xman got a reaction from GryphonArt in Bleeds
+1 for Bleed Preview, bleed export for tiff and other image formats.
I'm currently working on a print project, which is the first larger one in designer. And I have to say that the lack of bleed is making some exports more difficult than is needed.
So please add non-pdf bleed exports to designer.
I've used freehand, illustrator and inkscape which all were able to do this. I understand that AD uses artboards so it not a one to one thing. However perhaps a per art board tick could work. I won't pretend to understand the difficulty to make it work properly. But I do know that this is important even when you come out with the publisher app. Since it would be great to work like I used to in freehand, which had enough publish tool to support small - med projects ... then for bigger one you wold use scribes, quark or indesign.
I'm looking forward to your next update of designer very much and hope it includes lots of the little needed features and bug fix.
xman reacted to MEB in Background colour
Welcome to Affinity Forums,
There's no way to change the document background colour. Just do as FLOKK suggested. If you are referring to the pasteboard (the area around the canvas) go to Affinity Designer -> Preferences, User Interface tab and change the Backgroud Gray Level slider.
xman reacted to Mithferion in Custom Bleed color
I couldn't find if this has been requested before (or it's already there but I'm failing to find it), but I'd love to have the ability to chose a color for the Bleed. Or at least, change the default color to Pink or Red, so they are easier to see, like the Margins, that by default are Blue.
xman reacted to Nazario in Palettes practically unusable across the 1.7.0 suite
Ive turned off hardware acceleration and its fixed a whole host of issues. This one included.
xman reacted to jqgill in Node coordinates are messed up
@Hangman that’s pretty much it. Nice figuring out. In addition, the error increases by one artboard with every artboard that is added. I’ve attached a file that shows what you described.
@GabrielM thank you. I’ve checked the problem happens on my work iMac too. That’s where this image comes from.
xman reacted to Hangman in Node coordinates are messed up
Looking at the 'x' node coordinates (as it doesn't seem to affect the 'y' coordinates) for the curves on your second artboard it appears that AD is taking it's zero ruler position for the second artboard from the top left corner of an imaginary third artboard positioned equidistant from the second one and therefore treating the second artboard 'x' coordinates as negative values from this zero point because the second artboard is to the left of the imaginary third artboard and it is including in its calculation the gap between the artboards.
In your file, the gap between the two artboards is 64.58mm, so if you were to add a third artboard of the same size to the right of the second with the same gap of 64.58mm and use the top left corner of the third artboard as the zero point to measure from then that ties in exactly with the 'x' node coordinates you are seeing on your second artboard.
Looks like a simple math error in the code where it is setting the zero point incorrectly each time a new artboard is added by a fixed multiple of the artboard width plus the gap between artboards. If you add a third artboard with the same graphic you'll see the 'x' coordinates are further out but by an additional artboard plus gap multiple.
xman reacted to jqgill in Node coordinates are messed up
Thanks for the reply, @GabrielM.
I’ve done a little poking around and this is what I’ve found.
— The problem also happens on documents created after the 1.7 update.
— The problem seems to happen on all artboards except the top left artboard. If I move any artboard to the top left position, the node coordinates on that artboard are become correct.
— Sometimes only one of the coordinates is wrong.
I’m working on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, mid-2015) running macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I use a late 2015 5K iMac at work. I haven’t had chance see if I can replicate the problem on my iMac but I will do on Monday.
I’ve attached a document that definitely has the problem I’ve described on my MacBook.
