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  1. nezumi

    Crop in original shape

    Imagine that LOT of people is using Affinity for many more things then working on photos... Just like Photoshop. For example I am using Photo to work on post-pro for 3D renders and also making lot for packaging for printing. Just because there is "Photo" in the name it doesn't mean that its use is limited to working on photos (sorry for being Captain Obvious here...). Just to put it out there, so you see that pleasing people like you would be displeasing people like me (not easy to please everybody). It would be massive pain in the butt for me if default would become "original ratio", as I am NEVER using it. We all have different needs. Solution would be fairly easy conceptually - no idea how hard it would be to implement. There could be setting that we could save our own, preferred, default behavior. That would make everybody happy.
  2. Before anything - I don't want to start any forum war, start any prolonged discussion about how software X or software Y is better then the other, I also don't want to accuse devs of not doing enough or anything negative... I also didn't wanted to hijack somebody's thread so I decided to make new topic. With that out of the way... It is a simple question - should we expect any NEW, major/minor features from 1.8.0 final or it meant to be mainly bugfix release? I am fine either way, I know sometimes it is necessary for better future development. Just wondering. I dont want to know what features either - unless you want to tease me some .
  3. nezumi

    1.8.0 - bugfix release?

    Absolutely! Ow wait... No, that was Illustrator... You guys are doing fantastic job! Thank you!
  4. nezumi

    1.8.0 - bugfix release?

    Yeah thanks man, I am a bit cranky, havent sleep for way too long.
  5. nezumi

    1.8.0 - bugfix release?

