1) Live filters
Considering the Affinity Photo and Designer files are exactly the same, why not allow Affinity Designer users to use the live filters Affinity Photo provides if they own Affinity Photo, at the very least?
The filters tend to be useful and would provide a 'short term' scalable (semi vector, scales as long as it's in its native software) replacement to vector distortions Adobe Illustrator provides before we get the actual vector distortions.
And yes, I know there is that "Edit in Photo" button, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants their workflow to consist of as little software as possible? Isn't it why Affinity Publisher has all 3 programs capabilities in it, providing you bought the other ones?
Perhaps in the future, some live filters, such as perspective or twirl could be expandable into actual vectors, similarly to how Illustrator's distortions work. We'd basically get the same thing in Affinity Designer, and I feel like vector distortions are important to so many people. 2) Live filters and effects in the Appearance panel
isn't this one self-explanatory? I feel like it kinda is. Let's say that I want to blur just one stroke on an object with a couple of strokes and fills.. or if I wanted to give one of the fills an effect from the effects panel? I'd have to work my way around it and create several separate vector shapes. and while we're at effects and distortions for paths, a great one to be able to give to strokes or fills in *general, not just the appearance panel* is offset paths. If I wanted to achieve a negative offset path effect on a fill in Affinity Designer, I'd have to add a stroke to the vector, expand it and subtract from the vector. And if I want to change the offset later, I've got a problem. effects on individual appearance layers are incredibly powerful (esp offset paths) Path offsets help even more with fills on advanced and/or annoying shapes