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  1. Rule #1: Ignore the angry guy in the pub Rule #2: Get the right tool for todays tasks... today. @AlfredI did not know that - that is good news. PagePlus X9 offers great value for money and DrawPlus X8 too. @mvlad I agree 100% And now back to creating and billing surrounded by professionals.
  2. No, sorry, I was just joking. DrawPlus is no longer supported, it works just fine, but some day in the future it wont. I guess it will work for years, but I is a weird situation, is it not? That you have to go back in time to get a decent design program from Serif. I like to draw and design shapes with the pen tool in Affinity Designer. Problem is, the second you fx need to add some perspective to a shape (fx a shape from another project), Affinity Designer is next to useless. Especially if time has any value for you. Serif focused so much on isometric grids they forgot the basics of drawing and workflows. What I did was to export a shape to SVG and into DrawPlus to finish it there. Then I exported it back to Affinity Designer. It is not unusual for designers to construct shapes outside Adobe Illustrator in other programs so I had tried it before. It is just silly in this case. But it was just me monkeying around in my spare time. They money I spend on Serif software was earned using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. I am always curious when a newcomer enters the market, but in this case the complex parts of the machinery is only "promised" features on a roadmap - not reality. Serif retired the software that could help you - replaced it with AD that can't for years to come? You can do what I did or what @Checkmate did. Or look for other options.
  3. No, but then again.... neither does Envelope tool Distortion tool Roughen tool Knife tool Replicate tool Blend tool Palette designer Mesh fill Support for multiple pages Erase tool Flood fill tool ... in Affinity Designer 1.7 for OS X So it is not that great to be an Affinity customer with an OS X machine.
  4. It is amusing that you are requesting and waiting for this feature that is available in an even cheaper program developed by a company... heard about it? Serif Software. They abandoned it so you could wait all over for similar features for years. It is not supported anymore - but chances are... it will support your workflow. Works like a charm on Windows 10. Reintroducing Serif Drawplus X8 from 2015 featuring: Envelope tool Distortion tool Roughen tool Knife tool Replicate tool Blend tool Palette designer Mesh fill Support for multiple pages Erase tool Flood fill tool I suspect that this was possible with the help of Microsoft technology (code libraries that Serif had to purchase licenses for) - and that Serif must to develop these features from the bottom and up now. Perhaps. Personally I don't expect to see any of these features before version 2.0. When? 2021? The roadmap is just promises. I suspect someone also had a roadmap for Brexit... Anyway - purchase the good not so old performer Drawplus X8 from Serif right here
  5. There is a similar issue with the title bar icon in all three programs.
  6. I couldn't find any posts about this. You are probably aware of it but here goes: Windows 10 Professional. Latest beta 1.7 build of Publisher (206), Designer and Photo (206). The icon in the title bar suffers from jagged edges and doesn't look right. My Windows installation is "out of the box" ish - app font size is 100% fx. Icon was fine in earlier builds, I think.
  7. Thank you, @reglico! I was too fast - indeed Layer > Fill Mode > Alternat´╗┐e is how to switch to alternate fill in Designer. Perfect! So thx again @>|<
  8. Oh, I see. Thank you very much for your time and effort, guys. So, if I understand it correctly, AI (obviously) supports winding fill mode, Designers engine supports winding fill mode but with no options for selecting alternate in the user interface? So I always have to resolve the problem in Illustrator?
  9. Hi Serif This is from a file from I got in Illustrator format - exported to SVG format from Illustrator and then imported in Designer. In both 1.6 and 1.7 latest beta I cannot subtract the C from the ellipse or from the b. Something happens but the C "hole" is not transparent? It is all curves. subtract.afdesign
  10. The new icons are fine as icons and logos. Start creating with the software.
  11. You are right. It does nothing whatsoever in LAB mode (Windows). BUG! It works in 1.6.5 - so it is a regression.
  12. Rewriting features and replacing old ones (and pixels with percent) is confusing. It not great that he has to come here with questions and for work arounds (he has to remember) either. Why not name these methods and give users a choice, like in Capture Pro: Then you can even add presets or additional methods in later versions of Photo.
  13. Photo Beta, Windows build on Windows 10 Pro Affected: RAW develop module Observed: Imported image from Panasonic micro four thirds camera does not benefit much from detail refinement. At full strength with a proper radius the image is only a wee bit more sharp than a RAW image imported in Adobe Camera RAW 11 with NO sharpening applied. Third example below shows same image in Adobe Camera RAW with just the default sharpening applied - and even a bit of masking. Note: The demosaic code in use in Affinity Photo (I assume you are using the open source UFRaw, results are similar) render images slightly blurred and does not enhance details much. Perhaps as a result of this Below: Same image developed in Photo with no detail refinement in RAW - now tried with 1px radius unsharp mask applied, factor 2.4 (a lot). 0.8px is probably a bettter setting but still - image suffered from a poor demosaic technology. The unsharp mask had less to work with. "CITY" is not affected much by any radius. Below: Last example: Left totally unsharpened Nikon RAW image (from expensive, SHARP macro lens) from Camera RAW 11. Right same totally unsharpened Nikon RAW image i Affinity Photo ... and from the Nikon OOC JPG with just a little sharpening for comparison.. ... DxO Photolab 1 with no sharpening (but with lens modules (standard)) for comparison Capture One vs Affinity Photo Top: Unsharpened and sharpened a bit. Nice micro contrast and well defined edges. There is even noise reduction included. (Capture One Pro) Bottom: Unsharpened, sharpened a bit and massively sharpened. Radius is the same but I have to push the factor slider far too much. This causes artifacts on the rest of the image. (Affinity Photo) Disclaimer: To be honest - normally pixel peeping is for amateurs. What matters is the image as a whole on paper or screen. Sometimes you need the details though - and heavily cropped images (sometimes you have to) will look worse than images from other RAW converters. A little smartphonish. And a more effective demosaic would give sharpening tools a little more to work with - images will be sharpened more naturally. Especially minor details. I am not after the sharpest demosaic method on the market - I am concerned about the rendering of the image, thats why I use Capture One Pro myself, but in Affinity Photo RAW images are undercooked by... UFRaw?
  14. Photo Beta, Windows build on Windows 10 Pro Affected: All live filters - fx denoise. Observed: Picture is divided into frames and spaces like a table upon creation of live filter layer. Hiding the live filter layer restores a correct image preview until it is unhidden.
  15. I expected ... this kind of reply...