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    PaulEC reacted to nezumi in Beta update?   
    I also have this desire to have a new version ASAP - specially when I know its packed with some good, new features - just like 1.7 seems to be. But lets keep in mind one really important thing - something that I cant stretch enough. The outstanding level of integration between Affinity software. You can open file from Designer inside of Photo and see no difference - vectors are still vectors, all looks practically the same. I havent used Adobe software for over 2 years now but I remember opening AI file inside of PS was very limited and lot of objects was rasterized loosing ability to be edited and scaled properly. Knowing Adobe it didnt changed. In my opinion Affinity really shines when it comes to integration.
    Now, we are getting whole new software to the Affinity family and I am willing to bet devs are working on similar level of integrity. Can you imagine the complexity of that task? Not only we have lots of new tools in each of the existing programs, the whole new software but also integration between them. It surely needs lot of work, lot of time to be done properly.
    Properly... Thats another thing.
    Affinity is fighting for a position on the market and the fight is (mostly) against massive corporation named Adobe. Affinity just cant afford half-assing their product for the big day of introducing new software to the family. Rushing would be silly and would surely backfire. Publisher might convince many people to jump ship.

    In the meantime Adobe is working hard to help Affinity by threatening owners of old licenses with possible lawsuits if they do not join "The Almighty Cloud". Unbelievable. You bought the license, but they just want to force people into monthly pay no matter what.
    That comes shortly after news that they are "testing" new price for Photography Plan - which is basically "lets double the price, we were too generous. Lets squeeze that $10 more MONTHLY". The geniuses of marketing.
    So while we are watching Adobe shooting their feet repeatedly we need to be patient. Devs need to make it right. I have no doubt that Affinity may become new "industry standard". In fact I already planned on purchasing Publisher solely to support company. I dont really need it all that much. Maybe occasionally for tables. And if I need to wait bit more to get great 1.7 - so be it. Working on current versions just fine for now.
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    PaulEC reacted to mac_heibu in PDF placement issue   
    The „issue of legality“ never was denied! Of course you can embed font, if the font itself allows it. That is one case. The other is, to extract the font from the PDF.
    No Adobe applications allows editing text, if only the embedded font (subset) is available. You always have to have the font in question installed. And Adobe invented PDF, by the way.
    But this isn’t the point at all. What is urgently needed, is a way to place a PDF, whichdisplays the PDF content correctly. Editability is not the first goal, because PDF isn’t made for editing. It is made for the exact contrary: To keep a layout fixed and identical across all thinkable devices and use cases – from screen to printing press. So editability can (and often will) fail because of hundreds of issues, which depend on the source data, the intended purpose of using the PDF and the exporting application. Some of the most common pitfalls:
    missing fonts font conversion according to transparency needs (converting and „filling“ characters with image content) line- and often character-wise text segmentation according to the needs of PDF output stragegies image segmentation/tiling in consequence of transparency reduction separation of elements from its attributes (example: a rectangle with a shadow will be separated into a rectangle with an underlying „shadow“ image. Both aren’t related to each other any more) and, and, and … Only to demonstrate the issues emerging, when editing a PDF:
    So editability of PDFs is in many case an illusion, a pure utopian ideal especially in professional environments. In contrast to that: Display and print fidelity is a must. Much more a must than all these little „indispensable“ features, which are claimed all around here in the forum.
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    PaulEC reacted to carl123 in Colour distortion drives me nuts   
    Edit > Preferences > Colour
    Unless it's different on a Mac (I don't have one of those)
    Oh, and you may want to upload some sample images and a APhoto file so we can see what you are seeing 
     
     

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    PaulEC reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.305 ready for release? (split)   
    I would also be tempted to make these "template" type files as read only to avoid overwriting them accidentally
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    PaulEC reacted to walt.farrell in Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.305 ready for release? (split)   
    We won't know what's on the official roadmap until after Publisher is released for sale.
    Until templates arrive, if they are coming, you can create your own documents with appropriate page sizes, margins, text styles, and other formatting but without text and images, and save them for later use. When you have a project that's similar to one of them, just Open it from the folder you saved your personal templates in, then Save As under a new name and location, and do your work.
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    PaulEC reacted to v_kyr in Exporting to Illustrator   
    How should a real vector format handle it otherwise, if those things aren't rasterized and injected as bitmap data into an otherwise plain vector format? - Let's take a little excerpt from it's (the PDF) predecessor EPS here which tells why rasterization occurs ...
     
