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Hello,

Affinity Designer seems like a great photoshop replacement, although I am wondering if there is support for smart objects created in photoshop. I use a lot of phone mock ups to preview app designs, which depend on smart objects. 

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If you're talking about smart objects in a PSD file, that is something I still have to add to PSD import. It will get done soon, as I am working on PSD import and export currently.


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First ... i've opened a 200MB Photoshop-file from a web design project and it needed just seconds (PS needs minutes!).

 

Yes, the missing smart objects makes it impossible for me to continue. Good to hear that you are working on it.

 

... and please don't let yourself be bought by Adobe!

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Hey there! Firstly: awesome tool. Downloaded it in a pinch when I formatted my system disk as case-sensitive, which totally breaks Adobe's nasty old codebase. I'm now trying to completely remove Adobe from my computer, and this feature's definitely a blocker: I have been quite heavy-handed with vector smart objects over the years, which allow really powerful interoperability between Illustrator and Photoshop. Without this, almost all of my vector work will be inaccessible.

 

I'm not sure how smart objects are stored internally, but if their contents could be expanded and grouped on import this would be a massive win for my use case.

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I´ve also send an PSD with a SmartObject in it that opens not properly and it´s not fixed in the current beta...I think it´s not a so easy thing..


 

 

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We still need to work out what we are going to do for smart objects in Affinity.  As we don't have a strategy, we cannot yet import them from PSD.


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Smart Object support is a tough one to solve, since they may contain both Photoshop generated content and Illustrator generated content. The obscure and lacking documentation regarding the PSD format, as well as the ever-moving target (PSD) make it extra difficult to deal with SOs.

 

The only application outside Photoshop that I know of that opens PSD files with Smart Objects is the latest beta of Photoline. It opens Smart Objects with layered PSD content, and it will open Smart Objects with pdf-based Illustrator content. Even more impressive: the actual content of both can be opened in a new windows (just like Photoshop), and even the Illustrator content can directly be edited in Photoline. Or sent to an external application such as InkScape. In Photoline SOs are opened as placeholder layers.

 

It took those guys also a year before Smart Object support was added. It is possible, but not the easiest thing to pull off.

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Smart Layers into Affinity is the only feature feature I need to not ever use photoshop or illustrator anymore….


 
 
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