xman reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Designer for MacOS - 1.7.0
This build has been superseded by 1.7.1 announced here
We are pleased to announce a major update for the MacOS release of Affinity Designer, version 1.7.0
The changes in Affinity Designer for MacOS 1.7.0 over the last Affinity Designer patch 1.6.1 (1.6.5 PK) are as follows:
CHANGES SINCE LAST VERSION
We've overhauled most of the core tools, adding subtle new features to make you more productive. New Point Transform Tool allows you to scale and rotate objects from any node. The Node Tool now contains a 'Transform Node' option which provides a containing box for the selected nodes and allows for more freeform editing of the nodes. New 'Cube' grid setup mode (take a look in 'View' -> 'Grid and Axis Manager...'). Pen tool now has a 'rubber band' mode and also a mode to allow future curves to be added to the current object's curves (for example, the character 'a' is constructed of two curves in a single 'curve object' and this mode makes that construction simpler). Node tool can now auto-snap nodes if you drag a node from one curve over the top of a node from another (selected) curve and pause, it will offer to snap to the same geometry as the node you're hovering over (ie, modify the on and off-curve nodes to match). This is really useful for trying to reconstruct areas of one curve from another curve. Node tool now allows for lasso selection of nodes by holding the Alt/Option key and dragging a selection lasso. Pencil tool now offers a 'sculpt' mode that allows for extending or manipulating curves in a more natural way. More to come in this area soon. Many tools now allow for 'Alignment widgets' which you can toggle the visibility of in the context toolbar. When enabled you can visually adjust the alignment or even, for example, 'align to centre, snapped to the left edge of this object' by simply click/dragging. Fill tool correctly allows editing of skewed fill handles and newly-created skewed fills draw much nicer now. Ruler origin can be edited by simply dragging the area where the rulers intersect each other - it can even be snapped onto objects in the document. Guides can be edited in most tools by simply dragging a guide in the ruler area. Grid setup is now more interactive: origin can be dragged, axis scale adjusted and angle adjusted on-document, complete with snapping to objects and angles in the document to help you reconstruct useful grids from finished artworks or sketches. By enabling 'Edit in Plane' on the new Isometric Panel, tools can edit objects and appear to make those edits along the currently active plane - extremely useful for artists who enjoy working with any axonometric projections. You can now drag the rotation centre point (when enabled on the context toolbar) while holding Ctrl and it will translate the object - this is actually very useful for positioning and snapping objects relative to others. Shapes tools now have presets so you can create your own favourite shape setups and more easily use them again. There are just far too many subtle tool changes to mention here, but hopefully you'll find the tools much improved General
Arrowheads are now available in the Stroke Panel. New Appearance Panel allows for multiple strokes and fills on a single shape. HDR / EDR monitor support New brushes, styles and assets are now shipped with the product. Visible bleed (accessed from the View menu) so you can more easily design into the bleed area - a common feature request. “Alternate futures” for document history have been added. Traditionally, if you roll back the undo history then do something else all your changes after that point are lost. Designer will now display a small branch icon in the history tab when you do this. Pressing that button will cycle between all the different “futures” after that history entry - meaning you will never lose work you have done. New 'Isometric Panel' makes it easy to setup and work with various axonometric projections within the application. HEIF images can now be loaded directly into Designer. If they contain a depth map, this will also be loaded as a second layer. Because depth maps are typically lower resolution than the main image, optional “smart” upsampling will be performed. Designer now supports custom document presets - a popular feature request. A new blend mode - Linear Burn - has been added. Layers Panel now allows you to tag individual layers with a colour and display thumbnails with transparent backgrounds and at different sizes. New “Move inside / outside” commands have been added - useful for quickly clipping/unclipping. New "Merge curves/Separate curves" commands. Grids now have an editable number of angle subdivisions. The Hard Mix blend mode has been improved. Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features such as bullets and numbering. Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes. Improved Freehand import slightly - failing to read all of a file shouldn't force it to produce a 'failed to load' response, instead we just load the bits that we *could* read New splash screen and Persona icons Brushes
Designer 1.7 introduces a new “sub-brush” mechanism, developed in conjunction with Paolo Limoncelli (DAUB® Brushes). This exciting feature allows any raster brush to have a list of other brushes attached which will draw at the same time. Each sub-brush has a fully separate and customisable set of dynamics. You can control when the sub-brushes are drawn and how they blend with the main brush. Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring. Wet edges and accumulation are now available on colour brushes and brushes with HSL variance. Brushes with multiple nozzle textures have always chosen the nozzle at random. In 1.7, the nozzle choice has a dynamic controller and ramp for greater control. All pixel brush tools now support left and right arrow keys for rotation - a common feature request.
The HSL adjustment layer has been rewritten. It now supports custom hue ranges, a new algorithm, new UI and picker controls. The Levels adjustment layer now supports output levels - a common feature request. The White Balance adjustment layer has been rewritten. The Selective Colour adjustment layer has been rewritten. PSD import / export of adjustments has been improved. The Vibrance adjustment layer has been rewritten. The Recolour adjustment layer has gained a lightness slider. Misc
There is currently new free content available to claim in the Welcome Screen
This thread is for commenting on this announcement. Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Designer Bugs on MacOS section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.
UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (Free for existing customers)
For purchases from the Mac App Store: These are done automatically (next time you run after it is available in the store). In the Mac app store, go to the updates panel and press CMD+R they might appear. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world sometimes taking up to 24 hours.
