I apply the OpenType features? Where have the OpenType features been applied? When you look at the current implementation, you will note that you cannot even decide the first question on the basis of your approach. So why not take up the ideas of font designers to create a truly usable Open Type panel? Please have a look at the suggestions of the folks at Klim. I believe a similar implementation would make the Affinity suite stand out against its competitors. Wouldn’t it be a huge chance to satisfy the needs of frustrated typographers all over the world? Please have a look here:
     
    http://ilovetypography.com/2014/10/22/better-ui-for-better-typography-adobe-petition/
    http://ilovetypography.com/2014/10/25/why-a-better-opentype-user-interface-matters/
     
     
    Thanks for reconsidering this …  :)
    Alex



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    yoshimura got a reaction from A_B_C in Affinity Publisher + Photo roadmap   
    Please keep in mind this dynamic OpenType proposal from Klim Type foundry:

     
    Way better than InDesign's implementation.
     
    Full post: https://klim.co.nz/blog/towards-an-ideal-opentype-user-interface/
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