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  1. 34 minutes ago, Bazz said:

    If I could set the "Insert behind the selection" behavior by default (each time I create a new layer) it would have been perfect!

    I do agree that it would be nice to have a preference to set the default behavior, or to indicate that whatever behavior you select should be "sticky" and stay in place until you change it to something else.

    Just bear in mind that when you insert something behind the selected object, if the inserted item is smaller and positioned behind the selected object, it may be "invisible" and hard to select in the window...

  2. On 8/27/2019 at 10:25 PM, DavidMalcolm said:

    I am not sure but I haven't heard about any fantastic graphics APIs on Linux.

    That would be Vulkan, which also happens to be available on Android (at least on the higher-end devices).


    On 8/27/2019 at 10:25 PM, DavidMalcolm said:

    tons of different variations on the same base

    For whatever it probably isn't worth, this is true of Windoze too (MUCH more so than of MacOS), yet Serif did a version for that.


    From a technical perspective, Linux has a lot more to offer to a project like this than Windoze does...  everything except *maybe* the user base.  While I do think that has the potential to change, and I for one would love to see that change, I don't think it actually has yet.

  3. 2 hours ago, Charles p said:

    A key adage in training is "Tell them what you are to tell them, tell them, tell them what you have told them"

    If people are producing video tutorials based on that, it is no wonder there are so many bad ones out there.

    Videos are a visual form of communication first and foremost - they should SHOW, not tell.

    The best training videos will be the ones you can follow with the volume muted.  Maybe you will miss out on a few smaller details that way, but at least should be able to understand the core of the training.

  4. The knife tool has been on the roadmap since at least 2014, as evidenced in one of the numerous other threads requesting this:


    As to the "soon, maybe next update," as far as I can tell that comes from wishful thinking.  Technically true from the perspective of someone on the outside, in that it may be in the next update for all we know, but it seems at least equally likely that it will not be.


    In the meantime, there is a workaround you might find useful:


  5. On 9/13/2019 at 1:23 PM, Tourmaline said:

    Designer won't be a replacement for Visio.

    Agreed, but the simple ability to keep objects "connected" to each other seems like it could be a somewhat natural extension of snapping, and I don't think we should be too quick to rule out that this could be useful for things other than designing flowcharts and the like.


    Visio isn't the only game in town either - OmniGraffle is out there too, and I'm sure there are others.

  6. On 7/16/2019 at 5:24 AM, Thomas Geist said:

    Why not use Layers?

    Is the idea that the text will reflow when the conditional text is hidden/shown?

    In other words, you are not just taking the text and making it invisible (which you could do with a character style) but actually adjusting the rest of the text around it so as to not leave a gap?


    If so, this would depend on Publisher being able to scale page counts based on frame content - in other words, add and remove pages depending on the amount of content in linked frames - and I don't think it has that capability yet either, so that might be a prerequisite to this one being useful.


    Also wondering if this could somehow tie into my previously suggested concept of "layer tags" by allowing selected text to be tagged as well, hiding and showing it along with the entire layers that have that tag...  not sure if that idea would work out well in practice.

  7. On 9/11/2019 at 10:32 AM, Patrick Connor said:

    happy to use Google Translate

    I wonder if this could be incorporated into the forum software somehow, so that a user could select their native language, and any posts they make are internally tagged as being in that language.  Then when someone with a different language selected views the post, it gets translated automatically, with an indicator that it was translated and an option to see it in the original language instead...

    More food for thought.  Obviously a bit off-topic for the Serif team, but maybe something to pass along to the forum software vendor?

  8. 2 hours ago, graphos said:

    Errors are possible in this case ...

    Errors are always possible in all cases.

    Don't insert the filler text as text.

    By default, when you use Publisher's filler text feature, the text is inserted as "fake" text and scales to the container, it is not actual text.  Just as simple then to turn off after inserting the frame, making sure it is all removed.

    There is an option in preferences that inserts it as plain text instead, which is not helpful for dealing with this situation.  I recommend leaving that off.

  9. I think the whole scheme should be redone.

    Consider that the program could have a set of named "actions", and that menu items, toolbar items, etc. could *all* be tied to those items.


    A given action could have:

    • An "internal" action name (ex. toolVectorBrush)
    • A user-visible toolbar icon / menu item name (ex. "Vector Brush")
    • A "category" (ex. "Tools")
    • A short description for the user (ex. "Select the Vector Brush tool")
    • One or more personas in which the action is valid
    • A toolbar button icon
    • (Internally) the code to perform the action
    • An associated help URL / text / however it is set up (for context-sensitive help)


    Then take this pool of actions:

    • Any action with a toolbar icon associated with it (as many as feasible) could be dragged onto a toolbar.
    • Any action with a icon/menu name could be added to custom pull-down menus.
    • Any action could have a keyboard shortcut assigned.
    • The action names could be used as one entry point for plugin / scripting support.
    • Plugins and user scripts could register additional actions and hook into the UI in the same manner as the built-in ones.


