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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from CLC in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Yep. I think the main problem is that the programmers are not end users. They give us what they think we need, not what we really need. Or, they burn the midnight oil to copy some arcane Adobe feature that almost no one uses in real life. Then, they don't listen to their users when we users tell them what we need/want. So, in a way, Adobe is still setting the standard. Look at Publisher, all ready to be an InDesign killer and what do they do? They leave out a fundamental, everyday feature like span columns. People immediately pointed it out, then complained. Nothing has been done. So, now Publisher sits, languishing and unused, in my dock while I still do my regular, money-making work with InDesign. Sad.
    Apple was doing the same thing with its MacBook Pros, designing for engineers rather than end-users. They finally started taking end-user comments/suggestions/complaints seriously and the result was the brilliant and praised 16" MacBook Pro. Let's hope Affinity follows Apple's example. 
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from vkasper in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Yep. I think the main problem is that the programmers are not end users. They give us what they think we need, not what we really need. Or, they burn the midnight oil to copy some arcane Adobe feature that almost no one uses in real life. Then, they don't listen to their users when we users tell them what we need/want. So, in a way, Adobe is still setting the standard. Look at Publisher, all ready to be an InDesign killer and what do they do? They leave out a fundamental, everyday feature like span columns. People immediately pointed it out, then complained. Nothing has been done. So, now Publisher sits, languishing and unused, in my dock while I still do my regular, money-making work with InDesign. Sad.
    Apple was doing the same thing with its MacBook Pros, designing for engineers rather than end-users. They finally started taking end-user comments/suggestions/complaints seriously and the result was the brilliant and praised 16" MacBook Pro. Let's hope Affinity follows Apple's example. 
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from PhilThis in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Yep. I think the main problem is that the programmers are not end users. They give us what they think we need, not what we really need. Or, they burn the midnight oil to copy some arcane Adobe feature that almost no one uses in real life. Then, they don't listen to their users when we users tell them what we need/want. So, in a way, Adobe is still setting the standard. Look at Publisher, all ready to be an InDesign killer and what do they do? They leave out a fundamental, everyday feature like span columns. People immediately pointed it out, then complained. Nothing has been done. So, now Publisher sits, languishing and unused, in my dock while I still do my regular, money-making work with InDesign. Sad.
    Apple was doing the same thing with its MacBook Pros, designing for engineers rather than end-users. They finally started taking end-user comments/suggestions/complaints seriously and the result was the brilliant and praised 16" MacBook Pro. Let's hope Affinity follows Apple's example. 
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to PhilThis in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Why is this still not a feature? Logo and type designers need this. It's basic. Using a tool like this is even a trend in vintage type and logo design right now.
    Does Serif need more $? Engineers? Programmers? Rocket Scientist? I mean, what does it take?
    There are 4 pages of request and complaining here for this tool/feature from 4 years ago!
    Hate the fact that I have to go back to Illustrator to use a tool like this.
    I used to look at the Apple logo and think "okay, I got that figured out, anything else is my fault." Now I open up a Serif app and think, "It's so beautiful and fast. But why are they crippling designers and their software with so many missing key tools and features."
    This is basic Serif, B A S I C.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to DrainSmith in Span Columns   
    Yes, please. Same as @Korlall I need this feature before I can switch over entirely.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Korlall in Span Columns   
    Column span is the only thing preventing me to switch from InDesign to Publisher. I would really appreciate that feature.

