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  1. Guys, respect for the great work you do, but I feel disappointed with how current versions of AD and AP perform on Mac. I admit I've not been in touch for some... well years now, and I also admit that I'm a casual user (i.e. not using AD or AP on daily basis), but I've been one of the first users of the first betas and I count myself as one of the ultimately supportive users... Alas, current state of things makes me feel somehow sad. Not only there are small issues here and there across the apps, but also it seems that there are reintroduced issues in fuctions, which were already working in previous versions, but are broken in current versions. Here are some of my sad complaints: I'm not able to look through all the 100+ tutorials available, but I'm sure that it was possible to restrict live gaussian blur layer to a rectangle. Now it's not possible. Or at least I'm not able to do it intuitively. How in the hell am I able to blur a defined rectangle area of my image? I guess this does not apply to gaussian blur only, but also to other live filter layers. As far as I remember, several years ago, I was one of the first users who suggested that there should be a switch in Settings, which would allow to change dimensions of selected items either with or without preserving size ratio. This is now functioning improperly. I'm not sure whether it's in Designer or in Photo, but whenever I select a text layer or an image layer (or multiple layers), it's behaving inconsistently. Sometimes, resizing preserves size ratio with Shift, sometimes it works quite the opposite. I reckon the options should be clear: Move Tool Aspect Constrain = Automatic (based on selection) => do whatever you want Move Tool Aspect Constrain = Constrain by default => preserve aspect ratio no matter what unless Shift is pressed Move Tool Aspect Constrain = Do not constrain by default => sizes of selection must be adjustable freely, unless Shift is pressed Export to SVG actually brokes some curves - especially those with adjusted stroke width. I mean, how many times this was addressed? See the example attachment - comparison of PDF export nd SVG export. The blue parts should not be there... Also, I don't see any major shift in functionalities through the years. I know it's been and are difficult times for us here, but still... Will you introduce some breakthroughs or killer features? I mean AI for various filters or functions like resizing, noise reduction, etc. Or vectorizing functions for bitmaps? Or some UX revamping for common adjustments and filters which are somehow hard to geat a grasp on? Or making Liquify / Develop / Tone Mapping personas adjustable even after applying..? I'm sorry if it feels like an emotional flush or something. But even so, I hope it'll resonate somehow. However, cheers & keep up!
  2. Thanks @Dan C for your assistance! Yessss! The original file downloaded from GDrive via web interface works well! Wow, you saved my day! (I actually use Expandrive most of the time for downloading/uploading to GDrive... So it seems the GDrive API is somehow messing with the files ). We can consider this topic closed Thanks again!
  3. Hi @Dan C, any news on that? In the meantime, I'm struggling with another older file (created maybe in AD 1.5 and saved in AD 1.6, or maybe both in 1.6, not sure now). However, it's quite big design (140 MB) with some SVGs in it (as inserted files). When trying to open it in current Affinity Designer, the app throws tens of "Linked Resource Changed - Image ... has been modified outside of the application" warnings, then hangs the computer for some time, then hangs itself for another quite long time and finally (after a couple of minutes) opens the document, which seems OK. This file has never been uploaded to a network drive or cloud - from its creation, it stays on local disk. Is it possible to investigate on this as well? I'm willing to upload the file for your examination, if necessary (not publicly, however). Thank you!
  4. Hello, The intro & context first: with MacOS X Mojave, there's a system-wide bug (namely affecting Preview in my case), that hides almost all detailed printing settings under "Printer Features" section within the printing dialog. Unfortunately, there's an "Account Track" option, that allows users to enter their credentials to be able to print on a company printer, which has been effectively disabled by this. So now when checking the "Account Track" option within "Printer Features", it won't do nothing (in previous versions of MacOS X / Preview, it has opened a dialog for entering Department Name and Password). For some time, Affinity Designer used original printing dialog, where all the sections were separate and it was possible to check the "Account Track" option, a modal dialog for entering Department Name and Password was displayed and everything went well. Probably with the latest update, the printing dialog in Affinity is the same as in Preview and the "Accoun Track" modal window for entering "Department Name" and "Password" is not invoked any more. Currently, only some apps on MacOS X keeps the original dialog (such as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader). Would it be possible to utilize the older version of the printing dialog with Affinity? Or will it be sorted with MacOS X Catalina..? Currently, it's quite impossible for me to print directly from Affinity (Designer). Thanks for info. Here's the printing dialog from MS Word: Here's the printing dialog from Affinity (Account Track option does not do nothing):
  5. Hi Dan C, Thanks for the response. I've uploaded the file to Dropbox. And yes, I moved it to Google Drive earlier this year and now moved back to my local drive.
