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  1. Was waiting for some of the Quark users to chime in...I use both BUT when I started using Quark--unlike most of the experienced designers on this board--I was ALREADY knee-deep in InDesign. Was working for a corporate client who was a government contractor and refused to take anything we were doing unless it was in Quark for the Mac. No big deal...we were already on Macs, but we were using PM at first and, later, ID. Point is, I remember the first time painfully importing a Word document into Quark...and it would always drop the last line of text. Finally found out that the way to defeat this was to convert the document to either rtf (which didn't work all of the time) or .txt (which did work all of the time). Later found out that Quark did this under the guise of best practices because of all of the extra garbage in the Word files. I know it's not ideal but, unless there's a control in the import to strip/convert the Word styles and whatever else is in there, I've found over time that it is indeed better to strip out the garbage from the beginning and start fresh. Now, there ARE/WILL BE jobs wherein it will be preferable to import the Word document as is. This is something that should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, IMHO.
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    Just read Johannes comment above about using Freehand. Makes me think. Any chance that one could (later--when the personae are turned on) be able to import a multipage Freehand file and open it as a multipage Publisher document? Or would the PDF-to-publisher workflow still be the preferred way to go with it? The impending integration piece between AD and APub made me think about that. I have known a couple of people who were using Freehand as their principal multipage layout software (especially after master pages were implemented in either FH9 or 10). Just a thought.
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    Pulled down the APub Beta last night...moving right now so I probably won't get to really testing it until next week. Spent until 1AM here watching/rewatching the tutorials you posted. Just wanted to come up here and thank the devs and everyone else who worked on getting this one out on time. Thought for a minute we'd be looking at September, but you guys pulled together and got it out. Didn't expect you to release BOTH Windows AND Mac versions in Beta at the same time. No WONDER you were struggling. Hope your boss at least gave you pizza and a four-day weekend (I'm in the states...don't really know if labor day is celebrated over there), you deserve it!!! If I may, a suggestion to my fellow forum readers: if presently you have no projects to properly test on APub, go to Project Gutenburg's website, https://www.gutenberg.org/, and pull down some public domain text from a classic book, and use that to practice laying out some text in APub. This is how I test the typographic capabilities of "new-to-me" layout packages. As it's unformatted text, you can use your imagination on how you'd like to see it formatted. Pick a topic/title, if possible, that you like so you can have some "buy-in" to your overall publication design. That said, I DO understand that it's a beta and we might not be able to do everything we want...yet. My one suggestion to the devs is this: IDML import. IDML is an open specification and both S*****s and the big Q now have it. That said, thank you for the PDF import. I haven't yet used it, but have been seeing GLOWING reviews about it online. My one suggestion to the marketing team--assuming they're the ones who make the tutorial videos (great job, by the way, ladies and gentlemen)--do one on how to import text info for tables. The current table video only shows how to create a table INSIDE the program without external input. Most of us are bringing tables in from outside. If that is a forthcoming feature, then I apologize for jumping the gun and will wait for you to implement it and put the tutorial up. Great job, guys. The interface is very inviting. Some software packages you open and it's stiff city. Interfaces are so intimidating that you're not sure where to start, APub ain't one of those. Hopefully, I'll be sending you a sample or two once I get settled in my new place. Kick back and have a beer and a brat...you've earned it.
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    "I use InDesign and QuarkXPress nearly every day. I use Viva Designer once a month or so. I use Ventura still and that is about once a month. (And to make it clear, by "once a month" I do not mean for an hour, or even a full day. I mean until the work is done.)" Hear, hear! I'm waiting for APub to come along so I may begin, wherever possible, the long, arduous task of dropping InDesign from my workflow. I say "wherever possible" because InDesign is capable of doing things out-of-the-box that Quark can't do without plug-ins (Data Merge from CSV files and XML import immediately come to mind) and, so, it will be a while before I can completely hang up IDCS6. Does this mean that I'm not eagerly awaiting the arrival of APub? Of course not. It's just that I recognize that it will take a while to properly leverage it's strengths for my workflow.
  5. Thanks MikeW, didn't know about JoLetter. Will look into it. Can see that I also need to look into the tagged text option.
