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  1. Quality reply here (and there🍷), thanks for the contribution. That would be awesome if features that seriously affect productivity or a total roadblock wouldn't get dismissed for years, I'm sure many of us are here because of grounded reasons, and would like to use Affinity in an efficient manner - in this thread's case not renaming all the footnotes if you forgot to insert one or deleted something. Small thing, but if you edit something more than a few pages, it will drive you crazy in a matter of minutes that you waste hours on such a nonessential task. Or yeah, I'm sure I will count the extent of my documents character by character - wait, wrong thread. Or change the gazillion of imported line segments's colour to a global colour one by one - oh yeah, after 6 years we can select them with a click. But this is off-topic as well. This is like having a spreadsheet editor that does addition, subtraction, multiplication, but forgot to implement division - but hey if you select a cell, you cange its background to a gradient! Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― Sure I can use my calculator to do the math for me... lol
  2. I wouldn't say this, I'm sure it's ideal for purely graphic design at this state - (illustrations and such). Off-topic: I'm an architect, my primary domain is also visual, but the sources are different: drawings and vector illustrations are generated from a model or drawn from scratch in ARCHICAD or Rhino, I'm not creating them in Designer. I would use it to touch up or recolour stuff, add details, etc. I do my postproduction on renderings in Photo, it actually works a lot better with 32bit images than PS (I have no other reference, I was too lazy to learn to use other tools). I also create a lot of text based documents, that vary on the scale of "shallow beauty" to "scientific writing": specifications, descriptions, summaries to competitions, right now my thesis. Usually I can work with importing stuff from .txt (I write a lot in iA writer lately) to Publisher (referencing is already taken care of in the .txt, either by me or a colleague), or just do the whole thing in Pages, where type and formatting also looks "okay-ish" with little effort. Right now I'm authoring everything, it's not just a matter of quickly formatting imported material, this is where Publisher falls short, and I cannot use Pages completely as it dies badly from huge imported PDFs... speaking of which: Object level display quality is something that would worth implementing someday. In my personal experience something is always better to do in a certain package: the ease of creating tables and diagrams (iWork does this wonderfully), built-in referencing (Word or LibreOffice Writer), regex handling (Google Sheets), then throwing all the source documents together (only a few things are missing from Publisher to fit my needs). I'm a self employed freelancer in the need of "professional" graphic tools, but not a constant need. There are weeks that I won't open Photo, and there are ones when I have it open 0-24/7. There are days that I spend finalizing a competition layout in Publisher, and a month passes with a cumulative use of 20 minutes of it... I guess there is a "barely visible" range of users that are neither professional graphic designers by trade nor amateurs. on-topic again: That's why I don't really understand how such an essential feature like displaying the word count can be omitted, it's present virtually everywhere.
  3. Yep. Which I find really weird, since they also do the public beta testing here. There are other companies also that do development in a similar fashion, the difference that you can check what requests are there already or who to ask your bug-related questions. Whatever. I know. It might warrant some attention to the feature, or they might stay quiet, idk. I possibly won't get any reply, or a generic one, and I will continue using Publisher knowing, that I need to pay attention when I use it, because it has some drawbacks to my workflow. Like not having Select same in Designer for 6 years. Based on that, I won't hold my breath. It is just really frustrating, because I admire the fluidity of all the apps which I use on both platforms. Simply I don't know what to expect: is word count coming in v2 or some next decade? I just simply don't understand why the mystery - if there was a roadmap (yeah I know, policies), I would just take a look at my missing features and move on. I just make these really annoying bumps into walls that I forgot about, and I need to waste time migrating to other software, even though I have all my renderings done in Photo and I really like doing that. But hey, I know I'm one in a million, and I guess I'm clearly not in the target group of Designer and Publisher, and I've just started hitting the boundaries of the latter.
  4. +1 for footnotes and endnotes with a few additional features I would certainly be included - this and the missing word count are holding me back from putting together bigger documents - especially if they require representing sources
  5. damn, I'm usually into puns and jokes, but missed this one:D
  6. Yeah, I know they are not replying very actively to feature requests - I've bumped @MEB just to get some reply on this thread someday in the future. I am a happy user of Affinity Photo, but features like this make Publisher essentially unbearable to use for strict deadlines. As Designer was essentially unusable in my workflow due to the lack of "Select Same" feature (I only tested it in the last Beta, but I don't have Designer in my workflow at all right now), Publisher is a serious headache for editing large text based documents without knowing how long that thing actually is (in total, selection or paragraph or section-wise) - not to mention doing something remotely scientific, as stating your sources in an ordered fashion, a.k.a. footnotes or endnotes. I guess I'm just a minority who really needs a few of the most requested features based on user reply - I guess knowing how long a document is can wait a few years down the road. Yes, I know that Affinity Publisher is a new product (which I like for casual use - like a few pages of marketing brochures or my portfolio), and they cannot respond on developed features due to company policies and blah blah blah... (Going to get 2 months of ID sub due to these, ffs really)
  7. Hi, Writing any kind of text without knowing how long that actually is in a digital environment is really making my head spin. I'm writing a thesis now and that would become really helpful, if I knew how many characters I'm at. I've written the plain text elsewhere, but since I've started formatting the thing, I'm adding and reducing stuff in Publisher - silly me thought it would be a good idea - now I'm wasting a lot of time to copy and paste.:( Could it be added as a feature request? I haven't seen anyone replying from Serif. @MEB? A total count would be really nice to have (sentences, words, characters with or w/o spaces), ideally I imagine a small interface with all the text styles, where you can tick a checkbox to include a certain style in the count or not (similar to the TOC interface).
