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  1. Hi, Could you give us a way to save interface layouts, with customized toolbars and palettes layouts?
  2. This might seem like an odd question, but I have stared using Affinity Photo to draw on my iPad, and I find myself using Apple Pencil to draw lines, then a finger of my other hand to try to erase parts of it… It kind of seems natural to me. So is there a way to develop an option to differentiate a touch with Apple pencil from a touch with a finger, which would allow us for example to use the eraser with a touch, and the brush with Apple Pencil?
  3. I am trying to test the Assets pane in Affinity Designer, to put an identical object in different files. I have created a group of forms with text inside one form, have added constraints to the group, so that the text stays at the same place when put in the Assets pane, then added it to the Assets pane. When I drag this new asset back in the document, its size is double that of the original, and I can't seem to find a way to change it. Is there a way to create assets of the exact same size as the original?
  4. Hi, sorry for the delay in replying. As this thread is 3 years old, I suppose the PM I sent at the time has been deleted, since I can't find any trace of it. Same for my video. These days, I don't have too many troubles with assets in Designer. When an old asset looks wrong in the Assets panel, I place it onto an image, correct it, then delete the old version, and put the corrected one in the Assets panel. I don't add any constraints to it.
  5. I am trying to create a table of contents in the newest version of Publisher, and it seems the links are all jumbled when exported to PDF. Everything is correct in Publisher before the exportation, but the links aren't right in the final PDF. Is this a known bug? Also: when I click a link in the exported PDF in Apple Preview, the file becomes automatically unsaved. Is this a bug too, or is there some option to set in Publisher before exporting the file?
  6. Yes, I exported the file to PDF and it does work. Problem solved then, but I think all items with hyperlinks should appear in the hyperlinks panel, even greyed out. Being able to vizualise the TOC hyperlinks in the hyperlinks panel would have spared me some work:) Any chance to have this option in a future version?
  7. Ah, yes, actually when I sent you the file, I was the one who created by hand all the links with a name, as a way to get around the bug. I even created links in the Chapter titles to return to the TOC when clicked (and I think it should be an option in Publisher. It makes navigating faster). Now, as I understand it, generating or updating a TOC should automatically create links in the Links panel, with all the TOC entries leading to their corresponding chapters. These links should link to page numbers and be titled (1), (7), etc. Now, if I delete all the links, then regenerate or update the TOC, it seems no link is generated at all. Is there something else to do to generate the links?
  8. OK, this is going to be hard to explain, so here is a sample file. This is part of an image I edited in Affinity Photo. I stripped it of all its layers save the problematic ones. I have been working on a werewolves story, and needed the werewolves on the cover to have different fur colors, so I asked my colorist to send me a file with the flats on a layer, so that I could better select the werewolves' furs, and update the colors myself. The result has been fine with the previous versions of Affinity Photo, but since the updates, the cover file updated itself too, and not for the better. Not sure if I understand how it works, but here is what you can do with the attached file: Just develop the Teared Cloth group, and put its layer out of the group. To change the colors, I had created three group layers titled Red, Blue and Brown. As long as the Layer 1 stays in the group, the colors are fine. As soon as I put it out of the group, the colors revert to their original version. This didn't happen in the previous versions (and I didn't have to put the Recolor Layer in a group for it to work). Does anyone has any idea about what is happening? Update: I have tried to add a Levels layer on top of all the layers inside the Test folder, and it also cancels the colorization layers effect. The only way to avoid this so far, is to select the Level layers and put it out of the Test Folder, or to ctrl-click the Levels layer and place it in a group. I have tried a few other Adjustment Layers, and had the same problem. This bug might be affecting all the Adjustment Layers. Rage #5 Cover Tests.afdesign
  9. I redownloaded the file TOC Template.afpub (above in the thread), deleted the links in the links palette, then regenerated the TOC after clicking "Include all entries before the TOC", and "TOC Chapter" in Style Name. No link has been created automatically. The links palette is still empty. Do you have the same result?
  10. Hi Hi, I have updated my version of Affinity Publisher today, and tried what you wrote, but it doesn't seem to work. When I update or regenerate the TOC, the page numbers are right, but all the TOC links lead to page 1, and I still have to add the links by hand for each entry. Should the problem be corrected in version 1.7.2 or in a future version?
