Michael Sheaver

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  1. You don't know about Blackmagic's Fusion??? I just discovered it a while back, and it is simply amazIng! I especially love their node-based approach to adding elements and effects to the scenes! And, it is (in my opinion) an intuitive and easy to learn software, once you can wrap your mind around the concept of nodes. Go try it!
  2. Twenty years is ancient history in technology, and yes, a LOT has changed since then. They built their system on Java, which, from a user experience perspective, is absolutely hideous. It is extensible and hackable, sure, but an awful pile of bolts to use. "Modern" alternatives like Chromium and Atom are following the same path, and it sucks. These platforms give dev teams the ability to quickly produce fancy systems with lots of bells and whistles, but just under the skin is a rat's nest of spaghetti code that nobody knows how they work. I use a major software built upon Chromium, and despite the devs best efforts to tweak it and fix bugs, is so bad that I cringe every time I open it.
  3. Quote From the standpoint of a software engineer or developer, my proposal is really easy to implement. However, the stuff you are seeking, though it would be VERY NICE to have, it would be a rabbit hole to try and implement programmatically. There are just too many variables to track in order to pull this off gracefully, and when you look at every possible combination of those variables, well just thinking about this makes my head hurt. Sure, others may have made it work, but it was at a great expense, not only in terms of development time and troubleshooting, but also in terms of greatly reduced usability and performance of the software. There is a reason that Affinity is so much better than others, and that is they have learned the importance of saying "No", and have thus far been able to stay true to the principles of good software engineering. This is a very rare trait in today's world, and Serif has my greatest admiration for keeping on course.
  4. This is one of those annoyances that all of us have encountered from time to time, and a quick way to convert just the text from artistic text to text frame and vice versa would be GREATLY appreciated. For just a few items, the copy-and-paste song and dance does work well. But for any number above what can be counted on one hand (that's five for most of us), it gets very tedious indeed. My thought would be to have a right-click -> convert to... option, where a new layer is created in the destination format, using just the default settings for that format, and the text dropped into it. Nothing more is needed. Then the user would be able delete or hide the the original layer as he/she sees fit, and format the new layer to their heart's desire.
  5. Wonderful work! I am curious though, to learn what you had to do with this. I did notice that in the original, imported version, the bounding boxes were way, way off. Inquiring minds want to know!
  6. Just to see if it made a difference, I opened this file in my fave text editor (Atom), determined that the only font used is Bitstream Vera Serif, and downloaded and installed that font family on my system. Alas, when I open it in Designer, I get the same result. Given that this was created way back in 2005, my gut tells me that there may be some non-standard entries in there, and as a result causing Designer to say "Huh?" I don't know enough about the mechanics of the SVG standard to be able to find the offending bits, though. If I do figure it out, though, I promise to let everyone know!
  7. Greetings! I found a beautiful set of playing cards in SVG format @ http://svg-cards.sourceforge.net/ that I want to work with. However, when I try to bring it into either Designer or Photo, the results are, let's say, a bit less than desirable. Here is a screenshot of how it looks in Designer: As you can see, the layers are there, but the layout is completely unworkable. What am I doing wrong here? How can I bring them in so I can edit them? If we can bring them into Designer, is there an easy way to export them out as separate image files, one for each card?
  8. Designer can handle 28 pages, no problem! In fact, it has a lot of the same tools as InDesign, so you should have no problem. The only thing you won't have is an easy way to manage text flows, where a block of text flows one page to the next, but other than that, the character, paragraph and text tools in Designer are robust enough to handle most of what you will likely encounter.
  9. First off, I think your closing comment on Scrum is spot on. I saw it used in my organization, and we had the same experiences as the others here, and it all goes back to the cultural environment. Ours was not healthy nor happy, and they have jumped from one methodology to another in search of the illusive "thing that works". It is management using them as band-aids instead of doing a deep dive into what the real issues are. Does anybody here remember the really old days of STRADIS, with its shelf-long set of pretty binders? It makes me cringe to know how much money, effort and training was expended on it. Regarding your comments about style guides and formatting conformance, there is a tool that actually does all of those things very well. It is called Scrivener, produced by a small shop called Literature and Latte, and it allows you to use whatever organization you want want when collecting your research and writing your drafts. then you compile your work into whatever format you n need, and whatever style guide you are following. Its genius is that the research and writing are completely divorced from the final output, giving you complete freedom while at the same time giving you the assurance that the final product will be properly formatted. Then you can drop it into an app like Publisher to do the post-production tweaking and cleanup. I have used it for years and absolutely LOVE it. I haven't used an infernal word processor for years now because of Scrivener. You can find it at https://www.literatureandlatte.com, and the trial is good for 30 days of actual use. Check it out.
