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    PaulEC reacted to spidermurph in Fill Tool   
    We could really benefit from a smart fill tool. Like the 'Flood Tool' in Serif DrawPlus.
    This is a very useful tool and features in many vector apps.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from emmrecs01 in Bleed settings in Photo too   
    To be honest I don't really see the point in this. Photo is a raster image editor, it isn't really intended for press ready publications. Your "second solution" will be available in the release version of Publisher. (For now you can use Designer for press ready PDFs). 
    One of the big problems with Serif's (now) legacy software is that they tried to make PagePlus and DrawPlus etc all things to all people. Adding all sorts of extra  features that didn't really belong there. Eventually these programs became so unwieldy and bloated that they had to abandon them and create a whole new range of software. 
    Personally I'd much rather Serif worked to improve existing features, and add those that are needed in each application, rather than spending time adding features in one application that are already available in another. The whole idea is to have an integrated/complimentary set of applications; it rather defeats the object if all options are available in all three, just to save the effort of swapping between them.
     
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    PaulEC got a reaction from emmrecs01 in Bleed settings in Photo too   
    To be honest I don't really see the point in this. Photo is a raster image editor, it isn't really intended for press ready publications. Your "second solution" will be available in the release version of Publisher. (For now you can use Designer for press ready PDFs). 
    One of the big problems with Serif's (now) legacy software is that they tried to make PagePlus and DrawPlus etc all things to all people. Adding all sorts of extra  features that didn't really belong there. Eventually these programs became so unwieldy and bloated that they had to abandon them and create a whole new range of software. 
    Personally I'd much rather Serif worked to improve existing features, and add those that are needed in each application, rather than spending time adding features in one application that are already available in another. The whole idea is to have an integrated/complimentary set of applications; it rather defeats the object if all options are available in all three, just to save the effort of swapping between them.
     
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    PaulEC reacted to John Rostron in Warping Text onto a wave   
    Some time ago I presented a formula to plug into Equations to warp text along a wavy baseline. I promised to create a macro to perform this, but never got round to it. Well here is that macro and a library containing it.
    Wavy Text.afmacro
    Wavy Text.afmacros
    The transformation is just a sine/cosine curve:
    y=y-(h*a/3)*(b*sin(360*x/w/c)+(1-b)*cos(360*x/w/c))
    The a parameter determines the amplitude. The default is a=0.5, which creates a wave that  reaches about half way to the top and bottom of the layer. 
    The b parameter shifts the position of te wave along the horizontal axis.
    The c parameter affects the wavelength. Reducing c gives more waves along the x-axis.
    If you start with a text layer such as:

    and apply the macro with the default parameters, you get:

