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  1. On 3/3/2020 at 9:38 PM, AndyQ said:

    Corel's attitude to customers has bothered me for a long time, and the move towards subscription was the final straw. I had a last chance to upgrade to the latest version at an affordable price but then you're on the train and committed to regular upgrades regardless of how useless (or buggy) they are.  I made the decision to drop CorelDraw, which wasn't easy as I've been using it since the first version, albeit very rarely. The old voluntary upgrade model that the software industry grew up on was  the best system for consumers, of that I have no doubt. If a company wanted to earn income they needed to offer an upgrade that people wanted to buy...that (and wide competition) is what drove decades of real innovation in software design. 

    Problem now is that most software is mature and less and less usefull upgrades will be implemented. Best solution for companies is the subscription model.

  2. On 11/1/2019 at 5:50 PM, garrettm30 said:

    That is an interesting discrepancy from what I am seeing on Mac Publisher 1.7.3. I do not have any autocorrect entries in mine, and I don't think any were presupplied. I wonder why the difference between Mac and Windows in this case.

    On PC I had to install a dictionary to make auto correct work. My language isn't supported out of the box.

    You also have to activate this feature.

    In order to make it work, check the box in edit-preferences-auto-correct for "replace text while typing".

    Then activate it under Text-spelling-"replace text while typing".

    My dictionary is working perfectly while typing but under preferences - auto-correct I also don't have a list like seen above.

  3. On 10/17/2019 at 10:23 PM, fde101 said:

    They also said they are not happy with the results from that engine and that it will take a fair amount of effort.

    There are other things they can do in less time that will make at least as big an impact for a large number of users, so those things are getting priority right now.

    They did say that this feature was likely to be years away, and so far that has held true.

    Implementing a feature that doesn't meet the standards is usually not a good thing.

    People will complain about the quality produced.


  4. On 10/9/2019 at 10:04 PM, Gardenia said:

    Wrap and mesh deformers please. I recently had to work on a project with deformations of a base graphic. Unfortunately I had to do it in Illustrator when I realized Affinity Designer does not have any.

    Please implement warp and mesh deformers.

    Mesh tool was allready on the roadmap. There is no roadmap on the fora anymore but they might be working on it.

  5. On 9/13/2017 at 6:57 AM, Scungio said:

    Yes, I would love to have auto trace in Designer, it is convenient to have it within the program of course. But for some people to say they won't buy AD until Serif implements auto trace seems silly and short sighted to me.


    For example, Vector Magic is always mentioned as an alternative and people turn up their noses, don't want to pay for the monthly cost of it at $7.95 or the one time purchase of $295. Okay, I get that but let us look at this with some perspective.


    I recently let my Adobe CC Illustrator plan expire. I was paying $21.19 a month. Now I am using Affinity Designer, so what do I do about auto trace? Well, I can pay for the monthly plan of $7.95 for Vector Magic.


    In the 3 years that I have owned Designer, I have paid just $40 for the program. If I had been paying for Vector Magic for the last 3 years too then the grand sum would be $326.20


    The past 3 years I have paid out $762.84 for the Adobe CC Illustrator one app plan. 


    So, you subtract the cost of Designer/Vector Magic from Adobe CC Illustrator and you end up with $436.64 in savings.


    I can use Designer, have auto tracing with Vector Magic, and have an extra $436.64 in my bank account. To me that is a great solution/alternative until Serif gets auto trace implemented.

    A professional using Vector Magic every day will make money by eliminating time and thus cost. In that respect it's not even that expensive. It is priced for pro's not for average users.

    Just like Photoshop is priced for pro's. If you make money with the tools, cost is relative.

  6. 7 hours ago, deeds said:

    Backgrounded, static drawing apps, when run fullscreen, should not be using ANY processing or GPU power. Ever.

    There's no excuse for this. The app is not dynamic, not animated, not live, not being accessed, not otherwise monitoring files, and is backgrounded, fullscreen, on a single screen setup.

    If you don't know why this is important, how this can be important, what types of workflows rely on this kind of behaviour or are otherwise disinterested in getting the most consistent performance when working, don't let any of this bother you, move along and find something pertinent to your interests and understandings.

    Don't act like you know more then a developer/designer.

    Not every workflow is the same and I don't have any problems. Either you change your workflow or deal with it.

    Not every user fault is a designer/developer flaw.

