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  1. This is a bug report of a known problem, but also a description of why it is so important that Serif render the preview correctly and accurately. iPad Pro M2 2022 model, iPadOS 16.3. Competent and most recent hardware and software. I export a fairly detailed 4000 x 6000 pixel document (all vector), and when I export this document to PNG or JPG (18 vs 12 mb result), there are horrible jagged edges on many objects. I only look at the image in the 100% in which it is presented. So what is the degradation due to the output format, size and compression and what is due to Serif's preview? Only your developers will have an idea. I can't use that for anything. And I think that also applies to the Desktop editions, hm. First, Serif, this is completely useless for real use, and I use Designer real and seriously. Second, this preview is quite large and detailed, so why the heck is some parts of it so poorly rendered? Gradients look fine. Secondly. The user journey. Unfortunately, as a photographer and designer, I knew in advance that the preview in Finder is also useless and misleading, so I exported and found the file in Finder. Here I opened the document and it was as expected blurred and smaller than the original. Aha, also Apple won't show me the file correctly. So how does one get to see his work. You can't be a professional and work through a foggy window. This I unfortunately also knew in advance that Finder doesn't take us seriously, so I bought FileBrowser Pro, which sure can display images in full resolution, hooray. So that's my point: your customers may not even see the images in correct resolution in iPadOS in Finder (unless they make an effort like me), and that's why your export preview in Affinity is so important.
  2. I'm quite unsure what the term 'Live docs' covers, and so I don't know how best and safest to use it. It would be common here in 2023 to decode it as some cloud based online real-time collaboration tool, but Serif hasn't got there yet, so what is it? My own real need is really just 'Recent documents' which are closed, and may have been closed for weeks, but I'd like to open lightning fast again. As in desktop. So, Serif, what do you technically mean by this: Return to documents you’ve created or opened but not closed by tapping Live Docs. Simply tap one’s thumbnail to continue working on it. You can also save and close documents from here. Are the files under live docs systemically opened by iPadOS, and are system resources used by Affinity, and should they be closed when not being worked on, or are the documents just a pseudo-open with thumbnail for quick access - a sort of thumbnail recent documents? I assume they are open somehow, as they can lie in that state with unsaved changes for a long time, and what if you close Affinity with files here with unsaved changes? So all in all I miss an option with recently opened files. I don't need all the samles that use UI space on the central Home Screen and does so forever.
  3. Let's say you're working with layers on top of the layers panel for one reason or another. The most common is probably to trace an image that is on top, locked and with maybe 50% transparency. When I really need to turn the view of this topmost layer on or off, or just adjust the transparency value, many times during e.g. an hour of work, I activate the layers panel on my iPad (I guess it's the same on desktop), and then I need to scroll-scroll-scroll to the top of layers. There is no scrollbar or "Jump to top" icon, so I have to scroll to the top of the layers. A long and clumsy trip with scroll wheel, or finger or Apple Pen. I wonder if you could at least implement the ability to jump to the top or bottom in the layers panel. Alternatively of course as in the thread below go all the way and make some neat functionality for reference layers as they call it, but as that may have a long way to go, or that you don't make anything like that at all, please a Jump top top/bottom functionality for iPad. Also covered here: Thanks
  4. It has been discussed in several threads that the interface in v2 of Affinity has some accessibility issues, and I have personally issues with the toolbar buttons in Designer for iPad. I can’t see which feature I have enabled with just a bit of ambient light and I am sitting inside in the shadow. It is impossible to see what icon is active. Adobe placed this little vertical bar next to the active tool (in this screenshot next to the heal tool) or feature; problem solved. Highly recommended.
  5. Hello forum folks, hoping I can get some assistance with this issue and that I'm just missing something obvious. I'm working on a laptop (windows) and find that the majority of the UI (text, icons, etc.) is too small. Some of the fonts scale correctly to my system preferences, but most are microscopic. I have googled and it says there should be a UI font scale option or icon scale option under the User Interfaces section of the preferences menu, but I cannot see it (see attached - screenshot in designer v2). If I can't fix this, it's really going to limit my ability to work with any of the affinity v2 apps on this device. TL;DR: How can I scale up the UI for v2 apps on windows? Any help appreciated.
