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    jackamus reacted to ver in Illustrator vs. DrawPlus vs. Designer vs. CorelDRAW   
    My first thought when I saw the features in DrawPlus that disappeared from Affinity Designer was that those were all from third party libraries that weren't re-licensed to Designer for business reasons. Not that:
     
     
    If you do own all the code then I would suggest to dump all these features that you consider to be sub-optimal under a menu called "experimental" and improve them if and when revenues support the investment. I'd rather have the choice to use a feature versus having them culled a priori as substandard. Adobe Illustrator has the largest user base, but the installer is about a 1.8 GB download and exemplifies the code bloat that results from thousands of man-years of coding with a nearly unlimited budget. No one needs a clone of that, but nevertheless you should try to get the most mileage out of the code base that you already have. No need to go around "un-ticking" some of the features in order to claim a more linear or polished application. I don't think many people will find it believable. All software is a work in progress.
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    jackamus reacted to SrPx in Colour profiles   
    Many home printers do actually print more accurate in their own srgb profile. It depends, you'd need to dig a bit there about your model (if no manuals/docs, google can help a lot). Monitor calibration is key, I noticed lots of variances before that. Even then, once calibrated, the environment and room light affects a lot. The bulbs... I purchased since long ago 6500k temperature lights. (daylight). Even so, printing people say is better like 5k something... In my experience has gone better 6500k, and even in many cases trusting on a sRGB (calibrated) workflow. Before the lights thing, it was a bit of a nightmare with colors. For printing with POD printers, or specially OFFSET local ones, the most accurate solution is cmyk, using the color profile the company is using.
     
    I even have a CMYK samples book to ensure my colors are right. (from Amazon, a cheap but ok one aorund 30 euros)
     
    CMYK files with the profile embedded would look wrong in most viewers or email/browser softwares. My advice for anythign that goes to that target: Convert strictly to sRGB and loads of probs go away. For printing, use the correct workflow.
     
    There was an old issue with PNGs including a tag not supported by most web browsers, related to color profiling, that forced white be non pure white, I used back in the days TweakPNG and a similar thing for JPGs to strip out that tag and prob solved. (IE had the issue more). Also, a lot of people and/or system/software are still using browsers or browser/email configuration that wont support calibrated, profile embedded images.  And so, the lack of accuracy. For this reason is that sRGB is safest, as is what most screen based targets will take safely. (and even several printed ones). Is a degradation of quality in many cases, though, but IMO fine for most screen targets.
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    jackamus got a reaction from DonaldDymn in JPEG file sizes   
    Why is it when I save an image, which has been cropped, it is saved in its original size and not its cropped size?
    I saved it as a selection without background.
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    jackamus got a reaction from Leigh in Group cropping   
    Hi David,
    'Registration' that's the word I should have been using! Thanks for that but I did do something similar however I will go back and try it the way you have suggested.
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    jackamus got a reaction from fapedMum in [Fixed] Guide problem   
    I believe this may have been reported before.
     
    I get this problem that when I want to drag a guide either from the top or from the left. I don't always get a guide but instead what looks like a blue 'envelope'. It appears to be random. This has only happened with the latest version. I do not recall having the problem with earlier versions. The problem goes away for a while if I close and re-open AD but then it comes back again.
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    jackamus reacted to Patrick Connor in [Fixed] Guide problem   
    Thanks for your help with this bug. We have now resolved the problem and will make the fix available in the next release.
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    jackamus reacted to catlover in Guide lines   
    I, too have experienced this phenomenon.
    But I did not bother to send it in.
    Why not ?
    Well, after having sent in numerous obervations/questions/feature requests regarding the rulers/guids,
    I've come to the conclusion that these matters do not have priority with the developers.
    And that's just an observation, I really DO appreciate the tremendous efforts of the developers and
    the prompt & friendly way the questions etc. are answered in this forum.
    Having said that, I DO WISH though, that all out-standing matters regarding the rulers & guids would be solved in one full sweep.
    Thank you....
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Saving Pressure Profiles   
    Amazing!
    Since I have never been able to successfully export my 'Styles and Profiles' from an old version to a new version I did exactly what you have just described - I created a document with all my different pressure profiles. As time goes by I expect to add to them changing stroke thicknesses etc.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Cut outs in AP   
    Thank you Alex. All I have to do now is to remember it! ;)
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in All drawing features   
    Since I had a bit of spare time on my hands I though I would recap on my list of desired features none of which appear to be on Miguel's feature list except 'Arrows'. I mention this in the context of being non-scaleable for when transforming dimension lines on engineering/architect drawings.
     
    Angled guides.
    Curve nodes that do not disappear when moving a guide to align with them.
    Aligning curve node handles with guides.
    Construction line tool.
    Drawing to varying scales.
    Aligning ellipse axes with guides/construction lines (snapping).
    Scaling and non-scaling arrow heads.
    Movable ruler zeros.
    Accurate positioning of second object copy before using 'cmd+J'
    Scalable 'Hatching' fill for engineering drawing.
    Simple system for exporting all custom styles, brush strokes and preferences etc for AD and AD Beta updates.
    Non destructive Boolean operations to be the automatic Default.
    Grids to have a visible 'Centre' or 'Origin' point from which all X, Y and Z units are measured.
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    jackamus reacted to Callum in AD Beta   
    Hi Jackamus,
     
    That is most likely why you are getting this message :)
     
     
    C
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    jackamus got a reaction from tom_tm in Introduce Yourself   
    The 'Serif of Nottingham' made me LOL! I wish I'd thought of it!
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    jackamus got a reaction from MEB in Introduce Yourself   
    I'm Jack Lewis and I'm a retired (75) technical illustrator. I cut my computer graphics teeth with Serif's DrawPlus and I got some pretty good results with it but it was on a PC and I hated Windows!
    I'm sure you have all heard me belly-aching and going on about the lack of certain features useful to technical illustrators.
     
