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  1. Just spotted your reply, Jyscal... Well, 'KNOW'ing things are ok on any Windows machine isn't all that easily reckoned, so patience is probably in order. I was looking above to see who else might have offered tips, and wonder if you've tried as @Callum from Affinity suggested, _removing_ those extra fonts you recently added, all of them? You might well be surprised at the result...or yes, not. Also, you might look at the size of the user community, and realize your experience isn't what very many are seeing, which is a way of knowing matters can be more positive. Now, these Affinity apps have at times been slow on font loading when in much earlier betas, but I just cold-started the latest released Design, with hundreds of fonts, and it was up in about 20 seconds. This is on a reasonably fast laptop, probably most importantly to say having an SSD. InDesign, a comparable program to Publish and this set in general, took a little over half that. But also...here's a substantiation for the way I'm telling you this story... Actually, both these times, especially InDesign's which was much slower, are definitely faster than I have been experiencing, for some interval. And what is different is that I had a big upset on the machine last week, due to a bogus Microsoft update of Windows, and in concert with some very sharp depth-level support people you can actually reach there (in India...!) , with enough persistence in such cases, in essence the entire Windows 10 operating system got cleared and reinstalled, along with a number of necessary adjustments. Yes, this can be done, and it's better than what they used to tell you, which was just to start from scratch and rebuild the machine in toto. The new way, your apps and files stay undisturbed...and actually did, including some with dire copy protection. I am not suggesting you do such a thing, please be confident. I am just noting that on my own would have to admit somewhat expertly maintained machine, which I had felt was as clean as experience could say, it obviously wasn't, just in the ways we are aware Windows always has been able to fall apart, invisibly, crumbling from within. What I would do, is try the step of taking out all those new fonts. If that doesn't clear the problem adequately, the font manager solution I proposed will allow you to slim down to just what you need, which should get you through, and may even help see where there may be a corrupt font install. Those are very, very well known to be able to clobber any particular software -- and yes, not necessarily _every_ software. If you find the bad one, you could even send it to Affinity, so they could add some additional bullet-proofing for its problems. Hoping this with above will help you, and anyone else who hits such a frustration... Clive
  2. Hmm, sounds something is really wrong here. You mean you see the problems without opening some gargantuan document, will suppose -- and second open should be if anything faster than the first, as Windows caches at least portions of apps. I have a lot of fonts, probably, and Designer takes just over 400_M_B, Publisher 800 on the fat magazine demo which also has a lot of large images. It wouldn't hurt matters if you afforded 16MB as more reasonable memory these days, especially if you want to run several programs like Affinity's efficiently, and there's always a lot of responsiveness to be gained by going to an SSD from the usual hard disk, but you shouldn't be seeing what you are without these. I'm not going to be able to contribute more this time, but here's Microsoft's instruction page for ways to start your laptop in what they call Safe Mode. MS Safe Mode Safe Mode will let you see what happens without all the add-on invisible programs we end up with, running in the background and sometimes interfering in significant ways with programs that are well designed on their own. If Affinity runs nicely in Safe Mode, then you can look into taking out extra background apps -- there are lots of instructions for going about this on the web, perhaps easy to find if you also mention Safe Boot. The efficient way is often referred to as bisecting, or binary search, meaning you take out a noted half of those apps, then see; if no change, take half of the remaining half; or if change, put back in half of what you took out, etc.. Many of the background apps can be disabled from your Task Manager's Startup tab -- easiest to start with these. Others are Services, which you can look up how to disable also, for a rapid test before deciding to de-install anything. I guess it should be said that another way you could be having problems is if you've caught a virus or trojan; I tend to think of having excellent protection and habits always, but these can slip through and use your machine for all sorts of things. Norton Security is for many years very efficient and very good, and they also have a power cleaner if you find yourself deep in problems. Depending on skills etc., that's the sort of thing where a trusted local service could turn out to be useful. Hadn't intended on covering a gamut, but there we are...
