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  1. As far as export possibilities are concerned, I would dearly hope we can export to the Kindle format, retaining CSS styling without hard-coding in HTML. We publish poetry books and have to do some custom styling to get the formatting to handle correctly in the digital version. It's simple once it's set up, but it doesn't lend itself well to typical off-the-shelf prose formats. We always have to tweak the actual CSS. For example, I have a style called "NewLine" that is applied to the entire document (like a body style), coupled with "NewStanza" and "NewDoubleStanza" styles that handle things like this: {NewStanza}*First line of stanza 1. [NewLine}Line 2 that may run long and wrap down, with the runover automatically hung. {NewLine}Line 3 ditto etc. {NewStanza}The start of a new stanza with additional X points of leading and "Keep with Next" protection {NewLine} {NewLine} {NewLine} {NewDoubleStanza}A new stanza the same as a regular {NewStanza} but with double the amount of leading. *{NewStanza}, e.g., is CSS: < p class="NewStanza" >[Text]</p > I am doing all our poetry book publishing (futurecycle.org) by first styling in Libre Office for the printed version (because we dumped all Adobe products), then importing into Calibre to effect the HTML manipulation so I wind up with the clean styling and no hard-coded junk, then finally working in BBEdit to finalize the HTML before uploading to Amazon for the Kindle version. I'm hoping to switch completely to Affinity Publisher for this entire workflow sequence. So far I'm knocked out by how slick AP it's looking and already feel at home with it because I've been using Affinity Designer for our cover work since it came out. Before I put in a lot of testing effort with the Publisher beta, I need to know if you plan to have a STYLE-based (not hard-coded HTML) export to Kindle/export to ePub choice. See below. In the attached two files, the CS- one is exported from Libre Office as HTML. The hard-coding is completely hopelessly unworkable and what I want to avoid. I could care less if machines can read it; I've got to be able to read it myself and train other people in how to create and debug it. The KD- file was an import of the .odt file from Libre imported into Calibre, put through some automatic cleanup via routines I had to program, and then just the body pulled into the middle of the document header and footer for some manual cleanup in BBEdit and CSS tweaking. The KD- file is the kind of file I want to wind up with on an export from Affinity Publisher. (BTW, to explain why I did not link the CSS: Amazon KDP kept changing how it all worked and I didn't trust them. I'd love to be able to link CSS in Publisher and wind up with an export of what I need.) CS-RD-Arabesque-Interior.html KD-RD-Arabesque-Interior.html
  2. They added a PDF export that flattens. It's the one that has (Flatten) at the end of it. I have had no difficulty since then.
  3. dkistner1111

    blur edges only

    Hey, you guys rock.
  4. Well, duh! I was watching Affinity Designer tutorials this morning, something I must make more time for, and discovered the Transparency Tool with balloons tutorial. And there is the solution to my problem of not being able to feather the edges of photos to blend in with color-matched backgrounds. Once I get skilled with this tool, it will give me far more control than Illustrator's simple edge-feathering tool has. But the Elliptical type doesn't quite work the way I'd like it to, being that I often need to feather the edges of square or rectangular shapes. Linear works well, but then I have to make a copy of the photo for each edge I need to feather (usually two) and manipulate further in what should be a one-stop process. It seems to me that a logical place to add a feathering-type effect would be here to allow for both vertical and horizontal adjustment on a square or rectangular shape. Something like the Elliptical type but more squarish. Or maybe there is a way to adjust the Elliptical type to make it more squarish? I'll keep playing, but I wanted to let you know that this was a real relief to me to discover. Thanks, folks!
  5. dkistner1111

