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  1. Serif always said Affinity Designer would have free updates for two years. It's been three now... I want to give them my money! That said, I understand it's an enormous task to create an entire suite of three professional design applications, even more to do so in a fraction of the time it took Adobe to develop modern versions of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I'm just looking forward to Publisher's release so Serif will have a fresh influx of cash and can hire up more developers to keep Designer going!
  2. Clayton

    Gradient Mesh

    I have to agree on gradient meshes. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I used the gradient mesh tool in Illustrator. It was one of those features that always seemed like it would be really powerful, but in practice was always too hard to get looking just right. Illustrator's new freeform gradient tool looks like a big step up, but honestly, I think Affinity Designer still needs to walk before it runs. Fancy gradients are good headline grabbers, but there are other, more basic tools like blend / live repeat, scatter brushes, and vector/pattern strokes that Illustrator has had for over twenty years and Affinity Designer is heading into its fourth without.
  3. To reproduce: Create a picture frame Place an image Set the frame scaling properties to "none" Resize the image inside the frame Resize the frame Expected behavior: Placed image retains size and position Observed behavior: Placed image resets to original size and position
  4. I've just encountered what appears to be a pretty major compatibility bug between Affinity Photo for iPad and Affinity Photo for MacOS/Windows. I created an illustration on the iPad, and then sent the file to a collaborator on Windows. He said the file looked completely different from the comps I'd been sending, and when I loaded the file in Affinity Photo for MacOS, I saw what he was talking about: the way I had used alpha masks had completely changed. As best I can tell, the iPad version fades mask transparency against opaque, while the desktop versions fade against transparent!
  5. Hi Sean, I tried messaging you a link to the file, but it said you can't currently receive messages. The file is RGB.
  6. This is one of those things that sounds boring, but is absolutely huge for day-to-day workflow. When I saw the feature list for 1.7 my first reaction was "aw man, my pet feature still isn't there?" but then I saw the videos and quickly changed my tune to "no, this is definitely more important!"
  7. The addition of the recent fonts at the top of the font list in Affinity Designer 1.4 is great when you have just a couple of fonts you're using for a project and you need to switch between them. However, I've found it gets in the way when I'm in the early phase of choosing fonts to use. If I'm auditioning fonts, going through my font collection methodically, I lose my place each time I select something new. I can't use the keyboard to jump back by typing the font name either, because it jumps to the recents at the top. A potential solution would be to always start back at the current font's position in the list instead of in the recents, since it's much easier to scroll to the top than to find your place again. And all things considered, the recent font menu may be something of a stopgap anyway until Designer gets text styles via Affinity Publisher.
  8. Clayton

