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  1. Spot color handling in affinity is GENERALLY VERY POOR. I have tried to do a shadow over a spot color. No matter what I try, shadow effect, black with transparency, black spot color gradation, multiply mode, that part is always rendered as CMYK.
  2. It is TWO YEARS later and still, I can not find how to change a cmyk color swatch to spotcolor. I have precisely the case I described back then: A document with two cmyk swatches, applied on hundreds of objects. Now the customer wants it to be printed two colors, and I see no way how to change the existing swatches. For those of you with the same problem: I solved this by changing one swatch to 100% cyan, the other to 100% yellow and told the printer to use each to print with a specific Pantone color. (He was wondering which primitive graphics app I was using that does not allow to change the colors properly).
  3. There is some odd behaviour (and always has been) with spot colors. I set an object with a spotcolor. When I place a white rectangle with transparency over it, the object gets rendered as CMYK. I get it, that affinity is not that advanced to recognize how to handle this correctly, so instead, I used a rectangle with the same spot color and made a graduation from 100% to 50% of that spot color. To my surprise, even this got rendered wrong, as shown from the screenshot from Adobe Acrobat color separation, when I blend out the spot color, that area still shows as it too got rendered in cmyk. At least the second approach to this must work, there is no other color laid over and therefore nothing to interpret, it is just a gradiation of the same spot color, so I consider this a bug.
  4. Thank you for your interesting feedback. Great to hear some official information on the swap problem. Regarding textstyle color setting in publisher, it is indeed still so, that the actual swatch is not highlighted, as you can see on this screenshot from the actual version 1.10.5 for mac. Good that a color is visible in the rectangle, but imagine you use several swatches with very similar colors, but in the color palette you can not see which one is actually selected.
  5. Well, it is ONE YEAR later and still, Affinity designer is not able to handle this basic tasks. I defined a global spot color, as a document swatch. Copying it over to another document, the swatch does not come with it. Sure, you could create a systemwide swatch, but if I would do that for every set of swatches I use, I would have hundreds of them.
  6. It IS frustrating. So many years asking for VERY BASIC stuff any other vector app has. - Distort tool - beeing able to copy objects to another document and have it pasting its color swatch with it among the most important. And yet, Affinity has done nothing.
  7. Working with Affinity for years now. Still not able to handle system color palette. A document spot (Pantone named) color I defined, how can I add it to the system palette? How can I even create a new color to include in system palette? There is only "add global color" and it gets put into a document palette, not the system palette I have listed in that moment. When I have an object with a color selected and a system palette listed, clicking on "add actual filling" does only add a CMYK filling. If the selected color is spot (in my cas named as pantone) color, what ends up in system palette is CMYK. NOT USABLE. Or create a system palette from the document, which adds a lot of colors, none of which is whats actually set (the two spot colors I created in the document palette). FURTHERMORE, IN GENERAL: When there is a CMYK color swatch anywhere, why is it not possible to change it into spot color or overprint? After a new color is set, those options are not available anymore. And the only way to have this options is by create a new color. Also, once I have defined color swatches and aplied it to objects, when I copy paste it into another document, even another affinity apps document, those color swatches MUST come with it, of course also respecting spot or CMYK setting.
  8. Designer 1.10.5 Until recently (I suppose the last update) when I draw a path and changed color or path settings, the next path would have the same settings als the last one. This is GONE. Any new path is simply without setting and I have to set everything every time. Even when I manually synchronize (by clicking the cloud button with the arrow) or using the menu edit>standard values> the next path is again without any settings. Very frustrating. 1. Why is my setting I always had, gone? 2. How can this be set again for always go with the last settings? 3. Why do the setting commands not work?
  9. Affinity Design Mac 1.10.4 Lines that are placed inside a form do not properly scale with everything else when the whole group is set to "scale with object" (one has to select each and every line that is inside a form and individually set it "scale with object", only then it works.)
  10. This has nothing to do with old tech. Supporting 1bit graphics is simply a basic requirement for any professional graphics software, because there are print tecniques who require this, like stamps, screen print, engravings etc. When for whatever circumstances it is not possible to deliver vector data (f.e. because a customer needs data he can use in his application that only suppports pixel images). So, Affinity, when are you finally starting to go professional? Same goes for the requirement of distorting tools in Designer we are waiting for 4 years already! Basic tools that are not here but required by all users.
  11. Mine not only does not work, it has DISAPPEARED. No cropping tool. Affinity Photo 1.10.4 latest version. I am not sure when this did happen, I just noted this today. And it is some time ago since I updated. I can go into edit toolbar. In that moment, the cropping tool appears and disappears as soon as I close the edit options. I can even place a second cropping tool. They both disappear. The C key does bring up the crop frame and its setting options, I can arrange the cropping but applying it does not work.
  12. I already reported this months ago: in text styles, when selecting a global color patch, closing the color selection window and opening it again, the selection is gone. Sometimes the texts set with that style DO take that selected color. Sometimes not. Fact is, when going back to check in styles settings, the selection is never visible.
  13. I am with you. For over two years I am complaining that one of the main tools for any vector application is still missing. Without Warp / distort, Af Designer is only a half baked solution. Any other developer has such tools as one of the first functions available because it is so essential. Why does Affinity not understand this? Recently a new app, VectorStyler, comes from Finnland and they have a great warp tool already.