    blur edges only

    I really need feathering. As it stands now, I have to send my images that need feathering to my sister, who has the Adobe products, to do what used to be a very simple thing. It's the only way I can blend a smaller image into a background without a lot of extra work in other programs. It's very helpful that we can create a color palette from a document (i.e., the image) and find a background that comes close, but there is still the matter of the hard edge. Nothing else I've tried works as well as the old simple feather from Illustrator. Please, please, please....
  6. I spoke too soon, apparently. I never was able to get the front and back cover slices of that last job output and had to be content with the full PDF export. Now I'm working on another job, and I'm having the same issues. The full-canvas output prints fine but the individual slices print to white. The background is black, so it's not exporting anything for those slices, not the image or anything else. I checked the check boxes in layers in both the Export Persona and the Vector persona and discovered that one can have the exact same layers turned off in one but not the other. That doesn't make sense to me. But I dutifully went through turning everything on I need output, and I'm still getting white slices. I noticed that one can check a crop box to be on or off for export, but I tried both checking it and unchecking it, and it made no difference. I'm frustrated. This just started happening after a recent update to El Capitan on my MacBook Pro Retina. I've never had these problems before. I've got a 45 MB .adesign file that I can't easily upload, but if you need to see it I will do so. I took a few screenshots in hopes that will help you see what I might be doing wrong or what the problem might be. Let me know if I need to upload the AD file somewhere and give you a link to it. CS-WP-InThisMaybeBest-Cover1.pdf Back for Cover Slice.pdf Front for Cover Slice.pdf
  7. Ah! Thank heaven it was something so simple! Gaagghhh... THANK YOU!!!
  8. I'm having a similar issue, I think, today, and it's driving me nuts. My Design layer exports as white in the export personas. If I turn on the Template layer and/or the Adjust to Template layer, the items on those layers will export. I've looked and looked and looked and cannot see anything I've got set that might cause this problem. My individual AD file is too big, but here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/3L5npAVD0CmjH1Vatx1jgH1COTYxuGiOYMPLjLh9vAd?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy I'm attaching the PDF export from File/Export, which seems to be working, although I see I have more work to do on the haloing.... CS-MCH-ALittleBloodALittleRain-Cover.pdf
  9. Glad I found this. All morning I've been tearing my hair out trying to figure out why my artboards were exporting as white. Overlapping artboards it was!
  10. You're right. I did get it through the App Store. But it won't let me update it; it only lets me open it, and then I get the Affinity icon that shows 1.4. That's what I see in the About screen too. Could I actually be running 1.4.1 but the logo does not reflect this? Also, when you say it may take a long time to convert, how long is long? Does conversion keep working if I change focus to another program while it's working?
  11. This is the closest thing I've found to the problem I'm having. I initially set up an AD file with a CMYK color profile but because our printer has changed and an RGB color profile is preferred, I need to change it to sRGB IEC61966-2.1. When I attempt to do this in Document Setup, I get the indefinite spinning wheel and have to Force Quit. Am I doing something wrong? I have AD 1.4, not the latest update, but when I went to the Mac App Store to get the update, it was another purchase. I realized I probably bought AD directly from the Serif website. But I'm not seeing a link to directly download the update. Please help.
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    This topic is of great interest to me, and I just found this discussion of PD/X-1 vs. PD/X-3 http://www.newselfpublishing.com/blog/index.html#RGB I need to flatten transparencies for CreateSpace and have essentially been letting them do it for me because I didn't know how to do it in Designer, but I haven't always been happy with the results. I did find this: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/adobe-rgb.htm So I don't think I'll be following the advice to switch to the Adobe color space. I'm just wondering if anyone has any caveats for using the PDF/X-3 export persona for book covers (or anything else) meant for printing on a digital press. Up until now, I've used PDF/X-1.
  13. Thanks a bunch, guys...
  14. I know there's got to be a quick keyboard shortcut to activate the Select tool from a Zoom state, but I cannot make any of the shortcuts I'm seeing work. When I zoom up close, then click on the item in the layers list, the selection tool displays on the list; but when I go back to my workspace and click (which is intuitive behavior for me because I feel like I've selected already), I zoom in another level, which I never want. (I'm usually custom-kerning type when I do this.) I have to remember to click the layer, mouse to/select the Selection tool, and then click on the workspace. I'm wasting an awful lot of time having to do this and, when I forget, to undo the extra zoom level, then click through everything again. The screenshots I've attached don't show the relevant cursors, but in the smaller image, I'm clicking on the layer TITLE in the layers list and I've got a selection-tool cursor. When I go back to the workspace, the cursor shows the zoom-plus tool, and if I click on it I get zooming, which I don't want. Ideally, I wish I could change the behavior so when I click on the layer TITLE, it switches me into selection mode in the workspace by default. What am I doing wrong? Or what is the quickest way to accomplish what I'm trying to do? TIA. Diane
  15. I'm here on behalf of my 70-something sister, who I'm trying to wean away from Adobe Creative Suite because she's on low fixed income and cannot afford Adobe's highway robbery. She bought Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, but she is having trouble with her visual acuity diminishing and cannot see the tools. The grey-on-grey scheme may be pretty, but it's not terribly functional for those of us who are getting older. She is very depressed because she depends on her graphic design work to help keep her focus off her painful fibromyalgia, and it's her one great joy in life to be able to do design. She already has a big honking monitor, but the Affinity tools stay too small even when she's at full screen for her to be able to see well enough to work. Is it possible you could add a hover-over-tools feature that folks can enable to be able to see the tools better? I know you've got the tool tips, but they are really too small for people with older eyes (and I am one of them) to be able to read without straining. Or maybe a skin that people can apply who need help in this department?