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  1. I would like the ability to transform selections by pulling nodes to lengthen or shorten sides, enlarge or shrink entire selections, and warp selections. I use this functionality in Photoshop constantly. Affinity Photo is becoming a worthy competitor, but this functionality is missing.
  2. I too could really use an efficient way to batch-rename or batch-edit layer names. I often have to import a group of photographs of the same subject or the same type of subject into a master document. Those photos may be moved up and down the layer stack, or dispersed all over the master document. I have to be able to track them. Better yet, when I have more than 25 layers, I need to be able to search them, by name, content type, or attributes such as blend mode.
  3. My layer names are more complex, but I need the same functionality. I have to do a fair amount of FPO photography of may items in a single shot, then separate the items to their own layers. But I still need to refer back to the original photo for every one of them, and I want iterative names like "Red dots 1", "Red dots 32", and so on. Batch renaming would make my life much easier and enable me to move more of my workflow to Affinity software.
  4. I second the request for a feature to search and/or sort layers by name, type (pixel or adjustment), blend mode, etc. For my work it's critical.
  5. It would be great to be able to designate layers as non-printing, as you can in InDesign and some other advanced graphics programs.
  6. I see that bleed area guides have been on the feature roadmap for Design since summer of 2014. When might we expect to see this feature?
  7. I'm trying to set up a file management system for a very prolific artist who likes to change teh titles of his works often. One of the ways to embed and protect the data so that I can find images when he requests them is to embed the data in the description field of EXIF. I'm sorry to say that it looks as though this feature has barely been given even glancing attention in Affinity Photo. The EXIF panel is not particularly easy to find. The data it contains may not be editable. The Description field is editable, but has no "undo" functionality. This is a very serious shortcoming for a professional imaging program. May we expect an improvement in this area soon?
  8. I have just been working on a file in AD 1.5.5 on Mac OS X Sierra 10.12.5, and discovered that there's a very handy keyboard shortcut for incrementally increasing and decreasing numerical values, for example in font size: Option + up or down arrow. --> Unfortunately, even though I am using this shortcut in a dialogue related to text, the shortcut works on the text itself simultaneously, by changing the leading override. Oops! --> Also discovered that while the text tool is active, I cannot use keyboard commands to zoom in and out of the document - Command = and Command - are temporarily disabled.
  9. cadobir

    pulling guides

    Still not changed as of AD 1.5.5. This really slows down my work. Please, Affinity - can you make guides tool-agnostic?
  10. I just spent an hour trying to figure out, WITH documentation, how to wrap text around an object in Design. I eventually stumbled on the solution in the Forum, here: "Create your object, choose 'Layer - Convert to Text Frame', paste or write in your text, then..." have at it. This is NOT easy to find in the help, and completely unintuitive. If Affinity intends to stick to this method of implementing text wrap in Design, then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE provide adequate documentation. This has been an exceptionally annoying and frustrating experience, that could have easily been avoided had you made "text wrap", "wrap", or "repel" search terms in your help document. You have overall done so many good things in Design, the failure to implement text wrap OR to clarify the workaround is really unpleasantly surprising. On this one, I have to say: DO BETTER.
  11. This feature is not explained in the documentation, and the lack of clear commands and/or documentation costs me billable time. I have just struggled for an hour to do a very simple text wrap, and I am very angry about it. I expect better from Affinity.
  12. I second the request for text wrap around an object in Affinity Design, at least until Affinity Publisher is released.
  13. I'm just starting to explore the Macro function in AP, and I'm very pleased to see it there. But one thing I use a lot in Photoshop is missing: the ability to pause for user input. For example, I have a Photoshop macro that calls for a Curves adjustment layer, and when that layer is introduced, the macro pauses to allow me to set the curves values; then the rest of the macro proceeds. If I can't pause for user input and then allow the macro to proceed with the following steps, the macro becomes useless because I then have to either run another, separate macro or do all the other steps by hand. I am sure you are thinking of this functionality, and I encourage you to bring it out soon. It's very important for the way I work.
  14. I work a lot with calligraphy, which I scan from original on paper. The printers will not accept ANYTHING except pdf in bitmap (1-bit) mode. I really want to use Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop, but this is a very important missing piece for me.
  15. cadobir

    1 Bit graphics: AP

    1 bit color mode is absolutely essential for line art and certain printing applications.
  16. I'm looking for filters in AP that serve the same function as Photoshop's Maximum and Minimum filters. (Photoshop:: Filter : Other : Maximum, e.g.) One way I use these filters is to refine selection masks by expanding the black or white area of the mask. This also works to thin or thicken lines in line art. I see that AP has Minimum Blur and Maximum Blur, but those are not the same thing. Does anyone know what I mean, and where to look for it if it exists in AP? Or perhaps whether it's an upcoming feature?
  17. cadobir


    You can use the Transform ("Xform") palette in the lower right corner of the Studio to make numerical adjustments.
  18. I'm just curious - what is it that you can do in Photoshop but not in Affinity Photo? If you need to take an image you've been working on in AP and edit it in Photoshop, you can export it. You may not be able to keep it as a layered file.
  19. Suppose I have a photo placed into an AP document, and I want to edit ONLY the photo and have the changes update in the AP document. So far this does not appear possible; when I choose File > Edit in Photo, the whole document closes in AD and reopens in AP. I do not want to edit the entire document in Photo, only the selected item. Does Affinity have any plans to develop this capability?
  20. I'm pretty sure, based on years of experience, that spotting dust and scratches remains a largely manual task. Filters such as "Dust and Scratches" introduce artifacts. Some times you can select dust by color range and run a filter; sometimes you can lift an area of the image to a new layer, set it to Darken or Lighten and move it to cover dust and scratches. Now for the other aspects of restoration, you want to find and correct your black, white and gamma points; fine-tune color and contrast; retouch damaged or missing image areas; introduce clarity, and sharpen. Shadow-Highlight is very useful.
  21. I did not close the AD document. AD remains open and running, but AD closed the document when I choose File > Edit in Photo. I think I understand your rationale for not linking placed images, but I think that in practice, the problem of surprise edits is unlikely to happen. If you have worked in InDesign, you may have used their "Edit in..." commands. They're really very good, and I wonder if Affinity may try to r-create that functionality in a future version of AD/AP. If they do not plan to do so, I will want to understand how they address this workflow.
  22. You are correct, I meant a photo placed in AD. And of course, I could go edit the photo in AP and re-place it in AD. I haven't used the "Replace Image" button in AD yet; I will try it. But the convenience of editing the image in AP without closing it in AD, and having AD update saved changes to the photo is terrific and very desirable.
  23. Another approach is to go into quick mask mode, blur your mask, and use Levels to refine your selection. I don't think AP offers a Maximum/Minimum filter yet.
  24. Now I am happy. And... saving as .TIFF, too, or is that (a) later or (b) probably never?