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  1. Issue: In my Affinity Publisher documents, I tend to use the same text styles. When copying and pasting text between the documents, the styles get duplicated with a number added at the end. This happens even if the styles are identical. Example: ^ These are all the same style which have been duplicated when copy & pasting between documents. Solution: When copying and pasting between a document, Affinity should ask the user how handle duplicate styles rather than just numbering them. Here is an example of how it could work: This dialogue box would pop up whenever copying and pasting text in situations where Affinity would currently just duplicate the style. This dialogue box would be optional, activated first via an option in preferences, so users who like the current handling of style can choose not to activate the option. Explanation of options: Merge Styles - Keep incoming definition This option will cause the two styles to be merged. All values will follow the source document. Merge Styles - Keep local definition This option will cause the two styles to be merged. All values will follow the local document. Create new style - This will create a new style (which is how Affinity currently handles it by duplicating the style and adding a number to the name). Additional options: Clear Overrides - Any differences between the local and incoming style will be discarded. Keep Overrides - Any differences between the local and incoming style will be kept as overrides. Save Overrides as character style - The differences can be saved as a character style. Example: I have "Document A" which has text that has a style called "English translation". This is just Helvetica, bold text 12pt. I copy and paste this text into "Document B" that already has a style called "English translation". If I select "Merge Styles/incoming" then the style from Document A will be used. If I click clear overrides, then any differences between the text in document A&B will be lost. Who would this be useful for: This would be useful for users who regularly copy and paste text between Publisher documents. History This feature request is actually something I requested back in 2019 for Affinity 1. I am making a new request, because the issue still plagues Affinity 2 and it's super, super annoying. It still happens even when the source and destination have the same style sheet with the same style definitions. I literally spend 20% of my time using Affinity wrangling with styles. Grr! As a workaround, you can copy and paste into a new document, go to the text styles menu and then select "Detach and Delete all styles". And then, from there, you can copy and paste into the destination document. You can then re-apply the styles in the destination document. (If you are on a Mac, you can use Keyboard Maestro to copy and paste your text without formatting, thus saving the step of pasting into a new document). But even with this work around, it's a still a time waste! I appreciate that development of new features is complicated, so I just hope things work out to make having a solution viable one day, hopefully sooner than later.
  2. +1 for this feature. It is a super timer saver and helps greatly with efficient work flows, so I hope it can be added one day.
  3. Aah I see. Out of interest to continue doing this, what's the best way. Should I just duplicate the file in the Finder and then import the copy? Or should I just export the file as a PDF and import the PDF? I'd prefer to duplicate a copy, because it's quicker than waiting for PDF to render out. But I am not sure if I am creating troubles for myself down the line.
  4. Prior to Affinity Publisher 2.2, you could import a Publisher document into itself. This was super handy for making things like covers for a series of book, where the back of the book shows thumbnails of the other books in the series. You could put all the book covers into a single Affinity Publisher file and have them share master pages to ensure consistency between the different covers. Then when finished designing, you could import the file into itself and use it to display thumbnails of the different covers on the back page of each cover. Then, if you later made any changes to the book covers, these thumbnails would be instantly update. However, since 2.2, if you important a document into itself you get an error warning saying “Recursive Resource” and this action is cancelled. The workaround is to make a copy of the publisher file and import the copy. But it's not as an efficient work flow, as you have to remember to make a copy each time any changes are made to the main document. It would be nice if the ability to import a document into itself was restored.
  5. In other DTP programs, if you paste a list into a table, then every entry in the list will appear as a separate row on the table. Is there any way to do this in Affinity Publisher? When the whole list is just pasted into the first cell. By a list, I mean something that has line breaks. For example: Andalusia Andes Argentina Bolivia Brazil Canary Islands Caribbean Catalonia
  6. In Affinity Publisher, you can have a text frame split across a spread (i.e. so there's a text frame on the left side page that is linked to the right side page). Is there any way to insert a table in the text frame, so it will be split across the spread. Or any other way to make a table split across a spread? I've got a table that won't fit on one page, so it needs to go across the two pages of the spread. But I don’t want to create two separate tables, because if I make changes on the first table, then the excess rows on the first page won't automatically transfer to the first.
  7. Anyone know how to use the LUT filter? When you click on "Load Lut" or "infer Lut" it asks for a file. According to the Affinity help, this file has to be in *.3dl, *.csp, *.cube, or *.look format. But how do I create one of these files from my source image. I really just want to have one image match the colors of another (like the opening poster wanted to do with the prawn images). So if there is an easier way to do it, that would be helpful too! Thanks in advance. EDIT: So it looks like you have to open your source image and then create file > Export LUT. But I am not sure how to apply those colours to the target image when you use a LUT filter. Any ideas? Thanks!
