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  1. > Today's tools accept most standard bitmap formats It depends of which tools you are talking about. BMP is an old format and has no use on the web, agreed. But its most distinctive characteristic is that it is super simple to implement as it is just an uncompressed bitmap (at least in the original specs) with a very small header. As such it is blazingly fast to display since it requires no extra decoding steps. This is probably the reason it is still used in some gaming platforms, specialized software and embedded hardware like some POS terminals my company worked on.
  2. Hi, We can discuss as we like, but I believe there is no interest from Serif to pursue this and other issues. We would know, if they bothered to talk with us. I recall a time when they were actively responding to customers via this forum, which was very nice. But this was several years ago: they stopped doing it all of a sudden. And it's hurting their business, no doubt. My company has switched to Figma already and we're not looking back (here's my comment from last year). Figma does not completely replace Designer and they are already semi-deaf like Serif, but their software performs much better for large designs and is not ridden with bugs. Have luck, Rubem
  3. Hello @Fizmarble, On the contrary, BMP is one of the easiest image formats to deal with because it is quite simple and not compressed (at least by default). It is just a pixel map with a simple header and that's it. The first time I implemented BMP I did it in straight C, which is now considered a very low-level language, using the already excellent documentation available from Microsoft. Today things are much easier because there are plenty of third-party libraries (several of them free and/or open source) that will take care of the task for you. The reason Serif won't implement it is not technical at all, you'll have to look elsewhere. Best regards, Rubem
  4. Don't be, it's just the way Serif is. They had the most promising product once (AD 1.5-1.6), but now they are always busy doing something new. They stopped fixing things and listening to users several years ago. I keep receiving forum notifications, but all I see are old issues like this one never getting addressed and new bugs popping up all the time. I gave up already, my company and myself have switched to Figma for all new designs. No regrets.
  5. Sorry, but it's not your fault and there are no such settings. This is one of the things you just have to live with -- or choose another drawing program. After all these years it is quite clear that they will never fix it. The same can be said for many other bugs, unfortunately.
  6. Too bad, but understandable. As in many aspects of life these days, unfortunately important / interesting discussions are lost because some people insist to take matters personally.
  7. Oh, I've done it many times already. Same thing for those bugs which are there for ages. To be fair, some of the bugs I've reported were fixed and suggestions I've made were implemented in the past, but Serif is way too slow. @Jens, if you read carefully above you'll see that my main issues are broken features like constraints and incredibly bad implentations (exclusive to AD!), like non-visual tab settings and no image compressing. I agree with you on "distort / perspective", though
  8. Yep. This is a huge problem. No plans, no dates, no answers. I completely fail to imagine how this kind of policy may benefit the company these days.
  9. Good to know that APub has it, so probably it would be easy for the devs to add it to AD too. I hope they will. Does anybody have the answer?
  10. Sorry, not clear. I mean a visual ruler for adjusting indentations and tab sizes. The examples above are from vector drawing programs, and of course any text processor (even MS WordPad) has it. For my screen mockups in AD, I avoid using tabs altogether since they are so difficult to work with. I don't know about APub, though.
  11. Serif working on a new AD version is always good news. At the risk of repeating myself for many years (sorry guys), however, I wonder if this time at last they will address those pesky old bugs and obvious omissions. I'm talking about buggy constraints / symbols, bloated embedded images, unselectable objects, slow text editing, missing visual tab adjustments, no distort / perspective, and many, many more. At least as of build 1.8.0 these problems are not yet being addressed.
  12. Yes, so I did. But I still think it would be great to have those icons.
  13. Hi all, I see that in AD 1.7 we now have seven operations under the Layer > Geometry menu: but there are only five icons: I don't know what is the difference between Divide and Separate, but the Merge icons is definitely missing. Customize Toolbar doesn't seem to help. Any tips?
  14. The file was made in a previous 1.7 Beta by a colleague, but he doesn't remember if there was any saving errors. We never tested Publisher, nor opened the file in any other app then Designer. What might have happened (can't be sure at this time) is that this particular file was created by editing a previous AD 1.6 document. Fortunately we keep several previous versions of all our work. I've just uploaded them for you to check: v01-v03, apr 4-9, no errors. v04, apr 18, smaller file with error, maybe with the pixel layers were lost here. Perhaps you can find what's missing by comparing versions 3 and 4. P. S. I wish Serif support was always so quick to respond, thanks!
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