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TheOtherRoland

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  1. Just to report back, I have not used the Beta to format master pages. Instead, it crashed on me twice as I was trying to create a new document, so I'm back on 1.73 for now.
  2. Today I've had two text box related crashes in a row after a full day without them. It happened as I was triple and quadruple clicking inside a text box to select a full line or paragraph of text. The textbox in question was copied over from the old crashing document, whereas I've had no trouble so far with text boxes created independently in the new document. I've got a crash report, if that's of any use.
  3. Okay, fair enough. I have instead sent in your application for sainthood to the Vatican.
  4. You, sir, should be knighted for this. Thank you. The text styles menu now looks reasonably sane to me. I'm still relatively new to the program and am also of that type of person who learns by brute force doing (and watching a few videos) rather than reading through the manual. However, I have worked in that little menu on a few occasions, importing styles and checking "hierarchical" etc., but never once did the words "Show Samples" catch my eye. It must have been by design, to ensure your knighthood. Thanks again.
  5. I'm just setting up a new project and doing some experimenting and importing of styles. The text styles area in the graphic below is messy, but that's not the point. Have a look at the image and ask yourself: 1) How does one read a label that uses 2pt type in the menu? (Okay, maybe it's 3pt) 2) Why is there an indent in the "Page # Top R" Paragraph style label when it is an exact duplicate of the Top L style, except that the text has been set to align right? Is the text styles UI mimicking the edited values set in the paragraphs or character settings? So if I choose align right, does the label of that preset also move right? Point is, this looks REALLY messy and is totally ineffective in terms of organizing an easy workflow. Opinions? Insights? All are welcome.
  6. Thanks, loukash. At least I know that it's not an isolated incident. "Thoughts and prayers" as they say.
  7. I can't upload the file because its content is privileged/confidential/proprietary information. So, that's the other side of my crash situation. I alluded to this in my first post. I'll work it out.
  8. I'm working on a book design layout whose file I cannot upload for others to check because...obvious reasons. I'm using APub 1.73. The Affinity/Serif store version. Last night, the file crashed on me for the first time while I was moving around master pages and text. Today, I have crashed constantly, even immediately after opening the doc and touching the text tool icon. Anyone else having as much fun as I am with crashes related to master files / text fields? I'm going to try the latest BETA today, but you know what they say "don't use BETA versions for production work..." so yeah, catch 22-ish situation cause maybe there's a fix in the BETA. I'll see. Thankfully I learned to backup religiously in the 90's. UPDATE: I just opened the file in BETA released today. Crashed immediately as well. I'm running out of disk space on this drive, so I'm going to clear that up a bit and see if it makes the slightest difference. Program feels sluggish, too.
  9. Thanks, thomaso. I've posted in the other thread just to add to the voices of discontent. I wasn't expecting a problem with APub for something so basic.
  10. I just struggled with this same issue for the last 20 minutes - at least I hope it's the same one. I'm on a Mac using Sierra, btw, and APub 1.73. I had several single page masters set up and was making some margin adjustments to each for a printing job. When I got to one particular Recto master page, it made the adjustment, but in reverse. That is, instead of giving me more white space to the left hand margin, it gave me more on the right. What are the constitutional ramifications of the margin switching sides? Should I expect an impeachment hearing soon? My fix came via deleting the original and the copy of the Recto Master and then creating a new one with the inherited margins (I guess it's locked into memory). That worked. So it seems that one master (Recto) might be influencing the other edited Recto to be treated as a Verso. And that becomes the starting point for the margins. So even if it looks correct on screen, underneath it's actually reversed. Spooky.
  11. My mistake - I was logged out when I tried to download it and it gave me a "file removed..." message. Thought it was a public file at first.
  12. Not anymore because it was removed. [Edit: My mistake - I was logged out when I tried to download. Thought it was a public file. ]
  13. Experiencing NDE...floating near the ceiling... "Clear!" [[[[*BUMP*]]]] +1 (Don't worry, little thread. You will not die on my watch.)
  14. Q. for mods: Since the Affinity team was accurate in forecasting when the public Beta of APub would be ready for testing, I was wondering if they also had an "ideal" release date in mind, ie. "Summer 2019" or "When the rivers are aboil with eels, and the locusts have laid waste to the land, it is then I say, brethren, then...and only then, that the time of great release will be upon us." — Affinities 2 : 10 Anyone care to speculate as to when this pub will be open for business? P.S. It already feels quite familiar, working in this new app. Hope to stop seeing those "Don't use this for serious stuff—or else!" warnings soon.
