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  1. Agree...to this I'd add cross-referencing and book file handling.
  2. From my (generally similar, although I don't produce e-books) perspective, you may be in a bit of a tough spot with regards to suitable software. FrameMaker is very capable and long-proven in publishing long and complex technical documents. It has a long pedigree in this field. Its book capability, handling of large files with many images/illustrations/cross references, and the breadth of its features and capability make it the gold standard (in my mind, at least) for this type of work. For the past close to 20 years I've been using it for a suite of long technical documents of a similar
  3. @benwiggy I wasn't actually actively looking for a pdf reader when I posted this. Just found out as a pleasant surprise that for my generally-limited use of Acrobat's features, that Publisher would serve me nicely as a reader that also has the ability to generally correctly interpret my pdfs to allow their simple editing. Not having to even look for another simple reader is just a small bonus. ...plus, this ability also fits into my desire to ditch my Adobe subscription. PDF scripting and similar usage really isn't a need for me. I've been using Publisher for the past week
  4. @Wosven @fde101 Thanks for this info. On the note of substitution, I'd not considered doing so to alter the pdf but simply to improve my copy/paste operation into Word. On that use, it has already helped. Will keep your comment in mind should I ever need to modify a pdf in this way.
  5. Hello again, @fde101, Just discovered Publisher just may offer a partial solution to pdf-embedded fonts as well. It identifies the typefaces used in the pdf and gives you the option of choosing their replacements. After reloading my pdf into the program today, this time I spent a moment in the PDF Options panel that launched when I started the import. In addition to checking "Favor editable text over fidelity and "Group lines of text into text frames" (this was likely the magic that made me happy earlier), I now checked "Replace missing fonts". I went through the displ
  6. Hello @fde101, Indeed, as I pasted each block into Word, my next step was to apply my chosen paragraph style as the substitute typeface was incorrect. I created the source working document about eight years ago in FrameMaker. Was pretty happy not to use that powerful but often non-intuitive program again and let its separate subscription slide. I've been using the Adobe suite for a long time. Over the period that I've used InDesign, which otherwise is a wonderful program, I'd never tried reading a pdf with it. I've always had access to Acrobat Pro for my pdf use. It's why I was surpr
  7. Just purchased Publisher to help support its development. While I can't use it for my technical writing owing to the lack of native cross referencing capability , I've discovered that it may just replace my use of Acrobat Pro. If so, another Adobe tether snipped. Publisher seems to do a nice job in recognizing and interpreting the text from my 300+ page pdf manual I created years ago using FrameMaker. Copying and pasting selected paragraph blocks from it into Word, Publisher seems to recognize and interpret these paragraph blocks correctly. It doesn't insert returns at the end of each lin
  8. @walt.farrell The idea of using linked frames and the asset panel is a good one for sure given the absence of native cross reference support. I did try it. But it just won't work for me across the sometimes long docs I work on . Serif's triumvirate is certainly otherwise very capable, user-friendly for those trying to convert from a wayward Adobe, and....affordable. Those three things are hard to find all together. Perhaps it's still early days, but any idea whether native cross referencing is in Serif's plans? I've seen that others have requested this capability but nothing from the
  9. Thank you for the clarification @walt.farrell. Indeed I'm starting to see the difference between Publisher's StudioLink and the otherwise-prevalent-in-all-three-applications "edit in" menu. As I visualize it now, StudioLink allows you to stay within Publisher while accessing either Designer's vector tools or Photo's raster tools via Personas. I'm thinking of Personas as alternate layouts that have a lot of magic under the hood to allow remain in the Publisher environment while using features from its two bretheren. Perhaps StudioLink will make its way to Designer and Photo?
  10. @thomaso Thank you for taking the time to do this. However, perhaps we aren't referring to the same things. The examples you've provided demonstrate that Affinity Publisher indeed handles links or hyperlinks in a variety of ways: page, anchor, URL, file, and email. Hyperlink interactivity is indeed very useful. I should have been a little clearer though. What I refer to as cross referencing is more old school, not involving interactivity that indeed you've demonstrated Publisher can handle. To me, cross referencing is used (and still especially useful, even in these days of elec
  11. Perhaps I have mistaken the name of the feature that allows program switching via the file menu when I referred to it as StudioLink. Yes, it's the program switching invoked from within each program via the File>Edit in "<alternate Affinity program name>" menu choice. I tend to have Designer and Photo both running when I use this feature. I've not been using Publisher as it's current lack of support for cross referencing prevents me from switching from InDesign.
  12. Am evaluating the full suite of programs and thus far am impressed. One missing feature is a killer for me though, with respect to Publisher. The program needs to support cross referencing out of the box without needing to use workarounds. Technical and scientific documentation can't live without this key feature. I am coming from a FrameMaker/InDesign background. Is this on the Publisher's near-term roadmap? I've seen other requests for cross referencing posted on this forum. As minor as this feature might seem to some, it is what is preventing me from making the switch away fr
  13. In the midst of evaluating the trials, am finding Affinity Link very useful, with one exception. Choosing to edit in another program in the suite doesn't automatically switch to that program. I need to click that program's icon in the task bar to view the file and program to continue editing. I found this very confusing initially as my workspace would go blank and I wouldn't see my working file. Then noticed that the icon of the program I'd wanted to switch to was flashing in the taskbar. At this point clicking on it would bring both the second program (and my file) into view. Given
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