  8. I'm glad those days are over. There are numerous other companies engaging with their users on their respective forums in a constructive and prospering way. scroll back a few pages - "ridiculous claims" about this "pet feature", or that they "don't give a [ fill in your favorite catchphrase ] what people have on their wish lists and cry and moan about", etc. - this thread is more than 5 years old. it had been explained by numerous people very patiently, that restructuring external documents to apply designer's own logic to it is basically impossible as of today, no one finds it feasible to manually select objects and regroup/join/do whatever with them, it is a barrier that prevents me from using designer on a daily basis, which is a shame, because I really like the other members of the suite. but I feel like a broken record... I don't know what to say about the meaningless "+1" comments, I also feel they don't add value (and if I remember correctly the forum etiquette asks you not to do it), but I guess it's not up to me to stop them, as I'm trying to argue in a meaningful way. I think this would be one way to do it, but again, the guys at McNeel or the Corona/Chaos Group people are much more open and development is actually really fast. Serif has another way, I get it - although this "it's done when it's done" phrase is so annoying to read, but again, I feel like a broken record. about being even slower: I don't know how to interpret this, scroll back to the first post and see the date yourself. neglecting any kind of implementation a "select similar/find&replace/etc." feature for such a long time just doesn't make any sense to me, it is so basic and necessary in many (for me interpret: most, nearly all) cases... ---- I don't know what else to say.
  9. What has this thread become, oh my... I think the original purpose is really mudded at this point, with free etymology- to Adobe history classes, whereas it is pretty clear: as a decent vector drawing package, a lot of users (myself included) are either - getting the base linework from someone else (a client sends it to you, or it is provided by the government, or a consultant firm, the possibilities are endless) - are doing other stuff as a living (architects, urban planners, data scientists, etc.), and create the linework in another application(s) (CAD, BIM, GIS, etc.), which they would want to recolour, restyle, etc., to fit the branding of the project for example so we need a system to sort the often tens or hundreds of thousands of random objects to be able to apply global colours, groups, folders, <any other relevant Designer feature>, to work with them, because Designer is a good illustration software, that's why we are here at the end... Right now, this is basically impossible. Let me rephrase, so time consuming, that it is not financially/time-wise feasible. That's it. I honestly don't get why this is a "pet-feature" to anyone... ––– [~off-topic] A lot of people mentioned other use cases, other software for inspiration, e.g. I've provided another example how it is done outside the Adobe ecosystem (ARCHICAD) in an extremely robust and simple way, to illustrate that it is the idea of doing batch selections for sorting that matters. If Serif comes up with a unique system, I'm all happy. Not having anything is really sad and extremely counter-productive on the other hand. What I find sad too, is the indefinite state they let the users in. In two weeks we could grab a beer and celebrate the 5th anniversary of this thread. Still, the moderator only can say what he did when Publisher was pushed back again and again and again and again and...: it's done when it's done. As others, I'm in the construction industry too, where scope, budget, and deadline are fixed things. I also do scripts for automation and custom objects for our workflow, so I think I have a vague understanding how software development differs in these terms (scope, budget, deadline). What I don't understand is the lack of transparency - we can debate about this later, whether it is the appropriate phrasing of my thoughts in English, but it a simple question: is this/a similar feature or a set of features coming that fulfil the initial request , or not? It's binary to me: yes/no. No? Fine, I won't bother this thread anymore, and continue using Photo and Publisher. I get, that you won't give us further information, you've made that clear thousands of times, but not answering a simple yes/no to these ones are just getting ridiculous at this point. To me two good examples of how to manage expectations and requests are McNeel with the Rhino forum (I can see a few user names from Discourse here, they can agree/disagree) and the Corona dev team (former Render Legion, now Chaos I think). The Corona development has an open Trello roadmap here for example: https://trello.com/b/dgI8vjDb/corona-road-map-cinema-4d I find both situation really-really comforting, knowing that they do listen (yeah, there are issues there too, of course). As someone who bought the complete suite, I honestly don't like the way Serif treats user requests (specifically this one), but that's my problem I guess, which I can manage. What I consider disturbing on the other hand is the hostility of the "100% satisfied" users towards this very reasonable request and the people voicing their concerns. –––
