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Cineman

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  1. Separate from video editing, if you're looking for an AE alternative... A real After Effects competitor is now being developed and in open beta, and everyone who is interested should check it out and encourage both developers to make sure the native file formats for Designer and Photo are interoperable with this new app. https://cavalry.scenegroup.co/ Going to be a modern design, hardware-accelerated from the ground up like Affinity apps. Pricing will be a free version and a sub version (unfortunately), about the same cost as AE or a little cheaper if you pay annually. In any ca
  2. Posting this in AE threads: A real After Effects competitor is now being developed and in open beta, and everyone who is interested should check it out and encourage both developers to make sure the native file formats for Designer and Photo are interoperable with this new app. https://cavalry.scenegroup.co/ Going to be a modern design, hardware-accelerated from the ground up like Affinity apps. Pricing will be a free version and a sub version (unfortunately), about the same cost as AE or a little cheaper if you pay annually. In any case AE's major flaw is it's performance today
  3. Posting this in AE threads: A true After Effects competitor is finally being developed and in open beta, and everyone who is interested should check it out and encourage both developers to make sure the native file formats for Designer and Photo are interoperable with this new app. https://cavalry.scenegroup.co/ Going to be a modern design, hardware-accelerated from the ground up like Affinity apps. Pricing will be a free version and a sub version (unfortunately), about the same cost as AE or a little cheaper if you pay annually. In any case AE's major flaw is it's performance t
  4. This is one of the few areas in creative design that are best served by learning from books, IMO, more so than other types of apps like video editors, audio, 3D, animation, etc. Often the book itself will have interesting layout features that demonstrate the concepts being shown. Which books you need depend on what you're doing. I would go to Amazon and type a few simple searches like "page layout and design books" "logo design books" etc. Seek out the ones with the highest number of verified, non-one-line reviews. You should find some good stuff.
  5. This is not an area where Affinity should try to break new ground / fix what isn't broken. Master pages should work like this: 1. When you create a new master page it isn't based on anything other than a blank page that matches the current document settings. Currently it seems any new master is built on the active non-master page. If someone wants to derive a master from a non-master page they should simply generate the empty master then copy all the objects from the other page, and paste them into the master. 2. You should be able to specify newly created pages ineherit their l
  6. Yes. Create a new master page (it will take its initial settings from the active page so make sure it's blank — sort of a weird setup IMO), then draw out a text box on the master and in the options bar, set the number of columns you want and customize. Now any page you create from the master should have that columnar setup. What I can't seem to find is the gutter controls. They're not available in the places you'd expect to find them like context menus or Text menu, AFAICT.
  7. 1. Field where we can add the number of pages. This should be grouped with the Facing Pages controls. 2. Bleed settings. I know we can get at them through the Document Setup feature after the document is created but why not give people the option to set them from the first step? If you have to add a tab to the New Document dialog to include Bleeds that would be OK by me, you could actually make it the "Margins and Bleeds" tab and group those sets of functions together. That would be a logical ordering and make the vertical height of the dialog smaller too. Either way, it needs to be ther
  8. Everyone feel free to post your own ideas here. Good place for a catch-all thread. Here's one I was reminded of today: when it comes to editing objects set inside of table cells InDesign SUCKS. Example: If I have two columns that are 20 rows tall, each cell housing a color-coded vector object that has the same shape and scale as every other object in the other 39 cells... can I quickly click-drag (with modifier key or not) those two columns and select 40 items if I want ot change their scale or color or position all at once? No. If I select a column? No. If I select a row? No. Can I
  9. Found it. Man that is really easy to miss / not obvious enough. They need to brighten that field outline or something. Or do what most devs do: make room at the top of the panel for it. I think that's where most people look first. I do, anyway. That matters less than making it easier to see though. Right now its boundaries are way too subtle / blend in too much.
  10. Libre Office works pretty well. Google Docs can be OK too as long as you're not talking about long-form documents. As for Microsoft, at least on the Mac side, it seems with each new version their installers become more and more complex and less reliable. And often the initial releases are buggy as sin, despite MS having years between versions to test and stabilize things. I understand sometimes it's unavoidable (we're moving to 365 where I work) but I encourage anyone who can get away from MS office to do so.
  11. Agreed. This is a "don't fix what isn't broken" area. To the extent they legally can, they should mimic the different panel types and behaviors in InDesign, when it comes to working with Pantone swatches and the like. Not talking about the Cloud stuff, just the basic panel types (one for books, one for the custom set you're using in the current document, etc). Also would be nice if in the book panel or wherever we have to choose from, a text search field that auto-completes so we can just type in the number of the swatch instead of scrolling and scanning.