    I didn't asked for opinion about importance of new features over the bug fixing, did I? I have provided long explanation about how I DONT want that even. It was a simple question. Yet here we are...
  6. I honestly missed the message. Sorry.
  7. I tell you what I bet Adobe illustrator still CANT do. Simple bloody inner shadow. I haven't used AI for 3 years now but I would bet my money on it, that this "industry standard", full PRO, Adobe Illustrator still have to fake simple inner shadow with black glow and no direction. No problem in Designer though, out of the box. Sometimes Adobe users have to look for workarounds to make something absolutely basic. And as we were said here by the long time professional - workarounds are for amateurs and hobbyists, right?
  8. Yeah maybe difference here is that I don't work for a man, I work for myself. Being part of massive corpo works differently - you are doing as you are told for a salary. Of course you have bloody hourly rate there - its a factory. McDonalds has thousands of employees too - very professional setup may I add.
  9. Of course it does. Mainly to estimate a deadline. But it would be absurd to charge on per-hour basis. Say logo - how long does it takes to do? I dont know. It might take a day or a week of back and forth, different versions, revisions etc. It also might be 30 minutes and I got brilliant idea (or happy accident ) that client instantly likes too. And what - I should charge for half an hour? Client is paying me to came up with idea, something that will sell his product, position him well on the market. Not for the bloody time I was pushing nodes to get clean shape. That 30 minutes can be worth few grands. I thought you were saying you're professional? Why I am talking about that basics of a business here... If you are a mechanic then maybe. You can even charge extra for making stuff faster. But this is CREATIVE business we are talking about here. Can you guarantee that idea will come to you faster if you agree on making work faster? I cant. Will you include hours that you are THINKING about the design? Then, MAYBE. "Sir, it took me 2 hours to do, and I added estimate of 15 hours I was thinking about it, mostly in the metro... Sir.. Hello?!". Good luck selling that. Here is another example. My wife is a dentist. Would you like dentist to be paid for hours? Trust me she can get rid of that tooth in 2 minutes. Or take her sweet time. You tell me what you like. Hourly rate? No problem, let me just strap you to a chair and put some loud music so screams will not bother neighbors for the next... What is your budget? 4 hours sounds fine?.. You are free to charge on per hour. People are making this funny calculators - "how much is your hour worth? Add rent, electricity bill, mouse and keyboard cost, software license, sandwich, hot chocolate, soup, divide by 7 days a week, divide by hours worked daily, multiply by 2 (so you dont get completely screwed), minus the time you were procrastinating, add income tax, consider difference between incomes in your country and clients country... TA-DAAAA! Your hour is worth $23.9992. Now go get them tiger!" Meantime me, 23 years in business amateur/hobbyist : "sir, it will be $500 and I can have it done by Friday. Maybe faster but want to be on safe side." To each his own I guess... BTW, I cant wait to see what are devs working on now You know them amateurs - they like to know whats coming to their cheap software... Am I right guys? High five!
  10. I am professional user. Of course if making a living doing visual art of different kinds for the last 23 years qualifies... Workarounds are for amateurs and hobbyists? I always thoughts these are for people who want the job done. Now "professional" is waiting till company will sort out software before he can get project done..? Well I am not a pro according to that definition... Not at all. I am quoting for the project. Working for hours is the dumbest way of quoting your work. The better you are, the quicker you make a project - the less you earn. Fantastic... I would quote for hour if I was working on assembly line in factory or standing somewhere as a guard. DEFINITELY not as an artist. Yeah, you are pro, your time is valuable, you want to make things fast and... you are charging clients per hour? That makes lot of sense. For clients. Maybe you should re-think your strategy to make it work for you too. It sure works for me. I really think there are two possible scenarios when it comes to people who cant use Affinity in their professional work. First one - people do not commit to switch. They are still doing work on PS/AI, turn on Affinity occasionally, trying few things and quickly going back to PS/AI because thats what they know. They never change their workflow, they will always be slaves to one software they know. You cant learn how to drive bicycle if you afraid of lifting legs off the ground. You need to commit - make few full projects NO MATTER WHAT, entirely on Affinity. You will never learn the new software if you just jump back to the old one at slightest problem. I started my switch to Affinity by deleting AI and PS. Then I had no choice - I had to learn. And dont give me that "oh oh, my time is so precious" excuse. Mine too - I got family to feed, I have to work every day. But I did it, so I know its not as bad. And second group - people who for whatever reason/personal preference just dont like Affinity software. They dont like shortcuts, philosophy, UI, whatever. They expect Affinity to change to accommodate them. Complaining about everything that is not exactly like THEY want it. Because they saw something in Adobe, Corel, Xara.... So they dont want new software - they want stuff to work just like they saw it somewhere or imagined it. Neither of that groups will be ever satisfied or make a switch to Affinity. You cant make the switch if you are constantly using crouches of the old software you were using and you cant make the switch if you just dislike software. I see the same when it comes to my main software - ZBrush. Some people just complain about UI FOR YEARS. They are constantly waiting for their imaginary change, a change that is not coming. They refuse to learn it as it is, but are activating their complains every new version. "UI is horrible! Still not updated!". Pointless. Here I see the same - I made a switch to Affinity as soon as it was available for Windows. Making happily all the work I did before with minor adjustments. Something that was a workaround at first became part of the workflow. And through this last three years I keep on seeing that very same complaining posts popping up every now and then. And they will keep on popping up. Because Affinity will never become carbon copy of PS/AI. Thankfully.
  11. Some of what I read here remind me somehow that client I just had. Since I moved completely to Affinity I am mostly using PDFs now. Client called me and said - I need it in AI format - But you can import PDF perfectly well to illustrator.. - No, I need it in AI format, I have a pipeline I use for years now! Please deliver AI! So I just renamed PDF extension to AI and resent the same file (yup, it does work). - You see what I mean? - client replied - now it works perfectly! You dont change proven, professional pipeline for no good reason! Yeah man, I can see that alright... Slightest change of what people used to and drama starts. Something isnt named the same, shortcut is different, format - whatever. People start to freak out, totally unable to change even trivial things. And if some option they used to is not there? Uffff Forget it - looking for workaround is completely out of question. Even if sometimes - many times - it is a non-issue and you can keep on working happily after showing tiny bit of flexibility. Most common thing: "In Adobe it is certain way and here it is different!" Yeah, so? There is more than one way skin a cat. Affinity is not a Photoshop. It can replace it but its not a Photoshop or Illustrator reskinned with different name and priced differently. It has its own strengths. I wouldn't bloody use it if it was simply cheaper but I could not work professionally on it. Thats what I do for living, I cant afford not being able to do the job. But I am and I am loving the Affinity way. Yeah you heard me - and I was using Photoshop professionally since version 4. Thats 23 years already. OK, minus last 3 because I have switched to Affinity immediately when it became available on Windows. "ow, so you are Affinity fanboy then!" I guess I am. I am loving it. Thats why I am here on Affinity forum. Meeting some Adobe fanboys. Listen sweetheart, your new girlfriend is not your ex, ok? It will never be the same. I know you miss Jenny. Maybe you should go back to her? Yeah, she was with you just for your money, but if you are happy with that... Maybe you should never try to have a new girlfriend? Because telling Lucy constantly about how good you had it with Jenny will not make things any better...
  12. I am using FastStone for years, Affinity is my main software now for work and daily I am going through hundreds of jpgs generated with it. I have never run into this.
  13. I just purchased Publisher for PC and StudioLink works amazingly good. I wonder - is it planned to have that sort of integration between just Designer and Photo? I have all 3 apps and I know I can go through menu to choose "edit in Photo" or "edit in Designer" but it would be crazy cool if we had that magic icons and could work between Photo and Designer the same way we can inside of Publisher. Is it planned at all?
  14. nezumi

