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Everything posted by budaloco

  1. I have a wonderful trick for Apple motion (might work for after as well...thing is Motion is almost instantaneous). I do my designs in Affinity designer and then save everything as PSD. Make sure the file is RGB and import in apple motion as layers. The cool thing is that if you modify the PSD in any way...as long as you don't add EXTRA layers...the file with all the animation will be fully editable. Really useful if you do social media graphics that change things like dates.
  2. I hope this update fixes the pinned text bug that crashes the app every time I try to save.
  3. Thanks for getting back at each comment! Your input was very useful! Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
  4. I'm loving the new software from affinity! specially because I downloaded the latest build of indesign before starting this project and I was really bummed out and overwhelmed by the bloated UI of recent Adobe products. All I can say is that working with publisher has been a breeze. Full disclosure: I'm a Affinity Designer and Photo evangelist, so my view of things might be a little tilted towards the folks at Serif. What I can say about this beta version is that is VERY stable. I could produce a production ready brochure and really fast. I've never used publisher, but the workflow and look-and-feel was familiar to me since I use designer almost every day. Being able to copy and paste from designer was the best thing ever (If Only I had this functionality in apple motion...I would be sooo happy). I've worked for 2 days straight and never got a single hang up. I did have a session reboot (an issue specific to my video display driver that sometimes drives me crazy) and this wonderful piece of software even managed to save and restore a copy. I was delighted. The response of the app overall is great. VERY fast compared to In Design (latest version). But since I'm working on a beta version I found some things that could be improved and I hope someone from the team takes notice. It's nothing to worry about actually...just a couple of quirks that (to the best of my knowledge) can be fixed relatively easy. Here's my list. Workspace configuration (sets?). It would be nice to save my panel configuration. Sometimes the cursor just does not pick up columns very well Baseline grids over-imposed. If you have baseline grids for the document and the activate the same option for the textbox (in case you need a different baseline grid for a specific text box, the result is a weird and indecipherable canopy of lines. Maybe there's a way to hide one or the other momentarily Some bugs while dragging image placeholders. The placeholder boxes would sometimes jump from one place to the other... Double click to drag inner photo is erratic. This behavior is not always consistent. There should be some option to configure the hypenation document wide. Doing it for every column is tyring. Sometimes I had to reset the hypenation language to get the words to cut correctly. Hypenation options should be grouped in a separate window...all of them together. Going back and forth between character and paragraph is messy. There should be some way yo move images inside placeholders faster and without double click. Maybe just clicking on a placeholder you could get a control to move stuff inside faster. Can’t Group select image placeholders sometimes. It was hard to replicate this...but finally I could. Would be nice to have placeholders show in preview mode as well to have some idea where items will be placed. Empty placeholder boxes dissapear in preview mode...sometimes when you have many grids and baseline guides...it becomes harder to spot them. If not..maybe a grey background color...that could help. On image placeholder image edit mode (double click action) if I accidentally rotate the image a little bit and then return to normal position, when trying to move the image the contour (blue lines) will appear rotated on the same angle I accidentally rotated before. Can we have CMD + Y to go to line mode activated please? thanks. Couldn't find a "links" window to check all my external images and files (maybe that's the asset window I didn't pay attention to). Is there like a text-only compose window? that would be very useful. Sometimes selecting text inside columns was erratic (with a wacom pen in my case) I would always end up selecting the text below or above what I wanted to choose. Keyboard shortcuts for column breaks would be appreciated I haven't seen this since the first release but I would love to have the option to create column layouts in master pages. I did it manually, but if I want to change the gutter I had to erase the reference boxes (red ones with a low opacity) and move all the guides one by one. This one for me is a deal breaker. I don't mind doing them by hand (I've done it before in designer, but it's nice to have that automated). No option to use a low resolution version of the images while working...that would make the app go 400% faster IMO. After all of this I still would choose this ß over Indesign over and over again. Great work by the guys in Serif. You've sold this to me. As soon as it's released...I'm buying. Keep up the good work. I'm sure I´ll post more stuff as I use it more and more. I've enclosed a sample of the brochure (it's in spanish...sorry non-spanish speakers) Thanks for taking the time to read this. brochure.pdf
  5. The people of School of motion are a big fan of affinity and today they posted this very detailed and wonderful tutorial on how to export from Affinity Designer® to Adobe® After Effects@. It may seem a little bit cumbersome, but I think it's worth it...specially if you try to avoid illustrator. The link: https://www.schoolofmotion.com/blog/save-affinity-designer-vector-files-after-effects Have a nice one! B.
  6. Have you guys tried Pages on Mac? it can do a pretty decent job. Specially the latest version. Give it a go.
  7. I found this! https://hackerthemes.com/bootstrap-4-affinity-designer-grid/ Maybe it helps! Bye!
  8. Hi guys! I've been working on this template file to create social media branding material for my clients. I've managed to create a single file with multiple artboards (each one with it's export presets) ready for use. You are welcome to delete the ones that you will not use (so you don't generate empty files on export). It also includes flat icons from each platform just in case you might need them. It's updated for 2017 according to this data from Social Sprout. Hope you find it as useful as me. Leave a comment if you like/use it. If you are going to post it anywhere else, please add the proper credits Thanks! social-media-templates.afdesign
  9. None at all I think I forgot to change it...I guess.
  10. Hi guys! I needed to create a custom design for a Brand manual and I was struggling with the fact that there's no layout grid option like sketch. So I decided to download the illustrator templates of the 960.gs grid system and adapt it to affinity designer using the constraints (so no matter how wide your artboard is, the grid will always strech porportionally). Hope you find this as useful as me. You've got three files: 12 column layout 16 column layout 24 column layout Happy designing! 960_grid_12_col.afdesign 960_grid_16_col.afdesign 960_grid_24_col.afdesign
  11. I've reated an A3 poster for a series of conferences here in my province. I've used Affinity Photo to create the montage. Here's the work and the making of.
  12. There is a very simple-to-fix bug in photo. When you open it for the first time, you get to choose the size, resolution, etc. When you press tab to go to the height option, the textarea isn't marked as "focused" (it should be white). It's a silly detail but adds to the overall user experience. Thanks!
  13. Fernet Branca is a very popular alcoholic drink in my country. Each year they hold a contest aimed to artists and designers to create a series of posters. Information about the contest can be found here (spanish) . The poster I made is attached to this post. I also uploaded it to my behance profile. I also have some flyers I did with Affinty Photo. You can check them out here.
  14. Hi! I'm Ben! I'm a visual artist from Argentina. Came to Affinity to finally break free from Adobe. Seems I'm in the right track. Greetings to everyone.
  15. Maybe this can help. I added the bleed size (6mm / 3mm for each side) as a math operation inside "document setup options" to the page side. Then I went to "margins" and added 3 mm for every side. This creates a blue line that you can use as a reference while the affinity team updates the app, the trim lines will have to be created by the user of course. Hope this helps! Happy designing!
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