I've just downloaded Affinity Designer with a view to replacing Illustrator. I've come up against this problem except with my existing ai and eps files. Like many of you I use the area outside the artboard to hold elements I don't want to be seen in the final design. I have the elements showing off the artboard in a new document, but what about files that were created in Illustrator? There's no option to 'create artboard' when opening an ai file, so that means anything off the artboard in an existing file is lost when opening in Affinity.
Is there a way to open ai files and show the objects outside the artboard?