  10. Hi MEB, Thanks for the feedback. The global colours were mixed into this discussion by others in the previous replies. I don't expect anything at this point regarding this feature – this thread has been going on for multiple years without any concrete promises, which renders it clear to me, that I'm not in your primary audience, which is acceptable to me, as I do my drawings elsewhere primarily. I had similar feelings with this thread as I had with the ones prior to Affinity Publisher's release – there was no clear communication to the release dates, those being pushed over and over, nor is it clear to me, that anything will happen soon: yes, it could be certain, that Designer 21.3 will have some feature that makes it possible to do something similar than the "select same". That's something I expect to hear from our politicians. Jokes aside, sorry. I think there had been mentions about the way the Corona development is happening: they have a very clear Trello timeline about the expected deadlines and features to be implemented: https://trello.com/b/dgI8vjDb/corona-road-map-cinema-4d I know it is a different field with a different scope, but to answer your question, I would expect something like this. Right now you offer insight in the form of this thread: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/842-affinity-designer-feature-roadmap/ I understand that you have other priorities, and I am in no position to expect you to change this. I am working in a completely different field, where the promised scope and the expected deadline come hand in hand, not in the form of "it's done when it's done", even if it comes to maintaining support. Another perspective of mine on this: if someone would be in the need of cleaning up externally created drawings, he/she would instantly see the desperate need for this feature, where this could save ridiculous amounts of work. I work with a lot of software on a daily basis, for a ~seamless workflow I am using some kind of built-in selection tools, Designer being left outside the circle for this reason. Anything else basically has a workaround, or Designer is more than capable of doing, making other files workable is not doable with the time constraints I usually have. But we are talking almost half a decade gone since the initial wish. With this in mind, I flip your question: I don't know what else do you expect from your users in this thread. edit: grammar
  11. Jesus Christ, this has evolved one of the most commented topics in the "Suggestions for Affinity Designer on Desktop" subforum. This has been 4,5 years since the initial post, this is kind of infuriating: I don't know about the compound of your user base, but I hardly can imagine, that all of them would be solely graphic designers. I myself is an architect, which is very related to drawing stuff, but Affinity Designer is not my main tool, but I have it to complement my workflow, to make competition drawings fancier, to clean things up, etc. But I cannot do this, because after importing such PDFs/SVGs (ehm, DWG support?), it takes an insane amount of time to order things to a managable manner: in Illustrator, we had the "select same" options. I will go further: this is the "standard" of the selection process to me, this is a screenshot of ARCHICAD. I'm not going to expect this to happen, because this software is over 30 years old now and costs a few magnitude more than any of your products: But to confuse the need for such things with global colours show, that not even the user base has the proper idea why this is important. Yes, if I create documents from scratch, I can use them, but lets say I have a masterplan with tens of thousands of lines, where colour, linetype, thickness can be the differentiating thing, please don't expect me to manually select all the "dashed red hairlines" in my file, because that's just not cutting it. Speaking of cutting: I guess some other out there is dealing with laser cutting from time to time, where the intensity and the speed can be controlled with colours with many machines. If I have a file (again, created in an external source), I would like to recolour everything to the necessary colours. The use cases of this feature would not be "in-the-application" workflow, rather "to-the-application" workflow, when you don't have an illustration set up in Designer's terms. Right now, it is painstakingly manual. To sum it up, there is a plenty of people out there willing to support this company, because Adobe is not feasible for them. Many of these are supposedly not graphic designers. If you are not going to implement features, that are important for them, it is completely fine with me, but the lack of meaningful feedback makes people fed up. It seems to me, that there is a tendency for me to find features that are not "artistic" and has no love on the development side. I understand that you are developing a fairly new set of products, which has unforeseen delays and complications, but what I miss is the feedback. Right now there are no input from the development here, if someone would explain the situation why its not yet done, why it won't be done, what are the more important things, focus areas for you, then it is fine. But that is by far not the case!
  12. Yes, numerical input for curves should be implemented in my opinion too.
  13. Since the most requested (based on the reply count) are technical illustration related, it would be awesome to have an official response on all of them, whether we can expect Designer to strengthen this side as well in the future. To be honest, although I've bought Designer for both macOS and iOS, they are mainly collecting the dust on my virtual shelf, because it is just that pain in the [ Β° ] when it comes to dealing with technical drawings – which is basically 90% of my time during any chosen workday. The time required to organise my document to a workable manner (sorting through tens of thousands of different lines, fills, etc.) is not really worth to me. I hope though, that this will change in the foreseeable future, if not, please be clear about it.
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