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marcdraco

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  1. You're right, the GPL that says (section 2b) Serif (in this case) would have to release the entire codebase for Designer for free which is one of the dumber inclusions given that we're talking essentially a small library, not a derivative application. Peter does seem a decent enough chap and it wouldn't hurt to drop him an email. If the engineers over there can't get it working correctly that must be costing Serif a considerable headache not to mention money. If I were in their shoes (I'm not) I'd be temped to drop him an email and offer money for a non-exclusive licence. Everyone wins that way. Codeweavers seem to be doing very well out of it with WINE. I'm a big open source fan and occasionally contribute myself, but that's a different story. I'll just stick to "Potracing" in Inkscape for now. Adobe can swivel.
  2. I like Inkscape fine myself but I dropped into Affinity Designer it felt like a pair of comfortable slippers (I'm an Affinity Photo Fanboy - converting all my mates from Photoshop). As Potrace is open source (as is Inkscape) surely it wouldn't be a huge leap to just drop it into the feature set. At least it works well and is fairly robust. Granted you can Potrace in Inkscape and copy/paste that into Designer but it's an extra step. It did the job today though. I did a Vladimir Putin in 8 colours in a matter of seconds.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    I've almost always got more than one tab open but the weird thing is that I can close that tab and reopen the same file and the issue goes away. I'm convinced this is a runaway thread that Affinity has stopped using but only gets shut down when you close one of the tabs. Of course, that could be complete hooey as it's only a guess.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Video might work Mark - it's almost like there's a loose thread. (Threads are evil.) Right now it's running normally - I've got seven canvases open with all sorts of stuff going on and it's in the background sat at 1.2%. That's the problem I'm finding - it's proving nigh-on impossible to give you an image that creates the problem because it just seems to go "haywire" without any warning. I wonder if this is a Windows problem? I noticed it went away once when I closed a canvas but when I re-opened the image it was as good as gold. Really quite annoying to pinpoint. I'm not a Windows programmer, so I'm guessing there isn't an API call to "sleep" an app when it loses focus? Although I understand that some people might have instances where they want a process to run for a while and do something else in the meantime.
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    Brushes to stroke a path

    It does make sense Sean, can you make that a feature in AP? (Pretty please)… I don't have Designer (yet) as I don't need the extra features (I will be buying Publisher the second that goes on sale as I'm sat on my hands with a old CS4 project that is desperately in need of revision. As it's a 454 page, non-fiction title I need something with the "nuts" to fix it!) I use the stroke feature quite a lot now (I love Affinity Photo) and this being able to raster stroke a line is fabulously useful. Adding textures even more so because it allows me to simulate brush sweeps and strokes without a tablet (and honestly, I'm not great with one of those either).
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    Brushes to stroke a path

    I hope the attached image makes this clearer and I can't figure out what's wrong (or, what I'm doing wrong). I'm trying to "ink" a pen shape with a brush/texture and although the option appears to be there, I can't find it in the online manual. It's not a deal-breaker but I've been pulling my hair out for ours (well, pulling my virtual hair out anyway because the real stuff abandoned my like my youth. ) Can someone explain please? Or is this actually a bug?
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Could be Mark - sorry for not getting back to you, the email must be going to spam. I've been unable to reliably replicate the problem though (so far). Blasted nuisance but not the end of the world.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Of course! Do you need all the documents or just the "front" one that's on screen right now a running Affinity so hard? Also, where do I upload them. EDIT: Oh that's curious - opening what I thought was the offending document did very little.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Hi Mark, very good of you to get back to folks on a Saturday! Isn't it late in England? Here's a typical shot from the CPU monitor (it's not astonishingly high but more than I would imagine) and the layers - these are usually grouped but I've expanded it. I often have five or more images open some with layers, others just screen grabs. I don't use live filters much (don't need to for this work) about the only layer effect I used is darken to make a effect like a highlighter pen. I'm happy to help and update this later if I can identify an image that's causing this, although I wonder if this is more an Windows architectural problem than something "wrong" with Affinity? I'm just not used to seeing an app using so much CPU when it's not updating the display or doing background work.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Selection put CPU up to 4-5% which isn't bad. I'll have to ID what's causing the excess, my guess is layers.
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    Excess CPU when not receiving focus

    Lemme test that... BRB
  12. I've noticed that Affinity is often gobbling up quite a bit of CPU even when it's the "current" app. My everyday workhorse is an energy saving i3 with 4Gb RAM so sucking 25% or more of CPU time when it should be idle is a bit of a bind. Not being an Windows expert I'm unsure if there's anything that can be done about this. I may be thinking of Mac OSX (it's been a while) but isn't it possible to put a app into a "sleep" mode when it's not in focus - or in particular when it's covered by other windows? I design a lot of memes - they're rarely complex, but it means switching between a web browser and the Affinity window and I find that the browsers are fighting Affinity for a share of the limited CPU and memory. I guess there's not much we can do about memory but surely the CPU usage could be throttled? My other machines have more than enough cores and memory to handle this but they also need a small power station to run so I tend to break them out as an when necessary. I should also say (as this is my first post to the forum) that apart from having Affinity since it's first Mac release it's never ceased to amaze me! Well done chaps - this isn't so much a bug as a feature request!
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