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Aongus Collins

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  1. Thank you for your hard work and rapid response especially, as mentioned above, under the current emergency circumstances.
  2. Using Windows Ink for greater precision could make sense if you're using one of the cheaper and smaller tablets, but Wacom's professional products (the Pro Medium or the Intuous) have their own precision mode. This is far more advanced than Ink. You can set up one of the buttons to toggle it on and off, as in the screenshot. Actually it is overkill for what I do. I can get all the precision needed simply by zooming in or out. The greater the magnification, the greater the accuracy. Incidentally, people have been complaining about Ink on the Adobe forums, too. Some have come up with a hack to disable it in Photoshop, but it seems Illustrator users are out of luck. Credit to Serif for giving us a choice!
  3. Have you tried unchecking the preference "Use Windows Ink for tablet input?" (Edit > Preferences > Tools). Once the box was unticked, I no longer had the issues you describe (Wacom Intuous 5,).
  4. Thank you for the latest beta. With a Wacom Intuos 5 & Windows 10, I can no longer reproduce: 1. UI lag/ripple issues; 2. Node tool issues. Using the pencil tool with the pressure sensitivity controller enabled, drawing is responsive & accurate, no discernible lag. A very minor quibble. The "Use Windows Ink for Tablet input" option is in Preferences > Tools. Would it be easier to locate in Preferences > Performance or Preferences > General?
  5. I have been able to repeat point A. Using a Wacom pen, was unable to add a point to a selected line with the node tool. However, the node tool worked fine when I used the laptop's trackpad instead. Windows Ink switched on.
  6. I've posted my opinion on the Windows Ink issues in the Designer 1.8 beta forum, but it applies as much to the final Photo release. Using a Wacom tablet (Intuos 5 M or Cintiq 22) with Windows Ink is a horrible experience. That's why Clip Studio, Krita, Rebelle, Blender, Cinema 4D and other animation/graphics software either allow WinTab or have incorporated workarounds. Of course there are good reasons for Serif to make the change. But I can't get work done in 1.8X because of the current Ink issues. I have been using Designer since the first beta on the Mac. My workaround is to disable pressure sensitivity in Affinity, and use other software for brush work, then import into Affinity for final polishing, colour management, typography and export to online or print formats.
  7. Update: I managed to repeat the freeze, twice, each time using the Pencil Tool to do a rapid sketch of a cartoon character. In one case, the Pencil controller was set to Automatic. In the attached screen recording, the controller was set to Pressure. It made no difference. The first of the 2 freezes was most serious, since the Quicktime player used for the screen recording also froze and I had to restart the computer. Crash_AD_1.8.mp4
  8. This happened to me once, using a Wacom Intuous 5 medium-size tablet running on an older Mac (OS 10.9.5, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 6750M card with 512 MB VRAM). Unfortunately when I attempted to repeat the freeze, with a screen recorder running, it could not be repeated.
  9. For the non-subscription price Serif charges, the current feature set is more than generous. At some point I'm sure there will have to be a paid 2.0 upgrade to support further development; my credit card is at the ready!
  10. Thanks! Your method works very well. Using a dashed stroke for a railroad is a great idea.
  11. Michail, Here is a screenshot showing the process in more detail. I’ve also uploaded the file. For consistency, each set of roads is now on a layer level, not a C-level (that was an oversight). The lines are simple open curves, no boolean or compound operations were involved. I hope this is clearer! Road Map.afdesign
  12. Nils, Michail, Yes, using layers can resolve the issue of varying road widths. Here’s another example, using open curves. As toth explained in an earlier post, when curves are open you can achieve a perfect illusion of 2 parallel lines. In the Appearance Panel the lower stroke must have a Butt Cap, and the top stroke a Square Cap. In this example the thinner strokes are on on a separate, upper layer. Although the roads don’t really join, they look as if they do... due to the way the uppe curves have been placed to cover the borders of the underlying curves.
  13. (split from this announcement post) Thanks for a great update. As a quick test, I played with the appearance panel. Specifically, I tried drawing a basic street map, as you might see in a leaflet for a local business. Using the new multiple strokes capability, it’s possible to do to such work quickly Affinity Designer. First I drew the roads using a heavy dark stroke. Then in the appearance panel, I added a second stroke, in a lighter colour, above the first stroke. That produced the effect of parallel lines, with a fill in between. The technique will work only if another new feature in 1.7 is used: when using the pen tool, the "Add new curves to selected object object" button on the context toolbar must be selected. Then the lines blend together. The second stage in this exercise was to duplicate the artboard containing all the elements. On the second the strokes have brush styles to give a more hand-drawn style. This is a quick, very rough test, and I’m looking forward to exploring the latest Affinity advances in more depth!
  14. As a sole trader, I'm interested in some of the points you raised. 1. Typically companies or traders ask for a VAT invoice in order to reclaim that part of a transaction when they submit a VAT return later. Software vendors such as Smith Micro have set up systems that allow customers to input their national VAT IDs in the checkout pages and -- in accordance with international agreements -- those purchases are zero-rated. I'd like to see Serif adopt that system in time, but currently their prices are so low as not to make it a big issue. 2. My understanding is that Serif's licence is basically per user, not per machine. If I have a number of computers, I may use the software on only one system at a time. If I hire an employee or a sub-contractor, I need to purchase an additional licence. This is good: if a machine dies, the licence lets me use the software on a replacement. If business expands to the point where I must employ someone else, the cost of an extra licence would be very small in comparison to my employer's liabilities!
  15. Congratulations on your Windows launch. I've already got the Mac version, running it on a fairly powerful Mac Pro with lots of memory and a decent graphics card. My Windows laptop, on the other hand, is entry-level. I'm really impressed by Designer's responsiveness on the lower-spec machine. Subjectively, it's not a million miles from a workstation performance, at least when working on relatively straight forward files such as cartoons. And it works beautifully with a Wacom Intuous tablet. Affinity Designer is amazing value for pro software. The value proposition is even better when you factor in that Designer allows you to use older hardware for longer (also an environmental benefit!).
  16. I've had the same experience. Purchased on the 20th, but the order is still listed as "pending." In an earlier post, Serif said there was an issue with some zip codes, and they were planning to clear it by Monday. Fingers crossed!
  17. This issue was dealt with previously and is now marked as fixed: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/1157-vector-brush-tool-crashing-release-candidate-1/ Unfortunately I was able to reproduce it today in RC3, when the program crashed after I'd drawn about 25 brush strokes. Crash report attached. Crash Report 24 Sept Vector Brush.zip
  18. Actually there were no bitmap images in this file, just simple vector shapes down-saved to Illustrator EPS 8 format. I'm attaching the EPS I used. test import size eps.zip
  19. I have been able to repeat this. 1. Create graphic in Illustrator, sized 80mm X 80 mm 2. On import into Affinity, the artwork dimensions change to 60 mm X 60 mm.
  20. How do you skew on the canvas... contextual menu or a tool? I can't find out how in the online help.
  21. Hello Matt, I've just emailed two old Freehand files. They're old newspaper and magazine illustrations, and not at all confidential. I can't open them myself, but I'm attaching JPGs as well. Regards Aongus Collins
  22. You can specify CMYK colours by moving sliders in the colour palette. Just like Illustrator or Photoshop. Affinity presents a colour wheel in the colour palette by default, but If you click the options icon at the top right of the palette, you'll see a down-menu offering a choice of 3 methods of specifying colour: Wheel, Sliders and Box. If you select Sliders, you can then choose from a number of colour modes: CMYK, RGB, LAB greyscale and more.
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