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  1. ... with you Alfred! Like the idea, Leon, but would need less more &/or dramatic options to feel able to take part.
  2. Herein lies the rub! Where do we draw the line? Many contributions to this thread have asked for complex implementations of footnotes - very useful, but not part of (my idea of) a standard package. If I use an analogy from algebra - early in our schooling we learned how to solve equations by factorising {(x-3)(x+2)=0}. Later, we found that most equations would not factorise and we used an formula {b^2 - 4ac etc}. Sometimes there was no solution because (b^2-4ac) was negative and there was no such thing as the square root of a negative number (sic!). Years later still, we learned about complex numbers {square root of -1}. I would contend that AP should have been able to "factorise" footnotes from Day 1. (Earlier in the thread somebody said "If it doesn't have footnotes it is not a DTP!"). If your request is not in InDesign, and without diminishing its value, I would put it in one of the other categories and ask Serif to leave it out of its initial offering.
  3. The concept of a 'standard tool' is one which has pervaded this thread from the beginning, if not perhaps so clearly expressed as such. Some of us have called it 'the basics', but however we express it, footnotes have always been a standard part of a DTP package. It's one of those features that are taken for granted. For months after I had bought Ap, I blamed myself for not being able to find the footnotes module: it simply could not, could not - not be there! Like @Granddaddy, I have been writing long documents for decades, starting on IBM360's. From the time when the fonts list was limited to pica (+ a few), footnotes were just THERE. They had to be, because the bulk of documents came from universities where attribution of sources was (and still is) paramount. Now it is as though the Arial font had been omitted from the fonts list. If it had been omitted, would there have been claims that "you can't do everything at once" or "if Serif waited till everything was available, we 'd still be waiting" or "different people have different priorities" or .... ? Alternatively Serif could have chosen to leave the option to flow between frames until a later date - but they didn't do either of these things, because they formed part of the standard (taken for granted) DTP package. I just do not understand.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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 way๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. This is getting boring๐Ÿ˜ ..... "LIKE PAGEPLUSX9"๐Ÿ˜€ DUH!
  12. 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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