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    misc33 reacted to Frank Jonen in Serialised Data Import   
    When you work with teams, it's now increasingly through cloud services. In addition to the already suggested Markdown, an option to map JSON data to text styles and tables would be a welcome addition that'd save us from round-tripping through parsers. A pulled update would just require a refresh in Publisher. It'd be quite helpful for magazine workflows (i.e. manage each issue's articles in a database, then export for layout), data-based brochures (e.g. annual reports) and similar often tedious tasks. 
    Adobe is selling you some behemoth apps that don't work right to get the editorial workflow managed but they're so great that that people who should be using them keep using other apps and copy/paste into the Adobe apps, creating a mess for versioning.
    Quark has Quark Author which is quite overwhelming and not exactly enjoyable to use.
    Having a way to IDGAF import serialised data would open it up wide for a variety of use cases. Write together in Jira, Cockpit or custom tools (that the users already know and are comfortable in), export sections to JSON and have that work right away in Publisher would be a great advantage. It's a rather clean format for structured data and easy to manually fix should an exporter have the hiccups. 
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    misc33 reacted to Gebnar in Affinity Publisher - Markdown Support   
    I assume Affinity Publisher, like PagePlus X9, will have some sort of "text import" tool. I'd like to humbly request that this tool include an option to import Markdown texts.
     
    I do all of my pre-publishing writing in Markdown. It would be fantastic if I could simply import the .md files themselves and have Affinity Publisher convert the text into appropriate styles, build tables, etc. This would be a huge efficiency boost to my workflow.
     
    I'm already waiting to buy Affinity Publisher the day it's released. But this small addition would be the perfect icing on the cake!
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    misc33 reacted to Chris_K in Table of contents and hyperlinks   
    Hi Michael Gough
    You set the tab leader as part of the paragraph style used in the Table of Contents. If you go the the paragraph style you are using and edit it you set the leader in the tab stops section.
    Hyperlinks are not something that will be part of the initial release I'm afraid but should be something we add in an update
    Cheers
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    misc33 reacted to Aammppaa in Selecting items   
    Also you can drag with left + right mouse buttons to enable this type of selection. Best of both worlds. 
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    misc33 reacted to aaronneilwood in delete point   
    Greetings,
    Any update on this? I've recently switched from Illustrator to Designer. I also find the 'Break Curve' functionality tedious. In Illustrator (sorry, only point of reference), one can simply select (or drag over) a segment between two nodes to select the segment. Pressing Delete then removes the segment. In Designer, this is a 4 step process with multiple tools as many have already pointed out. Yowzer!! This operation is so fundamental to drawing with the pen tool I'm finding it difficult to adjust. There must be another solution here that streamlines the process while working within the vector engine Affinity has created. Look forward to any updates.
    Aaron
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    misc33 got a reaction from aaronneilwood in delete point   
    I know the developers are hard at work, and I'm delighted with the way things are progressing with Affinity. May I just add my voice to this topic and say that the ability to delete individual nodes in the manner described by previous posters is a REALLY BIG DEAL. I know we each have our own little things that are big things to us, but this one is in the realms of basic functionality and has my vote for being addressed sooner rather than later. I simply cannot work with the massive vector map files that are my bread and butter without the ability to use the node tool this way.
     
    Maybe the knife tool will do it - looking forward to seeing that one in action!
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    misc33 reacted to MEB in Problem with dash line on affinity designer   
    Hi jensonlee,
    It doesn't work because the line has a pressure profile applied. Do the following: select the line, change it to a Solid Line Style in the stroke width popup in the context toolbar then click the Pressure button and delete the 3 nodes in the middle of the pressure curve. Change back to Dash Line Style and it should work as expected.
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    misc33 reacted to ChristAlix in How would you draw a perfect S   
    How about these versions?
     


    S-Form_01.afdesign
    S-Form_02.afdesign
     
     
    With this type of drawing you have full control over curves, ends, strokes and even line style. If you are satisfied with the sketch, you can use the function "Expand Stroke" and get curves version.