  12. Agree with Sandra's option 2. Flexible text selection is a big efficiency thing with layout apps.
  13. InDesign isn't any less confusing, it just confuses in a different way. It's "global" in what it tracks but then doesn't present a UI that is consistent with a global layer list. By default, if you set up a new document and begin adding dozens of objects to the document (regardless of which page), and then go back later you will see the entire document has 1 layer. In effect, instead of giving each new object you place onto or drag across the canvas its own layer ID, it makes them all sub-layers of the default — Layer 1. You have to explicily go into the Layers panel and create a new laye
  14. Standard bleed settings and sync lock need to be added to the new document dialog, along with sync lock for margins and number of pages.
  15. The easiest way I've found (which is a nice surprise because it saves clicks vs. InDesign) is once you drag a text frame onto the document, the "Options Bar" (I forget what Affinity calls it) displays a "Columns" control. Piece of cake. Place cursor in one of the gutters to scale one column width relative to the neighboring one. Unfortunately don't see a gutter width control in the Options Bar but I'm sure there is one somewhere. Right-clicking inside the gutter didn't reveal any context menu.
  16. Agree. Would use this with about 25% of the documents I generate.
  17. Haha. Sorry if my metric advocations derailed a bit, not my intention. With resect to your table, we talking French picas, American picas, or PostScript picas? Kidding. To clarify my earlier point, the anology I was trying to make was about legacy standards more or less and adoption of same (or lack thereof in some "civilized" parts of the world). Picas are to Points as Imperial are to Metric (more or less). But I get there is a simple relationship between picas and points WRT to character size and how many across on a page, etc. Again I have no object to Affinity adding picas
  18. Plenty of professionals will count on the inclusion of a Word import feature from Day 1 as well. It's a core requirement of any page layout application as the vast majority of the business world and other sectors generate their copy in Word. This feature needs to be in the first release or many people who might otherwise adopter sooner, will wait and adopt later. Of all the basic features not yet fully finished or included, I'd probably put this at the top of the list, then for next release INDD / IDML files should be at the top of the list (unless driving adoption by InDesign users is not a g
  19. Yeah for sure it's not there yet / not ready for an initial release. Too many nuts-and-bolts features missing for production work, but it's reasonably close and for some things it's already better than InDesign.
  20. I think what the original complaint video shows — aside from the original plaintiff being short-sighted and impatient — is that with professional design apps there is often "more than one way to skin a cat." People develop habits over a long period of time to achieve some specific output in an app, and when a new app comes along and does it a different way, the people looking for something new say that the new app is doing it the wrong way. We all have to be careful about this, making sure our feature requests don't amount to "this is wrong because it's not the way InDesign does it." Ther
  21. Could be real, an outtake from Roman Holiday. Probably unhappy with the director. Classic movie moments FTW.
  22. I don't know about the thread but I agree with your suggestion. Also your avatar is pretty funny. Is that Audrey? lol Additionally, this is another dialog that needs a sync lock. Technically any dialog box with margins or bleeds needs it. Doesn't apply to your example but anytime you want the margin to be the same all the way around, much easier to just enter the number once and be done.
  23. I didn't say we weren't in the civilized world I said it's one area we lag behind the rest of the civilized world (adoption of metric), and FWIW that applies to many many things not just computer driven layouts or documents. Also I'm not advocating for use of inches (imperial units) but against it. If you'd like a few very sound reasons why citing those 330 million people doesn't mean much, let me know and I'll send you the answers via private message. As to Picas, I don't mean to suggest it shouldn't be implemented — I have no objection — only that I'm surprised it's still used so muc
  24. I'll report it. Thought about doing so when i originally tested it but wasn't sure if it was user error or an actual bug. Thanks for confirming. Here's the bug report. Worst case we find out it's working but the workflow is different than what we're used to / get some guidance from Affinity on how it's supposed to work.
  25. ePUB / Kindle / iPad Books export settings will be useful and important but I would be OK with it if they left it to v2.0 / second major release, unless they're going to have a much easier time getting all of these basics into initial release than I think. That is for release 1 they should focus on adding all the core features that allow someone to control the setup and look of a document, which are either currently half-baked or missing. A quick look at the New File dialog and an attempt to import copy from various word processor formats should give a good idea of what I mean. Then for releas
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