    The macro is designed to operate on a text object on a background. It needs the background to give it room. It begins by rasterizing the text to a pixel layer. It uses the height and width of the background layer to determine the amplitude and wavelength, not the height and width of the text itself.
    To use this, I would suggest creating a new document of a size to hold the text, then warp it, then  place or copy it into the target document with an appropriate blending mode.
    John
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    PaulEC got a reaction from Pšenda in Changing laptop   
    Yes. (Just install it the same way you did on your old laptop.)
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    PaulEC reacted to ernie-f in Inline Graphics & Anchors to objects   
    We are talking here about professional DTP software. So you can/must also expect professional functions.
    The anchoring of graphics is such a function and was e. g. supported by PageStream at the beginning of the 1990s in the first version.
    Word, Openoffice and other word processors offer the anchoring of graphics, images and objects and I expect this from a professional DTP program.
    Serif showed with PagePlus that they can do that. Why are such functions not planned and implemented right from the start?
    As a professional I need and expect these functions, after all I also like to pay more for good software.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from undercovergypsy in Data merge   
    Is does seem a pity that, with so many people asking for this feature, Serif won't at least commit to providing it at some time in the future! 
    I really like Affinity Publisher but without Data Merge, (and a few other things,) I have no choice in continuing to use PagePlus for the foreseeable future. I would really prefer not to have to juggle between the two applications, especially as there's no easy way to transfer documents from one to the other.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from rubs in Curves get distorted when expanding strokes   
    I also get the impression (going on how many problems there have been, for so long,  still awaiting resolution,) that Serif have bitten off more than they can chew, trying to develop three pieces of software, for three platforms, all at the same time! 
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    PaulEC got a reaction from velarde in reward for beta-testers and suggestion makers?   
    I think that the best reward Serif could give beta testers would be to implement the features that are requested by large numbers of those people!
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    PaulEC reacted to Michael117 in reward for beta-testers and suggestion makers?   
    You all know that I was joking when I suggested a t-shirt, right?  Personally, I don't expect anything from the Serif team except another exceptional application at very affordable price.  I volunteered to participate hoping that my input would result in a better product.  I did that expecting no freebies or other rewards from the Serif team.
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    PaulEC reacted to purveyor27 in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    Packaging the document to include all assets and fonts etc ( like InDesign)  is a feature that would be 100% mandatory for me to be able to switch from InDesign to Affinity Publisher.  and oh boy do I ever want to switch to affinity Publisher!!!
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    PaulEC reacted to iaing in Span Columns   
    Columns in text boxes is good, but option to Span columns, so that a title can span the 2 columns of text it's above, without having to make a separate text box for the title please.
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    PaulEC reacted to Alfred in Affinity Designer Workbook   
    It would help if Microsoft were to change the default View option to show the file type, rather than hiding it! I’ve never understood why they thought that they should automatically hide extensions for known file types.
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    PaulEC reacted to Old Bruce in reward for beta-testers and suggestion makers?   
    The reward is software I would like to buy, no one is making me do this work.
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    PaulEC reacted to MEB in Opening PDFs as "Pictures"   
    Hi PaulEC,
    As far as I know we do intend to support embedded fonts but it's a complex/laborious task and it will take some time until the dev team has the time/resources to pick this up. There's currently a lot of other things/work to do...
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    PaulEC got a reaction from walt.farrell in Opening PDFs as "Pictures"   
    Not necessarily, if the PagePlus file was created on a different PC!
    Also, it's not just PagePlus files, I have had several PDFs with embedded fonts that I haven't been able to open and edit satisfactorily.
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    PaulEC reacted to mac_heibu in Copying master page between documents   
    And what is so cumbersome to simply create a new master and copy the content onto it?
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    PaulEC got a reaction from Dan Thomas in Move layer with keyboard or menu, or add at bottom?   
    In Windows you can use "Ctrl + [" to move the layer down and "Ctrl + ]" to move it up. "Shift + Ctrl + ["  jumps to the bottom and "Shift + Ctrl + ]" to the top. Sorry, I don't know if you can do the same on a Mac.
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    PaulEC got a reaction from rubs in Curves get distorted when expanding strokes   
    I also get the impression (going on how many problems there have been, for so long,  still awaiting resolution,) that Serif have bitten off more than they can chew, trying to develop three pieces of software, for three platforms, all at the same time! 
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    PaulEC reacted to D’T4ils in Curves get distorted when expanding strokes   
    Couldn't agree more with you both, @dok @rubs. It honestly scares me a little bit to see that this is how they handle issues that should be address in a short time. I was able to solve it using regular circles to replace the ones that were distorted, but with a more complex design I would have no choice but to use a different software. And to see how many resources and effort they are putting on developing the iPad version is not encouraging at all. I've got the impression they are leaving us aside  (at least for the moment).
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    PaulEC reacted to rubs in Curves get distorted when expanding strokes   
    Yes, Serif's feedback about software development is quite sparse. They must have some strong internal policy about this. I'm sure making things more transparent would benefit everyone.
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    PaulEC reacted to MEB in Lock Guides   
    Hi SteveP110,
    Besides that option in Preferences you can also press and hold ⌃(ctrl) on a Mac or press and hold the right-mouse button (along with the left one) on Windows while creating the selection marquee to switch between these two behaviours (partial/full surround marquee).
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    PaulEC reacted to Raskolnikov in how are brushes made?   
    By accident :)
     
     
    Oh wait... this was cool! :D let's save it!
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    PaulEC reacted to ronniemcbride in how are brushes made?   
    Blood sweat and tears... ;)
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    PaulEC got a reaction from Wosven in Undo button   
    But, please, do it so that those of us with keyboards can remove them in preferences.
    I always use the keyboard shortcuts and don't want buttons I never use cluttering up toolbars.
    (Just putting another point of view! )
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