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  1. Yep, sounds like a bug. Disappointing. So rather than do the runaround, I guess I'll have to rebuild this (thankfully) simple logo in Illustrator CS6 and put an end to this project. My hourly rate is getting smaller and smaller the longer I fiddle with it. I'll report this as a bug when I get a chance if it hasn't been already. Thanks to all who responded.
  2. It sounds like a workaround or hack to some extent. I haven't tried color to white because it would kill the transparency.
  3. There's a thought. It's worth a try when i can get back to it. I'll let you know.
  4. Sorry I haven't gotten back sooner. I ran into problems off the bat regarding Spot colors and had to put the project down for a while. Solid colors separate fine but for some reason my gradients refuse to separate properly. I have a line that gradates from color to transparent. Even though I apply the spot color to it, it disappears in the separation. I also have a solid color area over a shape with a gradient fill and the SOLID color knocks out of the shape below to white. Thoughts?
  5. Ahh, PDF. Is that standard procedure these days? I know that InDesign can place a native PDF file, can Publisher do that as well? Does a global color allow you to place it on different objects and mod the colors at the same time? I'm away from my home computer just now but thanks for your help. I'll give that a try.
  6. Hi folks, I finally had a chance to get into Designer's export persona on a 2 color logo I designed for a client. I like it a lot and don't believe there's anything like it in the Adobe CS6 apps I had been using. I saved it as a jpg in multiple sizes and as a grayscale tiff for printing. What I don't know is how to save as CMYK and spot color which I would normally do as an EPS. It was originally designed in RGB because the client will mostly use it on the web but I also want to give her print-ready options. Questions: Can spot color swatches be changed to 4 color swatches? Why doesn't my spot color version appear to separate properly when I pull it into InDesign and check with the separations panel? There must be a different process than what I'm used to. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  7. Really nice work. I'm curious, do you just have the After Effects app as an individual sub rather than the full suite?
  8. In a "Rent-A-Center" economy, the ability to scrape up the cash necessary for the initial purchase is daunting. That's why many consider Adobe's subscription affordable (until the digital repo man shows up). My question is whether these programs are worth the money they've convinced us they are worth. Since we're not dealing with physical goods, the price charged is based on what? Coding? online distribution? marketing? All of the above? The price is not totally arbitrary but the core functionality of many apps can be found in a $10 smart phone these days. Their software is not worth what they previously charged with perpetual licensing. I believe that users realizing that their copies of CS4 were damn good enough was why Adobe created a forced upgrade plan. The existence and hopefully success of Affinity's low price model along with open source projects such as Blender, Gimp, Krita and others should drive down the retail cost of such software through simple supply and demand. I hope that comes to pass.
  9. Them's fightin' words right there, lol. Seriously though, I always got weird errors converting Xpress to InDesign. When it worked I considered myself fortunate but a lot of the time it made more sense to redo a smaller document in INDD, especially if it were one that would be updated frequently or used as a template. Otherwise, the errors just got passed down the line job after job.
  10. I'm truly sorry to hear that Designer can't work for you. The older I get the more disappointed I get with technology in general. Back in the late 80s and 90s I was the kid talking to the old guys in our in-house print shop and wondering why they didn't want to just dump their analog work flow and outfit the shop with a bunch of shiny new Macs. Maybe they knew something that I'm only just realizing. That I was embarking on a never ending roller coaster of upgrades, updates, learning, relearning, buying, rebuying, etc., forever. I never really owned the means of production, of making a living, I was renting and even my hardware functioned at the will of the upgrade cycle. This was made even more clear by Adobe's recent gank move to have control of you, your files, and your lively hood forever. Kind of a digital sharecropping when you think about it. "Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the Adobe store." Lol. Just so you know, I am on a Mac. An older one that dates back to Obama's first term and using Sierra. CS6 does work for me but I know it's days are numbered. I hold Apple in pretty much the same regard as Adobe these days. I'll hold on to the HW and SW combo as long as possible though and slowly transition to Affinity and accept it's quirks. You've stated your case and I agree. If others agree they should say so and maybe Serif will see the light. If they remain silent then maybe my opinion (and yours) is faulty. In any case, it is what it is. "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right". Affinity or Adobe, our choice. And for some reason Quark is still not an option.
  11. I'll have to admit I'm still pimpin' CS6 at home. We finally got CC at work though I haven't upgraded past CC17. I could install CC at home legally but choose not to because I don't want my personal files and workflow under Adobe's subscription. So I generally compare Affinity to CS6 and can still use the old apps if necessary. I use Designer a lot and plan on getting Photo soon. I'm sure I won't get Publisher for a version or 2 because I expect it to take time to mature and I don't do much page layout at home. I hope they reconsider their layer implementation but Adobe CC really isn't an option for me.
  12. In the time since I responded to your post I've come to agree more that a universal layer system is necessary. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe Publisher has it either, which I assumed it would since it works with multipage documents. The lack of a layer system as we've come to expect over the last 15 years or so tends to bollox up simple stuff, like keystroking objects from the top of the stack to the bottom. In transitioning from InDesign that lack will hover somewhere between "deal breaker" and "this kinda sucks, but I only paid $50." I'm not sure how far Affinity can go as the "only $50" program. I should acknowledge though, that in the book publishing office where I work, our other designer never uses layers or the automated footnotes, TOC, or indexing features that InDesign offers. At the end of the day each designer requires or ignores what they choose although it may make no logical sense to me personally.
  13. As mentioned, the IDML import is being worked on. You're no worse off now than you were last month before Publisher was released. If you have a bunch of INDD files you can continue working with them using InDesign as you have been. Or you can get a copy of Xpress, which I believe imports INDD. I'm not happy that the feature is not yet available but ecstatic that someone had the stones to compete with Adobe at all. Over the last 10 years no other company, neither Quark or Corel, or anyone else has even tried to create a full suite of pro design products. Import needs to be addressed no doubt, but it's not a deal breaker to me personally. There are other issues I find more problematic, but I keep reading posts where some user insists his missing feature is the most import one of all. Then essentially bashing Serif for not seeing things their way. I think the only reason people are so upset is because Adobe is bleeding them dry with their subscription model. Otherwise, why not stick with Adobe? Adobe is the exploiter, Affinity is the alternative, even if imperfect. I don't look a gift horse in the mouth. We're still at version 1.x. I accept the flaws because the alternatives are slim and costly and because there are a lot of positives that the Affinity line brings to the table.
  14. Thanks for pointing that out. The level of entitlement by some on these boards is astounding sometimes. People seem to want every feature from Adobe's "bloated" product, at version 1, for $50. The anger is misdirected. Serif is not the one exploiting you even if you lost $40.