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  1. THIS principle of being able to construct single objects rather than ending up with multiple objects applies more often than many-many grasp. It's what I refer to as 'efficient files' and it's the mainstay of design studio workflows (as illustrated perfectly above by @Eink). It will keep them locked-in to Adobe.
  2. Text flow and Reflow.... See my signature... this is one of the many many things design studios need, need, need, and Serif don't have sight of.
  3. Well, I apologise for taking the time to respond to you. 10 mins responding to you or weeks drawing up evidence of what doesn't work. You've let yourself down somewhat with that comment.
  4. There's a long list. I was contemplating the exercise this morning. 1) I don't have the time to invest in it and 2) I cannot see it'd be taken the slightest notice of. You're wondering because you're at feature level, and I'm speaking of philosophy level. The decisions being made as to what to develop, how to develop it, and what not to develop are shaped by a philosophy and clear sight of a target market. Both were stated by Serif when these apps were launched. Serif was very specific... and it's now untrue, or has changed. They didn't understand the target market (though I think they thought they did) is why. ------------------------------------ The dialogue screenshot is from the web. I wanted an InDesign shot that was more up to date than the InDesign version I have, that's all. It's only there to evidence what I was referring to.
  5. Just fallen foul of this one.... There is no visual clue on screen that pasteboard visibility does not exist much above or below the page. (In other apps, there's a discrete rule/line.) This is admittedly only really a gotcha when: There's only one page in the file It's a zoomed out view of either the first or last page in the file Don't panic It's easy to casually lose something as a result of moving it up or down while 'in the moment'. Your object has not 'gone'. Select > select all or speculatively drag selecting still selects the object, allowing you to recover it. I'm not sure why it's not visible when the app clearly still has it plotted. I assume there's some programmatic mountain to climb to 'switch on' visibility in these areas. A simple line on the display would suffice as a visual reminder releasing brain space needed to remember this. My brain space is far from infinite.
  6. When is it a 'habit' and when is it not, but a good well established (because it works) way of working that's not supported. I go back further than the beginnings of ID, unless you do mean PageMaker, so I'm fully aware of how applications progress. My beef happens when companies claim to be doing something that they aren't, which I think is the case here. TBH, I think the truth is that they've got themselves into a programmatic hole, or several holes, as I see it. Having made some flawed fundamental decisions early, it now means they've got huge challenges delivering what they promise. I predict that Affinity 2 will have some major rewrites in it, so it'll be a long time coming. Time will tell. There's a real danger of teaching folks bad habits through badly designed app features btw. Just like the abomination that is word has... and many will cry that it's great. And there are increasing numbers of alternatives out there, and while I love these apps, I'm not wedded. I swopped from Illustrator to Freehand and back again btw, so I like to think I'm adaptable. Something I discovered shortly after it was launched is an app called Procreate that I use incessently for what it's meant for (and it really does set the bar incredibly high). It's a dedicated highly focussed sketching/painting app, but It's actually a contender for replacing photoshop/photo for the less techie aspects of montaging and manipulating photos super quickly or ultra sensitively. Now how about that for an openness to workarounds!
  7. That's an interesting way to tackle it. Unfortunately I need to be able to move the text boxes up or down, so they won't be a neat row, but staggered in some way to fit with other elements. I may have to play with the angle of the gradient. I've currently got 18 text frames - not all of them will be in the same gradient. There may be several gradients over varying numbers of text frames. And after the client looks at it, they all might change. I don't have a one object rule as such, I just like to keep complexity down. It makes editing when you've forgotten all about it easier, and for others too. But good idea. Thank you. Good one to know for when it'd fit.
  8. Publisher. (Sorry, I always think of tagging at the end. ) This graduation across standard rectangle objects is as sophisticated as this artwork gets, so chose Publisher.
  9. I'm going to ask this, though to be fair, I'm expecting a 'no-can-do'. The above is a row of shapes (created via the rectangle tool). I've not booleaned them (Layer > Geometry > Add, say), so they are still very separate objects. They're not even grouped. Question: Can I do the same with a row of text frames? (Indesign does it) I have tried simply dragging the gradient tool over some text frames and it applied it to the text. So... will it do the fill instead? Just out of interest - I've learned giving text frame objects fills gets a no vote. Instead, one has to "decorate the text" to look like a fill (Buried under Text > show paragraph > decorations). So 2nd question: If I'd used text decorations to create the look of a fill, could the text decoration be graduated as the above? ------------------- btw, though I'm one for keeping files simple and clean, with one object where others use three, this is one of those exceptions that proves my rule. So I'm expecting to remove all the fills I have on the text frames, and to draw rectangles that the text frames sit over. So 50 objects where I currently have 25. (It may well not matter computationally, but it sure as heck does when you come to edit it. The more complex the file, the more hard work it is to edit)
  10. Cool, thank you. Should have thought of that because it occurs in another app (don't think it's affinity). Been a long day. Thank you.
