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Rob Luxford

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  1. Arrrggh. Relatively big file 42 mb. Been working on it for about a year. Mostly it is Affinity designer illustrations on pages. Upgraded to Publisher 2. Has been working fine till recently. On a Mac Mini M1 Ventura latest updates. Publisher 2.04 Now getting: Save failed. Changes to file are not allowed. So moved file off attached USBC drive, saved to desktop. Still getting error. Sometimes it works after a few tries, like after you go off and check a forum. Save as to the same directory (desktop) works. Grrrr. Some Afinity designer files when edited through Publisher are having the same save issue. Any suggestions welcome. Rob
  2. The Photo preview option is surprisingly good. Give it a try and see if answers your needs.
  3. If you can't live without specific Adobe features then hang onto your Adobe subscription. If its critical to your workflow then maybe Affinity is not the best fit for your design role. We are throwing ideas into the mix here to get the best out of an amazing tool. Books feature combining art boards and pages sounds very powerful.
  4. I do a lot of work nesting Designer art inside other Designer art. Would it work for some folk here to have your three pages with bleeds and crops as separate files imported onto a master spread? Master spread could be Designer or Publisher.
  5. For some there will always be missing features. This multi page spreads is a biggy and for those who cannot do without it you may have to have Adobe. If you are in that camp I suggest have both Adobe and Affinity. Design in Affinity, layout in Adobe. I just saw an incredible demo of Illustrator blend tool being used to create 3D looking furry tube typography. Wow. Designer has no blend tool for shapes. Fortunately I don't currently need 3D looking furry tube typography, so… still super happy.
  6. I have pretty much entirely converted to Affinity suite. It is interesting when working with others still using Adobe how deficiencies and limitations in Adobe are revealed. The seemingly infinite zoom and scale of Affinity (I'm working on architectural drawings at 1:10 scale so some are 20 x 30 metres) cant be opened properly in Adobe. So swings and roundabouts.
  7. Smart idea. I have a spare old Macbook Pro which will never be updated beyond OSX10. Has inDesign 5 on it. It’s there in case there is something that I absolutely must have that Affinity doesn’t. Good for converting old files too. Maybe have both is a solution for some.
  8. Can confirm. Haven't seen that Noto hanging round here for 6 months, worked with the upgrade to Monteray. I'll put in a kind word about Typeface. Yes is not free but boy it's a delight to use. And if you are managing a lot of fonts and design logos etc it can allow you to visually gather compare and export to vector your selection. (My main font management software criteria.) They supported me with the Noto query too. That was an important side benefit. Well worth the price in my book. Now onto my Arial conflict. Ciao.
  9. Incorporate with the shapes tool and be able to swap between shapes once drawn would be very cool.
  10. Sorry man, cant tell if it's the software or the art. Either its knocking out of the background incorrectly or it has none of those colours in the type. or something else. Its not clear to me.
  11. Sorry mate but I have no idea what's happening there. Can't tell if its the program or your art. Troubleshooting a diagnostic tool can't be done with what you have there. All I can say is run your art through a number of tests to find where the issue is. Looks like white set to overprint to me but thats just a starting point.
  12. And then if you want to go Pro you can: Open file in Affinity Publisher, switch persona to Photo, open Studio/Channels panel and FMD, there are your separations. Haven't tried it with spot colours.
  13. OK. Workaround. Just had a proof come back where the cmyk conversion went very wrong. Some touch ups in images look like they flew in from outer space. About to print 60,000 copies. So. Tried this. Opened the PDF in Affinity Photo. Left as default RGB to open file. All pages open and appear as separate spaces. Looks exactly like the document in publisher. Converted colour to CMYK (under Document/Convert Format) and all pages changed and lo and behold the alien conversion errors faithfully appeared. NOW THE FUN In Photo open Studio and open Channels panel Viola! Separations. Thank you, thank you, no photos please, you are too kind.
  14. I have had to ask myself if the work flows I have had in the past could be questioned to accommodate what Affinity does and doesn't do. I have been somewhat astounded at what it can do and have turfed out large sections of workflow because the new way was far better. I will say it took a lot of learning but there is no way I would have considered doing 20 metre by 16 metre drawings populated with 1:10 scale wall elevations loaded with 1:10 scale signs for a city block sized building in Illustrator. Sign art, nested inside elevation art, nested on the plan all at matching scale. It's bonkers. So maybe there is another way to do what you need done rather than thinking just in terms of pages. Not trying to preach, just saying it can be useful to ask what if we didn't hold to that convention. What is possible then?
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