  6. I certainly cannot be the first to note and report this. But it is worth repeating and stressing: Nodes and tangent control points are almost 100% similar. This means, of course, that you either confuse them, which is the real and big problem, but also that when in doubt, as happens all the time in non-banal documents, you have to zoom in further to hit the mark correctly or determine if it's one or the other. It's a bad customer experience and it's really cumbersome because you get to do it many, many, many times. And it's especially nasty on the iPad. I recommend that Serif make a simple visual fix so they differ just a bit. It may be as simple as making the tangent node a bit less blue, but it may not be enough for the visually impaired, who if anyone must be affected by this too.
  7. For comparison. I can inform that Corel Vector is the former Gravit Designer, developed by a small German company and late acquired by Corel, so they have developed almost the whole program on a meager budget, but with ambition and specialists. Their starting point was that they missed Freehand. As you can see, the UI was developed with expertise in simplifying the UI for touchdown devices, where the eyes can easily find what they are looking for. It's a web-based app that self-detects whether you're on desktop or tablet and asks which interface you want to use, and of course you can choose manually. So one app - two interfaces for desktop or touch devices. You choose. You can also get the desktop version on your iPad. Nice when you occasionally have a mouse and keyboard connected. It's technology harnessing and flexibility at its best. Files are stored by default in the cloud (their own), there is file versioning in the cloud, or you can store locally. You can send files for review in browser at clients as read-only, but with commenting option. Not a bad technological project from the small German company. And a good program to have at hand in browsers. But this time I think Serif should look a bit at how the user interface can be simplified elegantly. Of course there are more features in Designer, but costumization can help customers to remove irrelevant options from the interface. and now to something completely different - reminds me of Inkscape: Both on iPad Pro
  8. If there is one thing I do often, then it is converting objects to curves. I use the keyboard shortcut for this constantly in the desktop version of Designer, but it is not possible to configure a shortcut for convert to curves in the iPad version? I hope you can add this - that would be very helpful. It is a pain to go to a menu for this every time. 2.0.4 on iPadOS 16.2
  9. I really miss the keyboard support to set the transparency of a layer directly with the 0-9 keys as you can in the desktop versions with just a layer selected. It is even more useful on the iPad though, as changing the transparency of a layer is a somewhat cumbersome operation in the iPad versions.
  10. This file was destroyed, emptied by Affinity Designer v2.0.3! (see earlier post). Thank you for that. Stunning and jawdropping. Version 2 claims the file type is "not supported" - then your customers think that there is actually some content in the file that Affinity cannot read. So better to tell them that the file contains significantly less content than expected... You might add "It's not unlikely that Serif Software lost all your content and work, perhaps distracted by 'setting new standards', yet we remembered the filename! You could say we saved a percentage of your work. Zero is also a percent." Lost file thread:
  11. Bought & installed Affinity version 2.03 on a Windows 10 laptop with a 1366 x 768px display. This appeared to meet the Affinity tech specs. Affinity version 1 had worked OK on this laptop. But, on first use of Photo 2, the processed photo could not be "exported" using the File... Export dialogue: The "Export" & "Cancel" buttons are hidden below the bottom of the new combined export dialogue. The height of the dialogue cannot be reduced by dragging & the dialogue cannot be repositioned to make these buttons visible. The trick of "Tabbing" through the various setting in this dialogue to reach the "export" button did not work because the tab sequence was not obvious. See the attached screenshot. Other dialogues in Affinity 2 may suffer from similar problems. At present, this means that Affinity 2 is not usable on this ordinary Windows laptop. This is a serious accessibility and usability issue. Please consider making these buttons visible. BTW. As is fairly common, the "display scaling" in Windows is set to 125% so as to make text readable on this laptop's small screen.
  12. When you use these features quite often from the toolbar in the desktop version, it is very cumbersome and non-intuitive to find and activate them via a long pull down menu in the iPad version.
