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  1. A friend of mine has finally moved to Affinity Designer on his Mac. He has a large library of files he created in Adobe Freehand going back decades. One of the big Designer selling points was that he was able to read these files in Designer with fairly good results. However, since upgrading to macOS Mojave he can no longer open these files in Designer. Any ideas or suggestions?
  2. I think it's gonna be a great improvement if you can add the same brush stabilizer, but for the Freehand selection tool. It would make it easier and more accurate especially on the iPad. Thank you
  3. [UPDATE 2]: Resolved. See my post below. It appears to have been a caching issue with the program itself during upgrade. My steps to reproduce and fix it are also there. Cheers. [UPDATE]: Just went to a previous version and have the same issue, but hadn't used the took in quite some time. Am I simply trying to use it in a way it's intentionally not being enabled? On the latest Affinity Photo (v1.6.4.104) on Windows 10 64-bit, the free hand selection tool won't let me select the polygon and magnetic options, and I can't select a mode (add/subtract/intersect) either. This is th
  4. Hey Everyone, I'm using the projects in the workbook. I was learning the freehand tool and it is not working properly. When I try to use it, I draw the selection you can see in the "desired" pic below. However, when I release, I end up with a semi-circle which does not look like what I drew. It also doesn't match what's in the book. Has anyone had this problem? Am I doing something incorrectly? Please help! I'm using the most current updated Mac OS X. I've tried closing other programs, reinstalling affinity, and all the other usual solutions.
  5. I have a FH file that extensively uses the glow effect; I am wondering if AD can't open that? Another FH files without the effect appears to be able to open the file.
  6. I am having an issue with the Freehand brush. If I go in the textured brushes and select a stroke it does not do that stroke. I have to select the stroke again and then it converts the line to the selected stroke. I have to repeat this for every stroke because it always reverts to the default stroke. How can I select a stroke and have it use that stroke ? Thank.
  7. I know there are a lot of FreeHand users on this forum since we have had discussions in the past and I was wondering how successful people are getting it to work on a modern computer? When I try to import FH work into Affinity I can't 100% of it to come across so somehow I need to get Snow Leopard to work. I was wondering if anyone was using using FH via virtualization? I tried to get SL to run via VMware's Fusion but it seems like wants to have SL Server(?) which doesn't make any sense to me. Anyways it someone has this set up I would really like to know how it is done. I've got a lot of FH w
  8. Hello, In an effort to transition from Photoshop to Photo, I thought I'd try to at least establish a freehand sketch for a design I'm working on in Photo rather than Photoshop. I tend to use a simple hard round brush with shape dynamics enabled in PS and Jitter determined by Pen Pressure. With Photo, I've selected an equivalent brush under the Basics and set Size Jitter to Pressure under Dynamics. So far so good. The problem I'm experiencing is that when I sketch a freehand curved line in Photo, the precision isn't quite there. The curve I draw is often made up of a series of small (an
  9. Hello When I open .fh11 files I miss my texture (on my WinXP in Freehand I see them). Is there any way to activate the texture I added in my old files? thx ADD
  10. In working with Affinity Photo (MAC, 5.1), I usually used the selection brush. Today I realized I don't have the freehand selection tool. The Help search does not help.
  11. Bonjour, Est ce qu'il y a un moyen de faire fonctionner Affinity Designer sous Mac os X 10.6.8. Car j'ai des fichiers FreeHand que je voudrais transformer pour utiliser Affinity Designer. Merci
  12. I'm currently using the Windows Beta and so far very impressed (definitely going to buy when it's released). I like the fact that 'Paste Inside' is an option like in good old Macromedia Freehand. I have another Freehand feature I'd love to see: Attach Text to Path I know we have the text tool that you can use to click on a path edge and start typing/paste text, but it is so much more intuitive (and quicker) to select existing text and a shape, then just 'Attach Text to Path'. Whilst we're at it, I think a tick box for 'show/hide path' would also be of massive benefit. It feels like u
  13. Hi! I would like to ask for having some features similar to Freehand, with wich I used to create everything: logos, baners... and also LAYOUTS. I made even a newspaper :) I know it´s not between the core skills Freehand was designed for, but I was thankful because of its possibilities. It is the only thing I miss: A MULTIPAGE BOARD. Right now, you can create ONLY one page per document. I wonder if it will be possible to create several pages in the same document.
