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  1. The only major thing holding me back from using Affinity as my full time vector image tool is the import handling of vector images.


    I use eps files a lot in my work and when I import(place...) an eps file it gets saved on the layer as an embedded document.  I then have to double click on the image to edit it.  Then I need to double click on that image to select its curves.  I next copy its outline, go back to my original document and then I paste the outline into my document.  I then need to delete the imported image(embedded document).  If I don't do the above process, The image will not print(cut).  


    Is there any way that Affinity can turn on a user preference that will allow a user to select if they want to import images as embedded documents or converted as curves upon placing them in the document?  Or, provide a button that can be clicked to automatically convert to curves instead of doing the above procedure?


    I know this has been asked before but I haven't seen a definitive answer if this is something that will be available soon or not.  It's this and curved text that is preventing me from cutting the strings on Illustrator (I can wait for the other goodies on your future upgrade path).  


    I am using the beta.

  2. That worked!  It was a little more complicated with text but I eventually got it to produce the effect that I was looking for.  Thank you.


    Steps needed for Text outline:


    Create text with art text tool. (hint-click and drag to change the size of your text)

    Click on move tool and Convert text to curves

    Select Stroke color and adjust stroke width to desired thickness

    Select Layer and expand stroke from menu

    Select your text again and click on ungroup

    Select Layer and expand Stroke from menu a second time

    Now click on the add icon under the operations on the tool bar to combine the outline curves into one entity

    Change the stroke to about 1 point and change the fill to none.

    Optionally, go back and regroup your text so it is easier to move.


    This gave me the desired look that I was hoping for.  It's not as simple as in Ai but I'm hoping that once the developers create a trace tool it will make life easier.



    Second Screen shot is what cutter will follow. 






  3. Whoops I just found it in the menu. Shortcut is ⇧⌘O


    ... Or at least I thought I found it. The performing that operation, it sure does select the object, but it also seems to delete it in one go. Am I right about this?..


    Help needed. In the meantime I'll try to solve this.


    I still would like an ⌘click option though. (hint) ;)




    Don't forget, you can always customize your keyboard shortcuts using a Mac.  Just change the shortcut in the keyboard settings.  You can do this on a system wide shortcut or an app specific shortcut.  No need to ask affinity designers to change any of their shortcut commands.  

  4. No, if I create a rectangle and a single letter both in the same color, they come out in the same color. But when I create them in a different color, The sign software only cares about the outline colors so that you can separate them and print them on different vinyl colors.  This is when the colors get misinterpreted.  


    first file is simple black rectangle with red Affinity.

    second file is after imported into SignCut software.  - notice black background became white and red lettering became pink

    third file is outline interpretation. It would be difficult to print out only the word Affinity due to the fact that it is not all in one color.


    Now, I can edit the colors in SignCut software but it shouldn't have to be done if all of the letters are the same color in the first place.


    I've been blaming it on SignCut software but this doesn't seem to happen when I use Adobe Illustrator.




  5. I've been using the beta and downloaded the new one today as well.  The EPS file looks fine until it is opened with vinyl cutting software (free demo version at signcutpro.com).


    I've included partial screen shots of what I'm talking about.


    First file is original image from Affinity.

    Second file is image after eps imported into SignCut - Notice incorrect color

    third file is cut lines interpreted from file import of eps.


    If eps file is imported into Adobe illustrator and then saved as .ai file or if I use the SignCut plug-in, the file is rendered correctly.  This leads me to conclude that there is some type of issue with the export within Affinity.  Until this can get resolved, I am not able to use Affinity as a replacement to Adobe or my sign business.  There must be something that can be done?





  6. I am having issues with affinity designer eps exports.  There seems to be some type of issue with how text colors are exported.  When using any number of vinyl cutting software, the eps file doesn't seem to render the correct color of my text.  This happens with regular text, and text that has been converted to curves.  I have discovered that exporting out of adobe illustrator has the same effect unless the option to (embed fonts for other applications) is turned on. Once fonts are embeded in the eps file, the colors are preserved.  This seems to be the issue that I am having with the eps export in affinity.  


    When I open an affinity eps file in textedit, I can see that all text is saved as curves.  When opening an eps file that was created in adobe, text is saved as a font.


    So question is, can you set up an option in the affinity eps export to enable the embedding of fonts?  I am happy to send private copies of my files if you would like to see them.  

