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Mark Oehlschlager

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  1. @acapstick Andy, I remember you authored an article on how to set up Designer to design icons for iOS. Can you shed any light on the technical aspect of my question above? I'm just looking for some simple workflow guidelines for designing Webpage layouts with an understanding of the relationship between my Designer document units, the CSS reference pixel, and the countless instances of mobile and desktop device pixel densities. Thank you.
  2. I'm writing to request recommendations for the best workflow using Affinity apps to design Webpages, and then to export 1x, 2x and 3x raster assets. It's my understanding that the W3C has established a theoretical, device independent, CSS reference pixel grid that designers can work to with a pixel density that is 96 ppi, where the various mobile and desktop devices that end up displaying the Webpages will apply a relevant Device Pixel Ratio (1x, 2x, or 3x) to scale the Webpage type, layout and imagery up to cover the actual Device Pixels. If I understand the situation correctly, I should begin my Webpage designs by opening up an Affinity Designer document at 96 ppi (DPI) with artboards that match the pixel dimensions of my target page (e.g., 1042 x 600), and then use the Export Persona to export assets out at 1x, 2x, and 3x. Does that sound right? And what about some instances of raster art, like a hero image. Should I work in the opposite direction (i.e., from an Affinity Photo document with triple the dimensions and resolution: 288 ppi), and then export downsampled 2x and 1x versions? What works best for all you Web designers?
  3. @jer I should add that if your target output is the printout from your HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format printer consider the following: the quality and finish of your paper (standard uncoated office copy paper, or coated paper for photos or high-fidelity color output) color matching options presented by the print dialog box (with Mac OS I can select either "ColorSync" or "In Printer"; see attached image) If you are still not getting desired results, consider using a Soft Proof adjustment layer at the top of your layer stack (see attached image), where the color profile of your OfficeJet Pro 7740 is selected. If you've installed the printer driver for your printer on your computer, the corresponding color profile should be available for you to select here. This should give you an accurate impression of what the printed output will look like.
  4. @jer The simplest way to work without investing in expensive and complicated color calibration tools is to work in the sRGB color space. sRGB is not the largest RGB color space, but it has been adopted by device manufacturers as the most common minimum color gamut that most electronic displays can display. Moreover, most desktop printers (inkjet and laser) sold to offices and home users expect sRGB files, which the printer converts (using it's built-in color engine) to CMYK for output. And if you ever have need to send a press-ready PDF to a professional offset printer, you can then convert a copy of the document to the CMYK color space profile recommended by your print vendor (in the U.S. it's most commonly "U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2). Check your Affinity Preferences for Color. There you can set your preferred color space profiles for RGB and CMYK documents. See the attached screenshot below for the Affinity factory defaults.
  5. Publisher The contextual toolbar pop-up and slider controls for zoom level remain disconnected from one another. See attached images.
  6. Is there a Preview Panel in any of the Affinity apps that would allow one to check for correct color separation in documents where spot inks have been used?
  7. I know that Designer does not currently have a blend function like the one found in Adobe Illustrator, but is there some alternative way of achieving color and shape blends in Designer? See the attached image. How could one go about achieving the contoured color blend along the shadow of the "C" letter form? A linear gradient won't work.
  8. I enjoy the new graphic presentation of document sizes in the latest New Document Setup window, however, the text in the feature panels to the right is blurry on my 2012 iMac running OS X High Sierra. See attached screenshot.
  9. Currently, the ability to tab through fields in panels such as the Character and Paragraph panels remains broken.
  10. The issue of the unsynchronized Zoom UI in the contextual toolbar remains in this latest beta. See attached screenshot.
  11. Perhaps I could purchase a $50 value Apple Store gift card at a Black Friday discount. That might work.
  12. Serif Staff, I'm writing to inquire whether or not it is possible for me to purchase Affinity Suite licenses early via the Mac App Store as Xmas gifts for relatives and receive the Black Friday discounts. The obvious complicating factors are purchasing early but not presenting and installing the app gifts until Xmas, and of course associating the licenses with the relative's computer and Mac App Store account. Can I accomplish what I'm trying to achieve, and if so, how? Thank you.
