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Although I use my Mac and Affinity Designer in standard English, I often work with Spanish text.
I’ve noticed that if I type a character that uses a Spanish accent, for example; é. in a font that dose not support them, Affinity Designer will automatically replace said letter with the equivalent from the ’Lucida Grande’ font. Even if other fonts might be a closer match in style to the original font.
Is there any way for the user to specify which replacement font Designer reaches for in these situations?


macOS 10.14.5 ~ 15" Macbook Pro, 2017 ~ 4 Core i7 3.1GHz CPU ~ Radeon Pro 555 2GB GPU + Integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 1.536GB ~ 16GB RAM ~ Wacom Intuos4 M

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I might be wrong, but I think on a Mac that is the default fallback font.


My computer is a nothing-special Toshiba laptop with unremarkable specs running Windows 10 64-bit.

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... Affinity Designer will automatically replace said letter with the equivalent from the ’Lucida Grande’ font. Even if other fonts might be a closer match in style to the original font.

Is there any way for the user to specify which replacement font Designer reaches for in these situations?

I don't think there is any way for AD to know what any particular user might consider to be the closest style match or any way to specify that as a personal preference, but you can always highlight the character & use the Character panel to select a different font. Not the most elegant solution but it should work, if only on a character by character basis.

 

Also, not directly related but maybe useful if you don't know about it, in recent OS X versions you can choose among the various glyph variations for characters like e or n by holding down the key when you type it. That pops up a small menu showing all of them in a numbered list, so you can either tap the number key or click on one of them to use that variation. I don't seem to have any fonts installed on my Mac that don't include all the common accented characters, so I cannot say for sure what happens if you are using one that does not, but the popup menu trick works with both Affinity apps, so you may find this a more convenient way to enter those characters.


Affinity Photo 1.7.1 & Affinity Designer 1.7.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.0.135 & Affinity Designer 1.7.0.9 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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Thank you MikeW & R-C-R for the reply’s, most appreciated.

R-C-R my thought was, given that I new which fonts I would be using, that I might be able to set in advance which font for Affinity to fall back on for the special characters. But I confess it didn’t occur to me that the auto substitution was happening at an OS level, rather than at an App level.
Thankfully the current job doesn’t have a huge amount of text so there are few enough Spanish characters, that I can change them on an individual basis as I have done before. It just would have been nice time saver if I could have had a say on the fallback font.


macOS 10.14.5 ~ 15" Macbook Pro, 2017 ~ 4 Core i7 3.1GHz CPU ~ Radeon Pro 555 2GB GPU + Integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 1.536GB ~ 16GB RAM ~ Wacom Intuos4 M

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