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Now that the full Affinity Suite v. 1.7.1 has been launched, I would like to request that the dev teams take a second hard look at the UI for the Color and Swatches panels. Presently, it's just too cumbersome to build and specify swatch collections for documents.

Please do study and analyze the Adobe UI here. In Adobe's UI you'll experience the following:

  • a color swatch clicked on from any built in swatch library will automatically be added to the active document palette
  • swatches that are added to the active document palette will automatically carry a meaningfully descriptive label (e.g., Pantone 801 C for a coated spot color; C=60 M=0 Y=100 K=0 for a process ink color)
  • within one swatches panel window, swatches can be organized into useful groups and displayed simultaneously
  • moving a swatch from one user defined group to another is a simple drag and drop move.

By contrast, in the Affinity Suite UI you'll experience the following:

  • adding a color swatch from any built in swatch library (e.g., Pantone Coated) requires multiple clicks and selections as one must first create a user defined document¬†palette, then switch to the Pantone palette, find and click on the desired spot color to load it into the color well, switch back to the user defined document palette, then click the "Add Current Color as Global Color" icon.
  • spot color swatches that are added to the active document palette are not correctly labeled, but are given generic labels such as "Global Color 1"
  • a user cannot display more than one user defined swatch groups or "Affinity Palettes" at once. Instead one must use the pop-up palette switcher to move from one group/palette to the next.
  • and moving a color swatch from one user defined group/palette to another is also a cumbersome, multi-click experience.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

 

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