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  1. A DTP without referencing is incomplete. I own Affinity Design and like the company, but I have a 200 page book full of references. There is no way I'm going to enter these manually. I too want to ditch the Adobe chains completely and give you my money, but at present this is a lame product. If people are only using it for small projects like flyers, just stick with Designer. Desktop Publishers need to support real books.
  2. I can start a new file in Adobe Illustrator and have a white background from the start instead of a checkerboard without doing anything. Every second counts when you have a busy day
  3. The feels like a pretty clumsy solution. I expected something more modern from affinity for something that is used so frequently
  4. I am going to second this as well. Frustrating trying to work exclusively in Affinity with a limited tool set.
  5. Thanks Hokusai, that's good to know! I just bought the program. I'm fine hanging on to my CS6 Master suite for the meantime. Ctrl+L is great, I just think a right click option or unlock hotkey would be a quick fix for that end. Thanks Alfred! That solves my problem.
  6. I just bought Affinity Designer yesterday. First of all, great job! I've been working in vector art for over a decade and I'm impressed with your innovation. The good: Your pen tools are far superior to anything else I have used thus far. Awesome set of shape tools - the most comprehensive so far. The visual controls to alter them save me a lot of time ie. rounded corners on the fly. Nice touch with the transparency tool - this was so frustrating in Adobe Illustrator. The customizable UI is sleek and intuitive The bad: Where is the line smoothing? Every vector illustration software I've ever used had this feature. It is standard workflow to 1)rough in your illustration, 2)smooth, then 3)hand edit the node handles. I found something promising in the node area called 'convert to smooth', but it actually added more nodes. This is the exact opposite of what smoothing should do! Where is the raster to vector trace equivalent? I looked everywhere and I can't figure this out. This is such a common function for artists working between mediums - you're basically excluding them right from he start. For reference check out Adobe Illustrator's powerful image trace palette. Restrain proportions/dimensions when resizing elements is not consistent. Placed images and text will stay proportional by holding down ALT. Everything else stays proportional while holding down shift. Why the inconsistency? I can't seem to figure out how to lock objects without having to go to the layer palette and doing it manually. Thanks for the hard work! I've been in software development for 12 years. I know the sacrifices made and wish you the best of luck.
  7. Excellent work on this program! I've been using the Adobe suite as an art director for over a decade, and I'm impressived with the advancements you've made in Affinity Photo! Below are a list of Pro's and Con's that I noticed in a few days of playing around. By far, sorting out Pen Pressure issues is my primary concern before I could move an art team to this package. Thanks for listening! Pros: -love the global selection buttons at the top -love the non destructive output profiles -love the pressure sensitivity on paint selection tool -awesome addition of a post crop vignette! -nice right click delete of points in curves menu -love the golden spiral on the crop -sleek freq seperation -liquify reconstruct?! awesome -cool median brush tool -love the visual presets for adjustments -much improved patch tool! how do I constrain so it doesn't resize when I rotate? Cons: -Pen Pressure for brushes is a dealbreaker for professional artists. I see the force pressure to control size - but we really need flow controlled by pen pressure. Perhaps I just can't find it? -very slow to open camera raw file -development is the first step in a photo processing, but its the 3rd tab in the persona area...either this should change to the natural flow OR we should be able to just rearrange them. -awkward 2-step selection of numeric entry boxes -how do you delete a crop selection to start over? -how do you remove blemish removal tool points? -how do I go back to making global adjustments after I used the overlay gradient tool or overlay paint tool? -chromatic aberation reduction is very slow -space bar needs to activate the hand move tool in all personas -your progress bars need to be darkened - difficult to see the light blue line against the white. -drag to new duplicate layer would be functionality would be nice -alt or equivilent key for eyedropper selection on many tools is essential -there is a long delay after pen tool use -after i adjust the opacity of inner glow it automatically opens and puts focus on the outer shadow section. -unresponsive after double clicking the swatch selector while heart tool was selected. same thing when trying to hold 'ctrl' on heart & tear drop shapes and move. -Resizing text goes unresponsive after clicking export persona -I Love the concept of the export persona but a big export button would be nice. Felt strange to set my export options then duplicate this in the file>export menu just to export my file. I assume this persona is still being sorted out? -hard crash after clicking preserve alpa check in the radial blur menu. -Don't close palettes when I use magnifying glass. This is needed for almost all palettes.
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