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  1. I regularly import pdfs from libreoffice into Affinity. Libreoffice is required for the data entry and statistics side of things. I then move over to affinity to beautify the result... mainly adding drop shadows and outlines to the text to make it easy to read and I do this because Affinity Photo has way more granular control of drop shadows than a spreadsheet program (no surprises there). I then want to select all text but not any rectangles that have been added, so that I can apply the drop shadow and outline. After that I want to select all rectangles and apply an outline and rounded corners to them Having a way to select all objects of the same type would help me out and save me a lot of time clicking the first piece of text in the document and then scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and scrolling ...... and scrolling until I click the last piece of text in the document. I do not want all the text to be in one frame (I may have to move a few words slightly) and even if I do group lines of text Affinity doesn't group them as I'd expect them to be grouped, so grouping text doesn't work for me. It's possible to select everything that's a specific colour, so why not all text or all rectangles (or simply all objects as opposed to text?) This would be a big bonus for me.
  2. Affinity Photo has this great feature that allows us to create colour palettes. I'd like to take this one step further and to be able to stipulate which colour palette I want to be my default colour palette (it keeps defaulting to Greys. I have a main document with loads of embedded documents. Every time I open an embedded document it defaults to the Greys colour palette. Most of the time I'm only opening up that embedded document to change 1 word and the colour of 1 rectangle. And the rectangle is to be one of the colours in the colour palette I would like to set as default....
  3. In most computer programs I use (if not all of them), if I want to select odd objects here and there I need to use the control key and click them but if I want to select a contiguous set of objects I use the shift key and select the first and last object of the set I want to select. In Affinity Photo, this is true for the layers panel, but in the editor window it is not true, I need to press shift and click the various objects I want to select. Having two different shortcuts that mean "select the objects I click and only the objects I click" in the same program, makes things very confusing and having the shortcut be shift and not control (command on mac) has had me clicking the wrong button hundreds of times.
  4. highab

    Paste FX is totally unreliable

    I add my voice to this one - especially for text. Whether I'm using paste fx or creating and using an fx preset, there are 4 parameters for drop shadow and 2 for outline. The first and last drop shadow parameters are correct, the middle two seem totally random, the first outline parameter is good, the second one isn't. This makes them unusable. So I have to memorise the numbers and then enter them manually, doable, but even that would be easier if I could use the tab key to move between the input boxes as I'm used to doing practically in any other app that has an input box, but in affinity that closes the tool panel or something, which is not too helpful. I'm exporting from libreoffice to pdf and then importing the exported pdf into Affinity Photo specifically to get the drop shadows on the text that libreoffice can't do quite so well (less customisation options).
  5. Hi, I'm importing pdf files exported from libreoffice on a regular basis (once or twice a week). I'm using Affinity Photo on a Mac. Every time I import I have to go to affinity designer in the MacOS dock, whether I'm already in Affinity Photo or not, just to get that popup, which often does have the correct settings, just to click import. That's several more clicks and mouse movements than I'd like. I'd love to have those settings set as default and to skip that window entirely set via preferences, so I can go and change them if I want to, but only when I want to. Also I have the dpi set to 700, but since the text is a light colour which is highlighted in a light colour its basically hidden and illegible, so I can't actually see that it has remembered my import settings from last time.
  6. I'm definitely interested in the default tool either being the move tool or me being able to choose the default tool. I have a lot of documents that have embedded documents and every time I open an embedded document I then have to remember to change from the move tool, i.e. the tool I was using 2 seconds before I entered the embedded document.
  7. Thanks. That solves the problem for me too. imac high sierra.
  8. Not a problem for me since I'm talking vector objects and alignment or reduction in size because I'm adding lines
  9. +1 for this idea, and extend the idea to any object. Yes, I'd definitely like to be able to put everything and anything inside a table cell... image, object, group, text layer (with style, outline and drop shadow) and even embedded documents). In answer to etageneuf, yes that is a workaround, but when we're creating fancy tables that are likely to change quite often the ability to just add rows or tweak the table and not have to manually change the alignment and position and size etc of the images/objects/embedded documents would be great.
  10. I have odd things happening with cell sizes in tables too
  11. Hi, again relating to my manual deleting of the background to produce transparent pngs, I could work way faster if I could flick to the brush tool rotation (eraser in my case) with a keyboard shortcut and see the tool turning til I get it how I want it and then press another key to apply the change to the tool. Thanks!
  12. Hi, I spend a lot of time cutting out pictures of people that I've taken so we have transparent PNGs for future use. I'm too picky for the automatic flood delete options... I want smoother lines, so I spend an hour and go along the lines and cut them out..... For this I need the undelete function because I often find that I took too much off at some stage... and I don't want to have to undo x times to then have to redo all the work I'd done in between times. My previous programme allowed me to undelete by right clicking the area when using the delete tool.
  13. That looks great, IF you have a lovely clear photo with well-defined edges. I'm taking photos on almost full zoom without a flash from a distance of 15-20m. The people in the pictures are under spotlights, so the photo is clear, but not as clear as it probably needs to be for that to work. I need an undelete function and a way to change brush shape and rotation at speed.... having to move to the brush window and slide a slider to rotate the delete brush, but having to guess if I've rotated it enough because I'm in another window and so the brush shape isn't showing on the image is a little bit frustrating and not a particularly efficient workflow.
  14. Yep, went and found it after I asked for it :D Thanks
  15. Hi, I'm not so exact with the freehand tool, but a freehand point-to-point selection tool gets me the selections I need. This feature would be great!
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