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  1. Interesting that it worked once. I haven't been able to get it to work at all. But then I'm still on v.1.8.3 (Windows). Maybe this changed a bit in the newer version. I can imagine someone not wanting the change to be global at times. Providing a choice in Preferences would certainly be a best-of-both-worlds solution.
  2. Another up-vote for this feature, which could be a huge time-saver fortext-heavy projects . This isn't a workaround to be thrilled about, but it seems to work and if there's a lot of format-copying and -pasting to be done, I might use it in the future. First, style the text to be copied/pasted as need be (within Publisher). Copy the text needing additional styling changes to the clipboard. Paste it into a Word or Word-like program (I use TextMaker). Do the copying and pasting of the formatting there. I assigned those editor features to Shift+Control+C and Shift+Control+V so that the operations would be similar to those in other programs I use (Capture One, for example—same keystrokes for copy and paste image adjustments). Copy the styled text in the editor to the clipboard. Paste it back into the Publisher document. My test of the idea is only brief for now but it appears to work, and without introducing junk into the Publisher document that I don't want there. The other text styling is preserved and the Publisher text style names aren't altered in any way after the updated text is pasted into the Publisher document. It certainly isn't as fast as a dedicated command within Publisher would be, no question.
  3. Thanks very much. I hope they'll consider it as an option. I thought about posting it as a feature request, but easily half the time something that doesn't seem to exist or doesn't seem to work turns out to be some newbie-level error I've made.
  4. Several times I've tried to set the ruler's "zero" position (spread origin) away from the default location and have the change apply to the entire publication. But the change seems to apply only to the page where it was made. I tried it on a master page, thinking the change might be "inherited" by all document pages based on the particular master page. That didn't work. Is there a way to set the spread origin position globally so that the "zero" position is set for all pages or spreads—until you reset it manually?
  5. Perhaps we will find this has changed in version 1.8.5?
  6. I have run across this same problem. I'm using version 1.8.3 for Windows. Alt+Shift+V does paste the layer effect, but it does not duplicate the settings as expected. I don't know how the program is making its decision about which slider values to transfer. For example, I select "copy" for an object whose Outside Shadow effect slider settings are (top to bottom): 21%, 43.2px, 36.4px, 0% When I attempt to paste the layer effect to another object, the slider settings (again, top to bottom) are: 21%, 16.8px, 14.2px, 0% At first I thought this must be happening because the source object's layer effect had the 'scale with object' check-box selected. But when I un-checked the box and tried again, I got the same result. It might be a feature and not a bug, but if it's a feature I'm at pains to know why I'd want to use it—I'll end up having to open the dialog and adjust all the settings anyway, just as if I were adding the effect entirely from scratch. No time-savings there.
  7. A while back I referred to this in passing in a thread here — I kept finding that my custom tool panel (Character + Paragraph + Text Frame + Transform) would vanish unexpectedly. I'd have to reassemble the custom panel all over again. But it wasn't a bug after all — they didn't "just vanish." I use Alt+F4 to exit Affinity Publisher. But it turns out the program has been using the keystrokes to close the front-most window, which always seems to be that custom tool panel. Using the keyboard shortcuts feature to bind Alt+F4 explicitly to the Exit command has fixed this. Alt+F4 no longer affects the custom tool panel.
  8. A recent video about removing backgrounds points out a web-based technology that would be outstanding if it could be licensed by and incorporated into Affinity Photo or available as a plug-in. The video link is below (screen shot is from the video). It would be very, very useful for images with complex foregrounds. https://youtu.be/_N5EIn90bWw
  9. That handle is also a property of picture frames and I've since gotten it to appear. When it is not present: • Moving the handles of the picture frame resizes the frame AND its contents. When it is present and you work with a handle that is not the "outside" handle at the lower right: • Moving a handle changes the size of the picture frame and can possibly crop the image—and does not resize the image itself. When it is present and you work with the handle at the lower right—the one outside the other handles: • This resizes the frame AND its contents and no cropping occurs. I got the "missing" handle to appear in one of two ways: 1. Make the tiniest possible adjustment to the image's size using the picture frame's size slider. Or, 2. Select the image itself (not the frame) within the layers panel and "nudge" the image (not the frame) by some tiny amount using one of the arrow keys. Following either of those, the next time you select the picture frame, that outermost lower-right additional handle now appears. The curious thing is why that outermost handle at the lower right did not appear immediately after the image was added to the frame.
