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  1. Another remark on this topic: Don’t use .afphoto pictures, they’ll never render as grayscale, even if their document mode is. Color management is difficult, but with Affinity apps it’s impossible.
  2. Thank you, I thought there was a good Mac installer around, but didn’t remember where. As a known name in the TeX community I’m sure we can trust Richard Koch. (I still prefer the command line way, since I use a lot of “ports” anyway and can update all of them automatically.)
  3. Yes it is. A workaround for a deficiency of all Affinity products. Doesn’t make sense to complain about that in this thread, there are several others on the subject.
  4. In LaTeX they are, but with the coffins package you can get creative. In ConTeXt tables are mostly fun, see “natural tables”. OT, EOT
  5. I’m not completely serious, you know. But I like to remind people that there are alternatives. (Of course you can also try Scribus – I don’t like it.) I’m here because I need a layout program for, well, layouts that are too “visual” for TeX. But every time I did a book in QXP or ID and it needed “scientific“ stuff like footnotes or indexes I longed for TeX, because that’s where it excels. It’s no fun to do image placement in TeX.
  6. TeX! (LaTeX or ConTeXt, the latter is easier for people thinking in layout terms.) It’s free, but has a steep learning curve. I’m typesetting most of my books (science/humanities, fiction, architecture, children’s, proceedings) with it since 20 years.
  7. If you want to reduce the quality of your data, then you’re free to render to a fixed resolution. It’s better to keep vectors as such, then the output device will use its maximum resolution. GIF is nonsense anyway, it’s an outdated, RGB device dependend color palet format. Good enough for the web, but not for print. If you want to render, then at least use PNG. Inkscape also needs the fonts installed, you gain nothing in comparison to AD. (In my limited experience, AD interprets PDFs better than Inkscape.)
  8. Thanks for listening We can close the case now. My first book cover in AD is completed! Now I’m just waiting for the blurb and text corrections.
  9. No, that’s not the problem. Of course I tried different PDF options. At least PDF/X-4 is able to handle transparency. Back and front cover have the same layers with mostly the same settings (the background group of the back layer has reduced opacity). If I export single artboards, all is well, even in “simpler” PDF versions. The background uses two images (a yellow structure and a mostly turquoise structure that is set to “hue”), both are bigger than the page. It looks like one image from the back overlays spine and front up to the visible line, while probably the other image from the front overlays the back, i.e. the artboards interfere in exporting the combined slice. EDIT: If I properly crop those images, it gets better. I didn’t previously because I couldn’t see the overlapping parts. After cropping the background images, the export shows all the other elements that exceed the page. I hoped the artboards would take care of that. Ok, cleaned up: The artboards still add additional bleed. Need to experiment if I can find a way to avoid that...
  10. You can’t avoid getting your hands dirty on the command line (Terminal.app). You can read on the websites of HomeBrew and MacPorts how to install them. Which one you use is a matter of taste, please don’t anyone start a flame war! I’m used to MacPorts; HomeBrew users please help with that. You need Apple’s development environment Xcode, you can install it via AppStore (or make a free account on developer.apple.com and download it there, as MacPorts suggests). You’ll never start that app yourself, but it contains the necessary compilers etc. that let Ports or Brew build programs from sources. Xcode is a huge download, after it’s completed you can install the necessary command line programs and confirm the license. Open Terminal.app and type/copy these lines into its window (don’t forget to hit Return after each line): xcode-select --install xcodebuild -license Then you download the pkg/dmg for your macOS version from https://www.macports.org/install.php and install it. This installs the basics for using MacPorts, but no programs that you can use. First update the list of ports (packages), again in Terminal: sudo port -v selfupdate (You should run that every month or so if you want to stay up to date.) “sudo” means “superuser do“, i.e. “execute as administrator”, you need to enter your account password to proceed. (And it means the whole thing won’t work if you don’t have an admin account, e.g. in a company, then whine at your admin until they yield and install that stuff for you.) If that worked, you’re set to finally install what you wanted: sudo ports install ghostscript This will download the sources, compile them and install ghostscript in /opt/local/bin/. To check that, call which gs That should answer with “/opt/local/bin/gs”. If it doesn’t, close your Terminal window, open a new one and try again. Still doesn’t work? Then you can call gs with the full path (i.e. “/opt/local/bin/gs”) or add the path to your PATH variable (that determines where bash, that’s the “shell” running in Terminal, looks for commands/programs): echo "export PATH=/opt/local/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.bash_profile A lot of hassle for a single program, but MacPorts as well as HomeBrew offer a lot of tools and fun stuff, mostly ported from Linux or *BSD, that you might like. That’s a tad off topic here... It’s probably easier to enter “ghostscript macos download” into your favourite search engine and choose one of the sites that offer free downloads. I don’t know which you can or should trust.
  11. Ah, finally got it – you need to use the export button in the slices panel, not the general export (menu entry). And with selecting you meant the checkboxes, not the highlighting of active slices. But the result is still not what I wanted/expected: Some layers and their transparency settings get mixed up. Is this a bug or to be expected?
  12. Ah, thank you! I didn’t really look for it. (In TeX I use it often while in layout programs I can mostly use just another frame to put something at the bottom.)
  13. The only text on my master page is a page number, and its frame is big enough. Might try the beta, thanks for the hint.
  14. Thanks for the hint about tabs “from right” – I’d never expected or looked for that. It’s a good idea and good enough if you don’t need other tabstops in the paragraph text style: You can’t keep that bit of text that you need right aligned from breaking, e.g. I often use the horizontal wedge (that’s the technical term, at least in German) for authors or photographers, and if there are other tabstops and the author names are too long, I can’t keep them in line. In TeX I’d use \hfill\hbox{Some long name}... BTW is there a vertical wedge to spread paragraphs in a frame or push the last one to the bottom? In InDesign it’s a property of the text frame, and in TeX it’s \vfill.
  15. I found the hint to use a slice in the export persona and tried it, i.e. created a slice that spans all three artboards – but AD exports only the leftmost artboard, regardless of selection etc.
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