  11. Thank for this @thomaso. I don't know, I like things to behave in an obvious logical way. "Text decoration" says decoration for text, amazingly to me, not 'fill' for an object (which is what a text frame is). Decorating text is an entirely different thing. It just doesn't make sense. I hear what you're saying, but when I open files with multiple objects where there should be one ( 6 instead of 3 in your above example), my heart sinks. It's always a bind to edit them. And text boxes enlarged beyond the text (like the first in the row in your example) inevitably end up being selected instead of the thing you need to select. So a designer has to spend time resizing and reordering, and figuring out, rather than cracking on. Even freelancers can find the client asking for their file which then gets dumped on another designer. End of the day, this is a work around for basic feature, and I'm abit tired of ending up explaining these things. No offence intended, You've tried to help and that's generous of you.
  12. @thomaso Hum, my publisher is 1.9.0, when I look in apps it's now 1.10.5!!! Hadn't realised I let it get so behind! Been too busy elsewhere. - - - - - - - - - - - - @Old Bruce Yeah, that's a work-around. So the motto is: never use the fill feature on a text frame 😁?
  13. The important thing here is the text frame has a fill. So consistent space at the bottom becomes visually important. When you've got boxes with different amounts of text in them (whether they're aligned top, or distributed around a spread/document), the missing auto size feature becomes really important. See my initial screen capture. Serif have failed to understand this too @Old Bruce
  14. That's a logic I can relate to. It might explain why the action didn't always seem to result in any detectable change to the text style. When you have one text box frame with one style of text in it, the natural thing to do is to just select the frame. It might be something others are falling foul of @Old Bruce, should you find yourself trying to help someone with this.
  15. I tried double-clicking the central node of the selected objects. It resized all the text frames from their top to a huge height. I couldn't see what the logic was at all. It ended up off the page and didn't match either the height of the page or the height between the page margins.
  16. Thanks @walt.farrell. Yeah, I meant and understood it to be inset, but typed margin automatically. I expected this answer, thanks. ------------------------------------------------ Another 'no can do' with this software.
  17. When I alt-drag an object to duplicate and move it in one seamless action, the smart guides don't kick in. When I just drag (without touching the keyboard) they're behaving as I expect. Is there a setting I've not found for this? (Mac, can you alt-drag on a PC?)
  18. Four text frames with an inset applied (see attached). All of them are set to show overflow. All with a fill (Edited to highlight this important thing to understand here as it's the reason for wanting this). Changing left/right/top inset amount, squashes the text to accommodate it. Bottom margin inset changes = nothing. (Edit, I meant inset. Edited in response to correction below). Can I avoid having to select each one individually, and double-clicking the centre node at the bottom, before moving on to repeat it on the next one? Questions: Am I missing a setting somewhere? (Convinced I've searched before, but worth asking) Is there some way to do this that's not obvious? Is there a work around? ------------------------- BTW: I get this is because Serif have dropped a big-big one here, by not having Automatic Resize for text frames (see second image attached). They've assumed no one ever needs to give a text frame a fill while keeping the number of objects on the page low. (Edit: Don't worry that this is a Windows dialogue screenshot evidencing the 'auto-sizing' I'm referring to. I grabbed it off the internet because it's more up to date than my mac version of Indesign.)
  19. I'm hoping to clarify what the difference is between using: Text > Text Styles > Save Text Styles As default and ( Edit > Defaults > Synchronise with Selection + Edit > Defaults > Save ) …when managing Text Style defaults. True/false: 1) is application defaults, and 2) is document defaults? True/false: the moment a user creates Text Styles, they are creating 2) anyway, wthout touching Text > Text Styles > Save Text Styles As default? Thank you
  20. So I have a text frame and in that is two chunks of text, each with a different Text Style applied. The selection that Defaults > Synchronise with Selection is referring to is the text frame, or a portion of the text? (A or B) in the attached. Thank you -------------------------------------------------------- For info: Edit > Defaults > Synchronise with Selection + Edit > Defaults > Save is how we manage text style defaults in Affinity Publisher, not by using Text > Text Styles > Save Text Styles As default.
  21. For info: I was responding to @PixelPest (albeit after a long gap), rather than 'bumping'. I know I used the word 'bumping' but the sentence makes it clear the meaning. I also had a faint hope things might have moved on and someone would come along with a more up to date view to add to this thread. Ever hopeful.
  22. Found myself just bumping into this again. Hadn't seen @PixelPest's response. While good. It's stretching something with a texture? Ho hum..... I need to clone, with a feathered select (small feather). –––––––––––––––––––––––– To summarise: Select > Copy + paste (cmd+j) > move > merge = 4 actions Repeat to complete exercise ( 4, 8, 12, 16.. done) = 16 actions vs Select > copy+move (at the same time) = 2 actions Repeat ( 2, 4, 6, 8.. done) = 8 actions No contest. AF: fail. –––––––––––––––––––––––– One of the many reasons (this one comes under '1') why my signature says what it does....
  23. Yeah, I had no idea I'd get such a great response. All credit goes to the contributers (in order of response): @Seneca , @garrettm30 and @MikeW. Glad you've found it valuable @Cealcrest.
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