  6. Haven't been up here a lot lately (Hi Jens!)...but am still loving Designer and Photo. Working them into my Fusion, Natron and Blender workflows. Been trying of late to get more of my Motion Graphics on (Btw, if you save your Designer/Photo files out as layered PSD, Blackmagic Fusion will import them and you can animate the separate layers...just a tip ). Saw this thread and decided to jump in because sadly I bit the bullet and bought Quark a couple of months ago when QX2017 came out. Like many Affinity users, I understand that Serif is taking their time to get it right for version 1.0 (or even for a public beta, at this point) but could realistically see the likelihood increasing with the passage of time as it's been four years that I would either have to sell my soul and subscribe to *nD*s*gn's cloud version (right now, I'm still on CS6 for which a perpetual license was purchased), keep Freehand MX on life support for multipage layout, or purchase a perpetual license of Quark while waiting for APub. I love Freehand but--all things being equal--I can't use Freehand on my Macs without having to partition the drive for Snow Leopard and the current Pantone and OpenType support on FHMX, due again to the passage of time, are nonexistant. I do have licensed copies of the last two versions of PagePlus (X8 and X9), but neither of those will install natively on my Macs (they ARE kept around on my PC though, as Quark--without the purchase of some pricey plug-ins--will not do data/mail merges from CSV files as *nD*s*gn or PagePlus will. MikeW also mentioned Viva Designer...tried out their free version...from what I can tell, also a solid choice in terms of features and functionality. I say that "sadly I bit the bullet" because I really wanted to wait for APub, but there are some things going on behind the scenes here where I may quickly need something with the most stability that can be had at the moment without selling my soul. I'm using AD and APhoto alongside Quark at least until APub arrives and/or shakes out the bugs. Sorry guys, I tried.
  7. After so long of waiting for publisher, I have quietly resigned myself to "it gets here, when it gets here...as long as it's done right when it gets here." In the meantime...I'm learning Quark. I will still support Affinity through AD and APh (I've got both versions for Mac and Windows) and will buy Publisher when it comes out couldn't wait any longer as I need something I could work with on a project and couldn't see myself going back and forth betwixt PC and Mac all day (there are some Mac-only workflows unfortunately tied up in this from the client's end). Bought a copy of quark 2015 with my tax refund and am waiting for it to arrive. Got my $50 ready for publisher, too, whenever it's ready. This is not said in any way to badmouth APub. It's just going to take as long as it takes, and we need to recognize that and move on...until it's ready.
  8. It has been a long time since I've posted here. As Herbert123 has stated, there is an alternative for Affinity Photo that runs under Linux (through WINE)--and yes, it is PhotoLine. I have it installed on both of my Linux devices where it performs admirably. Some applications also installed are Macromedia Freehand MX (yes, it runs well under WINE) and sK1--which is an open source, postscript-based vector editor that runs natively under Linux and whose capabilities have been recently expanded in pursuit of the finalization of version 2.0 (sK1project.net).
  9. Using inkscape's trace function and then importing the svg info into AD works fine, thus far.
  10. http://www.creativebloq.com/software/affinity-photo-designer-applications-windows-31619621
  11. "Now that they are owned by LINKEDIN, maybe the "adobe" stigma will lessen. After all, they are in the biz of teaching what people want to learn -- that's their bottom line." Glad to see that they have the Affinity tutorials here/upcoming. I do, however, think it may have helped that LinkedIn now owns Lynda.com and that money coming from Adobe is no longer their first concern. LinkedIn, to my experience, is a forward thinking company and probably were looking at the software packages that people are talking about now...which would bring us to Affinity.
  12. Given that in one of the forums on Affinity Photo/Designer a fellow poster one stated that they would like to see Lynda.com create a series of tutorials on Affinity's offerings. They were courageous enough to write them and ask if they would consider doing so. Their response was phrased politely enough but essentially meant this "Affinity is not popular enough to warrant attention at this time. Should the situation change, we may address it." This was. I think, about a year ago. Guess what? It's 32 degrees Fahrenheit in Hell today. http://www.lynda.com/Masking-Compositing-tutorials/Affinity-Photo-Essential-Training/453344-2.html
  13. Herbert123 is correct. Adobe made at least one VERSION of the PSD specification an open one. This is how the GIMP and other open tools are able to write/read the PSD format. Like Herbert123, I work--for the most part--in a platform-agnostic world. At my 9 to 5, I work on a Mac for production (and I have, incidentally, asked them to look at Affinity's offerings--my answer was "Why? Everyone knows Adobe is the industry standard."). However, on my own, I work on Windows and Linux as well as OS X. The quality of many open source tools has increased since 2005--when I first attempted to build a production-quality Linux workstation--to the point that I can perform many professional-level graphic-related tasks on my Linux system. As the man said, "why rent your hammers?" and this is something I refuse to do at home with the current "gun to the head" conundrum that Adobe places the user in these days once one does a major project with their software. I don't blame Affinty, Serif, or any of the devs for not making their software available for Windows at the current time. This is the direction in which they have chosen to go and, as a loyal customer, I have to accept that. Of course, I am also a loyal user of PagePlus and DrawPlus... :). But Photoline also runs well on Windows as well as on Linux using WINE and so I can literally jump between platforms using it. My main layout software packages are Scribus (developmental version 1.5.0) on all platforms, PagePlus on Windows and on OS X--soon--Affinity Publisher with Scribus a close second. Affinity Designer and Photo are EXCELLENT products but their only shortcoming for some of us who work cross-platform is the fact that they are only available on the one platform. That being said--if I've never said it before--kudos to Affinity; Designer and Photo (along with Hype, Motion, QuickTime Pro and Sketch) are LITERALLY the ONLY reasons I still use a Macintosh...I can accomplish everything else through open-source or free proprietary (Fusion 7 and Da Vinci Resolve immediately come to mind) packages and most of the open source packages have working OS X versions.
