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Al Grasso

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  1. I agree completely with your comments regarding license and multiple smaller .afassets files. In my suggestion I was assuming that Serif owned the right to those asset files as they were issued with all their versions up to PagePLus9 and the other Windows Plus programs. But I accept that I could be wrong. However, from a product viewpoint, it seems to me that its omission leads to poor product strategy and a big disappointment to the customer base of the old products who fuelled the revenues of Serif to help them navigate to the new Mac platform thus renewing and substantially expanding their total market with the presence of the Affinity Suite for both Mac and Windows desktops and the mobile versions for the iOS devices. From this viewpoint, therefore, I feel disappointed and hope that Serif reads these comments and takes action on them.
  2. Yes I agree and I already explained that this procedure works also with the .svg format. And have done so. However, repeating this task for all the assets is quite time consuming. Hence my original question as to why the Affinity Team, who have made available a large set of assets for working on the iPad and iPhone apps did not include also a general set like those that were available in the Windows versions of Plus?
  3. Correct, I am using Bootcamp and also I can run Windows10 on my iMac5k using a small SSD on which Iloaded Windows 10 To Go therefore I don't need to use Bootcamp on my iMac.
  4. Right now I have PagePLus open on my macBook and the only option for export is as Publication1.ppack. There is no other option to export in any other format. In the Save AS Type it says: Asset pack files (*.ppack) Therefore once I export it what can I do with it if I cannot open it. It is a 6.8MB file but I cannot think how to open it other then re-importing it back into PagePlus.
  5. Uhm... I think I will give up. I can export the Asset Pack from PagePlus as a .ppack file. But I have no clue how I can then unpack this file to be able to then import the individual files in Affinity following your suggestion. Perhaps you could raise this issue with the Affinity Team and publish in due course a converted file available for importing into Affinity.
  6. Understood thanks. I will give it a go. Finally, may be I was not altogether wrong when I said that I wished the Affinity Team had taken it as their onus to include the good stuff that was previously available in the Plus editions to the new Affinity editions. I will now go and look at DrawPlus and see if I can export those useful and multivariate assets and then import them into Affinity.
  7. I would be grateful is you could tell me what format needs to be used to create an asset category and populate it with files. I tried to import a .svg file but it seems that this format is not acceptable as an import.
  8. Found it now and looked at the list:only iOS10 and Grade UI: Basic Elements. Not very attractive unless one is developing for iOS. However, I will go and look now at that Resource site. Thanks again.
  9. Quite correct MEB. You explained it very well and I am embarrassed for not doing the same myself. This is precisely what I was referring to. Thank for you input and clarification/
  10. I am not aware that Affinity Designers comes with a set of Assets. I do not see an Asset tab anywhere. I've looked into the view Menu and Tools but I have not seen as asset tab or an options which enables me to make it visible. In Publisher there is an asset tab which contains the iOS12 assets and this is what I referred to in my earlier post. I was also not aware that there is a Resource site. This information should be more readily available; anyway if that is the case then the blame rests on me. And thanks for your inputs. Regarding the assets in a Serif database: what I meant is the DrawPLus, and I think also PagePLus, used to contain a set of assets. Since I could not find them in Affinity Publisher or Designers I assumed that they were not embedded. Hence my statement: Serif already owns these assets saved somewhere in their databases or archives hence it would have been an easy task to port them to the Affinity Suite. Anyway, this comment is false if these assets are already available from the Resource site you mentioned. But I was not aware that there was such a Resource site. Now it is clear except I have not found the Asset Tab in Designer yet. Thank you for your inputs.
  11. Alfred, A picture is worth a thousand words. But the blindness of some fools cannot be forgiven. Thank you for making this fool aware of a feature that was already available but my blindness could not see!
  12. Yes it seems that the export works and I was able to import it as a .svg into other documents as well as the browser Safari. Some file manipulation is required: 1- first export by including the "Export Inline Raster Image" even though I did not have a raster image added tot he painting frame asset. But I guess that may refer to the inner block of the frame which shows the two diagonal lines. I removed them after the export and re-saved the file again as a .svg. 2- Apply some tricks. To ensure that you just export the size of the frame and not any blank document you may open when you launch Affinity Designer, thus having to manage both the document and the asset transferred, I highlighted the frame then put it in the clipboard. Afterwards you can just create a new document from the menu using the: FILE > NEW FROM CLIPBOARD and you have a svg file comprising only the frame asset. Save this as you final .svg file and you are done. I hope the Affinity Team will make available a rich database of Assets soon. They have got them in their database so why are they not making them available in the Affinity Suite? They seem to have fallen in love with all the Apple icon assets and neglecting those in the older programs which were most useful. Even if it is an Apple requirement to have all the Apple Icon added as assets, they could still make them available as add-ons downloadable from their website rather than the Apple Store. But perhaps I am being malicious and the issue is that they have not yet had time to integrate the other functions. Another feature they should harry up and do is a favourite drop down menu for fonts. It is frustrating that you have to go through a long list of fonts, hundreds, in order to go back to the selections you are using in your document. I normally use a sans serif and a Japanese serif. One is at the top (Arial say) the other is at the bottom of the list. Have a great day Alfred and thank you for your help.
