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Text in Shape doesn't seem to work- Affinity Photo Mac
Watched a demo of Affinity Photo on Windows and it shows that when hovering the Frame Text Tool over a shape it changes to a pentagon and one can type in the shape.
Trying to do that with Affinity Photo 1.6.7 on Mac (High Sierra), the Frame Text Tool remains square or becomes a crosshair and in either case, typing in the shape replaces it with a Frame.

Is this a difference between Mac and Windows version?
Is this a bug in the Mac version?
Might I be doing something wrong?

Attached is what I saw from a Windows Affinity Photo user.

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but what I see on Mac

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19 minutes ago, cseeman said:

Watched a demo of Affinity Photo on Windows and it shows that when hovering the Frame Text Tool over a shape it changes to a pentagon and one can type in the shape.
Trying to do that with Affinity Photo 1.6.7 on Mac (High Sierra), the Frame Text Tool remains square or becomes a crosshair and in either case, typing in the shape replaces it with a Frame.

I can't comment on how Photo on Mac works, as I'm a Windows user.

I will mention, though, that on Windows the existing shape is also replaced by a Shape Text object. You lose the shape's fill and stroke during that transform.

So it sounds like the only issue for you on Mac may be the cursor shape.


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Are you sure it was Affinity Photo and not Affinity Designer where you saw this? - On the Mac AD shows the pentagon cursor icon when hovering with the Frame Text Tool over a shape but not APh.


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2 hours ago, v_kyr said:

Are you sure it was Affinity Photo and not Affinity Designer where you saw this? - On the Mac AD shows the pentagon cursor icon when hovering with the Frame Text Tool over a shape but not APh.

On the source I saw it on, it looks like a Photo, not Designer Logo given the color.

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2 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

will mention, though, that on Windows the existing shape is also replaced by a Shape Text object. You lose the shape's fill and stroke during that transform.

So at least that confirms you see the same behavior on Windows.
So there's no text in shape.

Currently, I create a text layer and group them.

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19 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

I will mention, though, that on Windows the existing shape is also replaced by a Shape Text object. You lose the shape's fill and stroke during that transform.

Walt, are you sure you can create Shape Text objects in the Windows version of Affinity Photo?


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11 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Walt, are you sure you can create Shape Text objects in the Windows version of Affinity Photo?

Yes.

Here's the Layers panel after I created a diamond shape:

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And here it is after I clicked inside the diamond with the Frame Text tool, in  Photo 1.6.5.135:

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35 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Walt, are you sure you can create Shape Text objects in the Windows version of Affinity Photo?

 

21 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Yes.

You can also create Shape Text in the iPad version of Affinity Photo. What you can’t do, of course, is create text on a path in any version of APh.


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In Affinity Photo βeta 1.7.0.x you will get the hexagon, the text frame retains the background colour and any stroke applied to the shape.

In Affinity Photo 1.6.x you get the T in a box and the shape becomes transparent.


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1 hour ago, firstdefence said:

In Affinity Photo βeta 1.7.0.x you will get the hexagon, the text frame retains the background colour and any stroke applied to the shape.

In Affinity Photo 1.6.x you get the T in a box and the shape becomes transparent.

But what is confusing (at least to me) is in both Mac versions, when placing the Frame Text Tool cursor inside the shape, the status bar reads "Click to convert <shape name> to Text Frame," not 'to Shape Text,' which is what is shown in the Layers panel immediately after conversion, before any text is added.

Likewise, the History panel shows "Convert to text frame" as the result of clicking. :S


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15 hours ago, R C-R said:

But what is confusing (at least to me) is in both Mac versions, when placing the Frame Text Tool cursor inside the shape, the status bar reads "Click to convert <shape name> to Text Frame," not 'to Shape Text,' which is what is shown in the Layers panel immediately after conversion, before any text is added.

Likewise, the History panel shows "Convert to text frame" as the result of clicking. :S

A bit inconsistent I agree, but, it's text in a shape, that has been converted to a text frame, while retaining the colouration of the shape that has text in it - I mean how much clearer can it be :D


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3 hours ago, firstdefence said:

A bit inconsistent I agree, but, it's text in a shape, that has been converted to a text frame, while retaining the colouration of the shape that has text in it - I mean how much clearer can it be :D

The inconsistency is in the Layers panel: it uses "Shape Text" for shape objects or "Curve Text" for curve objects as the default parenthetical layer type designator for newly converted objects. Consistency with the Status bar & with the History panel could be maintained simply & easily by using "Frame Text" as the default -- just like it does when dragging out text frames with the Frame Text Tool.

It does not matter if there was a conversion involved -- after all, they are all frame text objects. They even use the same icon in the Layers panel as in the toolbar. So there is no benefit to using 3 different placeholder defaults for them. As it is, it is just a minor source of confusion.


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