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  1. I feel that your decision to go Mac only is spot on.  It's funny how so many people want all that Affinity has to offer on their PC.  If they only realized the limitations of their choice of operating systems, they would understand why this is Mac only in the first place.  

    If you want the benefits that a Bugatti has to offer, you don't buy a Ford Fusion and get mad that Bugatti doesn't make an engine for your Ford.  I use Windoze, Linux and OS X operating systems.  They all offer one benefit over the other in certain areas.  Serif made their choice and decided to capitalize on all the features that it's chosen operating system has to offer.  Was it to fill a niche or to capitalize on the the OS's benefits and abilities?  Obviously that question has already been answered.  They have designed a super responsive program that will be(and apparently is) the envy of the competition.  


    Keep up the great work Serif and if you as a user really want the benefits of the Affinity product line, get a Mac and be happy. 

  2. Thank you for your inquiry regarding Graphtec Studio and the Affinity Designer software.  Due to Adobe Illustrator's pervasiveness throughout the industry, our corporate office includes a plug-in for it.  For other software companies who wish to write drivers for Graphtec products, they may submit a request to our corporate office to receive a Software Development Kit.  The link is here:

    You may want to contact the Affinity software company to see if they are interested in developing drivers for Graphtec products and provide them with the link.  If they receive enough requests, they might be willing to write the drivers.

    Best regards,

    Neil Zdunkawicz
    Graphtec America, Inc.



    I may be the only one for now but here is my request for this to happen sometime in the near future.  I'd even be willing to donate to a kickstarter program if that would help.

  3. I just discovered that I can hold the command key and press the pixel view icon and it will switch between pixel and vector view.  Good enough for me but still strange that there isn't a vector view icon since there is a vector view mode.  Maybe I'll just start using command Y to switch my mode from now on. :-)

  4. I am using a Late 2008 MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10.2 and latest beta of AD.  I keep getting pixelation when editing my documents.  If I save, close, and reopen the document, the pixelation goes away for a while and then it just starts showing up again.


    Is this an issue with my laptop/video card? Changing video modes doesn't seem to help.


  5. I noticed that when Ai exports to SVG, it saves the document size as points regardless of how you have defined your document size settings.   When AD exports it saves the document size as pixels.


    When I import my designs into my cutting software (SignCut) it is interpreted as points and not pixels, therefore rendering the image larger then the original.  


    I was curious as to what the industry standard is and if there is some way that I can change this by a user preference.


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  6. I don't think that Affinity Designer will ever be able to be used to cut directly from it because many cutters use different language specifications.  I have a Graphtec cutter and it uses its own GPGL(Graphtec Plotter Graphics Language).   Other cutters use HPGL Language (Hewlett Packard Graphics Language).  I don't think that serif needs to worry about that kind of stuff or else they are going to have to include elements such as registration marks, weeding lines, contour cutting, cut by color and cut by layer.  Sound's like they have enough on their plate already.   They just need to be able to allow third party plug-ins to work or make sure that EPS/SVG exports are fully supported with the cutter software.  


    Most every sign business that I know of uses either Adobe Illustrator or Corel and then they have their own cutting software that works with those files in the form of a plug-in.  The biggest thing is that most cutting software is only supported under Windows.  Yes, there are a few exceptions to that but the main reason is that there really isn't any good vector software for the Mac until now.  Affinity Designer isn't just good, its great! And it has most everything that you need for the vinyl/cnc industries. 


    With that being said, I'm happy to use either Graphtec's software or something like SignCut Pro on the Mac along with Affinity Designer.  I just don't have the programming skills to make a plug-in and I certainly don't know enough about color pallets and EPS/SVG compatibility rules to figure out why my exports from AD aren't importing with the accuracy that I need.    Until then, All I can do is wait and trust that someone with a higher pay grade then me will figure this out ;-)

  7. Please keep me posted.  I'm not having the best of luck with SignCut or Graphtec Studio.  I'd like to know if the files import colors properly and if there are any other issues that you find (Especially with text with open letters).  I know that layers aren't preserved so there is no way of using Affinity and importing layers into the cutting software.  Most cutting programs only import a few different file types and until I can find something that works 100% (like a plug-in would), my options are limited.  

  8. Since Affinity Designer does not have an option to convert raster to vector, I decided to try Vector Magic as it was suggested from one of the moderators of this forum.  However, when trying to import an image into AD that was saved as an EPS file, occasionally AD will crash.  I then have to open the eps file in Illustrator and re-save the vector again as an EPS file.  Then AD will open the file without crashing. 


