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The Map Man

Freehand and Illustrator import

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Hi Guys,

 

I take it rained all weekend as the updates seem to be coming out thick and fast and I am not able to keep up with them, but looking great with every new version. 

 

Certainly I am well impressed with the import of illustrator files and able to bring in a map no bother, but it destroyed the layer make up and some of the text, till I found out how to save some of the text. It really isn't far from being a serious alternative to the bloated illustrator. The layers seem to just get scrambled into one file?

 

I was also just wondering if the coding for earlier versions of Freehand i.e. FH9 is so different to FH10 and beyond as a lot of my publishing work has been created in FH9 which after all still works tickity boo (only in windows) and still asked for!  

 

Also how is the game plan proceeding with text on a wavy line?

 

I am happy to send you the ai file if it helps, the materialWest Lakes.afdesign has been generated for publication but the OS data used is from the Opendata source.

 

Cheers The Map Man

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Hi Map Man,

 

I've just had a chat with AndyS who is looking at Freehand import and he confirmed that FH9 files differ slightly in terms of what they save for their fills - and this has consequences for parsing the files. He already has a fix for this and will get around to validating the import of FH9 files soon and check in the update. This will definitely be done prior to launch, so keep an eye out for it :)

 

Thanks,

Matt

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Cheers Matt,

 

I look forward to testing that update as I have a lot of mapping in FH9 and the modern versions of illustrator have stopped importing it, what a surprise!

 

Don

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The .ai layers problem is probably fixed with https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/939-illustrator-layers-not-imported-correctly/.

 

The text looks to be wrapping early. This is a tricky thing to get right. Did you get any warnings about missing fonts when you opened the file? Missing fonts at time of import make the text wrong, even if you install the font later.

 

Text on a wavy line is a roadmap feature, and will be included in a free update after Affinity Designer launch.

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Hi Dave,

 

Many thanks for the link and by the looks of it may well be fixed in the next beta launch. There was no font warnings but at the same time affinity is on the same platform as the original was created.

 

Shame about text on a line only mapped for after launch as can be seen from the sample an important aspect of the cartographic community but I suppose there is a need for carrots to be used to get folk to sign up. Any ideas on how far down the road we are looking at before the feature comes into play?

 

Cheers

 

Don

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