  13. Hi Alfred, I am having some success. I re-exported the asset as a SVG format by this time I ticked the button "Export Inline Raster Image". With this option enabled I was able to import it both into Affinity Designer and Publisher. In Designer I was able to remove the inline raster image, and now I am left with the bamboo picture frame which is what I was trying to export. I am now in the process of checking whether this bamboo frame picture asset is truly a vector file that can be manipulated as a vector. My guess is it should but I have not had the time to test as your email arrived and I wanted to tell you about it. I will add a comment a bit later after doing some tests.
  14. But is pdf a vector export? I thought it was essentially raster export for images and allowed only text to be edited. I need to resize the export without suffering from pixellation. Why do you think SVG does not work?
  15. I need to use some of the assets from PagePlus X8/X9 into Affinity Publisher or Designer. Can this be done and if so in which vector format can it be done? I tried exporting in svg format and the Serif Metafile Format but I was unable to load them into Affinity. Obviously I can export them in pixel format but I prefer to export in vector format.
  16. Quite right, that is even easier than picking up the node and moving it to the boundary! It's my age!
  17. Forget this suggestion. The existing Arrow tool can be modified by picking up one of the nodes and turn it into a single arrow tool!
  18. Unless I missed out how to turn the double pointed arrow tool into a single arrow pointed arrow, I would recommend to add this feature: single arrow pointed tool.
  19. Please consider adding: 1- Tool disengagement using a mouse right click. Normally the last tool pointer remains valid and the only way to disengage it is to click the move tool. This can be tedious and it would be much more desirable to release the last used tool simply by right clicking on the mouse. This feature is common in CAD programs and is very beneficial. Right now it causes aggravation to have to move the mouse/cursor to the move tool to disengage the mouse. 2- When working on a project a drop down short list of favourite fonts would be desirable rather than every time having to scroll through the long list of fonts by default.
  20. It is reported that the Artistic Text Tool and Frame Text Tool are grouped together. Click the triangle to access the alternative tool. In point of fact the two icons are separate. The text needs updating.
  21. That is a very good tip. I will optimise a couple of custom settings that suits my needs. Thank you.
  22. In reply to Walt.Farrell- I think I am beginning to understand how the png export presets in AD are structured. They have been confusing for me as it implies that there are only those two options available for exporting a png format file. ThePNG-8 and PNG-24. The key point is that one has to click on the MORE button and then select/choose the rasterised resolution required in the exported file. I guess the Affinity Team imagine that all users are professional illustrators and are familiar with these details. I am not a professional illustrator and I find that more optimised presets for non-specialists would be better for me; as they used to be in DrawPlus. I almost wish I had made that map in Autocad rather than Affinity Designer! Thanks for your further inputs. In reply to Owenr- I am perfectly aware that exporting to a png format I am rasterising the vector entities in the original file to a format chosen by the default presets made available in png export "persona", using your jargon. I think the point is that I was used to DrawPlus which was able to export in 32bit and got a crisp image in png format and transparent, whereas now, if I have understood correctly, in AD I have to set it myself from the MORE dialog box. Fine, I try to work with it but I do not like it. I much prefer to have the same approach as your software had in DrawPlus. At least users like myself can get results intuitively and quickly. Regarding the term I used in my reply "resampling" I accept the point that being the original file a vector quantity made up of n-vector entities, every time I make an export the file is being sampled rather than resampled from vector to raster pixel. I actually implied this function but I accept that sampling rather than resampling is the correct word to use. One of the problem I find is that Serif's business format since moving to the Affinity new software is that the old reference manual that was available with DrawPLus, PagePlus, PhotoPlus, etc. have been effectively discontinued. The built-in help file is rather fastidious to search through and often does not provide the information required if one is looking for detailed explanation of how the, for example, export png function works. I assumed there were only the two presets mentioned earlier whereas now I understand there is a plethora of other choices to make by clicking the MORE button. Of course the fact that PNG-8 or PNG-24 do not refer to what they imply does not help. Thanks for your patience and inputs.
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