  11. I am a French Comic Book writer and publisher, and I am creating each issue of my comic in French and in English. Before Publisher, I created each final page in Designer, then compiled the pages into a PDF using Apple PDF Services. In each of these Designer files, there was an FR layer group for the French version, and an US layer group for the US version, so each time I needed to create a book, I had to check the right language layers group for each page in the Designer files, export each page to JPG, and compile the book in PDF, then check the other language layers group in each Designer file, and compile another book the same way. Not the easiest way of doing things. Now that I'm using Publisher, I am transferring all these pages into Publisher documents, and many things are now easier, but not the creation of localized versions. Now, for each page in Publisher, I have to create FR and US layers groups (to avoid confusion in case I have to add a page between two pages of a book). Which means when I want to export an US version of the book for example, I have to check all the US layers and uncheck all the FR layers on each page. It can still take a long time, and of course, it's prone to errors. I do need to optimize this workflow, and I think the best way to do this would be to create some kind of "Localization Layers" in all the Affinity Apps. Let's say I create pages of a book in French and in English in Designer or Photo. In each of these files, I put the French version of the design into a French Localization Layer, and the English version into an English Localization Layer. When I place the files into Publisher Pages, all the Localization Layers are recognized by Publisher (instead of the pages being updated when I uncheck a layer group in the original file), and all I have to do is check the US option in a Localization palette for example, to have all the US Localization Layers displayed, and all the other language Localization Layers hidden. Same thing for all the other languages. I think this kind of option would be a great time saver, but I'm open to any other idea to save time for these kinds of workflows, which can be quite exhausting.
  12. Still trying to optimize my workflows with Publisher. Now, I'm trying to simplify the localization of my books. I'm almost there, but a few things are missing. The good news is that I can actually use Photo's Macros on Publisher's pages in the Photo Persona, so even if Macros haven't been implemented yet in Publisher, I can still find a workaround. The bad news (so far) is that I haven't found a way to use Photo's Macros in all the pages at once. Each time I use a macro on a double page for example, I have then to go to the next double page, then select the Move tool and click in an empty part of the workspace so that the layers' page are visible, and then use the same macro again. So my question is: Is there a way to use the same macro on all the pages of a document at once?
  13. Ah, I hadn't seen the page Navigator. I'll try it next time, thanks.
  14. I just bought Publisher, and it does look great for optimizing my workflow, but I still have a few questions about StudioLink: Is there a way to have the same saved interface in Designer and Designer for Publisher for example? With the same Assets in the Assets panels, the same Brushes in the Brushes panels, and so on?
  15. When you apply a Master to a page, all the Master's items are placed in a layers group at the bottom of the layers palette. Is there also a way to create a Master so that some items are also placed automatically at the top of the layers palette in each page? Or in other words, is there a way to create a Master so that it generates several layers groups for each page?
  16. I have been trying to publish the latest issue of my comic at Amazon Kindle. Usually, I just create the pages in Designer, then compile a PDF to create the comic, and send it to Kindle in RGB. Kindle then handles the RGB to CMYK conversion, and the printed result is always fine. But this time, I used Publisher. I cut and pasted the flattened Designer pages into a Publisher document, then exported the book to PDF, and sent it to Kindle. As I needed a black background for the pages, I created a black fill rectangle in the Master Page, and applied it to all the pages. As you can see in the sample page I added to this post, the black color looks right (to my eyes, at least). But actually, it isn't. There's a slight difference between the blacks of the Designer page I pasted in the Publisher document, and the black background I used for the fill rectangle. So I checked the colors of the fill rectangle, and the RGB sliders are all at 0, as they should be. Then, I chose CMYK Sliders and I have the following values: C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. To be sure, I created a new document, created a black fill rectangle and checked the values. These are the same default values. I suppose this is where the printing problem is coming from, and these CMYK default values might be a way to have the black color look better in offset printing, but why are these values displayed by default instead of being part of some kind of Color Conversion setting, and why are the RGB sliders all at 0 while the CMYK values are not at 100? Shouldn't the RGB values reflect the CMYK values in this case? PDF Page Test.pdf
  17. Sincerely sorry for all this. What happened is that Kindle Tech support told me there was a problem with the black values, and I thought it came from… the black values. I have received my new proofs today, and everything is now fine. Here is what I did, and what (I think) happened: as the black values seemed to be fine in the original files, but seeing that Kindle's software had created a color difference between the layers, I thought the problem might come for the layers, so I flattened every layers on every page, so that each page actually contains only an image, and it worked. Now, of course, I have a new question since flattening the whole file page by page is time consuming, but I'm not sure if this question should be part of a new thread or not. Obviously, at first, I had exported a PDF with some kind of layers in it (or transparencies, as Kindle Tech Support seems to call it). I don't know how PDF conversion works, but it's obvious Kindle's software recognizes the same layers in the PDF file as in my original file. I have looked at Publisher's PDF export options, and don't know what option I should have checked to not have this layers problem, so my question is: is there a way to export a PDF with flattened layers, instead of flattening the layers in the Publisher's file itself, or if not, is there a way to add such an option? I understand that you couldn't answer questions about the files generated by Kindle's software without having a look at these files, but I can't ask Amazon to send me the files they use, and a lot of us are going to use Kindle's services to publish printed books, so this problem is bound to happen again. I think the simplest way to do this would be to add an option to have Publisher flatten the layers in the PDF only when exporting the file. Should I start a new thread with this question? UPDATE: Finally found out you can do this by exporting in PDF/X-1a: 2003. I didn't try the PDF (flatten) option yet, but I'll make a few tests with Amazon Kindle. Sorry for the trouble.
