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  1. Situation: I have around 100 artboards in a single document. Each represents either a single left or right hand page, or (the majority), two-page spreads. The artboards are grouped into chapters using groups. I want to export the entire thing as a single PDF file, with separate pages, each corresponding to the artboards. I don't care too much if the chapters show up or not.You can see what it looks like in the outline in the image below. In the Export Persona, I've turned each artboard into a slice. I've set the default preset to PDF (for export), and te File Format to PDF. I've selected each slice, and set the Preset to PNG-24 and the File format to PNG. I then hit export slices, and I get each slice exported individually. I'm experimenting now with selecting the document that contains all the slices, but it is taking a very long time, and I have no feedback on what it's doing. My goal is to assemble a paginated single document to proofreaders of my graphic novel. Is what I'm currently doing going to work? How should I go about this?
  2. I have a master document with many artboards (around 100) , each of which represents a page or spread in a graphic novel. Each artboard has one document embedded in it, that represents the editable information where the page or spread is put together. This works well because the master document is relatively simple – I edit the original document that was embedded to make changes, then replace the embedded document. I have to add several thousand speech bubble to the document. I have been creating a symbol that I recreate in each subdocument, placing them, and then replace the embedded document. It occurred to me that creating one symbol in the master document would let me place speech bubbles on every page in one place. Since I often have to balance the flow of the speech in the novel, this is good because I can drag from artboard to artboard, and the symbol will remain connected to the original definition. That way if I want to make changes to transparency of the background, style of border, corner radius etc, I can do so in one place. Even though a speech bubble symbol is in a given artboard, when I double click that item and see the embedded document open up in a new tab for editing, the symbol is not part of it. Why? Even if I accept this behaviour, when I then copy a bubble in the master layout, and then go to the embedded document tab, pasting it in leaves it not in the original position, and not to the same scale as it was. This seems weird, and unhelpful. Even accepting the limits on Symbols, why can't they at least remember scale and position information when copied and pasted to another doc?
  3. I have a master document with multiple embedded docs, each on their own artboard. I use this to lay out a book. To make changes to a given embedded document, I usually open that file, make the changes, save them, and then use replace document. It would be easier to just double-click the embedded file, make changes in the embedded file window. But for various reasons, I need the changes in the orginal file. I know that AD doesn't support linking, and although that's a major oversight, I can live with it. However, if I go to the finder and open the file when the embedded file tab is open, Designer just sends me to the embedded file tab. Similarly, if in the embedded file I select show in finder, it brings me to the original file that was embedded. Either way, I have to have already opened the original embedded file to get access to it as long as the embedded file tab is open. This is not destructive – I can close the embedded file tab, open the original embedded file, then double-click the embedded file in the master file to get access to the changes, that I can then paste into the original embedded file. But it's confusing, misleading, and basically a UI and workflow pain in the ass. There are so many issues like this one that stem from half-finished features, like not linking embedded files that drag the experience of using AD down. It's a shame, especially when an increasing number are now years old. When will there be a realistic roadmap that will tell us what to expect, and not just endless fendings-off by admins in the forum?
  4. Hey everyone. I've just launched a blog that I'm using to chronicle the development of my graphic novel, Somerton Man. While I'll be showing some final finished art down the road, the purpose of the blog is to document the creation workflow process. I have a suite of tools I use, that include Photo on both Mac and iPad, and Designer. I also use Concepts, Notes, Scrivener, Sketchup, MakeHuman, Skelly.... well, there's a list. But at the centre are the Affinity suite. I'm inviting anyone interested to drop by and monitor the progress. I've got lots of good things to say about Designer, and a few criticisms, so I'm also open to ways of doing things more efficiently. There's also an FB page - working on getting that to update when the blog does. My project is about using Designer as the central hub for bringing the project together. As such, this is only partly about virtuoso technique, but it's definitely about workflow and thinking out the stages of the book. If that's of interest, I'd love to hear your ideas. Dan, Somerton Man Graphic Novel writer, artist.
  5. First, let me say that I remain in awe of the Serif products I use: Photo on Mac and iPad, and Designer on Mac. Having worked for years on Adobe products, I came to Affinity to get out from under Adobe's ridiculous subscription model. I tried several contenders but quickly Designer wiped out any impulse to go back to Illustrator – despite a lot of convenience tools that I missed, and largely still miss in Designer. It says a lot that the generally better, uncluttered and powerful UI of your products has kept me firmly out of the previous world (apart from occasional returns for specific effects that Illustrator 5 still provides). I've recently started production on a graphic novel that I've already spent 2 years developing the script and research for. Now I'm heading into drawing, and I'm staking it all on Designer and Photo on the platforms I use them on, with a few other apps like Sketchup and Concepts as parts of the workflow. That said, as I get into it, I find a lot of small workflow frustrations. The latest illustrates: My project requires a LOT of moving documents between Photo and Designer, in various configurations. So why, when I use the "Edit in Photo" option from Designer, does the document in Photo not inherit the units of the Designer document? SO FRUSTRATING. All the more so, because the option to change units that is usually suggested, Document Resize is greyed out. And of course, I'm not trying to resize the document, I just want to change its units. It took a lot of searching to find out that the best (only!) way to do this, is to select the hand tool, and use the units popup that appears in the toolbar. What has units got to do with the hand tool?? Very counterintuitive, and more to the point, hard to find the workaround. Worse, there are a number of places that you would (reasonably) expect units control to appear (like, say, Preferences, and Document Setup) that it is completely absent from. As part of the process of trying to work around this, I also found a bug that seemed to crash Designer when changing units with the Guides Manager open (reported). This indicates to me that while you obviously have a very good team of UI people there, there may be some gaps in testing, and in crash reporting. I want this to be positive, so I'll say again that the products are excellent. With my dependence on them over the next year, and as part of a project that will have consumed 3 years of my life when it's done, I am concerned that the products are in a cycle of pushing new things out, and under-resourcing fleshing out feature sets that should have been filled out long long ago. In my graphic work, I often needed the flexibility that AI's arrowhead and other line termination options provided. Grid distortion tools there are underpowered or absent in Designer, and when I look back at the feature requests, these, and things like them, have been requested consistently for years now. These requests are responded to with "yes, coming up in the next release" type responses, but we are still waiting for them. The iPad Photo is brilliant, and I understand why you would put a focus on it, but there needs to be a clear sense that you're really able to make these products better, and not just more broadly available.