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    misc33 reacted to carl123 in Magic/Background Eraser?   
    The Flood Select Tool with Contiguous set on is usually the easier of the two options when you have white stuff you want to keep
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    misc33 reacted to toltec in Magic/Background Eraser?   
    The Flood Erase Tool is pretty much a one click background removal solution. Just like magic 
     
     
     
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    misc33 reacted to abarkalo in Font Manager   
    Here's my own review of RightFont, how I made it work for me, and my opinions of others including Mac's own Font Book - and why I think Font Book is lacking.  Also writing here because it works great in Affinity products.
     
    First of all, as a designer like many of us here, I have thousands of fonts, and also I sometimes use Google Fonts, and since I have Adobe's Creative Cloud installed I also have TypeKit fonts.  That's a lot of stuff to manage.  Then I also have a desktop and a laptop, and organizing everything across different machines is a bit of a pain.
     
    The issue with Font Book is that I had a mess with duplicate fonts, or in one machine I may not have had a font installed, and there is no cloud sync - each machine is on its own.  Also Google offers 1443 fonts (733 families) of fonts which is offers for free!  Granted not all of them are great but some are widely used like for web like Roboto, Open Sans etc.  If I wanted to install ALL of these Google fonts it would be a pain.  If I wanted to deactivate all except a few after I activated them all, it would seem like a lot of work.
     
    I have a Dropbox folder called Installed Fonts.  I have deleted all User fonts from Font Book - don't need to add anything in there.  This sounds scary, I know, but be assured that when RightFont then activates your fonts, they will be in your system to use in all apps - but RightFont is taking the place of FontBook to manage.  All my fonts, whether in folders or just tons of fonts out of folders, is only in the Dropbox folder.  Thousands.  Since it's Dropbox it syncs across machines.  I created an alias of this folder and designed a cool ICNS font and the alias sits on my desktop.  OK so now when I download fonts to the desktop I just drag and drop to this alias desktop folder.  If I am dragging a font folder, into the fonts folder, I make sure to clean it up first.  If there are duplicate fonts - typically you get TTF and OTF types - I only keep OTF (it's better).  I take out any TXT info etc.
     
    In RightFont, I have added the Dropbox font folder as a live folder.  I have also set the preferences to instantly activate all fonts as soon as they are added in.  You can also just go to the folder within RightFont, select all, activate all or deactivate all if you want to do things manually.  Next, in preferences you can add in Google fonts, either sort by name or font popularity.  They have already done all the integration - you don't need to go to Google Fonts itself.  Next, go to the Google Fonts folder, select all, activate all.  Presto done. 1433 fonts just added and activated.  If you have Creative Cloud installed, it will also list the Typekit folder. 
     
    Activation/deactivation is super fast.  It took 3 minutes to activate over 3000 fonts and about two minutes for the entire Google library.  Try doing that with Font Book. 
     
    Next what I do is start favoriting all fonts, and even create list folders - for one project or another, or perhaps lists like sketch fonts, handwritten, other very specific styles, etc.  Right now RightFont doesn't offer syncing of those non-live lists across multiple machines, although I emailed the developer and they said that it's probably coming in a future release.  Also I asked them about the ability to scan a JPEG/PNG or doc and identify fonts and also they don't do this now but are working on it for an upcoming release - that would be great. Right now, RightFont allows you to search between serif, sans, slab and then font weights, condensed type, to aid in your search. I found that feature ok, but could use some refinement. It certainly did filter the list but not accurately on occasion - maybe the font metadata was corrupt on some of my fonts, who knows. Good enough for now.  As for icon fonts that it offers, I find that less useful.  I subscribe to the Noun Project - and everyone here should ($40/year) and you have gazillions of icons that you can customize color and export as SVG or PNG - really useful for design work.
     
    Which brings me to font identification:  Nothing does that really well.  Photoshop is so-so and I tested it with documents that I created from fonts I have installed - it wasn't very accurate most of the time. Affinity really needs to build that in because Suitcase Extensis (and I haven't tried FontExplorer so I can't comment on that here) and Font Genius (which is non-retina and really bad so don't try that!) are not so great.  Like many here, I use MyFonts.com's What the Font and, while that gives the results in MyFonts and fonts they want you to buy, it is really the best identifier and then you can search in RightFont to see if you have that font installed.  If you don't, you can get some hints for what you're trying to match, and then put in custom text in RightFont and start exploring away.   Also I have the WhatFont extension installed in Chrome.  If you're trying to match fonts on a web page then this extension is perfect, not even good, just perfect.  It identifies everything on the page (reading from HTML) and gives you the font name, size, leading and HEX code for the color used.  Just amazing.
     
