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  1. How to change the units from pixels to inches when using the crop tool?
  2. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    Yes, I truly want to switch from ID to APub, but can't as long as there is no Span Columns. I do newspaper/magazine layout and it is a must have for that kind of work. I did buy it though, in hopes that Affinity will add this feature soon.
  3. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    C'mon man, seriously? You think those of us bringing this up haven't thought of and/or tried the "second frame" and "pinning" routine? It's a kludge and not workable for deadline driven, magazine and newspaper work. When you have to meet daily/weekly/monthly deadlines for multi-age layouts, this is not a "convenient shortcut." Maybe these kludges work for one-off flyer and brochure work where you can tweak and nudge all day and tell the client to wait. That's a different world, man. APub will probably sell well because people like me, who won't use it because of this flaw, but just want to have it in our tool bag while we wait for this flaw to be fixed will buy it anyway. As has been said before, the venerable Ventura Publisher (may it RIP) had this essential feature in the mid-90s. It's omission from APub is a crippling flaw for multi-page production work on deadlines.
  4. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    THANK YOU. Span columns is, as captain_slocum has said, a "deal breaker." I do all my ad and element design in AD and it would be great to edit them natively after placing them in in an AP layout, rather than PDFing after every change. This morning I was trying to figure out a way to work around not having span columns, but no joy. I suppose you can make anything work if you have to, but with a working alternative in ID, it's just too much hassle and too time-consuming to try a work around. I hope they add the feature soon.
  5. Well, I tried Corel Draw for the Mac and it definitely is NOT ready for prime time -- slow -- buggy -- ugly. Crashed. I have never been able to grok Illustrator, must be a mental block or something. So staying with AD despite not having text warping and bulleting, numbering at this time. AD is fast, slick and the features it does have work well. Hope those other features arrive soon.
  6. I used to use CorelDRAW for everything, but switched to Mac in 2012. DRAW had several key features that AD does not have: text warp, text wrap, numbered paragraphs, bulleted paragraphs, etc. Apparently AD does not even intend to have these features in the future. Wants people to buy Publisher so they deliberately cripple AD. Doesn't seem wise. I would buy Publisher anyway for layout work (though not until they have the feature to span columns in paragraph styles), but using Publisher to design most ads is like using a wrench to pound nails. You can do it, but its awkward, frustrating, and time-consuming. I design many ads and elements each month for a publication and these features are very useful. I know that everybody wants "their" features, but these seem pretty basic. I have been working around them in AD, but now that CorelDRAW has come to Mac, I may move back. People here make a big deal about not liking the subscription model (I'm not a fan either, but I have one), but the cost is not a super big issue for most designers, productivity is. Hope Affinity gets a clue before they start to lose momentum.
  7. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    I understand their limited time. However, if they think this is a minor feature, they likely haven’t done much layout work. The suggested work-arounds are a kludge at best. This is a feature that regular layout artists need every day. Simple as that. Until the span column feature is included, APub will be a novelty, not a workhorse for many people, IMHO.
  8. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    Thanks for the suggestion and example Walt. It is a technique that seems to work in your example, but why have to create TWO text boxes and format them as well as the text itself? I don't see this as a regular substitute for the simple "Span Columns." Why don't the programers simply include it? Maybe there's a reason, but as a designer, it escapes me.
  9. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    Sorry, no. The Span Columns feature is very simple: Just add the optional paragraph attribute "Span Columns" and a variable of how many columns you want a particular paragraph, such as a title or heading, to span. That's it. When this feature is invoked, the paragraph with this attribute will go across the number of column specified, but only that paragraph. It will have all the formatting assigned to it, but just span across columns. It is vital for making headlines where you need the title or headline to span the entire text box while the rest of the text flows into the columns in the text box. It is very handy and essential when resizing text boxes. If the headline is in a separate text box. you have to resize and reformat TWO text boxes and make sure they are correctly aligned every time you change something. What a pain! This "Span columns" is really elementary stuff. As I have said before, Quark, ID, and even the old Ventura Publisher have had this basic, essential feature since the 1990s. I am not criticizing, just observing and making the point that for me as a newspaper, magazine publisher for more than a quarter century, it is an essential feature. I would LOVE to switch to AP, but really can't as long as this feature is missing. I am probably not the only one.
  10. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    With every beta, I hope for this feature. Still not there. With newspaper/magazine publication, this is a MUST.
  11. Stunning that this is left out. Corel Draw had this since the 90s.
  12. Still hoping for the option to have paragraphs span across columns without having to create a separate text box, with all the text wrap settings and all. The ability to do this is about the only thing keeping me with InDesign.
  13. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    Thanks Adriandw.
  14. whitewolf7070

    Span Columns

    We are launching a new newsmagazine-style pub in March and having a big debate on using inDesign or AP. We would like to standardize on Affinity. However, this is a “must have” feature for our type of publication. Even the old Ventura Publisher, circa 2000, had this feature. Surprised it’s missing so far.
  15. FWIW: I designed a staff box in InDesign and then decided to move the publication to APub. I didn't want to rekey all the text, so I just did a select all and copy in Indesign. Then, I went to the box in APub just to paste in the text. To my surprise, the text came in all formatted and the paragraph styles imported, too. Nice surprise. Maybe this is part of the planned ID import feature that Affinity just isn't publicizing yet. Anyway, made my work easier today. FWIW.
  16. whitewolf7070

    No column Grid?