  18. I kept the default values for the Publisher document and the PDF export, so there shouldn't be any problem with the RGB file or the color profile. I copy files from Photo files. I select all the layers, then choose Merge Visible, and copy and paste the merged layer into a Publisher page. I am showing you the result of Amazon KDP conversion. The GIF image is what they sent me. I don't know anything else yet. I don't think I could ask Amazon to send me the converted file, but I could try anyway, adding to my request a link to this thread. I remembered yesterday that they sometime have a problem with what they call "Transparency" in a PDF. Maybe this whole thing actually comes from their process, so what I did is flatten all the pages layers, and send them a new PDF. I should receive a new proof in a few days.
  19. Yes, in my Publisher document, the pixel layers should be the Comic book Designer flattened file and the fill layer (that I copied from an Affinity Photo document). Fill layers help me create a resizable background for each of my documents, be it Designer, Photo or Publisher files. Kindle Support sent me the attached file about the PDF document I sent them. It shows that there really is a difference between the blacks. I did the same with the eyedropper in Affinity Publisher and didn't find any color difference in the blacks, so It looks like the difference appears only when the PDF is exported. I don't see any visible problem with the text. The colors are as they should be. The only problem is the background on which the pages have been pasted, but I can't seem to reproduce it. I even opened the original PDF in Affinity Photo. When I used the eyedropper on a page, there was no difference between the blacks either. I don't know how Amazon ended up with this result, but I do see that it has to do with the pasted images onto the black background. I am at a loss of ideas, at this point. Maybe I should try to flatten the layers in the publisher file, and send them the resulting PDF, to check if it solves the problem. If anyone has an idea, suggestions are welcome.
  20. Actually Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is OK for RGB files, especially since the books are primarily intended to be published digitally. The print-on-demand service is an option Amazon offers to KDP publishers. It allows us to create a printed version of the book with Amazon's digital printing service, but it's not offset printing, so there's no real need for a CMYK file. Amazon can handle any conversion necessary, so I've always sent them RGB files (and everything has been fine with this process, so far).
  21. That's the problem. The Designer images and the Publisher file are both in sRGB/8 with the exact same profile, because I left the Default options as is in both apps. The black color is RGB = 0,0,0 in all the Designer files, and in the Publisher file. It's obvious in the printed book that the source of the problem is the difference between the black color in the Designer file and the black color in the Publisher file, but I don't know what option to change to make this right. At worst, I'll simply put a black fill background layer in each Designer file and paste the fill layer along with the image into each page. If the problem comes from pasting the Designer files, this solution might work, but it won't solve the overall problem. Is there some option to change in the Publisher and Designer files I posted to just make the Publisher file right?
  22. OK, so this means that the software is fine, but the files have to be converted. All the book pages are RGB Designer files, and I need to send KDP an RGB PDF file. I suppose the fastest way to do this should be to paste each flattened RGB Designer file into an RGB Publisher file, and then export it into PDF. I thought that’s what I did, but obviously, I have it wrong. What would be the options to check in the Publisher file so that the pasted RGB Designer files, and the black background rectangle into the Publisher file have the exact same black values?
  23. It will be faster with the real pages, since they are already done. Sorry about the free publicity, I'm really trying to have this book released. Here is the flattened Designer document, with its associated Publisher Page. The designer Page has been cut and pasted onto the Publisher Page, and a black background has been created as a master for the Publisher Page. Rage_Page_Designer_Sample.afphoto Rage_Page_Publisher_Sample.afpub
  24. Sorry about the black values:) You're right for the Designer and Photo values, so the problem might not come from it (which is kind of worrying) Here are the images I sent to Amazon Kindle Support once I received the proofs of my books (photos of two of the book's pages). As you'll see, there's a difference between the black values, and I know for a fact that the differences are between the images I pasted into Publisher from Designer flattened files, and the Background rectangle I created in the Publisher Master Page of the book. I am trying to solve this, and am open to any idea.
  25. Same reply as for Alfred: The files are in RGB/8 and I let them as is.The only thing I do is exporting the document to PDF. What I find is wrong is this: Create a new document, choose the Print option in the Type menu, set the Colour Format to RGB/8 if it's not already set this way, click OK, then create a rectangle. Click the Fill color thumbnail on top of the document. In the Color Tab, set every slider to 0 in the RGB Sliders menu to fill the rectangle with black. Then click the RGB Sliders menu, and choose CMYK sliders. You'll see that the sliders have been automatically set to C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. Choosing CMYK Sliders isn't like converting the whole document to CMYK. It would be more akin to checking if the CMYK values are right. I believe in this case, the values for Black should 100 for every slider.

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