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I loved all the Serif products and will miss their simplicity and power.

I am now learning the Affinity range.

I have two request:

1.  Simplify panning and zooming.  Why is there no zoom slider bottom right on the UI?  So many applications have this that it is almost a requirement.

2.  The same goes for undo/redo buttons.  I love these buttons with a passion.  Why are they missing in all the Affinity products.  This makes zero sense to me.

3.  I would really like to see an "import" capability for importing files from the older Serif products (Publisher Plus etc.).  I know the new products are not compatible and this is fine.  I do not want to go backwards.  However it cannot be rocket science to import graphic elements and place them in a  new document format.  Editing and saving would be in the new format.  I am having to cut and and paste now.  If this works then importing should also work.  It is nothing more than automated cutting and pasting.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Thomas

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Such stuff – if at all coming – should by all means be optional. Creating buttons for everything would probably help a lot – those who prefer fully visually and who don't like hotkeys. And at the same time one would make the apps more accessible for users who are impaired in a way that keyboard shortcuts just don't work for them.

That being said – I personally would hate having Undo + Redo buttons and other visible controls and sliders I'd never use. For my personal taste Affinity as it stands already has several superfluous buttons, – Adobe (what I'm used to) deals with functionality in a more compact fashion. 

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And this is the issue..!  These products are good enough for professional users.. but also accessible to amateurs and casual users like me.

By all means make these things optional!

But it would certainly help me.

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The reality is, that a lot of occasional users also like wizards and document templates and stock content and filter galleries. More advanced users usually don't care for any of these either, but programing this all up, creating a nobrainer interface and populating everything with content means a serious effort (time, money) for the software maker.  The less ambitious user also doesn't want to spend a lot of time with customizing the workspace – that means the program had to come with all these "workflow helpers" turned on by default. It was consequently up to the more advanced users to turn all this stuff off.

More realistically a professional user would be thrown off immediately by a program which shows all sorts of fluff on startup. I think that those who want a very visual and very simple to use program and who enjoy a lot of guidance were better off with apps which do not aim to rival Photoshop, but really target hobby users.

 

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On 9/21/2018 at 8:31 AM, thomas.dahl said:

1.  Simplify panning and zooming.  Why is there no zoom slider bottom right on the UI?  So many applications have this that it is almost a requirement

That's provided in the Navigator panel which, by default, I think, is available in the lower right studio.


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