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Mark Oehlschlager

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  1. @Konstantinos I suspect many things will become clearer once Publisher is launched on Wednesday. Having said that, the three applications in the Affinity Suite share the same file format. You will be able to start a document in one application and then open the document in another application for editing. If baseline grids are important to your design workflow, it appears that you would need to compose your pages in Publisher.
  2. @Konstantinos If I were you, I would do one of two things: a) hang your text frames from the same hang line and make sure that the leading for you body copy is constant (use a paragraph style) b) if you require some kind of grid, go into the Grid and Axis Manager and set up the major spacing and subdivisions to suit the intended leading of your body copy.
  3. Ah. I see. There do seem to be some difficult design decisions for the team building this suite of apps that share a common file format, wherein documents are expected to be round-tripped between the various apps in the suite. I suppose a baseline grid set in Publisher would be honored somehow by Designer and Photo in spite of the fact that those apps don't offer a direct way set, enable, or disable the baseline grid.
  4. @Patrick Connor I notice that there is a "Snap to Baseline" check-box option under the Snapping button in Designer and Photo. Is that an error, or is there some way of setting baseline grids in Designer and Photo?
  5. I don't know. Seems like the code governing page structure and presentation should be something that an Affinity Suite app should be able to handle. A <div> tag is a <div> tag. Translating size, positioning, stacking order, scaling, color, transparency, paragraph and character styles into clean, standard HTML5 and CSS3 should be manageable these days. Even building a UI that allows the designer to determine layout adjustments for mobile device breakpoints should be manageable. Designing and building modern, static, responsive websites should not require much knowledge or mastery of HTML and CSS. Leave the burden of coding to those developers who build the back end of web apps, e-commerce and the like.
  6. Apparently, Adobe took a stab at this with their application named Muse. It appeared to adapt the UI elements UX conventions familiar to all graphic designers who used Adobe's other creative apps (e.g., Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), and eliminated the need to worry about code. Are the Serif staff familiar with Muse? For some reason, Adobe is now discontinuing Muse. Perhaps they plan to roll the best of Muse's capabilities into Dreamweaver. At any rate, Muse is a perfect example of the kind of graphic-designer-friendly website design tool that I'd love to see join the Affinity Suite someday soon, giving print publication and graphic designers the ability to leverage their knowledge of graphic design, typography and the Affinity Suite to produce modern, responsive websites, without having to worry about code.
  7. As a graphic designer, I've always resented having to learn and stay on top of the changing standards of HTML, CSS, and scripting languages to do page layout and simple interactive behaviors. I just thank God that I never had to learn postscript to design a brandmark or to layout a page. So, speaking of poorly met needs and pain points that present business opportunities, it would be a godsend if Serif could develop a website design tool for print publication and graphic designers that would leverage all of their design skills and knowledge, and their familiarity with tools like Designer, Photo, Publisher, and make it possible for them to build modern, attractive stand-alone websites. And then have the code generated by the app to be clean enough, and standard enough to be handed off to a web development team to tie in their scripts for applications, and database connectivity. Does that make sense?
  8. I see now that Publisher (RC1) offers the option of importing multiple artboards within Designer and Photo documents as either spreads or as individual pages. Nice. However, when moving in the opposite direction from Publisher (RC1) to Designer 1.7 or Photo 1.7, Designer and Photo simply open the first page of a multi-page, facing-pages Publisher document. The other pages do not come in as individual artboards. Nor is the user prompted (assuming one just wants to open a single page) to select a particular page from the Publisher document to import. Is this a bug, or just a yet to be implemented service?
  9. I suppose the two workflow scenarios imagined here would be: taking a handful of page-layout sketches that may have been started in ADe or APh, and bringing them into APub as the basis from which to further develop the design of a book or long document extracting a page from an APub book document, and bringing that one page into ADe or APh to develop/repurpose as a poster or other single-panel, non-book application Are there others? Also, I'm led to wonder about the Designer and Photo personas built in to Publisher. Would these persona buttons reveal a subset of Designer and Photo tools built in to Publisher, or would they simply be links to fully installed Designer and Photo apps? Are these Designer and Photo personas meant to obviate the need to place embedded Designer/Photo art? And then, apart from the question of personas, I wonder about Publisher's ability to insert and extract pages. Is there (or will there be) a method for inserting an artboard from either Designer or Photo into an existing Publisher document as a page? Is there (or will there be) a method for moving or copying pages and masters from one Publisher document to another Publisher document?
  10. The advanced isometric grids available via the Grid and Axis Manager ... command are great. I would like to request that the Grid and Axis Manager dialogue box be able to offer 1-, 2-, and 3-point perspective grids as well.
  11. Very cool. Thanks. Serif just need to add the Mesh Warp as a Live Filter. That way, for example, one could warp the flat image of a page to the curving contours of a page in an open book.
  12. Hey. Thanks for the tip. I just experimented by placing some vector art from Designer into Photo. It gets placed as Embedded art, but the second I try to bend it with the Warp Mesh tool, the embedded vector art gets rasterized, and the warp is applied as a "destructive" effect. Is there a way to do this non-destructively?
  13. I would like to request that the text frame linking and overflow visibility features that are available in Publisher be brought into Designer. 1) It's useful for setting copy on posters and one-page documents in Designer. 2) It would be necessary if files are expected to capable of being round-tripped between Publisher and Designer.
  14. Support for so-called Smart Objects would be awesome. Not just respecting them in a PSD-AP-PSD round trip, but having the ability to create and use "Smart Objects" within AP for non-destructive warping and editing of art layers. I frequently make use of Smart Objects in Photoshop to warp and apply artwork to 3-D brand application mock-ups (e.g., books, billboards, branded objects like bottles and other packaging. And it's easy set up these sort of files as templates, where new flat art can be pasted into the Smart Object layer, saved, and then the warp transformations applied to the Smart Object automatically bend the newly pasted art.
  15. For creative label designs, and for 3-D mock-ups (e.g., bending & distorting vector art to appear to wrap around a bottle), It would be great to have a non-destructive vector warp and distortion tool. Should work both on grouped and ungrouped object layers, and should work on live, editable text layers. I would like to request that the Mesh Warp tool be adapted to and included in Designer for vector and text layer artwork.
  16. Mark Oehlschlager