For purchases from the Affinity Store: Each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option "Check for Updates", or it can be downloaded from here (that link is NOT for Mac app store purchases). Alternatively you can log into the affinity store here and find the order in your account and use the download button in there.
xman reacted to carl123 in crashes
That doesn't sound right, if you initiate a Save, then nothing should be able to cancel that save unless there's a specific Cancel button on the "Saving..." dialogue box. (or in some cases the ESC key)
At the very least the Ctrl+W, done during the save, should give a warnign along the lines of "changes to the file have not been saved do you want to save them?" just like it would do if you try to close a normally edited document
Being able to just close the document (and lose all changes) whilst a save is in progress seems crazy to me.
Fortunately I cant get it to happen on my Windows PC (it always saves once initiated) so maybe it's just a MAC thing
xman got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (188.8.131.52)
Probably should go under feature request, but a way to offset the grid/guides would be useful. Easiest way would probably be to just move the starting point. Or less convenient, being able to do it through the manager widows. Cheers
xman got a reaction from Pariah73 in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (184.108.40.206)
No one is talking about the color highlights added to the layers menu!
This will help to visually organize your grouping and layers. I have found that sometime as I'm building and exploring ideas the layers can get crazy. So this seem like it should help to mark layers you need to find quickly.
Hoping eventually for a filter/search ability in layers. Would be very helpful.
Also how many of you are using this as your daily driver? Give me a smiley face emoticon for a head count please :D.
xman reacted to Peter Jackson in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?
Sure Mike, but why "move to a new application"? It was very different world when Adobe made me an offer I couldn't refuse for the first (very incomplete) version of Indesign. Then the market penetration of such packages was minuscule (QuarkXPress was far too expensive to consider for most people, I was using MS Publisher). Now everyone who needs this sort of software already has it. Of course, there is certainly potential for another professional package, particularly with smaller users who might feel that Adobe is monopoly-screwing them with the CC licencing but possibly not at the expense of abandoning their existing library of files. We shall see how it goes in the marketplace. I certainly really want to jump ship.
xman reacted to Medical Officer Bones in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?
I think you are missing the point I made: as you say, PDF is meant as a (final) export file format. As such, all the original structure and organization of the original file is lost, and while having the option to import PDF is great (in particular for singular pages and designs), the Publisher developers seem to treat PDF as a sort of intermediate format that they assume can be made to work as a viable alternative such as IDML: a true intermediate format that retains the structure for the most part.
And IDML is the only existing candidate file format which is already used as an intermediate DTP file format by various layout software, if perhaps mostly for import. What I am saying here is that IDML is really the only viable option, even if it is an Adobe format, because it is an open standard and relatively easy to support.
PDF can never work as an intermediate format for longer complex layout documents. Not if the user intends to heavily modify them. That is why I view Affinity Publisher and PhotoLine (which has supported the import of entire PDF documents for editing in a similar way) as capable PDF editors, but not as editors which can work with PDF-based structured documents. That is just not possible. And that is aside from all the other issues which I listed in the earlier post. Try editing a table after importing it via PDF.
Here is a question for you: would you prefer a PSD or a PDF of the same layered file to work with? Most users will probably opt for the PSD, because it retains the structure of the original. More, it IS the original. PSD import and export is supported by most image editors, even if many native PS features are not.
Or what about a Word file or a PDF version of that same Word file? A preposterous question, of course: anyone who wants to edit a document knows that the PDF is nigh on useless for this, and will choose the Word file. All word processing software worth its salt support Word import and export.
Likewise, IDML is a worthy candidate as a intermediate file format, and is indeed already supported as a general import format by most DTP layout software. Which is why I think IDML should not only be importable in Publisher, but also exportable.
@MikeW Scribus supports IDML import only at this time. The community is thinking about integrating IDML export as well. Viva Designer Pro supports my argument here: that company is smart enough to understand the simple concept that InDesign is the industry standard, and that IDML is a good intermediate format. Supporting it is the way to go. PDF is just not a viable alternative for all the reasons I explained.
xman got a reaction from Aammppaa in Is there a "Align Nodes" Tool? (+other questions about paths)
@Aammppaa thanks for the update (220.127.116.11). It does in fact work as expected. thank you Affinity dev team!
