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  1. Thanks y'all for fixing this!! Also, I am relieved that pasted graphics' text are no longer converted to textboxes. The dark v1.8 ages seem largely over LOL Lars
  2. Hurray, thanks! I was getting close to rent Illustrator and heavy heartedly abandon Affinity over this issue...
  3. @MEB Any update on the import as artistic text vs import as textbox? The problem is still continuing to disrupt our workflows in major ways and with each week, the number of files that have textboxes where they should have artistic text increases...
  4. Hi transposable, I have started to use the 'Show alignment handles' feature in combination with Snapping (activate snapping to bounding box, midpoints, object geometry). Still not really what I would prefer but it facilitates the trivial tasks a lot. Hope this helps. Lars ScreenRecording.mov
  5. Thanks. In general, I would really love to see the align to key object function to be less cumbersome. Most scientific or technical artwork requires A LOT of alignments to key-objects. It would be nice if one could select the key object by mouse (or keyboard mouse combo), or have dedicated buttons for placement in the toolbar; the buttons behavior (align to first/last) could be set via the application preferences, I assume most people are settling for one or the other for their workflow and have no need to pick it for each alignment...
  6. In 1.8.3, the alignment to key object pop-up behavior has been changed, and has become way more tedious to use: The preferred method of alignment ('last selected' etc) now has to selected after the 'centered' etc button has been pressed FOR EVERY SINGLE ALIGNMENT. The tool does not remember the last selection. Doing a lot of key-object alignments, this totally random change has dealt another blow to my workflows.
  7. Before this change, the tool was remembering the previous selection, so one could do several consecutive alignments to key objects without having to re-select the method of choice. Now, one has to select it again for every alignment. Yet another random decision made workflows much more tedious, it drives me up the walls. If only the development efforts would have been used to make the tool easier to use, rather than more tedious.
  8. Thanks for the tip. This is how I handle the situation at the moment. It's a workaround though, and a more elegant solution would be nice. Similarly, also each computer has to have it's toolbar and workspace configured individually, and often from scratch after updates. A cloud based solution for prefs and presets would be nice to have.
  9. It would be really nice if there was a way to perform key-object alignments without having to navigate over and over trough a menubar pop-up. I would love to see either the 'align to first/last' s functions directly in the toolbar (not in a pop-up) or even better, a way to select the key object for the alignment by mouse (e.g. second click on selected object, or modifier-key click to make key) Thanks for your consideration, Lars
  10. I work on multiple computers and I have a set of symbols and swatches that I frequently use and modify. It would be nice if they would sync between different computers eg. via the Affinity folders on iCloud. Thanks, Lars
  11. Why fixing something that was not broken in the first place? Aligning to key objects make up about 70% of my alignments, and this change of behavior does not improve anything. I would have preferred it if the development efforts would have been used for an actual improvement, e.g. the ability to select a key object with the mouse, rather than having to navigate through a pop-up menu over and over again.
  12. For Mac, got to PC betas can be found here: If you read up in the respective beta fora, you will get an idea about the existing issues and fixes.
  13. Thank you all for offering information and your opinions. Well, of course I am aware of the fact that Affinity does not make the rules of the respective app stores but this said, it makes it even more important that applications are only released when they are ready for it. Unfortunately, once purchased, one is locked in that ecosystem, and Serif so far has not offered to lend a hand to get out of it (e.g. making a non-Appstore license for a legacy version available to me). I am a beta tester for many applications, in particular programs that are crucial for my research and that have a history of rolling out buggy updates. This is very time-consuming (if done right), and I do this not only to contribute to the development but also to be aware of potential shortcomings/changes of upcoming updates. Till recently, Serif has done a great job, was very responsive to user suggestions so I saw no need to get involved. Times seem to have changed, and beta testing it is.. Again, I am highly supportive of Serif (I initiated the switch to Affinity products for the whole research group after all (i.e. over 15 seats)) and I think it is important to have them around, developing great products. I also do not go on a rant over the occasional bug. Yet, I think it is important to make it known, when the development decisions and/or the quality assurance standards are not meeting the needs of the customers anymore. Cheers, L.
  14. I usually do not rant publicly but I really need to get this off my chest. Ever since Affinity Designer 1.6.x, the application is on a fast downward spiral. I do not know who is in charge of the roadmap and general decisions but at least in my case, the application is becoming less useful and more of a pain with every update. PDF export and copy/paste are broken in version 1.8 Version 1.8 secretly introduces an updated file format that cannot be read by previous versions. Every file opened and saved in 1.8 is converted to the current format and unreadable to previous version of the program. There is no option to save as legacy file format. Also, if purchased via the AppStore, there is no way to downgrade. One is stuck with the current versions. Period. The decision to import text from PDFs into oversized textboxes rather than artistic text is such a bag of hurt for our workflows, I do not even know where to start. I have started a separate thread about this On macOS: toolbar now goes right up to the top end of the window which makes it tricky to grab a window and move it around (at least if the toolbar is well populated) right-click on window/tab name does not open the path hierarchy of the file in a contextual menu as it is common for MacOS applications. It would be really nice if Affinity would give a heads-up before irreversible changes are introduced so users can make an informed decision as to whether and when they want to upgrade and to give them a chance to prevent automatic upgrades before they happen. Quality control needs to improve. The current 1.8 release is an embarrassment for SansSerif with core functionally being barely usable. Sans Serif seems a bit stretched thin at the moment. I have been using Affinity product for quite a while now and I have ordered our workgroup of about 20-30 scientists to stop using Adobe in favor of the Affinity products two yeas ago. It started very promising but it has been a rough ride the past year... Please fix these issues soon. Thanks.
  15. It also happens with copying and pastin After pasting in Preview: Screenshot in Affinity Designer:
  16. Also along the line of my severe struggling with the new treatment of the text imports: Would it at least be possible to have text boxes of a size that corresponds to the box's content, and are not ridiculously/randomly oversized? Trying to equally distribute multi panel graphs virtually impossible. Also all kinds of other alignment task (e.g. changing the text alignment) are just painful due to the oversized textboxes: Try to distribute these graphs evenly. It used to be a matter of one click...
  17. Hi guys, Just checking in on any progress on the matter. After having spent yet another 2 hours converting text boxes into artistic text and I am at the point where I am starting to consider using a different vector graphics software. An update would be great. Thanks, Lars
  18. Hi y'all, When expanding or combiningg curves or shapes, one often ends up with objects that contain multiple curves. Is there a simpler way to separate them, other than duplicating the object and deleting the unwanted nodes? Thanks, Lars
  19. I do not have the exact file any more but I have generated a different one that imports with all text as boxes. Thanks Lars PrismIssue.pdf
  20. Since one of the more recent updates, all text in imported PDFs is converted to Text boxes rather than artistic text, irrespective of the options chosen when importing the file (i.e. 'Group lines of text into text frames' checkbox deselected). While this may be a good choice for many texts, it completely screws up the workflow for (scientific) illustrations with text labels coming from other applications. Below I have illustrated the consequences of a font change by 2.8pt if everything is imported as box vs artistic text. Please fix soon, or give option to prefer artistic text over text frames for single line texts.
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