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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. Same problem here. I checked all three of my Spaces prior to my solution and Tools was nowhere to be found. I took a hint from your solution, Andrea, and tried changing my display back to 'Default' rather than 'Scaled.' That solved it, even when I changed from 'Defauit' back to 'Scaled.' Thus Tools must have been showing but was somehow off the screen. Thanks, Andrea!
  2. As I thought, Callum, there are limits, even for the great Affinity programmers. Thanks! Many thanks, Joachim. That worked! It came out beautifully even the linking of paragraphs. I never realized that this option would work so well. Much appreciated!
  3. I must bring many of my former Adobe files (Illustrator and InDesign) into AffDesigner and AffPUblisher after saving them in Adobe in the necessary Adobe format. They import, but of course the programming approach to layers being so different means that I must recreate these layers in Affinity. Sometimes a layer will come over, as well as the objects or texts in that layer. Most of the time, however, each individual parts of a graphic appear as a multitude of separate object in Affinity. One big problem is that entire paragraphs of text come over a separate lines (multi-lines). I understand why that it is in the transfer process, but I also wonder if Affinity has anyway to bring them into a single paragraph, short of copy/paste. I imagine that Adobe exports objects as a PDF, as SVGs or in the case of text on a path properly oriented but as individual outlined letters. Given what must be great challenges of going from Adobe to Affinity, I am happy for what I do get even though the reorganization task is tedious, but I also wonder if anyone has found ways to make the cumbersome Adobe format come more faithfully into Affinity (where thankfully it is much easier to work with!). In the past I have found that transferring each of my muiiltitute of layers and sub-layers separately sometimes worked, but recently it has not. Is this a new Adobe sabotage or perhaps dependent up many factors not visible to the user? I don't expect any magic solution, but any help would be much appreciated. PS: Yes, I could copy each text box in the InDesign doc, paste it into APub and reformat it, but that is very time consuming if a more effective way exists.
  4. I have thousands of small black ellipse curves (circles) of different sizes to show sands/dunes on a map. I need knockout so that black will not turn into process black. My global black of 0/0/0/100 was working very well after days of labor when I checked each of the CYMK using Print Production/Output Preview in Illustrator. After switching over from AffPub to AffPhoto to edit colors in a raster tiff in a completely different part of the doc, something happened so that I can no longer get my knockout. From AffDesigner I had outputted a PDF with the "sands" so that I could place the PDF inside an outline of the area of the sand. This worked very well (love in AffPub). When my knockout no longer worked (I could only get process black without knockout), I was using the same PDF. No input changes, but something happened in AffPub, even though I use the same export preset (with overprint not checked!). Is this a bug in AffPub that might be because I took the doc into AffPhoto (via the icon in AffPub)?
  5. Thanks once again, Walt. As you see, this was discussed above - but somehow I must have clicked Edit All Layers, turning it off and not noticing its slight change in appearance. I'll keep an eagle eye open for this in the future.
  6. Rather than send the doc, Gary, I thought I'd try sending a snap of the layers and some object visible within a selected layer. I'm wondering if the problem is the hierarchy of layers, i.e., Top Layer with six of what I call sub-layers below it, as seen in the attached below. I have tried moving layers around so that I only have three sub-layers, but that does not help. I do not have "Auto-scroll to see selection in layers panel" checked. If I select the top layer (above all sub-layers) and then CMD (on Mac)/click an object on-screen, I can go to any object in any of the six sub-layers. However, I am stuck there as far a making a new on-screen selection until I select the top layer again or go to the specific layer in which the object I want to select is found. Thus my question. In AffPub, how am I able to CMD/click and select *any on-screen object" in any of my sub-layers? I thought that this might be possible by going to Designer Persona in AffPub, but that does not solve the problem. Perhaps this is only possible by bringing up the map ii am editing as native Designer rather than via the AffPub Designer Persona. However, I then would have to do all my editing outside of AffPub and bring those layers from Designer back into Aff Pub. This would be a real chore/ Any ideas would be appreciated.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Will try to do this when it comes up again, Walt.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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