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  1. The save icon - save as - export icons would really also be welcome. Optional of course. But I would like them as toolbar icons as well as shortcut.
  2. Designer beta Windows 10 Pro If I select Make copy, the file is opened normally, the file name is kept, and CTRL-s overwrites the previous file (from a stable release version) without warnings Continue, the file is opened as a copy called <untitled> AND the file is not added to the Open recent files list The smallest of bugs - but somewhat dangerous.
  3. That screenshot makes no sense in this context, @Coffee This (below) is what prefs in Designer beta looks like. Nothing about links there. Nothing happens automatically in the current release version. And we never linked the images. But fortunately @Gabe is right; I installed the beta and the issue has indeed been resolved. Thank you for that.
  4. That is the question a developer should answer from these "steps to reproduce". It is very, very easy to reproduce. Have a JPG image file ready (saved) and also open in photo editor (in my case Photoshop) Create new document in designer Place the JPG (Draw on top of it with vector tools (probably irrelevant step but this is what I did) ) Save in designer Close in designer Apply fx auto contrast in Photoshop, control-S for save Open in designer Result: "Linked Resource Changed" forever. All capitals probably also an error So, in short, just placing images from file -> place.
  5. Thx, yes I have seen it. But since the developer mentioned it was part of the 1.8 beta I was curious... perhaps forgotten in release notes.
  6. I placed an image a month ago - a one time only operation, no link intended - and I get this warning every time I open the Designer file. The "linked" resource changed a month ago. So this warning is a bit annoying and useless. I can imagine it is much worse in a document with many placed images. It would drive me insane if they didn't close automatically.
  7. Any improvements to the expand stroke code in the current beta ( ? A developer mentioned it being part of the 1.8 beta before dropping his microphone, and before this beta surfaced here.
  8. Exactly. And perhaps a few custom generic icons that can be assigned fx print, save, save as as... etc. so every possible scenario is covered.
  9. Take a wild guess To move forward. I miss a few toolbar icons that I too would prefer to activate with the mouse in some mouse only workflows. A solution to all scenarios could be fx 1 - 3 custom toolbar icons that the user can add and assign an action to.
  10. It has no significance in this situation. You are dealing with a dispute regarding Democracy Human rights It is not time to market anything commercial. The fact that you are focused on software instead of the above is disturbing.
  11. By the 18th century, universities published academic journals; by the 19th century, the German and the French university models were established. The French Ecole Polytechnique was established in 1794 by the mathematician Gaspard Monge during the Revolution, and it became a military academy under Napoleon I in 1804. The German university — the Humboldtian model — established by Wilhelm von Humboldt was based upon Friedrich Schleiermacher’s liberal ideas about the importance of freedom, seminars, and laboratories, which, like the French university model, involved strict discipline and control of every aspect of the university. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the universities concentrated upon science, but were not open to the general populace until after 1914. Moreover, until the end of the 19th century, religion exerted a significant, limiting influence upon academic curricula and research, by when the German university model had become the world standard. Elsewhere, the British also had established universities world-wide, thus making higher education available to the world’s populaces.
  12. I don't think Serif is that dumb. Adobe is doing what they are forced to do due to US sanctions. EU imposed new sanctions on Venezuela in late September. It is about international politics, democracy and human rights - not designers - and the situation is escalating. It would be unethical, unwise and unsportsmanlike to take advantage of the situation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_the_Venezuelan_crisis Of course the little man always suffer in a situation like this - I hope for the best for the people of Venezuela.
  13. @mfarooqiIt has been requested already and it is badly missed. I am currently working on a ew posters with rather complex shadows and light sources (a very common scenario in the real world) hitting various objects and surfaces, and it simply made no sense to try to make them in Affinity Designer. I have to make them in Adobe Illustrator although I would have enjoyed making them with vector objects and bitmap effects in Affinity Designer. So I am trying to make ONE poster in Affinity Designer. The simple 2D flat design poster. A man needs a little variety in his life or he stagnates. The new organic gradient tool in Adobe Illustrator is awesome too. I hope Serif has an idea for a similar alternative gradient tool. The mesh grid is sometimes a pain to work with but also a joy when the grid works in your favor. You need both gradient tools though.
