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    fdelaneau got a reaction from Delineated in Optimize file size   
    Hi,
     
    I would love to see an option to optimise Affinity Designer’s files. What I have in mind is a way, once you have finished your composition to reduce the image size to match their use.
     
    You would need a few options to reduce the file without losing actual useful data. Depending on what you need you can define that the file images need to be downsized to 1x or 2x, that the images should be cropped to their visible portion or left to their full size, etc.
     
    I think this would be really helpful to avoid archiving huge files when you have a mostly vector file but with a few cropped images.
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    fdelaneau reacted to Ben in Sneak peeks for 1.7   
    And, here is a video glimpse of some of the improvements coming to the Node tool.
     
    NodeTool.mov
     
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    fdelaneau reacted to Ben in Sneak peeks for 1.7   
    And, here a video showing the new rotate-on-plane feature of the Move tool.  A new shape is created into a grid, using the "Edit In Grid Plane" mode.  Then, with the mode on, any rotations maintain the grid plane perspective.
     
    RotateOnPlane.mov
     
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    fdelaneau reacted to Ben in Sneak peeks for 1.7   
    Thought I'd give you a glimpse of some of the features that will be coming in 1.7.
     
    Please note - this thread is only for discussing the features detailed here.  Postings related to other feature requests should be posted on their own thread (else they will get deleted from this thread).
     
    We have spent considerable time overhauling the internals of some of our main tools.  It's been a labour of love, but it's going to open up greater possibilities for our core tool set.
     
    The core tools are:
    - Move tool
    - Pen tool
    - Node tool
    - Shape creation tools
    - Text tools
    - Fill and Transparency tools
    - Place Image tool
    - Vector Crop tool
     
    So, what improvements can be expected?
     
    - Advanced grid editing on spread (move the grid origin and edit it's axis with a handy new widget, with full snapping of course)
    - Guides can be created and moved in all the core tools, plus a toggle to turn guide editing off
    - Move the artboard ruler origin (with editing toggle)
    - Create objects and shapes into an arbitrary grid
    - Rotate and flip objects in grid planes (great for people working in isometric), plus an option to rotate shapes in plane using the Move tool
    - The Move tool will now allow you to cycle though selection boxes, including regular boxes and grid plane aligned boxes
    - Snapping performance improvements
     
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    fdelaneau reacted to Tomeric in SVG-Export: File size   
    Vector files exported by AD are at least twice as big as the same file exported by Adobe Illustrator.
    I've just now exported a logo: 28.108 bytes with AD ("SVG for web"), 15.365 10.663 bytes with AI. (Updated: Smaller file had display errors)
     
    Small files sizes are IMHO still important when exporting graphics for the web...
    Can we expect improvements in this case?
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    fdelaneau reacted to jake in Rounded Rect Corner Type: Superellipse   
    Probably an obscure, low priority feature request, but here it is:
     
    iOS7/8 is too fancy to use the standard circular rounded rect for icons. Instead favors the "superellipse"
     
    I thought it would be cool to have "superellipse" along with Round, Concave, Straight, Cutout corner styles available in the Rounded Rectangle tool.  (but maybe its better as its own shape, rather than a corner type under rounded rect, I dunno.)
     
    I did see a twitter post with the equation needed to make the proper corners to fit in on iOS 7.
     
    https://twitter.com/marcedwards/status/347451374214213633
     
    Thanks for your consideration.
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from DenzisHet in Better grid system   
    Hi,
     
    The current grid system is nice but I think it could go a lot further.
     
    Subform is a new UI tool and they seem to have an interesting approach to grids.
    Flexible (responsive) Informal (quickly experiment with layouts or place elements) Two-dimensional Create sub grids in any element They are focused on web design but from my experience it could also be really useful for print design.
     
    https://medium.com/subform/better-grid-systems-in-ui-design-tools-495dc35c5791#.ypl7b880e
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from AffinityAppMan in Affinity Publisher Beta?   
    Random thought : Since all Affinity apps share the same file format, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo needs to be able to handle linked text blocks. Otherwise, you won't be able to resize a linked text block.
     
