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  1. 32 minutes ago, jmwellborn said:

    “To say that I am not a normal user is a bit of an understatement.”  I agree @JGD.  I am old enough to remember the time when the world was not all about me.  It might appear that you have too much time on your hands.  Just a thought on a busy Sunday.  

    Does it matter to us how he spends his time? He may be one of the individuals it is fun (and interesting) to actually share a drink with and one of the few that really stands out. Today there is a lot of me me me, I agree, but people are also getting more sterile and copy each other more than ever.

    How did all the likes and "You rock" posts in here contribute to innovations and changed priorities? Not much, eh?

  2. 4 hours ago, Frozen Death Knight said:

    No one began engaging JGD regarding this topic or attempted to make things personal with him from the get go. He was the one who engaged other people first and started off by taking other people's opinions very personal when none of them were an attack on him or anyone thinking like him. By your very own logic he shouldn't have commented in the first place.

    That is of course true. But still. He did not insult your mother. He did not tell lies about you. Just... let it pass. And let him talk about the products and use cases. We are here to share inputs that improve the products according to our needs - and others needs. I think he does have valid points. Serif can now chew on his words. If they are even more sure about their priorities now, fine. If they agree with him after some thinking... fine.

  3. 8 hours ago, ErrkaPetti said:

    Ok, so you will decide that we will not defence Serif when some customers go bananas over nothing?

    I will NOT shut up here... It’s my civil right to act the way I do...

    If you and others don’t like Affinity Designer, do not use it, and, go back to that Pro-software you've used when your lifes was so much easier...

    Serif do whatever they wants, and you and I just have to deal with that... Period. 

    You argue like a kid or someone with hurt feelings. You don't have to defend Serif - you could do so, but you chose to cite irrelevant marketing material FROM SERIF instead of a solid use case from your own serious line of work and without other arguments as such. You point at someone else and say: "If he can use it, it must be professional". If you want to point at civil rights, respect them and use arguments and facts. But you don't. It is simply just words and feelings. And it is funny (and childish) to react to one members semantics and reactions BUT when it comes to your rants you refer to civil rights because of course YOU are allowed to do the same.

    Serif is a company that opened this particular forum. Here people can voice their concerns and report bugs and say thank you. I guess you as a civil right defender approve of that. What Serif decides to do is indeed their ball game. But without input and reports from happy or angry users, how would they understand their users. It is feedback, knowledge. Sometimes it is served beautifully, sometimes not, but inside there is a core message. Serif needs it to prioritize and to make their business moves. But all this didn't cross your mind, did it? The bigger picture. You act like a moral judge on a very weak foundation. A true swede. But this is not Folkhemmet.

    And the childish "if you don't like it, don't use it" is simply so single minded. Serif do whatever they want? You like civil rights (when you can use them to continue yelling) but you do not understand how debate, compromise, heated debates, politics, society works. The heart of it. It is NOT centered about you yelling out loud about your rights. It is to listen and understand as well as pushing an agenda.

    In fact your philosophy should be "I am satisfied. I like it. I will leave the discussion to people who are not. Let them make the product better for their use cases." But no. 

    Look around in the forum. So many voice concerns about the priorities made by Serif. For Serif to do what "they want" (lets just act like adults and call it "make an informed decision") they should listen. Here fx. Your role is not to filter inputs from users.

  4. Come on. Ha ha. Spotlight is a one sided marketing channel - classic parfumed propaganda. The (indeed nice) gfx is isometric work - what Designer does support rather well. Of COURSE that will be highlighted by Serif. (But besides that, how many of you do isometric work? I see almost none here.). The lack of advanced (and often requested) features - just look at the starving featureless boring toolbar - is extreme and paying customers are allowed to have an opinion about that. Spotlight is paid for or filtered opinions and articles. Remember the articles with  artists showing some work done in Affinity... but who work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in their REAL professional life outside the propaganda. Because they are indeed professionals. They use professional software from Adobe - not budget software made by Serif for small companies and mostly hobbyists. 

    Let people voice their concerns about the product(s). Let them have their personal style. If it is not personal you don't have to comment. What really is interesting here is the input costumers have and the reaction (or lack of reaction) from SERIF.

    What is interesting here is not what @JGD is WRITING. It is was Serif suddenly is HIDING.

    Let SERIF handle their COSTUMERS. You are not part of the equation.

  5. 11 hours ago, Mithferion said:

    P. S.: By the way, the standard version of the interface is far from being that pretty, or is it the default for 1.0? I will try it later.

    This is Inkscape 1.0 alpha with a dark theme and "symbolic icons" I think they call them. You can customize icons, theme, dark or light mode.

    Also interesting for the Apple crowd out there:

    Mac Application
    Inkscape is now a first-rate native macOS application, and no longer requires XQuartz to operate.

    It has a standard Mac-style menu bar (rather than a menu bar within the window). Keyboard shortcuts now use the command (⌘) key rather than the control key. Retina display screen resolution is now supported. The build is now cleanly 64-bit, a prerequisite for MacOS 10.15 Catalina and beyond.