    Thank you
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to jjk in Span Columns   
    I am exactly in the case of Adriandw.
    I just tried v180 beta, and opened some idml I had created under ID. It works rather well, but I was very disappointed to see that spanned columns (in ID) are not yet spanned (in APub), even in v1.8.
    I am afraid to have to wait v2 and then to pay v2 to have that feature absolutely essential for any professional publisher, even for non-profits organisations.
    So, please, add span column feature in v 1.x
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from CLC in Span Columns   
    Has Span Columns been added yet? It is a BASIC feature without which AP is not useable. 
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to fde101 in Span Columns   
    For a publishing program, I agree.  The "Stock photo integration" however was more important than span/split columns for Photo (though I personally never use it even there), and has been in Photo for a few releases now, so it was probably low-hanging fruit to copy that feature over to Publisher, while spanning and splitting would require a fair bit more development time.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Adriandw in Span Columns   
    I produce publications for three non-profits - I’m using a copy of InDesign which I purchased as a component of CS6 several years ago - neither I nor the non-profits could justify the monthly charges for the latest InDesign. I’d love to switch them all to Affinity Publisher but without Span Columns (and cross-references for longer documents) it wouldn't be a complete solution and therefore I’ll hold off persuading them to adopt it (although I have purchased my own copy).
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to MacGizmo in Span Columns   
    While I don't think Span Columns and Split Columns missing from APub is as "crippling" as some users state, it is inconvenient enough for me that I can't justify investing the time and money to learn the app, to begin with.
    I don't expect a full InDesign replacement on day 1, but Span and Split columns is a hell of a lot more important than the Stock photo integration.
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from MacGizmo in 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. 
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from Adriandw in 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. 
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to captain_slocum in Span Columns   
    Now I have had time to play with the final release of AP, I am very impressed with how good it is, but there are still two deal breakers in it that need fixing before I can recommend it to the various not for profit organisations I advise. The first is the one discussed here, which I posted about in June - spanning columns. This is not a luxury as some one has suggested, but a massive time saver and aid to good layout. (The second is tables not flowing onto other pages, an even worse oversight).
    I am hopeful that both these will be in future releases as there is some evidence that Affinity do listen, as long as we make our cases strongly and professionally enough. For instance, I, along with many others, bemoaned the fact that the earlier Betas did not allow images and tables to flow with the text. We were told by a staff member this was not on the road map and unlikely to happen, but there it is in the final product (or something very like it, pinning)
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Zaglbauer in Span Columns   
    Yes, span columns is definitely a must-have. I remember when this feature was introduced in InDesign and how very much easier it made life of a layouter.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Adriandw in Span Columns   
    @fde101, I'm with @whitewolf7070 and @captain_slocumon this one.
    On a multi-page two-column layout where you have sections that might or might not span pages depending on subsequent content, none of the suggestions above is a practical workaround.
    Ideally you'd be using a master layout with a two-column text frame,  with the frames linked from page to page.
    But without the ability for a heading to span columns, you have to split the text frame at the point where you'd want a heading spanning columns. So you'd be forever tweaking the point of split as you add or rearrange content.
    It's perfectly reasonable to discuss the relative priorities of features that we would like to see added to Publisher, but I haven't yet seen a workable alternative to span columns.
     
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Adriandw in Span Columns   
    I'm loving AFPub but ...
    Pinning should be a really great added function when I have a diagram or image that needs to stay with the associated text when I add or delete chunks of text above it.
    But I don't think it will help with my span column problem. 
    Last year I produced a 12 page two column leaflet using Adobe, with a 2-column master page layout.
    On a major heading, I would set the span column option to All.
    All the text up to that point would be reflowed across to balance columns above the heading.
    Then the text following the heading would resume the two-column format below the heading. See image.
    I wouldn't have to break text boxes or do anything tricky, and if I added or deleted chunks of text, I wouldn't have to resize text frames.
    There doesn't seem to be a straightforward way to do this in AFPub yet, especially when using two-column master pages. 
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to captain_slocum in Span Columns   
    A bit too late now I suppose, but I think span columns is actually a deal breaker for most people. I have two days to produce a 48 page magazine every month and with out span columns I couldn't do it, or certainly couldn't do in a sensible time or accurately. Like most layout people who use two or three columns in their work, the ability to add pull quotes, span a headline and centre it, etc, and have all the text before and after play nicely, is vital. I have pre-ordered Publisher because it is not much money and hopefully they will realise how important span columns is one day. As someone else in this thread said, if they don't think it important, they have not done much serious layout work in the real world. So I will have to stay with InDesign for now. But I hope AP comes up to scratch one day as it would be great to collaborate with many of our volunteers who cannot afford an Adobe sub.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Adriandw in Span Columns   
    +1 to that.
    I'm on InDesign CS6 (the last version you could purchase), but it's a 32-bit app on the Mac so won't run under the newly announced Catalina Mac OS 10.15.
    I've also pre-ordered Publisher, but I'll need to keep an external hard drive with Mojave to boot from and run InDesign CS6 when I need to span columns. 
    I hope Publisher sells well enough to justify adding that feature. It would be good, once Publisher has shipped, if Affinity could share its roadmap of features it hoped to add in future release.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to firstdefence in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    Not sure what's going off here but Corel for Mac has Sensual brush strokes  all they need now is some Barry White voiceover tips  a glass of wine and you're set for a very nice evening of arty love.

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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Joel_Cory in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    I'd like to chime in as well. Over the 20 years I've been a designer I've used CorelDraw, Freehand, Illustrator, and recently switched to trying out Affinity Designer. I was actually a little shocked when I discovered that AD didn't have this rudimentary vector manipulation tool... As I stated, all these tools had this capability and this was 20 years ago.
    I never even checked the specs before I purchased... because what vector illustration tool product would ever ship without it? It was inconceivable.

    Please make a concerted effort to build this capability into your application, it's a crippling omission.
    Basic logo work is severely hampered, and has forced me to go back to Illustrator CS2 (released in April, 2005 - 14 years ago...) to continue my design work that I had purchased AD to do.
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    whitewolf7070 reacted to Kiarian in How do I warp text in Affinity Designer?   
    - What he said. Again, please Affinity, can you include an extensive vector text manipulation tool? It's too far gone now to want a basic one. I can only hope you're working on a full bells and whistles one with the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure as I speak.
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from Fixx in 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. 
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from Adriandw in 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.
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    whitewolf7070 got a reaction from dominik in 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. 
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