  6. Hi, I'm trying open some older .afdesign document in the newest version for Mac and I'm getting the "File type not supported" error: I can't remember in which version I've created the document, but it was certainly several years ago. Was there any backward compatibility break in the meantime? Is there a way how to recover the document? Thanks for any advice.
  7. Currently (1.7.1 MAS version), the Transform mode within Node tool remains switched on only until another tool is selected. When switching back to Node tool, Transform mode is off. Please, would it be possible to set the Transform mode on/off based on what was last used within the Node tool? Even between AD restarts? Thank you.
  8. I think I've never heard so much "super" adjectives in 19 minutes, but I have to say this video is super useful Thanks for that!
  9. Sorry, taking that back. Now I realized that the "Assign" and "Convert" buttons relate to Color Profile only, not to the Colour Format...
  10. Hi all, I have a nasty problem: Designer document designed originally in RGB/8 which needs to be converted to CMYK/8 for printing purposes. With current AD beta on Mac, the original document cannot be converted to CMYK/8 - the buttons "Assign" and "Convert" in the Color tab of Document properties are disabled when choosing CMYK/8. Also, when creating a new CMYK/8 document and copy/pasting the contents from the original RGB/8 file, the colors get distorted badly. Is there a way, how to achieve CMYK/8 document without significant color change (of course, there will be some, but currently when copy/pasting, the result is too different). Thanks for any (quick ;)) advice!
  11. I'm struggling with a rather simple task. I have an image and I need to distort it so like it looks like being wrapped around a bottle shape. You know what I mean... the sides are a bit pushed, the verticael center remains 1:1. Is there a way how to achieve this in AP or AD? Both Distort filter and Liquify persona provide results that are far from precise, editing curve nodes with image nested inside does not morph the image... I'm clueless. Maybe some advanced Equations filter inputs..? Thanks for any tips.
  12. I often switch between monitors and sometimes I get into troubles when leaving a panel undocked (Brushes, for instance). The panel tends to be too big for the other monitor and hides its header above the screen top. Then, only View -> Studio -> Reset studio helps to move the panel into place, but it also takes some time to set the studio back to the configuration I'm used to use. So it would be nice to have a "Dock" option in the context menu on all the studio panels. The functionality would be simple: just docking the panel to its default group. This applies for both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. Thanks for consideration ;)
  13. Actually, there are still plenty of reasons to have images optimized and stripped from unnecessary data (images for e-mailing, mobile websites, apps that download images on-line over mobile connections, that are not everywhere as fast as 3G/LTE, not mentioning data limits from mobile operators...). As an update for ImageOptim (https://imageoptim.com/mac) mentioned above: current version supports both lossless and lossy optimization for both PNGs and JPEGs. I use this very often, sometimes along with ImageAlpha as well (when I need more control over how the PNG gets compressed). ImageOptim is clean & easy to use. Several tens or hundreds of PNGs exported from AD/AP are compressed with one drag'n'drop in one batch. Extremely efficient for my use cases (asseets for mobile apps, mainly).
  14. OK, this is not any pro drawing, but I feel like sharing it with you :) My little daughter (she'll be 5 the next week) loves My Little Ponnies so she was excited to design something similar by herself. Actually, I did the most of the drawing according to her instructions - she's more used to touch screens and a track pad is still somehow strange to her :)
  15. Exactly as MEB said. Thanks!
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