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abarkalo

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  1. Hi I was using the common CMD-J when I made a layer selection. I thought that the CMD-J function wasn't working because the icon layer was blank (black actually but no image inside of it). I later realized that the CMD-J function does work but that the image was not updating. A minute later the pixel layer thumbnail did show there was an image there. It was just very slow to update.
  2. Hi Everyone, I reported this problem first yesterday. I was also annoyed but there is a simple fix. If you bought Designer or Photo from the Mac Store then you need to be aware that the store doesn't immediately update the apps. There is a seven day update cycle (you can change this frequency with a Terminal command - but still you have to wait a day). Best solution, and what I did, was to delete the apps and then reinstall from the Mac store. A tiny bit of a hassle but then all will work.
  3. I’ve also had years and years of InDD files. What I was able to do in Designer, even before Publisher was in beta, was export uncompressed PDFs from Indesign and then open the PDF in Designer - even easier now with Publisher. You can even try that with highly designed PDFs that you didn’t design and now adopt the layout. Nothing else does that so easily and becomes so editable. Of course there are glitches and one user here reported facing page issues. Easy to fix. My glitch issue is that text gets strangely kerned and I find I have to reimport the text sections. Or simply copy all text. Paste in a pure text editor and then paste back. It’s not as difficult as it seems and until the true InDD to AfPub converter is out this is really a viable solution. I have converted over a hundred documents this way and now don’t even use InDD, and with the new Publisher released yesterday why would I?
  4. anyway... I'm still completely blown away by this new paradigm. It's a designer's dream and you guys went over the top on this. The only part that I'm still grappling with in the multi-mode universe is how to think of embedded Photo/Designer media placed, and using "edit document"... or using the personas? Also how to think of the individual Photo and Designer apps. Perhaps I will use them less in standalone.
  5. Issue is that MAS doesn't immediately update unless you run a Terminal command to increase the update cycle. Default setting is for 7 days refresh I think. So in this case deleting and reinstalling was the best cure.
  6. so the solution is to delete the current MAS apps and reinstall them. Now it works!!!!!!!
  7. Personas don't work!!! The app tells me that I don't have Photo and Designer installed and I do. Am I supposed to buy these products again???? Please help.
  8. counting down... I'm ordering pizza and watching tomorrow's live webcast!!
  9. One second thought I feel there should be a button that quickly expands out the pages thumbnails panels and quickly closes it. A lot of slow dragging back and forth to see the expanded view of the thumbnails.
  10. you're right - sorry - I didn't realize that. Great to know!
  11. The one feature I think is needed is the ability to quickly arrange pages/spreads. Right now if I have 50 spreads and then want to rearrange the order it's a bit of a painful process dragging one before the other and another one after the other, etc. To be fair, it's the same pain in InDesign. But why can't there be a full screen view of the spreads as large thumbnails. It would really help speed up the ordering process. This is more of a feature request than a bug I realize but felt it was important to bring up again.
  12. If this is the build then the personas still don't work, but I'm guessing that won't work until the actual version. I have the MAS versions of Designer and Photo - or do they need to be the Affinity Store versions?
  13. This would be very useful to me as well. The ability to pick any layer and right click and then select "convert to embedded document" would be fantastic. If I place an individual image I am only given the option to "replace image." If I do want to make an embedded document out of the image then I have to create a new Photo, Designer or Photoshop document and save in their native formats. This is a tedious extra step and wonder why it's necessary. Then I can place these file and it will show up an as embedded object. The usefulness of this is to be able to apply effects such as shearing, or any type of size transformation but when I "edit document" I see the document without these transformations. This is great for mockups.
  14. Perhaps the release candidate will have the personas enabled. I have Photo and Designer 1.7 installed. I can't wait to use Powerhouse... I mean Publisher.
  15. Amazing and thank Affinity, Adam and his team. This has been a much anticipated design platform. Very exciting. I didn't get the pre-order offer but wrote to the email on this thread. Can't wait to final release but I should mention that even though it is stated that these betas are "not suitable for production use" they are absolutely suitable for production use as they are more stable that the other software I have used by that other software company, and more feature rich. Consider - I can actually design multipage documents graphically, not just use a glorified word processor. One thing I am very much looking forward to is those Designer and Photo personas actually working. I really want to use Add, Subtract, Intersect, Xor and Divide functions in Publisher through these personas. This is the one function I wish were working now especially in creating fancy charts in my documents, not in Designer but in Publisher.
