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  1. Thanks @αℓƒяє∂ I am grateful it's possible. You got me started on a list too. Here it is: 1 https://vimeo.com/272723714/79409f3002 UI overview Explore the Affinity Designer for iPad user interface. 2 https://vimeo.com/273643227/ead5575b93 Gestures Learn the gestures you need to use Affinity Designer for iPad. 3 https://vimeo.com/272724251/2291984bca New and save Start a new document and save it to local or cloud storage. 4 https://vimeo.com/272726696/45e5f324f8 Open and import Open from cloud storage and import from cloud storage/Apple Photos. 5 https://vimeo.com/272741704/5f35b71ba8 Placing images Introduce an image into your vector design. 6 https://vimeo.com/272728260/c890bf2740 Pan, zoom and rotate canvas Navigate around your document and rotate the canvas. 7 https://vimeo.com/272735632/2a46dac3a6 Selecting Edit one or more objects by object selection. 8 https://vimeo.com/272736180/6edfd6c8a7 Moving, resizing and rotating Transform objects on the page or via Transform Studio. 9 https://vimeo.com/272736820/55feb120ca Grouping Collect together related areas of your design by grouping. 10 https://vimeo.com/272737362/7c5dfeaea6 Ordering Learn how to change the Z-order of objects, i.e. how objects are placed in front of (or behind) each other. 11 https://vimeo.com/273287904/b1b7ec72fa Layers Studio Manages all your objects by storing in layers and groups. 12 https://vimeo.com/272738081/8a68c959da Align and distribute Multiple objects can be perfectly aligned with each other, as well as distributed (spread) evenly. 13 https://vimeo.com/272729523/f6c4ff31b2 Copy, paste and power duplicate Essential clipboard operations while editing. 14 https://vimeo.com/272730196/65755f27fb Undo, redo and history Use simple gestures and history scrubbing to step back/forward through your edits. 15 https://vimeo.com/272735340/af9c8b137b Quick export Output your current selection or entire design to a recognised graphic format. 16 https://vimeo.com/272727390/53ab8082f6 Artboards Create a new artboard from scratch or add extra artboards. 17 https://vimeo.com/272742120/bd935e5387 Symbols As intelligent linked objects, symbols allow global editing across your design. 18 https://vimeo.com/273288063/fe332b0d81 Assets Studio Take advantage of pre-designed UI elements stored within this Studio. You can also store your own custom assets here. 19 https://vimeo.com/272733789/278ce33fe2 Snapping Use snapping for positional accuracy when positioning an object to another object, guide, grid line or spread. 20 https://vimeo.com/272743284/55028676a5 Constraints Selectively control object scaling and anchoring across differently sized artboards. 21 https://vimeo.com/272731188/083a95d4d6 View modes for pixel preview Preview your design in different pixel modes or skeletal outline with split-screen comparison. 22 https://vimeo.com/272752194/5b7c92aec4 Pen Tool Draw Bézier curves and closed shapes using the Pen Tool - an essential tool for most designs. 23 https://vimeo.com/272747486/6eb4b491d8 Node Tool Edit previously drawn curves, vector strokes and shapes. 24 https://vimeo.com/272739495/9a399ee019 Advanced curve drawing Create and edit Bézier curves and lines using gestures. 25 https://vimeo.com/273643664/6e392c204b Editing strokes Control the line width, style and line pressure. 26 https://vimeo.com/272749894/f6cd564300 Pencil Tool Draw freehand pencil strokes with optional smoothing and editing (sculpting) of existing strokes. 27 https://vimeo.com/272772312/e4753799b0 Shape tools Create geometric shapes and morph them into any shape variant you want. 28 https://vimeo.com/272749107/f0b28fe5b8 Corner Tool The tool rounds any sharp corners on curves and shapes. 29 https://vimeo.com/272737147/824bdf211a Boolean operations Join objects together using Add, Subtract, Intersect, Divide and Combine operations. 30 https://vimeo.com/272918757/2b3f76f5e5 Colour Picker Tool Sample colour from anywhere on your screen for object fill, stroke or brush colour. 