Mark Ingram

Affinity Designer Customer Beta - 1.6.5.109

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Serif Drawplus looked hopeful, despite its chalky default brush.  But now, with a grandiose Surface Studio, instead of drawing on the 'paper' the brush just moves it around.

 

You can use DrawPlus on a touch-enabled screen if you disable the scrollbars. There is an options setting for this, probably somewhere like ‘Tools > Options... > User Interface’.

 

1 hour ago, MEB said:

Have you downloaded the latest Beta from the top of this thread? This one hasn't expired yet but you must have the retail version installed to be able to run it

 

I believe you only need the product key from the retail version on Windows, although personally I’ve always installed customer betas alongside the retail version so that I can switch between them easily. (Since the Mac version doesn’t have a product key, you have no choice in the matter.)

 

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In the latest beta (I never noticed it before), pressing Esc in the Text Height field in the context toolbar does not take you back to the working area. The control goes blank instead. Pressing Esc again brings the current value back, and so on. Please take a look at this -- thanks.

 

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I have installed the new Beta - with mixed reactions. 

The interface is clear and much less cluttered than your rivals, but I think that your 'out of the box' defaults could be much improved.

I do not know whether your remarks about the public version explain my problems with it.  It launched and ran as expected, after I had clicked the '10 day trial' box.  It took a while to find the way to switch from dark theme to light - perhaps you could have a setup phase in first use.

But I could find no way to make pressure vary the brush line thickness.  The 'more' tab seemed promising, but gave no way to vary what was drawn.  Then I set the mode to 'velocity' instead - still the line thicknesss was constant, although the width variation slider was at maximum.

Windows Ink has given an expectation that pressure will show immediate results.  Many applications include a 'calibration' stage for pressure, which shows the user that pressure is actually being seen.  Gimp has an 'inputs' option to select the signal sources.  Unfortunately Serif Drawplus does not, causing the paper to slide about because of touch signals - other wise it would be a contender.

There is a bug in the pressure profile setting in the 'stroke' pane, where the left and right ends lock together - fortunately a linear preset can be chosen, but pressure still has no effect!

I will now download your production version and choose the 10 day trial, to see if the version is the problem.

My designer wife has followed Corel Draw ever since Corel 1.1, spending a total of some thousands of dollars.  Corel 5 was simple and useful, but included and then abandoned Ventura page design.  Corel 8 was a good standard, leading on to Corel 13.  But then came Windows 10 which killed off all versions before Corel 17.  The prospect of spending $800 to add Corel to her new machine ruled it out of contention!

Fingers crossed!

John

PS This is not my main email address, but supports a book on control theory - see www.esscont.com

 

 

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21 minutes ago, John at Esscont said:

Gimp has an 'inputs' option to select the signal sources.  Unfortunately Serif Drawplus does not, causing the paper to slide about because of touch signals - other wise it would be a contender.

 

It looks as though you may have missed this in my reply to your earlier post:

 

11 hours ago, Alfred said:

You can use DrawPlus on a touch-enabled screen if you disable the scrollbars. There is an options setting for this, probably somewhere like ‘Tools > Options... > User Interface’.

 

As usual, my memory was playing tricks on me! I’ve just checked on my Windows system: the option you need to disable is ‘Display Scrollbars’, which you’ll find under ‘Tools > Options... > Layout > Display’.

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The 'Lock Children' function that probably has been there in previous versions and the 'Replace Image' function that I've never noticed before are brilliant. With each upgrade the yen for competing programs diminishes. Excellent progress in AD.

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13 hours ago, John at Esscont said:

But then came Windows 10 which killed off all versions before Corel 17.  The prospect of spending $800 to add Corel to her new machine ruled it out of contention!

 

My company and I use CorelDRAW 15 (X5) on Windows 10. I remember we had to do some hacks to make the menus visible, but that was about it.

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20 hours ago, John at Esscont said:

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My designer wife has followed Corel Draw ever since Corel 1.1, spending a total of some thousands of dollars.  Corel 5 was simple and useful, but included and then abandoned Ventura page design.  Corel 8 was a good standard, leading on to Corel 13.  But then came Windows 10 which killed off all versions before Corel 17.  The prospect of spending $800 to add Corel to her new machine ruled it out of contention...

 

I also began with CD at v.1.

 

I do believe one can simply upgrade CD from any previous version except educational, OEM and NFR versions. The price, in the USA, is $199.

 

Ventura lived on until 2002 or so and was version 10. True, it was a separate application purchase with version 10 if I recall properly. I believe version 8 still included it with CD. I still use CVP once in a while to update client work. It's installed here on Windows 10.

 

I use to have X4 on this Windows 10 laptop. All but version 2017 are now removed as i don't need to use them for client compatibility as they all have finally upgraded. Version 2018 has added some nice features.

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

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Hello 

I've decided to give affinity designer beta a try tomorrow. 

Is the blend tool,  pages and few more we have read and expect to test at this stage already implemented or it's only about fixed issues for now? 

Thanks for you answers. 

 

Serif you rocks! 

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The current beta is the same as the retail version plus any listed fixes and/or changes and/or features listed in these posts of Mark's since the last retail version. 


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

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On 16/05/2018 at 8:15 AM, αℓƒяє∂ said:

 

It looks as though you may have missed this in my reply to your earlier post:

 

 

As usual, my memory was playing tricks on me! I’ve just checked on my Windows system: the option you need to disable is ‘Display Scrollbars’, which you’ll find under ‘Tools > Options... > Layout > Display’.

That worked as far as the dancing paper is concerned.  But now another problem raises its head.  The 'auto-fill' seems to be activated sporadically, so that sometimes the stroke is as it should be, sometimes it is weirdly filled.  A possibility is that the wireless keyboard is sending odd unrequested characters.

I'll keep struggling!

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Still struggling!

I downloaded a ten-day trial to see if the beta version was the problem -  no difference.  The line-thickness does not change with pressure, even when a brush with pressure is selected.  Using the 'more' tab to change to velocity still gives a constant thickness.  Maybe there is some different setting that I should choose, in which case the problem would be with the documentation and the user interface.  In either case, something should be fixed if you ever want to sell to anyone with a Surface Studio.  Having lashed out a heap of cash for her new machine my designer wife is looking for perfection!

 

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Hi John,

 

After clicking 'More' and bringing up the brush dialog. Switch to the 'Dynamics' tab and increase the 'Size Jitter' (I chose 50% pressure).

 

Regards

Chris

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