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Daniel Geiger

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  1. I downsample for submission to journal (this is an illustration for a scientific paper), and have to standardize font-size etc. A workaround is to put all text into a folder, make folder invisible, export from master to .tif with 2008 pixel width (no resampling problems there), then copy - paste the text layers in again and adjust in the flat image file all the text layers. Rather convoluted, and straight downsampling of layered .afphoto document should work, after all.

  2. When using image resize with downsampling in multilayer document, some layers get completely degraded. See attached images: First one Fig9 6747 is 6747 pixels wide. I downsample it to 2008 pixels in second image Fig9 2008, and the bottom center elements turns into mush, the bottom left image also gets seriously soft. 

    If I copy paste from 6K master file and re-size in the 2008 file, the images look fine again. So it is NOT a problem of pixel numbers in the downsampled image, but the downsampling algorithm somehow goes crazy. 


    The problem could be that the top two photographs are very hires dSLR images, while the bottom ones are bad jpeg originals that were scaled up in their layers. It may be that when downsampling the master file, the bad file gets further downsampled as well, instead of retaining maximum information content. Some programming to the effect of retaining maximum information content in up-scaled layers should be doable. I did try the different resampling algorithms (bilinear to Laczos3) and all have the same effect.



  3. Please LINK images, and do not embed the images. I made a one-page 40x44" poster, with a few images, and it clocks in at 2.72 GB (gigabytes) !!! A similar document in QuarkXPress is 10.4 MB (megabytes). The Publisher document is 200 times bigger! Creating larger books with lots of large high quality images will be impossible. My last book had over 1200 pages, with over 1000 figures.

  4. On 6/21/2019 at 7:01 AM, Chris B said:

    @jnoyce and @Daniel Geiger - could you send me some sample files in their own folder (so I don't mix them up). It's working fine for me so I'd really like to see if this is image specific.

    Here is a Dropbox folder:


    Just uploaded a few images. Macro is: change color space to greyscale, duplicate layer, go to bottom layer, add layer, fill the added (middle) layer with black, and also has a line tool color and width preset included. So nothing complicated, really. I used that same macro in 1.6 and worked like a charm, so 1.7 is the problem. 

    Is there a way to download 1.6? This macro crashing is a serious problem for me. 

  5. I try to get the alternate row shading in table. I cannot figure out how Edit Table Formats works.

    I looked at 

    But that does not help. Make a 2x2 table. and go to Edit Table Formats. There is a 3x3 Table with dark gray triangles on the sides that can be moved up and down. No idea what that is supposed to be. Try to select a row in the 3x3, assign a color to that row, but it will color the entire 2x2 sample table in that color, not just one row. Tried all sorts of permutations on selection cells columns moving triangles, but whatever I do, the entire 2x2 table is colored in the same background. 

    Also looked at Help, and there is nothing specific in there either. 

    Having a video tutorial on the Edit Table Format interface would be great.

  6. I have a bunch of brush presets. With Eraser, when I use a particular eraser brush, then want to change to a different preset in brush palettes by clicking it, then go back to image to use that new brush, the old one is still active. So I have to select some brush other brush, then select the one I want (second step), and then the new brush is active. This is consistent, with restart of application and restart of computer.

    AP 1.70 on MacPro 2013 OS10.14.5

  7. Using AP 1.70 on MacPro 2013. Constant crashes after simple batch process of 3-20 images (7 MP tif, duplicate layer, add layer, fill, move layer, save). With parallel on and off. Restarting computer does not help either. Please fix.

    Never had this problem with AP before. Have used batch processing extensively. This is new.

    also tried beta version, but crashes after 0 images successfully processed in parallel, without parallel crashes after 1 image.

  8. Using AP 1.70 on MacPro 2013. Constant crashes after simple batch process of 3-20 images (7 MP tif, duplicate layer, add layer, fill, move layer, save). With parallel on and off. Restarting computer does not help either. Please fix.

    Never had this problem with AP before. Have used batch processing extensively. This is new.

  9. Thanks Dave. Cross referencing will be essential for dynamic numbering to be useful. For cross referencing, I can't see how a "Figure \#" could work. That works for automatic increments, but not for cross references where you need a specific descriptor for each element, like "Picture Flower" "Picture Dog" "Picture Cat". That is how Virginia System InSeq did it, and this is how Mellel implements it as well.

    My last book had 1042 figures over 1291 pages, and I did cross reference across documents and out of order. It would have been impossible to keep track of that many figures over that many pages without VirginiaSystem InSeq. My next book will be about the same order of magnitude. So this is not hypothetical, but very real.

  10. 8 hours ago, Steve Thackery said:


    I agree - this is an essential feature for me.  I need automatic figure numbering, and the ability to insert references to the figures in the text, such as 'see Figure 1', where the '1' is automatically updated as new figures are inserted.

    I've gotta say, Affinity Publisher is looking great for an early beta!  Congratulations to the team.

    Yes, I should have made it clearer that numbering also needs to be dynamic, and across multiple documents in books. Also agree on surprisingly good beta. 

  11. With script fonts (Dream Script), the various stylistic alternates are not necessarily grouped together even selection Unicode plus alternates in the Publisher glyph palette. Eg. s-alternates are interspersed with st-ligature. Sifting through the entire font is rather cumbersome. In QXP, I highlight a letter, select stylistic alternates in the glyph palette, and get up to about 8 alternates for that particular letter. Much easier to design with script fonts.

  12. Played around with it yesterday a bit, Have used ID up to CS5.5 and now QXP up to 2017. I am looking for solid long book publisher (1000 pages), particularly with figure numbering feature like what Virginia Systems had with InSeq plug-in. QXP does not have it (yet) so tempted by any purchase option. The linking of textboxes is too convoluted. The dedicated linking tool in QXP is much better. Have to look at Masterpages and whether it will generate automatic text boxes for long flows. Lots to explore ...

    Re word processor, look at Mellel. Particularly the search & replace feature is fantastic and on super steroids, and does auto-numbering of figures/tables. 

  13. Thanks for the info. In this case, it is poor design. I get the idea of checkbox to turn features on/off. HOWEVER, you have two menu options to toggle between, and if you go to the second option, it will not switch to that option. That is a clear design error. 


    If you would have Windows - Separated Mode as the only option with check mark on/off [no Merge All Windows], then that would make sense, or if you have one menu item that switches between separated Mode and Merge All Windows, that could also make sense. You see that with Show/hide features quite frequently. BUT the current implementation makes no sense. It is flawed logic.


    i also think that changed between AP 1.5 and 1.6. 

  14. I know how to toggle between separated and toggled mode. The issue is, that AP is stuck in Separated mode. I select Merge all Windows, but it will not do that. It just stays in Separated mode. Tried quit, open without image open and select Merge All Windows, with image open, but it just is stuck in Separated Mode.


    I am seriously thinking about deleting AP and re-installing it fresh. Is that really what I need to do? Seems extreme.

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