    Affinity Publisher (1.7) Launch Announcement

    I tuned in in the last 5 minutes But I just re-watched whole thing. @Friksel is totally right. While Adobe is showing absolutely everything they have (which isnt much :D) and then outright lying by saying in the end "and MUCH MORE" (but there is nothing more...) Affinity actually didnt even showed all the improvements in 1.7. Person that was talking was calm, not jumping like some sort of mad orangutan, screaming all the time "isnt it AMAZING?!?!". I liked it a lot. I am much more in favor of British, calm approach to the keynote Yeah same here. I am guessing that was Publisher for iPad..? Maybe? I dont know I am not using Apple products.
  15. nezumi


    I knew something is not right... Thank you so much for looking into it. Microsoft decided its spam but didnt even put it in spam folder. apparently being part of "Microsoft Spam Fighters" program protects you from messages you WANT. Ehhh... Thanks again.
  16. Please dont take it as a complain - I am just concerned why it is. I bought Affinity products on windows launch, switched completely from Adobe, constantly promoting it everywhere I can BECAUSE I do love it and I want you guys to be successful. I am reasonably active on this forum too... My friend which also bought Photo and Designer (I convinced him to it - wheres my provision? just joking!) got about 3 emails with promos for Publisher. We both were beta testing it at some point. I didnt got a single email. Its not about promo, its more about finding out if you guys are sending these emails to everybody, to some people, did I blocked them somewhere or... OK, its about promo No, for real, I wish to know why I am not getting any emails from Affinity. As far as I know I haven't blocked you anywhere. Why would I? I love your stuff. And its about promo I dont need Publisher but I will get it anyways to show my support. Funny - I am writing all that to get you to send me emails. Usually its a pain to get companies stop doing it.
  17. For fonts management I advice you to use dedicated software like NexusFont or FontBase. Both free and offering much more then you will ever see inside of design software (which would be really just bloating it). Whats best in these managers - you don't have to install fonts in system - as long as the font manager is running system sees them as installed. So you dont bloat your system by installing hundreds of fonts, you can keep everything tidy and organized. Both are working great with Affinity.
  18. Theres so many new things added that all I wish for 1.7 is to be out of Beta. There will be plenty of time for new things before we hit 2.0.
  19. Yeah I will just leave a comment so you guys know, that people are interested in that feature I definitely am.
  20. I was only Linux user for a brief time. I used Mint because at the time Krita was only on Linux and I really loved it (still do, but now I have native Windows version of it). On one hand I think MAYBE Linux version would give Affinity yet another edge over Adobe, just like it did with i-pad version. Adobe was doing nothing and then when they saw Affinity on ipad all of sudden they "announced" Photoshop coming soon (Why I dislike Adobe so much? I was using their software since version 4 but at some point I got tired of their corporate BS and lack of interest in users...). Anyways - thats definitely a plus. On the flip side though I have seen some weird and borderline fanatic behavior of Linux users. It is good to be passionate, but sometimes it went into "cuckoo" territory too much. Hating on every not supported hardware, driver, library or anything really that is not completely open was happening way too often. I remember when game Witcher 2 was ported to Linux (to be fair it wasnt a good port initially). Instead of working with developers in a civil manner Linux community behaved like some sort of wild tribe hating on devs so much that after fixing Witcher 2 they decided not to go through with porting third part of the game at all... Now, you may be personally offended by such classification, you may be the "good", "serious", "reasonable" Linux user. Not part of that "tribe". Safe to say however that Linux community is hard to please - to put it mildly. Finally the biggest problem I see in developing for Linux is that absolute devotion to Open Source and so called "alternatives". I myself am using Blender, Krita, Inkscape (at least until Designer gets bitmap tracing :D) and few more open source projects. But I am not fanatically against using PAID, CLOSED software. Many Linux users I have met are dedicated to use only whats open, to the point that you cant reason with them. They will rather choose being unable to do something over using closed, paid software. And certainly Linux crowd isn't fast to spent money on purchasing software... That surely doesn't apply to ALL Linux users - but I wonder is there ENOUGH of those who are willing to pay for Affinity on Linux. Because I want Affinity to grow and as much as I would like to see Linux support I would hate to see if that backfired hurting Affinity as company. It is a though decision and question is if its all worth it.