  3. @Jyscal, answer is possibly get and use a font manager. - this way you don't have to hve all fonts loaded all the time - you can arrange them in (overlapping if you like) groups, according to task - you can list favorites - more complete ones have analyzers for duplicates and font problems, which will help aoid slowness and possible app crashes Which are good? Well, I haven't really favored most; they tend to stall in contemporary development, or be awkward. The one I liked best, NexusFont , was nicely presented, but the developer moved on. There are the expensive ones...most of the rest have free not-very-limited tryouts so you can see. The one with an endless-draining subscription has, of course, a gaming-you very limited tryout. - MainType may have some balance of awkwardness and features; it will ding you for paying every time; the trick to shortcut its button-hopper is to say you'll pay, then cancel, until you do choose to - Typograf might be worth a look, if it's quite opinionated - if an office pays, one of the higher priced might be worth their hundred Euros - the best I expect is to ask your better printer or layout/design pals, see what they prefer... good fortune - be the foxy hunter (since this forum knew there was an emoji -- and curtly refused it)
  4. Well, just to say, I did install Inkscape on Win10, and try it...on a photo, was just trouble. I am sure those who put the effort in long ago to figure how to treat it for getting traces still can, but... An opportunity we'll hope Affinity finds their moment to pick up on, here, and I guess they know that.
  5. Translation (rough, but you get the idea...) Axel Foley, una sugerencia. Puede usar el Traductor de Google (translate.google.com) para sus publicaciones y para recibir respuestas. Está lejos de ser perfecto, pero utilizable, y creo que el idioma español no es una habilidad amplia en Nottingham, Inglaterra, donde se hace el software.
  6. Yes, and as Potrace is not available in any of its Gui forms _except_ on Mac... However, I had a quick look this morning, and: - DrawPlus, you'd need to buy, to try - Microsoft's ancient Expression is listed and downloadable, but the tracing is dire - So I fired up my CS6 end-of-life Illustrator, and contrary to memory, its trace seemed quite good. It's maybe the presets, kind of hidden on the invisi-bar just above the drawing, which is making this so. - Thus, as long as tracing images which are your own or from sources you know you can trust, Illustrator if you have it seems to enjoy a long coming life. - And Affinity deals nicely with Illustrator files, so there's no loss of effort there. - You'd still think the bright in Nottingham would do a nice job of tracing without too much taxing of themselves, but just possibly there are more pressing matters...we should understand
  7. Have to say, watching that tutorial shows DrawPlus's tool to be very nice in operation. For $25/UKP20, it seems a no-brainer if you have the need, since Affinity / Amazon still allow purchasing the no-longer-supported final version. I'm not expert on these matters, but as far as trace quality/ies, there are a lot of comments in this thread saying (artistically) pen-tracing often beats auto-trace. This would fit my experience with Illustrator -- by the time you play with settings enough to get near what you want, the drawing board grows in atraction to tastebuds. Maybe that's a point of view that could draw Affinity designers into a different corner...they do such good work in producing tools superior, not just replacement, for Adobe's, and here there's the opportunity to make 'appropriate technology' out of the DrawPlus bones. By which means, easy appiication, of course in new Affinity apps style, abilities attuned to producing the level of result really useful autotrace can, while leaving the unattainable 'touch' to manual tracing. The software could even say so...
  8. That was a stunning set of demonstrations in your release Event. And it's a great accomplishment, how far you've brought Affinity/Serif, not to say a bright future. It pleases me greatly to see this come out of the Northern England where I once had considerable experience consulting to then-software companies. Studio Link is marvelous - because of your architecture. It really is instant, with no need to have the subsidiary applications open. This is truly well done. Of course, I couldn't run it. Not until an hour of troubleshooting, as there was no link up yet with suggestions. I will make another. First, i have to say that I contacted you on the Beta forum, to 'suggest' with greybeard experience that you just possibly might want to actually Beta this, before today's big bang. This was summarily dismissed: 'we've done a lot of testing you haven't seen, and you'll be surprised.' Just like the Lancashire Girl, who famously 'can't be told.' Of course, this is Marketing driving the ship, and it really shows. And could be a learning moment? Ok, here's what this cost me, perhaps with too much knowledge aforehand, and of course not the detail you could never know. have latest betas of all three installed, long Beta participant upgraded to latest non-Beta Designer and Photo, last night download and installed the Publisher release. Strangely, I don't believe it asked me for a key, but maybe. looks to work, as expected, so let's use the Design personality. Fail. Get alert below, which one would get very tired of, saying I hadn't installed. de-install Design and Photo. Reinstall. Validate keys. 