    Just some food for thought...

  10. On 8/19/2019 at 10:16 PM, Smee Again said:

    "fill opacity" and "opacity" are using two different names for the exact same process

    I suspect the "fill opacity" is a reference to being an opacity for the fill as opposed to the stroke.  The use of the term "fill" is kind of ambiguous here and if Serif does provide a feature which is the equivalent of the one being asked for I do hope they come up with a better name for it.

  11. On 7/8/2019 at 6:17 AM, f0ff886f said:

    How does this grid snapping actually work?

    I've been trying to get it so that I can only create "divisible by 2 shape dimensions", which will always align to even pixels (so a 50x28 rectangle at (56, 84) is allowed, while a 51x28 rectangle at (56, 84) is not, nor is a 50x28 rectangle at (57, 84)).

    It seems impossible? Is there a way of doing this?

    With grid spacing of 2 (whatever your unspecified units are) each way?

  12. 20 hours ago, stuboyle said:

    How about creating a Persona that would be for viewing multiple images and managing them?

    I believe this would fall into the domain of the DAM solution that is being worked on behind the scenes, as discussed in other threads.


    20 hours ago, stuboyle said:

    could you recommend an alternative?

    On1 Photo Raw might be another option but it isn't much less than the one you already pointed out.

  13. @Serge Ciregna, welcome to the forums!


    I'm not familiar with PagePlus, but if I am correctly understanding what you are asking to do, you want to create the document using a US Letter (8.5" x 11") page size, facing pages checked, making sure it has an even multiple of 4 pages (so 4, 8, 12, etc.).

    Then when printing, set the paper size to 11x17 and change the "Model" to "Booklet", making sure your printer's driver is set to an appropriate duplexing (2-sided printing) option.

    On the Mac, the "Model" selection is under the "Document Layout" section of the print dialog; on Windoze, it looks like it is just called "Layout".


    You can find some screenshots on this related thread from back in the pre-release beta days (so some of the issues discussed there have since been fixed): 


  14. 1 hour ago, American said:

    assuming that the Forum was for Affinity Photo

    This particular section - "Affinity on Desktop Questions (Mac and Windows)" - covers all three apps on both platforms and thus it is not clear from the question alone which one you were referring to.  Thanks for clarifying that.


    1 hour ago, American said:

    I expected the Layer to "go to the top," as Layers in Affinity Photo generally do.

    Wondering if you might have enabled the "Insert behind the selection" button on the toolbar?  There are three buttons there that change where newly added layers are placed.

  15. 16 minutes ago, Petar Petrenko said:

    What about if you have 10+ threads?

    Or imagine this. Let's say you work on an encyclopedia which has 20+ text boxes on each page and the are 200+ in total. What then?

    When not editing the text, you would see the total for the document.

    When editing the text with nothing highlighted, you would see the counts for the text box you are editing (or for the set of boxes that are linked together with that one).

    When something is highlighted, you would see the counts for what is highlighted.


    My suggested statistics panel would only show the highlighted counts when something is highlighted, and would only show the "Current Thread" (or Flow) counts when you are editing a text box.

  16. 2 minutes ago, MikeW said:

    Whitespace is a funny thing. It includes items like a linebreak. Now, I don't use linebreaks often, but would you want those counted as a "space"?

    I probably wouldn't want that in either count in a DTP program.

    In a text editor yes, but for reasons that would not be relevant to DTP.


    8 minutes ago, Petar Petrenko said:

    No need for that. There are 3 casses:

    I don't like the idea of needing to select the text in a thread/flow to get a count for that.  I think I would rather have it show the count for that thread by default when I am editing that thread and don't have any text selection.  Again, the panel would be for added details and could provide information that would be overkill to keep in a constantly-visible summary area, so no reason not to include all of the levels of detail in one place there.

  17. 9 minutes ago, Petar Petrenko said:

    # of chars with and without spaces.

    I like that idea, but I actually was starting to think this particular count should be moved to a separate panel anyway to save space in the main UI - I think words and paragraphs should be sufficient in the basic view, and all of the data, including characters with and without whitespace, for each of the three categories (document, thread/flow, selection) could be in a separate Statistics panel for those who need the added detail.

