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  1. I eat humble pie… We are so used to Adobe's way of doing things that we take it for granted that their way is the only way. Armed with this deeply ingrained belief, we easily overlook some of the the things Affinity has so niftily implemented into their software to produce same results acquired in Adobe Illustrator. For example when you have multiple objects selected that need aligning, Illustrator's "Align to Key Object" functionality is easily replicated in Affinity Designer if you enable "Show Alignment Handles" on the toolbar. Adobe's sometimes aggressive marketing propagates a truly false narrative that theirs is the the only true way… Reader be wary.
  2. Hi Focus9 Please refer to attached videos. One is with the missing links and the other with the relinked images. Note that I have deliberately labelled my links as follows: Leopard, Jaguar and Ostrich. These are also the actual names assigned to the links. Alphabetically the chronological order would be like this: Jaguar (J) Leopard (L) Ostrich (O) So using alphabetical precedence Affinity will select Jaguar (J) first as you can witness from the dropdown list. It will then automatically select the rest of the missing links to relink. This action is so fast that it creates an illusion as if it is being done in one fell swoop. Relinked.mkv With_missing_links.mkv
  3. Hi Focus9 The first time you open a document which has missing resources you will get this message (refer to attached image): You need to choose and click on 'Yes' Then go to the location where you have saved the links. Publisher will then find and identify first image with alphabetical precedence from the missing links. Publisher will effortlessly relink all the missing links from the location Note that trying to relink missing links while using the Resource Manager will give you plenty of headaches.
  4. Hi Emil I hope it's not case of a little too late… But yes, it is possible. If you haven't found a solution as yet, you may want to look into this: Create a document using a specified size from your images e.g. 6x4 inch and appropriate resolution Enable snapping Create horizontal and vertical guides to snap in the centre of the document Export the document as a template file and make sure you assign a name (in this case 6x4 inch) Each time you are working with 6x4 inch images you just use this template. To place your images directly onto the centre of the canvas, just point and click at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical guides with the placement tool and voila! You have to use the later versions of Photo in order for you to have access to the template feature. Events have somewhat accelerated and one is now able to choose either to embed or link placed images in Affinity Photo. This is the new behaviour in the latest Beta versions. Am using Affinity Photo Windows Customer Beta -
  5. Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that software companies introduce new features in their beta software in order for them to be in a better position to gauge and understand user feedback. The moment a feature is added to beta software it means it's ready for testing by the public, otherwise why put it in there in the first place... Documentation for new features should not be obscure. Remember that these features are meant for your user base. So how can the users give you the desired feedback if they don't know how to use the new features?
  6. Thanks for picking it up haakoo! The introduction of the segment cutter is an intuitive and effective way of working with paths. Wonder why such a beautiful addition wasn't documented by Affinity😮 Hopefully plans are also under way to enable same node tool to copy, cut and paste path segments.
  7. Hi Jan. The method that I am going to prescribe requires that you do the following: Make sure that the lines inside the box are touching the borders of the box Reduce the thickness of those lines to the thinnest stroke weight possible (0.1pt) Select all the lines (both the box and the lines inside the box) From the Edit operations choose "Expand Stroke" From the Edit menu, Geometry commands click on "Add" From the Edit menu, Geometry commands click on "Divide" Your artwork is now divided into separate pieces and you can now edit it to your heart's content! But please note that this method will leave behind subtle gaps between the artwork pieces… You can try to compensate this shortcoming by selecting all the pieces inside the rectangle and adding to each one a stroke of 0.1pt. Ensure that each stroke matches the colour of your fill or style.
  8. I feel you and can easily relate to your frustration. What you are asking for is akin to this: 1. Linking layers in Adobe Photoshop 2. Soft grouping objects in Xara Designer Pro In these two programs, the linked or soft grouped layers will transform (scale, move, rotate, distort, etc…) together in tandem. As opposed to ordinary groups, these layers do not have to be in the normal stacking order, in fact, you can link or soft group layers from separate groups together! Surely, this can be made possible Team Affinity.
