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  1. Er… it's a bit more complex though: If you have only one page in Publisher, the Photo persona Crop tool will behave as expected from the Photo app. If you have multiple pages, the canvas Crop tool automagically becomes the vector crop tool. Correspondingly, if you open a multipage document in Affinity Photo, its Crop tool will be the vector one. I suspect this is "by design" although frankly I find it a bit weird. And it's already in v1 like that.
  2. Um, not as much as they should. If they would as they should, the whole UI would be scriptable on Mac. Which it isn't. And boy did I try…
  3. Please do not spam specific threads with off-topic issues. thanks
  4. Transform is a new feature in v2, and it's unlinked at first "by design", otherwise the linked layers would always remain exactly on top of each other. (Designer's Symbols use a different approach here, in that the linked layers are placed in the "Symbol" container so that they can be transformed independently.)
  5. Yeah, by default it enables "Matte Edges". Disable that and there's your original mask.
  6. Ah, voilà. It's not exactly the most intuitive workflow, frankly.
  7. Something like this, roughly: ade_snapping_node_handles2.mp4
  8. I just checked with exactly the same curve, and Illustrator (CS5 here) is smarter than Affinity, albeit not "perfect" either. Like in Affinity though, you can snap the node handle to the curve. (But unlike Affinity, working with Illustrator always is a literal pain in the you-know-where for me. ) So in the end it doesn't make that much difference. Just make use of all necessary snapping option. Another method to avoid sharp join nodes literally from the start: Make sure your first node is a smooth node. I.e. think ahead while placing the nodes.
  9. Exactly. Since 2006 I'm using a customized layout that matches the Swiss German keyboard but that also easily allows me to type Czech diacritics at the same time. And over the years, I'm only adding or changing other characters as needed. The [ ] as fn-F11/F12 was just the recent addition. Note that in Ukelele you have to add characters to F keys manually by key codes, and they won't work for regular typing. It's really just an "exclusive Affinity hack" for the secondary personas in APu and ADe. In the primary personas I use ö and ä in place of [ and ].
  10. At Serif? I don't think so. Some current senior staff has obviously been at Serif for decades. But it used to be a Windows-only company until the early 2010s, likely without much experience with the "Mac world of old" we've just mentioned here while going slightly off topic.
  11. Wait! No, no, no! Freehand 9 alone has absolutely no clue about cmd-clicking the title bar! It's the aforementioned brilliant Navi iRae that guesses the file path based on the recent files entry and displays the menu. See also the warning in the popup menu. And that's exactly the reason I was using these excellent add-ons back in the day. By the way, just got my beloved FinderPop running on El Capitan: Finally I can see my Finder labels in context menus again! Rejoice! Not sure yet if it will be of any direct help for my Affinity apps usage. Many FP features can be replicated by Default Folder, Keyboard Maestro or XtraFinder as I already use them. In any case, FinderPop won't run on Catalina or later, so no dice for Affinity v2. And allegedly it only barely works on Mojave.
  12. Isn't it controlled by the ICC profile? Like ISO Coated 300 which – as the name suggests – limits total ink to 300 %.
  13. Just two days ago I finally (!) watched the tutorial videos about Data Merge which I've never used yet, and I had exactly the same thought. I've already done similar things using Symbols, but this is even easier.
  14. For some odd reason, the Wet Edges option seems to be initially enabled by default. Turn it off in the context toolbar. It should stick from then on, unless you select a brush with wet edges for erasing again. Either that, or if by "unsightly gray pattern" you mean the transparency checkerboard, then turn it off in Document > Transparent Background
  15. Oh, is it? Am I caught in a time loop, after all?! (Just last month I wrote lyrics about time travel for a song by one of the bands I play with… Has my dream come true?) You're aware of Ukelele and Karabiner? As for [ & ], Karabiner was of no help due to the method how Affinity "reads" keyboard input. Hence Ukelele to the rescue, "hacking" the F-keys I hardly use the hard way.
  16. Jérome Foucher made a few brilliant control panels: web.archive.org/web/20010302013334/http://jerome.foucher.free.fr I'm also using A-Dock and Wapp Pro. And then there was also Finder Pop. (And I just noticed that I totally forgot to install it on my El Capitan partition! D'oh!)
  17. In desperation, I've actually modified my keyboard layout to include the [ and ] keys as fn-F11 and fn-F12 in order to have them handy in Affinity when needed.
  18. +100000! Especially since replacement shortcuts without modifier still refuse to stick in secondary personas (Pixel in ADe, Designer and Photo in APu, etc).
  19. Cmd-click on Finder window name would reveal the path at least since System 7: I don't remember if it already was in System 6. Path of document windows wasn't possible in System 7 yet. That was likely introduced with the document proxy icon in the title bar, likely in OS8 (which I skipped and went from System 7.5 directly to OS9). In OS9, there were also bunch of "apps" that would enhance on this very feature, my favorite being the Navi iRae control panel: Worked great in Freehand 9:
  20. I always thought this is "by design", but after reading the help page, apparently not. That said, I'm actually fine with this being a "one-off" setting that auto-reverts to default. So I'd rather have the help page changed to match the actual behavior.
  21. I got that, of course. My example is just an example which tools you can use in such scenario. And there are other methods as well. Be creative! Experiment! Experimenting is an integral part of the process of mastering a tool in general! (Where do you think I've got all this knowledge of how to use the Affinity apps, huh? ) One word: math Vectors is all just math.
  22. … you are using applications with document based windows. But that's not how Affinity apps are conceived. Standard Affinity windows do not represent individual documents. Except in v1 "separated mode" on Mac where it would have been possible but wasn't implemented. That's a fact.
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