  10. As I'm still unable to add screen shots to forum posts I have to do this as a link to an image on Google Drive. I hope it works. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aABcWxnxTHtgUFO7z6o-MmPuWg9LbsOK/view?usp=sharing That screen shot shows the aftermath of the following steps: With an image in the clipboard (a screen shot): 1. Draw a frame with the Picture Frame tool. 2. With the frame selected, right-click and select Paste as Content The screen shot now appears within the picture frame. But there's something missing. There should be a second outer handle at the lower-right of the frame. But there isn't. When that kind of additional handle is showing, moving the picture frame handles can crop the image, though moving the outer handle at the lower right will resize frame and image together without cropping. Have I omitted some required step? What became of that outer handle?
  11. I have found "Lock Children" useful but hard to reach. I haven't found it in any menus yet. So far the only access I've found is to click a very tiny icon at the extreme upper right of the Publisher window, drop down a small menu, and select Lock Children. This involves hitting tiny icons or UI elements with the mouse, which is not what I'd call the most user-friendly thing ever. Then, do the same if you need to toggle the setting off again. With this apparently not being anywhere in the keyboard shortcuts dialog, there's no way to assign a keystroke to the command that I know of. But is there some easier way to get to the command? Maybe I've just missed something obvious. If not—publisher developers: Could this check-box not be available at least in the Frame Properties dialog? Or be a menu item in its own right when you right-click a frame? Or be part of the Frame Properties fly-out menu when you right-click a frame?
  12. Following up another thread in which I wrote about having trouble putting a simple rule (stroke) around a rectangular object of type "pixel." The controls for adding a rule work with an object of type "image," but don't work with one of type "pixel". The convert-to-picture-frame menu item is inaccessible when you right-click a pixel object. By accident I discovered an odd workaround: If you select the vector crop tool and crop the pixel object by even some imperceptible amount on one side, suddenly the convert-to-picture-frame menu item does become accessible. Which of these features are by design? Might any of them be bugs? 1. Can't draw a rule (stroke) around a pixel object* 2. Can't convert a pixel object to a picture frame—not immediately. BUT: 3. Slight crop with the vector crop tool enables converting the pixel object to a picture frame * It can be done with the Outline layer effect, but that dialog does not permit enabling square corners (it supports only rounded ones) as far as I know.
  13. Well. Interesting. More futzing-around with this and I find... a pixel object (I'm working only in Publisher right now) cannot be converted to a picture frame. But select the Vector Crop tool and make the tiniest crop—and for some reason the pixel object now can be converted to a picture frame. Completely accidental discovery. Feature? Bug? Don't know. Anyway, the if-it's-a-bug-I-don't-mind-it-at-all feature enabled the following: 1. Paste the two image objects into the page. 2. Align them as need be. 3. Group them. Ensure the group is selected. 4. Right-click the group and select Rasterize. The group is now a single pixel object. 5. Select the Vector Crop tool; crop as need be. NOW the object can be converted to a picture frame and NOW a stroke can be added to create a rule around it in the conventional fashion. I wonder why that happens with the Vector Crop tool. It'd be nice to be able to tweak it numerically when need be (if you needed only the tiniest amount of cropping—hard to do with the mouse).
  14. I'm finding that an image object can be given a stroke without a conversion to curves being needed. And yes, then the corner shape can be controlled.
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