    Will Designer Beta Continue?

    Now that Designer 1.7 is released, what should we do with the installed Designer Beta? Should we delete the Beta, or will it remain active, tracking feature developments for Designer 1.8?
  17. Mark Oehlschlager

    Will Designer Beta Continue?

    So, to be clear, when the new 1.7.1 Customer Betas are ready, will they be delivered by the "Check for Updates" function built into the currently installed Customer Betas, or will we need to delete the current Customer Beta apps first and then download the new Customer Betas from the Serif servers when they're ready?
  18. I don't see a features roadmap for Publisher on the forum, so I don't know whether or not this specific request has been acknowledged, but it would be highly desirable for Publisher to be able to account for custom page sizes that deviate from the standard trim size for a publication. For example, a book or magazine may include a four-panel fold-out, or an eight-panel gate-fold for a special map or illustration. For another example, a book or magazine may occasionally include a half-page insert for an advertisement or a special overlay. I realize that this may not get rolled into the very next version of Publisher, but I would appreciate knowing that the Affinity team is aware that this is a requested feature, and that there appears somewhere a published roadmap of planned features for Publisher. Thanks.
  19. Mark Oehlschlager

    Will Designer Beta Continue?

    @Patrick Connor So, I've recently installed the new 1.7 versions of Designer and Photo from the Mac App Store, and would like to continue participating in the Customer Betas for Designer and Photo as they develop toward a future 1.7.1 release, but I'm challenged by the window attached below. Since I've purchased Designer and Photo through the Mac App Store, I'm not sure how to respond to this challenge window. Please advise. Thanks.
  20. Mark Oehlschlager

    Will Designer Beta Continue?

    Patrick, Does this guidance apply to the Betas for Photo and Publisher as well?
  21. @Royk Only solution I know of is to draw the bulk of your shape with the pencil, and then switch to the pen tool to finish, either by drawing the last segment or by clicking the Close Curve button on the context toolbar. Perhaps there's a way to draw closed curves with the Pencil tool directly, but I am unaware of it.
  22. @Patrick Connor I've just successfully downloaded the 1.7 updates to Designer and Photo from the Mac App Store. With regards to the Beta versions, do you recommend that I delete those Beta apps now, or should I keep them installed to follow along with ongoing feature development leading to 1.8?
  23. Will there be a Publisher Workbook available at launch date in addition to revised versions of the Designer and Photo Workbooks?
  24. @Patrick Connor Okay. So, if one prefers to purchase through the Apple App Store and receive updates through that channel, one should wait and perhaps get a 20% discount. Is there a benefit to purchasing all three apps through one channel (Apple or Serif) as opposed to a mix of channels (e.g., Designer and Photo via Apple, and Publisher via Serif)?
  25. Working in Designer Beta When either the Zoom or View tool is selected, the contextual Zoom pop-up edit window is truncated on the right. Downward arrow cut in half. See attached illustration.