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  1. I got around this by creating manual shortcuts to the Affinity 2.0 apps, using the exe locations from this thread: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\AffinityDesigner2.exe C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\AffinityPhoto2.exe C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\AffinityPublisher2.exe (Replace 'username' with your own). Instructions: Right click on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut For file location use the relevant location above Once the shortcut is created, right click and choose Properties > Change Icon Choose the appropriate .ico file for each app (attached) Note: I also used these .ico files and exe locations to add each app to my right-click context menu for certain files like PDFs: Affinity Designer 2.ico Affinity Photo 2.ico Affinity Publisher 2.ico
  2. Have you made sure to save as a 'regular' SVG and not an Inkscape SVG? The latter has extra code that can't be read by other apps.
  3. I never got a reply to this 5 years back so I'm going to bump it! Can we please have a simple option to show recent items on the main 'File' menu, at the bottom? Just a tick box and 'number of recent items to show' (like PSP screenshot). It REALLY bugs me having to have 2 steps for this when there is a ton of space on most screen sizes for this.
  4. Hi There, how on earth do I pick colours from an existing gradient, without just using the eyedropper as close to the edges as possible and hoping i get the 'full' end stop colour, not just one of the in-between shades? Lets say I open a file provided by a client and an object has a gradient of blue to grey. I want to use the same blue and grey to create other objects. I can't use the eyedropper as I might not get the full blue or the full grey if I don't click right at the edge of an object fill. Is there an easy way to 'name all colours' or 'add all colors to swatches' that will know the gradient is basically just comprised of 2 solid colours?
  5. I've noticed a strange bug when using guides. Please see the attached .afdesign file. I dragged from the top ruler to create a horizontal guide on the page. I then used the 'create artboard' button which replaced my page with an identically sized artboard. I then duplicated that artboard. I decided I no longer wanted the horizontal guide, so I dragged it back up the the ruler to remove from the page. When I go to View > Guides Manager it shows no guides on the page. Same thing if I select each artboard and check the Guides Manager. However, if I click and drag a selection square anywhere on an empty part of the page, my removed guide shows up on the screen! (see screenshot). list-tick.afdesign
  6. Because dragging the edge of the square results in an unwanted overlap, so the corners of the triangles no longer meet (see image).
  7. Has there been any progress on this bug? I am creating a 'swatch' shape with jagged edge and there are dozens of triangles along each edge that I need to combine with the inner square. I realise I can add an overlap, but it'll be very time consuming for every little triangle (yes, yes, I could have used symbols then only had to edit one triangle, but too late now!).
  8. Any update on a global 'scale with object' toggle? I think this should apply to Strokes and Effects (effects are even harder to manage in this regard as you have to select each object and then go into its FX setting to tick the box).
  9. Yes but that is on 8-Bit PNGs, which do not support alpha transparency, just single colour transparency. The method I'm referring to will allow pixels to have multiple levels of opacity, but it will still reduce the number of colours to save file size. It's like the best of 8-bit and 16-bit PNGs combined.
  10. Hi there, is there any plan to introduce more options for compressing PNG image exports? I've noticed I can add my transparent PNGs created in Affinity to an online image compressor like Optimizilla and it will compress the image considerably, whilst retaining the quality and the alpha transparency. It uses something called "Indexed RGB" colours to do this, reducing file sizes by between 40% and 60% for most PNGs with alpha transparency. In Affinity, there is just the option of 16 Bit or 8 Bit (dithered). When exporting logos for the web, this helps improve Pagespeed Insights scores, in addition to reducing load times.
  11. I've noticed after recent updates that there is a change in behaviour when zooming in and out on Affinity Designer documents. The items on screen seem to pixelate slightly as I zoom, then sharpen back up once the view is fixed. I swear it never used to do this. Is this a performance option or related to the graphics card perhaps? A video reviewer on YouTube also pointed this out when taking a first look at AD.
  12. I'll have to check with the Nobel Prize board.... It's a shame about the right click. As that doesn't seem to be used for anything whilst on the clone brush. In fact it would be great to be able to customise all extra mouse buttons in Affinity apps - I have a pair of back/forward buttons on the side of my mouse that I'd love to have as undo/redo or brush size up/down.
  13. Perfect! Now if you know how to enable right-click to choose clone source, you'll be in the running for a Nobel Prize.... 😄
  14. Ah yes, it works! At first I thought it wasn't working, but then I realised I'd previously adjusted the 'Accumulation' setting to 50% whilst I was experimenting. Is there any way to add a crosshair in the middle of the destination brush circle? With the Flow Control set so low, it's really hard to line up points to clone.
  15. I have been trying to use the clone brush in Affinity Photo after years of using the one in Paint Shop Pro. As far as I can see there isn't an option in AP that matches the 'Build Up' checkbox in PSP. The default behaviour is to select your source, then paint your destination, which clones the image across. if you set 50% opacity, the copy is a 50% seethrough version of the source. No matter how many times you 'sweep' over the destination area, you will never get more that 50% opacity of the clone. If you then release the mouse button and click again, you get another 50%. The 'Build up' checkbox in PSP gives you the option to keep applying the cloned content without needing to lift your mouse button. Kind of like how an airbrush will keep adding more and more paint every time you sweep over the same area. I would normally set the opacity to 10-15% then build up the cloned content slowly, making it blend perfectly with surrounding areas. Is there an option I am missing in AP that allows this? As I simply can't use the clone tool effectively without it. Quick secondary suggestion: I love how PSP lets me right-click to select the clone source, then left click to apply. Any chance of this option too? Edit: Sorry I put this in the wrong forum - should have been Affinity Photo Suggestions.
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