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  1. What I would like to see in AP is the ability to add text frames automatically when a page is created. There should be an ability to apply this or to not apply this. It would save a lot of hassle when copy and pasting text.
  2. Hi there to you all, Thanks so much for your efforts to bring us Affinity Publisher. It's very much appreciated. For the purpose of automation, I am setting up a document as a spread with a number of pages for a book. I have successfully set up Master Page A with running headers at the top on both sides and page numbers in the "footer" section in the centre of both facing pages. I want the first page of every chapter to start on the right hand side which is what AP is able to do very well. I have created a new single Master Page and called it B. I am trying to have a decorative glyph in the centre of the page just above halfway down the page. This is relatively easy to do. When I assign Master Page B to the first page the
  3. Hi there Carl123, Thanks so much for your suggestion. It worked very well. I never knew that this option existed. I think it could a be quite useful in future. Regards to you.....
  4. Hi there, After selecting "Insert Filler Text" under the Text menu, I am not able to select individual paragraphs to add a DropCap to the first paragraph and format any other paragraphs. This is important if one wants to see what options text layout has. Some people like the first couple of words in the first paragraph to have all caps, others like a drop cap. Not sure if this is a bug or if there is another way to edit the Filler Text. I am able to select the whole lot of Filler text that was added, but I want to be able to select just one paragraph. Thanks a ton to the team at Affinity for coming up with AP. I'm looking forward to the journey. Regards, Rory
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    Let's be honest

    Hi there to you guys, I've been waiting a long time for AP to come out. I have Designer and Photo already and they are amazing. I've been doing book layout design for books my wife and I write and up until now I've been using Adobe InDesign CS6 which has worked extremely well. I like their "book" feature where you compile individual chapter files until you are done and then compile the book up through the book feature. There the table of contents is implemented, synchronising of styles, etc and then the entire book export to pdf and ePub. I am not sure what Affinity Publisher will be able to do in that department. InDesign has a very good layout ability in terms of spacing of words in a block of text. Word Processors do not possess such ability. Text spacing and layout in Apple Pages is not on a par with InDesign. I was hoping that Affinity Publisher would offer better layout of block text than InDesign. I am still checking Affinity Publisher out at the moment and hope that we'll see something amazing coming forth with the release of the commercial version soon. Regards....
  6. Hi there MEB, Thanks for your response. This is what I do normally.... I make sure I have the move tool selected I then click on the layer that has the has already got "layer effects" (fx) applied to it. I then click on the fx icon on the right hand side of the layer and the layer effects pop up menu opens. I then try and select one of the effects on the left that are already applied, but cannot select any of them. I can only tick the check box on the left to on or off, but can't actually select that effect. This happens after I have worked on the effects for a while and it can happen at any time. I then have to close AP off altogether and then open it later on and only then it works. It happens with different files after I have worked on them in the effects panel. Not sure if my explanation helps.
  7. Hi there to all you experts..... I've been using AP and AD for quite a long time and have designed quite a few book covers. I have a problem with editing an existing text layer that has effects applied to it such as 3d, outer glow and gradient overlay. I've applied the effects to the layer and then when I come back to it and open up the effects by clicking on the little fx icon on the right hand side, I can access the fly out that pops up, but when I try to select the actual effect within the fly out, I cannot. This happens randomly from time to time and I wondered if this is probably a bug. Can anyone help? Thanks so much.....
  8. Hi there Przemo, I did a test book cover with 3 art boards, Front Cover, Back Cover and Spine. I made sure that the sizes had 5mm bleed area. I then made another rectangle on top of the 3 art boards with no fill or stroke. This rectangle I made into it's own layer. I then grouped the 3 art boards under the new rectangle layer. The rectangle layer is the same size as all the three art boards combined. See screen shot. I then went into the export persona. I went to the layer section in export persona and saw the "rectangle layer". I selected it and created a slice, I then went into the slice tab and I saw two slices, background and slice1. Deselect background slice (don't select it). Only select "slice1". Go into Export Options. Preset - PDF Print (It must be Print) See my screen shot of all the other things to select. Go back to slices tab At the bottom, select "Continuous" Make sure only Slice1 is selected. Click on "Export Slices" in the bottom right corner. Check out my exported PDF below. slice1.pdf
