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Paul Martin

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  1. You clearly have no idea how many users are not merely "layout artists" but writers, editors and proof-readers of their own work. And I hate to harp on about Serif PagePlus, an older but more usable programme, but it does this with ease. Why go backwards and snub 20 years of faithful customers?
  2. Nope. Some of us have been badgering for this feature for many months. It's vital to anyone who has to be their own editor as well as layout artist, we have been ignored/fobbed off every time. For reasons I cannot understand, in terms of Serif's existing customer base, they don't want to do it. I'm waiting for someone to provide a tutorial for poor sods who, having prepared their layout, get told that one or more articles must be rewritten. I hope this issue has moved on since I - and others - first raised it, but there's nothing I have found in the tutorials to suggest it.
  3. I've had my say, here and elsewhere, about the bizarre lack of an internal wordprocessor, importing Word files etc. Currently, I'm trying to find ways of working with what we have. So here's a for-instance. I have a 2000 word article that I need to include in my newsletter and a contributor supplies it, late as usual, in Word format. I'm a cheapskate who hates Gates and uses LibreOffice Writer. It's pretty good, so I can load up the Word file and save it as RTF. I check it for the idiot contributor's usual mistakes, mis-spellings and inaccuracies and use Publisher's Place function to put
  4. There is a text to a path feature - I used it today. Of course, it works rather differently to what we Deepers are used to, but it is there. I'm rather coming to the conclusion that the only way to work is forget everyting you knew and work through all the Designer training videos, learn a new language and hope it proves worth the effort.
  5. Tsk, tsk - you young folk have no patience. Now when I was a nipper... I wonder how much of the problem is that features aren't where you would expect to find them - because the arhitecture is so different - and the help index doesn't much. For instance, I just wanted to create a dotted line. You might think "dotted line" would call up something? Nope. Eventually, I found that a similar question had been answered for another baffled user. The answer was, needless to say, "logical" but not "intuitive", in part because the Stroke unction - it shows a little dotted line! - doesn't do anythi
  6. I will investigate. I don't recall receiving any notification, though I have all three.
  7. I, too, have a a lot of investment in maps that I drew with Drawplus over the life of that excellent programme and the lack of any import facility per se put me right off Affinity Designer. What I can see is that AFD handles much greater magnification very well and, bluntly, may survive longer. So I set about transfering my "legacy" drawings to AFD via the PDF format. I was pleasantly surpised to find that, providing you are willing to expoert from the *.dpp file to PDF a single layer at a time, the layers can be successfully imported into AFD and built one by one into a new AFD file. Tedious?
  8. I get the error message that Designer cannot save embedded graphics as Assets. Is this to be expected and, if so, what is the alternative way to save a vector graphic from another programme other than Designer?
  9. So, the truth of it is that none of the development team (or its fans) understand that a DTP programme is not just another "graphics package" in which the text might all as well be Lorem ipsit dixit. Or that the parent company's most successful programme bar none, PagePlus, had a pretty sophisticated built-in wordprocessor WHICH WAS USED! I imagine somebody envisages lots of cool young feelance designers working with words that somebody else has laboured over, so somebody else will be responsible for musprunts. This, of course, means that the branch secretaries, vicars and small businessp
  10. Thanks both for your kind help. I can't say this is exactly obvious or intuitive design. In fact, I couldn't get it to work as described in a controlled fashion. Do you know if there is any reference to this in the Help system?
  11. I think we may be at cross purposes. I am used to using a DTP programme - the first Serif ever produced - which has an integral "word processor" that allows you to view and edit a given text "story" across all the frames in which it may be displayed as a single document. It seems that the authors have decided this is inappropriate for Affinity Publisher and so they have omitted such a feature. This may seem satisfactory to the layout artists who don't originate and/or edit their content, but I am quite certain it will be a disaster for most other users. This combined with the inability e
  12. I've just produced the simple 4-page newsletter that I do for a voluntary organisation using Serif PagePlus. As an exercise, I decided to duplicate it in Publisher. Now, I don't expect a brand new, beata version to compare directly for ease of use with a programme I have known man-and-boy. However, the experiment has borne out all my concerns about text-handling / text management (to mention but two prhrases unrecognised by the Help fundtion). And there isn't a "fit to frame" function, is there?
  13. What do you mean by "just open your .afpub file?" Isn't that what I do every time I start AP?
  14. I'd be pleasantly surprised if AF Publisher exported text to any useful format. It's as if the developers don't get the significance of text content unless it's the no more than the length of an advertising slogan. Lords help anyone working on text at the 11th hour when the lawyers demand an urgent change repeated in 20 places on a dozen pages. There you are with no internal text editor and no way to get the text into a competent wordprocessor. Bleah! Anyone got an answer?
  15. Hi Bad_Wolf. I also have found DTP engaging - a mixture of fun and exasperation. I always loved the fact that printing had hundreds of years of ingenuity and subtlety behind it that DTP tried to absorb and reproduce in about a decade. Good luck with your printers. I'm probably going to try a PDF output from Affinity Publisher on my printer sometime soon. Of course, it will work without any problems, won't it?
  16. Perhaps we should just agree that we put different interpretations on the phrase "text editor". As it happens, I get my of my content supplied in Word and I edit it there first for word count, spelling and grammar, but if you have to make substantial late changes, you don't really want to have to export as a text file, delete the original text and then re-import the revised text. As Powderizedbookworm suggests, it's a lot more critical when there' 50,000 words involved...
  17. No, Walt.farrell, the context was text editors within the programme such as Serif PagePlus has always had. Besides, Publisher can't handle *.docx files, so the not-unreasonable option of using Word is made clumsy by having to save text as *.rtf. I've said elsewhere that this is a key difference in approach - is it a "graphic artist's layout pad" or a "book editor's word processor" and the split goes all the way back to the 1980s and Aldus PageMaker or (Corel) Ventura. I rather suspect the "Mac side", i.e.dyslexic graphic artists, is winning here.
  18. This is a variant on the text-handling query, isn't it? Seems to me ther are quite a few of us concerned about just that - checking, amending, updating reasonably large quanitities of text.
  19. Yep, that would be pretty much my concern, too. As I say elsewhere, this seems to be going down the "PageMaker" route which is pretty hopeless for those of us who want the "Ventura" approach.
  20. Nowadays, I rarely do more than produce 4-page newsletters, but it is fascinating to see how the old polarity continues between the two types of DeskTop Publisher , with Pagemaker's "artwork" at one end of a continuum and and Ventura's "book/long document" at the other. Serif's PagePlus offered a very clever compromise; I'm not sure where Affinity Publisher is going yet, but it feels rather PageMaker-ish. The lack of a text-editor implies this, I think.
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