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  1. Walt, thanks for your patience. I revisited my problem, and I don't know how I got all my problems, but I did discover how to set point size and leading. Once I discovered the identity of the proper icon, I no longer had difficulty setting the proper leadings, which is a function of paragraph settings (like Quark). I am amazed how good publisher is. I just have to adapt to the UI which, I know, can't violate the "look and feel" of the established applications. I am already using Designer and Photo with Quark Xpress. The printers have been able to use my PDFs. I will now finish with Publisher and see how that goes. Process work will not be a problem. Black and one or more spot colors may be. Duotones are not possible with anything but process colors. I think. I hope I am wrong about this this matter too. Again, I thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge.
  2. I haven't gotten into the Styles Panels, yet.My problem is being able to spec type directly into a layout, without deciding to set up style sheets.I just want to adjust the text in a two column box to result in two (approx.) equal columns.For this I select a readable size and adjust to fit (leading, spacing, hyphenation, etc..) I have sent a screen shot of an example. The text in the sample is 8.5 point Aveneer condensed with minimum leadings. I can't say how much leading, because there is no indication on the Character Panel or the horizontal bar above. The highlighted text reads 8.5 pt, even though it clearly isn't. The "Leading Override" box reads 9 pt… whatever that means. 9 points more? Than what? The Style Sheets are used in long or multiple documents for replication. Not for one-off application. So my question is: Can I spec a column of text in 8.5 Point on 9.5 pt. leading? And then make adjustments if necessary? Right now, the answer seems to be "no." I'll have to stick with Quark Xpress ( I no longer use Indesign.) I hope you guys show me otherwise because I think AP is almost there!
  3. Activating is not one of my font problems. I am having problems specifying a font by size AND leading. I don't see anyway of doing this in any Affinity app. In Publisher it's vital. Affinity is very strong on handling objects, but typography as text— not so much. There should also be some way to duplicate font formats on the fly, since it is difficult to determine actual leading and spacing. AP makes it difficult to even know what you are using. In AP, the eyeball is King
  4. Walt. Opening worked perfectly. Thanks so much. (I work on a Mac, I see you are a Windows guy. Good to see it works the same on both platforms.) Now, if I can figure out how to handle the fonts…
  5. I have tried to use a 2-page (Xpress) PDF as a template as I explore Affinity Publisher. Page one was no trouble, it was placed as expected. When I attempted to place page 2, page one was again placed. In the pull-down "place" menu, I had moved to the second page. It was there. But all I could get was the original page 1. I ended up taking a screen shot and scaling it to fit. This works for a template, but not for a placed PDF to be printed. What am I missing?
  6. I'm new to Publisher, as are most others. I am finding specking and manipulating type very difficult. For instance, I have found no way to set 14 point Walbaum (or anything else) with 16pt leading. There are two locations that indicate size, the horizontal tool (Menu?) bar and the character box. Only the horizontal tool bar affect a change in size. Changing the font size in the character box does nothing. There is no control labeled leading as such, just something called "Leading override" in the box, whatever that means. Leading is a hard number in points, regardless of font size. Auto leading is the default number of points allowed to a specific size. If this is what gets overridden, then the results should be in the total amount of points, not just the amounts added or subtracted. In any case the default leading appears huge, with no supporting data that I can see. Font layout is a trial-and-error eyeballing process. Unless I'm missing something, there is no way of controlling leading in the tool (Menu?) bar. The glyphs window for Bodoni ornaments resulted in a blank box, necessitating a trial and error search for the desired glyph. I don't yet know if this is generally the case or just with this font, or non-alpha numeric fonts. In any case the glyphs panel is needed in for searching through graphic fonts. Have I missed something?
  7. If I understand Petar's request #1, it's that all Global colors be labeled with their respective color components (CMK or RGB.) That's a minimum. I would prefer ALL swatches be thus labeled… and possibly editable to give the color a reference… all leaves, all pencils, etc.. In addition there must be a way to select a spot PMS color by typing its reference#. And the document swatch file must be available in list form with labels at all times. Color overprinting should be on an object-by-object basis. Or the object selection should override the swatch designation. Or both. Full-color printing or video art are not as demanding as spot color or flexographic art where every object is a specific ink or combination. AD should be as suitable as Illustrator. I would like AD to do simple jobs accurately. Affinity photo does a good job at refining photos, but right now, I find Affinity Designer makes simple print jobs more challenging than necessary. I would love vector blending and envelope distortion, but Designer has to handle color(s) better. Or at least let me know where I can find out what I'm missing. This is not in criticism of Perar's observations. His are more sophisticated and include things that Adobe has recently made available
  8. Not yet in Affinity. Illustrator is a monster! Just about anything you can imagine can be done. Affinity does almost everything you need get done. Vector blending will be a welcome addition.
  9. A really clear demo.It will still take me several times to get straight. But the information is all here.
  10. I would add support for spot color duotones. I don't believe a photo can be printed in, lets say, metallic gold much less gold and black. This is a necessity in packaging, flexographic printing, or high-end graphics. Not everything is just cmyk or rgb.
  11. Hi. I found this topic of interest also. I have not (yet) found the eclipse context menu that would control the length of the arc. However, I was able to draw a circle with a stroke > convert to curves > select a node with node tool > delete. This removed a segment of the circle between two nodes. Subsequent segments can be removed in set same manner. Placing a node on the path with the pen tool will control how much of the path gets removed. This is very close to the performance of the scissors tool in Illustrator. Similar results can be had using the crop tool. But I found that this was non-destructive and the "deleted" segments were invisible, but still there, just masked. I am not sure if I have misunderstood Alfred or GabrielM but I am submitting this in case it is different and can be of use. The color path is done with the Vector Crop Tool. The black segment with deleted segment of path. Segment tests.afdesign
  12. These simple "shadows" are no problem. What we are waiting for is a vector morph/blend that creates a shadow that fades in the contour of the original. This would help make the lightening bolt shadow more convincing. In any case, while the results look interesting and attractive, they look like extrusions rather than shadows which is OK. But this will improve when AD is able blend vector shapes. That's something Macromedia's Freehand could do. One day, AD will be able to also.
  13. Nivrams

    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Will there be font auto-activation? It's something Designer and Photo could use. It seems to me that with a page layout application, font auto activation would be a must. And a decent color management system.