  16. It would be really great to have a thumbnail view for spreads similar to what Adobe Acrobat Pr or PDF Expert has. In this view, the only function is to move spreads around, especially in large documents. You can move spreads around currently in the spreads page but it becomes difficult to view and arrange the document entirely in this view. Affinity InDesign doesn't offer such a thumbnail view either. This would really be a simple, unique and badly needed feature in my opinion.
  17. Will there be support for color fonts in Affinity, especially Affinity Publisher, in the near future? A year ago there were just a few of these fonts but now there are many, and I have a few in my collection. I've played around with these in InDesign and I'm hooked - you can do amazing things with these.
  18. Hi there is a simple bug on text selection on all Affinity software - Photo, Designer and Publisher. If you start with the text tool and then select a font you want to use the font selection reverts to Arial. This exists with the Art Text Tool as well as the Frame Text Tool. The only workaround is to start typing in Arial and then change the text selection - and while this workaround works it really slows down my workflow, and honestly it's really quite annoying. This was not the case in previous betas and also with the MAS versions. Please fix.
  19. Perspective skew is one of the very basic things I need to do, not only as a raster but as a vector. As a user said above, without this feature it is hard to ditch Adobe Illustrator. I can do without the other Illustrator features but not this one. Rasterizing and perspective skewing in Photo does work of course but then your artwork looks different once you bring your raster back into Designer and combine with the other pure vector forms. Or you can to create a super high res raster and that adds significantly to the image size.
  20. Yes I believe that Affinity can make a much better DAM than what exists right now. Adobe's Bridge handles Adobe files very well but it doesn't preview anything from Affinity - of course by design. Also, it is a slow beast and working with tags, especially hierarchical tags is a nightmare. I avoid this thing if I want my laptop not to run hot. Pixave is a super elegant DAM and beautiful and it supports Affinity very well. But its tagging system is a bit strange, and finally I let it go because there wasn't any universal search (no searching by tags or notes - what's the point?). So I just use basic Finder on the Mac is it's doing a good job but I wish thumbnails worked like they do in Pixave or Bridge. As for comparing Lightroom, that's only for photos but I would like the DAM to work with Designer and Publisher files (bound document modes also like PDFs). I do like the tagging and thumbnail UI in Lightroom, but again it's only for photos. And it seems slow where Affinity's DAM would be lightning fast.
  21. Wonderful new beta. Thank you. There is still an ongoing text glitch. When using the full justify text setting, the last line in a paragraph often stretches so that the letters spread with wide spaces across the line. When I try and use option-left left to tighten then only the spaces between the letters in a word tighten, and the large gaps between the words are left alone (they are conforming to fill the whole line). In a full justify setting, the last line should be shorter than the preceding lines, obviously, but this odd behavior often happens, not in every instance.
  22. I think there is a bug when creating a text frame by drawing a shape with the pen tool, then converting to a text frame. There is a visible line around the polygon text box and can't seem to get rid of it. I first thought that I had a stroke on the text box itself, but there is no stroke. This doesn't happen when I create a normal text frame box. TEST.pdf
  23. OK I am and I'm literally having so much fun. If I were to place a very complex vector object in InDesign even with my super high end laptop (i9) the program would be so incredibly laggy that I was forced to make a PNG file out of it and then work with that only. Here with AP + Metal I am pinching and zooming a VERY complex vector object and I get zero lag. Absolutely amazing. With OpenGL it was also sort of fast but there was blurriness and a very slight lag while the screen was redrawing. Also fonts would slightly blur when zooming - not anymore. Thank you for fixing this.
  24. In terms of GPU acceleration should we stick to Open GL or is it possible to use Metal now. I remember there were issues using Metal in Affinity Designer but Metal is so much faster. But if it's safer to stick to Open GL then I will do that.
  25. OK I see this now. But then again I don't use Font Book for my massive font library collection - only system fonts in there. And the lists that I make in Suitcase or Typeface 2 don't correspond, obviously - otherwise that would be perfect.
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