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  1. Hi @brucet You have options… In the Layers panel, right-click on the Background layer and select Duplicate; or single-click the Background layer to select it and, using your menu bar, choose Layer > Duplicate; or single-click the Background layer to select it and on a Mac use the keyboard shortcuts cmd-A, cmd-J (presumably ctrl-A, ctrl-J under Windows) to Select All followed by Duplicate Selection. There's quite possibly other options beyond those… Once you have duplicated your background layer, and with the new layer still selected in the Layers panel, press V to select the Move tool (or click Move in the Tools). That then allows you to click and drag either the mid-points on the sides or the corner points to change the size of the duplicated layer. Alternatively, you could enter numeric values in the Transform panel. Hope this helps?
  2. I think I have seen this discarded-first-numeral problem several times recently, but can't be certain. It almost certainly wasn't on the New Document dialog box though. I've tended to put it down to sloppy tipyng but will definitely watch more closely from now on…
  3. Possibly of interest to you, @globesessions, would be the new tearable document windows. It does not seem to be getting 'promoted' as a replacement, but might be interesting to explore as an alternative. For myself, I never much liked the old separated mode and never used it. This looks like it might be at least occasionally useful… Application and document windows https://affinity.help/photo2/English.lproj/pages/Workspace/workspaceModes.html Scroll about halfway down the page to get to "About 'tearable' document windows". Here's an excerpt: While there is only one app window, you can have one or more document windows per open document. By default, documents are docked to the workspace (viewed as tabs under the context toolbar) but these can be 'torn' away from the tab bar to make them independent undocked, floating windows. This feature is available in all three apps.
  4. I had spotted these and was also curious. Then I came across the "official" answer to this question in the Help, under the "Add-Ons" section. Here are the first two pages (of four) from that section in the Designers 2 guide: About add-ons https://affinity.help/designer2/English.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Addons/aboutAddons.html?title=About add-ons Linking custom content across apps https://affinity.help/designer2/English.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Addons/linkingContent.html?title=Linking custom content across apps
  5. Hi @James Mcilwraith It sounds a bit like you skipped the system prompt to allow each app to "record" the screen. Maybe you accidentally clicked Deny? Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording and scroll down until you find the entry for each v2 app. I'm guessing that if you tick the check box for each app then you'll be in business.
  6. That sounds like a really good candidate for scripting. We were told - informally - that this was being worked on a year or two back. Obviously, scripting isn't there in v2.0, but I'm hopeful that it will become available "shortly". Possibly in v2.1? Well, some time before v3 is launched anyway. 😀
  7. Hi @Johnnyyyy I don't think it's quite as bad as you currently perceive. Single-click that red eye icon and your footnote text will reappear. Your text is overflowing the footnote text frame and is currently set to be hidden. I've not played with the new feature yet, but I've got a couple of possible explanations. You mentioned experimenting with paragraph styles - perhaps your most recent experiment made the text too large for the default frame, forcing it to be hidden. This might be getting influenced by the text frame coming from a master page? So, not a full explanation or solution, but hopefully that will allow you to make some progress…
  8. Hi @Jim_A Reproduced as described in Big Sur. In fact, I'll, er, see your two bugs and raise you a variation. #ahem. Double-click a word at the end of a sentence - ie followed immediately by a period (though other punctuation will probably do the same) - and the extra unwanted space appears at the front of the copied characters. (I was checking this by pasting into BBEdit with invisible characters shown). Ahh - also using keyboard shortcuts (cmd-shift-left/right) to select whole words results in the same trailing space. And so does the simpler shift-left/right to select just a character at a time. I think that apparent end-of-story character is actually an end-of-paragraph pilcrow - ie ¶ (Copy it back out of the Find/Replace field and paste into BBEdit again…)
  9. Hi @pck1980 I've got a different workaround for you that doesn't require detaching master pages or changing the paragraph style to "None". However, I realise it may just be of academic interest if it's not practical in real life. Select the text frame Go to the Text Frame panel Turn off the Columns > "Balance text in columns" checkbox Change to the text tool Place your insertion point into the paragraph that you want to go to the top of the second column Go to the Paragraph panel Change the Flow > Start: anywhere to Start: In Next Column Once you do that, you can drag the picture frame over the text frame and the text behaves as I think you'd expect.
