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it seems that to use baseline grid you must buy publisher also?... Is this a good policy?

i know that illustrator doesn't have a option for baseline grid,... but you can convert a line, or an object to a guide. 

by the way why isn't there a line tool in affinity designer?

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16 minutes ago, valdemarlamego said:

by the way why isn't there a line tool in affinity designer?

You mean the Polygon or Line Mode in the Context Toolbar when you select the Pen tool?

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30 minutes ago, carl123 said:

it's not exactly rocket science to put it back

You're probably right, but I'm as dumb as a rock.

I can't see how to get that icon back in the toolbar. Like the OP, I don't have that icon anywhere in View/Customise Toolbar. And "Set baseline grid" doesn't exist as an option in Keyboard Shortcuts either. So I can add "Snap to baseline grid" in the Snapping options, but I can't get to that panel to set the baseline grid.

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48 minutes ago, ianrobertdouglas said:

You're probably right, but I'm as dumb as a rock.

I can't see how to get that icon back in the toolbar. Like the OP, I don't have that icon anywhere in View/Customise Toolbar. And "Set baseline grid" doesn't exist as an option in Keyboard Shortcuts either. So I can add "Snap to baseline grid" in the Snapping options, but I can't get to that panel to set the baseline grid.

It doesn't involve anything you can do via the exposed User Interface (UI).

If you look at the FAQ article below, you'll see where Affinity stores its settings. The article mentions some files with .dat and .propcol extensions, where some of the settings are stored. Those files are in a binary format that can only be changed via the Affinity UI functions. But if you look in those directories you'll find some files that are editable using a standard text editor, and if you study those files, and do some experimentation, you may find you can make some interesting changes.

Of course, you should make backups, and be prepared to restore the files if you make any changes and break the applications :)  And, as you're then using the application in a way that Serif did not intend, nor test, nor document, you need to be prepared for things not to work completely right, or to work differently (or not at all) in future releases

 


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I hope I will be not accused for treason. Everyone being curious will find this anyway.

For Windows: Close AD if its open. You have to edit "C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Affinity\Designer\1.0\Workspaces\Vector\Toolbars.xml" and add the following line

<Item>BaselineGridGroup</Item>

somewhere between the other items listed there. Save the file and start AD again. And of course applies what Walt said: Do it at your own risk and make backups.

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26 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

But if you look in those directories you'll find some files that are editable using a standard text editor, and if you study those files, and do some experimentation, you may find you can make some interesting changes.

Maybe that's the case under Windows. But under MacOS, there are only binary files.

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1 minute ago, Joachim_L said:

I hope I will be not accused for treason. Everyone being curious will find this anyway.

For Windows: Close AD if its open. You have to edit "C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Affinity\Designer\1.0\Workspaces\Vector\Toolbars.xml" and add the following line


<Item>BaselineGridGroup</Item>

somewhere between the other items listed there. Save the file and start AD again. And of course applies what Walt said: Do it at your own risk and make backups.

Also, and especially about Baseline Grid handling, note that this will expose the Baseline Grid manager, and let you enable the baseline grid and control its settings. However, that's only part of the Baseline Grid functionality. Another part of it is the ability, for each Text Frame, to control whether that particular frame will honor or ignore the baseline grid. You only get that function if the Text Frame studio panel is available.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   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 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.674 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.674 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.663 Beta.

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3 minutes ago, ianrobertdouglas said:

Maybe that's the case under Windows. But under MacOS, there are only binary files.

Well, if they don't have the XML files then Mac users can't do that kind of unapproved tailoring, I guess.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   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 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.674 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.674 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.663 Beta.

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You mean 11a?

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11.    Except to the extent necessary for the normal and permitted use of the Serif Software or to the extent that such right cannot be excluded by law or to the extent required to be permitted by licensing terms governing use of open source components that may be included with the Serif Software:
a.    You have no right (and shall not permit any third party) to copy, adapt, amend, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of, create derivative works of, decrypt, modify, distribute or make error corrections to any aspect of the Serif Software in whole or in part;

OK, keeping my hands off next time, waiting for official error corrections.

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