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  1. Ah, the good old days. My first experience with FrameMaker was version 3 running on Sun IPCs.
  2. I tried using that patch to allow Mojave to be installed on my older version machine and it took the performance through the floor. I ended up having to reinstall the OS to clean it up. I'm running the afpub beta on my laptop that has High Sierra and I get really good performance from the application.
  3. It looks like you can only use a font to create the bullet symbol, not a custom icon. At least, I don't see any way that you can choose an icon for the bullet. As an alternative, you could layout the menu using a table and position the icon in a cell. Then using the Assets studio panel, have all of your icons as assets and just drag and drop them into the correct cell.
  4. I would like to be able to have templates for the consistency that I would need across documents. We used chapter templates for the books that contained all the text styles and page layouts that we needed for our work. We had templates for the main chapters, plus, templates for Index, Master Table of Contents, Title pages, and Legal page (where the copyright info and legal text was spelled out), Having the ability to create a template that can be used to start a document is a critical feature for professional technical writers. And yes, I know that I can create a blank document to be used as a template, but the problem with that is eventually someone is going to save some changes over the "template" file. The value of having the ability to create a new document using a template is that the template document is unnamed and must be saved and named after making changes. Also, I'm not expecting Affinity to supply that kind of template with the release of the application. I agree with you that having some templates for various kinds of documents really does help people who are just starting out with the application.
  5. But what I was thinking is that If I export the default style list, it would be in the right structure already. I could potentially edit that as a starter kit and copy and paste the basic structure to make as many text styles as I wanted. And your suggestion of a master set of styles would also be a great addition.
  6. I was thinking about XML handling last night while I was working on some text styles. What about using XML to define the Paragraph and Character values in Publisher? You export the text styles catalog as an XML file, then you could edit it in a text editor, then reimport it to update the styles in the document. You'd be able to search and replace values in the XML to make major tweaks to the way the text is laid out. That would also make it easy to keep a master set of text styles separate from a document.
  7. Thanks, Walt! I didn't realize that it was visible in the Navigator panel. I don't usually have that one visible. I knew about the zoom tool, but the moment you use a different tool, the info is gone. Just checked the navigator panel and that's exactly what I wanted.
  8. I would like to be able to click on a control on the toolbar to adjust the zoom factor for the document I'm working on. I know that I can go to View>Zoom> and pick on, or use the shortcut keys to change the zoom, but it would be nice to have a control that allows a single click and select (and that shows the zoom factor). So if I picked 200%, the face of the control would show that was my zoom factor.
  9. Here's what is looks like if I merge the top two cells.
  10. Here's an example of what I did: I set the Frame Stroke to 4.5 pt and the stroke color to white. Then I set the Stroke and Fill on the Cells to 4.5 pt and the fill color to white as well. In your case, you would set both to the background color on you document. I also set the insets for the cells to .1 inches so that the text would be in the colored part. The Frame controls the outside of the box on the table and the Stroke and Fill control the inner parts. Does that give you what you want?
  11. I don't see any way to do this: How do you remove the IOS assets listed in the Assets panel? It's a great collection of items, but they are totally irrelevant to the document I'm working on. I'd like to remove that list and start to build out my own list. I don't want to just delete them because they might come in handy in a future project.
  12. Have tried using the Table>Show Table panel? The Frame portion sets the space around the table frame. The Cell portion sets the spacing in the cells. Try adjusting the insets dimensions to see if that helps.
  13. You all know that I was joking when I suggested a t-shirt, right? Personally, I don't expect anything from the Serif team except another exceptional application at very affordable price. I volunteered to participate hoping that my input would result in a better product. I did that expecting no freebies or other rewards from the Serif team.
  14. A couple of thoughts--- When did Quark and ID add this functionality to their applications? Was it available in the first release? MEB has said that this is on the roadmap; it's just not in the first release of the application. It's not possible to deliver a first release product that has all the bells and whistles of competitive products that have been developed for years. Just about everyone on this board has a feature or function they perceive as critical and want it in the product now. That's just not possible with the limited resources that Affinity has. Let's give the team time to finish off what's in the pipeline for this first release and then they can start looking at the roadmap for future enhancements. Oh, and they have two other excellent products that are going to be updated so that they are all on the same base engine as Publisher.