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    PaulEC reacted to toltec in Why does Dodge and Burn tools don't work on masks?   
    PS. Not ALL professionals think in only Photoshop techniques.
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    PaulEC reacted to R C-R in Why does Dodge and Burn tools don't work on masks?   
    I'm not so sure that just because something is possible in PS it should be possible in AP, or at least that it should be possible to achieve in the same way. If you think about it in purely technical terms, it doesn't really make any sense to try to "burn" or "dodge" transparency. It doesn't make much more sense in metaphorical ones, considering those tools (& the sponge one grouped with them) mimic old school darkroom techniques.
     
    One thing I really like about the Affinity apps is they encourage me to experiment with alternate ways of doing things I have never thought about trying before. For me at least, that often leads to the discovery of new techniques, which keeps me from getting into a rut. Of course, that involves a learning curve, but I think it is worth it.
     
    All that said, if you want these tools to apply to masks, you could post that to the feature request section. If enough people like the idea, maybe they will add that capability.
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    PaulEC reacted to carl123 in New palette   
    When you have the swatches Tab selected, it's on the far right
    Not sure how you could miss it
     

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    PaulEC reacted to Ulysses in New Icons - PLEASE DON'T!   
    Whelp....
    It looks like our plea to retain the AMAZING former icons is not being heard — or if it's heard, then the answer seems to be "nope." Development on the new SQUARE icons has continued. I noted minor design differences and refinements in the new Designer beta icon, making it slightly more 3D than the original beta icon.
    Wouldn't it be a nice surprise, though, if the developers allowed us an option to CHOOSE which icons we want in the dock and in the Applications folder? 
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    PaulEC reacted to Kris T in New Icons - PLEASE DON'T!   
    Agree! I'm huge fan of the Affinity's "old" icons (they don't look old at all ).
    I don't like the new icons style. They look plain and oldschool.
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    PaulEC reacted to Dan C in cropping to a specific size   
    Hi judy jj  
    Unfortunately the crop tool doesn't currently function in the way you require it to, when setting Absolute Dimensions in the retail version you cannot resize the crop area and retain the dimensions. However we've redesigned and improved the crop tool in the latest beta version and it now functions as you require! I'd recommend downloading and installing the beta alongside your retail version, copying your document and opening it in the beta and trying the new crop tool, I've included a quick video below of the crop tool in action in the beta -
    Crop 1.7.mp4  
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    PaulEC reacted to Alfred in bug in transform each   
    I’d love to see this. It’s similar to the problem of not being able to set ‘power duplicate’ scaling to use absolute values instead of percentages (e.g. to draw a set of concentric circles where the diameter of each one is 2mm greater than the previous one).
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    PaulEC reacted to thomaso in Page spread limitations   
    @Raymondo,
    I can follow your thoughts and, now even more, want to hear why you insist to do such projects in Publisher - instead of Affinity Designer. In Designer you see your desire became reality already to create multi-pages-spreads in different sizes.
    Different to the Designer app I assume Publisher as more an application for mass text like books. So, personally, I would hardly think about using Publisher if there is a finalized app which fits better to my needs of flexible page sizes and order. – What makes you to prefer Publisher?
    Yes, a book jacket for instance can have 3 different pages sizes and maximum up to 5 pages, so it is quite different to the book inside, which has 1 page size only but a couple of dozens or hundreds of pages. So I wonder what makes you feel it could be useful or even a must-have to do such different demands in 1 application. Or, do you see a need for Publisher to enable me to send emails to the projects' client so I don't have to switch the application? Or to do the projects accounting and write the bill to the client? If not, why do you NOT expect that from Publisher?
    I read your "I would not want to ... switch" like just a wish – whereas you seem to experience it for yourself as a necessary need. Can you explain what drives you to strictly insist in your feeling of must-have and your demands, though there is a promizing offer in the very close neighbourhood? – What makes you to prefer Publisher towards Designer?
    I do not want to keep you away from Publisher. I want to be able to understand you, not only follow your thoughts. You seem to be really unhappy with Publisher, so why not switching to the existing alternative?
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    PaulEC reacted to Patrick Connor in Page spread limitations   
    We do expect to add more "document models" to Affinity Publisher but additional functionality in this area is not planned before the 1.7 launch. Having personally implemented the doc models in PagePlus over 15 years ago I know that it is not as simple as it may appear, particularly with adding removing and reordering pages, in documents that can have mixed orientations and even page sizes and master page sizes.
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    PaulEC reacted to fde101 in Embedded and linked ressources — a suggestion   
    This discussion is bringing to light some of the reasoning behind my original suggestion of having three different states:
    The current "embedded" stays as-is The current "linked" becomes "tracked", "embedded but still linked", "linked with an embedded copy", whatever you want to call it The new "linked" is the more traditional version of "linked", with at most a tiny embedded thumbnail for faster rendering while loading the original, or to use as a substitute when the original is missing (but with the expectation that quality would suffer).
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    PaulEC reacted to garrettm30 in Embedded and linked ressources — a suggestion   
    In principle I like the general idea of "true" linked images as discussed in the thread, but I disagree that embedded images should still track changes to external files. I would leave the current embedded functionality as it is.
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    PaulEC reacted to Seneca in Books   
    If you want to design a pamphlet then use affinity Designer.
    While useful, the Book option in Publisher is not essential as you seem to be implying.
    Some professional use Book facility in inDesign or QuarkXpress some don't and both produce very long docs.
    What I'm saying is that we should not exaggerate the importance of that feature.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from jmwellborn in Books   
    While I wouldn't disagree about being able to create e-books as well, I do feel that the primary function of APub should be the creation of traditional books and other printed matter / PDFs.
    I would be sorry if the development of layout, typography features etc. etc. was relegated to second place in order to add all singing, all dancing interactive, movie, animation features etc. for mobile/electronic devices. I realise a lot of people seem to think that "real" books are dead (or dying) but if you just look around, you'll see that there is still a huge market for all types of printed matter.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from jmwellborn in Books   
    While I wouldn't disagree about being able to create e-books as well, I do feel that the primary function of APub should be the creation of traditional books and other printed matter / PDFs.
    I would be sorry if the development of layout, typography features etc. etc. was relegated to second place in order to add all singing, all dancing interactive, movie, animation features etc. for mobile/electronic devices. I realise a lot of people seem to think that "real" books are dead (or dying) but if you just look around, you'll see that there is still a huge market for all types of printed matter.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from maomaosshots in Deactivate License on PC   
    From the EULA:
     