  10. I recently discovered BMD Fusion myself, and I absolutely LOVE it. The node-based approach they use is actually quite easy to use, very flexible, and they built animation capabilities into just about every conceivable option inside every object, tool or asset. The level of control that they give graphic artists in actually mind-boggling. You even have the ability to set up custom slider controls that allow you to fine tune animation effects on any property of any node. AND they give you all this insane capability in the free version with no limits. So yes, I suggest anyone to give it a try.
  11. Honestly, I am not worried about that at this point. In my mind, the first thing that I think I need to do is to remove every constraint from every object in the original 11x17 artboard. Then I can (hopefully) coax everything back to where they belong, and then it should be much less of a problem when I go to the 20x30 layout, which of course won't have the same proportions. So, my first question is: Is there an easy way to remove or reset the constraints on every element, or do I need to do it manually? Then my next and more general question should be, what are constraints intended for? My guess is that my paradigm of constraints has been tainted by my prior experience with other unnamed design tools, and that in the Affinity universe they have a completely different use. @Wikinger, I DO appreciate your reaching out to me on this, big time!
  12. I have been working on an educational poster, on and off over a few months time. Until now, I had kept it at one size (11" x 17"), and have it looking fairly nice in that size: After printing some test copies, it became clear that this was going to be way too small for what we are trying to do. So I tried to scale it up to 20" x 30", and it quickly got ugly fast: It does not matter if I try to scale the whole artboard up or create a new, larger artboard and paste everything into it, I get the same hideous results. I have been messing with this for a week now, trying different things like adding or removing constraints, and it seems like I am only digging myself into a deeper hole. In some cases, when I try to remove constraints, the objects jump clear off the artboard and/or resize themselves to crazy proportions. Every element in this poster is a vector element that I created myself, and there are no imported images. It is apparent that I am doing something wrong, and it probably has something to do with constraints. Can anyone offer suggestions on how I can get myself out of this pickle? I am willing to share the project file if need be.
  13. Ain't that the truth? And it's such a beautifully phonetic one, to boot! My favorite one is how the Brits pronounce "aluminum": al-lu-min-ee-um. The first time I heard that, it was on a Youtube video, and I was like, "What is that?" LOL
  14. A couple of good alternatives are PDF Element 6 Pro for Mac/Windows, or PDF Expert for Mac/iOS. They are both just as good as, if not better, than Acrobat.
  15. There is another EXCELLENT program that is right under your nose, and you missed it! It is called Fusion, and it is made by the same folks who develop DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic Design. In fact, it is older and more mature than DaVinci Resolve, and quite honestly, its node-based architecture makes it MUCH easier, both to learn AND to use. It is simply amazing, and has a VERY active support community. around it. There is a TON of YouTube videos available for Fusion, as well as full-blown tutorial courses. I recommend this one to get your feet wet: http://tale2tell.com/fusion-tutorials/. Of course, you will need to un-learn some things, but once you get the concept. flexibility and power of nodes, everything else will fall into place for you rather quickly. It is also rather intuitive to use, but not as much as the Affinity family, though. As for InDesign, I have been using Affinity Designer very effectively, even for posters and multi-page spreads. It does most of what I used ID for previously, and it does it MUCH better. The only thing that I have missed is the ability to manage text flows for long documents. But if you are not dealing with long documents like books, but truly are using ID primarily for graphic design, then you really need to move to Designer, really! One of the many surprising things I learned after using the Affinity family of products, is how much I was being handicapped by the crappy design of the entire Adobe suite. Designer is so much more intuitive, responsive and a pure joy to use. It also makes for a quicker workflow, too!