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  1. If, in working with clients and collaborators, one must accept and return native Adobe CC files, there is no alternative but to remain captured as an Adobe toolset renter. And in that case, as lovely as the Affinity Suite is, there is no point investing money or time into it. This is the major obstacle facing Serif and its prospective customers who would love to switch. Seamless file exchange between the Affinity Suite and the Adobe Suite is the holy grail here. Achieve that and creatives would abandon Adobe for Affinity in droves. Fail to achieve that and the market for the Affinity Suite is severely limited to hobbyists and those professionals whose workflow is entirely closed and internal.
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    Warp Text Function

    Yes, a free-form Warp Mesh tool for vector objects would be most welcome.
  3. Latest Beta version is
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    Smart Layers on Affinity Suite

    I would really love to see a smart object feature added to Affinity Photo that enables non-destructive transformations to layer art. Here's just one concrete example of the need for Smart Object layers in Affinity Photo: I need to produce template files for brand application mock-ups. I need to be able to use the Warp Mesh tool to non-destructively wrap graphics and images over the surfaces of standard photographed objects (e.g., bottles, cans, newspapers, open books, etc.) for the purpose of producing brand application mock ups. Presently, I can use the Mesh Warp tool in a destructive manner only. But, if we were to see Smart Object layers introduced to Affinity Photo, I could then paste various instances of branded art into the Smart Object layer and have the Mesh Warp effect automatically bend the art non-destructively to conform to the surfaces of the photographed object below. Please add Smart Object layers to Affinity Photo. At the very least, as an interim step, please add the Mesh Warp to the list of Live Filter Layers. Thank you.
  5. @thomaso No. These screen shots illustrate how to set up special instances of page foldouts, and half-page inserts within a book/magazine (a long, multi-page document). One would have to be crazy to set up 100+ page publication in an illustration app. Designer is not the right tool for the job of designing and laying out books.
  6. @Patrick Connor In addition to setting up single-leaf folding brochures (tri-fold, gate-fold, accordion-fold, z-fold), its also desirable to be able to set up books/magazines with occasional foldout leaves or half-page inserts. (See the InDesign pages panel illustrations below.) I'm not a programmer or app developer, so I'm not sure how you would achieve this in Affinity Publisher, but I would think that conceptually the solution would have something to do with the shared concept of artboards within the Affinity suite. If, in Designer, one can group three artboards together to create one side of a tri-fold brochure, shouldn't Publisher be able to allow a book/magazine designer to "group" several pages/artboards on either side of a spine? Equally, shouldn't one be able to establish an alternate set of narrow master pages and apply it to either side of a spine?
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    [] Artboard Selection (split)

    @walt.farrell To answer your question, try the following: create a new document add an artboard draw three objects in the layers panel, drag an object layer outside of the artboard layer Now you have a scenario where an object is visible within the canvass area, but outside of the artboard layer. This object can be dragged from the canvass area onto the pasteboard area, and there it remains both visible and outside of the artboard layer, but if dragged back onto the canvass area, it becomes enveloped by the artboard layer. To be honest, I don't understand why the Affinity suite makes artboards optional, or why they are represented as layers in the layers panel. Why should there be a distinction between canvass and artboard? Why not just assume that we are drawing on one or more artboards, as in the physical world? Why not have a separate artboards panel to keep track of multiple artboards?
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    [] Artboard Selection (split)

    So, I notice the following: Without an artboard, objects dragged off of the canvass space onto the pasteboard space disappear from view on the pasteboard, but are still visible in the Layers panel. With an artboard, objects dragged off of the artboard onto the pasteboard space remain visible on the pasteboard. With an artboard, objects within the canvas area, but outside of the artboard layer, that are dragged off onto the pasteboard remain visible and outside the artboard layer, but when dragged back into the canvass area, the object automatically becomes included within the artboard layer. Are all of these behaviors by design? If so, what is the guiding logic behind these behaviors?
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    menu Edit > Create Style

    @thomaso I'm running Publisher on Mac OS 10.13.6. The menu item Edit > Create Style appears to have no function, but it actually creates graphic styles for objects (what Adobe calls "Object Styles"). Try this: Style an object with a gradient fill and drop shadow from the Layer Effects menu. Then make sure that your Styles panel is showing View > Studio > Styles. Select your styled object. Select the menu item Edit > Create Style. You should see that a new graphic style for objects gets added to the Styles panel capturing the style attributes you applied to your original object. I do think that the nomenclature could be clearer to distinguish between Text Styles and Object Styles. The Styles panel should be renamed to "Object Styles", and the Edit menu item in question should read Edit > Create Object Style. Moreover, one should find a Create Object Style menu item within the [Object] Styles panel menu list.
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    [By Design] Blend Mode Bug in Live Filters?

    Follow up: If one leaves the Blend Mode within the Live Filter set to Normal, but then change the Blend Mode of the art Layer, one gets the expected results. Okay. So then, how are we to understand the function of the Blend Mode setting within the Live Filter?
  11. I've played with the Live Filter > Distort > Perspective command feature in Photo and am experiencing a strange behavior: If I use the Perspective Live Filter on an art layer and change the Blend Mode from Normal to any other blend mode, I see the distorted image superimposed over it's source image. (See attached video.) My expectation would be that I could change the Blend Mode of the distorted image without the superimposed source image appearing in the composite. Is this a bug, or am I missing something? LiveFiltBlendMode.mov
  12. Bahnschrift looks like a copy of DIN.
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    Affinity Equivalent to Adobe PS Smart Objects?

    @Patrick Connor In the Adobe software, the utility of their so-called "Smart Objects" (specially defined layers that envelope placed or drawn art) is that non-destructive transformations, filters, effects and distortions can be applied to the artwork within the Smart Object layer. I suppose the affordance of the feature is comparable to what can be achieved through Affinity Photo's Live Filter Layers but with fewer restrictions. In the use case I described at the top of this thread, I suppose the addition of the Mesh Warp Tool to the Live Filter Layers menu would help a great deal, and I would appreciate this addition. However, would you ask the development team on my behalf what their thoughts are on how best to bring the equivalent of Adobe's "Smart Object" layers to the Affinity suite? Much appreciated. Thank you.
  14. In Photoshop, when setting up template files for brand application mockups (generic books, bottles, boxes, etc. shot in perspective to which branded graphics will be applied), over the top of the base image layer I'm able to embed flat art as so-called "Smart Object" layers, to which non-destructive distortions and blend modes are applied to make the flat art conform to the shape of the 3-D object below. Once the Photoshop template file is constructed, It's a trivial matter apply new branded graphics to the 3-D object by double-clicking on the Smart Object layer, opening up the embedded flat art layer in a separate window, pasting in new flat art, then closing and saving the changes. All of the original non-destructive distortions and blend modes associated with the Smart Object layer get applied to the newly added art. Is there an equivalent to Adobe's Smart Objects in Affinity Photo and Designer? If not, is there an alternative Affinity method for creating the type of template files I've just described?
  15. Mark Oehlschlager incorrect values for artboard X and Y position

    @Patrick Connor @Ben Not sure I understand what problem exists here. As Ben wrote: If one is laying out a grid of artboards, what's wrong with using the align and distribute commands to align the artboards relative to one another, and be satisfied that the rulers will show a 0,0 origin in the upper left corner of the active artboard?