    I also spent quite a bit of time searching for how to create a column and gutter grid. I ended up just creating a master page with the guides I needed. that will have to work for now.
  17. whitewolf7070

    Columns

    I have this question too.
  18. Corel Draw has several useful features that I cannot find in Affinity Designer. Am I just missing them? When you click on an image, in Corel Draw you get information about the image, including the color profile, size and dimensions. The color profile is particularly important when trying to locate all the RGB images in a document, for example. Corel Draw allows the user to convert the color profile of an image in the document on the fly, from RGB to CMYK or vice versa. Does Designer have this feature? If you double-click on an image in Corel Draw, it will open in Corel Paint, allowing for quick image editing. However, it appears you can only open the whole document in Affinity Photo (when you have both, as I do). Am I missing something? In Corel Draw, you can use search or search and replace to find objects, colors, color profiles, font styles, as well as text. Very, very useful. These are very useful features. Any help with finding these features in Affinity Designer, if they are there, would be appreciated. I have moved from Windows to Mac, so Corel Draw is not a good option for me any longer.
  19. Not even arguing that point. However, much of the functionality must be similar, i.e., cropping, paste inside, adjusting transparency, etc. Text flowing around objects is a no-brainer and is a vital function for any serious drawing program.
  20. The issue is not that “Illustrator and CorelDraw are seasoned programs with many years of dev behind them.” The issue is that people who apparently represent the company on this thread have said that the failure to include these fundamental features is a deliberate choice. Again, in my view, to deliberate cripple a product to force users who need that functionality to buy another product — which does not yet exist — is a poor customer relations decision, and thus business decision, in my opinion. On the other hand, giving customers what they need to make money themselves both locks them into your eco-system AND assures them that your company is there to help them and knows the market it serves. You bring up cost. It would be disingenuous for Affinity to advocate the equivalent professional functionality of their products on the one hand and then complain that their financial model prevents them from achieving that functional equivalency. The bottom line is that these Affinity products are either professional grade, or they are not. People who need professional grade functionality are willing to pay for that functionality even if they don't like the business model, as evidenced by the ongoing prosperity of Adobe and the continued existence of Corel.
  21. Frankly, IMHO, it is crazy and denigrating to loyal users (I bought some Affinity products not because I needed them, but just to support the company) to deliberately cripple a product for the purpose of compelling users to buy a future product, that so far is vaporware. I wanted to move away from CorelDraw (because it is Windows only) and use Designer exclusively. The attitude of Affinity seems to be that Designer is just for drawing pretty pictures. However, some of us do real commercial work and use illustration programs to create text-heavy flyers, forms, and signage. The (apparently) deliberate failure of Affinity to provide basic text handling ability in Designer that is present in both Illustrator and CorelDraw, primarily the abilities to flow text around objects and to do automatic numbering and bulleting is, in my mind, inexcusable. Even more so when they do it from a naked profit motive (though I have nothing against profits :-)). This limited, but vital, text handling functionality would not stop users from buying Publisher (should it ever arrive). I hope Affinity gets a clue and changes this short-sighted strategy.
  22. whitewolf7070

    Affinity Publisher

    I used it from version 1.1, used it to build a media business, and made lots of $$$ with it :-). Never had the problem you mention. Once you understood that everything was in frames, you could just make frames and place anything anywhere. You could have multi-columns on the on underlying page or not. Text in one frame could flow around another frame, or even objects in the frame. It was pretty amazing. Loved the way it created captions and made Paragraph tagging a breeze. You could make style tags for frames, text, paragraphs, most anything and applying them was quick and intuitive. If I hadn't moved to Mac, I would still be using it. Still am tempted, but would have to install a virtual machine and buy Windows. Ventura should get a lot more credit than it does. I hear that it is still used quite a bit in Europe. (sigh)
  23. whitewolf7070

    Affinity Publisher

    Corel Ventura Publisher was an amazing program, far ahead of its time. Intuitive, powerful, full-featured. Sadly, PC only. Corel let it die. Not updated since 2002. So sad. Hope AP draws some inspiration from this once-great program.
  24. The "Flood Select Tool" (which is what the Tool Tip names it), does not work on an image until I rasterize it, even though it is already "rasterized" as an image. If I use the FST once, and then click off of it, I seem to have to "rasterize" the image AGAIN to get it to get the tool to work on the image. Why is this?
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