  13. @Jesse L You seem angry and emotionally invested in this. Certainly it would be nice to see an auto trace feature built in to Designer, but until it appears, the best course of action for you would be to dismiss Designer as an alternative to your existing tool set and move on.
  14. Image Vectorizer from the Mac App Store is a good and inexpensive ($5) autotrace application for 1- or 2-color art.
  15. I was please to find that one existing Context Toolbar UI bug for Zoom has been fixed in the latest Publisher Beta. One can now see the entire downward arrow button for the pulldown menu (see first attachment below). However, I discovered a new Context Toolbar UI bug for the Horizontal Zoom Scale. Regardless of what zoom percentage is selected in the pop-up menu, the Horizontal Zoom Scale "needle" fails to move to a corresponding value. (See second attachment below.)
  16. I'm not a technologist, but I'm all for common exchange file formats that free users from the tyranny of any one platform. It seems to be less of a technological problem than it is a network effect problem. Too many users (including large institutional users) have been seduced into buying integrated Adobe solutions making them the defacto industry standard, where it is just assumed that collaborative workflows between individuals, agencies, and their clients, will be based on the exchange of proprietary Adobe file formats. That's a tough nut to crack. Who would be in a position to enforce a common exchange file format for desktop publishing applications like Publisher, InDesign and Quark?
  17. Recently opened the new Beta of Publisher to explore what's new. I discovered that an old bug persists: the preferred number of decimal places indicated in Preferences > User Interface is not honored. See the screenshot below where a preference for 3 decimal places for inches is not honored in the Guides Manager dialog box. All displayed values are rounded to 1 decimal place. A gutter width may be entered as 0.265 inches, and the gutter may actually show 0.265 inches on the layout, but the Guides Manager dialog box insists on rounding down to 1 decimal place, showing 0.2 inches.
  18. So great to hear the new Beta will be road-testing an IDML import feature. Should we eventually expect to see an IDML export feature as well so that IDML can be a useful exchange file format?
  19. Hmmm. Well, probably not significant. I just thought I'd share that I saw some default Assets in the new Mac Beta. Out of curiosity, what kind of default assets would the original poster find useful?
  20. Interestingly, the latest Beta of Publisher includes some asset items associated with their mock product catalog. Perhaps they'll include a useful set of default asset items with the next commercial release.
  21. @Bibi McMurray When you export your raster image Pattern tile, it will need to have sufficient pixel dimensions to account for future anticipated uses. Although, I suppose that if you were to create your Pattern tile artwork as vector art in Designer, and then were to save that as a source file, you then could re-export higher resolution versions at a later date. As I think about it further, you could design many Pattern tile designs as vector art in Designer, and then save each of them to a custom Pattern Tile Assets collection. That would act like a kind of Pattern Tile swatch collection. You could then drag any one of your favorite Pattern tiles out, scale as necessary, then export a new raster tile at the appropriate pixel dimension for your application.
  22. Pattern tile swatches are not presently supported. However, there is a workaround: Design your pattern tile artwork and export the tile as a raster file – PNG, TIFF, or JPG. Select the Fill tool, and change the fill type to Bitmap, then navigate to and select your exported Pattern tile image. Set the Extend option to "Wrap" in order to get a repeating pattern. Use the Fill tool to grab the nodes that appear to control the scale and rotation of the repeating pattern tile.
  23. Yes. I'm using the Mac App Store distribution of Designer. Are revised Help files not part of the update packages downloaded via the Mac App Store?
  24. Perhaps I've not been clear. The electronic Help pages, accessed on the Mac, are not as thorough as I'd like in describing how to work with editing and adjusting anchor points and control handles. Additionally, the portion of the Help files that describes how to continue drawing from the endpoint of an existing curve is incorrect/incomplete. The text in the screenshot above from 1.7.2 , which fails to indicate that the end node of an existing curve must first be selected, remains in the Help page in 1.7.3.
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