'Open' as required. Fail Studio Link, 'not installed' again. de-install all three. Reinstall. Keys asked for Design and Photo only. Runs. Fails Studio Link again. try to get smart. Believe it might be because I run Win10 (very latest 1903) always not-admin for security, as sense must. So I change login to an admin one, re-login, delete and install all three. Fail. ok, getting serious, and a serious waste of time. I continue as admin, deinstall all three, hunt down and find the Program Data Affinity folder. Delete that, and this time didn't have to delete a Program Files/Affinity folder, as somehow this deinstall properly zapped it, which others before did not. Probably to do with that non-admin running installer and permitting by another admin login's password., no? install all three, try them individually. All three now do require a key. Shut them down, all. run Publisher. Try Studio Link. It works. Fantastic. An hour gone. But it is extraordinary, one more great tool from you guys. _then_ I look again, and there is finally a post. About ten down in it, someone from Affinity finally stops asking 'if you installed', and comes up with a very targeted removal which I presume does answer the issue. -probably this file-to-be-deleted (again requiring admin permission, and lack of fearfulness in monkeying with Windows' innards, a fear that would be fully justiied) is surgically targeted this way to avoid taking out recording of license keys, etc.. But. Now, you have to ask: a. why on earth not have the Publisher installer take out this marvelous blocking file with the long path?? b. we can answer, probably: you didn't know. c. now we are back to Marketing-directed refusal to Beta, so as to believe they will generate the Big Bang d. and/or, the person who answered me with such cussedness is like a fellow who really was the guru in one of those Northern concerns twenty years ago, who I liked, but would respond straight to customers with his famous intonement, 'Works as Designed', if any treaded on weird and wonderful 'features' that had done them in -- if he felt that was right and had a reason, yes. But a little open hearing would have told him more. You guys are doing wonderful things, and I have told many of those I've found, the ways your tools are very much cleverer in thinking that makes tough image needs easy to solve. I hope you will take some lessons, and not spoil it again by some move that flies in the face of sense any actual maker knows, and for some reason all tied up in wanting to puff up. You don't need gimmicks to have the right to feel puffed up. That's what I'd say... Regards truly, Clive not a Brit, but I lived a long time there once, and I quite remember a fine-ness in my time...
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    Interesting 1.7.0.333 lockup problem

    Hello Chris, and thanks for looking carefully into this. it felt perhaps a remaider/continuation/ix result of the recent issue where Photo and Design would come up with unwanted 'unsaved' copies of earlier edits, and lock refusing to delete them or do other work. Being a softwareish guy myself, you'll know how that thinking would run. I'm scratching my head for a detail to excite this. I believe I had five tabs up, I think all of them created 'from clipboard', that special selection. Four of the five would have been 'from clipboard' out of selections from others of this set of sort-of clones. it may be significant that I hadn't saved any of the tabs during the work on them, other than (maybe) the first, left-hand tab. Maybe not even that one. It's also interesting that an event from the Win10 bottom bar icon 'close all windows' actually got the program to pick up sticks, and start paying attention to its own events again. in the earlier case you fixed of locking up on irrelevant old safety copies, you had to shut the execution down from the Task Manager, only thing that would do it. There's also the sense, but not fully in memory, that once i got events running again, when I closed that last tab, that Photo went ahead and closed down its full execution, which that would normally not do --- that we had one or more events stuck in the queue. That's about all I have. The business of events being blocked for sure, and then possibly having a queued one possibly around (if it was) to cause a closedown (if it did) are the main pointers to where the trouble ought to lay. I _think_ this machine is very stable -- in fact recently done up to be especially so, in anticipation of another software load coming from Microsoft. I did things like create another main user, remove a suspect/old background-running program, etc.. But it is Windows, and therefore we know you can never be sure. I'd give over even money there's a bug actually in Photo/probably Design...and if so, quite possibly generated out of the recent safety files lockup fix, as i never saw anything like this before, in light use but persistent over your beta times. So that's another clue, isn't it. Hoping this helps, anyway, and cheers, Clive  
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    Interesting 1.7.0.333 lockup problem

    a p.s. I was also running the contemporary before-today Designer Beta, and a clip or two shared between, but likely this is not a source of problematic interaction, still thought you should know. No memory issues etc., as before.
