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  1. Thanks all, most helpful. I'll see which is the best option.

    Fixx, I just reckon that some correct auto-correction is better than none at all and a space/en-dash/space is one that should be invoked virtually every time. Date ranges, however, are always wrong (e.g. 1910-1920 should be 1910–1920), but I agree it is difficult for any program to distinguish when the correct instance is required.


  2. Apologies if this feature has already been suggested, or even implemented, but I cannot find either.

    The feature is one found in InDesign and which I found genuinely useful: a 'size to fit' for textboxes. This would cause any text boxes to resize, whether it was an overflow or to shrink to the available content. I seem to remember it was Alt-Ctrl-C, but perhaps someone can correct me.


  3. 6 minutes ago, MikeW said:

    If you need footnotes now, then what do you think you need to use?

    It's called forward planning.

    My point is that I publish books and certain projects are nearing completion. So should I throw money at the Adobe solution (expensive and their support sucks - unlike Serif, I would like to point out), which means committing to a minimum monthly fee of £20, or £50 per month for the full Creative Cloud "experience".

    I am plodding away quite happily with Affinity Publisher & Photo for the small magazines I'm committed to, but once the next book project kicks in then we are talking of at least six months development to get it print-ready (it's about 400pp and liberally illustrated). So I need to commit one way or the other quite soon, e.g. although Publisher will soon allow the importing of InDesign files, the same cannot be said for the reverse.

    My own book will follow this and will probably be two volumes, 800pp; again liberally illustrated, so this isn't a light undertaking.

    Don't get me wrong - I am impressed (stunned!) by what Publisher can offer for £50 and would quite happily pay double that for the features planned. It's the "not knowing" that make my buttocks clench 😉


  4. You can also export the document as a PDF and import this, complete with endnotes (footnotes are a problem though). However, this is a problematic process as no paragraph or character styles are imported and there is a line break for every line. While I think the line breaks could be stripped out, the loss of all the styles is a major headache.


  5. 20 minutes ago, Pyanepsion said:
    This is a point of view put forward by all manufacturers, because it gives the illusion of being able to transform a text document without effort. It's actually bad whether it's on Indesign, QuarkXPress, Affinity Publisher, etc. because:

    1. Paragraph and character styles are of relatively poor quality in word processing software (Write, Page Word, etc. ), as these tools are not designed for printing press.
    2. It is common for the word processing file not to be standardized, which often results in differences when using professional equipment.

    I spend several hours improving the Word draft from the client's Word document, then paste the entire text into an ASCII editor and then use Word only as a template for preparing the styles of the DTP document.

    9_9 It is obviously longer than a simple import, but it is very much worth it.

     

    I think we'll have to "agree to disagree" here Pyanepsion :) My experience with importing Word DOCX files into InDesign has, on the whole, been very good with little, or no alterations necessary. Importing raw text files of even RTF just creates a lot of work, IMHO. As I said before, Affinity Publisher's handling of Word DOCX files is "OK" as at least all the paragraph and style definitions are included - it's just that the fonts, sizes etc. can (but not always) be altered, which is a simple matter of correcting the definitions.

    Generally, this is much better for me when dealing with entire books. My current book is about 300,000 words and this will probably end up nearer 400,000 when completed. I'm not sure how large, or small, your client's documents are, but for a book this size having some of the work done is better than none at all ;)


  6. Guys, the only reason it's "not a good idea" to import a DOCX is because Affinity Publisher does not quite handle it properly - yet. It's not bad, but some of the Styles do get screwed for some reason and apparently the developers are working on it. I learnt this after I sent an email to Serif, to which they replied promptly. But it still imports all the definitions and so can be edited and applied, so a lot easier than using RTF, which would lose all the definitions completely.

    As a budget piece of software, though, I am amazed at what Affinity Publisher CAN do! Sure, it will never aspire to be as good as InDesign, which I currently use, but as a replacement it's very hard (impossible?) to beat on price and for this reason, I think I will drop that money pit (InDesign ~£240 per annum) and swap over.

    By the time my next book is ready to publish, I'm hoping the footnotes & endnotes will be sorted as that is the only major feature I miss so far. :)


  7. Thanks for the invite, Patrick.

    I would like to know the progress Serif is making towards adding this feature as it is just one of two points that are preventing me from purchasing the software.

    The other is a proper import of Word DOCX documents. After imported one of the DOCX chapters to my book it managed to scramble some of the Paragraph and Text Styles, which would necessitate editing all the text and paragraph definitions. For example, somehow it decided to use the Times New Roman font, when my default is Zapf Humanist. 

    Also, I can't work out why all my text frames have a grey background! Curious ...

    One feature I am pleased to see is the Indexing - another crucial feature for me.

    Please keep us informed.


  8. I can only add my name to the list of contributors requiring footnotes or endnotes - the latter being more important in my case. The book I am currently writing has in some cases, over 1,000 endnotes in a single chapter: imagine having to transpose these over. Sure, these will be reduced as some are being used to keep track of some incredibly intricate research, but I cannot hope to use Publisher (currently trying the trial version) unless this issue is addressed. I do think Affinity Publisher is a brilliant program and has many excellent features but without footnotes and endnotes, it's not a runner.

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