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albertkinng

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  1. I am attempting to create a pattern, but I am facing some imperfections even though I have mathematically aligned everything perfectly. There seems to be a noticeable line at the joint points! Could this be a bug? CleanShot 2023-10-30 at 11.32.30.mp4
  2. Obviously, you are aware that APh can be used for design purposes. My previous comment was directed towards those who view APh merely as a Digital Asset Management (DAM) application or, even worse, as a supplementary tool that requires a complete suite to accomplish anything.
  3. Besides DAM, Photoshop has been widely used for design since the 1990s. During my time as Art Director for a renowned magazine, I was able to accomplish everything using Photoshop and Aldus Pagemaker. I had high hopes that Affinity Photo would provide a similar experience to what I was accustomed to with Photoshop 5. That was the expectation!
  4. Since 1992, I have been making a living through graphic design. Initially, I relied on Adobe Photoshop and Aldus Freehand for my design work. When Adobe CS was introduced, I continued using it until CS6. However, in 2014, the arrival of Adobe CC disrupted my business significantly. That's when I made a bold decision to switch to Affinity Designer, Acorn, and iStudio Publisher, despite the challenges I faced initially. Surprisingly, Affinity Designer proved to be a versatile tool that allowed me to accomplish nearly everything I could previously do with Adobe CS6. Now, with the Affinity Suite, I feel just as content as I did back in the days of using Adobe CS6. My clients are delighted, and I can easily keep up with their demands thanks to these extraordinary tools. Most of my projects no longer require Adobe software. Life is truly good. It is worth mentioning that I used to consider and use Affinity Photo as an alternative to Photoshop for designing purposes. However, through a valuable clarification from @walt.farrell I learned that Affinity Photo is more suitable as a complementary tool rather than a comprehensive raster design solution like Photoshop. That's all. Since day one, I have been using Affinity Photo as a Photoshop alternative, and I will likely continue to do so. It's simply that I now have a better understanding of its intended purpose.
  5. I must admit, I am rather perplexed by your description. It appears that Photo is in a somewhat precarious position, as it does not quite fit into the realm of Digital Asset Management nor does it align perfectly with Design. It seems to exist in a state of incompleteness, but nevertheless proves to be a remarkable asset when utilized in conjunction with other Affinity Apps. It seems as though you are suggesting that while Photo may have its merits, it may not be the ideal choice for designers with more serious intentions. In essence, Photo finds itself floating in a gray area, serving as a versatile tool for various needs. I hope I have grasped your sentiments accurately now.
  6. So, according to your explanation, it seems that Photo is not actually a replacement for Photoshop, but rather an alternative to Lightroom. Initially, I had believed that Photo was a substitute for Photoshop. Ever since Photoshop 5, I have been using it to create promotional and advertisement designs that are filled with creativity and innovative design elements. Yes, it does allow me to make adjustments to images, but I primarily used it for design purposes after discovering its capabilities. It's good to have this clarification now, as it helps me set appropriate expectations for what Photo can offer.
  7. I can't help but wonder why there isn't a thriving market for Macros or actions specifically designed for Photo. When we can create our own library, it only makes sense to have a market dedicated to this as well.
  8. To be honest, some clients follow a consistent ordering process for flyers and social media posts. I would be content if I could have 10 flyers combined into a single document for printing using Photo. I've even edited billboard advertising artwork of unbelievable sizes. Photo is an excellent app that can handle any project, even if it's just for two artboards. It would be wonderful to have.
  9. Publisher is understandable, it’s a tool for books and magazines. Photo however, is intended as a design tool as designer. Artboards are common sense in Photo.
  10. That’s a well known option. Bottom line is that we need artboards on all apps.
  11. I strongly oppose this situation. I've been reluctantly dealing with it out of sheer necessity, but it's high time for it to be resolved. This is utterly absurd!
  12. Oh, I appreciate your suggestion, but I actually have a well-established backup setup already. I've implemented an automated workflow where all my files are duplicated to external drives, and I also have Time Machine running in the background. It's a reliable system that ensures my design files are consistently backed up and protected. To further fortify my backup strategy, I've also integrated cloud storage solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive. By syncing my files to the cloud, I add an extra layer of security and accessibility. Even if something were to happen to my local backups, I can confidently retrieve my files from anywhere with an internet connection. So, while your advice is thoughtful, I've already taken proactive measures to safeguard my work. Thanks for the input though!
  13. I recently had a terrible experience working on a branding guide. Despite saving the document manually, I started noticing a lag in the copy and paste function. Ignoring this issue, I continued working until I finished. However, when I tried to export the document as a PDF without saving it manually one last time, it froze. Frustrated, I force quit the document and when I reopened it, only the restore window appeared with just the first page of the 32 pages I had worked on. The file was nowhere to be found. It wasn't in the project folder where I had been saving it, and it wasn't even listed in the "show all recent projects" section of the Affinity app. I tried using macOS time machine and even purchased an app that locates missing files, hoping to recover the document and save myself from redoing the entire project. Unfortunately, nothing worked. The project had disappeared completely, as if I hadn't worked on it for those four long hours. Some may argue that I may have done something wrong, suggesting that maybe I didn't name it correctly, or perhaps I accidentally deleted it, or maybe I opened a PDF file instead of an Affinity document. But the truth is, I created a new document, diligently worked on it, and saved it manually every hour. However, after the crash, it vanished without a trace. All I had left were the screenshots I had taken for the client, but those pages were no longer accessible. The document simply did not exist. I believe there needs to be a better way to ensure that one's work is saved in case something like this happens. And yes, I ended up having to redo everything all over again.
  14. While most other apps seem to be functioning smoothly, I have discovered the root cause of this bug. I often encounter these puzzling squares that appear unexpectedly after applying the perspective transform and then rasterizing and trimming the selection. CleanShot 2023-10-03 at 08.53.57.mp4
  15. Excellent Suggestion. I will try that when I get a chance. Thanks!
  16. I've been ignoring this, but it's not going away. Yes, I deleted the app and re-installed it. Yes, I created a new document to see if it keeps happening. Maybe was the Sonoma OS upgrade on my Mac? Or Is a bug? Anyway I'm tired of ignoring so I'm sharing it to you: Color-Squares.mp4
  17. Yes, it would be helpful to have color tabs or a hover technology to make it easier to switch between multiple projects when needed. The goal is to improve the selection process and reduce complications when working with multiple projects simultaneously.
  18. If I were to pick a single reason for my switch from Adobe after 25 faithful years, it would be Affinity's captivating and assertive ad campaign for their apps. The blend of music, animation, and the rhythmic wordplay was so mesmerizing that I found myself thinking, "You're fine without Adobe... these apps are fantastic!" Even now, I confess that I purchased the Universal License solely for the enchanting allure those ads had on me. Whenever anyone questions Affinity's competence, I instantly bring out those old YouTube commercials. I can't say for certain if the current lackluster promotion is due to budget constraints or unmet revenue projections, but they seem subdued, virtually buried in comparison to their competitors' marketing. What's going on, and how can we ignite that spark once more? Even Adobe felt the heat and promptly upped their game for their iPad apps, swiftly incorporating many of Affinity's features. I want to pitch in, to be part of the advertising brainstorming. Let's recapture that magic and push Affinity as assertively as before! I've amassed a complete compilation of videos for each version. Comparing any one of them with the singular promo for Version 2 will make my point clearer. Below, I've attached a spectacular old promo for Version 1.7 for you to see. Affinity 1.7.mp4
  19. I think this feature is easy to implement and usefull. As helpful as the color code layers list, having colored tabs will accelaerate the productivity.
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