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  1. I used a free script that was mentioned somewhere in these forums to convert hundreds of indd docs to idml format that Affinity understands. The process took about 15 minutes. Glad those docs won't go the way of my Freehand, Director and Flash files.
  2. Hi Dan. Thanks for replying. Actually, creating a new artboard did fix the problem. It came in at the size I wanted (surprising because I had three different artboard sizes). When I copied and pasted the art I noticed that the background image had some kind of weird distortion on the left and right edges. You can actually see it in the previous image I posted. I used the same image for each background with a color adjustment to modify them, but only that one appears to have that distortion. I'm assuming it has something to do with how I resized the images. Anyhow, I trashed the borked artboard
  3. OK. Further investigation shows that only 4th artboard, the wide one, exhibits this problem. Don't know why but it was created by duplicating an artboard and resizing it. Strange anomaly? I'll try making a new artboard and pasting the graphics to it.
  4. I'm getting a strange distortion and border around my graphic when exporting from an artboard. If I go to the export persona and create a slice around the artboard all is well. As you can see in the image (Twitter-Nite-Banner 2.png), the graphics are stretched and a transparent border shows up. margins and bleed for the document are set to zero. What's going on here? This is how it should look
  5. I just upgraded to High Sierra last week, lol. No serious issues thus far, I think I'll stay awhile.
  6. I understand what you're saying and agree completely. Everyone's needs are different and Adobe's had 30 years to fine tune it's software, innovate and buy their way to industry standard, and leverage their success in order force customers to do things they really hate doing. Affinity is competing with a 800 lb gorilla in Adobe and many of the "missing features" are only missing because they exist in Adobe software. Are Adobe users complaining that they don't have live previews or that InDesign can't open PS directly in the app? Are they complaining about features that no one has thought of yet
  7. For me, and a lot of other people I think, it’s not so much about the money. It’s about a single company controlling my ability to earn money or create art. You become more beholden with every project you create. It’s a new reality that craftsmen never faced before, that your tools could be taken away from you for non-payment, or a computer error, or sanctions against your country. They can raise the price, let the bugs fester, deny your right to use an older version of CC You’ll take it and like it You might as well “owe your soul to the company store” like some kind of sharecropper.
  8. I agree, it would be much harder but jpg and mp3 are basic formats without any bells or whistles. I can import an mp3 and convert it to another format in order to add bookmarks for audiobooks for example or a jpg could be used to create a layered PSD or transparent png. A format like IDML (which Adobe will never open up) could just be a very basic page layout format. I haven't experimented with it much but the multilayered, multipage IDML files I opened in Publisher worked well, with colors and fonts intact and minimal cleanup necessary. If we accept the limitations it could be valuable to hav
  9. Standardization is cool. Open standards are better. So mp3, obj, html, jpg, png, css, apache, Linux etc. are great and have probably moved the creative industry forward more than any proprietary formats.
  10. Sounds like a plan. You're probably right about Publisher. It's great to be able to modify assets on the fly.
  11. Your last sentence pretty much sums up why I posted in the first place. I'm glad I'm not the only one trying to figure it out. There are certainly growing pains and I expect that experience and upgrades will sort much of it out. Unfortunately the prefs I set up for Designer are different than the ones I set up for Publisher. For instance in Designer and Photo I like my scroll wheel to adjust the size of the viewing percentage. In Publisher I prefer it to scroll through pages. I can't have both in Publisher even if I change personas as far as i know. There's also the issue of brushes, color
  12. Starting in Publisher may be the best solution. It goes against decades of muscle memory to do an image based layout in a page layout app so I hadn't tried that yet. Each of these apps has a lot of functionality that is usually not present in such apps. They're not as separate as I've become accustomed to. Which goes back to my suggestion that workflow between them be highlighted more. It will take some time and experimentation for me to get comfortable with it. Thanks all for responding.
  13. I think the biggest issue I'm having with the Affinity Suite is workflow. I've seen a number of reviews and tutes on individual programs but not many of either on how to integrate them into your workflow. The integration between the three apps are their strongest feature at this point, but changing a decades long workflow from distinct programs that work together to what is essentially one program with three (mostly) separate modules is something else. In addition some of the in-house decisions as to what features are present or missing from each app is a source of frustration for me. Cas
  14. Coming back to this topic months later. Rather than removing the option they should just make it functional. it already exists in the program. Publisher should build out its capabilities as a multipage design program with INDD import, grep, footnotes, etc while Designer does the same with image trace, vector distort, blend shapes, etc. Can't see where more robust text handling in Designer would cause confusion in the market or hinder Publisher sales.
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