    About two years ago I invested in a mini Mac and went through the usual learning curve (actually I still am). That meant no more using DrawPlus so I bought Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Photoshop I could use OK and still do but I after DrawPlus I just couldn't get on with Illustrator. I then got hold of a PC laptop and installed DrawPlus on it. The next day I got an email from Serif offering me a free download of something new called Affinity! What lousy timing - on my part that is but bang on for Serif! I am now going to invest in the latest iMac and the rest is now history.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Introduce Yourself   
    I'm Jack Lewis and I'm a retired (75) technical illustrator. I cut my computer graphics teeth with Serif's DrawPlus and I got some pretty good results with it but it was on a PC and I hated Windows!
    I'm sure you have all heard me belly-aching and going on about the lack of certain features useful to technical illustrators.
     
    About two years ago I invested in a mini Mac and went through the usual learning curve (actually I still am). That meant no more using DrawPlus so I bought Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Photoshop I could use OK and still do but I after DrawPlus I just couldn't get on with Illustrator. I then got hold of a PC laptop and installed DrawPlus on it. The next day I got an email from Serif offering me a free download of something new called Affinity! What lousy timing - on my part that is but bang on for Serif! I am now going to invest in the latest iMac and the rest is now history.
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    jackamus got a reaction from ELBeavers in Introduce Yourself   
    I'm Jack Lewis and I'm a retired (75) technical illustrator. I cut my computer graphics teeth with Serif's DrawPlus and I got some pretty good results with it but it was on a PC and I hated Windows!
    I'm sure you have all heard me belly-aching and going on about the lack of certain features useful to technical illustrators.
     
    About two years ago I invested in a mini Mac and went through the usual learning curve (actually I still am). That meant no more using DrawPlus so I bought Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Photoshop I could use OK and still do but I after DrawPlus I just couldn't get on with Illustrator. I then got hold of a PC laptop and installed DrawPlus on it. The next day I got an email from Serif offering me a free download of something new called Affinity! What lousy timing - on my part that is but bang on for Serif! I am now going to invest in the latest iMac and the rest is now history.
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    jackamus reacted to A_B_C in Boolean operations   
    Yes, that’s what I would have thought as well, Jack … you can simply release the compound, to get back to the original state. That’s the advantage of doing things non-destructively.  :)
     
    And this other circle that was showing up after the Divide operation is due to the current implementation of this operation (or algorithm). Seems that Matt was so busy to get the art boards done, that he hadn’t time to look at improving that operation. I am sure he will have a look at it in the future. If you are interested, you can learn about my opinion concerning the Divide operation, when you follow the link above. (Divide should act like a Subtract operation without loosing the subtracted shape, when the latter one lies entirely within the boundaries of the enclosing shape … so to say.)
     
    Hope that helps …  :)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Alex
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    jackamus got a reaction from CherylEt in Guides   
    This may be a daft question but what use is there in knowing, from the Guides manager, what the positions of the guides are?
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    jackamus got a reaction from ronnyb in Add and Divide shapes   
    Hi MEB,
    OK I will suggest it for the wish list.
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    jackamus got a reaction from Brian D in Boolean operations   
    It would be useful to have non-destructive Boolean operations as the default and with an extra key (alt) for selecting destructive operations. If a mistake is made and destructive is used then there is no going back to the original shapes. Alternatively an 'Undo' option for the destructive option would solve that problem.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in New Beta download   
    Hi Alex,
    Thanks. I'll have another go.
    BTW Have you ever met anyone, who uses a computer every day, be so computer illiterate?
    I take comfort from knowing that I can drive a car and know how it works but I wouldn't know how to fix or adjust it!
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    jackamus got a reaction from BarendaVowl in New Beta download   
    How do I export my existing settings before downloading and then how to add them to the new Beta?
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    jackamus reacted to mazarin in Merge / join nodes   
    Well, I'm discussing the exact same drawing situation here: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/11291-how-to-combine-objects-or-connect-separated-lines-on-ad/.
     
    This is more a workaround than a real world way to draw. This slows down object creation a lot.
     
    The solution I could see on the other topic is more of a workaround than a real world way to draw. This slows down object creation a lot.   Bro. It's my personal opinion, but together with the actual "raw snapping options" this should be addressed ASAP. Graphic designers or people who do a bit more technical illustrations are significantly tied when drawing in AD right now.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in New Beta download   
    Hi Alex,
    It's amazing really, I feel I can do some really great illustrations with AD but when it comes to geeky things I'm not very good.
     
    I have just realised that I also have the Apple shop AD and that will have the same settings as I had in the Beta version. However I will not tempt fate unnecessarily and have another attempt as I already have re-created the lost styles.
     
    I will make sure I keep your instructions for next time. Thanks.
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    jackamus got a reaction from A_B_C in Saving settings for Beta updates   
    It seems that personalised settings can be saved into new Beta updates except the work-space!
     
    May I suggest that saving a work-space would be a great help. Its very tedious having to rearrange all the pallets etc especially when using two monitors.
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    jackamus got a reaction from anon1 in Saving settings for Beta updates   
    It seems that personalised settings can be saved into new Beta updates except the work-space!
     
    May I suggest that saving a work-space would be a great help. Its very tedious having to rearrange all the pallets etc especially when using two monitors.
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