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Henrik Eneroth
Posted Oct 18 - Read on Facebook

I'm using neither Sketch nor Photoshop, but Affinity Designer, for which there appears to be no support at the moment. However, Affinity can export to PSD. How do I get Framer to import a loose PSD file?

12 Comments

Mike Feldstein

I believe the importer doesn't actually read the file, it scripts the photoshop application and asks PS for details about its current document. I don't think this is possible

Henrik Eneroth

Oh, I see! Well, that's certainly a weakness in the workaround that I had in mind.

Jordan Robert Dobson

How many layers are we talking?

Henrik Eneroth

Maybe 20 or 30 things that need to be separated at the moment. There will be more.

Henrik Eneroth

I'm designing a bank app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Koen Bok

How do you like Affinity?

Koen Bok

(oh yes and Mike is right)

Jordan Robert Dobson

You can always go the route of generating PNGs for a view and see if that feels okay, instead of doing everything initially.

The nice thing is you can just drag and drop the PNGs into framer studio and the layers will be created for you. So that makes it a little less painful.

Henrik Eneroth

I haven't tried it properly yet (as I ran into this hurdle), but it looks promising. Last time I did a clickable prototype, for a movie streaming service, I learned ClojureScript and did a prototype using NodeWebkit. The single most irritating thing in that process was the CSS, which easily took 70% of the total time used for making the prototype. The single largest timesaver was probably provided by Core.Async (obliterating callback hell and generally streamlining how events were processed).

Framer looks promising as a tool geared more towards the kind of prototyping I'm looking into doing in this project. No CSS is probably a good idea. I've no problem expressing my design through a formal language, but CSS is a horribly broken one.

I'll give you a full verdict once I've tried it out properly.

Henrik Eneroth

So far I like it! I managed to set up a reasonable workflow using Affinity's continuous export (I pointed the export directly to the images folder in the Framer project).

Henrik Eneroth

On a side note, is it possible to get ignoreEvents to propagate to sublayers? I have an issue where things underneath the currently displayed layer are clickable when I'd rather they be not, and it would be good to disable all of them in one sweep than looping through each and every button.

Joshua Erickson

Thanks for your comments here Henrik Eneroth. I am looking at switching to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, from Sketch and Adobe Products. Any other advice/updates for using Affinity Designer with Framer?

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