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Bob Grahame

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  1. If an Affinity DAM is likely a possibility for the future, can somebody suggest an alternative that could be used in the meantime? It would be nice to find something that an Affinity product could read so catalogs could migrate.
  2. I use iView Media Pro v3, or I should say, I have been using. It has lasted me for about 15 years and was way ahead of it's time. This is important for a DAM because of the possible massive number of assets. One can jump around from photo editor to editor, but your DAM has to last. Thus I arrive at my problem. Yesterday I launched iView and saw the dreaded "iView needs to be updated." I never upgraded when it passed to Microsoft and became Express, and Phase One wanted a pile of dough for the product which seemed to have lost some of its robustness and was basically old code which had never been updated. It did its job very well for a long time without the need to upgrade. Now it is discontinued. There is no replacement and apparently no other product can open iView catalogs. My collection is dead. iView will open, but catalogs seem to have lost all data such as ratings. So it looks like I have to start over with 15 years of digital photography. I need something simple that can hand off to my Affinity software. Since I am on the Affinity bandwagon, I would like to toss in my vote. Please do something basic to get started and add features down the road. A fast sorter/cataloger that integrates with Photos, Designer and Publisher seems important necessity. A central hub that can handle the management of assets used by projects and files built in Affinity software.
  3. I was complaining that I could not drag guides from rulers using the Move Tool, however, I discovered I could using the Node Tool. A Windows user was telling me to use the Move Tool. We decided the Mac and Windows versions don't match in this regard. Guides can be dragged from rulers in both Designer and Photo in the Mac versions, Publisher for Mac is not right.
  4. Fair enough. I'll try to keep an eye on what I do to see if it happens again and catch what might trigger it.
  5. Bingo!!! Done and works now. I guess the question to ask is how did this happen in the first place? I don't recall tinkering under the hood much. Many thank, it not a bug unless a bug caused the problem.
  6. I restarted my computer and logged in as another user (I keep a separate Admin. account). The Move Tool work for setting guidelines. Then I tried changing a few things, such as page size and measurements in Document Setup, etc. and could not cause the problem. I switched users back to my regular account and launched Publisher and the problem returned. I tried resetting the User Defaults in Prefs. and I can't solve the mystery. Weird!!!
  7. Yup, the Move Tool is V in he prefs. I don't have any keyboard shortcut tools installed. It would be difficult to find out if some other application or process running in the background might be interfering with Publisher.
  8. I'm wondering if anybody has done a Affinity-Shortcuts-Cheat-Sheet for Publisher? Or is it too soon with possible changes still to come?
  9. CheatSheet is working for me too. Sometimes it comes up a little too fast and other time just right. Very useful! Thanks
  10. OK, I have now tested this over and over. I cannot set guidelines using the Move Tool, not even with any modifier key. Node Tool Yes. Go to Photo and the Move Tool works for guides. What is going on? Any ideas? Why is my Mac different? Am I missing something here?
  11. The Move Tool works for guides in both Photo and Designer on the Mac. So it appears the Mac version of Publisher needs to be changed. No wonder I was surprised when I couldn't do it!
  12. Hmmm… on the Mac version, he Node Tool has no shortcut and A does nothing. This must be differences between Mac and Windows versions. Hopefully this will all get sorted out and become uniform between versions.
  13. The Artistic Text Tool and Frame Text Tool have the same keyboard shortcut. I'm wondering if there is a good reason for this? I hover over the Frame Text Tool and find T is the shortcut. So I hit T, go to drag out a box and find I have the Artistic Text Tool. Maybe I'm missing something here.
  14. I see that the KeyCue price coverts to $30 CAD. Is the difference between KeyCue and CheatSheet worth the price. I'm going to try CheatSheet.
  15. If I press T and I'm not paying attention to the cursor, I can end up typing a 't' if I press T again to change the tool. I wonder if they could change it to A for Artistic Text? I suppose that, since they use M to toggle the Rectangle, Ellipse and Round Corner tools, that having the text tools toggle too makes sense.
  16. I can't drag guides from the rulers with the Move Tool, but I can with the Node Tool. I just tested it again in the latest beta version. I notice that you are on Windows. Is it possible for the Mac and Windows versions to be different?
  17. I think you mean the node tool. It would be nice in the Guides Manager to have a new guide automatically be highlighted for the value to be entered. What would be really cool is to use the Node Tool to rough out the placement of guides by dragging and then go into the Guides Manager and be able to use some keyboard shortcut to go down through all the guides and just type in the exact value (i.e. round off the roughed in value). Let's say, Option-Tab. So open Guides Manager and see the guides with rough values, such as 1.002 in. Hit Option-Tab and type 1 to set 1 in. and then Option-Tab again to go to the next guide and highlight it. Maybe this is already possible and I have not yet discovered how. This has been the case for me with a few features.
  18. Bob Grahame