    Font family and weight display issue

    I've been having the issue with several other font families, including a very popular one, Roboto (Google's type system that is the UI font for Android). You can download Roboto here: https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Roboto
  9. Inset Path would be great, but I think an even better (and more Affinity-like) feature would be a live version of it that you can apply like a stroke. That plus a somewhat less-messy Expand Stroke would fill a lot of needs, I think.
  10. There's a very specific combination of factors that causes this, but I verified in Illustrator that it's not just the font. I'm using the commercial font family Reatime, which is a monospaced font with an OpenType stylistic set that is proportionally-spaced. When the stylistic set is enabled in a text frame, certain combinations of letters (it seems random, but is replicable) result in a space wrapping to the next line, thus indenting the text on the new line. I can send a copy of the font for testing purposes to any of the developers.
  11. This is another oft-overlooked but important one for me, way ahead of fancy features like gradient fill meshes. Here's my two cents on what could be a really cool Affinity spin on the feature: Imagine, instead of just selecting the same fill or stroke, you had a slider where you could "fuzzy select" similar objects. So you move the slider up a bit, and now you get those other objects where you used a slightly different shade of blue, or the ones that have a 1.85 point stroke instead of just the 1.5 point stroke on your selected object.
  12. Oh man, I just had the BEST IDEA for feathering. :) Don't make it an effect from the effects modal, but instead, make it an actual tool and base it on how the corner tool works. You select a node (or multiple nodes, or the whole object) and drag out an inset from those nodes, just like the corner tool... but instead of rounding the corner, it creates a feathered edge based on the distance you dragged from the node. So you can feather different nodes in different amounts for anything from realistic shadows to detailed shading. Maybe the tool could also work on segments, so you could have things like sharp transitions from a feathered edge to a hard edge. Honestly, I think this could push the need for a mesh fill tool way out there, maybe even replacing it. Especially with the edge functionality!
  13. There are a few threads in the beta forum about the decision to make artboard control a tool in a group with the general selection tool. While it works fine (and you can at least customize the toolbar to put a copy of the tool outside the group), I'm hoping the team revisits some of the thoughts around it in the future. And don't get me wrong, these minor UI quibbles do not at all dampen my enthusiasm for having artboards in Affinity Designer. :)
  14. It seems like this could be accomplished nicely as part of a symbols system. Create a symbol, rotate several copies around a corner point, and then edit the master (in context). This could benefit especially from one of my wishlist items for AD's future symbol handling: Snapping to geometry inside instances (most apps treat them like they treat bitmaps).
  15. These tools would be amazing. Tangent snapping alone would be incredible for a wide range of applications from logo design to scientific illustration, not just isometric technical illustration.
  16. What you're describing here is more of a competitor to Adobe Bridge than to Lightroom. Which is all well and good, but there's a reason Lightroom is a separate product, whereas Bridge is just bundled with Creative Suite / Cloud. I think this just speaks to different ways we use the software, but I can say definitively that LR's editing tools are about way more than just batch editing. There is actually overlap between LR and Photoshop, in that the develop section of LR is essentially Photoshop's Adobe Camera Raw importer in a different UI (and the different context of live, nondestructive developing versus developing once and creating a new PSD). In that light, I think it would make perfect sense if Serif's LR competitor had a similar develop persona to AP, just with different, workflow-related personas around it (such as "organize" and "publish" personas).
  17. I'm not too familiar with Affinity Photo, but my understanding is that to use the develop persona by itself, you still need to create a new .afphoto file. If I'm wrong, and the develop persona can just save to metadata, well... Maybe I'm not fundamentally against requiring a roundtrip to AP then. :) Still, I would disagree that Lightroom is just "storage with some editing tacked on." LR's develop tools are incredibly powerful, and I think what I'd most like to see is for Serif's new app to leverage AP's RAW tools in an integrated way.
  18. I would actually fundamentally disagree with this. What I love about Lightroom is that it's not Photoshop, that it has only the "photo development" tools I need, and that everything is non-destructuve. I tweak the majority of the photos I keep, and a major benefit of Lightroom's develop workflow is that you're always working with the original RAW file – each adjusted version is just a few kilobytes of metadata rather than another 10MB copy of the original. And that's to say nothing of not having all the layers and tools in the way when you just want to work on tonal and optical adjustments. Put another way, Photoshop and Affinity Photo are photo-illustration tools, while Lightroom is a photography tool. My hope is that Serif's DAM leans solidly in the photography direction.
  19. Speaking of hunting for layers in the layer panel: One small feature that would make working with complex documents much easier is the option to auto-scroll to the selected object. There are probably times when you don't want to lose your place in the list, and thus this might make a better toggle within the panel as opposed to a global application preference, but however it might be implemented, it's definitely on my wishlist!
  20. Clayton

    transform each

    I think there's an opportunity for Serif to improve a lot on Adobe's implementation of this feature. I wonder, rather than have a menu option with a modal, could this be integrated into the transform panel itself?
  21. Steps to reproduce: Create a line of text using the font FenoType Journey Open the Typography inspector Expected result: Font contains swash, stylistic alternates, and titling alternates (accessible in Illustrator)Observed result: No swash, stylistic alternates, or titling alternates options are shown in the typography pane I can send you a copy of the font for testing if you'd like.
  22. Just tried these fonts in the latest AD beta, and all the OpenType features work perfectly!
  23. Hi MEB - Email is sent. I found a second font that was exhibiting the same behavior, so I sent that along as well. A_B_C, I agree about the new panel in the beta. I think I'd like to see a second row (that can maybe be hidden?) with swash, stylistic alternates, and titling. The complete Typography inspector is nice to be able to see all the less-common features that may be available for a font, but for experimenting with individual characters, buttons in the character panel are much nicer for quick toggling.
  24. Long-term, I hope this is something Serif gets into, but for now, I'm pretty happy with Lightroom. Given that it's a much newer Adobe product, it has a more modern codebase and UI paradigm, and there are also still somewhat significant improvements in each new version. All that said, Adobe doesn't have a fire lit under them anymore with Apple dropping Aperture, so we'll see if LR starts to stagnate or become a subscription-only product. And even if it does neither, I have no doubt Serif would do some pretty cool things with the DAM / nondestructive photo developer concept.
  25. Clayton

    Huge CPU usage

    Just a few minutes ago, I noticed my MacBook Pro was getting really hot in my lap, and was quite surprised to see in Activity Monitor that Affinity Designer was at 100% CPU usage... in the background! :o The entire document was just two bitmap images that I had pasted in from the clipboard, one set to 50% opacity. Out of curiosity, I deleted them both, and Designer dropped its CPU usage back down.
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