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  1. Yes, I do use Affinity Publisher* for new projects (beginning with smaller jobs, however). I plan to use InDesign (still CS5) only for updating legacy stuff which has been created in InDesign (if it doesn't seem really worthwile to migrate the files to Publisher via IDML export from ID) or if I'm forced to exchange design files on some collaboration with others who cannot deal with Publisher files. * meaning: of course I also use Designer and Photo as well but the final output will be via Publisher. Not turning to Adobe Illustrator again seems hardest for me, as the program has so many features I'm still missing with Affinity Designer – some special ones but also a few I consider quite essential for a professional vector graphics program (like Image Tracing or creating Blends between two vector objects). And well, there still are some features in Photoshop (even CS5) as well, which Affinity Photo doesn't offer... But you got to think positive: the Affinity apps are not even version 2 and you already can do so much! As to PDF files for print you just have to be careful and take your time to find the right settings that will work with your printing service. It definitely helps if you have access to Acrobat Pro to preflight check your PDFs before sending them off. There is a topic on this forum in connection with this: That being said I can assure you that you CAN output print ready PDFs for commercial printing from Publisher. I've done so and the results were absolutely OK! However, as I said: take your time, doublecheck you PDFs with Acrobat Pro or another suitable app (there aren't many, though...) and possibly already take some precautions while still working on your files in Publisher (e.g. be sure to always use 100% K Black for type rather than "rich" RGB black...) I'd say it's all worth the effort, if it gets you out of Adobe's fangs eventually...
  2. Is this still an issue? As I have set all the Affinity Apps’ UI to English some time ago to be more in tune with most tutorials (which tend to be in English most often) I actually didn't think of it anymore... Nevertheless I'm completely with you here: this is a serious issue – not only for convenience – but for the very practical and important reasons you mention. It's absolutely unnerving. Truth be said I‘ve actually never experienced something like it with any other design program I've worked with in 30 years! So if this strangeness is still there it has to be amended immediatly as it is a true pain in the a** for any serious designer (and typographer) who is working with a localized non-English version of the apps.
  3. Not only the tool (from the Toolbar) but something like the (vector-)"Effects" (Filters; from the Menubar) in AI, as well! The „Effects“ in Designer are just those standard pixel effects like Drop Shadow etc. (which are certainly useful, nevertheless) but nothing like the (supposedly) scripting based vector „Effects“ (as opposed to „Filters“ which Illustrator has – i.e. ”Roughen“, ”Scribble“ etc.). I'd be very happy indeed, if something like that could find its way into Affinity Designer. Maybe, however (I'm no expert at this), this is sort of related to the question of scripting which is being discussed elsewhere in this forum?
  4. Please, please, add a gradient mesh tool in Designer with version 2 – even Inkscape being open source has it... My concern actually isn't so much about opening AI files with gradient mesh objects in Designer, but rather being able to design from scratch in Designer using this valuable tool.
  5. Well... so IF they added that feature, PDF Checkpoint might actually be useful for me. Guess I'll wait then before giving it a try...
  6. As I do use a Mac I may actually do give it a try – thanks for pointing me to PDF Checkpoint's print preview functions (which I wasn't sure about). As it is I didn't find explicit info or screenshots for this on their product website – so I sort of concluded that maybe they (surprisingly) didn't care so much about it... 😥
  7. I'm not so sure about that: considering my own needs as a graphic designer who sends PDFs to print services every now and then, I generally and primarily just need to check my PDFs in regard to correct colour separation, ink coverage and overprintig. For this purpose PACKZVIEW seems to be absolutely sufficient and easy to use, too. Judging from the info on their website PDF Checkpoint is actually quite comprehensive and may offer a lot more than what I (and probably other ussers, too) need on a regular basis. The advanced features of PDF Checkpoint – e.g. like converting colour profiles in PDFs etc. – may, however, be be extremely useful, when you come across problems in your PDFs hat you cannot solve by just going back to Publisher, changing a colour and/or some setting there and then exporting the PDF again.
  8. That's strange! I just tried PACKZVIEW with two of my recent PDFs meant for printing services (both exported from Publisher) and I had no problems whatsoever (10.14.6 Mojave on a mid 2019 iMac). What this viewer obviously offers is basically just what I was primarily looking for (and which so far had to be done on my older machine still having Acrobat Pro): a quick check on colour separations, ink coverage and overprinting. Nothing too fancy, really, but actually very useful! One might wonder why an app just providing these basic features hasn't been offered by Affinity/Serif – say: as a free giveaway on any purchase of Designer and Publisher – to give their users that little bit more peace of mind once they're going to actually send their PDFs to some printing service.
  9. Is this related to the behaviour I've observed previously that everything(!) on the Publisher page gets rasterized in the PDF when an object with transparency (e.g. a drop shadows) happens to be somewhere(!) (on) the topmost layer? (meaning that this object doesn't necessarily have to overlap vector objects, especially type, on lower layers which got rasterized no less...) In InDesign flattening/rasterization always seemed to happen limited to the area where it was needed but with my first Publisher PDFs I was absolutely surprised that this happened actually pagewide to all objects on layers below an object with transparency no matter where the latter was positioned on the page or how much space it actually took.
  10. Good reminder! I've really loved the features Scriptographer had to offer within Illustrator, especially when working a bit more experimentally than usual. I'm actually happy that I've still got a working version of Illustrator CS5 with Scriptographer installed. If such functionality could be added to Affinity Designer it would be truly amazing!
  11. Which is exactly the basic functionality I'd generally need in my everyday workflow to check PDFs that are to be sent to a printing service...
  12. I've checked this one with an Affinity generated production PDF (just CMYK) and at first glance it offered just what I generally(!) need when I check my PDFs for correct colour separation (e.g. the old 100% K Black problem, overprinting, accidental spot colours etc.). I was definitely surprised that it could offer me exactly the information I generally need to decide if that PDF seems fit for the printer or if there's something that should be corrected (e.g. by going back to Publisher make the corrections and exporting a new PDF). Even if you cannot make any of those advanced preprint corrections, conversions etc. within PDFTRON it certainly looks like this might actually be a very decent tool to quickly scan the PDF you want to send off to your Printing service and be sort of sure that at least the colours are set the way they are intended to. Just for this functionality (which is probably 95% [or even more] of what I normally do with my PDFs in Acrobat Pro) I'd probably be willing to buy it for a reasonable price as a standalone app... a very good find, Kal!
  13. As far as I know this feature (at least as fills and strokes are concerned) has been added in version 1.8. Effects like those in Illustrator would be highly welcome, though!
  14. I guess that's what happens when you design an otherwise powerful and comprehensive program more or less from scratch. You're bound to forget some little things here and there – or maybe you didn't ask actual designers and digital artists really all the proper questions beforehand... As we haven't even got to version 2 I tend to be optimistic, however, that these things will be addressed sooner (hopefully) or later. Same thing IMHO with dashed/dotted strokes, which so far – with closed shapes – don't automatically align at their beginning/end. Neither can they be made to "pay attention" to corners (e.g. put a dot of a dotted line exactly at each corner of a rectangle) like it's been possible in Illustrator and InDesign for years and years now. I keep hoping, though...
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