    Testing Affinity Publisher (Mac) Auto-Update

    During the Extraction, I saved my open documents and then switched back to the update window. No problems! Update successful. Good job team!
  19. I'm not sure if this is a bug, a feature that might need improving, or me missing how this works. I usually check my documents to make sure no stray fonts managed to get in, perhaps as an invisible character. I'm not clear as to what should happen when I select a font that I don't want and then click 'Locate'. It seems to take me to the page, but I was expecting the text with the font in question to become highlighted. I said, it seems to take me…, but as I click on other fonts in the list, the pages don't always change. Since the text does not seem to be getting highlighted, I'm not sure if this feature is working correctly. I just did a little experimenting. I changed some text to a different font not used in the document. Locate found the usage and highlighted it, however, I had Text Rulers on and the highlighted text was under the ruler so it was obscured. Other fonts in the Font Manager list that are stray do not get located. While experimenting, another font appeared in the list. Selecting that one and clicking the locate button also did not show anything. Where would these odd fonts be? On second thought, perhaps there is a bug in here somewhere. Separate Locate Next and Locate Previous might be handy. I notice that Undo and Redo can go backward and forward, but if you make another edit, Undo would be problematic. I don't know if a Locate All feature could work in some way. Then a 'Change All Instances', or 'Change Selected' would be a time saver for a very long document. Would a locate only in current text box and linked text boxes option be useful? How about, 'Exclude Placed Graphics', since AD files could be searched too and one would not want to change the font in a logo or other important graphic.
  20. I have a book that I want to layout. It has the usual beginning pages that include a TOC. Then I have three sections, each with over a dozen short chapters. The end has a glossary, etc. I am thinking of doing three separate AP files and using the Section feature for each chapter. After outputting the final PDFs, I would have to merge them for the printer. I have used Scrivener to write the book and would probably make changes there and then copy the text to AP. In AP I will add a few images which can't, of course, be anchored to the text flow yet. So I am wondering if this is a good approach, given that it is necessary in the first version of AP to do text flow and image placement within the text manually. Is there a better way? I have done several chapters with images to work out a template, design and other aspects.
  21. Impressive at first look for a first beta. I come from QuarkXPress and I find AP intuitive. • Projects – What if you have several related files (stationery, brochure, etc.) and you want to them to share resources and formatting. If you add another item to the project, such as a booklet, could you pick up the resources and formatting? • Long documents – Sections, etc. How to handle long documents. • Issues – Publications with several locations, etc. Maybe ads change from region to region. • External copy editing while layout is being worked on. Could a text editor be used to edit placed text and have it update on the page geometry? • Versioning – is that Save History? Can you revert to a previous version. • Step and Repeat – Such as 4 across and 8 down, duplicate. • Repurposing – eBooks, web, etc. I am writing a book using Scrivener. I want to do my own layout, since I have a graphics and printing background and have been hoping AP will be ready by the time I am ready to layout my book. Scrivener recently included an option to output to software called Vellum.
  22. Bob Grahame

    Feedback on initial look

    Thank you so much for your attention to my queries. I'm not sure what you meant about the history or snapshot idea as being photo specific. Scrivener has Snapshots with Compare (original with current version) and Roll Back. The snapshot text can be copied. Maybe that's a way to handle changes for various regions of a publication.
  23. I am having trouble getting the Text Ruler to show, so I typed a couple of extra tabs to move the type for the time being. Suddenly, the Toolbar, Studios, etc. all disappeared. Then the graphic behind the text box I was editing disappeared. I may have accidentally clicked in the graphic (a Designer file) which may have caused the text in the graphic to overflow the text box. But, that was after the top and side panels disappeared. Command-z brought the graphic back and Reset Studio got every back in view. I was not unable to replicate these issues, however, I just tried again and the Studios, etc. disappeared again. Typing a tab seems to sometimes mean Hide Studio because that is what get a check mark.
  24. Bob Grahame

    Text Ruler won't show

    I get it now. If the text was entered on the page using the Artistic Text Tool, the Text Ruler is not available. The text must be copied and pasted into a Text Frame to see the Text Ruler. It is not possible to convert the text to add the frame. Perhaps an Add Frame to Text would be useful. Thanks
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    Text Ruler won't show

    I know I have seen the Text Ruler, but now I can't get it to show so I can edit my tabs.
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