  14. Mr. Hildonen, thought I would come back to this thread and update you. The open source drawing/painting software known as Krita has a new beta in which they have now included an animation module. This module works on the concept of drawn animation so there is no automated in-betweening (or "tweening") in it. I didn't know if such a package would interest you but I figured I would post it on this forum in case it serves someone else who may be looking for an answer. Hope this helps. https://krita.org/item/krita-2-9-animation-edition-beta-released/ Here's the sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqYFsupj7qI
  15. Autodesk has bought iDraw, added some new features and renamed it "Autodesk Graphic." It hit the streets on October 8th. First of all, not saying that anyone should be worried, it's just that I've found that it's always good to keep an eye on your competition. Congratulations, Affinity...you have garnered Autodesk's interest in the vector creation/illustration market share. Given the fact that they added brushes, clearly this was meant as a warning shot at you and/or the Foundry (for Mischief). The good news is this: Autodesk has already announced that they plan to take all of their offerings and place them under a subscription model (similar to Adobe) by the end of 2015. http://www.graphics.com/article/idraw-relaunched-autodesk-graphic-vector-design-and-illustration http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/10/08/idraw-for-ios-is-now-autodesk-graphic-and-gets-an-iphone-app/ http://graphic.autodesk.com/
  16. Hey, another PhotoLine user! Not to say that Affinity Photo is lacking in any way but the wise carpenter uses more than one tool in his belt. I also work cross-platform and PhotoLine allows me to work in Windows when I'm working with PagePlus.
  17. While waiting for Publisher, may I suggest Scribus? If possible, use the development preview release, 1.5.0. It will give you far more options than the stable 1.4.5 release. Both Scribus and Designer use littleCMS as their base color management systems.
  18. Canvas Draw...look who just came back (I used Canvas 3.5 for illustration at a job in New Mexico)!
  19. Wilfred Hildonen, the only things I could offer you as far as an animation tool for traditional 2D animation in the digital realm might be: Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 7. It will only allow you to do a flipbook @ 1080p max. I think it will only allow you to make an animation of 10 seconds @ 24fps but it will give you something to work with that will allow you to export the frames as .PNG files. It also includes onion-skinning and coloring of artwork. Adobe Photoshop. With the CC versions (or the CS5/CS6 Extended versions), I've been told that you can draw and do your own in-betweening using it's animation palette. Adobe Flash. While you can't draw in Flash. I have seen tutorials wherein animators have done their drawings/in-betweening in Photoshop and saved the frames out to PNGs and imported them into Flash to run the animation and export the video files. The remaining software packages listed here are open-source: Synfig Studio. Synfig Studio will allow drawing although it's main strength is to create animation of vector drawings without the user having to do all of the in-betweening. Pencil2D. Reminiscent of Sketchbook Pro's flipbooks. Full drawing workflow. In beta. Blender. In the Grease Pencil mode, it is possible to accomplish hand-drawn, 2D animation. Examples of all of these softwares being used for creating 2D animation are available for viewing on youtube with a search. Hope this helps.
  20. This is my own personal opinion: If Lynda.com does start an Affinity Designer/Photo course, it will be a great thing. However, I'm not holding my breath and this is why. Lynda.com has unofficially acted as Adobe's commercial for so many years that I doubt that the big, red "A" would want them to promote anyone who has the potential to take away a substantial portion of their market share. My test is simple, Designer will have been around for a year in October. If, by October 2015--with all the press Designer has been getting--lynda.com STILL does not have it on the radar for a course, I think it's safe to say that we all know who's keeping that from happening behind the scenes.
  21. I realize that this is not a typical Designer or Photo tutorial; however, Designer/Photo content can be created/edited and used within the context of this process. The narrator is creating business cards. A user could create a background in Photo and the logo in Designer and export them to PDF (among other formats) for use in this type of production scenario using Scribus. As I've stated many times before, I use Scribus in conjunction with AD/AP (until Publisher comes out) mainly because Designer and Scribus share the same Color Management engine, LittleCMS. Here's the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=kMsRn38TOiQ Hope this helps.
  22. This tutorial for Scribus Generator just came across my Google+ feed. Hope this helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=kMsRn38TOiQ
  23. Question: as you state that Publisher will not be capable of doing long documents (at least, not in the first iteration), will there then be an option to compile a series of smaller documents into a collection (a la InDesign book function)? ThIs might be an option to allow for longer documents while not going for an Adobe Filemaker type of long document.
  24. To amend my earlier listing: HitFilm 3 Express: Free, www.hitfilm.com/express HitFilm's big brother, HitFilm 3 Pro, is the lower cost challenger to After Effects. HitFilm 3 Express is the free entry-level version of HitFilm that can be expanded with plug-in packs that range in price from $10 to $100. It does come with some decent base fx, but if you're looking to create fx like you can in Motion, the atomic particles pack is a $100 additional investment.