31 https://vimeo.com/272765553/c38361f7ec Fill Tool Create colour gradients across objects, including linear, radial, elliptical, and more. 32 https://vimeo.com/273644041/9d24feb280 Advanced colour Change the stroke and fill colour of your object, with the option to store colours in palettes. 33 https://vimeo.com/272740839/3f00569cea Gradients Draw colour and transparency gradients separately or as part of the same gradient. 34 https://vimeo.com/272765889/7e670c49ab Transparency Tool Create transparency gradients across objects, including linear, radial, elliptical, and more. 35 https://vimeo.com/272750449/386e0f0029 Vector Brush Tool Paint using vector brushes (hard-edged, textured intensity or textured image brushes). 36 https://vimeo.com/273644549/e73c510b69 Managing vector brushes Modify your brush settings and manage your brushes in the Brushes Studio. 37 https://vimeo.com/272921080/fe342ad991 Pixel Tool The tool paints a hard-edged brush stroke without anti-aliasing. 38 https://vimeo.com/272924117/5278a2f871 Paint Brush Tool Paint using raster brushes (soft, hard, textured, or image). 39 https://vimeo.com/273645405/c3e6960f8d Advanced brush options Modify your brush settings using the context toolbar. 40 https://vimeo.com/273645691/fce0d48271 Managing raster brushes Import, export and manage your brushes in Brushes Studio. 41 https://vimeo.com/273645985/3b50388a89 Smudge tools Blend images and brush strokes. 42 https://vimeo.com/272924573/eb705e612b Erase Brush Tool Remove areas of your design directly under an erase brush stroke. 43 https://vimeo.com/272924914/0a6548fc2a Flood Fill Tool Flood image, pixel selection or object with a chosen colour. 44 https://vimeo.com/273281334/ae205d189f Flood selections Create pixel selections using colour. 45 https://vimeo.com/273281218/efb471a647 Drawn selections Create pixel selections using freehand, polygonal or magnetic modes, or use shape marquee tools for geometric pixel selections. 46 https://vimeo.com/273284946/e48c013bfa Selection modification tools Feather, grow/shrink, smooth and outline existing pixel selections. 47 https://vimeo.com/272947161/54b2eba7d4 Smart Selection Brush Tool Take a brush-based approach to make pixel selections. 48 https://vimeo.com/273285157/19f326ed32 Refine Selection Tool Use refinement to separate a subject from its background image accurately. 49 https://vimeo.com/273285319/f2eb0835f2 Slice Tool The tool creates drawn export areas to be exported as individual files. 50 https://vimeo.com/273285740/1d712d6c8a Export Persona - Slices Studio The Studio exports chosen slices as files to a preferred file format. 51 https://vimeo.com/273286342/3dbe5aa264 Export Persona - Layers Studio Use the Studio to identify pages, artboards, layers, groups and objects for export as slices. 52 https://vimeo.com/272919379/22bc3c2e55 Frame Text Tool Add reflowing frame text to your design. 53 https://vimeo.com/272916409/f72d8a2a1e Art Text Tool Add scalable decorative text to your design. 54 https://vimeo.com/273646946/94d45c2f97 Advanced typography Edit your artistic and frame text's character and paragraph properties. 55 https://vimeo.com/273647336/ccf23d014a Text on a path Artistic text can follow a line, curve or outline of a shape. 56 https://vimeo.com/273647530/29173f6f24 Importing fonts Import and manage your fonts. 57 https://vimeo.com/273647784/6bbc918327 Applying adjustments Apply non-destructive adjustments to layers and control them in your layer stack. 58 https://vimeo.com/273648117/0364de4e91 Masking adjustments Use raster brushes to erase adjustments and use vector tools to create clipping masks. 59 https://vimeo.com/273648442/ad0f387960 Layer effects Apply non-destructive layer effects and control them in your layer stack. 60 https://vimeo.com/273648756/e795a03d2b Advanced layer effects Adjust opacities, scale effects with objects and copy and paste effects to other layers. 61 https://vimeo.com/273649568/91a1c47ba3 Blend modes Blend your layers with complete control using blend modes. 62 https://vimeo.com/273649742/8e694a31f9 Styles Create and save your own styles for consistent effects.
