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  1. Thanks so much to everybody who replied, you all solved my maze problem. Your solution is exactly what I need and I would never have found that myself. I do appreciate your help so much. Chris
  2. Hi everyone, Please, can you give me some suggestions how to draw a pad for a maze? What I want to accomplish is drawing straight and curved paths fenced with a thin black line and in between the lines a fill (light grey). When I draw the line, both fence lines are automaticle drawn. I tried the brush tool but the result was disappointing. Also, I could not find the brush I needed. See the following image, to get an idea what I want: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cd4TH9oPEx1ZbdzgjmWuPsKxFBwnmNuX/view?usp=sharing I want the structure as in the rectangle (black parrallel lines with light grey fill) and the shape like in the brush below but without those black divisions. Any ideas or suggestions how I can accomplish that in Affinity Designer? Thank you in advance for your help. Chris
  3. I will gladly pay for the 2.0 major upgrade. I have yearly subscriptions for Construct 3, Office 365, Cyberlink and I can tell you, they cost at least double as what Serif is asking for the Affinity suite. I do not see what the 2.0 upgrade price has to do with fraud? I am wondering how much Marko Grafiko is doing for free. We paid once for the 1. version of Designer, Photo and Publisher. Serif updated regularly and we worked all those years for the price we paid long ago (depending on when you bought). Is it then too much to ask for an update fee for 2.0. I also checked out the OxygenBuilder.com you suggested. 129 USD for the basic version and in promotion 149 USD for the ultimate version. Still Serif is much cheaper because when I remembered correctly, I paid 54 euro when they were first released. Normally the OxygenBuilder.com Ultimate cost 349 USD, which you need when you are a serious website developer. So when buying the ultimate version, it will take 6 Affinity paid updates to come on that price. Marko Grafiko is very wrong here in my opinion. Speaking for myself, I am willing to pay for every update because it still will be cheaper than for a subscription. When for any reason you cannot work for a month, still your subscription keeps running. In the Serif model, you pay for what you are really using. The 2.0 upgrade will not come any time soon I think. I cannot find any mention about a coming 2.0 upgrade. The Affinity Suite is an excellent tool and you can make good money with it. So in return, let us support the Serif company to motivate them to innovate and improve on their applications. Chris
  4. Besides of the cat figures in the style menu, Designer refused to startup. Maybe the cause of Friday the 13th?
  5. I have all Affinity Revolution courses (Designer, Photo and Publisher) and I can confirm there are accompanion ebooks for Designer, Photo and Publisher. It is very good value when you buy their course bundles which is the course and ebook together. Needless to say, they deliver very high quality courses, even better than from Affinity itself. To be honest, from the moment they have a new course, I buy it without hesitation. As their customer, they regularly create new tutorials which you can watch for free. Believe me, both Ezra and Alli are very experienced and knowledgable, always willing to help you out when you get stuck. Just contact them on their website and they will help you. Chris
  6. @walt.farrell I am thinking in the same direction you stated in point 2. But as long as we cannot look into that file, there is nothing anybody can do to help okmike. Chris
  7. You are correct, losing 350 pages is a true deal-breaker. Believe me, I understand and respect your frustration. But why not uploading that file here, so that other people can take a look at it? Maybe there is someone who find the cause or maybe rescue your text, who knows? I think there is nothing to loose in doing so. Your complaint about how to use the styles in Affinity Publisher is valid, I do agree too. I also have WPS Office and it comes indeed very close to Microsoft Office. In fact it was the first Office alternative on the market and when my memory is not failing me, it is now more than 20 years on the market. Wish you all the best. Chris
  8. If you have an Office 365 account, MS Publisher is already part of it. Personally, I would not use cracked software because the risks are too high. Only the sun shines for free. You never know what is added to the cracked code. I agree with you that the organization of styles, has to be improved. The present system is very confusing. It is not clear to me if you are referring to the Cascading Style Sheets (hierachical style structure) or how the Cascading Style Sheets are organized in Publisher. I am sure we both know how those hierarchical styles work, so I assume it is the latter. You are correct, that can be very much simpler and clearer. Take a look at the included screencapture coming from Ragtime. It looks outdated while it is taken from Ragtime 6.6.6 which is the recent version. However, looking outdated, you see with one glance the overview of the styles and which style is inherrited from another style. Affinity Publisher is created with the visual designers in mind. I am sure when when we ask the people here on the forum, based on what they see in the screencapture, which system they prefer, that the majority choose the Publisher way of organizing. The reason is that most people in the design world, are visual types. So the non-visual types like you and me, have difficulty with the Publisher way but excel in the way Ragtime organize styles. Back in 1992, I was terrible with PageMaker but excelled in Quark Xpress. PageMaker was just too loose for me while, Quark Xpress with its frames, was just the perfect match for me. With my teacher, it was just the other way around, he sweared