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Jim Monson

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    Analyzing J.S. Bach fugues, cantatas, etc. Glad I was born "after" Bach and not "before."

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  1. Thanks, Garry. Much appreciated. My doc is too big to send and has proprietary material in it. In the coming days I will bring it down to size, check it out in terms of selection and if necessary get back to you.
  2. Thanks, R C-R. My problem is not selecting objects/texts which are not in a Layer. This I can do. My docs have multiple Layers and sublayers with objects and texts in most of them. Assuming that all of these are unlocked and visible, it appears that I must be on a specific sublayer in which the object is located in order to select it, or in the Layer in which that sublayer is located, and then the object can be selected onscreen via CMD click. However, if I then try to select something in a different Layer onscreen via CMD click, I cannot select it onscreen via a CMD click without first selecting the Layer or sublayer in which it is found. Going to the AffDesigner persona does not solve the problem, although the problem does not exist in a native AffDesigner doc with a myriad of Layers and sublayers. Question: In APub how can I select an object/text onscreen in any unlocked layer using CMD click?.
  3. What does "Edit All Layers" do, the icon at the bottom left of the Layer's panel? I find nothing on the forum, and help only says to click on it. What does it toggle since it does not appear to do anything in my layers? Does it have to do with the above posts?
  4. Once again, thanks, Walt. I often use the small arrow icon to direct text flow to another window but did not notice the small red dot. Works beautifully. Affinity as so many little helps once they are known. You should compile various Affinity "icon charts," Walt. I'm sure many would appreciate it.
  5. While text overflow issues were discussed in the "Affinity Publisher 1.8.3 - Text Overflow issue," I would make this suggestion here. Could turning the Hide Overflow box in Text Frame be put in Keyboard Shortcuts? As yet I have not found it there. Here's my reason. In creating a new text in APub I often work with various older and longer texts in the same doc, each in their own text frame and background fill, but without the full text showing until I need it so as to save page space. A quick keyboard shortcut would allow the user to reveal the entire text without going to the Text Frame panel and clicking the box. Thanks, and I hope I have not overlooked this as already a keyboard shortcut.
  6. Will try to do this when it comes up again, Walt.
  7. PS: Save your time. I remembered that one must be in Preview Mode for the Show Bleed option to be enabled. I still have a question as to "Rasterized" appearing on the layer edited when returning from APhoto persona to APub. Does anything actually happen to the doc or is this simply to notify the user that the doc has been in APhoto? - - - - - - - My doc in APub has raster maps with vector objects/texts overlaid. In APub I went to APhoto persona, selected the raster tif I wanted to edit, finished the edit and went back to APub. Some comments and questions. 1. In APhoto every thing was a of course rasterized but only the map raster tif layer was impacted by my editing. Thus APub maintained the both the layer and the raster/vector distinction, but I wonder if it changed something else in my doc. It did change the layer name to "rasterized," but I see no difference in resolution. Does anything else happen in this process? 2. Back in APub, I now see that I cannot Hide Bleed (my 4.5 pt four-side bleed). Is this a result of going into APhoto persona and back to APub? I have quit the APub doc and even rebooted but the problem persists. Although I can turn the bleed off when exporting my trial PDF, I see no other settings that might create this problem. I am including a small snap of what I see when I have Show Bleed on and Show Bleed off. The vertical line is the faint bleed line in APub. In the Show Bleed off snap, the part of the map to the left of this line has always been hidden with Show Bleed off, hidden until I used the APhoto persona and returned to APub.
  8. Both Move and Node tool have been working beautifully using CMD (Mac) in APub (and its AD persona) to select a text or an object. All of a sudden this has stopped working in the same document where it has been working well. I now must select every text or object via the layer panel. All layers and sublayers are unlocked. Might this be a bug or could have unknowingly unactivated this useful feature? PS: I find that a in different map that I am editing (in the same APub doc), the CMD/click to select works well. Thus it appears that it is a layer/sublayer problem and not a APub doc problem. Again, all layers and sublayers are open.
  9. The Sources panel is very useful, but I have run into a problem. I have precisely positioned the pixel art (what I wish to clone) in a separate layer on the doc to which want to clone it. However, when chose the pixel layer that contains this pixel art and click to add it as a source, only the name of the doc to which I want to clone appears. Question: Must I use a separate document as a pixel source (as the above video states) or can I make the pixel source a layer within the same document I am editing? If so, how can I select this layer in my Source panel? Edit Added Later: I believe I've solved my query. I was attempting to clone pixel art from Af Photo to APub in AffPhoto persona. I had to bring both docs of pixel art into APhoto. Thus not all features of APub in AffPhoto persona work in this regard. Am I correct in assuming that one must have both docs in native APhoto? My question remains. Must I have two separate docs or can I clone from one layer to another in the same native AffPhoto doc?
  10. Yes, Lagarto, I've noted that, also, but if I am in completely different top layer, it clicking, even with various modifiers, still does not select. I have found, however, that when I have various sublayers and sub-sublayers that if I select the very top layer and proceed as you noted that I can get the item below selected - but of course the layer/object of what I have selected is then selected (as it should be) and to select something else in the same top layer I must again select that top layer. Sorry to be complicated, but hopefully someone at Affinity is listening. If all layers/objects are unlocked I would like to be able to Ctrl click anywhere (even a couple of clicks) and get to what I want to edit. I hope your maps of Greece and its islands are coming along well, Lagarto. Wish I could be on one of them now....
  11. Thanks, fde101! I've see that bar for years and never paid attention to it. I should have guessed that Affinity designers would tuck such useful info where it was handy.
  12. In Publisher it appears that one must be "in" a layer or sublayer in order to use the CMD modifier to select an object or a text. The necessity of selecting the layer in which the object or text is located slows work flow. I realize that Publisher has the safe guard of not allowing selection to take place if the layer is locked, but even when all relevant layers or sublayers are unlocked, it appears that one actually has to have selected the layer or sublayer in order to select a text or object and edit it. Also, if the user is on a top layer that has sublayer, then the cursor jumps to the appropriate sublayer, and to select something in a parallel sublayer one must select that sublayer or return to the top layer. This takes up valuable time. Am I missing something?
  13. Great, anon2, and many thanks. I should have tried all of the modifiers since if one worked (OPT) then the others or a combo of them should have been obvious. Affinity would not do the one without the other. You have made my day!
  14. I have found that if I Save As to a new name, the size of the file drops significantly, perhaps due to the fact that Affinity as a feature that preserves what you have done in the background in case of a crash or loss of electricity. There is also the matter of saving ones history with the document (under FILE) if it is on. I have found that this adds up and uses up RAM after a lot of work on a document. Pasting your work into a new document would bring these background features down to zero. During a day's work I often Save As my work by simply adding a letter to the date suffix I have in my document name (xxx_200411a to xxx_200411b, etc.). This seems to keep my file size down and also gives me a backup until I clean out these files, being sure that my current document is 100% okay
  15. Affinity's use of the mousewheel is very helpful indeed. Adding this feature to panels such as Character and Paragraph would speed up ones work flow. Currently I must move my mouse over to these panels and manually scroll down.
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