  9. Hi there Przemo, There is a good video on Art Boards, bleed and exporting. Check it out.
  10. Hi there, I've got Affinity Photo installed on my MacBook Pro with OS High Sierra 10.13.2. When opening Affinity Photo and then trying to set up preferences, the who program shuts down unexpectedly. Is this a bug or something wrong. I also have Topaz Plugins installed and pointing to the right place within preferences which I did quite some time ago, but today, I encountered this problem. Has anyone else encountered this problem and is there a solution? Thanks
  11. Hi there to you guys, I've spent a couple of days looking into various options concerning showing bleed marks in the exported/slices option in export persona. I've been designing my book covers in AD using 3 Art Boards in the same document. Obviously there is an artboard for the "Front Cover" then another for the "Spine" and lastly one for the "Back Cover". Here is the procedure that I've followed to have the bleed visible in the exported pdf document of the book cover as one document. Seeing I'm creating my book cover to a trim size of A5 which is 148mm x 210mm, I create the document at that exact size. Once I have the 1st Artboard created in AD which is for the Front Cover, I hold down the Option key on Mac and drag out a copy of the First Artboard into a second one for the Back Cover and lay it along the left of the first Artboard. I then drag out another Artboard using the Option Key on Mac and resize it to the spine width needed. The spine gets moved into position so that it is in between the front and back covers. I then rename all 3 Artboards individually by the following :- "Front Cover", "Spine" and "Back Cover." I then go to the document setup in each artboard and set the bleed sizes to 3mm all round. This I do for all the artboards. I also set the Margin sizes to be 5mm all round as well. I then create the backgrounds for all Artboards to extend beyond the Artboard sizes by 3 mm all round. Therefore, only the Backgrounds, when clicked on show that they extend over the edge of the Artboards by 3mm. If you collapse the layer structure groups to just show the artboard, you won't see the background extending over the sides. This is important to understand. I then create all the inner content on the Front, Back and Spine Artboards to stay within the margins I set in the document setup under the file menu. Once my book cover is complete, I group all three Artboards in the Draw Persona into one group and rename it to something like "Book Cover". I then go into the Export Persona and click on the "Layers" Tab. Under the layers Tab I see the "Book Cover" Group there. I then go to the slice tool and drag out one slice over the whole document. The size of the slice needs to be exactly the same size as the full book cover measurement in mm plus the 3 mm added on. Therefore the slice is larger than the actual document. This will accommodate the bleed of 3 mm set around the whole document. I then click on the slices Tab, still in the Export Persona, and rename the slice I just created to another name. In the Slices Tab there is another slice called background. I only select the renamed slice that I created. I do not select the background slice. I then click on Export Options Tab and choose the PDF Print option. I then scroll down to the section of "Include Bleed"and select it, and then select "Include crop marks. I then deselect "Include registration marks", "Include colour bars", "Include page information". "Subset Fonts" and "Allow advanced features" are both selected. I then click on the Slices Tab again. I make sure that the slice I created is still selected and has a check in the check box. I then click on the "Export Slices" button at the bottom of the page. The entire "Book Cover Image" is exported as a PDF document to a location I can choose on my Mac. You'll notice when you view the exported book cover, that it is complete with the 3mm bleed all the way round and the crop marks are at those positions on all 4 corners of the document with a white border around. The white border is ok. That's it. This method has worked for me after much trial and error. Attached is an incomplete book cover to illustrate this process. Book Cover.pdf
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    Cannot select the tear or heart tools

    Hi there, Ok, I see hiding the dock actually works. I thought that maximizing my screen size would help, but not. Thanks for your suggestion. Regards.....
  13. Hi there, I just bought Affinity Designer through the App Store, Version 1.5.4 While following one of the beginners video tutorials, where selecting the tear tool was instructed from the teacher, I could not select either with my mouse or with My Macbook Air's Trackpad. I was also not able to select the heart tool. Thanks for a great app though. Many thanks for your help. Rory Mole