    I always followed the open source alternatives closely - mostly their potential in poor countries is extremely important, I like helping creatives wherever I find them (and I have met some with zero resourses... zero, zip, nada, nothing) - but the Inkscape project simply have to dedicate a year to usability and interface initiatives... massively.

    If only Google would sponsor Summer of Usability to lift these and many other open source products with awesome engines into the 3rd millennium usabilitywise. And btw also share resources and coordinate more.

  6. We know one thing. The 7 man "strong" development team will be busy for a long time now developing Publisher for iPad too and a DAM and the rest of the suite simultaneously. 

    Meanwhile if you are on a budget - or cant wait for certain features - or if you are the curious type like me always checking out everything the market has to offer - this is getting closer for free:


    I am curious about Inkscape. No fan of the UI and performance and I can't use it for professional work. Earlier versions crashed to often. But if someone is waiting for cool and advanced vector features while waiting 3 - 6 years for Serif to implement such features... Inkscape is free and delivers. Today.

  7. I am a professional, yes and a curious one.  That is why I am here. You found and pointed out a spelling error. And have an attitude like a... pdddr. Well English is not my first language so there. But you mentioned the most insignificant error like a child. Very mature. :35_thinking: I am not impressed. 

    You can’t compare a roof with a service. Times are changing and conditions are changing. I understand companies perfectly when the charge as a service.

    My latest work reached approximately 5 million people. Rich and poor. It does so four times every year. Did for more than a decade. But I made it in Illustrator etc. again. The price is nothing compared to literally everything else in our setup.

    I just fancy looking for options, new tools, better drawing tools, better software. More fun if possible. Creativity is not fun with clumsy tools. So I had to take a look at the "professional graphic design software" AD.

    This bar conversation, however, is futile. It ends here for my part. Feel free to be a last word freak.

  8. 1 hour ago, JET_Affinity said:

    My wife and I have been married for 40 years (a little longer than I've been paying for the majority of the mainstream drawing programs). But I don't marry software vendors, wise guy.

    You don’t have to. The old business model just doesn’t deliver and work anymore. Every app vendor knows it. Light bulb industry understood it 100 years ago.

    The old and new model both suck, but software is an organic life form these days and I personally enjoy an up to date product more than an obsolete product that perhaps ties me to an obsolete (insecure) operating system five years after purchasing it. And will be obsolete at some point. I still don’ forget the price I paid for software 10 - 20 years ago. It hurt more then than subscription does now.

    Adobe package is expensive but not compared to the rest of my setup. When you look at its role in my work it is easily as important as rent and roof.

    Affinity is not for heavy duty professionals, it does not target them. And it is not adapted by them. Serif always targeted amatuers, clubs, small companies, small fish with a small budget. 

    I see a lot of whining about the cost of Adobe and subscriptions but that simply is the cost today. Every other professional expense I have for cameras, lighting even pro pens and paper are high. Not much is a one time purchase in reality. 

    Amateurs have a lot of cheaper options. Even free. Professionals are tied to expenses as they always have been.

    Either way Serif is only a small company with resources for only a small team responsible for many products now. Designer does not get vital features for years and years. So the current business model doesn’t really bring us much. But it delivers slowly.

    Principles against reality. Learn more about that battle and its combatants in the “Affinity for Linux” threads.

    Roger and over BTW

  9. 1 hour ago, JET_Affinity said:

    Now owned by Corel and only licensed by subscription. That's precisely when I stopped "following" it.

    I simply don’t see the problem. Especially when the cost is low.

    It takes finances and specialists to reach the top levels and the cost of software is tiny peanuts compared to the expenses I pay as a professional and for anything else for that matter.

    Life is subscribtion based. Try marriage. 

  10. 14 hours ago, Nelo said:

    is this supposed to be THE Adobe Illustrator main competitor (and alternative) right???!!!

    No. That would be CorelDraw. Affinity Designer is lighter than light on vector features and it is mostly dreamers who believe it will evolve into something as competent as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Designer is a painting program with elementary vector tools. I don’t believe Serif want to expand it much further. Or can.

    I too believed Designer would get more vector features before we die of old age but I doubt it now.

    I work a lot with shapes and Adobe Illustrator is not fun to brainstorm with. I discovered Gravit Designer that is cheap and a pleasure to draw with. AND it supports cloud storage and can run from ANY browser. A brilliant companion inspired by Freehand. It is a more interesting product to follow. 

    Designer is so far the poor mans McDonalds. More marketing than vitamins.

  11. On 7/1/2019 at 9:11 PM, Mark Oehlschlager said:

    Very nice 3D rendering!

    But now I must ask: since Designer has neither a perspective grid feature, nor a vector warping tool, how did you manage to draw your bucket in perspective and then to convincingly warp the product label around the cylindrical form of the bucket?

    On 7/1/2019 at 9:44 PM, velarde said:

    Actually I just designed the label in Affinity Designer.

    I exported it as a texture (png) and mapped it to a 3D model. The render part was done in Cinema 4D and then retouched it in Affinity Photo. From Cinema I export as a layered PSD file so I have more control of the render passes: Illumination, Color, Shadows Ambient Occlusion, etc.

    OK, now it makes sense :D

    Well done via clever workflow outside Designer.