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  1. While not ideal, these changes that temporarily break software or your workflow tend to happen everywhere, not only in Linux. Apple on MacOS broke a lot of perfectly good programs with their yet another shift to different architecture and not supporting OpenGL anymore. And Microsoft slowly makes Windows a nightmare for any serious professional work. Sure, the programs are running on it fine but the OS is spying on you, forces you to update even if it breaks things and MS can change anything with the next coming update. You never know what is going to happen. This is in my opinion a horrible working environment. It is not your computer anymore. A lot of people deal with it only because of software compatibility, there is no alternative for certain software or games. Linux is definitely not perfect (and I myself criticize a lot of things about it) but this issue with Wayland is hardly a typical "problem with Linux". This is a problem with almost every OS or technology at one point. What surprises me a bit is the hostility from quite a few users against the Linux port. I get it, if you don't use Linux you don't want Serif "wasting" money on the development. But I still think Linux port would be beneficial even for you in the long run. Windows is probably on its way to become full-on Software-As-A-Service with all of the bad things that it brings. Lots of users are here because they got fed up with Adobe's SAAS model. When and if Windows becomes exactly that, what are you going to do? Wouldn't you be glad for an Affinity Linux port (already being developed and ready to go)?
  2. Please no another software tied to Steam. I appreciate what Valve is doing for Linux and I have bought a few games and a software from their store. But I still prefer a software that doesn't require regular online check. Standalone and independent (on any app store) programs are best.
  3. It is simple. Windows 10 is privacy and user control nightmare. Appart from 24/7 spying (and no, it is not "telemetry", it is just plain spying/surveillance), someone else (read MSFT) can remotely control anything on your computer, change or force some settings and updates, install, unistall whatever they want. You are no longer in control of your computer and your data. For some people this is unacceptable and they will not put up with that. Not sure why some people are surprised by this backlash or even mocking it. Windows 7 was good. I agree with that. At least until they started with the "telemetry" updates.
  4. Count my vote in for the whole Wine thing. If Serif helped to ensure that their products ran on Wine (without any show stoppers) it would be a great gesture and they could sell more licenses. I don't know how difficult it would be and how much money and resources it would take but I imagine it would be much easier than making a native Linux port. They could test the waters this way. For example there is a "one man band" developer of the Windows NURBS modeling package named MOI (Moment of Inspiration) and he is always making sure his program works on Wine. Another example is Photoline - very small team and they also support Wine installation. It always makes the company likeable in my eyes and I want to do business with them even more. It is not just cold harsh calculated business. Doing a little bit extra for people (even for a minority) can go a long way. Another reason why to write software for free(dom) OSes could be ideological and pragmatic at the same time. I wonder if the Serif developers and owners themself want to be stuck on a spyware and surveillance riddled OS forever (Windows 10)? I guess they use mainly Macs but unfortunately Mac OS is slowly becoming surveillance OS too ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2lJNQn3NA ), especially now with their own new M1 chips (much worse than Intel ME and AMD PSP). That being said I don't want to preach anything to anyone and respect everyone's choice of OS. Sometimes I just wonder what would it really take for the majority of people to get upset and kick those spying OSes out of their machines. Maybe if Microsoft moves to a rental-only model and Apple builds an always-on camera into their displays ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm9JIojVvRg ) :). Somehow I doubt it. Of course I expect at least next five comments to contain the phrase "tin foil" :).
  5. Hi, maybe these workarounds could help a bit untill this area of a program gets improved (hopefully): https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/51458-affdes-lockunlock-workarounds-and-tips/
  6. This is just a small tip/warning but it took me a while to figure out what was going on. Since Designer has the Pixel persona one has to be aware that there is the second type of selection - the pixel selection. The first type is obviously the object selection (selection box). If you are working with both types of selections (switching to Pixel persona and back) at one point you may forget to clear the pixel selection (deselect) or you may create the pixel selection accidentaly. And that might cause problems/confusion later on. This happened to me: While in Draw persona I selected a pixel object and noticed that the selection (bounding) box is completely off the object and has a different size: I thought that it had to be some kind of a bug. It took me a while to figure out that it is in fact a forgotten (or accidental) pixel selection. So ultimately Ctrl + d solved this issue. So if something is off with your object selection box or you get any sort of weird behavior alway try Ctrl + d. Maybe this is too obvious but you never know... Anyway I just wanted to share this.
  7. Hi MEB, thanks for the reply. Yeah, it looks like the info about the Pen tool feature is mixed up with info about the Node tool. Thanks for logging it. Recreating the node handles using the Pen tool while holding Shift can be a feasible workaround until (and if) we get something like angle snapping for handles in the future.
  8. Aff. Designer 1.6.4.104 According to the manual I should be able to select a node (via the Node tool) on an already drawn curve and Shift+drag the handle to constrain it to a 45deg intervals. It doesn't work. Shift+drag just slides the handle along the imaginary line defined by the original orientation of the handle. From the manual Drawing curves and shapes > Edit curves and shapes: Is this supposed to work at all? Maybe I just misunderstood the info in the manual. Or is it indeed worded incorrectly? Maybe it should read "The Shift key constrains the node to 45 degree intervals". Then it would make sense.
  9. Thanks a lot, Gabe. I don't understand why it is like that (I would expect the artboard presets to be independent on document resolution) but at least I know how to work around that now. On the other hand it's not a big deal at all. I am planning on doing my own artboard presets anyway (including "CSS pixel resolution").
  10. Aff. Designer 1.6.4.104 Windows Hi, I am confused by the resolutions of the artboard presets. For example why is iPhone 5's artboard size 426.67px x 757.33px? Hardware resolution of the iPhone 5 is 640px x 1136px and "CSS resolution" is 320px x 568px. The size values of the artboard preset are not even whole numbers. Maybe I am missing some crucial information/knowledge here. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.
  11. I agree. This is one of the basic features that I really miss and makes the Designer incomplete (at least for me). I have been waiting for any sign that this feature is being actively developed (or even considered) for a long time. I know they had this feature in early versions but decided to remove it because they were not satisfied with the results. I guess it is in limbo right now. No mention in a roadmap. If any Serif developer is reading this could you please update us on this? Is it silently being worked on? Is the work on this being considered? Or is it completely in limbo? Thank you.
  12. I also would like to see a scripting support. In my opinion a real professional software should support at the very least scripting and ideally plug-ins/addons. I often keep coming across problems/annoyances that could be solved by scripting. Macros are extremely limited. I also vote for python.
  13. I agree. It is even more important considering the programs have no proper scripting support.
  14. Hi Nezumi, if I understand you correctly you want to make a marquee selection on a layer and than crop it. This is my workaround: 1. Make a marquee selection * 2. Invert the selection 3. Delete the selected pixels 4. Deselect I have created a macro (named Crop Layer) from these steps and have it in my Library so I can quickly get to it: * Warning: don't resize the selection once you make it because of this bug (still not fixed ): https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/37131-aff-photo-transforming-a-selection-causes-it-to-have-soft-edges/
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