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  1. OK, I'm very aware that maybe most of the designers and users of the awesome Affinity Designer are not into scientific posters, books or documents, but I'm a mathematician and I love the app myself, as much as I understand and use it. :) Hence, I got a small, but important feature request: a plugin/native support which would allow one to use the power of "local" LaTeX typesetting for symbols, fonts and other scientific notations. I am aware I could use the great LaTeXiT + drag & drop, but still, I envision my workflow as follows: When I have a complicated figure to draw, I fire up Affinity Designer and I draw, but for annotations and everything font or math symbol related, I'm not quite covered. I have installed some versions of the native LaTeX fonts (CMU) to use system-wide, but some are missing and still doesn't feel the same. So for symbols, equations etc. I would like to be able to input a LaTeX formula (delimited by the well-known dollar-signs) and Affinity would typeset it locally, using the fonts included in the LaTeX distribution installed on my Mac. What do you think? Honestly, I think that such a feature would be useful for all kinds of technical drawers, although they may use CAD-style apps. But you'll never know when you need a formula on your piece of art, right? :) Moreover, in perspective, I'm sure this would provide immensely useful for the future Publisher app, with inter-operability. Thank you for the support and the awesome apps!
  2. Affinity Publisher (and Designer) do not import PDFs generated by LaTeX properly. So far, it seems to be not influenced by the LaTeX engine (pdfLatex or XeLaTeX, for instance). First obvious problem is that Publisher does not use the fonts that are embedded in the PDF. First workaround tried by me was to install LaTeX specific fonts into macOS, and choose them in the replacement dialog, but this does not completely work (math doesn't read at all convincingly. Text works better that way, but diacritics (German umlauts) don't set correctly (the dots are set off to the left)). After some digging into the forums, a better workaround is to change the LaTeX source to use the macOS installed replacement fonts, and open and re-save the PDF with Preview. This does produce an improved import, as far as text is concerned. Math still has some problems. The equations are by now recognizable, but there are still the occasional (completely) wrong glyph used, and some sizes are wrong (for normal Roman font used within math environments). I have attached a small test file with some common elements (mostly equations). This file is done with standard pdfLaTeX and the LaTeX-specific Computer Modern fonts. As far as I checked, all fonts are embedded within the PDF. The PDF opens properly on my Windows test system in browsers and PDF readers, and prints properly. I can produce other variations, if needed. equations.pdf
  3. Will there be better support of importing PDFs created with LaTeX? Currently, Publisher (and Designer) do not work with the embedded fonts , and even if one installs special fonts and sets up the LaTeX source to use installed fonts, some PDFs (in particular containing math) do not resolve correctly, to put bit it mildly. I know a correct import is possible.
  4. After updating to 10.12.4 i can't view (Quicklook, Preview, Skim) certain pages of a PDF documents which were produced by pdflatex and where pdf-pictures from Affinity Designer are embedded. As I scroll over a picture page, the page does render in low resolution and stays pixelated for 1-2 seconds. After that I get the beach ball of death, the page some times turns blank and the program will halt. For the pdf-viewer skim the pdf shows all pages blank on start up and hangs. If I change out the pdf-pictures for jpg the pdf renders fine. Other pdf-pictures work fine also. For example some produced by Adobe Illustrator. One thing that stood out as a common feature for all pictures that produced problems where that they had geometrical objects which where colour filled and had a reduced alpha value (30%-80%). I used the exact setup before the updated and where able to view the file. Btw. on an android tablet the file works just fine including the pictures. The pdf-images have various sizes (30Kb - 500Kb). Coding Software: PDFlib+PDI 9.0.5-i (Mac OS X-10.9 64) MacBook Pro 13inch Late 2013 MacOS: 10.12.4 Latex: TEXLive 2016 & Atom 1.15.0 & latex plugin 0.42.4 Affinity Designer: 1.5.5 and earlier. Cheers
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    It seems that Designer does not read nonstandard font encoding properly. I am a mathematician. The way I work in Illustrator follows: 1, I create the illustration 2. I create a pdf file (with LaTeX) that contains the formula I need in the illustration. 3. I open the pdf, copy the formula, open the illustration and paste it. The attached testgood.eps is an example. The formula is PrincL ⊇ {0, 1} ∪ J(ConL) Doing the same with Designer, I get testbad.pdf, the formula is all wrong. I hope the pdf-s included all the fonts so you can see the problem. Please, let me know.
  6. Hallo everyone, I started using Affinity Designer yesterday and I am really impressed how powerfull the software is while being so easy to use at the same time! However, when I wanted to export my first graphic to EPS in ordner to embed it in a Latex project, I realized that psfrag is not able to replace the text in the exported graphic because the text is exported as a graphic object rather than a true text object. Am I missing an export option or is Affinity Designer really not able to export true text in an EPS file? Why is text not being exported the way it is described in the PostScript Technology Center, e.g. like in this documentation? Best regards Tobi
  7. Hi, I have just bought Designer because I have loved the Photo editor and the interface of Designer looks really smart, and the tools very rich and convenient. I need an illustration app for designing simple scientific diagrams containing curves, surfaces and also equations, and with other software I use Latex-it (https://www.chachatelier.fr/latexit/) which used Latex to typeset equations and can export them in PDF or copy them to the clipboard. Unfortunately, Designer does not seem to accept PDF from the clipboard, even if it is able to "place" pdf files on the page. But saving first the equation from Latex-it, and then importing it in Designer is a pain (because, generally, I have several equations in each diagram). SO, my questions: - Can Designer paste PDF (am I doing something wrong)? Can this be implemented? - If not, do you have another solution for easily incorporating nice equations in your drawings in Designer? Any idea? If I cannot have a solution, I will have to continue to stick with my older software (EazyDraw) because it can paste PDF.