  10. My apologies, @Old Bruce, for questioning you. I had not properly read your description and was looking at the regular Paragraph panel's Tab Stop position field. It was only after having looked at the similar Cannot type text into the hex field for text colour when creating a text style post that I twigged you were talking about the Tab Stop setting in the context of Text Styles … where I do get the same problem that you described.
  11. Hi @Cealcrest I just tried this and it worked as described in the linked video: I'm currently on macOS Big Sur. But I think I just replicated the problem you described. When you drag the files into Publisher's Document View and hold down the option key, ensure you're anywhere over one of the pages of your document. Anywhere. Do that and the Place Images panel will magically appear and be filled with your images. However, if you drop the files in the background outside one of the pages (I believe the correct term for this area is the pasteboard), then you'll get them opening in tabs as you described. It doesn't matter when you option-drop the files onto the page if they're over a picture frame or not. That frame will not be populated at that stage. That will only happen when the Place Images panel has loaded up and you click a frame to place the first image - or click a blank space on the page to place the next image without requiring a frame. Hope this helps? if that doesn't resolve it for you, then a screen recording would help shed more light on exactly how that's not working for you.
  12. I've got this feeling I saw something similar last week - but I think it must have been on the main forum which is still going flat out. It might have been the same underlying cause (I can see this being a little bit of a problem child) manifesting itself in a different dialog box. 🤷‍♂️
  13. Hopefully this isn't a duplicate report. The Create Paragraph Style dialog box truncates three category labels if Preferences > User Interface > Font UI Size is changed from Default (below left) to Large (below right). Currently (still) on macOS 11.7.1 (Big Sur).
  14. If you're talking about the Position field, it's working okay for me with macOS 11.7.1. I'm using a standard Bluetooth "Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad". Both sets of numbers (the ones across the top of the keyboard as well as the numeric keypad at the right) are okay. Is your keyboard a non-Apple one, perhaps with extra driver software?
  15. Hi @brunoczech Splitting your PDF into individual files is definitely not difficult - and as a Mac user you can set it up in less than a minute. Once you've done that, it's available any time you need it. It takes longer to describe how to set this up than it actually takes to do, so please don't be put off by the apparent complexity of it. Start by launching Automator (which you'll find in your Applications folder) Select Quick Action and click the Choose button. Locate the Split PDF action in the Library. You may find it easiest to type "split" into the search field at the top left - search results appear below the search field. Drag the Split PDF action into the workflow canvas on the right. Click the Options button at the bottom of the action. Tick the "Show this action when the workflow runs" check box. (This is important as it allows you to select any folder you want when it runs. If you skipped this step, it would only save the files in the Desktop folder.) Save your new Quick Action (File > Save…) and give it a sensible name. Quit Automator - that's the hard work done! Your new utility should be saved into the Services folder in the Library folder for your login. If you ever want to delete it, the location will look something like this: / Users / bruno / Library / Services / File split PDF.workflow Now, to use this, all you have to do is to locate your exported multi-page PDF, right-click (or ctrl-click) on it and select Services > File Split PDF. You'll be prompted to select an output location. If you're happy with the Desktop, great. Otherwise click that dropdown menu and select one of the other standard locations - or Other… to allow you to choose a location of your own. You can also change the Output File name options on this screen if you want. Hope you find that useful?
  16. Isn’t it the Affinity ID that you use - which is the email address you used to log in to the Serif Store to make the purchase? And that probably doesn’t have the pesky ampersand in it… Of course, a business account purchase might be slightly different.
  17. Only if you’re really short on space (in which case you’ve got bigger problems to deal with). I did the installs earlier this afternoon. The install from each downloaded Serif Store DMG files is simply a drag’n’drop to your Applications folder type of install. It couldn’t be easier!
  18. Looking at the in-app help page for "Location panel (Develop Persona only)" on my Mac version, I see that it has this note at the bottom of the page: "To use the Locate option, you must allow Maps.app to find your location. This can be managed in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Location Services." That makes some sense. I wonder if you have the Windows equivalent disabled on your own machine and perhaps that's why the option isn't showing up?
