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Clayton King

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  1. Since the update, I have noticed the applications take longer and longer to load flies. Most notably for me is Publisher. From the time I click File OpenRecent and choose the file to the time that file actually opens is right at 5:22. In fairness, the file has an .afdesign file linked to it which has multiple artboards, three of which are placed in my publisher file. But I did this because I (wrongly?) assumed Publisher would handle links to other Affinity files better... Regardless, this is crippling.
  2. Correct. However, I cannot tell you how often I end up inserting "v" one or more times trying to deal with this. Of all the idiosyncrasies in Affinity, this is easily at the top of my list. Making sure you press Esc Esc V every time I want to quickly move something is a bit maddening. The reference to Adobe is that the cursor temporarily changes with the CMD key.
  3. I can also report that trying to update a link in Publisher Resource Manager to a Designer file (3 artboards, each placed in a different location in the Publisher file) hangs Publisher. I'm now spending hours on a project that, when done in 1.85, took about 2 hours... UPDATE: If I REPLACE the linked file with the same linked file, Publisher will eventually respond rather than crash. With the scenario mentioned above, replacing the file took approx. 5 minutes. Updating the modified file in Resource Manager absolutely crashes the program.
  4. I'd stick with 1.8x until this mess with 1.9 gets resolved... I'm spending literally hours of extra time dealing with issues from the update.
  5. I've had issues and Publisher and Designer. I don't use Photo as much, but the 1.9 update feels buggy to me.
  6. Has anyone else notice odd behavior since the 1.9 update? I'm on Windows 10 Pro with a highly capable laptop and 3 monitors. 1.8 was rock solid and fast... A few things I've noticed: 1. file load times (File|Open) seem significantly longer than previous versions. 2. linked documents cause host programs to hang/crash. for example, a muti-artboard designer file when placed in publisher causes crashes when the designer file is updated. In some cases the update time is quite long (3 minutes at worst for me; others it simply hangs). 3. designer with multiple artboards instantly crashes when attempting to print.
  7. Look in your layers palette for groups. EMFs get placed inside a one-object group.
  8. OK, just went through the file piece by piece. There were a couple of things I noticed when deleting different artboards. One of the artboards contained Windows EMF (metafiles). They imported as a group of 1 object. When I ungrouped them all, the file seemed to work... I think this is a bug, though...
  9. I have the exact problem with this file. No clue what could be causing it. With the file open, nothing selected, viewing all artboard, pressing CTRL-P (or choosing Print from the File menu) immediately closes Designer. Tree_color.afdesign
  10. Not sure what was going on. Rebooted and all seems okay... That was odd... Thanks for the suggestions!
  11. Hi Garry - I'm using 1.9.0.932 as well. The shortcuts are listed correctly. In fact, I customized the place shortcut with Ctrl-Shift-D which works, so this tells me it's a different problem.
  12. Pressing CTRL-0 on a PC would previously zoom to fit the canvas on the screen. This is no longer working. EDIT: I should add the Zoom menu works - just not the keyboard shortcut. In fact, none of the Zoom keyboard shortcuts work.
  13. Has any considering from Serif been given to this post? I continue to switch back and forth from Corel to Affinity just for this function. I'm trying very hard to migrate entirely to Affinity programs, but these little things keep getting in my way.
  14. I have of text objects that I want to group (first screen shot). When I group them, the point size changes (2nd screen shot). Is this a bug?
  15. So, I just upgraded all my apps to 1.9. Curious about bleeds given this project requires them. This is my Designer workspace. As you can see, there are a number of images which far exceed the working area, but which don't show up in the bleed. What am I missing?
  16. That's not a very effective or productive use of time given the spine could easily change size. This is a HIGHLY common practice, and one suggested by most larger American print houses - particularly when producing multifold brochures. Having to manually adjust guides each time your "page" size changes when that page is actually a panel (or, in this case a spine) is a huge time sink... Ultimately I exported all artboards with bleeds to a JPG image and used Adobe Acrobat to create a the pdf. Good thing I keep Adobe around for some things...
  17. Project: Paperback book cover (SOTW Cover) Artboards: Cover, Spine & Back Program: Affinity Designer 1.90 Equipment: highly capable laptop Windows 10 I have been wrestling with this for two days now. Initially started in publisher with layers trying to create multipage spread (i.e., like InDesign) in which I had separate pages (cover,spine,back) lined next to each other - similar to how you'd produce a z-fold brochure. Learned that publisher can't have more than two pages per spread. Okay. Switched to Designer using artboards of different sizes butted up to each other. Now how to export... I've tried simple export of whole document WITH BLEEDS. I get a pdf with three pages. I've tried the Export persona and choosing SOTW Cover and NOT selecting each of the three artboards separately. I get a pdf without bleeds and layers not rendering as laid out in the program. I'm at a loss... This would have been a 2 hour process in InDesign; I'm now on day three... Images attached: Designer pasteboard, screen grab of PDF export, export persona layers and export options
  18. In another thread for Publisher need multi-page spreads of different sizes, it was suggested to use Designer instead with artboards of specific sizes. For example, a book cover where you have a front, back and spine (which is variable based on page count). However, the problem is that you cannot apparently place a single image (i.e., a background) across all three artboards with individual elements of the book cover on specific artboards. This would also be the case with multi-panel z-fold brochures. This is an important feature that is lacking and one of the main reasons (for me at least) I have to keep Adobe around...
  19. There are several instances where this is important, and frankly, one of the ONLY reasons I keep InDesign around. I produce several multi-fold brochures with 7-8 panels. Each panel is a page, but can be arranged as a spread. Specific work is done in each panel, and often a single image spans all pages/folds. However, individual page size is adjusted to allow for folding space. Doing this in Designer is quite tedious and creates a much more convoluted workflow. Another example are book cover designs where front, back and spine are separate pages arranged as a spread. This is particularly helpful when the author is finalizing the book and the page count often changes, thus the spine width must also change. Again, doing this in designer is tedious and create extended workflow. The issue of export to pdf with crops, working on individual design elements and such is critical in the print publishing workflow. So second, third or 10th this request.
  20. Thanks dominik. That's helpful for my purposes. Admittedly a bit cumbersome, but it works. Nonprinting layers is a way of competing directly with Adobe. Many designs and mockups include nonprinting layers to hold instructions, specs, etc., without interfering in the printing/export process.
  21. CorelDRAW does a decent job of mail merge, depending on the application. Sadly, until Affinity incorporates MM, I have to rely on Corel. I also use MS Word for more basic merges like address labels and such. But if you need design pieces with variable information, Corel will get it done. Sad we need a lot of redundant software for a few features, though.
  22. More and more I am moving from Adobe Creative Suite to Affinity. I am wondering if there is to disable some of the document presets, particularly in Designer and Publisher. As an American user, I will likely never use the European presets. In terms of workflow, it is cumbersome and often time consuming to scroll through the many (thanks for being thorough!) available presets to find one of a handfull most of us would use. Perhaps a preference setting where various presets could be dis/enabled? Or perhaps preset files that reside in a folder (similar to the way Word handles dotx files)? If it's not possible now, can this be considered as a feature enhancement for future releases?
  23. I have exactly the same issue. I purchased three licenses for three people, but don't know which is which.
  24. Do any of the Affinity product allow for visible but nonprinting layers? I have a number of documents set up in CorelDRAW where placeholders are marked with shaded backgrounds which don't print during output. This is one ov several different ways this could be used. I see I can turn off visibility, and I can lock a layer, but not make it printing or nonprinting. If this is not currently possible, can you tell me when it will be added to the programs? Thanks! Clayton
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