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  1. Serif Team.  Can you please look into this?  It is ironic that you can not do a simple search within the open dialog for any .afdesign file.  How can the file type not be supported within a simple open dialog?  Using latest MAS version and Yosemite works on my production machine but I would like to upgrade to another machine running the latest MAS version and Sierra and it does not work.


    This seems like a simple file type issue.  If it is not an issue with Affinity development then it is an issue with the Apple OS but as a developer, you have a better chance of reporting this bug than we do as the customer.  Other third party apps seem to work fine.  

  2. This is broken again with the latest MacOS update.  I just don't understand why a search inquiry within an open dialog won't at least let you select files that are compatible with AD.  It's almost as if the file type is not being recognized.  It works with other native Apple programs but not with AD.  Is this something that can be looked into by your developers please?

  3. I have been using designer and photo on my Mac. Love the interface and the software itself. However, with new recent news about the Mac book pros changing a lot of their "design"(lack of escape keys and many other things). I decided that they(apple) no longer wants my business and so I will be moving to linux. I would gladly pay $100 bucks down if there's a Kickstarter to move affinity designer and photos onto linux(ubuntu). 

    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.

  4. Geometry and expand stroke not working with text in Beta 3


    1. Create Text using artistic text tool (T)

    2. Give the Text a stroke (I do this many times to either make a font thicker or thinner depending on the font I'm working with).

    3. Convert the text to curves

    4. Select each letter within the Group

    5. Expand Stroke


    In MAS version, you can expand the stroke and select the stroke and letter and use geometry on each object.

    In Beta version, you can not expand the stroke or use geometry on the objects.


    EDIT:  Closed Beta and restarted with new document and it works now.  I'll keep an eye on this and see if I can duplicate the issue.

  5. Looks like this bug was partially fixed in macOS Sierra.  You can now do a search within the file open dialog.  However, the file type still doesn't seem to be recognized because the resulting search query shows up greyed out.  You can, however, hit the Open button and the file will now finally open (a double click on the file name does not open the file).


    It would be nice if the file open dialog box would default to the current folder instead of defaulting to "This Mac".


    Is there some type of file property that needs to be changed or something on Affinities end that needs to be changed to have search results be recognized and populate properly?

  6. Yes, there's a reason. The embedded document becomes a PDF transparency group. This allows it to have colour format and profile that differs from the host document. It also allows it to render in isolation, so that eg blend modes do not interact with whatever lies below them in the host document.


    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Where is it? How do I use it?

    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.


  10. Just noticed a small glitch.


    If you use the place tool to embed a vector image within a document and then you double click on the image to edit it's color, the embedded object opens up in a new window.  Once you change the color of the object and then switch back to the original document, only 1/4 of the images colors carries over to the current view.  You either have to move the object or change your viewing aspect ratio in order for the document to refresh and update the entire image with the new color. This is also reflected in the navigator panel so clearly this is a small bug.  This bug is only noticeable in v1.5. 


    Edit:  Turning off(deselecting) the embedded object layer and reselecting the layer updates the document as well.


  11. 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?


  12. 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!

  13. I totally agree.  I can remember clicking on my trial (which had expired) and it taking me to the app store to purchase.  It was $10 off at that time, but I got busy and forgot to make the purchase.  That deal no longer shows for me.  


    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.

  14. 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).

  15. 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.



  16. Hi all,


    I'm new to Affinity and can't seem to find the Smart Selection Brush on my toolbar on the left. Any ideas on how to add it?




    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.

  17. Thank you for the reply and detailed explanation.  I originally was doing what SignGuy mentioned but was hoping to find a more automated and accurate way of completing the task.  It does't look like there is a simple solution currently available so I will have to use methods like yours to reach my desired look.


    Thanks again!


    Actually, I was playing around with this again.  If you want an odd number, just divide the number into 360 like the above option.  So 360/45= 8º of separation.  Follow the same procedures as above but change the color of the bottom circle that you put in the 6 o'clock position (This will help you to identify it later).  Enter your rotation into the rotation box and duplicate it all the way around the circle (not just half way like before).  Now just delete the offending circles that you changed the color on and you should now have your evenly spaced and odd numbered circles in a circular pattern.

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