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    h_d reacted to Roberto1972 in Does Publisher feature PagePlus-like scheme colors?   
    Yes! Thanks!
    It took a bit figuring out and testing but that's exactly what I was looking for: changing the global color indeed changes the color of all text set to that global color.
    I noticed the color was added to pallette 'Document'; haven't checked it out yet but I'm wondering if I can use the global color in other documents, too.
    Initially started to check out the 'Find and Replace' tool: I wouldn't be surprised if Affinity would offer exotic 'find arguments' and indeed: a whole list of options including color.
    However, changing color worked once while at next attempts the 'Found results' panel stayed empty.
    Oh well, global colors works like a charm :-P
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in Bought all desktop apps through Mac App Store   
    As far as I can see, the only time Serif might remove a successful commercial product from the App Store (or indeed their own store, or the Windows store) would be when they release Version 2. At that point, if you wanted to continue using version 1.X rather than paying for an upgrade, you would have no access to an online replacement for your original software. Which brings us back to backups...
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    h_d got a reaction from A_B_C in Unable to hide Special Characters   
    It would be much better if AD. had a command to display or hide them.
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    h_d got a reaction from Old Bruce in Unable to hide Special Characters   
    It would be much better if AD. had a command to display or hide them.
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    h_d got a reaction from walt.farrell in Unable to hide Special Characters   
    It would be much better if AD. had a command to display or hide them.
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    h_d got a reaction from Peternel in Comma Aligment problem   
    I'm not sure if it is the default - no way of checking without resetting my Publisher, which I'm not keen to do 
    Hanging punctuation goes right back to Gutenberg...
     
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    h_d reacted to Peternel in Comma Aligment problem   
    Fair enough :), thx alot!
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    h_d got a reaction from MikeW in Unable to hide Special Characters   
    It would be much better if AD. had a command to display or hide them.
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    h_d got a reaction from Peternel in Comma Aligment problem   
    In the Character panel, check your settings for Optical Alignment:

    Set to Manual, you can control the settings for hanging punctuation. Set to None, punctuation marks will be contained within the text frame.

    Hope this helps!
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    h_d got a reaction from th_studio in Unable to hide Special Characters   
    If you create a Publisher document, save it while Show Special Characters is checked in the Text menu, and then open it in Designer, it will as @walt.farrell says display special characters, which is not normally a feature of Designer .
    As far as I can see, the only one way to reverse the process is to close the document in Designer, re-open it in Publisher, turn off Show Special Characters and then save it again before closing. The next time you open it in Designer, the special characters will not be displayed.
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    h_d reacted to R C-R in Difficulty starting the program (split)   
    You are probably right about that, but as you mentioned a lot of apps (including quite a few Apple ones) also do not offer that Dock menu option, so it is not really a standard Mac app feature.
    Anyway, all I really wanted to do was to add a bit more detail about the different close options to what you mentioned ... but I kind of got carried away thinking about all the various things that can influence that. 
    My only excuse is my thinking is more scattered & fuzzy than usual this morning because I overindulged at a marathon Thanksgiving celebration yesterday. Sorry about that.
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    h_d reacted to GarryP in Curves Disappearing After Selection   
    Ah, the context toolbar, no wonder I couldn’t find it in the menus.
    As h_d said above, the Selection button on the context toolbar immediately converts the curve to a selection which isn’t what you want.
    Since you seem happy and comfortable using curves to isolate images, one simple technique is to:
    * draw your curve over your image;
    * adjust it to get it just right;
    * using the Layers Panel, drag the image layer into the curve layer.
    See my very-quickly-and-crudely created GIF for a demonstration.
    This technique eliminates the need for filling curves or hiding layers or creating masks.
    Once you have a curve you can add it to your Assets and drag a copy out whenever you need the same ‘clipping path’.
    There are other methods but recommendations would depend on the exact image you’re isolating.
    Does anything said above help or are you still needing more help?

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    h_d reacted to jackamus in Layers of artboards   
    Duplicating would appear to be the best choice for me.
    I have done this before but by accident! I started out with a load of pdf pages and wanted to add more using AD. I was able to make the existing pdf pages into artboards and then as I progressed with more pages I 'copied' a previous page and deleted its content and added new content also I added a page number.
    When I finished my work space contained 40 artboards corresponding to the layers. If I needed to edit one page I just zoomed in to it and edit it. This may not have been the most efficient way to have done this but I did get a good result.
    However with the above advice I could do it again only more efficiently.
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    h_d got a reaction from dambova in Placing a long Word .docx document   
    Sounds like a job for Autoflow. There are instructions in the help files, but basically you draw one text frame, paste in all your text, then shift-click the Text Flow button (red triangle) on the right-hand side of  the frame. Publisher will automagically create new pages and frames to accommodate your text.

     
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    h_d reacted to thomasbricker in How do I create a radial gradient mask to create a glowing ball effect?   
    Hello All,
    Just to follow up, I did resolve the technique.
    Two great ways to do it, either with a radial fill within a shape which ends with a transparency value of zero, or the same thing with a mask on a layer with a gradient fill.
    See attached screenshots.
    Thanks h_d for your suggestion.
    Problem solved.


