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  1. There's a balance to be achieved between disc and RAM. The less RAM you have, the more pages (of memory) have to be saved and interchanged on the disc while you are editing. And the RAM available to your Affinity application is what is left over after all the Windows files. Hence, if you have 4Gb RAM, you might have 1Gb for Affinity. With 8GB, (almost) all the extra 4Gb becomes available, to give you 5Gb for Affinity. If you buy an 8Gb PC, you will be no better off than with your current setup. 16Gb of RAM should show a marked improvement. However, the limiting factor for speed is probably the read/write time to the disc. The SSD should show a BIG improvement over SATA. But the space available to Affinity follows the same rules - you have to take away the space used by Windows etc. etc. etc. The professionals on this forum (I'm not) seem to find that multi-gigabyte afphoto files are common, with several copies open at the same time as you edit layers. These will soon occupy a substantial part of your 128Gb. Several projects running at the same time will put your space under pressure. If you can, go for 500Gb, or at least 256Gb. One Drive - well, in my part of the world, Office 365 has been 'offline' three times in the past month. I wouldn't want to trust my working files to One Drive! Follow Carl123 !! There is one other issue - compatibility between the motherboard and the operating system. I don't know the PC you mention, but Carl123 thinks it might be rather old. Motherboards and operating systems fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and the shape of the pieces change over time. I have a 2013 motherboard and it 'clunks' increasingly as Windows updates are piled onboard. It works, but there are times when it slows down the process. (I have an Intel i7, 16Gb RAM, 1Tb SDD). IMHO, the closer you can get to the advice coming from the experts, the better chance you will have to being happy with your purchase.
  2. I think the key point is a definition of the basis on which functions were selected for early implementation - or delay. As many contributors have said (most recently Pyanepsion), footnotes (et al) have been around for decades. It is this fact that makes it so surprising that they were not in the first round of functionality of APub (thank you Albert!). Selecting functions by personal choice is guaranteed to cause conflict, confusion and delay. But, in the beginning, there must have been a comprehensive & rational structure to the logical design of APub.. In the event, there are some functions that are not implemented which I would LOVE to have. I accept I might be a minority audience - I'll wait. There are others that represent actions I cannot imagine in my dreams - I forget they exist and marvel at the skills of forum responders. Then there are the basics, in use (once devised) in every newsheet, magazine, booklet, book, text book, training manual .... I have ever written (since the 1970's). Footnotes fall into this group. The absence of any of the components of this group of functions is really irritating. Platitudes excusing their absence don't help. I haven't seen a single one in the forum which I haven't used myself at some time or other. 🙂 Bottom line (as I said the last time I made my last comment) is that I guess it is too late to influence action. Just regret opportunities lost.
  3. Hi @walt.farrell I agree with everything you say! Especially the bit about it being easier to start from scratch than amend. Or maybe it's especially about not being able to satisfy everyone all the time. My argument is with the criteria that have been used to select the priority list, now made all the more galling because I know that the list is not going to fundamentally change whatever anybody says (please prove me wrong again!). My contention was/is that if all the functions of all the DTP & WP packages going back to the IBM360 were listed and counted, there are a few from the top of that list which Serif have yet to address and many which don't appear on the list which have amazing functionality in Affinity. To overwork the car analogy, "sequinned boot liners" will not appear on many (sic!) specifications, but "seats" will be on every one. Why, then would I build a car with no seats and artistic boots? Everything you say is equally relevant to seats and boots. That's not about "personal most important features" but "industry standard" - and again, I agree with what you say. In the early days I had hoped that Serif might respond to the volume of concerns but I think we are too far down the line for that. It's more a matter, now, of letting off steam as PPX9 becomes an increasingly 'legacy' package and I see the possibility of having to revert to InDesign. So it's probably time I shut up with one final exhortation to Serif to address these key issues asap!
  4. OK - maybe not pre-dating Maxwell but certainly around when he launched Pergamon Press! I don't even mind being considered senile - I'm headed that way🙂 But @walt.farrell, you seem to be arguing that we must not learn from experience. Certainly there are people who take 20 years to gain a year's worth of useful experience. There are others who gain 20 years worth in a year and I'll bet Serif have employed a few of these latter for a few years. I would have thought 20+ years of maintaining PP would have proved a pretty good foundation - but it seems to have been thrown away. I am not diminishing the problems of starting with new code, but if I can take a program in one language and translate it into another, so can less intellectually stunted people. NO - I just don't get it. I am also slightly disagreeing with @MJWHM. It's not the bells & whistles that have been left off this model of the car. It's not as serious as the transmission, or as insignificant as the air conditioning (might get a Canadian reaction to that!) ... but how about the seats? We can drive the car without seats but only a selective minority of drivers are likely enjoy it. Of course, if they have never experienced seats they might see alloy wheels as more important. They may think that seating should be delayed until thermostatically controlled eco-heating is available on all 5 seats. Maybe delayed further until it be installed in all 7 seats of the SUV model and use so little power that it can be left on all night ........... Me - I'd be happy with something to protect my rear end from the inadequate suspension, delayed by sewing sequins on the boot mat 🙂 🙂 Bottom line is, though, much time has gone by, the Affinity trio is the best all around package available, the company is a delight to deal with and perhaps the end(s) are in sight. Maybe they will arrive before Microsoft throws a spanner into Windows which blocks PPX9.
