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DESIGNER: Text Wrap is an absolute must-have

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1 hour ago, RNKLN said:

but you could raise an enhancement request.

This is posted as an enhancement request :)

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In the meantime, you can create a shape with the Pen tool and then convert it to a Text Frame. You can then use the Node tool to make the text wrap around your image of choice, like below. Maybe not as dynamic as real wrapping around an image, but it may do the job.


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If you have Publisher, you can create a set of shapes and frames with the desired wrap settings, copy those over to Designer, and turn them into assets.

Then you can just pull them from assets into your Designer document when you need objects that text will wrap around.

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Thanks fde101.  That makes good sense and I'll try that in future. :) 

Perhaps I'm just getting too old and inflexible, but it still seems good UI practice and marketing/management sense, especially with object-oriented code, to have the same tools in each sister package (if relevant),  and make them unmissable in the menus, on toolbars and in all context-sensitive lists.


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Weeellllll ... 

  • some identical but relevant tools are provided in Adobe design products - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign all have, e.g., pen, text, layers, alignment/distribution, etc..
  • some identical but relevant tools are provided in Office products - Word, Excel, Powerpoint all have, e.g., font, paragraph, shapes, picture, alignment/distribution, etc..

Object-oriented and modular programming should make my original suggestion dead simple for Affinity to firstly do, and then maintain.

People who wish to switch apps are still able to do so, rather than force a million+  users to HAVE to do so.

I still believe it is in Affinity's best interest to make it as easy as possible for people to migrate from the Adobe universe without being so at sea that they return to Adobe so they don't lose efficiency.  E.g. a simple "use Adobe shortcuts" preferences option.


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  • 1 month later...

You can also use the Text Wrap settings in Publisher to achieve some pretty intricate results.  Needless to say that in an actual text block versus filler text, some handy-dandy hyphenation would be required to sort out the gaps.


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35 minutes ago, jmwellborn said:

use the Text Wrap settings in Publisher

Open your afdesign with Publisher and switch between the Publisher and Designer personas on the fly, depending on which tool you need at the very moment. It's totally seamless. And it's ultimately "by design" to do it this way, as the Serifionados love to call it. ;)

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