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    h_d reacted to R C-R in Color picking with the brush in Affinity Photo   
    Whatever they are doing, there must be more to it than simple browser detection. I say that because in Safari on Macs, the "Develop" menu can be enabled via a checkbox in Preferences > Advanced. One of its items is "User Agent," which allows Safari to identify itself to servers as other browsers. Among them are Microsoft Edge & Firefox & Google Chrome for Windows. But it does not matter which user agent I choose because I always get the Mac help pages with the modifier key symbols instead of the Windows text.
    I wish that instead of (or in addition to) whatever 'clever' things they are doing, they gave us an option to serve either the Window or Mac versions. This would be really helpful for those of us who work only on one or the other OS & are trying to supply or quote the correct info in forum replies for each OS. It could be implemented something like language detection is now -- while it automatically serves the language version based on IP address (or whatever), we still have the option via the popup menu to get any of the other 9 supported language versions.
    As for the wrong key errors, to be fair about it there are 10 language versions & apparently for at least some of the topics different ones served to Windows & Mac users, so I guess that means up to 20 versions per help topic to check for errors. Considering that there are hundreds of pages, three apps, & lots of updates to keep track of, I am surprised that what is probably a relatively small documentation staff has not let a lot more errors go unnoticed.
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    h_d reacted to walt.farrell in Color picking with the brush in Affinity Photo   
    Interesting. Here's what I see:

    So they've done something to automatically show the proper keys for picking the color.
    But note that it ends up showing the wrong keys on the Mac view of the page for the "(Windows)" information, and it shows the wrong keys on Windows for the "(macOS)" entries.
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    h_d got a reaction from Cecil in How do I create a radial gradient mask to create a glowing ball effect?   
    Not sure if this is what you want but...
    Use the rectangle tool to create a rectangle layer above your image layer, extend the shape to a square whose sides are a little bit larger than the diameter you want your gradient. Place the centre of the square where you want the centre of your gradient to be. Set the fill to radial gradient,  choose a strong colour at the left end of the gradient fill pop-up, set the opacity of the right end to 0. Use the Gradient tool and the sliders in the fill panel to adjust according to taste...

    Screen Recording 2019-11-20 at 22.40.49.mov  
     
     
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    h_d reacted to catlover in How do I create a radial gradient mask to create a glowing ball effect?   
    To KiKi : My humble apologies !
     
     
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    h_d reacted to catlover in How do I create a radial gradient mask to create a glowing ball effect?   
    The cat looks very proud of himself after having had a go at the settee 
    And thanks for the video !
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    h_d got a reaction from R C-R in How to transfer all settings to new computer   
    Also worth remembering that just transferring the com.seriflabs Application Support files won't necessarily transfer application preferences; application saved states; Finder prefs for opening files (eg I have mine set to open .jpgs and .tiffs with Affinity Photo, default is Preview); or system Security and Privacy settings that relate to the apps:
     

     
    These are transferred by Migration Assistant along with your other user settings. Of course you can  set them all up again when prompted or needed,  but it's a bit of a trade-off against the undoubted glacial progress of Migration Assistant.
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    h_d reacted to R C-R in Can't get the color replacement brush to work   
    If I understand this correctly, you have a pixel layer with several black lines, probably created with the Brush tool with various brushes, hardness settings, etc. so they are not solid sharp edged lines. You want to have more than one version of this layer, with identical brush strokes except for their color.
    If I have that right, try this:
    Duplicate the layer. Select the Paint Brush Tool & a large hard edged brush like maybe the round 128 px one from the Basic set. Any similar brush will do as long as it is 100% hard, 100% opaque, etc. Set the brush color to whatever you want & tick the "Protect Alpha" checkbox in the context toolbar. (See note below if this checkbox is not visible.) Select the topmost duplicate layer & paint over the lines. With Protect Alpha enabled, the brush should change only the color of the lines without affecting anything else.  Note: since Protect Alpha is the rightmost item on the context toolbar, if your workspace window is not wide enough to show it, you can click on the ≫ icon to pop up a submenu with that item on it.

    EDIT: added recoloring brush strokes example.afphoto with History included so you can move the History slider back & forth to see the steps I used.
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    h_d got a reaction from walt.farrell in How do I create a radial gradient mask to create a glowing ball effect?   
    Not sure if this is what you want but...
    Use the rectangle tool to create a rectangle layer above your image layer, extend the shape to a square whose sides are a little bit larger than the diameter you want your gradient. Place the centre of the square where you want the centre of your gradient to be. Set the fill to radial gradient,  choose a strong colour at the left end of the gradient fill pop-up, set the opacity of the right end to 0. Use the Gradient tool and the sliders in the fill panel to adjust according to taste...

    Screen Recording 2019-11-20 at 22.40.49.mov  
     
     
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    h_d reacted to R C-R in cant remove NOTO fonts   
    Even for those of us using older Mac OS versions there are probably quite a few system fonts we would never use & so would prefer for them not to clutter up the Affinity context toolbar pop up 'all fonts' list of every enabled font. I know I would.
    Since this list is generated by the OS & Affinity (like most other apps) just displays it, I doubt there is anything they can do to change that. However, for Mac users using Font Book to manage their fonts, there is already a feature that offers a partial workaround for this:
    If in Font Book you create a Collection, in the Affinity Character Studio the font popup that defaults to "All fonts" will include each of them along with the Affinity "Favorites" & "Missing Fonts" filters.

    Font Book Collections can include or exclude any fonts you want, whether they are system or not, so you can create as many collection filters & name them however you want (but don't use a name that is exactly the same as the  Affinity "Favorites" one).
    This is a useful feature but to use it you have to open the Character panel & select all the text, so it would be great if they could find some way to add this filter to the context toolbar font popup list, like maybe as a replacement for the Affinity "Favorites" filter as a secondary popup menu, if that makes any sense.
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    h_d got a reaction from firstdefence in Placing a long Word .docx document   
    Sounds like a job for Autoflow. There are instructions in the help files, but basically you draw one text frame, paste in all your text, then shift-click the Text Flow button (red triangle) on the right-hand side of  the frame. Publisher will automagically create new pages and frames to accommodate your text.

     
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