    Lastly... getting back to Affinity Designer, I am able to just select text and then go through RightFont and test all the lists, favorites or general list of fonts.  You can either select text or just the text layer and either way RightFont will quickly change the font.  Highly recommend.
     
     
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    misc33 reacted to RHiNO in Affinity Photo for Digital Painting   
    Even better than to mimic another app gestures, I wish Serif gives is a way to fully customize the gestures, so we can choose the behaviour of a two finger tap, three finger tap, four finger tap, three finger swipe (up, down, left, right), one finger swipe (up, down, left, right) etc. That will be awesomeness ;)
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    misc33 reacted to ronnyb in Reset Bounding Box   
    Often times after editing a vector shape, rotating, etc, the bounding box gets all wonky... it would be great to be able to "reset" the bounding box to a level rectangle, as if the shape were newly drawn from scratch and that the default bounding box was never messed with...
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    misc33 got a reaction from G00SE in Image Trace - Raster to Vector conversion   
    Live trace is the one thing that is keeping me in Illustrator. That and the line width tool, though live trace is more important. I illustrate educational materials for children, and live trace enables me to convert a small-ish simple line illustration into something that can be used on a poster, in seconds. No trace, no deal! I am very much looking forward to being able to jump ship over to Affinity.
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    misc33 got a reaction from Alfred in Remove dark background (make transparent) from white/or color lettering   
    Alfred, thank you! This is fantastic. I now know how to put my black and white line drawings onto a transparent background in both AP and AD - just what I needed.
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    misc33 got a reaction from Patrick Connor in [Fixed] No sound with the iPad tutorials   
    When you are on the start up screen, you'll see the option to create a new document, as well as to open samples or tutorials. See attached screenshot.

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    misc33 got a reaction from Patrick Connor in [Fixed] No sound with the iPad tutorials   
    When you are on the start up screen, you'll see the option to create a new document, as well as to open samples or tutorials. See attached screenshot.

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    misc33 reacted to Dalia in Using Photoshop Plugins   
    I am a total newbie and I realize this is the Beta thread but, has anyone tried using BatChmod?  It's a free app for Macs (not in the app store) that clears permissions without having to use the Terminal.  I was having trouble with Filter Forge 5 loading within Affinity Photo 1.4.2.  I directed BatChmod to Applications > Filter Forge 5 - then on the BatChmod window, I checked every single box including the one down at the bottom left, "apply to enclosed folders..." then "Apply" on the lower right hand side.  Restarted AP, opened an image, clicked on FF5 and FF opened within AP.
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    misc33 reacted to Optikz in Using Photoshop Plugins   
    I'm am wondering if Pixelsquid plugin will work with affinity photo? I haven't tried yet, just wondering if anyone knows already if it does?
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    misc33 reacted to tantographics in PixelSquid Plugin for Affinity for Photo and Designer   
    Hi:
     
    Pixelsquid has a plug-in for Photoshop which allows the import of 3d objects to be rotated within the scene.  Just wondering if Affinity has considered contacting PixelSquid to create a plug-in for both Affinity Photo and Designer for both operating systems?
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    misc33 got a reaction from G00SE in Image Trace - Raster to Vector conversion   
    Live trace is the one thing that is keeping me in Illustrator. That and the line width tool, though live trace is more important. I illustrate educational materials for children, and live trace enables me to convert a small-ish simple line illustration into something that can be used on a poster, in seconds. No trace, no deal! I am very much looking forward to being able to jump ship over to Affinity.
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    misc33 reacted to R C-R in How to quickly toggle between two tools in Pixel Persona?   
    This seems to work without problems for me:
     
    1. In Preferences > Keyboard shortcuts select Pixel & Tools from the popups.
    2. Uncheck "Apply to all" so changes affect only the Pixel Persona. (I forgot to do this but it seemed to have no adverse effects.)
    3. Delete the shortcut for the Pixel tool (or change it to something else).
    4. Change the shortcut for the Eraser from E to B.
     