by PageMaker. The frame based working both in Publisher and Ragtime makes both of them my preferred choice. I use Publisher for publications where no calculations are necessary, Ragtime when I have to combine design with calculations or with heavy use of tables. If I were you, I would not give up on Publisher. Despite of the bugs, it is a very powerfull application even in its first incarnation. Many people here use it daily and create astonishing applications with it. Because I have an Office 365 subscription, I took a look at MS Publisher for the very first time. Within 5 minutes, I could use Master pages, creating a new style and had no problems with the organization of styles. The difference between Apub and MS Publisher is that the latter is much more mature than Apub. On the other hand, Apub despite in its 1. version has already much more features. Even when it is included in my Office subscription, I still prefer to use Apub and Ragtime. Don't make your decision in haste. When your book is finished, try to re-create it again in Apub and see what happens. Make sure, if the error strikes again that you know your steps so you can share the whole process with Affinity. Only in this way, the Affinity team can solve the problem so it doesn't occur again in the future. A software development team is relying in many cases on user experience. If we do not document and share a problem or error with the developers, then we also contribute to the error to remain present. Dan C assumed too fast that you really want to leave because he was mislead by your frustration. I can tell, based on your comments, that you not really want to leave but just let yourself lead your frustration. If you can, just post your damaged book file here. You never know that the lost text shows up in somebody else's computer. I hope you will reconsider Apub again and give it another chance. Anyway, I wish you every success with your book! Chris
  9. On Windows 10/11 you can use the combination "CTRL" + "SHIFT" + "V" to paste unformatted text.
  10. @Dan CIt seems to me that okmike is frustrated by the loss of 350 pages of text which is understandable. I do not have the impression that he really intend no longer to use Affinity. If I were you, I would have asked him for the Publisher file anyway. Maybe it is not too late and you can give him a (private) link so Affinity team can look into it. It is possible that okmike came accross an error which was just lurking around the corner. Therefore, it is better to support him delivering the file in question than accepting his "bye bye". @okmikeI am struggling with Publisher to for some reason and to be honest, it is because, I want to run before I can walk. I understand that Publisher is a very complex program with a lot of features and therefore, has a steeper learning curve than PagePlus X9. I perfectly understand your frustration, but don't allow negative emotions rule your actions because, that minimise the chance of a successfull solution. Despite all the negativity caused by loosing 350 pages, remain positive because it is from that side the solution will come. If you can, just do what others already asked you and post the file here in this thread. There are very knowledgeable people here, which maybe can do wonders with your file or at least gives you good advice. Despite my struggling with Publisher, I find it an excellent application. Last week I bought a course from Ezra and Ally Anderson (Affinity Revolution) about Publisher (by the way I also bought their Designer and Photo courses too) just because of my struggling. When I watch their course, I see why I am struggling so much. But back to your problem. Did you not save your files in between steps with different version numbers? For example, if your file had the name "MyFirstBook" then you add "MyFirstBook_v1" and after another important edit you do another "Save As..." and give the filename "MyFirstBook_v2". You save all those versions until the project is finished or when you sure you do not need a version anymore. Whatever application you use, you should make a habit of this method because once in a while, every application can crash. Which version of Affinity Publisher and operating system are you using? If you have dropbox or Google Drive, you can upload the file there and post a link here. In that way, we can take a look into your file. Maybe on somebody else machine, your text reappear, who knows? Personally, I think you are better of with Affinity Publisher then with MS Publisher. In the end, the decision is yours. Chris
  11. It is indeed true that Photoshop is the most powerfull editor for the moment, despite many hate the subscription plans. The fact that Affinity Photo is not mentioned can be because of a personal preference of the reviewer, or maybe he doesn't know Affinity Photo well enough or he just intended to mention a few applications as an example. No need to panic :). Anyway, there is nothing Serif, this community or anybody else can do. Be assured that despite its shortcomings, the Affinity Suite is an excellent alternative to the Adobe applications. But in my opinion, Serif should speed up the process for version 2.0 for the whole suite, so there is more revenue generated which gives more room for new features and functionality. Chris
  12. Hi Alfred, Thank you so much for your reply. I apologize for my late reply. There are no purchased items in my account and also Paypal does not show any transactions. I will try to choose another payment to buy Affinity Designer. However, I have little hope if that will make any difference because when I try to get free apps, the same progress spinning wheel takes forever. Also, the iPad is in the close neighbourhood of the modem. Thank you for your help which I do appreciate. Chris
  13. Hi all, I just checked my laptop with Advanced SystemCare Pro, fix all errors and now all 3 Affinity applications are opening again. I think the problem is in the registry but I am not sure. Just share this information in case somebody else experience the same problem. Chris
