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  1. No Escape key? You are sadly mistaken. Maybe there isn't a dedicated hard key but it is still there and can be easily implemented using the "fn" function button. And from everything that I've seen, you can customize the bar anyway so it offers even more flexibility and productivity over any other operating system available. Maybe you should try it before you jump ship.
  2. Why don't you create words that get duplicated into symbols. Change them once and your done. I can see this working exceptionally well for your floorpans and also for the avery labels.
  3. Is there a way to disable the saving of this transparency group or is it just a standard format for PDF files to include it? I don't want to complicate things at all and I feel there are already a ton of settings in AD for users to change. I'm just trying to get it to work with some existing software since the developer of that software doesn't seem like they want to change their importing options.
  4. I'm having the same issue with all of my documents as well. All my files were created with basically version 1.0 of Affinity Designer and I do not get any layers when I export. The print shop told me they don't like my files and now I know why. If I recreate a new file under v1.4.2 of AD and simply copy and past my layers over from an old version, the layers don't export. However, if I create a new layer in v1.4.2 and then I copy and past the contents of the layer over, the export works just fine.
  5. MikeW is correct, Divide does work. One other thing that I do is after I divide the object, I switch over to Outline view mode ⌘Y (It really helps to be able to see the edges of your objects). I then select the outer most edge, press shift and select the next edge closest to the outer and hit the Subtract Operation as MikeW suggested. You can then keep repeating this process for the next inner shape. Divide Objects.mov
  6. Go to view/studio/symbols. Create some type of shape and then select the shape and click on create within the symbols window. You can then duplicate your shape any number of times, when you double click on one of your shapes within the artboard and rotate it, all duplicate copies of that shape will also rotate. Editing a single shape will change all shapes as well. I think you will find that you will be able to create some pretty unique patterns this way. At this point in time, you will just have to play with it in order to figure it out until more documentation is created.
  7. Dave, I notice that when when I export a document as a PDF file that has an embedded object within it, and then I re-open the pdf in affinity, the embedded object has some type of mask attached to it. It is this mask that is causing my sign cutting software to not be able to import the file properly. If I remove the mask and then re-export the file again, the file imports just fine into my cutting software. Is there a reason for this mask? Is this something that can be disabled so that I can use the place tool instead of having to open/copy/paste every vector image I want to use in a document?
  8. You should play around with the symbols feature in AD 1.5 beta. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will come up with.
  9. Would it be possible to allow a layer to be copied and pasted within another layer. You can drag layers within another layer but currently you can not copy and past a layer within a layer. I thought previous versions allowed for this? For example, I would like to be working on a document with multiple layers, open up another document or even a vector graphic that also has layers, copy the layer that I want and paste it into my original document after clicking on the layer that I want it pasted into. Currently, the program will just create a new layer. Maybe it already allows for this and I'm missing something? Sorry, I just discovered that there is a paste inside option ( ⌥⌘V ) that allows me to do that. I may have to set that up as my default behavior using the shortcut keys. Then again, maybe not!
  10. What I meant was that even at $50, Affinity Designer is an absolute bargain! It would still be a bargain at $150. I'm sorry you missed the deal that was going on but seriously think that the extra $10 that you need to spend is well worth it. The developers have done an awesome job and if you can't justify the extra $10 then maybe this isn't the software for you. Just remember, your other option out there costs several hundreds of dollars more for their subscription model. Maybe it's easier for me to justify spending the money because I am self employed and use the Affinity(Serif) products to make a living. I'm sure that someone that uses another program that costs hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars more to make a living can justify the cost of that program. But what I see here is real value at an absolutely unbelievable price. At $50, Serif has priced it so it is affordable to the masses and I don't think they need to offer ANY discount beyond that. I don't even use Windows and I will probably end up buying the Windows version when it comes out just to show my appreciation for the products.
  11. Dave, you are correct, they do export as vectors in v1.5. However, the embedded object(document) does not scale properly when imported into my cutting software (which uses pdf 1.4 Acrobat 5 settings). I've played around with other compatibility settings but I get a lot of "unable to export" errors in v1.5. So at this time, it is still better for me to copy contents into my document rather then use the place image tool. Especially for backward compatibility with other programs. I can not get v1.5 to export any document to anything higher then pdf 1.4 Acrobat 5 settings if it contains embedded objects(documents).
  12. Are there any plans to work on embedded objects so they are easier to export? Currently, I have to open (vector) objects in a new window, copy the object and place it in my original document. If I simply use the place tool, the embedded objects do not export as a vector. Could you add some type of switch to export embedded objects as their native vector shape and not as an image? (un-embed objects) This was requested almost two years ago. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/427-smart-objects-embedded-objects/
  13. Nick,Affinity Designer currently has three personas. Vector, pixel, and export. You can change the persona by clicking on the respective icon in the upper left. If you are wanting to edit a raster image, you need to click on the pixel persona. The tools for that persona will appear. I believe you will then find the smart selection tool that your looking for.
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