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  1. Hi. I have tried force myself to use the iPad suit of affinity as my main professional set up for little under 3 months this summer. I was pleasantly surprise with the amount of work on details and most of the times after passing the learning curve it was a joy to use. In some cases even better than desktop. I will speak about my suggestions at the end but my main issue, which at some part is due to lack of proper file system on iOS, was the way affinity manages their file. I believe the purpose if files displayed within affinity app is somewhat like tabs on the desktop app. They keep changes history, and use a huge amount of space. But when u save the files or close them, thats when it gets a bit confusing. if i open a file from cloud or “files” in ios, after working on them for a while, its hard to know if they are still attached to those files or now acting as an independent file. I thinks there are several indicators (mentioned below) missing that would make the process more logical: 1. When u open from file, it should be an indication (an icon or text) mentioning that this file has a pre determined location in files or a cloud. 2. When closing the app, it should ask if you i want to save changes to my current pre determined posision (in other words, replace it with) or make a duplicate (or save as) in a new location. 3. It should have the ability to ask me to save with change history (same as desktop) 4. If the file is created from scratch in affinity appe, it should ask me if i want to save the file before closing (which at this point it asks, but doesnt allow me to save while asking) 5. If i rename a file with pre determined location indicator that already exists in the cloud or files, it should rename the file in cloud as well. This was my main complain. Other changes i like to add is: 1. Layer arrangement (where u bring a layer to the top or buttom) is in alignment tab in studio while creating shape on or inside or under is on command tab. To me it seemed more logical if they were together, or both at both places. There was many times i wanted to bring a shape on top and i unconciously went and clicked the command tab. Although this might just be me. 2. if there was an easier way to sheer a shape as i can on desktop app, that would help me save alot of time. I get that we can utilize the pre existing sheer function but after even somewhat getting used to it, it felt like fresh air after coming back to desktop and pushes me sometimes to avoid working on ipad just for this reason. the rest of the experience was alot of fun. I enjoyed so much of it and thank you for creating such a wonderful app.
  2. File exported in export persona’s pdf (for export) rasterizes, this behavior differs with exporting pdf (for export) from action menu, and also differs with same process on desktop so should be a bug.
  3. I see. Wouldnt it make more sense if the software automatically subtract the top vector shape from the buttom vector shape when the top layer is set to erase blend mode while exporting?
  4. Here are the original affinity file from ipad with 3 artboards and the exported pdf files Test.afdesign 车力士-横幅 1.pdf 车力士-横幅 2.pdf 车力士-横幅 3.pdf IMG_0781.MP4
  5. I can't believe no one have said this. Why theres no search on ipad files? I have 80+ files there and now it becoming hard to look in them to find the file i want
  6. Aaron Martin

    Why theres no search in iPad Projects?

    No one is disputing that thats not what we are discussing here. Having a search function for a list of item does not make a software a DAM, only makes it more convenient to find what ur looking for, which affinity currently lacks. Your previously suggested files is a better workaround than involving another app, for my non-DAM use cases. The issue as i mentioned previously is, in the case im currently dealing with, which i don't think im the only one, for working exclusively on iPad, and getting professional work done, multiple file interconnection is required. This means you will have a multiple brochures, banners, decors, branding guidelines, advertising posters all at one place and you need to take recourses from each other and copy/paste it. Fixing this is not equivalent to DAM. Im not sure how they are aiming on building a DAM software, but im assuming thats more photo related than designer. Which also leaves certain lack a file management issues behind. I discussed more on the ipad file management on another post here. Https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/77386-ipad-file-management-experience/
  7. Aaron Martin

    Why theres no search in iPad Projects?