  11. I see you've got a new Beta id up, downloading, but this may still be relevant. - I was editing several images, not large, and with plenty of laptop resources, especially stable and up-to-moment but not yet 0319 Win 10 - two or three out of four were created New from Clipboard - I'd done some exports of the main one - closing down, each of the clips properly asked if I wanted to save: no - on the last one, the want-to-save dialog froze, and Photo with it. - no moves would make it live (escape, other mousing, keys, etc.), so I used the Win10 bottom bar right-click-close-window - with that, bang, Photo started responding again. With a few extra perhaps clicks I could get out of the dialog, see the page again, and close it by tab close button. - memory fails, but it seems Photo shut down of its own accord then, so an original event may still have been there to be acted upon. Cheers - quite appreciative of all design and pub software you are pressing ahead with...and how it works, full of intelligent surprises... Clive
  12. So many ways a Windows PC can get these... I believe an application of any form isn't one of those, however. The most typical actual cause will be a Windows driver which is not fully compatible, or updated so it is. Display drivers are the most usual culprit -- and of course heavily invoked by graphics apps such as Affinity's That you had sluggishness leading up to the fail suggests something endemic like this was already in trouble -- and memory starvation, which shouldn't occur on a fully functional Windows, would defintely make sluggishness. Real fail should not occur because swapping will be invoked, unless you are also out of disk space. Swapping (ram to disk movements to keep ram free) would itself slow matters down. It is possible then that there's a memory leak in Designer current-Beta which your activities happened to excite, but if so, only slowdown should have happened, not a blue screen. Once again, though, 'because Windows', sensible view doesn't necessarily agree with what happens That you didn't apparently get a crash dump might suggest about low disk space? This is something you can look into... And, check your drivers for updates. I had been dead set against online offers to do this, but recently used Driver Easy (https://www.drivereasy.com/) to good advantage to discover a crucial one or two that Lenovo didn't bother to test, needed to keep up with Windows 10's machinations. Do be _very sure_ to create a Restore Point in Windows, as they recommend, before proceeding to install anything. I took one driver that was ok from a technical standpoint, but whose features differed from the original, such that my trackpad became almost unususable. Very comforting to be able to simply back out of that, which the Restore Point works well on in such a case. So, good fortune p.s. and by the way, it was Windows Update which was serving me the out-of-date driver (for a Broadcom wifi chip) -- Lenovo had signed out long ago, and I for a time believed the later Windows-offered driver was best available. It kept failing, however, hence the try with the apparently decent driver website. I would do all your checking and pre-scanning of downloads on that -- drivers would be a great place to introduce malware of course.
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    Footnotes/Endnotes

    Late to the party, but not because not needed here. I just noticed the one thing missing in a paper I did over from InDesign. I wonder if Endnotes wouldn't be the easier implementation, and thus something that could avoid reviewer criticism on this point, for first release success? An elegant program...thank you.
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    How to use construction snapping?

    Err, I don't think there is any such Design Aids > Construction Snapping for Curves section in the English help either... I figured it out from what you said about it, but the feature needs explanation, diagrams, and clarity, thanks... In particular, such things as @anweid asks, such as drawing a line perpendicular to a construction item would be helpful.
  15. Wanted to let you know this previously reported basic problem, linked below, appears worked well so far: It's dealt with in as much as you can now fix it in a document. Where a font identification was previously mangled (see report), now you can successfully select the text, re-apply the proper font name and variant, and will see and be able to save the repair. No problems either upon re-opening. What I noticed still missing is a stable way to find a missing font, as the mangle caused to appear in this case. - what actually happens is that you get a temporary toast as the file opens. - this rapidly disappears, and there could be many of them, given conditions of having moved the file away from asset paths, for example - Warning toasts are fine enough, but I think what's needed is a document sanity/preflight panel, as this can be steadily worked on to clean up a Publisher file. I kind of imagine you're planning such a sanity panel, so hope this can highlight a couple of cases it needs to handle -- missing fonts, apparently missing because no longer properly pathed assets or any kind of inclusions. I have to say Publisher is a joy somehow to work with. I have InDesign CS6 and actually like it well, but come to you because of two things: no subscription handcuffs (thus security updates, purchase substantial upgrades per need, etc..), and that I keep finding, your very real insight and intelligence evident in design -- things that just work better, are intuitive and prominently nicer to work with. Thanks for all, and here's that original report:
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