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  1. When I started AffPub up today (by dragging and dropping my file onto the application icon), text was very badly rendered (see screenshot below). This has happened before but does NOT occur every time. For example, later in the day I restarted AffPub exactly the same way (though after earlier mods to the document (simply adding text) and the text rendering was fine. Performance prefs unchanged from default. Am using a MBP Retina 15" (early 2013, 2.4Ghz) with 8gb RAM, High Sierra and AffPub 1.7.3.
  2. There are many occasions when one needs to introduce a multicolumn segment within text, or indeed a full blown table. This is currently (1.7.3) very badly supported. After pasting a table into the text, I'm left with no way to flow or wrap text around it, nor can I assign space above or below it. Am left with a dead paragraph. This is basic guys, and needs fixing with a high priority.
  3. PS Away for a week in Italy, and cannot respond until I return.
  4. 1. I was editing in detached mode. View/Text Flow is not very intuitive. A View/Text Frames option would be better, or perhaps making them visible following View/Guides. 2. Studio panels docked, where they obscure 'Finished.' 3. Noted that bug already acknowledged. 4. By clean I mean sharply defined plus quality of appearance generally. Something ain't quite right. Compare with InDesign, like for like, and I think you'd agree. 5. Thanks, though I do find the Transform panel a little odd sometimes. Looking in a 'Transform' panel for the exact size of a frame, for example, is not what I'd expect. 6. Thanks. Will seek out those discussions.
  5. Aff. Publisher 1.7.2, MacOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) Not really bugs but annoying deficiencies in user interface : 1. I can find no way to keep all frame boundaries visible, making it impossible to butt one against another. (No snap on here.) 2. After detaching a master page (via ctrl-click menu), the 'Finish' button is obscured by the studio. 3. I like the listing of matches following Find but when you highlight one in that list, it really should be highly in the text also. In fact, the first instance ought to be highlit there anyway. 4. The rendering of a page still doesn't look anything like as clean as it does in InDesign, somehow. 5. I can find no way to directly kill an instance of hyphenation. 6. InDesign's 'Composer' does a better job of formatting a paragraph. Not sure exactly what it does, but it seems to juggle tracking as it lays out a paragraph, and perhaps hyphenation. I can only match it in Publisher by applying different tracking to individual sentences and words. I do NOT mean to be negative here, just helping with aspiration. Over all, I'm happy with the job Publisher does and am moving over to it (despite CS5.5 working acceptably well on High Sierra). I don't feel the need to catalogue the things it does better than InDesign. The recent MacFormat review said enough. Well done guys, but please keep at it (especially Footnotes and IDML import).
  6. I need to pick up the font itself and left Font Size as No Change. It should then surely leave it unchanged, according to the context (inline text). This was never a problem with InDesign. Will remove Based On preference.
  7. No, I do not assign a paragraph style to part of one only. I assign a character style to part of a paragraph, already subject to a paragraph style. The second time I apply that character style, it retains the font size of the paragraph in the first application. See the example attached. Test.afpub
  8. MacOS 10.13.6, AffPub 1.7.1 I create a text style that adds underline, with all else "No Change". When I apply it to part of a paragraph, the character size from the previous application is adopted, not the size called for by the paragraph style applied. (Easy to demonstrate.) Would love to have "nested styles" from InDesign – makes stylish headings effortless. I'd place this second priority after adding automation supporting footnotes.
  9. Many thanks! I did not delete it, but simply shifted the image then regrouped text and picture frames and applied text wrap. All went fine. However, there is clearly a bug lurking in here, associated with layering and locking.
  10. Am unable to unlock two frames which somehow locked themselves. Cannot reproduce so far in new document. Here's how I got there : Document with text auto flowed through ~dozen pages, based on same master page. Created picture frame and text frame for caption. Placed image in picture frame, selecting no scaling. Grouped the two and set block to wrap text around one side. Image needed an offset to appear centrally aligned, so ungrouped, selected image in Layers and shifted it left a little. I then find both frames locked. Can unlock image but not its frame. Cannot unlock (tried menu option and lock/unlock icon in Layers panel). Without being able to unlock the two frames, I cannot even delete 'em and start again. Very grateful for any suggestions. Apologies if I've missed something. (Have trudged through bug reports.) MacOS 10.13.6 on MacBook Pro (late 2013) Programming_Period.afpub
  11. Have managed to apply the corrected master page, though with some considerable difficulty. Had to Apply Master to affected publication pages, which disconnected text flow. Had to reflow it. Still think that any change to a master page should automatically appear on all publication pages using it, and that there should be only one baseline grid per document, as in InDesign, though can see utility of using a different one per spread or section. Should be an attribute of just one of these at a time IMHO. Thanks again for the help.