  14. Mac OSX publisher, designer, 1.9.3 / cmyk document I have a yellow color set as fillament and open a new global color. It starts black, not the color actually active. So I have to use the pipette to pick up the color already set on object or the fillament circle. But the color that the pipette picks up is not the color I did set. Screenshot shows yellow set 30M 100Y. The pipette picked color results in M31 Y95
  15. Sorry, I don't have those files anymore, as it was not working, no matter how I set the PDF export, we had to print it CMYK and I changed everything accordingly.
  16. Affinity all products 1.9.3 - i see this in publisher Mac, but it is certainly all the same problems on Windows and the all apps. I said this 3 years ago: Affinitys swatches are built wrong. Anyone using a swatch does this is in the assumption that elements it applies to stay connected to the swatch. Therefore changing the swatch all elements change with it. Would a user not want tis connection, he would simply define independent colors on the color mixer instead of defining a swatch. The connection is the whole reason why swatches exist, otherwise why bother defining one? But in affinity, if you want elements connected to a swatch this way, you have to learn using Global swatches and know how to do it and always be very careful in applying. The slightest error and you end up with elements that do not change when changing the swatch. Furthermore, despite you then have an element with a connected gobal swatch - when copy paste to another document, the swatch does not come with it. There is again another type of swatch for that - why do things simple, when you can do it complicated so everyone has to read a book or flood the forum before being able to use affinity products - seems to be the motto at Serif. And there are so many more subtle wrong implementation in Affinitys GUI that make their usage so frustrating and errors happening so frequently. One of many examples: You define a color for a text style, say you use a specific swatch and highlight it. You close the style setting. If you later check, open the edit window of that style again and check its color, the color mixer comes up, you have to change over to the swatch list and even then you still do not know what color is set because no swatch is shown highlighted. And dont get me started on the handling of paths and path points, the missing of a fundamental distort tool in Designer - all that defies any logic too. As an interface designer and founder of the FreeFreeHand movement, I gave such input to Affinity already three years ago FOR FREE and they still don't get it. Do not understand me wrong. I am using Affinity products every day and I am glad they are around. But I would have much more confidence in them, if those fundamental functions would work correctly, instead of me having to work around them all the time.
  17. Tracing is as much a standart vector tool like distortion - as Designer does have neither of those, Affinity Designer is not a real Vector Design Application.
  18. When I set a spot color and overprint, but make it less than 100% opacity, it is not treated like a spot color anymore and does not overprint. This is a very heavy bug! Mac OSX 10.14.6 Affinity Designer 1.9.0
  19. It does not matter if you copy paste a text with other font settings in front or behind another text or just start writing between two parts of text where one has another font setting, in Affinity (and ONLY in Affinity) the text you begin to write in ALWAYS has the font setting you don't want. So to just write with the right font setting, without having to again change the settings every time, you always have to go one letter in on the side that is right for you, start writing there, put in the missing letter at the end, then delete the first letter. This goes so far as even after pasting text in, making sure the new writing comes with the same font setting as the pasted text, when writing in a new line, there comes AGAIN the setting from before the pasted text (shown in screencast). THIS DRIVES ME NUTS - and Affinity is the only apps who is unable to get this right. This actually refers to all Affinity apps, shown in the screenrecording om Mac Catalina, Publisher 1.9.2 - but it has always been wrong in any app and any version ScreenRecorderProject1_1.mp4
  20. Looks like a joke, but since Designer and Publisher 1.9 in color fields palette the pipette and the no-fill options (or tools) are microscopic in size. Impossible that this is intended that way.
  21. 3.5 years later and it is still not available. A vector distort tool is among the few most important tools that are BASIC for a pro vector app, why does the affinity Team still not get this, it is really not understandable. I still have to switch back to FreeHand for this - an app that went out of the market 15 YEARS AGO, but that was WAY AHEAD of Affinity designer.
  22. 1.8.6 on mac 10.15 In most of my cases: There is a document DPI always set at 300dpi. There is a PDF output DPI set at 300 or 150 dpi. There are images on page, all looking perfectly fine in resolution high enough to even zoom in and still looking crisp in afDesigner. But for some unknown reason, all too often, some images in exported PDF documents have bad resolution. Yes, I have images with different DPI settings, there can be 72dpi images placed on page 20% size f.e., there can be 600dpi images placed on page 300%size. THIS DOES NO HAVE TO MATTER. What is looking crisp on layout, has enough resolution to still look crisp in the exported PDF But in my case, those wrong rendered images in PDFs look like 20dpi or less. VERY UNSETTLING
  23. Top left display of zoom factor (number, dropdown and slider) stays wrongly at certain number (like 72%) despite having zoomed further in with f.e. the magnifier tool. Lets the user totally disoriented even desinformed about what it is he is seeing here,
  24. 1.8.6 afinity apps on Mac 10.15 There are many circumstances that lead to different display size of images, despite handling them with the same resolution. Just one example: screenshot from clipboard, pasted in Designer has a size A when placed on a layout with 300dpi setting. screenshot from clipoard opened as new document in afPhoto (hence remaining its original resolution/size ratio) and later copy paste to to same Designer document the screenshot results in size B which is about 4times bigger while showing in 4times lower resolution. This is wrong, as somehow on the way the resolution gets changed without the user changing anything.
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