  14. The ruddy graph is an okay tool - just only for specific use cases. And not very handy for use cases like simulating pen drawings. Adjusting pen strokes inside a small graph with a minimum of precision and maximum of guesswork really is nuts. I think it really is designed for fine tuning lines after using pressure sensitive pens. A line width tool would be of much more value in many cases - and the two ways of adjusting line with would supplement each other perfectly. The line width tool in Adobe Illustrator is straightforward and logical to use. Fast. Precise. Natural. Like a pen.
  15. That is what you have been told, but Serif is not. Serif was founded in 1987 and the initial release of their previous photo editor, Serif PhotoPlus was released in 1999; 20 years ago. So were are dealing with real graphic software veterans. And you could expect JPG quality to be pretty good from a company with so many years of experience. This is the very same file exported from Serif Photoplus X7 in low quality, the result of 15 years of development. It was retired in 2015. Does it look familiar? Indeed it does. So... Side by side - Photoplus X7 to the left, Affinity Photo 1.7 to the right. No evolution. At least PhotoPlus X7 offered a preview before saving (as does Photoshop): And again, Photoshop for comparison: Still, nothing good happens below 50% quality. I don't know why anyone would use it. I'd rather downscale images.
  16. Fact time, @srg JPG export in Affinity Photo has serious problems below high quality. I never (have to) go below 100% ever in a professional context, but web editors on CMS-systems that does not server scale images need optimized JPG output. Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher works through a shared code base, so you will get equally disappointing results in all three programs. Example. Nice smooth high quality gradient from Affinity Designer 1.7 latest saved to 8-bit TIFF, reopened in Photo and Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, and saved as JPG low (in their own definition) in both programs (10 in AD, 3 in Photoshop). Compare visual quality as well as file size. Below: Affinity LOW, 473 KB (484.650 byte) Huge file compared to the sad remains of the original file: Below: Adobe Photoshop LOW, standard, 297 KB (304.821 byte) Much better. Almost tolerable for computer games and art. Below: Adobe Photoshop, optimized: 121 KB (124.465 byte) Below: And just to show Photoshops lowest setting, no optimization, zero (0 out of 12). 200 KB (205.502 byte) Now it hurts, but still better: Below: And Affinity Photo at 10% again again for comparison:
  17. Illustrator simulates reality; thats good and what one would expect using pen and brush simulations. Designer is not “honest” - It is just not as advanced.
  18. It is not a PDF format issue - same pattern in file sizes when you export to SVG.
  19. https://www.windowscentral.com/how-configure-correct-color-profile-your-monitor-windows-10 Don't change anything - it is just to guide you to the colour settings. I am not sure you have a wide gamut monitor - but pretty sure the driver or something else installed a monitor profile. Everything is cool then - except you need a picture viewer that supports your monitor profile.
  20. Fear not @tiger01vincent, this is because Microsoft Windows is made by clowns. Affinity Photo is colour managed - Windows Picture Viewer is not. Can you believe it? Why the Hell do they (Microsoft) not use settings from their own operating system. Much of Windows is not colour managed. The only internet browser I know of that is totally (!!!) color managed is Opera. Look at these two representations of the same image. Left Affinity Photo showing the picture that is shown totally wrong to the right in Microsofts viewer. The roses are waaaay too saturated etc. etc. My guess is that you have a monitor profile set up in Windows and perhaps a wide gamut monitor? If you do have a correctly configured profile, Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher will use the monitor profile. You should also be able to see the image correctly in Chrome.
  21. Drawing it manually with no tools... the painful time consuming way as the picture suggests. You can skew, though.

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