    "3.    The licence granted to you is limited, non-transferable and non-exclusive. Except to the extent any rights cannot be excluded by law, you are permitted:
    (i) if you are a private individual, to download, install, use and run for personal use, one (1) copy of the Serif Software directly on each computer running Microsoft Windows (“Windows Computer”) that you personally own or control. Commercial use is permitted but only use by you and not by any other users of any Windows Computers that you own or control. For example, other members of your household that use your Windows Computers may make personal use of the Serif Software whereas, if anyone other than yourself needs to make commercial use of the Serif Software, the other user will need to make a separate purchase. 
    (ii) if you are a commercial enterprise, to download, install, use and run one (1) copy of the Serif Software for use either: (a) by one specific individual on each of the Windows Computer(s) that they use that you own or control, or (b) by multiple individuals on a single shared Windows Computer that you own or control; For example, a single employee may use the Serif Software on both their desktop and laptop Windows Computer, or multiple employees may serially use the Serif Software on a single Windows Computer used as a shared resource.
     
    (iii) if you are an educational institution, to download, install, use and run, one (1) copy of the Serif Software for use either: (a) by a single individual on each of the Windows Computer(s) that they use that you own or control, or (b) by multiple individuals on a single shared Windows Computer that you own or control. For example, a single student may use the Serif Software on both the student's desktop Windows Computer and laptop Windows Computer, or multiple students may serially use the Serif Software on a single Windows Computer located at a resource centre or library."
     
    If you want to read the whole thing open AP, then click on "Help", "About", "EULA".
     
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    PaulEC reacted to Multi4G in Affinity Photo: Displacement Effect - Tutorial   
    Learn how to put anything on a Wall in a realistic way. This tutorial covers merging it with the Wall, withering and adjusting the Ambient Atmosphere to look it is actually on the wall.
    The original Affinity Photo Displacement Effect doesn't work as intended. But i will show you a easy workaround to make it still look realistic and nice
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    PaulEC reacted to walt.farrell in Books   
    Not sure what you mean. People are using Publisher to make books. 
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    PaulEC reacted to MikeW in Books   
    A book file that one adds individual APub documents to (think chapters, sections, etc.) to that make up a book.
    This keeps total file size down and can allow for concurrent user workflows. Can you imagine a 600 to 800 page book with images and/or illustrations in APub even if linked files worked?
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    PaulEC got a reaction from walt.farrell in Moving Pages Between Documents   
    Alternatively, Group all the layers on the source page, then save it to the Assets  Panel. You can then drag it onto any other page you wish.
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