  5. I think the problem here is "eventually". I have been a Serif customer for many, many, years and always found them great to deal with. I want Affinity to succeed. However, I am convinced that their priorities list became skewed in the early days towards to the exciting in preference to the basic. I must have published well over 100 text books over the years and I still don't recognise some of the features included in AP, AD, or APh. That is, I don't recognise even the name! That's great - I'm limited, others are brighter/more adventurous .... I don't mind being left behind. BUT, having been around since before Robert Maxwell, there are features I do recognise and too many of these appear in the forum under the heading "tearing my hair out". These are features which I have used since before the invention of 'Desk Top Publishing'. These are the features which, as the man says, are not checked as available because they MUST be there! Or, as in the old car salesman's joke: " You've got alloy wheel trims, surely you don't want an engine as well, sir". My frustration was/is multiplied by both the outstanding qualities of PagePlus and the inability of Affinity to load PagePlus files as editable text. I can't even use PagePlus as backup (please, lord, do not scratch my backup PPX9 CD!) until Affinity is ready. I don't believe these omissions can be rationally justified. I'm 100% with you @MJWHM
  6. But I don't WANT really clever functions: as a "hobbyist" I want the basics without which I can't produce a book. I appreciate Patrick Connor saying that they are working on it. But I am left with the lingering concern that the scarce resources are being diverted to create more, very clever, features. Features which are nice, but which aren't crucial to the creation of a publication. How long have Serif been working on Publisher? - well, I'm going to assume it includes the entire time they have been developing PagePlus. So quite a long time. Development staff? - the functions that are being requested are basic and may well have been covered in degree syllabuses (or is it 'syllabii'?). Finally, it's difficult being so critical - their business model (as seen by a user) is laudable, their admin excellent and their determination to listen to feedback almost unique.
  7. PUBLISHER - to me, that means building chapters out of text & tables, graphics and images then stitching them together in any order and generating Tables of Contents, Indexes, References (Footnotes) and finally a BOOK. That doesn't require clever text and object manipulation - that's what Designer is for. It doesn't require clever image manipulation - that's what Photo is for. It does, I submit, require fairly sophisticated means of importing text & tables from a range of source applications, a means of laying out these objects (such as Fit Text to Frame), building Chapters, Tables of Contents, Indexes, References (Footnotes) and finally producing a BOOK. This book must be capable of being exported in an equally sophisticated range of formats. It does not require pen tools, object manipulation, photo editing tools - though I'm not saying they are not on my "nice to have" list. So how do we score Publisher out of ten? How do we score PagePlusX9 out of ten?
  8. This is getting boring😐 ..... "LIKE PAGEPLUSX9"😀 DUH!
  9. Thanks Lagarto - I've just spent an hour trying to find the Envelope command in Designer. I couldn't believe it wasn't there somewhere. You have restored my faith in me 😬
  10. MJWHM - we appear to have similar approaches. I share your disappointment, maybe exaggerated because PPX9 was so good that I expected AP to start where it finished. I have twice tried to transfer to AP but hit basic brick walls and reverted to PP. In each case AP has failed on a universal function which I hadn't checked because it so obviously had to be there (ASSUMING makes ASSES of ME and YOU😐). I wonder why Serif can't reverse engineer the code from PP - is it a licensing problem? Likewise, why does the list of import file formats ignore PP? I feel its like Microsoft saying that WORD2010 cannot read WORD2007 file formats. It just wouldn't be acceptable. And there is so much which is so good ..... I'm one frustrated bunny with a raft of InDesign & PP manuals/books with nowhere to go, and a potential perfect long-term home if if simply did the basics.
  11. I contributed to this thread about 100 (sic!) pages ago. Like so many others I simply do not understand why such basic functions have been left out. I might feel better if Serif had some sort of explanation. Together the Apps include a huge range of features, many esoteric, many using concepts that I didn't even know existed. I read the daily questions and am amazed at the intellectual prowess shown by the respondents. I wonder how they ever FOUND the function, never mind understood it and found a use for it.. I've been using DTP software for decades and am still way behind in my understanding of the possibilities of the Affinity apps. So, yes, lots of praise and incredulity. But I don't understand why Serif hasn't prioritised something as basic as Footnotes/Endnotes nearer the top of the list. As 'sfriedberg' says, there are lots of "must have" topics in the forum and a roadmap can be counter-productive. But that's not the point. It is why Footnotes are so far down the road. I'm feeling that putting Footnotes way way way down the priority list is a bit like says "we'll deal with files of more than 50K in Phase xx" (where xx is a large number!). Or "you can only use the pica font until next year but you do have 14 different ways of aligning it to a baseline grid". In mathematical terms, the Apps solve complex (imaginary) equations - but occasionally can't deal with (x+1)(x-1) Please somebody explain !!!
  12. Wash my mouth out - but this is one area where Microsoft Office's Quick Access Toolbar has got it right. LOTS of icons and lots of personalisation. If I have this right, that is what Andy is asking for - and I (and lots of others) are 100% with him. But let's not get personal😯
  13. Absolutely! I have a 250pp book with the usual mix of file formats linked to the pages in 10 separate files. It was produced in InDesign. Now in its tenth edition, indexing and -reindexing is easy because multiple files can be 'booked' and a composite ToC and Index can be created. Not unlike PagePlus😬 I can't see how to do that in Publisher. If somebody can show me how, I will be able to make good use of the remaining Lockdown period 🙂
  14. Sorry fellas - as a veteran (got my first microcomputer in mid-1970s) PC user I sometimes (actually quite often these days) forget there is another OS - Bananas?, Pears? ........ Apple! I get particularly forgetful when the conversation appears to be about Mirrors? ... Windows! So apologies for my ignorance of the opposition.
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