  13. When taking pictures in IR, if the photographer doesn't set the white balance in camera and intends to change it via Affinity Photo 2, they come across the issue where the white balance tool in the Develop Persona of Affinity Photo 2 does not have enough range to correct colour casts on the whites in an image. (even when using the picker tool, which extends it slightly) I've attached an example shot I took with an 'ultrablue' filter, the second image corrected using another software, and the first using Affinity Photo 2. There is also the original .RAF raw. The 'correct' white balance that I'm looking for is one where the white of the walls on the parking lot buildings (and the stickers on the recycling containers on the bottom right) is as close as it can be to neutral (no tint). Using the picker tool on the white part of the wall, the tint gets pegged at 100%, meaning it does not have enough range to fully remove the colour cast. This is a huge issue, as the user cannot properly set the white balance in a lot of pictures. Moreover, even if the user does set the white balance in camera, and it is closer to the intended one but still needs adjustments, when enabling the white balance adjustment in the Develop Persona, it oftentimes gets worse due to the range being less than that of the camera's. My suggestion to this issue is: add a checkbox that would enable an extended range of values to be edited. (This would also help people who white balance old negatives.) DSCF6517.RAF
  14. My co-workers have (loudly) noted an annoyance in the gradient tool. It always defaults to fill. When you happen to put a gradient on a large number of strokes, it is exceptionally annoying and disruptive to have to go up to the toolbar and select stroke each time we activate the tool. It must be quite simple to implement that last selected mode is remembered the program session out. I just remembered this when I read this related entry from another customer, so it is a problem (and it IS a problem that needs to be solved in multiple places in all applications):
  15. It would be nice if loading a file could be cancelled. For example I just clicked on a 11GB file on a slow network ressource, and there is no way to interrupt it, trying to quit photo leads to a message: "At least one file is currently being opened. Please wait for files to load before quitting the application.". There could be an "x" in the "Loading 1 document"-status bar which interrupts the loading. Imagine you click on a 100GB file (these are satellite images).
  16. Hi there I love this app (Designer) so much I hardly use Illustrator anymore. AD is so intuitive and powerful. Thank you for that. My number one feature request is the ability to use Adobe's shortcuts. AD is here very uncommon while other apps - up to MS Word! - use the same basic keyboards, such as SHIFT+ ENTER for a new textline without making a new paragraph (this shortcut works even in CMS-Texteditors such as TinyMCE or Redactor or CKEditor). Could we talk of an "industry standard", here? Yes, I think so, this goes far beyond Adobe.) There is also a confusion about when using SHIFT to proportionally scale something and when not. ALT (Option) has been the standard for scaling from the center ever since. ... So my pledge: Please either change them to the well known standards, not only used by Adobe make keyboard shortcut prefs that can be changed thoughout and saved integrate a preference for that in which one can choose "Adobe" as possible Shortcut set. Thank you very much - this would be insanely great. Alex
  17. Open color panel Create a shape Adjust fill color Activate stroke colour (with pointing device or press x) Press G for gradient Draw gradient you are drawing the gradient on the fill (have to select stroke in toolbar) Could Designer please automatically select stroke or fill in the gradient tool based on what is currently selected in the color panel - stroke or fill Thx
  18. Another usability issue - a usability classic - objects look too similar. In a complex drawing this really is annoying and confusing. Node handles look almost exactly like smooth nodes. When you are looking at many nodes it just starts to blur together and I have made many erroneous clicks due to the visual similarity. Changing handler size in preferences is no fix. Could you please adjust the colour of the nodes or make some other change to the handles so they stand out? I think you have to choose another color - and if could be personalized it would be perfect. Extreme example with all nodes selected just to show how it turns into a show of identical bubbles...
  19. I really like the responsiveness and immediate feedback about symbols in Affinity. But managing them is not as easy as it could be, much of that happens because of the lack of some functionalities in Symbols panel. What I'd love to see in an updated version of the Symbols Panel: List view Custom categories to groups symbols Search bar Ordering options: manual, alphabetical Easier renaming: select one, double click the name, and when finished, press tab to rename the next one Features to manage symbols in the artboard: Contextual menu to replace a selected instance of a symbol in the artboard by another one on the library Option to, when cmd+click on the symbol, do not select it's layers, but the whole symbol. (This is useful when you want to select a symbol inside a complex hierarchy of groups and layers, but do not want to edit the symbol.) Other advanced features Ability to nest symbols inside symbols Ability to override nested symbols Well, this is what I'd like to see regarding symbols. I hope that this adds something to the discussion about the roadmap.
