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  1. WWDC kicks off June 3. Might we see a presentation from Serif? Something insanely great? A gauntlet thrown down at Adobe's feet?
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    Contextual Zoom Pop-up Truncated

    Using Photo Contextual pop-up Zoom selector in the toolbar is truncated. Down arrow cut off. See illustration below.
  3. Using Publisher Contextual pop-up Zoom selector in the toolbar is truncated. Down arrow cut off. See illustration below.
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    Compatible Versions Designer and Photo?

    The artboard/page would be the logical common compositional unit. Spreads in Publisher should simply be thought of as grouped artboards/pages. If spreads are brought into either Designer or Photo, perhaps there could be an option to bring them in as either grouped or individual artboards/pages. The concept of grouped artboard/pages is also the solution to building foldout pages for books and magazines in Publisher.
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    Selecting Colors

    The color palette in the Affinity suite could definitely take a few cues from the Adobe suite. In addition to the importation of color from placed art as global color, It would be nice to create logical sub-groupings of color within a palette (e.g., primary, secondary, accents, etc.). Beyond that, it would be nice for there to be a Select same ... menu item. Select same fill. Select same stroke. Select same stroke and fill.
  6. I've read through the help files for Designer, but I can't find a way to use the Pen or Pencil tools to extend and existing curve, either to create a new open curve or to create a new closed shape. All that I'm able to accomplish is to draw a separate curve starting from the end point of the existing curve, and there's no way to create a closed shape. Am I missing something? Help appreciated.
  7. @R C-R I've got Designer running on Mac OS X High Sierra, but nowhere in the online help files do I find any mention of "Preserve Selection when Creating New Curves". Moreover, the passage you quoted above does not go far enough to explain to the user how to use the feature. I get various and unpredictable results no matter which way the button is toggled. Hopefully this will all be made clear in the final edition of the help files.
  8. Out of curiosity, do the font designers out there have any trouble pasting vector art from Affinity Designer into the font creation software, Glyphs? https://glyphsapp.com Below is the only relevant page from the Glyphs manual:
  9. @.: NICKY G. :. I haven't got a clue what that button does, and I can't find any reference to it in the help files. Perhaps another forum member can chime in with an answer.
  10. @.: NICKY G. :. Okay. Thanks, @R C-R . See the video illustration below. Is this the correct way to extend and close existing curves in Designer Beta Designer_Beta_1.7.0.12.mov
  11. @.: NICKY G. :. This video illustrates how to extend and close an existing curve in Designer Beta DesignerBeta_1.7.0.12.mov
  12. @.: NICKY G. :. This video illustrates how to extend and close an existing curve in Designer 1.6.1: Designer_1.6.1.mov
  13. Just discovered answer to my question, and there is a difference between Designer 1.6 and Designer Beta In Designer 1.6, one clicks on the end node of an existing curve with the pen tool to extend the curve, and then clicks on the other end node to close the curve as a shape. In Designer Beta, one selects the pen tool and then must toggle on the "Add New Curve to Selected Curves Object" button before drawing to extend the existing curve, or closing it as a new shape.
  14. I stumbled across a screen draw bug in Designer, wherein a new A-series document with bleed and no artboard will display odd white fills in the bleed areas. It's most apparent in the A-3 through A-6 document sizes. If the new document is created *with* an artboard, the screen draw bug is eliminated. The attached video illustrates the problem. Notice, as one zooms in and out, the fill artifacts shift around. Fill_in_Bleed_Area.mov
  15. 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.
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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.
  19. 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
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    Page spread limitations

    @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.
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    Page spread limitations

    @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?