  15. Order. Order! [Slamming my gavel on the block] Based upon these recent findings and the overwhelming evidence presented by eyewitnesses, it is the opinion of this court that a similar ID book feature must be added to Affinity Publisher and that evidence thereof must be shown no later than the first update after the official release date. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of expulsion from the Association for Cool Software Companies. Do I make myself clear, Mr. Affinity? Council, please ensure that your client complies with these orders lest we be seeing him back here facing a far harsher sentence in the near future. (long way around to saying: "+1")
  16. Here's a useful tutorial that helped me to get text on a circular path. Many of the other videos I've watched are either incomplete (leaving a sloppy jumble of colliding text is not what I want to see...) or they don't address the "right side up" text in the bottom — and with good spacing. I think the trick is to make use of the baseline shift — and to copy the top curve to the bottom for consistency. This at least gets it looking a little more elegant and "professional." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zVui7H93gM
  17. Ironic, really. When the name of a software is "PUBLISHER" - it suggests to me the publishing of books and, by extension, ebooks in this era of digital online publishing and sales. I don't need a publishing company to print brochures, just a printer will do... That's why I can't imagine why a software that calls itself Publisher would leave out any feature having to do with the printing or digital publishing of books. I own "Designer" and I use it for designing. My intention, as a writer and publisher of books, was to buy this software for book "publishing." Color me weird. Good points were made already by credible contributors with professional experience in book design, layout and exporting. I'd like to add to that: When writer's apps such as Scrivener etc., already have all of the major exporting formats and features covered, it would be a shock for any new contender to disregard what its competitors offer and deny that to its potential new customers. Let's face it, if Affinity PHOTO did not borrow heavily from Photoshop, few of us would have found a reason to buy it. Likewise, this app should be a super-charged offshoot of Quark and InDesign. I like the look and feel of this new Affinity Publisher software, but I'm surprised to hear that book publishing was not a priority for its rollout against its main competitor. Again, given the name itself, I find it ironic. However, I know books and newspapers aren't what they used to be, and maybe this went into the decision making process.
  18. I just encountered this zooming/unstable grid issue - frustrating because I needed this feature for a project today. Re; quick fixes, I don't have a "metal" setting to switch to - it's greyed out as an option on my Mac. Sierra. Older 4,1 machine w/stock graphics card. Is this a high sierra option or dependent on some other hardware/software variable? Also: Q. Can I "zero" the left hand corner of the grid however I like, so that the left and top margin begins with a common gutter size? (Like the Illustrator feature) Right now there is some default grid origin that the program assigns and that I cannot seem to defeat. It gives me a gutter on the left margin, but none on top. Thanks for any insight.
  19. I just noticed something peculiar. I'm doing some exporting for print to CYMK. I'm using a single color created by using the color overlay FX setting. I noticed, however, that when I was switching between RGB and CYMK, that the initial reading in moving from one color mode to another was different than the second reading after I closed the FX window and then opened it again. So, there is a conversion going on from RGB to CYMK or vice versa, that later "corrects" itself to the right value (or wrong?). So the problem is obvious. What if I was to trust the initial reading and perhaps relay that to a client, only to look again later to see that the number values for that color had changed? I've attached two screenshots of the issue. The actual color (to my eyes) appears the same. Yet the color values have shifted by closing the panel and opening it again. Is this typical, "expected" behavior, or did I find a bug? I'm using AD 1.55.
  20. Thanks. I'll try that. What I noticed, however, is that if I click on a locked group layer, then the editing does not occur. But in clicking on a locked child text layer, I can edit it. Point being, if a layer is locked, it should be locked. Period. Gonna tinker some more.
  21. I'm working with several layers in AD 1.55 and decided to lock the text layer to avoid disturbing it. But then I noticed that I can still edit that supposedly locked text layer by merely selecting the text tool in the menu and clicking on the text object. Hmmmmmmm. My question: is there any way to actually "fully lock" a text or graphic layer to prevent it from being edited? Or is this a bug and/or feature — because one would assume that locking a layer means "locking out" editing functions. At least that is how it works in some of my other apps — including for recorded musical tracks in a DAW. (I'm using AD 1.55 on an older Intel Mac w/Lion — still within specs.)
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