  9. A lot of points raised which if Team Affinity were to revisit these areas would make Designer much more powerful. As a lifetime Adobe Illustrator user, I also used to face the same frustration when trying to duplicate objects in Affinity until I had to relearn the other duplicate option. Simply use the Control key on Windows and you will get the desired and expected behaviour. The Control key when used for duplicating will behave in exactly the same way as the Alt key used in Adobe Illustrator. Affinity once got it right a couple of versions back where you could actually have the Control and Alt key sharing the same behaviour when duplicating. Alas, this was to be short-lived. I don't know what went wrong and the functionality somehow got broken on the Alt key. Also note that Adobe Illustrator favours the Alt key to transform or scale objects from the centre and Affinity favours the Control key...
  10. Request number one has somehow been addressed in Affinity Designer Windows Customer Beta - Not yet perfect though but I must applaud Team Affinity for taking corrective measures. It is now possible to select multiple objects consisting of different colours (fills and strokes), and then right-clicking to select the command "Add to Swatches" - my favourite being "From Both as Global". Global colours are created and are instantaneously applied to the selected objects used to create the global swatches! . But I must hasten to add that am still not able get favourable results when attempting to add global colours by clicking on the "Add current colour to palette as a global colour" button on the Swatches panel. All the same, well done Team Affinity👍
  11. Thanks for sharing your insights Pšenda. Am still of the opinion that the second Alignment tools (refer to screenshot B) are mundane and do not offer enough options for aligning artwork. I strongly feel that these tools need to be reanimated. Like I said before, given a choice most users would not want to repeatedly dive into a dropdown list to choose an alignment option. Team Affinity kindly please take a moment and observe CorelDRAW's Alignment model. The last selected object will always act as the anchor. Selected objects always align to the object which was selected last. Let’s also take a look at Adobe Illustrator's "Align to Key Object". This is a very powerful Alignment command which offers unique alignment options. It greatly increases flexibility in the area of object alignment. There is also Inkscape with a plethora of advanced alignment options. The above are just some of the few examples out of many that Team Affinity can emulate or glean from and then implement in their own way. I am positive that this will make aligning artwork in Affinity a breeze.
  12. Why are the alignment tools not in sync? Scenario: Select two or more objects and from the Align dropdown list choose for instance align to “Last Selected” and click on Left alignment command. This will perfectly align as intended. (Refer to screenshot Alignment ‘A’) Separate the objects and reselect the objects then try to click on Left alignment command (Refer to screenshot Alignment ‘B’). Illogical alignment will take place. Rather than syncing with the command from the other Alignment tools, Objects will align to extremes i.e. align left will align to the object which has an extreme left side, align right, top, bottom, ditto. Align Centre and Align Middle will average the distance between the objects before settling for an alignment position. From the above indicated it’s clear that the two Alignment tools are detached from each other either by design or it was unintentional… Ordinarily when it comes to aligning artwork most users would choose not to go into the dropdown list to pick an alignment option. What if Serif were to sync the two? What if Serif were to extend Align functionality by introducing “Align / Distribute to Key Object”?
  13. I suggest this painless workaround: select the two objects from the art board, group them and immediately ungroup. You will see that the two objects are now next to each other in the layer hierarchy. You can then go ahead and clip.
  14. I have a couple of requests: 1. When creating a global color swatch, the resultant global attribute should immediately be applied on to the object(s) used to generate the global color swatch since the object(s) will still be selected. Unfortunately, the current norm is that I have to click on the newly created global swatch to apply the global color on to the object which I used to facilitate the global swatch. Imagine if you use multiple objects (fills and strokes) to create multiple global colors, it becomes quite a challenge to sort out the mess as one will be forced to manually apply the global swatches to the objects. 2. Could something be done in regards to the generic names that are presently being applied to newly created swatches i.e. Global Color 2 instead of something descriptive e.g C=65 M=90 Y=0 K=0. If the swatch is edited the name should also automatically update. 3. A merge swatches command should be introduced. 4. Please make it possible to be able to select multiple swatches all at once whenever the occasion to either edit or delete arises. 5. When adding a Document / Application palette, a dialog box should be presented beforehand in order for one to assign a descriptive name for the palette. Currently it is a two-step process.
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