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Convert to Curves behaves oddly with linked text frames

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Recipe:

  1. Draw two linked text frames on a document page.
  2. Type some text into the first frame.
  3. With the first frame still selected, Layer > Convert to Curves.

Result:

  1. The first frame and its contents are converted to group and the text within is converted to curves, as expected.
  2. The text is also duplicated into the linked frame.

Before step 3 of the recipe:

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After step 3:

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convert-to-curves.afpub

 


-- 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 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.526 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.526 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.531 Beta

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Good question. I stumbled upon it while figuring out something reported by another user, but I no longer remember what caused me to do that experiment.

But it could happen to anyone who happens to have linked text frames and who for whatever reason decides to convert the text to curves.

But regardless of a use case, it's broken :)


-- 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 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.526 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.526 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.531 Beta

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Here's one real-life scenario I can imagine (I would prefer an opportunity to be able to convert any selection of text directly to outlines, and in place, replacing the original text content, similarly as in InDesign, but unfortunately this is not possible in Publisher; the minimum unit is a text frame, and then the original text content is not replaced but simply pushed away, which can be seen when there is a link between the frames):

split_text_curves_text_scenario.jpg.a50eeb5a4ee49792da940bdaa5b3c073.jpg

The obvious reason for converting the middle part is converting text to graphics to disable text-based collection of email addresses.

split_text_curves_text_scenario.afpub

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