    This way, tapping the B key should toggle between the Paintbrush & Eraser tools.
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    misc33 reacted to Daniel Gibert in Color names   
    I'm sure is a bug. As you say, there is no reason for having different names on color import. (But also means there is no reason to have two separate names)
     
    I understand your reasoning, but I find it very overthinking. I don't like to make comparison with Illustrator or Freehand, because the point is that i want Designer replacing them completely on my work, but Designer approach is very overcomplicated and confusing.  Both Illustrator and Freehand are very direct. Double click a color and change its properties in a single dialog. Never mind color names, color mode, spots or nothing. Simply double click, disconnect spot ticker and voila, is a CMYK color. Double click, dropdown menu and choose color RGB, voila. Double click, and name it whatever you want.
     
    In designer you have a dialog for converting to spot, a dialog for converting to global, a name change dialog for spot, a name change dialog for global, a palette for color mix the color, separate options for edit global… all of it spreaded in multiple dialogs and palettes. Still don't understand the two naming reasoning, because the color name is independent on how the color is setted. Even something as easy as changing color name can't be done over the color. You need to go a separate dialog for it.
     
    In your example, using same a pantone on different globals, is pointless to have dual names in each color. Simply duplicate the Pantone and change its name and color format. Is as easy as that. Pantone are not closed worlds, are simply color definitions. Is the same to choose a Pantone and convert it to CMYK global that creating a CMYK global using Pantone values, so dual-naming is pointless. Duplicate, modify and rename. That is. Is how has been for decades. Direct.
     
    Both illustrator and freehand does more in a single double click dialog. Logic dictates that double clicking a color should give you all formatting options at once. Result is that it consumes a lot more of time to manage color assets in Designer that other apps.
     
    Your's, your grumpy user ;-)
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    misc33 got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Things I want to be able to do in Affinity Designer   
    I've just completed a large project ready for printing; my first serious project using Affinity Designer exclusively. What a joy to use! I'm really happy on the whole with my shift away from AI.
     
    While working, I made a series of notes as I came across things I couldn't do, or which behaved in a manner I didn't expect, and which I would love to see as features in future versions:
     
     

     
    1. Hover pen tool over anchor point (which becomes visible while I'm hovering) at end of unjoined line without first selecting the path, and click to activate it and continue drawing.
     

    2. Join two open paths by clicking on each in turn with the pen tool, rather than having to select two paths and choose the Join command.
     
    3. Eye dropper - copy styles to selected object or text, as well as colours and gradients.

     


    4. Insert in front/behind/inside: keyboard shortcuts please

     
    5. Stroke presets to click on; also tiny up / down arrows to change stroke by preset increments.
     
    6. Keyboard shortcut to change the point size up/down by single rather than double increments.
     
    7. Use the direct selection tool to select nodes that define a segment of a path, and copy just that segment. When I try this with the node tool, the whole shape is selected rather than just the part I wanted. I'd rather not have to drag a marquee around the part I'm trying to select; just choosing a couple of anchor points should do the trick in my opinion.
     

    8. Have a padlock as part of each layer to simplify locking and unlocking layers. I’m aware I can select the padlock at the top of the layers panel, and that I can CTRL click to bring up a menu to lock - but as I’m doing this so often, one more movement of the mouse or an extra click really does feel cumbersome and not fluid at all. 
     
     
    Thank you for considering these suggestions! 
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    misc33 reacted to Callum in Things I can't do in Affinity Designer   
    Hi Misc33,
     
    The continuous export option becomes available when you have exported your slice at least once.You can definite Text Leading as a percent by selecting percent from the attached dropdown menu in the Paragraph tab. The issue you are experiencing with the ( Command+Shift+{ ) shortcut has been fixed in our latest beta it looks as though it was clashing with another shortcut that has now been changed :). 
     
    The rest of your points are more feature requests than questions I would advise posting them there to be considered for future updates as the developers monitor it very closely!
     
    Thanks
    C

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