  7. On 10/3/2019 at 5:50 PM, deeds said:

    This is where the problem stems from: the inability to comprehend that someone might be using more than one app to do more than one thing, and that Affinity Designer might be part of a workflow rather than the centre of the universe. Ergo, Affinity doesn't think anyone will mind if they overuse resources whilst backgrounded. They probably can't even imagine their apps ever being backgrounded. Except to monitor the responses to their feeding photos on instagram.

    I can run 3 programs simulataniously without any problems, so?


    I can comprehend that you got a problem.

  8. On 9/25/2019 at 9:03 PM, Smee Again said:

    Perhaps the lack of a response is a sign that this is a no go. Since 90% of my work involves interactive PDF forms, I guess I'm stuck with PagePlus until I find another solution.

    That's strike 2.

    Strike 1 was no support for exporting epubs.

    Anyone know of a solution other than the two aforementioned programs?

    The lack of response just means they don't comment on roadmaps. 


    We'll see what's next in the 1.9 update.

    There's a lot of people demanding their features to be includes asap, so what to include next?

  9. 2 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

    It's also not unreasonable to use Publisher to set up a one- or two-panel item. It's not just for books, in my opinion, but for any project with more complex text requirements.

    It will be interesting to see if Serif brings the additional items to Designer or or whether they decide to emphasize use of Publisher for projects that include text that needs these features.

    The strength of the Affinity trinity is that you can switch from and to all the components with ease. If you need something in Publisher, you can go to publisher and visa versa.


    I know that a lot of people for instance use Coreldraw for flyers and such(small amount of pages) as it supports multipage...

  10. On 9/22/2019 at 5:57 PM, World View said:

    100$/year - too expensive to balance out a weakness in OS X.

    I wish new software versions would fix key things that don't work well instead of gadgety new "features" only geeks and nerds like to play with but nobody actually needs.

    So we get messy things like junk fonts you cannot turn off, Mac OS X having trouble building thumbnails from larger images, but we cannot remove fonts that you wouldn't use in a thousand years like all those Asian fonts, dingbat, comic sans, all those cheesy handwriting fonts...

    Not per year...It's not renting...

  11. On 9/22/2019 at 9:20 PM, Gunny said:

    I don't think the glitchy sample above looks like a pencil... ;) I suppose you mean a different brush type...?

    Designer is quite good when it comes to combining vectors and bitmaps but unfortunately it is still not robust enough in pure vector department...

    I don't need to simulate a pencil very often - I've got several different pencils on my table and they work just fine. :) Pencil simulation could be useful sometimes but the most important thing I want from a vector editor are smooth curves and smooth looking strokes because I can't create them with real pencils. Unfortunately it usually takes some parameter tweaking to make them look "right" or "real" in Designer so it slows down my work. :(


    Hope they sort it out for you real soon.

  12. On 9/22/2019 at 5:24 PM, mkz said:

    Thats just setting up a strawman, this isnt about a subjective interpretation of which application is more 'honest', this about a user expecting a reasonable consistent result. By the same logic, our glitchy broken expand strokes feature must be pretty honest too? 

    This application has had problems with consistent results when it comes to certain aspects of their vector engine for a little while now. Its an unfortunate situation that I hope gets straightened out sooner rather than later, but its been years. Fair warning.

    Consistancy and real world emulation of drawing are two different things.

    But I agree, consistant results have to be expected.


  13. 57 minutes ago, PaulEC said:

    My own feeling is that there won't be any major additions/improvements (such as Mail Merge, PDF Pass through / use of embedded fonts, footnotes & endnotes etc) until version 2.

    I'm sure Serif will deliberately keep features back so that they can justify charging for a new version. (I don't particularly blame them. They are a business and need to keep selling products.) 

    If all the desired features were included in the current release how would they persuade people to pay for a new version in the future?

    Serif stated a 2 year cycle for upgrades. 

  14. On 9/5/2019 at 4:45 AM, BSAS said:

    Starting to think I want to return all my Affinity products - it seems that every day I find what I consider to be pretty basic functionality in the Adobe Creative Suite, meanwhile I log in to InDesign again for the first time and see that they have added a few new great new features. I'm also beginning to think the Affinity is expensive - it's not much better than open source. 

    What you find in Adobe products as basic took them at least 14+ years to implement.

  15. 9 hours ago, Jowday said:

    Illustrator simulates reality; thats good and what one would expect using pen and brush simulations.

    Designer is not “honest” - It is just not as advanced.

    If i would draw with a pencil, it would look more like what Designer shows, not what Illustrator shows, it smooths the drawn lines.

    I am not saying that Designer is optimal though.

    Corel Painter 2020 is probably way beter then Photoshop/Illustrator for simulating real world media.

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