  2. Hi, Is it possible to allow users to download the Affinity Designer for iPad video tutorials so they can watch and learn from them off-line? July is the holiday time of year, and what not a better way to spend any travel waiting downtime than learning and using Affinity Designer for iPad? I would love it if you can make these available for all those keen to learn. Thanks!
  3. Adobe just announced their new Illustrator CC feature coming later this year called Diffusion Gradients. It looks like it has the potential to break many of the gradient limitations currently of linear, radial and even Illustrator's mesh gradients. Does Affinity have any plans to explore this type of feature? Here is the short preview:
  4. @mannyc , Here is a visual of what @αℓƒяє∂ is saying. instead if skewing I used Node edit to alter the "shadow" rectangle:
  5. @A_B_C I see the Font Composition Persona like an artist's colour mixing palette, except for fonts. It is important to be able to efficiently compare and contrast a number of typeface choices so the designer can narrow them down to their ultimate choices. I emphasize the word efficiently, because the tool must help the designer do this quickly and thoroughly. I see the "Title-Heading-Subheading-Body" idea as a neutral and effective template for this task, but really it could be any number of layout ideas. I also suggested that there is a way to "Use Current Artboard", assuming the designer had an existing layout already in place with 4 or so fonts, it would allow the quick swapping of the fonts dynamically to see how it impacted the design. I have tried using Text Styles to accomplish this, but Styles are not quite dynamic or quick enough to see dozens of choices between the different fonts. From the Text Style browser, you have to double-click on the Text Style you wish to change, click on the "Font" menu item, click on the font family field, then start scrolling through the un-filtered font list. You would have to do the same click procedure for each style. My suggestion would allow you to dynamically change up to four fonts, with a click and a scroll very easily, and from precisely filtered lists. I may have been too hasty in attempting to create a solution, and to reiterate, I was most interested in brainstorming ideas for tools to make typeface selection more flexible, efficient, and effective. Typeface selection is an important part of the design process and I would love Serif to be a leader in making it an industry priority and consider it in their harmonized suite of tools.
  6. @dominik Last weekend I purchased, and set up High-Logic's Maintype, organizing all my fonts and tagging them. What a wonderful tool! Much better than Suitcase Fusion. MainType actually allows the user to really get control of their font collection. Full of robust and practical options. I can actually SEE what fonts I have! Thanks, dominik for the suggestion. It works brilliantly!
  7. Respectfully, I realize the Serif team is quite busy. I am very excited for the release of Affinity Publisher Would anyone from Serif care to share their thoughts on my idea above? Thanks, Dave.
  8. @Fixx, @dominik, Thanks for your feedback and support. I would love to hear if other's think it would be valuable, and if they can dream up any "must have" features. Also, interesting to hear what other people are currently using to manage fonts and make their font selections. -Dave.