  20. Ok Serif / Affinity guys... This is driving me crazy! Previously I have submitted this suggestion, though I don't believe I was heard. IMO Affinity products desperately need the ability to auto-hide panels. See [https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/31218-multi-uiux-suggestion-auto-hide-panels/] I am using a very large notebook computer with a 17" screen. Large screen for a notebook, though smaller screen size for graphic design work. With this monitor using the panel controls in Affinity products is frustrating. There simply isn't enough room! I group panels needing more vertical space (layers, effects, history, brushes, etc.) together. Panels needing less vertical space are also grouped. Regardless how it is organized I do not have enough vertical space to effectively use the panels. Some of the panels require large vertical space, some medium, some smaller. With 3 stacked sets of panels the larger panels are way too cramped. Even if I group the medium and smaller panels together (which puts way too many panels in the smaller panel group), there still isn't enough vertical space for the larger panels. With smaller monitors, having panels on both sides of the screen (without auto-hide) is obviously impractical. Working with cramped panels is extremely clumsy and frustrating. Affinity UI panel design is not elegant for smaller monitors!!! If I could auto-hide panels (as was implemented in Serif *Plus applications), I could put panels on both sides of my monitor and have all the panels I find useful easily accessible. Current implementation forces users with 'smaller' monitors to make significant concessions in their use of panels. Regardless of screen size, the ability to auto-hide panel groups would be useful for all/most users, as this would allow users to better organize their application interface, and enable users to have more panels immediately accessible. This would make the use of panels in Affinity applications significantly more elegant. PLEASE consider implementing an auto-hide feature in panel groups in Affinity applications.
  21. Consistent behavior wanted pleased What works as expected and how it should be done Add Global colour - you are presented with a dialog with an active cursor in the input field and you name the colour as the first thing Issues Select Rename palette - a dialog appears but there is no cursor in the input field Select Add application palette and it is created as Unnamed x - you have to rename it (through the tiny studio menu) and the dialog that appears... you guessed it.. has no active cursor Why is the first letter in so many words like Document capitalized? I gave up highlighting
  22. Can we have the Zoom functions ("Zoom In/Out", "Zoom to Fit" (especially important), "Zoom to Width", etc.) as optional features to add as buttons to the toolbar? Since all the functions have moved into a submenu ("View > Zoom") with the recent releases I notice I spend a lot of extra time to trigger those options just by having to navigate into that submenu. Personally I'm not a fan of this change (this was more efficient in the older releases). (Note: I'm very bad at learning and using all the strange keyboard shortcuts. I know this would go faster. But I need a quick and direct way to trigger it via a mouse operation. )
  23. The more I tinker with Affinity Photo, the more I run into bad, but quite easy to fix traps. Some of them are caused simply by the fact that a tool behaviour remains stuck the inappropriate positions, so that they block editing in later stages of the project. Here's two: 1) Recently I found out that selection-tools stubbornly remain stuck to their previous Subtractive state even if the user wants to create a fresh selection. The operation fails, although the user has picked the appropriate tool and also has performed the expected motion. Here one badly needed an exception to the rule – selection tools have to create a selection if the tool can not find anything to subtract from. Others suggested that Affinity should beep or show a dialog and by that inform + CTA the user that the tool is in the wrong state – but that would be horrible UX. At that point you could also abolish your assistants too. Don't make me think, don't ask for pointless decisions and action if there's exactly one expected behaviour: Making a (fresh) selection. 2) Today I saw another thing which is even a lot nastier as there's not even a suble visible indicator. One may hide selections (hide the marching ants), which is great. But that hidden state even remains active when the user wants to create a new selection. Such really may not happen. There's absolutly no workflow imaginable where this made sense, this is just a trap and nothing else. A hard to understand trap – imagine you had a selection hidden and go to lunch, afterwards you pick a selection tool and run into what's shown in the GIF. Selection tools always have to revert to state=visible whenever a selection is dropped. Is there anyone in charge, exclusively for little usability-killers of that kind? It would well be worth it.
  24. It would be a great help, if colour coding of layers coud be better visible. For example like this:
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