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  1. I am having a question / feature request: 
    why is Affinity photo (and designer) not Auto saving a document that I just created? I always have to hit „save“ via the custom context menu (which I wish btw will be an iOS 13 context menu at some point) in the gallery view. On iOS, I am used to that all documents I create will auto save to iCloud or to the local storage at least. 
    is there a specific reason why Affinity photo does not auto save a new document? 

    I use affinity photo to focus stack macro shots on the go, and then edit them on the Mac. It took me a lot of time to figure out why those affinity photo documents where not visible on iCloud Drive on the Mac. Until recently I hit the save button in that context menu. I am not used to save something on iOS... 

    Please implement this auto saving feature which would make Affinity a little bit more iOS friendly. Remember, this is not macOS, some elements could be a little bit more iOS-ish.

    And I hope that some point, contextual menus find there way into affinity as well as other normal iOS UI elements.


  2. Thanks for your AD File. I did not now that you have to extend the contend beyond the dartboard (not visible) in order to get the inset right. Thats why the crop marks in my file where just on the top and on the bottom, because the content extended there but not on the left and the right side of the document. 


    So no bug here, just something that you really have to now how to do...

  3. I'e set up a document wich should have bleed/crop marks on every edge with 3mm inset. If I export that as pdf and include the marks, only the top and bottom marks are placed correctly. The left and right are placed exactly where the document ends, but they should be inset my 3mm. If I set the bleed marks to 6mm, they same happens. Top and bottom marks are set correctly, left and right are not inset at all. (see screenshots)

    This bug happens on new documents, two different macs and even on iPad. The same behavior is for Affinity photo and Affinity Publisher beta.














  4. 21 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    At first, I was going to say that does not work for me on a hastily drawn test file that (sort of) duplicated a few of the features of your map. But where you had created a "Kurven" (in English "Curves") container object for the collection of curves representing the roads, I created mine as a "Compound" container object instead.


    (For those that might not know, Compound objects are created the same way as Curves objects, except that the alt/option key is held down when applying one of the Geometry operations like "Combine" to them.)


    As it turns out, exporting the Compound version to PDF always seems to cause rasterization, whether the mask has a stroke or not. The two attached test files, roads (compound).afdesign & roads (combined).afdesign (I hope) demonstrate the difference.


    Thanks for pointing that out. I could reproduce this issue.

  5. 34 minutes ago, MEB said:

    Check the alignment, join and caps of the strokes. To what format are you trying to eexport?


    I am trying to export to pdf, so that I can print my map. 



    I figured it out:

    A stroke on the mask will cause rasterization. Just make your the mask shape has no stroke width (see screenshots). Select the mask shape and change the stroke width to zero (screenshot 2). Then voila, nothing gets rasterized (screenshot 3: "nichts wird gerastert").


    So to recap: 

    The solution is to draw a mask shape and then place it like you see in screenshot 1 (or right click - > mask to below, when you place it on top of the actual layer).


    I am so happy that it works now, I made a crappy gif (which is way to large in file size..).


    Thank you all for you participation and support. 



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  6. 9 minutes ago, Alfred said:

    I’m not sure where you got that impression! You can place any shape on the layer above the layer you want to mask, right-click the new shape layer in the Layers panel and choose 'Mask to Below'.



    This is something I did not know. I was referring to the vector crop tool which is rectangular.

    The problem is, though, that I will get rasterized on export ( I do not know why).



    I created a mask shape which is roughly the same as the street map. But then I left out the street beginnings (screenshot 1). I then placed it on top of the street shape (screenshot 2). Then i did what you said and masked it out using right click and "mask to below" (screenshot 3). This is exactly what I was searching for as it cuts the shape cleanly (screenshot 4 and 5).


    BUT AD was not able to retain vector and rasterizes this (screenshot 6). This is strange, since I tested this in an other document which worked fine on export (screenshot 7).

    If I get this method to work properly without rasterization, this would be the solution for my problem.  


    I just don't know why AD rasterizes some stuff that is vector only, sometimes it seems to be buggy. 


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  7. 6 hours ago, Bri-Toon said:

    No one mentioned masking yet. Just make a shape that crops out the edges.





    Masking would be exactly what I want, but vector masks are rectangles only. 


    The shape that I deal with looks like the following screenshot (it is a map):

    I dont want / need to draw all streets. So for small and unimportant streets I would only draw the very first meters of that streets and leave the shape open at that place. Indicating that the street goes further. Therefore the shape has to be open and the stroke has to be interrupted.


    The method I normally choose is that I just place white shapes top of those "street beginnings" (third screenshot). But the just work if you have a white and consistent background. You could use the same background an fill it in the white shapes, but that only works if you background is a single element. 



    I endet up using the method @Mithferion provided, but that resulted in not so clean edges. I can use rounded stroke endings, which kinda work (screenshot 4). But if I choose rectangular stroke endings, there is now way to have a clean cut like when you use cropping or masking (screenshot 5).  



