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  1. Indeed! I for one still remember fondly when InDesign made dropshadows easy, and how the InDesign community quickly became a haven of friendly people who found workarounds & solutions for every possible trick you'd want to achieve. A good app doesn't deliver a good community necessarily. And just as … --(Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) On this side of the industry…
  2. duckrabbit

    One Layer System

    InDesign already works like this behind the scenes: In scripting, you can cycle through collections, pages, groups etc… in an unrelated fashion. In other words: there is no reason a set of per-AD-artboard/per-APub-page-layers can't become a set of per-AD-pasteboard/per-APub-document-layers, with the caveat that these two systems might be confusing to one another when starting a doc in one app, then working on it in another one. OR there could simply be an option "view per artboard/view per page" that groups all layers per artboard/page with a single mouseclick, keeping the understanding that some items that seem to be "on top" in one page, will --after dragging-- end up at the bottom of another page. But with the added bonus that a layer may become accessible in another page (or eg being greyed out?)
  3. Compared to Affinity, Adobe is prohibitively expensive when all you need is print design. I refuse to pay for a Ferrari, a Tesla, a Caravan, a bike, a Helicopter, AND a Hovercar, when all I needed were a bike and a decent car. Affinity offers a car and a bike, and gradually you discover they are able to speed when needed, and don't pollute, and when needed, can be used as a van… Sure it'll never be a helicopter. but why a helicopter (and pay for it) when you never use it anyway! Now just hoping they add a distort function to their car
  4. Disclaimer: I'm a 15+ InDesign "power user" (and before that, a QXP "power user"), but also a former Illustrator/PhotoShop "power user" I have bought all 5 Affinity apps (APub, AD, AP, all on OSX; AND the ipad versions) By "power user" I mean… Creating professional, print-ready work Working on repetitive, large or challenging projects (which necessitates a decent productivity workflow) Automating/simplifying/scripting as much of the workflow as possible I have seen many "pro" guys (not just "fanboys on a pirated version of PS") work in "dumb" ways, esp. in InDesign. Abusing/Ignoring Master Pages, Text Styles, not using built-in tools or scripts, using the wrong app for the wrong type of job (AI for lay-out, PS for text, ID for logo design,…) I have had issues with colleagues who *refused* to use ID's built-in feature for multiple page sizes, because it messed up their decade-long habit of seperate files for seperate formats (thus ending up with 15 (!) open docs, copypasting from one doc to the other) IMHO we are all still learning a possible perfect workflow that uses the built-in features of APub's document concept. "Global layers"-based logic may not be the best way to go about working in APub. Best practices will gradually emerge from pro users. I hope the guys (and gal!) from InDesignSecrets will jump on the Affinity bandwagon (although they are particularly emmeshed with Adob€, so it's not a given) and apply their way of thinking about workflow and productivity to the Affinity Document Concept. Maybe all we're waiting for is just another Studio Panel that offers a new (better? faster? stronger?) way of working with the structure of page content. To those familiar with the Scripting DOM in Adob€ apps: You can drill down to each item on an ID page through its layers, through its pages, through its groups or through its properties… So "Global Layers" can be just another way of viewing the same content. In the meantime I'm just discovering new insights in how these apps (can) work, so I'm waiting for *new* ways of approaching my workflow, rather than just a copy of how Adob€ handled these challenges. Adob€ just brainwashed us for over 2 decades in how to think about lay-outing. Affinity is imho the FIRST company, to not only challenge Adob€'s position & monopoly in a decent, professional way, it is also the FIRST company to challenge how we think about the *idea* of designing a lay-out digitally. I know it isn't even on the table at the moment, but I hope once they "finish" the core functionalities of their trifecta, (having an answer to all important functionalities of the Adob€ suite), they are able to look at digital/online or motion/animation/video workflows. Not because I need them, but because their way of thinking *beyond* the box is so thoroughly refreshing.
  5. Just adding my $ 0.02: I have been an Affinity Hopeful since nearly day one (When AP or AD were just out, but APub was only a distant dream). I have *just* gone freelance/independent, and have bought the trifecta on Mac AND the DUO on iPad. AP is *as* powerful as ebodA PS, with *better* implemented solutions to mimic *most* of PS's capabilities, and useful stuff that ebodA PS lacks! APub is *as* powerful as ebodA ID (of which I am a power user), and the only stuff lacking are some poweruser features I am confident will only be added when they work without bloating the app. (ID's datamerge, GREP search & scripting, eg, that have always felt like a slapdash solution to begin with) AD *seems* to lag behind, but I feel it is because they *refuse* to adopt the same slapdash way the ebodA crew has worked in the past: AD will probably have these tools in a way they can easily be implemented into AP, APub and the iPad apps. I'd rather they take their time (and we still use these workarounds in other *free* apps) instead of a slapdash solution, that breaks the encompassing vision of true "affinity" between the Affinity apps. At the moment I still can't open AI in edobA PS or PSD in edobA Illu without "converting" and not knowing what I'm doing… yet my FIVE apps (AP, AD, APub, AI for ipad, AD for ipad) are not only moving steadily towards Zero Bog territory, they interact *seemlessly* for a price that is a *smidgen* of what ebodA evitaerC etiuS would cost me. Spread out across time, I didn't even feel the investment! Serif is doing fine, and after having stoked the fires about APub for years, I have come to realize they are *better* software managers than most! They already have my dollars, my evangelical disposition, and (probably) my future work. I can only repeat above demands for some mesh warp solutions, but have total confidence they will add these when they can do them right.
  6. Thanks for the tip will look into the new beta!
  7. Problem seems to have resolved itself by starting a new file (unable to reproduce it… oh well…)
  8. Hi, Love your apps, but am getting frustrated at Margins switching back to previous settings (esp. when switching visibility from one layer to another), after the margins were changed in any of the available ways (through document setup from the GUI or the Menu). (in Affinity Designer 1.6.1 on Mac OS 10.14.4) Hope this gets fixed soon, as Margins and Bleed are essential to a pro workflow.
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    Data merge

    Data Merge would be a huuuuuuge boon, as InDesign already stopped developing their (flawed, buggy) data merge feature. It is absolutely essential to quite some (smaller) design firms, as it saves time that bigger companies can spend through manpower or programming/coding expertise
  10. Can anyone tell me how/if there is a way to set bleed to visual in AD? I can't see how far the objects are going into my bleed zone (=trim zone). This makes for quite some calculating and double-checking.
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    Affinity Publisher Feature Request

    Feature requests to make most users switch from InDesign to Affinity: 1 advanced otf support, so people can easily see what stylistic or other alternates are available 2 data merge or something similar, now without bugs 3 grep based search and replace 4 grep styles 5 multiple page sizes While 1 and 2 are horribly buggy/confused in InDesign and would attract frustrated InDesign users, 3, 4 and 5 are such a delight in InDesign as to be nearly necessary. Thanks for creating these powerful apps and finally offering some resistance to Adobe. I've lived through the demise of Quark and am seeing the same telltale signs in Adobe's behaviour.