  9. @TonyB, @Andy Somerfield, @Dave Harris, @Ben, @Ash, and the rest of the Serif team, this is a big one... Why let 3rd-party software run the show? It’s astounding that Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, and other such software have never taken font management and font composition seriously. They relegate the tasks to poorly integrated 3rd-party software, essentially turning their back on letter forms and typeface, one of the pillars of great design. The Affinity Suite could change all that. Affinity Type Integrated Font management – Point Affinity Type to your local or online fonts, Affinity Type takes care of the rest. Whether you have 100s of local fonts, or fonts in the cloud (like Google Fonts (Free) and Adobe Typekit) Affinity Type will manage them all, allowing you to see them aggregated in one place. Keep your system fonts lean – All fonts are temporary “activated” and not installed. When you load an affinity file that includes fonts, Affinity Type will automatically activate those fonts, and not install them as system fonts. The automatic activation means you never have to chase down those “missing font” errors. What the use of having 100s of fonts if you cannot find the right ones? – Affinity Type’s Database keeps track of all your font locations: locally, installed in the system folder, on the network, or in the cloud. Create custom font albums. These virtual folders give you the freedom to collect and organize fonts by job, by license, by client, by task, free, or any way you wish to slice and dice your library when you use filters to efficiently refine your decision. The database will be fast and lean – speedy previews, and fast activation. Categorization algorithms – Using cues from each font’s glyph anatomy – Affinity Type can identify typeface and automatically classify them, so you don’t have to. e.g. Modern Serif, Old style Serif, Slab serif, Humanist Sans, Geometric sans, Display faces, Handwritten, Calligraphic, etc. This feature can also help suggest a well-contrasted font palette for you from inside the Affinity tools. How you use it Affinity Type – The Font Curation App – Affinity Type allows you administrative access to your font library database. Here is where you can organize your fonts into albums, select favourites, slice and dice your font library with powerful filters (including installed system fonts) and organize them into filesystem folders of your choice. Tools to identify duplicate typefaces and corrupted fonts. See total number of fonts sorted by different filters, as well as total sizes in MB. Flag and tag your fonts here as well. Affinity Font Persona (Font Selection Interface) – Embedded in all three Affinity programs is the selection interface. Perhaps it is a new persona (Font Persona?). The most powerful feature of the Font Persona is the Type Palette Composer. A clean and nimble interface to compare or contrast your font choices. The Type Palette composer allows you flexible brainstorming when it comes to font composition. Here you can gain access to your whole database. Refine your choices with your powerful filters. See the total number of fonts for each filter, as well as which ones are currently installed or temporarily activated. These ideas and the interface mockup are rough concepts to help generate more brainstorming. I know that the Serif team will greatly expand upon the concept of Affinity Type and greatly improve it. Affinity Type would unify the powerful triad of Affinity tools when it comes to typefaces. It’s time someone in the industry took font management and selection to a more professional place. I hope it will be Serif. Thanks, Dave
  10. @MattP, at the risk of sounding geeky, you made my week! I am pleased to hear that you will implement it as soon as you are able to, and I appreciate the complexity involved, so yes, please don't rush it. Gratefully, Dave
  11. I have been craving some select same features on almost every project. Especially ones where you have to salvage objects from someone else's PDFs. I don't know about other graphic designers out there, but this happens fairly frequently. The ability to quickly select out certain pieces from thousands of objects would save me so much time.
  12. Dave Vector

    Deleting Assets

    Yes, I can see how this would be a problem when you accidentally create a number of unintended assets that mix with your category of intended ones. At that point, one would hate to delete the entire category or subcategory. I like the idea of mimicking the file system file selection functionality (CTRL-click, SHIFT-click, etc.). Nice one.
  13. I see where you are going with this and I agree. I used to use 3DSMax quite a bit and I would miss ability to create parent-child relationships when manipulating objects when I would use Adobe Illustrator. It always annoyed me that such a valuable feature was not very well implemented by the Illustrator team, and I was very excited by Affinity Designer when I first saw it. In fact, when I first watched their promo video, I bought AD right away! I had no idea those manipulations were possible in MS PowerPoint (unless that is only in the German version ). There are a lot of features to learn from MS-PP. Being able to quickly manipulate multiple symbols/assets/objects would create a faster and more flexible workflow. I hope it makes it onto Serif's development slate. I know they would do a stellar job of making it elegant.
  14. For the most part, Affinity Designer's tool cursor shapes are very clear to understand and the cursors match well with their icons. All except the Move Tool. When I first started using Affinity Designer and I was switching between the Move Tool and the Node Tool with keyboard shortcuts, I would often confuse them (OK, maybe my eyes are getting bad too...). Even after using AD for many months I am puzzled by why they are not consistent. My suggestion is to change them so they are clearer for the user. I made a suggestion below, but this is not the only solution— you may have a better one, but really the goal is to reduce ambiguity and increase consistency.