  12. Ok, thanks. Now I have a different problem. On the publication page where the problem appeared, the text frame baseline grid sub-panel was inactive. So I looked on the Master Page concerned and found it active. Turned it off. Things looking much better there. Problem now is that none of the publication pages have updated. They still show the text frame baseline grid. Do I have to delete them all and create new ones? Rather negates the whole point of master pages if so. I am also foxed as to why allow distinct baseline grid in any text frame when surely the whole point is to align text between frames. Programming_Period.afpub
  13. I have been attempting to reproduce InDesign typesetting prior to migration. Latest problem is with the baseline grid. I hope we all agree there should be only one such grid in any single document. Publisher seems to create more than one and then misalign them, on each side of a spread. (MacOS 10.9.5 + Publisher 1.7.1) Having auto flowed text into my new document, I noticed misalignment at the base of the third page (RHS of first spread after a single page starting a chapter). I was then astonished to see a second baseline grid appear within the RHS text frame, misaligned with the document one. Screenshot attached. Have to say also that 1) it is far from clear to what entity the grid belongs (it appears as an optional attribute, with setup, to document and text frame), and 2) display is similarly confusing since it appears covering whole page when start from Top Margin is selected. I'm afraid this is damning. It renders the package unusable for the typesetting of any book. If it is down to an older version of operating system then fine, but please don't claim to support it. I cannot upgrade the system, losing InDesign, unless I know issues like this, and the other two I've posted (failure of Insert Section Name, odd behaviour of tab) are resolved in the later version. You guys at Infinity should know there's a lot of people looking over our shoulders out here, as early adopters. Speedy resolution at least of the fatal flaws will make a huge difference to take up. Affinity_Baseline_Grid_Problem.tiff
  14. Thanks Murfee for confirmation. I set the section names first - just redid the exercise making certain I did so, hitting return each time after typing the name. Did look in publication pages, with no joy.
  15. Just tried this (Expand Field) and still no joy. Definitely does not work on my configuration (MacOS 10.9.5). Anyone else out there with same setup? Many thanks for your time and help.
  16. I inserted the filler text (into the master page main text frames) just this once, not on previous occasions. Did not try to insert field into this text, but into the (master) header frame on RHS. With the frame text tool and text centred, I first typed "centre" then TAB then attempted to insert Section Name. Two curious things happen : first, after hitting TAB, the typed text leaps to the LHS; second, while no Section Name appears, the cursor is displaced (about an em) as though something is there but not displayed. Only want Insert to insert a 'field', with default options. As I mentioned before, I suspect it is the ageing (six whole years old!) Mac OS version.
  17. Fore colour for text set at default black, as seen on typed text. Have attached here a new document contrived in a couple of minutes that exhibits the failure, on my machine at least. Many thanks to you both. Failure.afpub
  18. Thanks for this, but afraid it's definitely a Master Page I'm using for the text frame in which to insert Section Name. Have taken care to add an extra section and to name both. No joy. Have looked on publication pages in both sections but found no trace of any section name applied. Rather suspect it's the ancient (six years old?) Mac OS I'm using (10.9.5), though am hard pushed to believe it's the bluetooth trackpad.
  19. Interesting. Will try this with a new document, but problem originally emerged in a document with many pages, frames and much text. Thanks again.
  20. Yes. Frame Text tool selected, with cursor in text frame and able to type text directly. Can recreate after choosing File/New and then the single Master Page thus renderers. I then choose Frame Text tool and make a new frame at top. View/Studio/Fields then dbl-click on 'Name:' under Document Sections in Fields panel. (Also tried dbl-click on '<Section Name>'). Admittedly, only the default Section 1 exists but have also tried creating two more sections, with three pages each. No difference. Dbl-click on Page Number also fails. Section Name does not appear in menu option Text/Insert/Fields. Page Number does exist there and works. Only other 'strange' thing am doing, other than staying with Mac OS 10.9.5 for now, is using a Bluetooth Apple Trackpad. Many thanks for responding. Sorry for delay.
  21. Publisher 1.7.1 on MacOS 10.9.5. Apple TrackPad. No joy with new or old document. Follow exact procedure portrayed in Sections Tutorial : dbl-click on Field name in Fields panel. No options shown in Text/Insert/Fields menu other than page, next frame and previous frame number. Must also add that for book production, hierarchical sections are very highly desirable, allowing display of both chapter and section title in header. Rank almost as highly as need for foot/endnotes.
  22. Am a beginner with Aff Publisher and preparing to move a book over from InDesign. Cannot find any replacement for InDesign's ability to compile a book from multiple chapter documents. Therefore no page/chapter numbering continuity. (Please do tell me if I've missed something.) So I move on to attempt creation of suitable master pages… In Document Setup, I choose 'Facing' pages and "Start On Right", and in Spread Setup 45p x 55p6 (DemiOctavo) and margins 4p6, 6p9, i.e. smaller inner than outer. I then setup a "Chapter Body" Master Page with guides to suit. It's when I try to add a master for a chapter start page that things go dicky. I select page (not facing) and then have to swap the left and right margins, so that the narrow margin lies to the left (i.e. inside edge). I'm then presented with a page with these margins inverted, i.e. wide on left. I then notice that page 1 in the content (not masters) section also has these margins inverted (wide on the left/inside edge). I can find no way to correct this. Hate to tell you but this is all about as standard an expectation as it gets, when it comes to books. Yet I'm stuck! Help!
  23. Like all technical writers, I must have a way to include mathematics – your chance to improve on ID! Ideally, this would mean typesetting from LateX source but inclusion of PDF/postscript insertions inline is all I get with ID CS3. Some integration with MathType would be great. Whatever, you need to be very clear right now what kind of support you offer. I have a diminishing list of requirements to move over from ID. This is topmost.
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