  14. Hi Guys, would like to see the following function in Affinity Designer soon: Known from FreeHand, multiple pasting objects with number, move, rotate and size. This would facilitate work so many. Greeting leichtwiesahne Hi Guys, möchte gerne folgende Funktion in Affinity Designer bald sehen: Bekannt aus Freehand, Mehrfach Einfügen von Objekten mit Anzahl, verschieben, rotieren and Größe. Dies würde so manch eine arbeit erleichtern. Gruß leichtwiesahne
  15. Maybe we should all be looking to PhotoLine, Gimp, Scribus and InkScape for feature inspiration rather than Adobe, Corel and Xara. At least we'd know that the features are possible and available for implementation rather than blocked by a murder of laywers looking for a creative way to crush the little upstart. Any thoughts on this?
  16. Hi Affinity Developers, First of all a huge word of thanks for all the efforts and good ideas that went into Affinity Designer. It is really refreshing to have someone make a clean start on a vector drawing program. I think the interface in general is a big improvement over AI. I also really love the way AD handles masks, which I find is a pain in AI. The ability to combine raster and vector in one program is a huge plus, and it's main selling point, I think. AD is still in its early stages of development, so a direct comparison with AI is unfair (also because of the price difference),
  17. I'm glad to find Affinity Designer. The most feature I want is Freehand File Import, for I'm a long time Freehand user and un-happy with AI. So I download the Trial version to try it. For the first try, AD is make me comport. Although not as same as Freehand's behaviour, I still feel good in it. But in the most important feature for me, “Open Freehand File” got a problem. After I open or place a Freehand file by AD, ALL text elements are gone. The graphic is OK, but text are just missing. I have thousands of Freehand file and looking for a alternate for me to use in a new Mac. (The old
  18. Good work peeps, every update the freehand vector brush tool improves and gets quicker and more fluent I'm hoping it's gonna be as great as Manga studio vector pen brush or mischief with the added ability to export and use in a pro manor - just did some exports to pdf and all vector info is retained, whereas in the previous version it would rasterise most of the vector work - the attached pic is a character Eric Idol who is the band mascot for the band THE IDOL DEAD - I'd love to be able to do the next ldol Dead job with affinity now things are getting quicker - but it's a new tour T-shirt whi
  19. I'd like to make a request for something I used ALL the time in Macromedia FreeHand: the Find & Replace Graphics panel. It is one of the most time saving and amazing things even put into graphics software and I miss it greatly. Adobe still has a page up with some very old looking screenshots of it from Mac OS 9: https://www.adobe.com/support/freehand/programs/creating_animations/creating_animations03.html You could basically find anything in your document and replace it with something completely different. Colors, strokes, stroke widths, symbols, overprint attributes. The list goes on
  20. I have tried adding .fh11 to old Freehand MX files (that had no suffix), as suggested, but they just lose their thumbnail image and still refuse to open :( But I have just duplicated and added .eps to an old Freehand MX file (that had no suffix) and it opened successfully YAY!
  21. Freehand had the option to: Xtras > Delete > Empty Text Blocks Basically cleaned up all those empty text boxes that get created when you have the text tool selected and accidentally create a text box by clicking/dragging on the page. These sometimes appear as small crosses/boxes* on a PDF. Can accidentally get grouped with other objects on the page making the group larger than necessary. Can get selected when dragging a marquee and end up in places you hadn't intended. General pain in the backside. Thanks
  22. Rather than on the Affinity Facebook page, I'll post my suggestions here. As I said, as a Freehand user, I miss a simple but complete Transform pad, including x-y move tool (with duplicate options), percentage scaling (with options like scale strokes, content...), flipping, etc. I know the page features will grow in the upcoming version but including configurable bleeding space around the pages (to manage crop marks and other useful information) would be great.
  23. I've just purchased the app, partly due to the Freehand import capabilities. I've searched through the forums and can find no mention of how the importer deals with text. So far, all the FH files I've tried to import have no text in them at all. Is AD supposed to be able to import text? None of the FH docs I've opened in AD have any text blocks in them at all. So far AD is looking promising as a FH replacement and I'm particularly looking forward to the multi-page features that have been mentioned...
  24. Just another colour request. More often than not I want to use the same colour for strokes and fills. This means 2 trips to the palette. Currently the default is to open the 'colour' window - the swatches window would be more useful for the majority of users as we'll already have a defined palette in place. This would cut out yet another mouse click. Here's how Freehand did it (and other apps do similar). The 3 small squares at the top of the palette refer to "Fill", "Stroke" and Stroke + Fill". For fill only - highlight "Fill"(as shown - left option) and select the colour.
  25. I note, quite rightly, there is discussion about the ability to open Freehand files. Not sure if this has been mplemented. Doesn't look like it. I'd also like to ask that Canvas files could be opened, too. I have most of my work on this (and I have to keep going back two systems to open them). Can I send some files for viewing? If so, where to?
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