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  1. I have to acknowledge that normally I would not change the color mode to greyscale Grey/8. I thought it would make sense in this case because the printed document contains only black and shades of black (grey). Maybe by doing so, I slided into the realms of photographers and raw processing? Hint is that apparently the way black and shades of black are defined is not comprehensive to me who is focused on normal CMYK and Spot color workflows. To answer your question about what I would have expected: that black is 100% grey, white is 0% grey and 30% black equals 30% grey, since it should be obvious that there exist only shades of black (grey) in a color mode that identifies as Grey/8. Furthermore I would expect that the 8 stands for 8bits per pixel = 256 different shades of grey and Grey/16 with 16bit = 65000 shades. Ralf Maeder
  2. Dear sfriedberg, in a sense this may make sense. But... in the end, isn't there at least a problem with how Affinity's color picker displays the 100% black rectangle with 0% grey? If this none of the less is correct then I throw the towel because I don't get it. And I worked 20 years in PrePress. Ralf Maeder
  3. So it's intentionally that Affinity developers specify black as 0% grey, white as 100% grey and 30% black as 70% grey?
  4. Of course. Find attached a JPG screen copy (in normal View mode in order to show the red rectangle around the area in question) and the Affinity Designer document. I converted the letter Z from the font "Parchment" into curves and devided it. As an example of the issue, I drew a (red) rectangle around an area where the path is not selectable with the Node tool. Please change to Outline view mode and try to select the path by clicking on it inside the rectangle. Ralf Maeder Outline view mode Node tool.afdesign
  5. Apparently this inconsistency is still present in the most current version
  6. I would like to point attention to an issue that is apparent when working in Outline view mode. In this mode, selecting paths with the node tool can be frustrating. Often times you click atop of a curve and the curve is not selected. You have to click nearby or farther away from the curve in order to be able to select it at some point. It's a frustrating hit or miss with no predictability. Changing the view mode away from Outline view mode restores the normal and logic behaviour where you select the curve by simply clicking directly over it (assuming you have set a useful stroke width and color to identify the curve in the viewport). Ralf Maeder
  7. I have a simple text document with a greyscale logo and chose as Color Format "Grey/8". I noticed that in this color format, the colorpicker identifies black as 0% grey and white as 100% grey. Obviously all other greyscale values are also shown with inverted values. This applies to all three Affinity Applications. Attached a simple example to show the wrong greyscale values. Ralf Maeder
  8. I couldn't solve the issue with my extremely unstable Affinity Glyph Browser. Tried a few alternatives and found best the Character Map UWD in the Microsoft Store. Sure, it requires some additional steps in order to get rid of any formatting (pasting the chosen glyph to notepad, selecting it in notepad, copying, pasting the glyph in Affinity) but Affinity won't lag or freeze, which is the main point.
  9. When working with the Glyph browser, selecting a letter, changing it with the glyph browser, then deselecting it and selecting another letter, it happens to me often that the Glyph browser won't show any letters at all. When this happens, I have to close the application and start it once more. I suppose some issue either with the font, with Affinity, or some issue with my Windows 10 system. The font is a commercial one.
  10. I also have problems with glyphs and I would like to know if it is advisable to prefer a certain font type like Truetype versus Opentype font?
  11. Recently I bought some beautiful commercial vintage fonts. The one that I like most has a lot of extra glyphs with many different versions of the same letters where the artist added beautiful swirls around the letters. When I started to make use of the font I used the Affinity Glyph Browser. I am observing several issues with Affinity (Designer and Publisher the same): After having changed a letter with the glyph browser and deselecting the text, then selecting it once more, the glyph browser stays empty, as if it is not updating or having another trouble with the font. Performance of the Affinity application suddenly may decrease and even freeze for more than 30 seconds. Also another permanent issue is that the glyph browser does not display the whole character if, like in this case, the glyph is much larger than the normal letter, making the selection of the correct glyph a trial and error endevour. I wonder if other users are noticing also bad performance issues or an empty glyph browser when changing glyphs or maybe just with some fonts or font types? Maybe one font type is preferable because it works better with Affinity applications, like Truetype versus Opentype font? Maybe some of you who need to access glyphs have found third party Glyph browser applications to be more useful or stable (Windows 10) ?
  12. I would wish for more options related to Artistic Text. Right now the only thing it does is text along a curve, but if you would like the letters to be oriented vertically or any other creative way while rolling along the path, you have to manually edit each and every letter by hand in the character panel. In this example I edited the "Shear" angle of each letter by eye-balling quickly a pleasant angle, but it's just an example. This should really be a feature that ought to be available.
  13. Joachim, when I was struggling with the PDF at the beginning, I also tried to use a raster image instead, but I wasn't happy with loosing so much fidelity when zooming in (since the file is for the sales department, they don't care for tecnical limitations but want to zoom in towards an individual plot of land.) Once I placed the PDF like it would be an image file, instead of opening it as a document (which would have forced Designer to process it), Designer generated an embedded PDF file. I was able to have the full resolution, vectorized floorplan right inside of Designer, even if it was not directly editeable, which was of not so big concern in this case. In other words, I have found that embedding the PDF file has a big advantage towards rasterizing it. Oh, and just for the record, Designer exports a perfectly usable PDF file, even in this case, with selectable layers just like I wanted. The only problem is that the software is unresponsive after every export and its process has to be terminated (I use Process Lasso for that purpose). Also it would be great if Designer could manage these complex files even better and maybe one day make them editeable without a lot of hickups. Greetings, Ralf Maeder
  14. Dear Joachim, thank you very much for your extensive testing. Concerning the file header of the PDF, you may be correct and that I exported it from Affinity Designer, which I couldn't remember. Here I attach the original PDF that was handed over to me, supposedly exported from AutoCad. Since all my attempts to make the imported PDF data manegeable in Designer failed, I opted to embed the PDF file instead. It is a viable workaround in this case, but the hanging of Affinity Designer after the export is annoying. Dear Sean P, I appreciate you looking into this matter. Ralf Maeder GEOMET.SEP19pdf.pdf
  15. Hello Joachim, following your observation, I created a new Affinity document where I deleted the embedded PDF. This way the document weighs just about 500 KB. The original PDF is about 6.4MB and was exported from Autocad. I have no access to create the Autocad export on my own. Once having embedded the PDF into the document and scaled it to full size of the artboard size, the Affinity document size increases to 38 MB. This is the moment where exporting causes the above mentioned issue. Find attached the document and the PDF. Looking forward to you input. Ralf Maeder Without embedded file.afdesign GEOMET.SEP19_vector.pdf
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