    My guess is that this is either something going on with Vector Magic when exporting or the possibility that something is wrong with the interpretation and import within Affinity Designer.


    I have attached an eps image that crashes AD upon opening.  


    Any insight would be appreciated.




  9. The plugin will probably have to be made by your cutters developers.  I have been in constant contact with SignCut as well as Graphtec for this but I haven't had much luck with any replies. Affinity Designer is so new that they haven't even heard of it.  Without those plugins, the only other option you have is to export the file yourself and import it into either Graphtec Studio or Mimaki FineCut.  I don't even know if there is an import option for the Mimaki.  It's very frustrating I can tell you that much.  Importing into Graphtec studio works but layers and colors are not imported properly if at all.  I think Serif uses a different EPS postscript file language and there is some sort of incompatibility issue between software programs.   So, even when I do create a project in AD, its not that easy to cut it.  Now I know why people stick with Adobe or Corel as well as Windows.  But, if Serif can get it right, they will OWN the Mac!  They have a lot riding on their success or failure of this product.  I'm hoping they put as much resources into getting it right as they do developing three different programs over the next year.  They need to make sure they address the needs of the masses before they put their developers on another project in some other program (Photo or Publisher).  

  10. Yes, I do mean text to path, sorry about that.  It's very important in graphic design.  I'm glad to see it coming.


    Printing registration marks is pretty crucial.  However, If file exporting/importing into my cutting software worked better, I could print and use registration marks there.  Unfortunately, colors and layers are not preserved when exporting/importing so it's a struggle at this time because no plug-ins are available.


    I can use third party software like vector magic or even inkscape to convert raster to vector but again, I'm jumping from one application to another.  Even creating a simple offset path takes many steps. Apparently, it's not so simple to program.


    Your work around for the embedded documents does work but again requires multiple steps.  Even after following your steps, I still need to resize the object and place it where I want it to go instead of just dragging the object to the size and location that I want it like you can do with the place option.  This is something that could easily be fixed with a single menu command or button.


    In my line of work, I make a new and different sign about every 5-8 minutes of different sizes, colors and containing different embedded documents(EPS graphics).  The extra steps of copying and pasting the graphics with your work around, file export / import of the documents into my cutting software (no plug-ins), and then having to change the colors of objects in my cutter software for multi-color jobs takes me about an extra 3-4 minutes compared to doing the same things using Ai. I can't afford this lost productivity for my clients.  


    Believe me when I tell you that I'd rather use your software.  I'll just keep looking for those Betas until then.  I'd gladly pay 10 times what I did for your software had it worked for me.

  11. Would a cutter just follow the overall outline then ?


    Is there not still the issue of having each vector having its own outline and so the cutter wont just work to the outline?


    To be honest I might be describing the machine wrong too..it cuts around a shape but also prints the image, so its not just cutting a single colour sheet of vinyl.


    You are correct.  This is a problem with the program that I have had as well.  There are work arounds like selecting your vectors and grouping them like MEB suggested.  I would then duplicate it and put it on another layer.  On the new layer, do the ADD Operation to create them into one object and then use the expand stroke option that was also suggested.  You can then delete your vector work that was combined and all that will remain on that layer is the cutout that you are looking for.  You will have to print the layer that has your vectors but not cut it.  Only cut the layer that has the outline.


    It's not an easy process and there are other instructions in the forum that I posted.  You may have to click on Layer-Geometry-Divide in order to separate your outline from your vector art.  Again, it's a pain and not as easy as hitting Object - Path - Offset Path as it is in Ai.  This is why I'm going back to Ai until Serif can add more functionality that is needed for the Sign industry.  


    Sorry Serif, I'm glad that I bought your product but I just can't use it as my primary vector imaging program just yet.  I know your working on it and I'd be happy to have paid many times what you are asking had it had the capabilities that I posted in a previous post.

  12. Well,  after fighting with Affinity Designer and trying to export a document as EPS and then importing that file into my cutting software for my vinyl cutter, it is pretty clear that there are some MAJOR incompatibility issues.  It is missing Text to curve, printing registration marks, converting raster to vector and expanding embedded objects (svg and eps).  These are all very basic features that a program needs in order to be used for any type of serious work.


    Unfortunately, until Serif can design their software to have better industry standard exporting capabilities and the inclusion of the items I listed above, I am forced to go back to Adobe Illustrator.  Affinity Designer will become a novelty program on my computer and is not ready to replace Ai anytime soon.  I'm still happy that I bought their program and I hope that they can keep up the good work.


    Sorry Serif.  I'll check back from time to time and see how your progressing. I want you to succeed in the very worst way and can't wait until I can delete Ai off my system.

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