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Hi guys,

 

I think Affinity is the future of design software. The one thing keeping me from switching from Adobe to Affinity is the scripting/automation feature. I have a bunch of scripts running in Photoshop and Illustrator and can't think about switching to Affinity and doing things manually again. You probably got this request earlier, but I'm just signaling the importance of automation/scripting in design software :)

 

I hope this feature will appear soon :)

All the best from Poland,

 

Sebastian from Keyshorts

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6 hours ago, Sebastian Konczak said:

I have a bunch of scripts running in Photoshop and Illustrator and can't think about switching to Affinity and doing things manually again.

 

Hello @Sebastian Konczak,

 

welcome to the forum.

 

I know that the developers are very interested in real user scenarios.

Can you perhaps describe in more detail those scripts that you are using in Photoshop and Illustrator that you can't replicate in Affinity software?

 

Thanks in advance :)

d.


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I'll describe one, I frequently have to make a grid. Say I want to make a grid with 10 x 10 rows, and then I want to label all of the gridlines so that I get 1, 2, 3, 4, ... I can make the grid pretty easily right now with the transform repeating duplicate feature you have, but I have to manually enter the number... So my current solution is to just open up illustrator and do it there. I want to cut illustrator out of my workflow entirely, because affinity does almost everything else.

 

Let me list a few:

- Auto incrementing on copy (eg, designing a calendar, designing a grid as I mentioned)

- Drawing complex shapes, I could use the pen tool by hand, but what if I wanted to draw a space filling curve like: (http://www.creativeai.net/posts/pm8peiv5Q4j7A6C3P/hilbert-space-filling-curve-abstract-geometric-art) or (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space-filling_curve), I don't see myself doing that by hand :P, my current solution is to write code to make an svg and import it into designer, but I shouldn't need to go to an external tool for that.

- Importing data. I've frequently had to make charts from data, it would be so nice to design a nice data point as a layer in designer, and just automatically duplicate the layer and move it to the correct place, creating a complex data plot - again, I'd prefer to use designer to an off the shelf graphing tool because I can make better looking graphics that I can control visually and then let the program take over at the right time.

- Generating fractals. I know this one is quite cliche, but it would be pretty cool to take a layer; make a symbol from it and automatically use it to populate a fractal.

 

I have a tendency to make mathematical artworks. But most of all, I could package up any code I write and offer it as a plugin for the application. Allowing for a host of extended functionality.

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