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  1. Just a quick annoyance in the Beta version - can you turn off the feature that associates all .afdesign files with the new beta version? There's a regular warning about not using pre-release versions for production work, and I think the automatic file association goes against this philosophy. Yeah I know it's not particularly difficult to change the file associations back, but it still bugs me.
  2. I'm not sure whether there are common 'regulations' regarding how much baseline shift and font sizing to apply to a superscript/subscript character, but I always find the defaults are not quite the amount I'm looking for! Is there any chance you can add some options to the superscript and subscript buttons in the Character panel? I often find myself adding custom styles to parts of a text block just to get a slightly different super/subscript effect, rather than using the buttons, but then when I want to change the whole paragraph size a little I obviously end up losing the super/subscript.
  3. I have now gone completely Adobe-free on my laptops, both home and work. I can't say I miss much at all, because I found their distort tools a bit confusing and unintuitive. If I want to apply perspective or 'box based' distortion, what I do is open up Inkscape (free) and use their perspective tool. It's not ideal, I know, but it's pretty simple to paste my object into Inkscape, draw my container shape, then apply the perspective tool after selecting both. Then I simply copy and paste the result back into Affinity. All I really need in Affinity (for the most part) is to be able to select the bounding box corners individually like in the Fireworks video above, then adjust paths or groups to fit a chosen shape. Yeah more complicated transforms would be great down the road, but this is what I would use regularly.
  4. I can already see from the beta that load times have improved by about 20% - hopefully even better with the final release. Also there's a nice new splash screen to look at - never was a fan of the old one :-D
  5. I've just reinstalled windows 10 on my laptop (Core i3, 10GB RAM, Samsung SSD) and tried loading Affinity Designer and Photo. By default Windows has 185 fonts installed and I added just 13 more. My load times are roughly 25 seconds for Designer and 21 Seconds for Photo. I think this is slow, especially considering its a fresh Windows install. In fact, I can start up my laptop from cold in under 30 seconds, so is there something going on regarding the font handling that differs from other, quicker loading apps? The splash screen does spend most of its time on the 'Loading Fonts...' bit, but surely I have around the bare minimum for a Windows PC?
  6. The issue isn't about generating the hex codes. We can all do that in a number of ways. It's about the usability of the colour picker.
  7. +1 for this option too. I've just been importing a couple of different PDFs into AD, one of which was created in Excel (I needed a table). The PDF import seems to choose Frame Text for some cells and Artistic Text in others (depending on what text options are selected during import). Now what I want to do is scale the table vertically to fit a particular gap, whilst retaining the correct font aspect ratios. Frame Text is good for this but Artistic Text will end up all 'squished'! If there was an option to 'Convert to Frame Text', it would save me looooads of time. I always use Frame Text, but in my example above I have no choice but to start out with Artistic Text.
  8. Checkmate

    Size adds 1px when creating slice

    Exactly this. If I create something 200 pixels wide and it is not perfectly aligned to the pixel grid, the export should still be 200 pixels wide - regardless of where I place it. Anything else is counter-intuitive.
  9. I've been getting annoyed with this too. I never use the 'slice' tool, I always use the 'select' tool when exporting. Couldn't the export persona just default to the first tool in the list, then people like me and VectorCat could move the arrow to the top of the toolbar?
  10. This would be *extremely* useful for creating a 'long shadow' effect in icons etc. (See attached image) Right now I tend to duplicate the parent object, then edit the nodes along a 45° axis. Extruding would save loads of time!
  11. How about an extra section in the drop-down for 'Mixed'? When working with UI design and anything with a web element, the starting point is often a hex code. I've lost count of the number of times I've started with a client's hex code from their website, then introduced a 'darker' and 'lighter' version of the same colour (for a new logo design etc.) The easiest way to do this is by sliding the L up and down on the HSL colour mixer. In this sort of web-centric workflow, a 'combined' colour picker makes a lot of sense.
  12. I just went to replace an image on an AD document and noticed this new option for Embed/Link. I haven't seen this mentioned on any changelogs - have you accidentally pushed out the feature too early? I also noticed images I tried to rename on my computer were throwing up an error because the file was 'already open in Affinity Designer', so it seems to be working.
  13. I'm also having trouble with this 'extra pixel' bug. If I set my artboard to a width in pixels, I expect my exported image to be the same width in pixels. I don't really want to have to mess with pixel grids etc, I just want Affinity to recognise the exact pixel values I've chosen. Any intentions to fix this?
  14. Agreed, I hate the process of a cumbersome drop-down menu, just to paste a hex code in. On a similar note, it would be useful to support 3-digit hex codes too (ie. #333 being the shortened version of #333333) as these are regularly used on modern websites. Currently pasting #333 will result in Affinity converting it to #000333, which is obviously a totally different colour.
  15. I've been trying to replace a particular colour in an image with a different hue in Affinity Photo. I've been playing around with the 'Colour Replacement Brush' tool and the 'Selective Colour' adjustment layer, but neither of these achieves the process as simply as the 'Hue Map' in Paint Shop Pro 7. In PSP, I simply go to the 'Hue Map' option and adjust a slider (or two) based on the colour I need to change (see example screenshots). Is there an equivalent in Affinity Photo that doesn't require any selection or time-consuming brush work?
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