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  1. I worked on a multi-page document yesterday, and quickly got frustrated because I could not find a way to override the No. of columns setting at the paragraph level. It is useful to be able to do this because you can then have titles and introductory paragraphs than span the full width of the text area in the same text box as the main text. This makes master pages way more flexible. You do not have to create separate text boxes for titles and introductory paragraphs. You can also do other things, like having a wide text column, and then, in the text flow, you can override the number of paragraphs, and have a multi-column section right in the main flow. FrameMaker could do this, and it was very useful, both for short articles and longer non-fiction documents.
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    Scripting

    If I could choose the scripting language, I'd definitely go with Python over Javascript or Applescript. Applescript is out, because I currently use a PC running Windows. Javascript is a horrible mess of a language. I have used Javascript rather extensively in the past, because I got very well paid to do it. Today, I am not remotely interested in using it, for any reason. Python is a well designed, easy to learn, and very powerful language with very extensive support in the form of libraries. It fits very well with professional programming practices like TDD and BDD. If choosing between those three, Python is the best choice by far.
  3. For a recent portrait, I decided to try out the Frequency Separation functionality in Affinity Photo to remove skin discoloration. Worked very well.
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    Portrait with Frequency Separation

    Thanks! There is room for improvement. There are some things I'll do differently next time. Still, I am happy with the results, and more importantly, so was the model.
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    Portrait with Frequency Separation

    @Alfred and @Smee Again, Here is a version without frequency separation.
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    Affinity Photo - DxO Photo Lab 2

    I have started using DxO and Affinity Photo together. I do basic stuff in DxO, then use DxO to send the result straight to Affinity Photo for compositing and other work. Worked like a charm from the start. The programs work very well together.
  7. I just downloaded 1.7.0.192. No anchored frames yet. This really should be in the first release. Even though it is a bit risky, I want to layout a new book using the beta. Without anchored frames, that does not really work.
  8. Inline graphics really should be part of the first release.
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    Night of the Werewolves

    For comparison...a daylight version of the same scene. Traditional werewolves would be unlikely to venture out in the mid-day sun though.
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    Night of the Werewolves

    Alice of Sandby vs. werewolves. Alice is a graphic novel character created by Petra Brewitz. Petra and I are working on a graphic novel manuscript, Alice: Demons Gate. No werewolves in that story...but there is definitely story potential in an encounter between Alice and a pack of werewolves. The scene was rendered in Daz Studio. I used Affinity photo to turn the original daylight scene into a nighttime scene: I increased the contrast reduced saturation toned bright parts slightly yellow, and darker parts slightly blue, to create a feeling of night. That is basically it. A
  11. Having the object positioned above the anchor point was possible in FrameMaker, unless my addled memory confuses wishful thinking with actual experience. A really good thing to have, in any case. I plan to buy Publisher the day it is released in any case, but publishing non-fiction books will have to wait until anchored frames are supported.
  12. My next two projects are a graphic novel and a heavily illustrated book. I'd like to use Affinity Publisher for both of them, but that hinges on getting anchored graphics. I used FrameMaker to write technical documentation, and other things, for several years. With FM, you could produce a document from start to finish with a single tool. What I am hoping for, is to be able to do the same thing in Affinity Publisher. Either that, or seamless integration with a tool like Scrivener. I understand the first release cannot have everything, but anchored frames, that can hold any other object, pictures, tables, or text, should, I believe, be part of the first release.
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    Cat and Mouse

    I have begun storyboarding photo sessions using Affinity Photo, Daz Studio, and Dynamic Auto-Painter. Cat and Mouse is a good example. I set the scene up in Daz Studio and rendered it. Then I post-processed it in Affinity Photo. Finally, to reduce the realism and get a more painterly feeling, I ran the picture through Auto-Painter. Works pretty well, I think. Now, of course, I have to do everything all over again, shooting with a live model. However, having a storyboard picture like this makes it a lot easier to figure out how to light the scene, to discuss the scene with the model, to figure out what props to use...
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    Cat and Mouse

    It'll be awhile before we do the shoot, but I'll post the image once it is done.
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    Cat and Mouse

    Ordinary house cat, and a really, really good makeup-artist. Actually, I cheat a bit. I bought the cat model in the Daz store. For the final photo version, I will probably buy fur with longer hair. The model looks pretty realistic as it is right now though.
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    Five Finger Voting

    Five Finger Voting - A quick-and-dirty illustration for a presentation slide.
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    Five Finger Voting

    Thank you! I'll hold a rather boring business presentation on Wednesday. I'm counting on this picture to wake the audience up a bit. :-)
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    Digital painting with Affinity Photo

    Very good work!
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    Poster made in Affinity Publisher

    Here is the final version of the poster. There are still things that can be improved, but I had to get it printed while there was still time.
  20. This is a poster made in the Affinity Publisher beta. I used three 120 degree circle segments as containers for three different pictures by photographers Petra Brewitz, Julia Reinhart, and myself. The bottom right picture is a composite made in Affinity Photo, and converted to a digital painting in Dynamic Auto-Painter. The other two pictures were processed in Photoshop. There are still some important features missing in the Publisher Beta, but I really like the stuff that is there. I believe this will be a great layout program. BTW, the poster is in Swedish, it is about a photo exhibition in the city of Borgholm on the island Ă–land, during a harvest festival.
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    Poster made in Affinity Publisher

    I did make a new version where all the text is centered, black, and immediately under the title. That works a bit better. I can't upload the file to the forum. Might be a bit too large. I'm off to work in a few minutes, but I can upload a lower resolution picture tonight, when I get back home, if you want to see it.
  22. In some vector graphics applications, for example Omnigraffle for the Mac, all objects with an area can contain text. Arrows can have labels, so technically, they contain text too. Even groups can have their own text. In addition, text boxes can be formatted with outlines and background colors, just like any other object. This makes it a lot easier to label figures in diagrams and other drawings than the nested text box approach currently used by Designer and Photo. Having a similar feature in Affinity Designer would be highly useful.
  23. Yes, I checked. What's there is pretty much what I need in regard to text boxes. I just might come up with a few other suggestions... I have tested the beta a little bit, by designing a poster for a photo exhibition. I really like the way it works. I won't lay out a book until I can anchor pictures in text flows though. It would not surprise me if that feature will be in the finished version. It is pretty much a must have for anything longer than 2-4 pages.
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    Poster made in Affinity Publisher

    We are three different artists with three very different personal styles. The reason that we have an exhibition together is simply that we are very good friends, and we like to work together. For this exhibition, we stick to our own styles, and that is why the pictures on the poster are different. The exhibition is more for fun than anything else. We have done other work, a graphic novel, where we designed a common style, and stuck to it.
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    Poster made in Affinity Publisher

    It is a better design than my original. I was too stuck on having the pictures cover the entire poster. Centering the subtitle is also an improvement. Thanks! BTW, here is a link to a blog post with the full bottom right picture, and a bit of context: http://kallokainphoto.blogspot.com/2018/07/oland-nudes-i-at-beach.html
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