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Auto Hyphenation for Affinity Designer

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I don't think Serif have said whether they plan to add that to Designer.

If you're willing to buy and work in Publisher for your projects that have enough text to need auto-hyphenation, that will give you a solution sooner than waiting for it in Designer. And Publisher really is better for projects with any significant amount of text.

Additionally, at some point (soon, I hope) Publisher will provide the Designer Persona. We don't know exactly how it will work, but it may provide access to most of the functions provided in the Designer Persona of the Designer application. If it does, then working in Publisher (as long as you also own Designer) should give you the benefits of both in one application, with a convenient workflow simply by switching Personas. And if you also own Photo, the Photo Persona in Publisher may give you the functionality of the Photo application, giving you most of the features of all three for working on publishing and layout projects.


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Thanks Walt, I already use Affinity Publisher but I think that Affinity Designer must also have Auto-hyphenation for 2 reasons:

  - There are many works that you can design with AD and they contain a lot of text (flyers, brochures, ...)
  - Now that Serif has added Auto-hyphenation to AP it sure is easier to add it to AD too.

I hope so!

Cheers!

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7 hours ago, ramonbuzon said:

There are many works that you can design with AD and they contain a lot of text (flyers, brochures, ...)

True. But you can also design them with Publisher.

Perhaps Serif's plan is that Publisher should be used for that kind of layout work, and Designer should be used for art.

I have no idea what their plans are, but it would make sense to me.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 2004 (19041.388),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.734 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.734 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.742 Beta.

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1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

True. But you can also design them with Publisher.

Perhaps Serif's plan is that Publisher should be used for that kind of layout work, and Designer should be used for art.

I have no idea what their plans are, but it would make sense to me.

I appreciate your thoughts on the matter. As inexpensive as Affinity apps are, $50 and a separate app still seems a lot just for hyphenation. The lack of it in Designer is so inexplicable that your explanation may be the only logical reason though.

Can't help but wonder why there would be a paragraph panel with various options such as justification when you can't hyphenate a paragraph. Worse yet the text box brakes long words to the next line if you don't use the "no break" option on the specific word. 

it's broken and they need to fix it.

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Yes, if I remember correctly Illustrator has hyphenation support too. I don't think Sketch has, though. I wish Affinity products would have the same extensability support as Sketch so you could in theory have a similar plugin as the sketch-hyphenator plugin

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1 hour ago, ramonbuzon said:

Walt, its easy... the answer is not in Publisher, the answer must be in AD

No, the answer must be whatever Serif decides it will be. We do not get to decide how they design their applications and partition the functionality. That is purely their decision.

Your decision is whether to continue to use their products, and whether to buy the (inexpensive) complementary application that provides the function you want/need.

If I own both Designer and Publisher (and I will) and Publisher provides a function that Designer does not provide, I will use Publisher.

If you choose to stick with Designer, then you don't get the function. Or if you own both, but insist on doing something in Designer that you could more easily do in Publisher, then it's your decision to use an inefficient workflow.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 2004 (19041.388),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.734 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.734 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.742 Beta.

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Of course!  Serif is the one who decides how their own products should be.  We can only buy them and suggest some improvements because we are professionals and they develop their products for professionals.  I think they like to listen to us and that is why I will continue to send them new suggestions.  Maybe some will see it interesting.

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I do a lot of package design and use Affinity Designer for it. These Packages are normally full of small text boxes and a Hyphenation feature is absolutely necessary for this type of work. And I believe Designer was made and is perfect for this kind of work. I find it very unreasonable to aregue that somebody should buy Publisher just to get the Hyphenation feature... I know, it's an old thread but I think its always good to keep hoping :).

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