  19. I haven't got Windows 11 and haven't installed this under Windows 10 yet - I'm working on macOS. (Haven't bothered with iOS yet either.) I'd be very surprised if this didn't work exactly the same under either version of Windows. Out of curiosity, I temporarily set Photo to open in German (which I'm afraid I do not speak, sorry) and - from the Develop persona - this is the option that's required:
  20. Curious! I wonder if there are limitations on the type of files that support this? My test image was a recent snap taken with my iPhone 12 (iOS 16) in HEIC format. Apple ProRAW was not turned on. Or perhaps the default location for German versions is different? It might be worth while checking each of the other panel groups in case it has ended up elsewhere. Here's where it appeared for me by default and why I suggested it: I'm not sure I can add anything more…
  21. You need to be in Photo's Develop persona. Then, if it's hidden, go to Window > Location to enable the panel. Initially, it's likely to be at the top of the Right Studio, in the same group as the Histogram panel.
  22. Hi @All Media Lab - you're missing something subtle in @v_kyr's posts. There are (at least) three different Library folders in different locations on any machine running macOS. 1. /System/Library The central one is located in the System folder and is pretty much exclusively reserved for use by the operating system, so I'll say nothing more about it here. If you're curious, look but don't touch! 2. /Library This central one is commonly used by apps to store global preferences, support files and various other resources. This is available to all users with a login on your computer and provides a central location for commonly accessed settings - one copy that can be read (and sometimes written to) by any user. The / character at the beginning of each of those paths indicates that you start at the top level of "Macintosh HD" and click down from there. That's commonly referred to as the root of your file system. 3. However, over and above those two central Library folders, every user with a login on any Mac has their own user Library folder too, located in the Users folder. That allows each user to have their own individual preferences for how an app is configured, their own individual set of installed fonts and so on. Written out longhand, an individual user's library folder path might look like this /Users/gary/Library You can read that as saying from double-clicking on your Macintosh HD icon (ie, the root of your drive), then double-click the Users folder, then double-click the gary folder and then locate the Library folder within that. Because this is a standard structure, the /Users/yourname part is commonly replaced with the tilde character and your home directory would simply be written as ~/. Taking that one step further, we get the path to anyone's 'personal' Library folder as: ~/Library - - - - So - there are two similar but very different Library paths available: /Library/ ~/Library/ Many of the same sub-folders can be found in both Libraries, so that can be confusing if you take a wrong turning. For example, you're likely to have each of the following folders in both locations: Application Support, Caches, Fonts, Screen Savers - and many others. Now, armed with this distinction, if you look back at v_kyr's posts, you'll see the ~ prefixxing each path, so it's the personal Library that's indicated there. However, your screenshot shows the path at the bottom of the window as the central /Library folder - the one located at the root of your Macintosh HD. And that's why you couldn't find what you were after - you were in the wrong Library folder… Hope this helps?
  23. Sorry for not following up sooner, @vwatson - it's been a busy week. Hopefully you were inspired to experiment with paragraph numbering and are now an expert 😁, but just in case you remained confused, here's a quick video that demonstrates the steps. There's no audio and it rattles along fairly fast, so you may want to replay bits until you can see how the steps work. Hope this helps! TOC demo 2.mp4
  24. I've just tested a way that does work for the style of titling illustrated by @J-Philippe: a chapter number and a separate chapter title. If that's the same for you, @vwatson, read on. Continue to manage your chapter numbers and chapter titles on their own paragraphs/lines with two separate styles. That will give you your full control over positioning at the start of each chapter. Create your ToC using just the chapter title. We'll discard the chapter number and automatically recreate it. In the ToC style for your chapter titles, use the Bullets and Numbering attributes to provide new numbering as part of each title's entry. I used an old text selected more or less at random from Project Gutenberg and did a basic layout. The attached file illustrates the three steps. (I'm hoping that you're reasonably familiar with paragraph styles and, in particular, the Bullets and Numbering attributes.) Look specifically at the ToC style ("TOC 1: Chapter Title") highlighted below. Once you've got the numbering recreated, the trick is to use the "Text" field to add "Chapter" back in to the auto-numbering. See the second screenshot. (NB I also had to add an extra tab stop to that style. If I had just used a space character between the chapter number and the title, that wouldn't have been required.) It looks a little convoluted at first, but it's actually really easy. Hope this helps! compound ToC.afpub
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