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  1. You're right. I've jumped to (incorrect) conclusions. I apologise about that. Cheers Dougie
  2. You could try setting up a slack channel and ask people to join. I'm not sure there'd be much enthusiasm for it - but I could be wrong. I think this forum works well enough.
  3. All good points. I don't think for one minute that people who are purely After Effects artists, who work as part of a larger team and whose livelihood is based on AE, will change. But these aren't the only people who are using AE. I work directly with clients rather then agencies. Agencies aren't my clients. I'm collaborating with writers, camera people, sound engineers and so on. My final deliverable is the ProRes file or the MP4 (or whatever the client asks for). How I get there is up to me. There are a lot of us out there doing this and making a living. You come across as having a poor opinion of Affinity software - but you keep posting on their forum. Been there. Done that. It was fine. Quark to Indesign Final Cut pro 7 to FCPX. Freehand to Illustrator and now (sometimes) Affinity Designer Unprofessional statement. This is a public forum. If I have to deliver an AE project to a client, I will. I'm done here.
  4. I work in motion graphics and I've heard people say this. I think part of the problem comes down to the subscription model as much as anything. We all love After Effects. It's the only game in town. But your argument that there's no demand for an alternative doesn't make sense. People do change their requirements or re-asses their needs when software vendors change their business models. There ware rumours a couple of years ago that Maxon were looking at the subscription model and there was quite a lot of uproar. They have implemented this - but you can still buy C4D outright. I don't agree with your proposition that motion designers won't look at or want alternatives. My motion graphics workflow currently involves, After Effects, Motion, C4D, 3D coat, FCPX, Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity Designer and Photoscan, When something else comes along I'll look at that too. There are After Effects artists out there who are specialists in their field. Sure, they're not going to look at alternatives. But there are also motion graphics artists out there using a variety of applications to create their work. They will look at alternatives because it's not the tool that's important, it's the final, delivered piece of work that matters. There are quite a few posts on this forum requesting an After Effects alternative. There's your demand. Cheers Dougie
  5. Well, there's me for a start.
  6. What tools does the 'front integrator' have?
  7. Good question. I'd like to know this too.
  8. Oh the irony... My Wacom grip pen has just given up the ghost - after 7 years. It's working but there's a lot of travel when I press on the nib. To be honest, it's been a bit flakey for the past couple of years but I've always managed to fix/tighten it. This probably happened because I posted some advice on a forum about pens and tablets. I've sourced a replacement - coming tomorrow - so another criteria for choosing a tablet might be the availability of spare parts! Arrrrrghhhhh.
  9. My advice would be to think about buying a graphics tablet to use with your computer, not just with Affinity Designer. I have a Medium sized Wacom Intuos which I purchased about 7 years ago. Other than basic Photoshop stuff, I never used it much as I could do most things more quickly with my trusty mouse. About 5 years ago I decided to give it another go - but this time I put the mouse away and forced myself to only use the pen and tablet with everything I did on the computer. It took about three weeks of perseverance for it to start to feel natural. I've not used a mouse since. I do 2d work (Affinity and Adobe software), video work ( Final Cut Pro and After Effects) and 3d work (Cinema 4D and 3d Coat) all with the tablet - along with the usual email and browsing etc. The trick is to get your pen buttons and keyboard set up properly (Right Click, Pan and Scroll, Option key plus hover etc) and you'll eventually get muscle memory, at which point everything will feel natural and quick. I even do layout work with the pen and I know a few people who revert to the mouse when using Indesign. I also purchased a small Intuos Pen and touch tablet which I take out on the road with me as the larger one is too big to lug around. It's surprisingly good too. I can't comment on other tablet brands - but whatever you chose, buy a good one and force yourself to use it all the time. It will feel unnatural at first but eventually you'll LOVE IT. With reference to size, I have no direct experience with large size tablets however colleagues who have used them found them to be quite tiring to work with as you have to move your wrist/arm a lot more to navigate the tablet. Hope this helps Cheers Dougie
  10. douglasrthomson

    Insert artboard to selection 'clips' artwork

    Many thanks
  11. douglasrthomson

    Insert artboard to selection 'clips' artwork

    Hi MEB Thank for you reply. I start with a regular non-artboard document. Select the artwork > select artboard tool > select "Size: selection" I have Affinity installed on both my Macs and this happens on both machines. I've attached a couple of files before the artboard process and a video showing what happens. Cheers Dougie logotype.afdesign logotype vid.mp4 Shapes.afdesign
  12. Hi all Apologies if this has been covered already. I had a look but couldn't see an answer to this. I've noticed that when I insert an artboard to selected artwork, the artboard clips/crops the artwork. This has happened to a variety of artworks I've been working on recently. Because I know it's happening I know to check and adjust the artboard once it's created. It seems to clip both type and shapes. I've attached some simple examples. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? Thanks.
  13. douglasrthomson

    Affinity Video Editor?

    Yes, if you want to do VFX. No, if you want to do motion graphics.
  14. douglasrthomson

    Affinity Video Editor?

    Agree. There are lots of video editor applications out there. Complete waste of time for Serif to enter this market. I do wish Serif would consider making an alternative to After Effects though. Given that there's no alternative the After Effects (Apple Motion falls short) there's a massive market out there for a motion graphics product. Someone will eventually do it. I live in hope
  15. douglasrthomson

    Lighting effect is unuseable

    Good luck getting help with an attitude like that. A little politeness and respect goes a long way.