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Arte

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  1. The A2, A1 and A0 formats are not there when you start V2 and the new file dialog comes up. However... if you select document setup after creating a document then these formats are available for selection to change the document size.
  2. There is also Viva Designer that is aiming at InDesign users though it does not have graphics design and photo editing siblings like Publisher, so the Affinity team definitely is my preferred choice especially if those few missing things (at least few to me) are added in V2. The Affinity trio at full price also costs just a little more than the one-purpose personal non-commercial license of Viva which makes Affinity more cost effective. Hopefully V2 will be released in the next few weeks, this "Is Affinity dead?" thread is starting to feel like a zombie walking around in circles chasing itself for lunch. ๐Ÿ˜
  3. Over here we have an imaginary holiday with an unknown date called "sint-juttemis", so we'd say "Between now and sint-juttemis" as release date, i.e. between now and never. Maybe that is is better indication of the upcoming release date for you? ๐Ÿ˜ The closest things to "sint-juttemis" would be Saint Glinlin according to Wikipedia.
  4. This works well for relatively simple files, for complex files with Affinity specific features that don't translate to an Illustrator equivalent it may be a hit or miss experience. His (the video maker) statement that .ai is basically a glorified .pdf format is a bit too simplistic because there are some caveats, but that is a whole different discussion.
  5. I'm using Clip Studio Paint as well, like Affinity they didn't charge for updates for years (10 years according to CSP), to be realistic that is not a sustainable commercial business model in the long run so I can understand that want a more reliable income stream from that perspective. I don't like the subscription only model for software unless it is (relatively) low cost and not business critical software (i.e. I can stop using it without too much trouble and switch to an alternative). Like someone else mentioned on this forum, having a perpetual license that you can use to open old(er) files if you are no longer using subscription or using it at all from some point in the future because you switched to another software program (for whatever reason) is essential for me. Corel went from semi-subscription (upgrade protection and then maintenance plan) where you would get to keep the then latest versions if you stopped the maintenance subscription to subscription only at 2.5-3 times the cost of maintenance for a perpetual version. No way, bye bye Corel, welcome alternatives (i.e. Affinity). Clip Studio Paint still offers a perpetual license, though you would need an update subscription to get the feature updates instead of only bug fixes until the first feature update. If it takes them several year before the next major upgrade I can see why they want to do that, even though I am having some reservations for now but it will depend on the pricing whether paying for a new full license (upgrade to perpetual version) plus update subscription as I will call it for now will be acceptable compared to subscription only. If it is then I will continue using Clip Studio with perpetual license and get update subscription for a year if the new feature updates are worth it to me. For me there should somehow always be an option to keep the then current version as a perpetual license when you quit subscription, though understandably without further updates/upgrades, would I be willing to consider subscription for any major/essential software program unless there really is no alternative for it and I really need to use that software. So yes Affinity does have an opportunity to attract/lure new customers now that more software is going subscription based. As long as they will offer perpetual licenses, either directly or indirectly because you get to keep the then current version when quitting subscription, I'll keep using Affinity. It still needs to add a few things to the various programs but overall it is quite usable for me. Sooooo.... to stay on-topic.... when can we expect V2? ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. I agree with Walt on this, however... on a very very rare occasion I have seen footnotes spill over to the next facing page where at the bottom of the first page of the two it was stated that the footnotes continued on that next facing page. I've never seen footnotes pushed back to the preceding page or having to turn a page to continue with the footnotes. In case it is not possible to continue on the next facing page then the body text will have to be redistributed to make the footnotes fit. Otherwise endnotes should be used in my opinion.
  7. To be clear, I want both footnotes and endnotes, but for the kind of publications I do footnotes can have a negative impact on lay-out because of the space they may occupy on the page depending on number and length of the footnotes, so endotes are more convenient in that case. In case only footnotes or only endotes can be implemented upon release, then I would prefer endnotes to be implemented first. Others may prefer footnotes to be implemented first in that case, so maybe a poll might be useful in that case. Though it would make sense to implement them both when they are made available, but you never know how things may go.
  8. @Ren De nice work, though I wouldn't hang the second one on my wall. Don't want to scare the visitors. ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. The Wendigo is a kind of boogieman/evil spirit creature of the native American/FirstNations people. Other cultures have their own versions of this kind of creature as well, sometimes cannibalistic, sometimes not. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo
  10. +1 for non-printable (global) layers too I may not need them in each publication, but when I need them they're really needed. An alternative might be to create a draft layer type, Clip Studio Paint has this and it will never be exported when publishing to several file format (in this case image formats like TIFF, JPEG etc.). The intent for this layer is to keep draft sketches, lines, mockups etc. visible but never publish them. Basically this is the same as setting a global layer to non-printable but it does this automatically because of its layer type.
  11. And those who expected it will be included in V2 would then pay half if it is not included? ๐Ÿ˜‰ If only one of them could be included I hope it will be endnotes because for me they're a bit more convenient lay-out wise than footnotes.
  12. There was mention of an article earlier in this thread and/or another thread about how Affinity (Designer) was making inroads into the AEC world, in that article it was said that dwg/dxf import was being tested and that V2 is supposed to come out later this year. Maybe it is better to replace supposed with assumed but I'd be a bit surprised if V2 would not come out this year given that V1 has been released some 5 years ago and new releases/beta versions are really slow to appear at the moment which makes me think they are focusing on getting V2 ready for release.