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  8. 12 hours ago, reglico said:

    Good evening WalterBeiter,


    Here's a method that may be right for you:
    Convert the shape to curves if it isn't already, then with the node tool select the two nodes where the contour should disappear, select "Break Curve" and delete the contour portion between them.
    If you want to edit the curve here, select both nodes again and choose "Close Curve". You can then change the direction of the intersection.
    If you remove these two nodes, the intersection disappears and you just have to choose "Close Curve" on the bottom track to close the curve.

    Yours sincerely.

    Contour forme.png


    This only works when you want to interrupt the stroke on one place. It does not work if you interrupt the stroke on multiple places.

  9. Designer should tell me which part will be rasterized. I almost always choose "rasterize not supported areas" but I just want to have more information than just saying "some areas will be rasterized". I often come in a situation where it is just not clear why rasterization happens and giving more information will help tracking down those areas which will get rasterized for whatever reason. 


    Just a little "show more" button which leads to the appropriate information in the export menu directly under "some areas will get rasterized" would help.

  10. 11 minutes ago, Mithferion said:

    The only idea that comes to my mind is:

    • Draw the figure you want
    • Then, duplicate it
    • The figure at the bottom will have the fill and the other one will have the outline
    • Finally break the curves according to your needs



    This way you will have the fill with the shape you want.

    Best regards!



    Hey Mithferion,


    thank you for your quick response. Yep, that would work, however this would mean that I can never edit the original shape without duplicating it again and breaking the curves again. Even slight adjustments would mean a lot of work (I want to draw a map). I hoped that i could break the curves on multiple places and still have the fill that I want..

  11. I want to draw a shape like you can see in the first image. The black stroke should go around the shape but interrupt at multiple points. The filling should be everywhere within that shape.


    I use shapes with the same background color which cover the stroke part (second image) but that does not always work. Is there a better way to do this? 


    I know I can use the "erase" blend mode but I think this causes rasterization on export.


    If anyone knows how to draw a shape like in the first image please let me know... I dont want to draw a separate curve and place it on top the grey shape. It has to be one shape for easy editing. 


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  12. I want to be able to snap control handles to any object or to the grid. It would be great, if those control handles act the same as every other object when it comes to snapping.

    That way, I could draw very precise curves, because I can simply lay out helping objects to define spaces and specific angles to snap to with the frontal handles of a node.


    See the screenshot. 

    It would be nice if that blue control handle of the selected node would snap to the red rectangle.

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  13. I've made a nice world map with AD and applied a gradient to it. When I export this as a pdf file, it will be rasterized. However, other shapes on that world map such as an arrow (line) won't be rasterized on export. 

    I changed the filling to a solid color and exported again. 

    Now my map won't be rasterized anymore, but I've lost my gradient.

    How can I export a shape filled with a gradient without rasterizing it?



  14. currently, my magnetic snapping is not working. It would snap only to guide lines, nothing else. And yes, I have the right settings for that. Tried restarting AD and my computer. Did not work. 

    It would not even recognize new snapping candidates. Normally, when you hover over an object, it highlighted purple, so that it is active now for snapping. 


    I tried this on another machine, did not work. 


    I turned on "show snapping candidates", didn't work either. They would show up, but my objects wouldn't snap. 


    Opened a new document, tried it again. It worked. 

    But that doesn't help me. I have a document that is 98% done, just minor alignment stuff..






    It seems like I have to double click on objects that are in a group to make them a snapping candidate. Didn't know that. 

  15. I would like to have some control over how much noise I apply to an object. Currently I move the slider (which should be in the normal color panel as well, not just in the toolbar) as far as I want. But I don't know that value. If I have an other object and want to apply the same amount of noise, I have to move the noise slider to the point I think it was on the other object. Adding an actual number next to the slider would make it easier. I could enter a number (amount of noise), and I could copy that number and apply that exact same amount of noise to another object.

  16. I know, this feature has been requested several times, but I have to bring this up again, since it is still not included in AD 1.5.


    Please let me center a text vertically in a text frame. This is so important to get a text perfectly in the center of an object, ect. The only way I can do it, is by either do it manually with my eyes, or convert to curves and then center it. Which is destructive. 


    I love all those new constraint features in 1.5, but having a simple button which would center the text vertically would be so useful for any graphics designer, especially UX-designers. 


    Please consider this soon, I don't want to wait until it is implemented to Affinity Publisher and then added to Designer eventually. This is a feature that I am waiting since AD 1.0. 

    Every graphic or image editor has that feature. 




  17. I created a new document and was able to recreate the bug. I noticed this only happens when CMYK is a selected color format. 

    Both, the "original" and the "copy" have CMYK and the exact same profile (ISO coated v2). 


    I noticed, when you change the color format back to RGB, hit ok, then change it back to CMYK, the saturation will be normal again, like in the "original" file. 






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