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1 hour ago, Boldlinedesign said:

While Astute Graphics has some cool things - their entire existence is built on the laziness and inability by Adobe to innovate for themselves and results in a subscription to get those features. Why not just ask Serif to build them into Designer?

If Serif decide to implement features similar to those available from Astute Graphics, then that's absolutely fantastic. However, there are always going to be feature requests that may not fit into Serif's immediate or long-term plans. Having the ability for third-party suppliers to fill those needs today via extensions would not only enable Serif to continue to focus on their existing product plans, but also enable users to fill any gaps in their existing workflows and tooling without having to wait for Serif to address them directly.

Sure, the pricing/licensing of third-party suppliers may differ from those of Serif (and as a result may prove unpopular with their users), but if (for example) a $99/year solution enables you to accomplish things you couldn't otherwise, or saves you $$$$ annually in licensing and support of other solutions, then it may well be worth it for many users. As it stands I've happily purchased brush packs, templates, and fonts that were as much as, or more than the original purchase price of the Affinity application in which they are being used in.

Anyway, this is pure speculation regardless. Let's see what Serif releases next Wednesday the 9th.

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11 minutes ago, Bryan Rieger said:

Having the ability for third-party suppliers to fill those needs today via extensions would not only enable Serif to continue to focus on their existing product plans, but also enable users to fill any gaps in their existing workflows and tooling without having to wait for Serif to address them directly.

One of the main tenants of Affinity is non-subscription software, so it's be hard to imagine the community welcoming a subscription based add-on. Many of these Astute features are currently in existing programs like Vectorstyler or will be sooner than later. As much as I love Affinity, there's a high likelihood that more advanced features will be years away at best. Purchasing another program like Vectorstyler fills in many of those gaps now and without the subscription.

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19 minutes ago, Boldlinedesign said:

Purchasing another program like Vectorstyler fills in many of those gaps now and without the subscription.

I was already worried that your ubiquitous marketing campaign would be missing from this thread.

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3 hours ago, Mango said:

Anyone else just got the Affinity email? A little bit excited!

both landed in spam folder 😕

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5 hours ago, chrisb123 said:

The "big thing" is a Classic Chicken Curry recipe!!!

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3 hours ago, Mango said:

Anyone else just got the Affinity email?

For me, it just arrived about an hour or so ago. From that, I gather they are not sending the email to everyone at the same time -- either that or my email provider is just a bit slower than some others....

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40 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

I was already worried that your ubiquitous marketing campaign would be missing from this thread.

You can always count on me with the common sense solutions! The alternative idea was involving subscriptions for things that already exist in non subscript affordable ways. Had someone not shared vectorstyler on here with me a coupe years back, I might have been forced to go back to adobe to get thing done while waiting for this upcoming November 9th day. I celebrate what is coming on November 9th just like everyone else. I have no doubt that the new releases will be amazing. That said, the fact that another non subscription vector program with more advanced features is available is not a threat to affinity but rather a way to accomplish more

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52 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

I was already worried that your ubiquitous marketing campaign would be missing from this thread.

The new updates will give me plenty of new material in affinity to test and talk about after years of almost no updates. So you might get less  VS talk.. Maybe... I don't want to let you down and stop discussing VS entirely 😂

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I've been doing CG for about 33 years now. I try not to get too excited about upgrade hype anymore. Too easy to get burnt if you do. These upgrades can't be everything to everybody. If only one or two of my wish list features gets added then I'll be happy. I'm one of those people who knows how to accomplish what I want with as few "shiny" features as possible.

TBH, I could still happily chug along with Photoshop v7 if somebody asked me to. When I request a feature, it's usually to fill a preexisting gap and avoid me having to add another program to the mix. Bells & whistles? Meh.

U2 fans will get this. For me, I try to live and work according to one basic motto: The only baggage you can bring is all that you can't leave behind.

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27 minutes ago, wuren said:

my personal immediate assumption was a video editing solution.

sorry....

 

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1 hour ago, Johannes said:

DAM

That would make me very happy. But I'm afraid it will only be the promised and long-awaited APublisher for iPad.

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6 minutes ago, Dangerous said:

I zoom with my mouse wheel, a quick & simple setting!

 

Yep. Apart from that, setting the Corner Tool in Designer to C because I can click the Contour tool on the rare occasions I need it.

I am hoping Designer 2 gets Vector Blend and Vector Free transform (plus all the other things everyone else wants, of course). I don't know what to expect from Photo 2, I found Photo 1 confusing with its lack of silver halide emulsion and waiting two hours for Boots the chemist to mess up a perfectly good photo shoot. I jest, of course.

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My idea for Something Big:
    Designer:
All vector all the time. Printed pages will be able to have video and/or audio play, plus they will be stretchable in all three dimensions. From postcard size to billboard size just by tugging on the corners of the paper.
    Photo:
The artificial intelligence engine will allow us to ask the application to generate a photograph of "my parents when they were in their twenties coming out of a movie theatre that is showing "The Lady Killers" in London in 1955" This will be in colour or Black and White.
    Publisher:
We will be able to make a new Publisher file and ask for a second (or third) novel by Alain-Fournier to be written (and translated into any existing or extinct language). Or an annual report could be generated by just saying out loud "Adobe, Annual Report, 2024".
    And finally, I can load that Photo document of my parents into any 3D printer and get a life-size statue made. Or I could load the Alain-Fournier novel into it and get a book that is produced using 1920's technology, right down to the ink and the fibres in the paper.

All of this running on a Raspberry Pi. 

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I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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5 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

All of this running on a Raspberry Pi. 

Everything else can be expected from Serif next week, but I think the Raspberry is already a little impossible (that will only happen with the first free update).

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