xman reacted to Dazmondo77 in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (18.104.22.168)
Still occasionally need illustrator for warping text, distorting vector groups, selecting and grouping by fill/stroke colour, vector 3d and creating vector repeating patterns - the Parallax Method logo was all originally done in Illustrator and later refined in Affinity but was a pain in the arse to get all set up in affinity as global colours, whereas it's a two second job in Illustrator (select same fill/stroke colour), it took about two hours to manually select and assign global colours in my Affinity palate - I too have taken vector warping and distorting for granted from using using Freehand and Illustrator, and can't wait for an Affinity equivalent, really frustrating not to be able to grab the corner of a group of vectors and alt drag to slightly distort into perspective - but they're doing an excellent job on bringing us these features - so glad we have bleed guides now - and really glad we got lockable guides back - I used to do cartoon strip stuff with the blob brush and really miss it - but now actually prefer the CSP and Image Vectorizer method - but would love to see Serif do something similar to the Blob brush - really wish they could push the warping/distorting to the front of the queue as these are features I really expected in the first release ------ hopefully soon?
xman reacted to MattP in Affinity Designer Customer Beta (22.214.171.124)
Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes
Requirements: Purchased Affinity Designer
Mac App Store: Not submitted
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the beta of Affinity Designer 1.7 for macOS.
Designer 1.7 is a significant change to the currently shipping 1.6 version. Files edited in this version will not be backwards-compatible with the shipping 1.6 version. As such, we would not recommend using this 1.7 version for critical or production work at this stage. It is inevitable that there were will be a number of issues with 1.7 but we hope these will be minor and aim to resolve any issues very quickly, so please use it and explore the new features, but also do keep in mind that you may find snags and we would appreciate your help with finding and reporting these to us.
If this is your first time using a customer beta of an Affinity app, it’s worth noting that the beta will install as a separate app - alongside your store version. They will not interfere with each other at all and you can continue to use the store version for critical work without worry.
It’s also worth noting that we aren’t done yet - we are still working through reported bugs from previous releases and hope to fix as many as possible before the final release of 1.7.
With all that said, we hope that you will enjoy the new capabilities introduced in this initial release and we look forward to any and all feedback you give to us.
Please refer to previous beta updates for a full list of all changes to date. This latest update builds on the 126.96.36.199 changes and also includes the following changes:
Fix for items which contain other items always getting rasterised on export
Improved draw performance for vector containers (Any vector object which you put something else inside. i.e. make a circle and then clip some other object inside it)
Wireframe mode should work correctly for multiple linestyles
Added clickable context toolbar for when an image is selected, allowing users to scale or set bitmaps to arbitrary sizes
Fix for a number of Appearance panel issues
12bit RGB TIFF support
Double-clicking an item in the Assets panel will now queue it up in the Place tool, ready for you to drag out at the size you like
Paste image now works from browsers again
Fix for selection frame not representing currently selected objects and their transform properly!
Point Transform tool - now has on-document feedback about relative scale and rotation during drag and specific Transform studio information
Grid Widget (turned on via grid and axis manager) only allows 'full editing' (editing of scale and angle) while in Move Tool and only when a cube grid is not active
xman reacted to Aammppaa in Is there a "Align Nodes" Tool? (+other questions about paths)
Node alignment is included in v1.7 - you can try the beta right now to see how it works.
The beta installs in parallel with 1.6 so no danger in trying out all the new features.
xman got a reaction from Maykelcj in Is there a "Align Nodes" Tool? (+other questions about paths)
I vote for inclusion of a align and distribution node tool. I've used this often and would be great to have in designer.
xman reacted to spamjim in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?
There's no need to carelessly classify another as an "apologist" to diminish their credibility and recognition of the reality. Nobody can expect to effectively import ID design data if you don't have the Affinity features ready yet to support features coming from ID.
If you're old enough, look back to the advent of ID. It had a very crude PM and QXD importer. ID users most often had to recreate their legacy documents. ID has never had a QXD importer beyond version QuarkXPress 4 and the PM imports (from Adobe's own software) have always been garbage. Adobe had huge resources to develop importers with ID1 (and all subsequent releases) but still did not live up to our current expectations of Affinity.
As you know, each page layout developer intentionally limits the interchange of their documents. We recognize this as "vendor lock in". Instead of blaming developers for not being able to read/import, we can blame ourselves for choosing a proprietary format.
xman reacted to Joel_Cory in Feature Request: Vector Brush (repeat vector shapes along path)
Long time Illustrator user, trying to switch over to Affinity Designer...
One feature I miss is the ability to draw an vector shape (simple or complex) and use it as a brush. A bicycle chain for example.
I know there is a raster version of this. This just doesn't seem as good as vectors...