  13. For the video tutorials on Vimeo and Youtube that is usually not the case. The Affinity workbooks for Designer, Photo and Publisher do have resources. The Affinityrevolution website has usually resources as well for their video tutorials but not for all I think because for some they're not really necessary.
  14. Another +1 for this with the addition that the layers panels should show whether the image is linked or not, as this is something I would like to be able to see in conjunction with this feature.
  15. For those coming late to the footnote/endnote discussion "party"... a workaround for footnotes mentioned many pages ago (no it is not about starting a fairytale๐Ÿ˜‰) is to create endnotes by using a text editor to create endnotes and then import/paste them into Publisher. I don't need footnotes/endnotes a lot but when I need it I really do need it so hopefully it will be included in the upcoming V2 release that is supposed to be (again hopefully) coming out later this year.
  16. This is the part that implies the information of inclusion of support for dwg/dxf import and it being tested is coming from Serif or at least someone working with Serif on this: "Serif acknowledges that it has done well in AEC over the last few years, gaining traction in many well-known practices and this has been achieved with no focussed marketing. Realising this trend in AEC adoption has led to the development team holding sessions with practices to get their feedback on features and enhancements to their core capabilities. The inclusion of support for DWG / DXF has come from that engagement and import / export is currently under test."
  17. Can we believe it for at least 99.99% ? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do realise that articles may not provide the full details and are often a condensed/summarized version of the actual interview but usually the interviewed person/company gets an opportunity to check and correct things that are flat out incorrect or shouldn't be mentioned at all. That it is in the article is at least an indication that Serif may be seriously looking at/considering implementing dwg/dxf import/export . That is by itself already an improvement. The one disadvantage with Designer for me was/is that it is too much oriented at creative arts and too little attention for those in e.g. "technical" illustrations in the sense that some useful features (including dwg/dxf import) for the latter group are missing. Hopefully there will be more of a balance in future versions. As it is now I still have to keep other software for one feature or the other that Designer does not (yet) have.
  18. According to this article https://aecmag.com/technology/serif-affinity-for-aec-firms/ Serif is testing import/export for inclusion in a future version. It also mentions that V2 is scheduled to be released this year, so it could be that dwg/dxf import/export will be included in V2 at some point. (Hopefully when it V2 comes out or soon after that, though Serif will not mention/commit to a timeline as it depends on how well testing if the import/export is going)
  19. Rhino can also create 2D drawings, it is not uncommon to create a 3D model in Rhino and also do the related 2D (construction etc.) drawings in Rhino as well. There are also people who do common 2D work in Rhino as well because they don't want to spend money on an additional CAD program like AutoCAD (LT) for 2D only work. I assume @Intuos5 was referring to being able to import those 2D drawings in Affinity Designer. In that case it might be easier to request the sender to provide DXF files of the 2D part of the Rhino file.
  20. I beg to differ on this, being able to import dwg saves having to create another file (also after every update) that needs to be tracked. With lots of files this makes a difference for ones workflow. Aside from that, someone who is not familiar with CAD files may not realise the dwg can be converted to DXF and assume the file cannot be imported.
  21. From another thread on this forum about DXF/DWG support: https://aecmag.com/technology/serif-affinity-for-aec-firms/ Two takes from this article: 1. Yes DXF/DWG support is on their list of things to implement 2. V2 is supposed to come out this year. So it could be that V2 may have at least dxf import/export and hopefully also dwg import/export.
  22. The other good news from this article is that V2 is coming out this year, that is... if things go as planned. It would be nice if at least DXF import/export would be available when V2 comes out. Especially for those in the field of technical illustration (e.g. manuals) or need to export for cutting machines this would be really great to finally have this functionality. For those who need DWG support as well, the ODA has a free batch converter for Windows/Mac/Linux that can convert DWG files into DWF in batch or when you don't have DWG based software at all. That way you can still import into Affinity until DWG import/export is also implemented. Add support for variable fonts as well and I can finally do without CorelDRAW for most technical graphics. ๐Ÿ™‚
  23. If you are looking for a DAM, then iMatch (https://www.photools.com/) might be an option to take a look at, it does support Affinity Photo and Designer files if I am correct, not sure about Publisher but you can run a trial to see if it meets your needs. If you want something that is an integral part of the programs then only Affinity will be able to provide that at the moment as I doubt the Affinity software has the functionality to do this with plugins so that others could come up with a solution.
  24. Hello @karlh the setting you found is about setting the performance level of the graphics card (i.e. energy saving low performance/speed vs high performance/speed) or to select the built-in GPU vs a dedicated nVidia/AMD GPU. Your solution may fixe some issues where lag etc. is involved and it may solve some crashes but not the ones related to hardware acceleration. as @Komatรถs already mentioned, the hardware accelaration is set within the Affinity apps themselves (the same applies to other apps that can use hardware acceleration, control for use/not use is within each respective app).
  25. @Old Bruce is correct imho. Or use software like FrameMaker, but for catalogs a database would probably be used at the backend anyway but FrameMaker has the tools to handle that. However... it also costs an awful lot more than Publisher. If database connectivity is an option Viva Designer might be an option to consider for just catalogs, still more expensive than Publisher but considerably less expensive than FrameMaker or InDesign. I don't want to think about how much time a 600+ page catalog would take to translate into multiple languages in Publisher without at least the option for export/import of tagged text. Just the text reflow that may occur might be enough for causing some (or massive) headaches.
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