  8. THE ISSUE: I frequently import one Publisher Document into another Publisher. It's super handy when you have content reused between several Publisher documents. Since the release of Affinity Publisher 1.10, these linked documents sometimes get displayed as blank pages. There doesn't seem to be any consistency to when this happens. In the previous beta of Affinity Publisher 2.1 the issue was fixed (I think the previous beta was 1732, but I might be wrong). However, in beta 1769, the issue has returned! HISTORY: This is the thread covering the issue in the initial release of Affinity Publisher 2. That thread contains sample files, plus images of how the sample files should properly look (It’s important to review the images, because some content renders, so it is easy to mistake it as everything working properly even when it’s not). Sample files are in this post of the thread. Images of how the files look are in this post of the thread. Video of the issue are in this post of the thread. This is the thread covering the issue in Affinity Publisher 1.10 which is when the problem first occurred.
  9. @Pauls @Dan C This issue seemed to have been fixed in the 1732 beta. But I just tested 1769 beta and the issue is back! Should I raise a bug report in the beta forum? Thanks in advance!
  10. There are a lot of AI based tools that let you create an image via text prompts. E.g. You type a horse jumping over the moon, and the AI generates that image, and you can enter more words to fine tune it. However, these tools are either not properly licensed for commercial usage. Or they require a monthly subscription. It would be neat if Affinity had an AI image creator, which could generate images suitable for commercial usage or would not require a monthly subscription. If this was too cost prohibitive (e.g. due to the AI server costs involved), perhaps a credit system could be used. E.g. You can buy a pack of 100 credits for £100. Each credit allows you to generate one image. The credits last forever (so there's no monthly-subscription involved), but once used up, another pack of credits have to be purchased.
  11. In Publisher, you can use tracking to adjust the space that appears after a character. And this can be saved to a character style sheet. Is there any way you can put space before a character via the character style sheet? Here is my use case: I am making a quiz type publication where users have to enter information (via ink pen) to complete the text. E.g. The publication looks like this. Then after the user fills it in, it would be: The space after the lines is correct, I'd just like to insert more space before the lines so it looks more balanced. The reason I'd like to do it via the character style is because of my work flow. The lines where the user writes is actually a font, which has all the numbers as lines (i.e. so the lines in the image are actually entered as the number '4' in the text). The same publication is made as a PDF where the lines are replaced with the actual numbers. I do this by swapping the typeface in the character style sheet, which causes the numbers to appear in place of the lines. I know I can just enter a space before the lines, but then when it's converted to PDF, I'd have to go back and remove all the extra spaces. That's why I am looking for a character style sheet solution to insert more space, as that way the same document can be exported to different formats with the alterations only being made at a global level to the character style sheets.
  12. @Pauls I've since tested this on both Windows 10, Windows 11, MacOS Monterey and MacOS Ventura and it's the same issue every time. I think when you say that you are not seeing the issue, the files are only partially rendering. Please could you open the files on your system and compare them to the screenshots I have posted in the post above this one. I'd love to get this issue logged so it can be addressed in future versions of Affinity. Up to Affinity 1.10 it worked all fine. Since then my work flow has been destroyed, so I'd love to get it sorted!
  13. @Pauls I just tested on Windows and it's the same problem. Just to clarify, it's only the linked content that doesn't appear. All other (non-linked) content appears fine. So the pages partially render. I wonder if maybe you are seeing the partial renders and assuming it is working? To help, I have made some slides that show how the pages render in Windows/Mac on Publisher 2.0.3 (where they appear incomplete) with a comparison of how they should look: Please could you open your copy of the file (which is named "Main file.afpub") and check it against the slides below to check that it is rendering correctly for you. Example 1: Document page 1 ISSUE: As you can see, the author box and copyright text (both of which comes from the linked file) does not render. Example 2: Document Page 4 ISSUE: As you can see, the text in the margin (which comes from the linked file) does not render. Example 3: Document page 8 ISSUE: The box at the bottom (which comes from the linked file) does not render. Example 4: Document page 9 ISSUE: The boxes and vertical text on the right hand side (all which come from the linked file) are not rendered. Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
  14. @Pauls I am using a MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) model running MacOS 12.6.2. I actually did a clean reinstall before testing. I've made a video that demonstrates the issue. The page only partly renders even when it is left on screen for several seconds (the correct rendering is displayed at the end). As you are not seeing the issue, please let me know if there are any next-steps I can take. I would love to get this issue sorted as it's destroyed my workflow. Thanks for taking the time to look at this, and thanks in advance for any further help you can provide.
  15. @Pauls This is still an issue in Affinity 2.0.3. Please advise if you need to supply any more material to help reproduce it. PS, Happy New Year!
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