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  1. They indicated that that they primarily focused on MS and Adobe products. I put in a good word for Affinity. :-)
  2. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread, I appreciate all the advice and feedback. Various pieces are already helping to improve my workflow, so thank you.
  3. Yes agreed! I think this is on Graphpad to fix, and they in fact have been responsive to my request on this point. It is interesting to me though that MSPaint opens the file and renders it perfectly.
  4. Yes, that was the issue. I had found it by somewhat randomly clicking around on the object (not in the Layers panel). If you use the node tool and click on the exact edge of teh whole group, you can select the Curve, and then resize. The hard part is catching just the edge. But yes, much much easier to do this in Layers. Thank you.
  5. To clarify, I am trying to add many graphs (dozens in some cases) to a single master .afdesign file. Opening a PDF of the graph only opens that graph separately. I am trying to add it to another document. When you place a .emf, it is copied in as a group that is directly editable in the main workspace. If you do the same for a .pdf, it is only editable in a separate window.
  6. This is simply how the EMF file is constructed by Prism. I've already been in contact with that company and they are looking into fixing this for future versions. Thank you for the explanation on how to select all the objects in the Layers panel. I had been unable to do that previously, but the point about expanding the Curve first did the trick! Much appreciated.
  7. Yeah, apologies, I'm getting all the terminology wrong. My point about PDFs is that they open as a new workspace window. By contrast, EPS and other file types do not open a new workspace window, they are editable directly in the main workspace. This is much more desirable for rapid editing. With regards to the Artboard point, I believe I was simply incorrect. The first time I managed to adjust the boundries of the group so I could see the "hidden" pieces, I had been playing with the artboard tool first. In retrospect that appears to have been happenstance.
  8. Hi Old Bruce. Thanks for working on this, I appreciate your time. I was able the achieve same thing in V1.65 (without the transform button) by double-clicking the edge of the group with the node tool (it's not easy) and then selecting a corner and dragging. However, that still leaves all of the components in their own group(artboard? not sure. my vocabulary may be off here) and it is much harder to select and manage. What I'm trying to find is a way to get all the pieces easily and quickly copied onto the main artboard as independent vector objects so that i can resize, adjust font/line widths, etc easily and quickly. My interest in speed in due to that that I have to do all this hundreds of times for some papers, so each extra step adds a great deal of additional work. Ideally there would be a copy/paste default option that let you specify exactly how the object is imported as a default. In any case, thanks for your advice!
  9. Thanks for this suggestion. However, working on the Windows version of Affinity Designer, PDF objects can only be opened as a sub-window. This makes it more challenging to work with in a complicated layout. Again, this can be fixed by copy/pasting from the PDF window to the may artboard, but not ideal. Still, this may be easier than going through the EMF file type, so a step in the right direction.
  10. I'm a cancer researcher and I use Affinity Designer to prepare publication quality figures for manuscripts. I love it. However, one persistent issue has been importing EM F (or WFM, EMF+, EPS, etc) files from a statistical graphing program called GraphPad Prism (another awesome piece of software). Graphs from Prism that are copy/pasted into Desinger, or Placed, end up appearing cropped and missing pieces (despite being fine when opened in other vector file viewers). I finally traced the problem to artboards- the files are being automatically imported to a new artboard, and that artboard is typically smaller than the object itself. As an example, I'm attaching two files here: a graph exported from Prism as .emf, (which renders fine in MS Paint), and a .afdesign file that contains the same graph after being copied into Designer. You will see that the axis labels and other components are not visible. It turns out that all of the components of the graph ARE present in Layers. But the object is on it's own Artboard, and some pieces are off the edge of that artboard. It is not clear to me why Designer imports the object that way. If you copy the individual sub-objects on the Layers menu and paste them into the main artboard, you can see everything and edit as per usual with a vector object. However this is very tedious, especially since some end up as sub-sub-objects, etc (see example). You can also use the artboard tool to extend the boundries of the Artboard, but this makes editing more complicated. I tried to use the "Convert Artboard to Object" action in the Layers menu, but the feature is not available when I select this object- I don't know why. So I have two questions. FIRST, is it possible to force a pasted or placed object to be pasted to the main artboard (without creating a new artboard)? If not, then SECOND, can anyone advise me on how to merge the artboards (or get the Convert Artboard to Object command to work) in a single step rather than having to tediously copy paste every single sub-object in the layers palette? I do appreciate your advice. -Ken Panc1 Figure.afdesign PANC1 labelled GSH.emf
  11. I am using AD v1.5.2.58 on a Windows 10 machine. Overall love it. However, I cannot add new colors to any application palettes. I can add colors to document palettes, I can create new palettes of either type. But when I select an application palette and click "Add fill to palette" from the Swatches menu, nothing happens. Similarly, if I right-click an object and select any of the "Add to swatches" options, nothing happens. Help! I'd like to create a palette that is available for every document i create in AD. Thanks for your assistance. Ken
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