    At that point what are the features that would make Affinity Publisher different from AD ?
     
    Pages and spreads for sure… but what else ?
    Note that the features problem is the same, since you need to be able to edit the file in AD or AP so both need to support pages and spreads.
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from DenzisHet in Better grid system   
    Hi,
     
    The current grid system is nice but I think it could go a lot further.
     
    Subform is a new UI tool and they seem to have an interesting approach to grids.
    Flexible (responsive) Informal (quickly experiment with layouts or place elements) Two-dimensional Create sub grids in any element They are focused on web design but from my experience it could also be really useful for print design.
     
    https://medium.com/subform/better-grid-systems-in-ui-design-tools-495dc35c5791#.ypl7b880e
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    fdelaneau reacted to MattP in [ADe] Designer is unable to export to PDF for professional purposes!   
    PDF Export will constantly improve, I can definitely assure you of that :)
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from chr.schmitz in Layers panel : filters and other enhancements   
    For me one of the greatest UI updates from Photoshop lately has been the layers filters.
     
    Being able to search layers by name or to show only the text layers has been a great time saver for me since it has been introduced in Photoshop.
     
    Having something similar in Affinity Designer would help a lot.
     
     
    By the way, I would love to see 2 other options related to the layers panel :
    Always show the selected layer (removes the need to constantly use find in layers panel) ; Only show the current art-board (in case of multiple art-boards, only the layers of the current art-board are visible).
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from chr.schmitz in Layers panel : filters and other enhancements   
    For me one of the greatest UI updates from Photoshop lately has been the layers filters.
     
    Being able to search layers by name or to show only the text layers has been a great time saver for me since it has been introduced in Photoshop.
     
    Having something similar in Affinity Designer would help a lot.
     
     
    By the way, I would love to see 2 other options related to the layers panel :
    Always show the selected layer (removes the need to constantly use find in layers panel) ; Only show the current art-board (in case of multiple art-boards, only the layers of the current art-board are visible).
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from keppes in PSD vector smart objects import to Affinity Designer   
    Being able to open and work with smart objects is the last big missing thing for me. 
     
    Importing PSD files with flattened smart objects is nice and you sometimes get away with it but in many cases you need to edit the smart object itself and right now you are stuck paying Photoshop.
     
    I think this should be a priority since most AD/AP users where using Photoshop before and might have files containing smart objects.
     
    Another good reason is that nowadays there are thousands of PSD files available online that are relying on smart objects. This is a huge ressources source that you can’t tap as long as smart objects are not fully supported.
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from chr.schmitz in Layers panel : filters and other enhancements   
    For me one of the greatest UI updates from Photoshop lately has been the layers filters.
     
    Being able to search layers by name or to show only the text layers has been a great time saver for me since it has been introduced in Photoshop.
     
    Having something similar in Affinity Designer would help a lot.
     
     
    By the way, I would love to see 2 other options related to the layers panel :
    Always show the selected layer (removes the need to constantly use find in layers panel) ; Only show the current art-board (in case of multiple art-boards, only the layers of the current art-board are visible).
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from ferreirex in Affinity Publisher   
    I found what caused CS6 to crash on launch, I had the menu bar hidden by default. Once I disabled this option, ID worked again.
     
    I’m still eager to try Affinity Publisher  :wub:
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    fdelaneau got a reaction from Stephen_H in Affinity Publisher   
    It seems Indesign CS6 isn’t compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and I’m not sure that Adobe will fix that.
     
    I can totally understand that they don’t want to support an outdated piece of software, but this will create a dilemma for all CS6 users. If they need Indesign, they will have to switch to a CC subscription.
     
    This might create a great opportunity for Affinity Publisher and launching the beta soon would help a lot of people (myself included).
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