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Things still on my wish list for Affinity

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1. Select by color or stroke (I'm having to go to Illustrator to do this - it's a pain)

2. Better Direct Select tool. I sort of hate the way the direct select tool works. I can't drag to select a group of points. I have to click each one (unless I'm missing a trick)

3. Outline/trace an image. I use this a lot. I'm having to bounce from Freehand on the PC side or go to another Mac with an old version of Illustrator.

4. Could it ever be possible to export to a native Illustrator file? Some CS version?

5. Native import of Affinity files into layout apps like Quark or Indesign - so I don't have to go back to 1993 and have an eps file AND a working file.

Thank you!

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Re #5. Use pdfs instead when it makes sense to. But it would take cooperation between Serif and Quark for native file support and Serif will not do that.


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

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1 hour ago, George3 said:

5. Native import of Affinity files into layout apps like Quark or Indesign - so I don't have to go back to 1993 and have an eps file AND a working file.

Extremely unlikely that Serif will document the format of their files, in order to enable Quark or InDesign to import them. In any case, why would Serif want to do that when they have their own layout program, Publisher? They would be hurting their own sales.


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Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.145), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.1.404 and 1.7.1.404 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.1.404

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1. Wow. I didn't know they didn't have that one yet. But I suspect it's low-hanging fruit and it will come sooner rather than later. Sooner, unfortunately, than universal layers, but alas, such is life. 

2. I also didn't know that. I'll probably have to check that one out. But it's also low-hanging fruit, so keep pushing for it.

3. It's a nice-to-have feature, but unless it's something you do on a daily basis, if you have an old version of CS lying around you're better off firing up a dedicated virtual machine if need be (on the Mac you probably will have to do that, yes, and deal with its potential fugly non-Retina-ness) and load it up on there. It's a feature that I'm certain is on their internal roadmap somewhere, but it will take years to come.

4. I highly doubt it. Those files are proprietary, so I'm really not seeing that happening. Honestly, you're better off sending .PDFs and trying to convert people into the Affinity fold. The price of admission is stupidly low and the licences are perpetual; if it ever reaches critical mass, even the most die-hard Adobe fanboy may eventually relent, and it's not like you're forcing them to install Corel. xD As for IDML, that would be cool, and please correct me if I'm wrong; it's a bit of a more “open” format, right?

5. Same as above, and the other posters already covered it. But I'll also add: if IDML import is doable, it stands to reason that IDML export should be, too, so at least regarding Publisher you'd be covered. And Photo can already save .PSD files, so there's that. 2/3 native competitor format support is pretty good if you ask me.

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+1   

I hope they make these additions along with many other necessary ones. It would be great if the Designer * .afdesign files, besides being AF proprietary files, be natively compatible PDF files so as to insert them in INDESIGN without having to export a real PDF file. I understand that INDESIGN does not read such files ... Probably Affinity should create a tool that implements the Indesign functionalities making it capable of opening and importing the * .afdesign file as a link. I understand that on Affinity's part its purpose is to move on to the entire product range but as long as pubblisher will not be a worthy and valid substitute for Indesign this will never happen. Except Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign are valid software. Illustrator in my opinion sins a lot in many structural things at the base that for 30 years are not resolved. If the Affinity Designer development team will soon commit, we hope, to fill the gaps in this software with respect to the competitor, I believe it is a valid adversary. Already now AD is better than Ai on many things, but the lack of some function makes the complete transition to AD stop. Ai is slow, inaccurate, cumbersome.

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The major feature I dream for is a more robust pattern making tool, like what Illustrator has, only better in the way that Serif would make it ;) 

I do a lot of clothing design and really miss having Illustrator's pattern tool... A LOT.

With the addition of something like that, I could certainly move my whole department over!

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