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Hi there!

I've just purchased Affinity Designer today. But seems like Show Special Characters is missing. Or maybe I'm not able to find it. Could you please help me finding this option?

Many thanks! Have a nice weekend!

Best regards
Tamzid

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Designer doesn't have that option, and unless you created that document in Publisher and turned the option on there, Designer shouldn't be showing those special characters.

That happened to me once, and I don't remember what I did to reset it. Sorry.


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From Designer

Use File > Edit in Publisher

Switch off "Show Special Characters" (in Text menu)

Use File > Edit in Designer to return to Designer  


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If you create a Publisher document, save it while Show Special Characters is checked in the Text menu, and then open it in Designer, it will as @walt.farrell says display special characters, which is not normally a feature of Designer :(.

As far as I can see, the only one way to reverse the process is to close the document in Designer, re-open it in Publisher, turn off Show Special Characters and then save it again before closing. The next time you open it in Designer, the special characters will not be displayed.


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The weird thing is that I had Designer showing them even on new documents. Not sure if the setting carried over from a Publisher File that I had open one time, or what, but it affected all my Designer files for awhile.


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4 hours ago, h_d said:

if AD. had

Yes, but the question is, whether it is not a function for a special text application (APu).


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4 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

Yes, but the question is, whether it is not a function for a special text application (APu).

No, it isn't. If AD can show them, the UI ought to have the means of toggling them on/off. Serif could easily make AD simply not show them regardless the view state in APub. However, In every application I use, there are good reasons to be able to toggle them on/off. That applies to AD, too.

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1 hour ago, MikeW said:

If AD can show them, the UI ought to have the means of toggling them on/off.

APh can also display text on path created in ADe / APu, but cannot create it.

1 hour ago, MikeW said:

there are good reasons

Sure. For all the features of all Affinity applications there will be good reasons to use them. And Serif would definitely be able to create one cool app for $ 150. But the question is whether it is reasonable even for all customers - even those who do not use 66% of the functions at all.


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28 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

APh can also display text on path created in ADe / AP, but cannot create it.

Sure. For all the features of all Affinity applications there will be good reasons to use them. And Serif would definitely be able to create one cool app for $ 150. But the question is whether it is reasonable even for all customers - even those who do not use 66% of the functions at all.

We're not talking about including actual functionality, rather being able to control a view state that, without a UI toggle only serves to alienate users.

So fine. Serif just bought to shut off the display of such a thing in AD if it is superfluous.

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8 hours ago, A_B_C said:

Should be reported as a bug.

And "what" should be reported as an error? That ADe displays special characters and shouldn't, or that it does not allow switching them on? :-)


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The oversight lies in the fact that you cannot hide (or show) special characters in Designer, i.e. that the menu entry Show special characters is missing in Designer or that special characters are enabled at all. It would be ridiculous, if that wasn’t just an oversight.

I am going to report this as a bug, and we will see.

Here you go:)

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4 hours ago, A_B_C said:

I am going to report this as a bug, and we will see.

FWIW, the visible special characters do not print, nor or they included in any of the exports to supported file formats, so they might consider this bug to be primarily a cosmetic one they are not going to invest a lot of time in correcting any time soon ... unless a lot of users complain about it. 


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Studiolink
Or just use edit in publisher and hide it there and return to designer :D
Or in the rare circumstance somebody doesn't own publisher but does have designer and is handed over a designer file to edit.
See what @R C-R wrote

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9 minutes ago, R C-R said:

the visible special characters do not print, nor or they included in any of the exports to supported file formats

That's OK. But having them visible all the time is quite disturbing. Is it really hard for the developer/programmer to add Show/Hide Special Characters option under Text menu?

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Just now, th_studio said:

But having them visible all the time is quite disturbing.

Just don't use them at all 
Being sarcastic here and it should be possible to add this to the menu but still not shocking enough to make a fuss about it because there are ways around it.

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1 minute ago, haakoo said:

Just don't use them at all 
Being sarcastic here and it should be possible to add this to the menu but still not shocking enough to make a fuss about it because there are ways around it.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of Affinity. There is no regret purchasing and using their software. You should take it easy. This is just a suggestion to improve their usability :)

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3 minutes ago, th_studio said:

But having them visible all the time is quite disturbing.

As such things go, I find that far less disturbing or annoying than for example the low contrast backgrounds behind tool & toolbar buttons in the Dark UI display mode that makes it difficult to tell at a glance if a button is enabled or not.


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