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  1. 1 If you have ever used iBooks Author (free by the way courtesy Apple) then you will know that Author is seriously faster to use for creating multi-page leaflets / books. Drop all the text in and it automatically generates and runs the text across 20 - 30 pages, or lots more in seconds. Unless I have missed something with Affinity Publisher you have to add text box after text box and link them together. This is so tedious and imprecise. 2 The software background colour is black. This may be smart but is a serious usability issue. Research web designers know that text is harder to read when it is reversed out - and so they avoid using it. Trying to read the Affinity screens in a bright room or in perhaps in a bright Mediterranean / Californian environment is difficult to virtually impossible. Senior professionals like myself will find that when you can't raise the type size of the reversed-out description text - even though I use a 21 inch screen - they will need a magnifying glass is (my eyesight is not that bad either). For maximum efficiency usability must take precedence over making the software look pretty (and copying Adobe and others). I know you plan other help videos - I suggest you have a simple speeded up leaflet creation with minimal voiceover - a 2-5 minute intro to the basics. An experienced user doesn't want to have plough through all the videos before they can get started. I have been using DTP software such as Aldus Pagemaker, InDesign and QuarkExpress for some 30 years - and reckon that Affinity is definitely on the the right track. And no doubt a modest price tag will make it worth buying. But when I can generate a very professional pdf leaflet for free, many times faster on iBook Author (despite some vices) - it's far from an attractive option. Time costs the professional money.
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    Two serious flaws

    Ah the text flow problem is resolved, although a little obscure - when iBooks Author is set to do this by default. The preference change resolves the usability issue - I suggest you sell the software with the Light option as default position. This will be good to give new look and feel and set a new sensible trend in the marketplace. Thanks
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    Pdf bugs

    I am very impressed with your software but have encountered a few bugs. I opened a pdf - so far so good. I edited the text, also OK. I save the file, also OK. I close the file and then reopen that file and Affinity Designer crashes. But it’s possible to create a blank document and cut and paste the elements from the opened pdf to the new document, and save and reopen. But what a chore to have to do this. When I open the pdf it creates a single view with a layer for each page. This is rather strange - if you are used to desktop publication. If I then print to pdf it saves only a single page pdf (the layer that's live). I would have to save each pdf page separately and merge them together outside the program. It will take multiple pages in but not publish multiple pages. Viewing thumbnails. According to help: ‘click View in the toolbar and choose Page Thumbnails.’ No such option is available with an opened pdf.
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