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  1. I had exactly the same issues running Mojave which affected ADesigner but not Photo.  I also noticed that not only was the Affinity apps affected, but some others from other developers too.
    I used the method above to fix the issue.  I also cannot upgrade to Big Sur because I have some apps that are still 32 bit and won't work.
    Apple need to pull finger to sort this Mojave and App Store situation out.

  2. Hi there,

    The other day when this problem happened, I was creating a video tutorial on how to lay out a book in Publisher.  I was using Filler Text and had created all the text styles needed.
    Today I tried the same thing again to recreate the problem and now it just doesn't do it again, so I just don't know what happened to have done what I reported.
    I am not using the new Beta version of Publisher, but the latest Publisher update, 1.8.6

    If the problem happens again, I will certainly try and record my screen again.

    Thanks so much for your reply though.

    Rory Mole

  3. Hi there,

    I am using the latest updated Mac version of Affinity Publisher which I purchased through the affinity store because I was part of the beta testing community.

    I am compiling a book mostly of text compiled as a multipage spread.  I first place a word document and flow the text across multiple pages.  After the text has been placed, there are some corrections to be made and while inserting inverted commas  at the end of a sentence, the cursor jumps to a completely different page.

    That's it.

    Rory Mole

  4. Hi there to you all,

    Firstly, I am sorry if this topic has been covered in these forums.  I did a search to find the answer to my question before posting.

    I am laying out a long book for a client.  Her manuscript has been written in MS Word and saved as a .docs file.  The document contains about 35000 words.  I am wanting to place the text into Affinity Publisher without having to create 250 pages first and dragging out text boxes.  When I place the document in the first Publisher page within APublisher, how would I be able to have the text "flow" onto other pages below without having to manually drag out text frames?  Is there a quick way of doing this?
    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks... 

  5. Hi there Petar, 

    I'm not sure what is happening here about my comment, but I hope you understand the need to import Microsoft Word files into Publisher which have footnotes applied to them by authors.  Publisher can "Place" Microsoft Word files into a Publisher document, but with limitations. One of the big limitations is that Publisher does not support footnotes and endnotes at the moment, therefore any footnotes or endnotes that an MS Word document has in it will not be applied to the Publisher document when they are "Placed".
    This feature needs to be added to Publisher.

    Try telling millions of writers that they should not be using MS Word for their manuscripts because it's a "donkey" program.  Lots of people us MS Word still.
    The development team at Affinity, put the ability into Publisher to be able to "Place" MS Word document content into a Publisher document.  I'm sure they are working on adding lots more capability to the "Place" function in Publisher to have many more features options available.

    Hope this gives a bit more clarity to my thoughts.

  6. The reason for the importing of footnotes and endnotes from Microsoft word documents is this:

    I layout academic books for clients who put their own footnotes into Microsoft word which is their writing software of choice for their manuscript.  When I layout their book in a layout program such as Affinity Publisher, I want to have the ability to "place" or "import" their manuscripts which contain lots of footnotes and/or endnotes.  I do not want to have to manually add 500+ footnotes into their sentences of text on pages in Affinity Publisher.  Adobe InDesign has this ability and I am wanting to completely move away from Adobe. This is not going backwards from a horse to a donkey as you have questioned, it is just how things are in the book publishing industry.


  7. I think someone has asked for the following concerning footnotes and endnotes.

    1. The ability to import footnotes and endnotes in Microsoft Word files.  
    2. The ability to format footnotes in the footer section of the document.  What I mean is fully format the text, spacing, etc.

    It would be so good if the Affinity Development Team makes this available soon.  

  8. 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 

  9. Hi there MEB,


    Thanks for your response.

    This is what I do normally.... 

    1. I make sure I have the move tool selected
    2. I then click on the layer that has the has already got "layer effects" (fx) applied to it.
    3. I then click on the fx icon on the right hand side of the layer and the layer effects pop up menu opens.
    4. 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.

  10. 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.....

  11. 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.


    Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 14.18.33.png

    Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 14.19.20.png

  12. 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?


  13. 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.

    1. 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. 
    2. 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.
    3. 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."
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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".
    8. I then go into the Export Persona and click on the "Layers" Tab. 
    9. Under the layers Tab I see the "Book Cover" Group there.
    10. 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.
    11. I then click on the slices Tab, still in the Export Persona, and rename the slice I just created to another name.
    12. In the Slices Tab there is another slice called  background. 
    13. I only select the renamed slice that I created.  I do not select the background slice.
    14. I then click on Export Options Tab and choose the PDF Print option.
    15. I then scroll down to the section of "Include Bleed"and select it, and then select "Include crop marks.
    16. I then deselect "Include registration marks", "Include colour bars", "Include page information".
    17. "Subset Fonts" and "Allow advanced features" are both selected.
    18. I then click on the Slices Tab again.
    19. I make sure that the slice I created is still selected and has a check in the check box.
    20. I then click on the "Export Slices" button at the bottom of the page.
    21. The entire "Book Cover Image" is exported as a PDF document to a location I can choose on my Mac. 
    22. 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. 
    23. That's it. 
      This method has worked for me after much trial and error.
    24. Attached is an incomplete book cover to illustrate this process.

    Book Cover.pdf

  14. 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

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