  21. Yeah, I guess so. If I had to point out single feature of Affinity software that makes it different from whatever is out there would be that unmatched integration. Really astonishing level of it. Also - things like pixel persona in designer. Such a time saver. No need to jump to other software for some simple bitmap manipulation. Or something like this - do people even see difference in file sizes? I just made the test. SAME vector drawing, one color, same size. Saved as default settings AI file from Illustrator takes 2.10MB of disk space. Saved from Affinity Designer - 417KB. MASSIVE difference. And that's just quick, small sample. Size difference is giant when you have real work, multi-page, big files to deal with. Make your own tests - you'll see. I don't even know how guys at Affinity achieve it. So many things that Affinity deserves to be praised for man, but people are more likely to just look at some colorful Adobe presentation where pretty lady is saying "OH, thats AMAZING, right?!" on the scene... Ehhh... Pros...
  22. @Friksel I am PROFESSIONAL. I am making living designing since Photoshop 3 or 4 came out (I don't really remember exactly). And I moved from PS to Affinity completely, working on it daily. What kind of PROFESSIONAL cant deal with some minor bugs? (what exactly is the deal with "not working outline/stroke? Because I am using it all the time so I didnt noticed :P). When I was using PS many times updates introduced bugs that were far worse. I still remember the time when I could not write any damn text in Photoshop for a FEW MONTHS because "leading industry standard" Adobe f...ed up and didn't fixed text tool till next update. Did you even read the changes in 1.7? Its a LOT of work, massive improvements. Do you realize level of integration between Affinity software as compared to Adobe software? Cant you see that whatever is fixed in one software is also fixed/added to the other? Go on, open Illustrator file in Photoshop and you will have half of it rasterized to hell. Do the same with Designer file in Photo. Hard to spot a difference. In fact once I didnt and I kept working in Photo, being surprised I cant find tools that were in Designer How you dont appreciate this is beyond me. Frankly the more I read your post the more disgusted I am. Maybe you cant design and that's the problem? Maybe you need to be fed with pre-chewed, colorful gimmicks Adobe is serving. I would happily admit if Affinity team was doing nothing and I was getting a bit worry when for extended time I haven't seen any betas. But after what we saw is being made with 1.7 saying that they dont do enough is simply stupid. Yes I said that. I displaced somewhere my "Politically Correct Dictionary", so bear with me. I just... Once again I don't know how people working at Affinity keep their cool reading what people like "ow-so-big-PRO-Friksel" writes. For crying out loud, we are talking about version 1.6 maybe 1.7 if you count beta of software. Photoshop is at release number 20 (!) now. Give it TIME, mr PRO. Use your PRO head instead of getting all dramatic. Nobody is BETRAYING you (maybe apart from common sense that seems to be on vacation judging by your outrage). You had betas, you had trials, you knew what you are purchasing. If for some reason you cant use it, you feel like it isnt enough for your PRO needs then look for something else. Probably great Photoshop with ultra useful 3D printing, fantastic movie editing and deep fried cloud integration (the best part, right? So PRO) will do. Or maybe you are not enough PROFESSIONAL and instead of playing with ideas you want software with magic button. What a guy.. -------- I am sorry Affinity and community if my post sounds hostile. It isn't half as hostile as original, but tried to keep my nerves in line . I am not good at passive-aggressive I suppose. The "passive" part specifically. But I have the same condition George Carlin suffered from - I was diagnosed with "very low tolerance level for stupid BS". So forgive me. Cant react differently when I read what those folks at Affinity were busy with (when reading 1.7 changes list) and then I hear some pRO whining that too little is being done... -____- Feel free to delete that post if it is breaking any rules of modern, delicate human interaction. I missed the briefing of what is considered offensive this week. I was on sick leave this day.
  23. I noticed the beta of 1.7 is out for Mac :O Any idea about how far is the PC beta of 1.7? I am really excited. Really great changes for what I can read there!
  24. nezumi

    Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.6.5

    Yeah, real time blend mode preview is awesome. Just like the one we have in Affinity for a long time now Voice interactions? Another gimmick like 3D and movie editing in Photoshop. Adobe keeps on bloating their software with nonsense. I dont want to talk to computer when I am working. Adobe Xd is completely different software then Designer... Its for UI design. Theres a reason why it is separate software from Illustrator. Can Designer use some new features? Sure. And I am sure it will. Should it be bloated with BS like voice commands? No, thank you. For freaking EVER I had to go through loops and hoops to make inner shadow in illustrator. Such a simple thing. I ditched Illustrator for Designer and I rarely miss a thing. I have created crazy huge, multi-page documents in Designer - in Illustrator I could not even dream about it. Adobe now is like Apple - they will present some simple feature in the way you will think they just reinvented and improved wheel. The best proof of this is that you are impressed by real time blend mode preview that Affinity had for a long time. But Adobe sells that to you with a fantastic presentation and you think it is something new. I just watched "whats new in Photoshop 2019" video to see if there is something that could much improve my workflow over Affinity Photo. The only features I would like to see in Photo are symmetry (took Adobe like 20+ years to get there too...) and slightly improved content aware fill. Thats it. Same for Illustrator that has historically very poor updates. Whats new? Nice, freehand gradients, ok. Whats more? Ow look, global edits! fantastic! Its basically symbols from Affinity Designer. Another thing Adobe added now that you had already but they are selling it to you like Steve Jobs was selling Amazingness I am not saying Affinity is perfect but after over 20 years of work on Adobe software I see through their BS and I am not paying them monthly to get gimmicks or something I have in Designer.
  25. Just found that thread when looking for an option to change that default behavior. It is not the end of the world, I am using Affinity for a quite long time now so I used to double click on zoom tool, but most definitely it would be better if I had not have to do it each time I am using something smaller. Minor annoyance.

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