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  1. Sephan, I'm not sure if this is what is causing you problems but there is a little icon on the bottom left side of the Layers palette and if it isn't selected, you can't select things that are on different layers until you first change to that layer. Give that a try and see if it helps. Hokusai
  2. Jarome B, Number 5 can be done by typing in the dimensions that you want using the Transform palette. Create the shape you want first, for example a square and then enter the width and Height that you'd like and it's done. I hope that helps. best regards, Hokusai
  3. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Yes MEB I'm still around! I've been reading the forums often but I haven't commented all that much for a while because things have been rather busy with my work and "other" life but I did keep up with the Publisher beta and then its release and I have been using Designer daily (along with Photo too).
  4. It has been a while since I've shared anything here on the forums but I haven't been slacking. I've been enjoying playing around with Publisher and I've been using Designer as much as I can. I've also been busy toiling away on a bunch of projects and I thought I would share one with you that I've been working on for close to a year now. I have been working on it in my spare time before and after work to help relieve stress but it took much longer than I had expected. I completed most of it with my old iMac (a 2009 with only 4 gigabytes of RAM) but the last quarter of it I did with a Mac that was much more powerful and it was so much faster (still an old Mac but with more RAM and a better processor)! To me, seeing that people can create complex drawings using old hardware is a testament to how well Designer is made. My compliments to MattP and everyone on the Designer Team at Serif for all of your hard work. I'm looking forward to Designer version 2.0 to see what other wonderful tools you will give us to use. My version is roughly based on an old European print from 1480 or so (the original title I believe is The Tempting of St. Anthony). Everything was done using Affinity Designer on a Mac running Mojave and everything is vector. I used several versions of Designer but I think mostly 1.7.1 and 1.7.2. If you like this drawing, check out my other drawings of Don Quixote and The Four Horsemen. Thanks for taking the time to view my work and I hope that you enjoy it. Hokusai
  5. To be honest, I didn't watch the whole video seeing how it is over 20 minutes long. I looked at the finished logo at the end and I didn't see anything that couldn't be done easily using Affinity Designer. Look through the videos that they have here (on Serif's website), they are very useful and have lots of helpful hints. Best of luck
  6. I'd prefer something better than what is offered in Illustrator and hopefully that is what the guys are cooking up, that is my hope anyways!
  7. Hokusai

    Print Management

    You might as well give it a try, there is a free beta at the moment.
  8. Hokusai

    Print Management

    Hello andremmongamer and welcome to the forums. I think that things like pagination and imposing options would be nice additions but my guess is that they are something more suited to Affinity Publisher than Designer.
  9. marno2013, Hello marno2013, this is something that has been discussed (and requested) in quite a few places but a good place to find out more information about ways vectorize raster images outside of Affinity Designer and then get them back there is here: This thread has quite a bit of information about it. I hope that helps. Best regards, Hokusai
  10. I understand the desire to have them built in, it would be great but I'm guessing that isn't going to happen. If it were, as I mentioned in my previous post, then Adobe would have done it years ago. Have the ability to use Plugins with Designer would, as @Izzy said, take care of the problem for most people. In fact having the ability to use plugins would allow people to add features that might only appeal to them. I'd like to see plugin support for Designer (which I'm guessing will be added eventually seeing how it is in Photo) that way people who want and need Astute's stuff can use them and other companies plugins as well. I'd also like to see Serif's take on some of the some of the features that Astute offers. I like Serif's way of thinking and I think they could come up with some interesting, and no doubt different, ways of doing things.
  11. I know that it has been mentioned before but I don't understand how this would give AD an upper hand over Illustrator? You can use Astute Graphics Technology on Illustrator now, so if Designer could also run it that wouldn't really give Designer an advantage would it? For some people it might put them on an even playing field but it wouldn't give Designer an advantage. If you are talking about Serif licensing some of their code for use in Designer but that brings up a whole lot of questions. Does Astute Graphics even do that? If they do why hasn't Adobe done it? Surely Adobe could afford it seeing how much profit they make from forcing their users to rent their software. Even if it were possible it still does't change the fact that Illustrator can still run Astute's Graphics plugins so that isn't really an advantage as they would both have access to the same technologies. Also if that were possible, I imagine it would drive the price up for Designer quite a lot. So much more so that it makes me wonder if it would be worth it. Astute has some really nice stuff but I'd prefer that Designer could use Plugins so that users could decide whether or not they needed and wanted to pay for such things. I'm guessing that a lot of people don't need the features that Astute's plugins offer so it seems better to me to leave it as a optional thing, like what plugins offer. So for me the whole point of this thread should be about requesting that Designer be able to use plugins.
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    Sarah, Don't know if you still read the forums here or not seeing how you haven't posted since your first post but I thought it might interest you to know that the latest Beta of Designer does include the Bleed settings that you were looking for. Best regards
  13. Maybe this thread can be put to bed now that Arrowheads are in the latest Designer Beta!
  14. I'm not sure what you mean? My use of the term Layer was correct and completely consistent. The original poster was talking about the number of layers being different. There is nothing odd about 1 Layer, 2 Layers, 3 Layers etc as the word layer is a countable noun. All of the things in his and your examples were objects and I didn't see a single Layer being used. In my example I was just showing the difference between having only Objects and having Objects contained in a Layer. I just wanted to point out to webworld that there is a difference between "layers" and "objects" because webworld was using the terms incorrectly and it could cause confusion. Maybe it is a language difference? What is confusing is you can create objects without using a Layer but they are viewed under the Layers Palette.
  15. webworld, As a side note (which will help you with terminology) you don't have 2 Layers. You have 2 Objects which are labeled "Curve" and "Rectangle". I don't blame you for being confused as it is a little confusing but in Designer you can use "Layers" if you want to but you don't have to (to create a New Layer you click the left little Page looking button on the bottom left of the Layers palette). If you don't make a Layer then all of the Objects that you create will all be contained in one list (which is what you have). You have Zero Layers because you didn't create one. Of course you don't need to but if you get to the point where you are making files with lots of Objects then it makes sense to organize them and but the different Objects into different Layers according to your needs When you use the Boolean Operations (Union, Subtract, etc.) it combines the elements into one object. So if you have 6 circles, you'll see 6 Objects in the Layers menu marked Ellipse but if you use the "Union" operation on those 6 circles then Designer combines them into 1 Object marked Curves. I'm sorry I don't have the Designer workbook but I'm guessing that your problem comes from either subtracting something or combining them using the "union" operation. I hope that helps. Best of luck, Hokusai

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