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  1. Thanks Guys. In InDesign I had set up dozens of presets for these sort of things years ago and sort of forgot how it all worked. With no presets in APublisher I have to do it all from scratch again. I must RTFM!
  2. Today I was proof reading a magazine I edit and came across lots of the use of a.m. and p.m. The magazine's style book says this must be am and pm. But when I type a.m. into the find box and am into the replace box, it finds everyhing that is a space m, so eg, a member, a market, etc. Can someone help me with the correct way of searching and replacing when the full stops must be included? Many thanks
  3. Interesting work-around Stillstanding. In fact my copy is usually sent to me as Word tables, but I had never thought of formatting it in Word and saving it as a PDF before importing. I shall give it a try.
  4. I agree that the implementation of tables is good, but one of the three reasons I can't leave InDesign yet is that the tables don't flow. I have written about this many times elsewhere for many months but never get an acknowledgement that it is even being considered. If the editor of one of my monthly magazines sends in an amendment needing me to add a row near the front of a table (usually a calendar or a list of contacts, sometimes a long list of parts), then I would have to completely redo all the table boxes on subsequent pages. Apart from the obvious time factor, it is going to lead to mistakes. (BTW, if you were wondering, the other 2 reasons I can't leave InDesign yet is the lack of custom presets for Find and Replace, and the lack of the ability to span a para across two or more columns. In ID those features save me countless hours every month.) I am really surprised at what seems to be a lack of faith by the Affinity people in their own product. At the moment APub is only fit for professionals to use if you only produce leaflets and short documents (which it does very well). But add flowing tables and custom FandR presets, and suddenly it can be used for documents and books and specialist catalogues and technical manuals of any length and complexity. Please take this criticism in the kindly way it is meant, from a professional who very badly wants to see you succeed with APub. It is a fine product and I salute you, but it's not quite there yet.
  5. Sorry to keep banging on about this - which I have been doing ever since the first beta, see many posts - but I was so disappointed these two were not in latest update. Perhaps if I give you a hard example of what I have to do on a regular basis in my job producing magazines, the people at Affinity - who I have the utmost respect for - will see why it is impossible for me to give up InDesign for Publisher. To take just one community magazine I produce, typically 48pp A5. Tables: Every month there will be service timetables for 3 churches. There is also a calendar of local events (a bit thin at the moment! But normally running to 3 pages). The information is supplied as tables. The tables import easily into InDesign and of course will flow from one page to another. Impossible in AF Publisher. Even if I could spare the time to break the table into two and paste the second half into a different frame if (when!) the editor requests extra rows, I would have to do it all over again. Columns: About half the articles are in two columns. They look like this: A centred heading spanning both columns followed by some text in two columns for that section; a sub heading for the next section centred across both columns followed by some text in two columns for that section; and so on. Very easy in InDesign using the Span All command. Impossible, in any practical sense, in AF Publisher. I would love to ditch InDesign, but alas, AF Publisher is not up to it yet. If only the designers had asked real world publishers like me right from the beginning what was essential.
  6. A fix type update just released but no new features. Do you have a road map you could publish? You have added a lot of features that we professional users were requesting back in the beta days, but at the moment the only thing that stops me rolling AP to everyone in my group so we can finally drop Adobe suite is we are still missing a). tables flowing across text boxes on to other pages and b). individual paragraphs spreading across all columns in a two or three column layout. To show you my good faith, I have just completed a 48 page magazine using AP, a monthly magazine I usually produce with InDesign. What made it ridiculously difficult was not just the extra time it took (12 hours as opposed to 3 - although I accept some of that would have been a lack of familiarity with AP) but the fact that 1). I could not rely on not having missed out table rows where columns carried over to the next page, and 2). having to re jig a lot of the magazine when a late article was added near the front. I have written extensively about this since the beta days, but it seems your designers are still not listening to the pros. Now of course, if that is not your market, fine, your decision. But please put us out of our misery by publishing a road map so we can see if it is worth carrying on hoping .
  7. I cannot import any IDML files. Publisher crashes immediately every time, whether through Open or drag and drop. I have Publisher 1.8.1, MacOS 10.15.2, InDesign 15.0.1, and I saved the InDesign file as an IDML file (InDesign CS4 or later (IDML). Example IDML file attached (which opens perfectly in InDesign). March 2020.idml
  8. In AP, If I cut out a background using the lasso tool to make it transparent then export it as a PNG, it preserves the transparency but puts a fine line around the cut out path when I paste it into InDesign (the latest version). See attachment. I have tried merge down, merge visible and several different ways to export as a PNG but alway with the same result. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? If I export as a PSD file it does not display the same problem. Also, it works properly as a PNG if placed in Photoshop, AF or AD but it does not display properly in Illustrator.
  9. Thanks Walt. I was going to the regular website and logging in there where it doesn't give you the Download and Products key option. I must remember in future to Google Affinity Store, not just Affinity.
  10. I have looked everywhere on the forums and in the help but cannot find an answer to this simple question. How do I install on my second computer, a laptop? I have A designer and A photo on my laptop as well as the desktop because I bought them from the apple store but I bought A publisher direct from Affinity while it was on introductory offer. Now when I go to try to download it for my laptop it only gives me the option to buy again. Q1. How to download to laptop Q2. How to convert my online version to the Apple store version without paying for it again.
  11. I would just like to add my request for tables to flow across text boxes on to other pages. Quite essential. I have every confidence that Affinity listen to people like me who use InDesign everyday in the real world and would love to be free of Adobe. With the final release they are so close - but flowing tables and spanning columns are two roadblocks for me at the moment.
  12. 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)
  13. I frequently produce A5 booklets of 40 to 48 pages that are printed on A4 paper using InDesign and I find that even that mature programme is not capable of producing booklets properly. The only solution I have found is to use a programme called Create Booklet. This takes a PDF and paginates it correctly so it will print as a booklet. A brilliantly simple but powerful little gem (I am in no way connected to the company). I tried it out yesterday with Affinity Publisher and it works very well. When exporting from AP, make sure in the export dialogue you select PDF - PDF/X-4 - All Pages. And of course, set up your page size as a custom size of 148.5mm x 210mm (A5 is NOT half of A4 remember). I hope that will help anyone trying to create A5 booklets printed on A4 paper.
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