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  1. In addition to a new splash screen, I noticed the Affinity Designer and Photo Persona icons have changed and become 'flatter' and a bit more abstract. I expect the main icons for these apps will change soon.
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    Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.6.5

    Remember when Adobe Indesign 1.0 came out? It had certain features which its main rival QuarkXpress 4.0 lacked and vice versa. A couple of important features InD lacked were the ability to place type on a path and the creation of tables. These were rectified in the 1.5 update a year later. I feel the Affinity range is in this stage right now. Remember, Adobe (probably) spends more on advertising and promotion than Serif does overall. No doubt Serif's game plan is to get all the apps up to the same 1.7 level and take on new features from there.
  3. As a subscriber to Print Week, guess what I saw within its pages! An article on Serif and how they're taking on Adobe with their Affinity range. What is very interesting is the talk of an Affinity asset manager to manage Serif files and that Affinity Publisher should be on sale proper early next year. https://www.printweek.com/print-week/feature/1166103/britain-would-be-poorer-sans-serif (Sorry if this is the wrong forum to announce this)
  4. 2021...."Serif is pleased to announce...the Affinity Creative Suite'' 2027...."Serif is pleased to announce...the Affinity Creative Cloud'' Wakes up in a cold sweat!
  5. Given that Serif will not (at least in the foreseeable future) produce a web app, I guess I'm not stepping on anyone's toes by saying I would strongly recommend WYSIWYG Web Builder. I have no affiliation with the program other than being a long-ish time user. Works very well with Affinity Designer and Photo. If you can use either of these, then the basics of WWB will be very straightforward. Check it out here: http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/ P.S. WWB is Windows only. They do have a website app for the Mac though:http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/
  6. One of the things I remember about using Acrobat was the ability to restrict printing, saving and exporting. This helped me on a couple of occasions when I wanted to stop someone saving a sensitive document. I wanted them to view only. CorelDraw has this feature built into its PDF export options too. Unless I am missing something, Affinity Designer (and Publisher) lacks such security features. Any chance of including them at some point?
  7. Will Affinity Designer have the ability to create patterns a la CorelDraw and Illustrator? Will this also include the ability to import and read Illustrator patterns?
  8. I have a lot of files created in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. I brought them over to CorelDraw. Illustrator AI files being pretty effortless, the InDesign files were saved as PDF's. The corelDraw files I created were also saved as PDF's as well as native CDR files. Now converting them to Affinity Designer files as Designer makesa very good job in converting PDF's. Will also use Affinity Publisher in due course. So perhaps the moral is to save as a universal PDF allowing forward transition.
  9. Okay, thanks. Must've missed it. Where is this thread by the way?
  10. ...that not everyone is over the moon with Affinity Publisher. This chap on YT is critical of Aff Pub's inability to create shape containers and finds it inferior to Adobe InDesign. Any thoughts?
  11. I wonder if it's because I opened up a Designer file in Publisher and Windows has assigned Designer file types to Publisher?
  12. I can still see the thumbnail. So no problem there. It's the fact that the thumbnails of projects created in Designer have the Publisher icon attached to the bottom right-hand corner rather than the Designer one.
  13. Just noticed files created in Affinity Designer now have the Publisher icon attached to them. Does not harm functionality as they still open in Designer.
  14. My experience with Affinity Publisher has been positive so far. In essence, it appears to be Affinity Designer with a far more robust text capability and multiple pages. A little simplistic, I know. But as Adobe incorporated Illustrator's graphics engine into InDesign, so Serif have done the same with Designer and Publisher. And I think they've probably done a better job given my experiences with Adobe CS in the past.