  14. Hi everyone, I am now a few days further and regretfully, none of those three Affinity applications will open again. I repeat the suggested process again, but it doesn't work any longer. Does anybody have another suggestion about what is going wrong? Thank you for your help. Chris
  15. Hello EmT, Thank you again for your help. I was searching in the Apple store from my Windows laptop. So I used the iPad to search in the Apple store. Now I had a purchase button which I pressed, then paid with my PayPal account. Since then there is a spinning progress wheel for more than one hour now. Also, I do not find the Paypal transaction confirmation in my email. So I think it will fail. I logged in to my PayPal account and agreed the payment. I thought that iPad was easy to use, but without any manual it is hard to make it do what I want. I only want to use it to draw with Designer, nothing else. Any idea why that progress wheel keeps spinning, just on the right side of the Designer logo? I am sorry to bother you again. Chris
  16. Hi EmT, Thank you for your fast reply. I already visited your link and everything looks fine from that link. However, I cannot buy from that page because whatever I click, nothing let my buy Designer for iPad. That is exactly my problem. I am in Belgium with my ExpressVPN disabled. I include a screencapture of the page I visited through your link. I do appreciate your efforts to help me. Chris
  17. Hi all, Yesterday I received an iPad of the 9th generation, model A2602. Now I like to buy and install Affinity Designer on it. My problem is I do not know how to buy and install AD on it. I searched the app store but cannot find anything. All the information I find on the Internet does not tell me where and how I can find it. Can someone please tell me how I can buy AD for iPad, how I get it on the iPad and how to install it? Thank you so much in advance. Chris
  18. Hi Crystalyn, Since Sunday I had the same problem with all three Affinity applications. Please, look in my thread "Designer-Photo-Publisher no longer starting". Dan C his suggestion worked for me and maybe will work for you too. Before Sunday, everything was normal, but for some unknown reason, since Sunday they were no longer working. I hope this helps. Chris
  19. Hi V_Kyr and Dan C, Thank you both so much for your advice. I followed the instructions of Dan C for all three programs and it seems they are opening normally again. I do appreciate the input and help from everybody who replied to my problem. This is a great community! Chris
  20. Hi Everybody, Thank you all so much for your input. When any of those applications fail to open, they do not show up in the Taskmanager. Also, something strange is going on. Sometimes they open without any problem. Then for some unknown reason, they refuse to open. It doesn't mattr if double clicking, choosing from the Toolbar or opening them by right clicking and then opening as administrator, when they fail to open they keep stuborn. Also, trying to open an existing Affinity document does not start the application. Nothing happens. I include the logs from moments when they refuse to open and the last one when they succesfully open. I have no idea because before Sunday, they all opened without any problem. I didn't install or change anything. I have ExpressVPN and iTop VPN on this laptop, however it is the same behaviour with or without a VPN. Your efforts to help me are much appreciated. Chris Log_SuccessfullyOpening.txt Log_WhenFailingToOpen.txt
  21. Hi Paul, Thank you for your reply. I did tried restarting this laptop several times. Everything remains the same. Chris
  22. Hi all, Please can you help me with the following problem. I am using the 1.10.4 versions of all three applications. When I double click on their icon, or click on them in the Toolbar or double click on their .exe file, they are no longer opening. Yesterday morning everything was fine, by the evening nothing opens any longer. I am using Windows 10 which is up to date. I also did not install or changed anything. Can you tell me what is going wrong and how I can fix it. All three appliations worked perfectly before. I will appreciate your help so much. Chris
  23. Hi Leahanne419, There is no replicate function yet like in Silhouette Studio. However follow the following steps to see if "CTRL"+J is usefull for you. 1. Draw an oval (or any shape). 2. With the oval selected, press "CTRL + J". You will see that there is a new object in your layers panel. 3. Drag the new created object to the left or right of your original object. 4. Select both objects. 5. Press "CTRL + j" again, two other objects are created. 6. Drag the newly created objects under the original ones. 7. Now with the newly created objects selected, press "CTRL + J" a few times again. The objects will be duplicated and placed on the distance you selected in step 6. This is how I replicate in Affinity Designer. Maybe someone else knows another way. Chris
  24. Welcome to the forums Jessica. I create all my artwork, including for gaming with Designer. I am also using PixelEdit and in the past Blender for creating spritesheets and animation. But all the drawing is done in Designer. I know from the Scirra (Construct 3) forum that there are several people also using the Affinity Suite for their artwork. Many of them are also using Spriter as an addition to Designer.
  25. Thank you all for your replies and your help. I installed ExifTool and tried both the photo here included and a landscape photo. Like Hens, the orientation was 270° CW. But the landscape one was shown as normal. I think it is rather something which went wrong in the camera, because also Ragtime has the same behaviour than Publisher. I appreciate your efforts to help me so much. Chris
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