  18. A third level is relevant: if editing a series of linked frames, the display for unselected text should be the count for the series of frames (or for the current frame if not linked).

    The indicator where the counts are should clearly spell out what the counts cover:

    "Document: X words, X characters, X paragraphs"

    "Text flow: X words, X characters, X paragraphs"

    "Selection: X words, X characters, X paragraphs"


    Consider also adding a "Statistics" studio panel similar to the one in Mellel for those who want more detail:

    https://www.mellel.com/mellel-flare/Content/Topics/Appendix/Screen Descriptions/Palettes/Statistics Palette.htm

  19. @AndyS, welcome to the forums!

    There is a separate section of the forum for bug reports, and those bug reports should really be moved to a separate topic there, preferably one per bug as it makes it easier to follow the discussion; you indicated that you are on a Mac so that would be here: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/81-publisher-bugs-found-on-macos/


    19 hours ago, AndyS said:

    Page-up/down does not work.  Command-arrow (any) does NOT page up or down.

    I believe the default keys are command + page up/down (not in front of me at the moment)?  In any case, you can customize this under Preferences.


    19 hours ago, AndyS said:

    At one point I ended up with a graphic (that I’d been trying to get to move with the text) stuck on a page.

    If something like this happens, the image may not have actually been inlined in the text frame, so deleting the frame wouldn't have worked.  Try finding the image on the Layers panel and deleting it from there.


    19 hours ago, AndyS said:

    If I update one of my master pages (change margins and column guides) in a half-completed document then only the first page sees the updated master, the others are unchanged.

    Are you sure the master was applied to the page to begin with?  If so, then I would definitely agree this is a bug, and there have been very similar bugs found and fixed with Publisher in the past so I wouldn't rule out that you may have bumped into one.


    19 hours ago, AndyS said:

    PLEASE add a way to find & jump to overflowing text frames!

    Definitely agreed.  If you have "show text flow" enabled and are zoomed in enough that the text boxes are not too small, you should be able to spot the red triangles on the sides of the overflowing text boxes as you scroll through...  but there should really be a less manual solution for this.

  20. On 9/8/2019 at 7:31 AM, MichaelG said:

    Layer > Convert to Picture Frame

    That option converts the selected object to a frame, it doesn't wrap it in a frame - in other words, I would expect this to take the selected image and turn the image itself into a picture frame?


    On 9/8/2019 at 7:31 AM, MichaelG said:
    •  Then I use the pinning panel to anchor the graphic to the text.
    •  Finally I have to open the Text Wrap panel and set the wrapping attributes to "Jump".

    If the logo is supposed to be inline with the text, consider trying the inline option instead of float.  You should also find an "Inline in Text" button in the toolbar (you can customize the toolbar to add this if not already there) to facilitate doing this more efficiently without needing to use the pinning panel.


    On 9/8/2019 at 7:31 AM, MichaelG said:

    I can now adjust the frame height to crop out any white space.

    Consider trying the vector crop tool instead - that may eliminate the need for a frame and provide similar functionality with less effort.

  21. On 9/6/2019 at 3:55 PM, Tourmaline said:

    The feature you are looking for is allready in Microsoft Visio Professional.

    So is the ability to add text and shapes to a canvas.  Maybe Serif shouldn't implement those either?  Also the fact that it is in Visio is kind of meaningless to some of us as that is a Microsoft product and thus rather worthless...


    On 9/6/2019 at 3:55 PM, Tourmaline said:

    The UI would be too cluttered anyway.

    How so?  This adds almost nothing to the UI except maybe a checkbox in the snapping options to enable the feature ("link stroke ends to objects when snapping" or similar), so from a user perspective, some 95% or so of the UI is already there.


    On 9/6/2019 at 3:55 PM, Tourmaline said:

    Illustrator doesn't have this feature as well.

    Illustrator is not some kind of gold reference that competitors should try to match - strive instead to leave it in the dust.


    On 9/6/2019 at 3:58 PM, Tourmaline said:

    If they would implement such a feature, make it better then Microsoft's implementation.

    I'm certainly all for that...  :27_sunglasses:

  22. @Kuttyjoe, based on this new reply you seem to have meant to suggest that most of the feature set of Designer is based on the list of features that were available in DrawPlus - but that is not how I would interpret what you actually wrote, mainly due to the first two sentences (there is no reference to "features" in those sentences and I see nothing in the post to imply that it was limited to that).

    When I first read your previous reply, with or without the context of what moontan wrote, I would have reacted essentially the same way that @Patrick Connor did, and still would.  The way it is worded seems to suggest that the Affinity line is somehow a continuation of the Plus line, and that is not true...