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  1. Dunno if this is the best location to post this. However, Corel has just released CorelDraw 2019. I take an interest as a former CD user, now using Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher (beta). What is interesting is that Corel has released CD 2019 as an app. And for the first time since CD 11, a Mac version. Yes, Corel probably had the app and Mac versions under development for some time. But it does seem very timely given how successful Serif is being with its desktop Windows and Mac versions of Affinity and the iOS versions as well. Whilst Adobe is the main target for Affinity and should be most worried, others such as Corel should be considered as well.
  2. Having trouble clipping an image inside an irregular vector shape. I am following the instructions from Affinity Designer's help namely dragging the object in the Layers panel to be clipped on top of the object which is to perform the clipping. No joy I'm afraid as attempting to do this results in the image 'disappearing'.Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
  3. I very much doubt Affinity products to include bundled fonts. There is the issue of the cost of licencing to Serif for a start. And then the fact there are some very fine fonts available from a reasonable to low cost and in many cases FREE. You can build up a decent font library with high quality free and low-cost fonts. CorelDraw has been mentioned as an example. Be aware that CD which used to come with 1,000 fonts and 10,000 clipart imaged directly on the DVD/download, from X8 onwards forces users to download these assets as they are no longer included in the bundle.
  4. Thanks. Can see them now in pixel persona.
  5. I have created brush strokes from some EPS grunge patterns by clicking on them. Affinity Designer displays a message saying they have been added to the brushed library. How do I import them?
  6. 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.
  7. iMatt

    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.
  8. 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)
  9. 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!
  10. 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/
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
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