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  1. Okay thanks, I see that I can now add a "shift tab" right indent tab, after importing the document. But, it still doesn't come in with the IDML import. And it lost all the leaders for the right indent tab, too. I was able to add those back in using a right align tab. Right now, we have a slow time at work, so I'm mainly just seeing what "breaks" when I bring an InDesign document into Affinity Publisher. We believe that Affinity will eventually be the replacement for Adobe, especially among freelance graphic designers who can't afford to "rent" Adobe software. So, we want to: 1. be aware of what is going on in AP files, and its limitations, and 2. be knowledgeable about how to use the suite of apps, so that customers trust us to help walk them through things they can't figure out. We have some customers who still use that other Publisher (ack!) by Microsoft, and we would LOVE for them to move over to Affinity, and provide us with more professional files from which to print. But we know we will need to be ready to hold their hand and walk them through it.
  2. This would certainly answer some of the things that I use GREP for, but there is still a vast sea of application out there which it doesn't cover. One small example from a book that we printed from InDesign, which I then pulled into AP for testing. Example: I have a "In Memorium" list from a club, and under each person's name, where applicable, it gives their official title in the club, if they held an office, along with the year served. John Q. Public Director — 2012 The paragraph style has after space to separate between the names, and the leading keeps the title/year up close to the person's name, via leading and a soft return. I used GREP embedded in the Paragraph Style to look for every place where there is a soft return, followed by any text that ends with a 4-digit date, and then a paragraph return. To this found text, it applies a character style making it smaller and italic (similar to the John Q. Public example above). The beauty of this is that the entire list can be kept in one paragraph style, and the titles of each person, if applicable, get automatically formatted. Each quarter when we update this club directory, we can just drop in the new names, if any, and they automatically adapt to the same formatting rules. Kind of "set it, and forget it." This is just one small example. I do massive documents where GREP is invaluable for looking for patterns in the text and auto formatting things that would take a lot of extra time/effort, and allowing me to focus more on all the other things. —— Update: this particular example I gave here, I did just now figure a way to accomplish the same thing, by setting the title/date styling as the styling for the paragraph, and then applying an initial word character styling to everything before the name title/date. A different way of thinking of it, but it did work.
  3. I agree on this. InDesign has both a Right-Aligned Tab, and a Right Indent Tab, which is very useful. I brought an InDesign document that we just printed into Affinity, just to practice on, while it was fresh in my mind, and I notice that all Right Indent Tabs were missing, including their leaders. I had to go into the tabs bar and rebuild them using a Right-Align tab. Another thing that was broken in this same regard was the hanging punctuation, which resulted in the typesetting of the list looking less professional. I did find where I could fix this with "optical alignemnt," which ended up looking better than the INDD doc, by the way. But still, it didn't do this automagically, per the INDD doc, but had to be manually fixed after import.
  4. I 100% agree with this topic. I use Affinity both at work and at home, and I would like to be able to use my same workspace in both. Right now, I have to rely on taking a screen shot and then setting things up the same on the other computer.
  5. Packaging files is a must, in order to make the leap to Publisher. @F+C is spot on. This is industry standard for printers/design agencies. I came across this thread, because I was trying to walk a customer through how to package their Affinity Publisher file and send it to us, only to find that there was no such feature. So, count my vote for this feature, too.
  6. When I click on "Please visit the forum for the latest release notes." in the updater window in the Mac version, it brings me to these notes about the Windows version.
  7. There are times when I very much prefer to use "balance ragged lines" for the same reasons stated by @garrettm30. If nothing else, it provides a good starting point. Other times, this provides an undesirable effect … but is, after all, why we still have human typesetters, right . "Balance ragged lines" is a tool, like any other in our toolbox, and it's nice to have it available.
  8. @James Ritson, would you mind sharing what software you are using to create your tutorial videos, for those of us who might also be interested in sharing a tutorial?
  9. Okay, I reboot every day, and when I rebooted this morning, it was there, so I think you can mark this as solved. Or, if it happens again, I will try to determine what steps occurred before its disappearance. Thanks, Gavin
  10. Normally in a Mac program, you will have a search menu under Help. This helps find functions in the menu which might otherwise be unfamiliar to the operator. And just starting to use an app like this, pretty much all of the menu hierarchy is unfamiliar 😛 Are you using the latest release version? Yes Can you reproduce it? Yes Does it happen for a new document? Yes If you cannot provide a sample document then please give an accurate description of the problem for example it should include most of the following: What is your operating system and version (macOS Catalina) What happened for you (and what you expected to happen): No search field under the menu heading Help. Both other apps have a search field, like all other Mac apps. Provide a recipe for creating the problem (step-by-step what you did). Open any existing or new document. Click on Help. No search field. Screenshots (very handy) or a screen capture/video. Added 🙂 Any unusual hardware (like tablets or external monitors or drives that may affect things) or relevant other applications like font managers or display managers. Nope. Did this same thing used to work and if so have you changed anything recently? (software or hardware) Not sure on this. I just bought and started using the suite last week.
  11. +1 for me, too, on this. Not something I use every day, but frequently enough that I miss it being there.
  12. I agree. I was trying to set up in my Affinity palettes to match my InDesign workspace, and couldn't find the Links palette. The Resource Manager is nice, but really needs to be a dockable palette, since I use it every single job, throughout the job. Ditto on the Gradient Map popup.
  13. I also agree that GREP in styles needs to be an essential development. For me that will be the jumping off point of abandoning Adobe altogether and going completely with Affinity. I use GREP in styles extensively, and nearly daily — especially in big publications like a magazine or book, where there are hundreds of pages to keep track of, and you don't want to have to run the same F/R every time text has been changed or added to.
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