  7. Ah, do you mean that you have embedded documents? If so, I'm sure we can sort that out without too much trouble pretty quickly  :)


    OK, I played around with this again on the Beta version and you are correct.  When importing a  .svg graphic into ADBeta, it does show up as an Embedded Document.  Is this something that you feel can be fixed so it shows up when exported into an .eps file?  This is the only way that I can get the AD design into my sign printing software(Roland CutStudio or SignCut Pro).  Embedded Documents export fine when I use Adobe Illustrator.  Problem is that I don't want to use Ai any longer.  AD is almost perfect for what I want it to do.

  8. Maybe instead of showing a list of fonts used in the document, it could just be a list of frequently used fonts that the app has used.  That way if you create a new document, your list will still populate with frequently used fonts that the app has used and not just display an empty selection because there are no fonts currently being used in the document.  But I think we are pretty much talking about the same idea. 

  9. I'm not sure what you mean by embedded documents unless you are referring to embedded graphics then the answer is yes.  As an example, I have a document with 4 layers (two different vinyl colors), A black layer, a red layer, a text layer and a graphic layer.  It is this graphic layer where I am having the issue.  It is my hope that I can someday click on the export persona and select multiple layers and export only those layers to the vinyl cutter software. Right now, it appears that you can only export one layer at a time and not multiple layers.  So what I am doing is staying in the draw persona and turning on only those layers that have the same color and exporting them as a eps file.  Then after I save that file, I deselect those layers and reselect the other layers with a different color.  Sometimes a project will only have two vinyl colors to export(black and red) but other projects may have more colors in the vinyl sign production.  This is also where I am hoping that a plug-in could be created to eliminate the entire export process.  It would be nice to click on the export persona and select the layers with the common colors and then simply click on a send to button and have those layers sent to the CutStudio software or any other vinyl cutting software that a person might have.  


    The embedded graphic layer(clip art) is the one that is giving me the headache unless I take the steps that I outlined above and convert the vector image into curves.


    It is almost as if AD was designed for the sign industry!  It is so close but falls just a little short in the export capabilities at the moment.  It is truly an amazing program guys!  Keep up the awesome work that you do!


  10. I think that I have found the issue.  The issue happens with graphics.  Even though I install .svg or .eps graphics in my working area, Affinity designer can not export them. Even though there is a check box to enable or disable "Rasterize unsupported effects", this option does not work.  The solution is to double click on the vector image, convert to curves, copy the curves, delete the graphic from the work area, and past the image curves back to the work area.   This is clearly not a productive way to my work flow.  Obviously there is work that is being done to the export features and hopefully a solution can be found.  I am hoping that AD becomes such a major competitor to Ai and Corel and companies start making plug-ins to help with the workflow of sending graphics to cutters.

  11. It is with GREAT sadness that I have to inform you that I am unable to use Affinity Designer with Roland Cut Studio for Vinyl Printing.  I exported a file to EPS and the Roland Cut Studio says that it is an unsupported format even though they clearly state on their website that they support the EPS file format.  This is depressing because I absolutely LOVE Affinity Designer and would be more then happy to use it in my business.  Without the ability to export and import into Cut Studio, I am left with an empty feeling and a unfortunately may have to look at Adobe Illustrator as my vector software choice.  This is not something that I am happy about.  The EPS file that is created in Affinity Designer seems to open ok using other vector software like inkscape and Ai, from there I can use their plugins to export to Cut Studio.  Layers are not preserved in these other vector programs so I'm not sure if that has something to do with it or not.  


    Any advice?

  12. I have downloaded the beta version of AD and was thinking of taking a file to my local Technical College to try it out.  I will keep you posted.  But in the mean time, If someone can try this out that has experience, It would be great.  I'm hoping that someday someone can come along and create a plug-in but in the meantime, I can always create a macro or script in automator that can help me quickly export a file from AD and import it into Cut Studio.  

  13. Has anyone tried to use Affinity Designer with Rolands Cut Studio?  I am looking to get into the Vinyl Sign business and I am looking for an alternative to Adobe Illustrator or Corel.  I will only use a Mac and I believe that Affinity Designer is exactly what I need but I am curious to see if anyone has used it with Cut Studio and if the file formats are compatible.


    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  

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