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I have been a die-hard Fireworks user from day one. I've been on the Adobe beta testing team for years / etc.

Since mac os 10.9.5, Fireworks (a dead product) is now completely unusable.

 

I made the switch to Affinity Designer yesterday. Love it.

 

Here's a few things that I used/depended on in Fireworks that I would love to see added to Affinity Designer.

 

- Copy elements and create a new document...new document should adapt the total height/width of the copied elements. 

So if I copy 4 objects and I get a combined size of 640x980.. if I "Create a new document" it should default to the size of 640x980

 

- Pages

Number one awesome feature of FW was the ability to have multiple pages in the document

 

- Ability to resize canvas

Make it easier to resize the canvas area than using the Document Setup

 

 

More to come...

 

THIRD-PARTY PLUGINS/TOOLS:

 

- Export to HTML / Preview w/ Annotations

This is the best plugin for Fireworks (http://www.3revolutions.com/public/fw_annotations.php )

 

- Specctr

Work with the folks at http://www.specctr.com/ to make their plugin work with Affinity Designer

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- Copy elements and create a new document...new document should adapt the total height/width of the copied elements. 

So if I copy 4 objects and I get a combined size of 640x980.. if I "Create a new document" it should default to the size of 640x980

 

As massive +1 on this for me, it's so useful, and one of the first things I tried in Affinity Designer.

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+10 for me as well.

 

Pages would be an amazing addition. In fact, I use Adobe Fireworks to comp up online advertising. It is so much faster from a workflow than any other app (forget about Photoshop layer comps.). What makes the workflow so good is this:

 

  • Pages can be quickly navigated forward and backward with Page Up and Page Down keys
  • I can place non-animating objects (like branding and key lines) on separate shared layers (this makes it easy to update them once from any given page and have all the changes propagate to the other pages--a real time-saver)
  • Objects copied from one page could be pasted in identical positions on the canvas (eliminating unintentional animation)
  • User should be able to duplicate a page
  • Pages should be resolution independent, making it easy to show how a banner expands to a larger size (please allow pages to align with specific edges of other pages)
  • Ability to export a PDF document
  • Ability to export individual pages as individual files so that I can also build a storyboard.
  • Should be able to copy/paste Individual objects into Flash or be able to export/save as SVG, PNG, JPEG, etc.

Note that this is NOT like Illustrator's canvas model where you can view all the pasteboards simultaneously. I'm not opposed to that, however, I would like the ability to Page Up and Page Down through the document so that I can see the animation unfold. Clients have LOVED the animatics that I create this way. 

 

Bonus points if you can figure out a way to automatically build a storyboard from the pages. I have this functionality mocked up and would be happy to share it with you.

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Agreed... especially with the canvas size / crop etc. The canvas is a bit frustrating in AD, I would love not to have to visit the export persona and set up a slice in order to export a given size. Cropping should re-size the document. This would change my workflow for the better. 

 

Another simple one that would make AD smooth like butter is: 

 

Spacebar+drag moves/repositions the selection / artwork - This is just a common interaction found in native Apple screenshot application as well as other design apps. Basically, when you are drawing a rectangle or dragging a marquee, if you hold down the spacebar it should stop resizing and now move the object on the screen. 

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