    Hi DM1 Your suggestion is more of a workaround than a solution which i am aware of and using, although i believe it still lacks in some aspects, such as indicator that shows if the file been modified, synced or opened from a folder (which saving it will save time in that previous location) or cloud sync indicator, but it does not apply to my current situation which many of these files contain materials i need to use/copy/reference. In my opinion a search functionality, no matter how advance (best case, could also access the metadata of the projects) is necessary.
  8. I can't believe o one have said that. Why theres no search on ipad files? I have 80+ files there and now it becoming hard to look in them to find the file i want
  9. Don't get me wrong. Since i’ve been using affinity, my life has gone so much easier. I believe they’ve pretty much did what they aimed for, which is very good imho. The thing is i’ve kinda got spoiled and that has risen my expectation from the affinity team to deliver perfection to my workflow. I believe at some point, they will also add this feature. Since its pretty obvious from the demands.
  10. Affinity, export to pdf/svg, open in ai, export to dwg, use in cad. Open for a better workaround suggestion
  11. Hi. First of all, i know lot of thought has gone through how the iPad toolbar and studio layout is created. But i have a suggestion that might make the interface much easier to use. my main problem with current layout is functions such as alignment, add/subtract/divide, place on top/bottom/below and such things. i find myself using them so often in some projects that clicking on a toolbar to select my required action feels like one two many steps. my suggested solution: create the bottom tool properties customizable, but ONLY ON MOVE TOOL. This way i believe it can make certain functions easily accessible and create a more personalized workflow for each user while maintaining with affinity suit’s general user experience (you can customize toolbar on desktop). This way functions mentioned above which are also related to moving objects could be placed at bottom function bar and if some functions are rarely used (such as select inside or add to selection which i personally use rarely) could be disabled and hidden from the interface to keep it clean. You could also put a “hand” option similar to photo’s “hand” tool for presentation purposes or another option to select shapes in ‘“lasso” style. another side suggestion: i hope the bottom toolbar could be hidden when i access fullscreen while im using brushes in vector or pixel persona. thanks
  12. Hi. I have macbook pro 2016 touchbar with 27” lg 4k display. When i move selections using move tool, the movement becomes laggy, and glitchy. Functionally, it works fine but the graphical lags in movements are not very ideal. Is there a way that could be fixed? I also want to know Does the same issue happens on on better powered MacBooks such as the newest base model macbook pro or the second tier 15 inch model macbook pro? My graphic settings are on metal by the way.
  13. Tried photo beta. Issue still exists.
  14. Hi stokerg, I've tried disabling metal, using openGL, openGL basic, and software, and here are the results: OpenGL and OpenGL basic did not make much of a difference with Metal software was completely unusable. here attached is a video of how the rendering is in OpenGL and Metal Im downloiading the photo beta now and report back if there is any improvements Screen Recording 2019-08-18 at 8.54.19 PM.mov
  15. Hi. Is there any way to curve the edges of pages in publisher, like how we can do with artboards?
  16. Hi. Thanks for the workaround. My current workaround is to group them and select individual groups. (I use a transparent background shape for areas with blank background). I think that way may be less time consuming. Its a pretty first world problem to have i admit. But just happened to bump into it alot lately.
  17. Hi. Im having many people under me working on chinese e-commerce website “taobao”, and how it works on sites such as this is you create a full and long page intro layout and you have to cut it vertically to pieces, export them to pics and upload them. The way my team is doing it now is by bringing the page design to export persona after design is done. And make slices one by one and adjusting every edge. This process although already good, i still believe it could be time consuming sometimes and more prone to human error. I believe there there was a knife tool where users could select one big slice and with knife cutting them to several pieces would help our workflow greatly. I understand this could be a niche request but the more time is passing. The more i see a need for this issue. This request is not only for desktop designer but the whole designer photo suit could benefit it Thanks
  18. Aaron Martin


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  19. Hi. Im a fan and i really enjoy using affinity products. Just wanted to share my wishlist for 1.x versions. I’d like to know if there is any current plans for these. Cheers.
  20. That is correct, @erikmh sorry for the misunderstanding, english is not my main tongue. You are right. Publisher does not have footnote yet. I also agree with you that it should.
  21. Actually, no. This is a DTP software which means u can create documents with much more thorough control over it. This means technically you can create foot/end notes with more control over them by following this instructions. Create a Master Page > enter your graphical elements on footnote and endnote area > apply the master page to all (or wanted) pages. changeable elements such as pages, date, etc can be accessed through text/edit/file menus and putting them on master pages will automatically adjusts them in every page
  22. Hi. Congrats on 1.7 and bravo, amazing work. I’ve played around a little with designer beta 1.7, but never really done any work with it professionally. Now that its out i’ve notices some bugs that seem to be missed while checking before rolling out. Ive noticed wobbly menus on places like, export persona’s file selection menu (where u choose export file format and further details) and export window’s pdf advance page. On these pages if i use magic mouse’s touch area, it will move the whole menu with my touch that makes it wobbly while using. Second, i believe the ability to add bleed to art boards in export persona is also missing for some reason. Although I'm not sure if this is by design and if so, i’d like to know the reasoning since its not making any sense to me and adding an extra inconvenient step to my workflow. Thanks
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  25. Thanks arkinein for the thorough suggestions. i remedied this using publisher, less hassle i believe, but still not as convenient or logical as before i’d say now my question is, is this by design? Or a bug?

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