  6. Designer crashed when changing units from points to mm in Document Resize with Guides Manager panel open.
  7. A modest suggestion, but would make such a huge difference: put "Lock Children" in a contextual menu when interacting with masking objects. Locking children (which took me 2 years to find) is so basic to working with masks, and even within a given operation, I sometimes have to make multiple togglings. For example: I select an existing mask object; I option drag it to duplicate, but its children are locked. I go up to the toolbar and toggle it. I undo, but that leaves a copy in the layers list (why?). I drag it to position, and then I want to widen the mask leaving the image in position, so I have to toggle again. Now I want to resize the image with the mask, and another retoggle. Making this worse are two things: if I work fullscreen with two apps, the toggle is usually hidden, so I have to click in the upper right corner, and then toggle. This also means that I have no visual indicator of the state of Lock Children. Since I can't tell, if I'm starting a new operation, like the one described above (which I do constantly as part of the graphic novel process I'm working on), I still have to take the initial trip to the top of the window, just to check the status. Even an function-key option to modify the status would be great; so would a small lock icon on the cursor when about to resize a mask… Perhaps there are already shortcuts for this; but the fact that as a heavy user of Designer and Photo (on both Mac and iOS) it took two years to find the Lock Children option is perhaps an indicator that your excellent interface could benefit from consideration of the general problem of "hidden" features…
  8. If I have a rectangle masking an image (I'm using PDFs), and then replace that image, Designer shows the image has been replaced in the layers list. However, the old image will still display. If I interact with the image (scaling or moving usually), the program will jitter between the old and new image. Sometimes it will settle on the new image, but then click back to the old one. Since the image is actually gone, this is obviously a cacheing issue – does Designer maintain a cache of images for display? I'm assuming so. Above, you can see the problem: the two masked embedded images are different, but they display as the same (as a minor bug with either Serif or Apple, the select handles don't show in the screenshot, but those are the panels). I've taken to deleting and reembedding the image, but this is really irritating: I'm generating the embedded images from another program that produces consistent sizes, so I have to laboriously resize the image, which is a pretty precise operation, and really slows my workflow down: this is a core part of what I do.
  9. found the answer: swipe to select layers. But while that's elegant, it's also completely opaque to a new user, not aligned with other interface conventions on iOS, and very unlikely to be found. I don't think it's in the documentation, but it certainly isn't in the list of titles in any manual I've seen. Disappointing.
  10. I have a number of of individual layers. On AP/AD Mac, I would Cmd-click individual layers to create non-contiguous selections of layers. But this functionality does not seem to exist on iPad. All it needs is a Command key, or an "add" mode similar to what is used in the selection brush. But when concerned with layers - for instance when aligning multiple layers, this seems to be ridiculously buried, or not included. But it's basic functionality, and I can't believe it's so difficult to find, or not included. Anyone know how to do this? Dan
  11. I am really impressed with Photo on iPad Pro, BUT, my workflow is strongly based on placing and replacing images. I can't find the context bar button – a to-come feature? Or am I missing it? Can't find any other users with this problem, so I suspect it's some place that I haven't located it.... Otherwise, it's going to get me buying an iPad Pro....
  12. well, what I'm actually doing is resuming editing between two docs, one in Photo and one in Designer, that I had started with Designer at the earlier version (I guess 1.4.x). The behaviour showed up once I upgraded. So taking what you're saying, does that indicate that they now take account of DPI that didn't get noticed before? And just as a question - can I downgrade my Designer version until the corresponding Photo version is released?
  13. I'll try the Beta, and thanks for the incredibly quick reply. I'm reading through the forums to see if other issues related to this have arisen, and what comes through loud and clear is that you guys really are at the top of the support game. Is it also possible that the Beta will restore the [edit in Photo] and [edit in Designer] features?
  14. Having just upgraded to Designer 1.5.1, and using Photo 1.4.3, as soon as I did, copy and paste no longer worked as expected. Previously, if I had two identically-sized images, copying a brush object from Designer would paste into Photo in the exact location and scale it had been in Designer. This is a great feature, and critical to what I do. After upgrading, this ability was lost. Now pasted objects appear at reduced size and in the upper left corner of a Photo canvas. If I reverse the process, and marquee select an area of the canvas in Photo, pasting it into Designer will cause it to appear enormously out of scale. I know that the underlying file format has changed, and we can no longer [edit in Photo] or [edit in Designer] (which is a huge loss) until Photo 1.5 comes out. I assume this is related, but I very much hope this behaviour will be restored very very (very) soon. Great software, but I think it's a mistake to release out-of-synch file format versions, when that interoperability is half the reason I own and use these tools...

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