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  1. I would like to suggest that the facility to fit text to a frame should be added to the context menu of Text Frames. The "Size Text" option in PagePlus X9 (see attachment) is a good illustration of what I am looking for. The same option can be found in InDesign and Quark. FitText.pdf
  2. Thanks Walt, I appreciate your effort and time. I'd kinda abandoned that approach as an option early in the process, life being too short Basically, it is like expanding a fixed ratio bitmap. Maybe it would work better in conjunction with a spreadsheet to calculate the correct ratio (I'm joking!!!) The other approach is to select all the text and incrementally change the size in the menu until it fits. Also abandoned for same reason. Maybe I'm not making the right sort of document (sic!) but I have yet to find anything I want to do that I can't do as well (or better) in PPX9 - which is somewhat depressing.
  3. Hi Alfred, well, I can't get the same effect! Dragging the disembodied handle (on my OS) stretches the contents as though they were bitmaps. That is, pull down and the text is stretched vertically; its size (and all the other good stuff) is not adjusted to fill the frame. Dragging that handle with the frame & text in different configurations produces some interesting effects, bu not one that I recognise as "Fit Text to Frame" - what Fixx is describing. Fixx, you say "there are many ways to do it". Do you mean "in Publisher"? If so, can you let me in on the secret Is it my OS? Windows 10 Pro, fully committed to Windows Update. Thanks everyone
  4. Yes Walt. I know all that, but I do expect to find that the developers have conducted some "due diligence". Even if PP was never looked at, if the developers think to include "Fit Frame to Text", "Fit Text to Frame" is an obvious corollary, unrelated to any other application. Though the fact that it is standard in both Quark & InDesign would make it (for me) an obvious function to include. There are other functions which are mysteriously missing (such as importing WORD - another thread I'm following) Don't get me wrong, I think there is some ground-breaking material in Apub - I just wish it had been built on a foundation laid by its predecessors. Hey Ho - I'm putting Apub back in its box All the best to everybody
  5. Hi Walt - knew you would be the first responder Yes, you are absolutely right. It is available in PPX9 and it makes life very easy when producing newsletters. Make a frame to fit the space, add text, then right click & <Size Text> to choose the option. Voila, the text is now resized to two places of decimals to exactly flll the space available. I am currently trying to build in PP and Publisher in parallel, 'fitted' in PP with a change in font size from 10pt to 10.06pt (!!) and then ran into trouble with Publisher. There are LOTS of variations available in PPX9 - far more than in INDD. I guess if you don't know about it, it doesn't exist - but I can't see why/how that could happen if "fit frame to text" (of limited value, I find) does exist.
  6. In INDD, and PagePlusX9 I (much more) frequently "go the other way" - fit text to frame. In fact, it's a newsletter life-saver Can't see how to do that in Publisher.
  7. In the same vein, there's a host of minor, but really useful UI which appear to be abandoned in AfP :- Is there no Windows Quick Access Toolbar? - Preview, PDF, Print, UnDo, ReDo, Save, New, Open … Where do I get to customise my Windows Quick Access Toolbar? The AfP Quick Access Toolbar seems to be patchy and partially repeated on the Tool Context Menu. Saving and holding defaults (as per embedded/Linked) need to work consistently Preflight & Packaging (as Mandu says) Shape tool icon consistency (square & rounded rectangles get their own icon, all the rest (OK - except ellipse) are subsumed into one. Frame wrap function appears with differing functionality in different places. Text wrap is confused (sic! - and confusing), 2 occurrences (Menu, Icon) with different functionality. Does not exist in Context Menu. What on EARTH is "Ignore text offset" all about ! Apart from the fact it generates lots of mouse clicks. To wrap a text frame around a text frame, both have to have Wrap conditions applied. Outside offset easy to apply. I'm still looking for internal offset -and how to apply line/stroke to border. I'd expect them to all be in the same place. frame wrap does not appear to exist - but put a frame around text and it can be applied using "Text wrap". I hope the designers have just left this lot, and other similar 'simple' functions till late in the development because they know how to implement them and are concentrating on all the stuff which is innovative in a DTP. This probably needs moving to a different thread ??
  8. Thanks Walt. That's worked -it's the exact opposite to the way I would instinctively do it! All I need now is a way of making the "Linked" preset, the default. That is, when I hit [Ctrl][N] the popup says "Linked" in the Page Preset text box. Walt??? I keep finding that Serif have new, and usually very good, ways of doing things but I can't find out from the Help files, what they are. Thanks you to all forum respondents who help those of us who have had the Microsoft thought processes embedded in their minds since the 1980's
  9. Ralph


    Yes - but the wooden Apple door warps and there are no tools to fix it; the washing machine fails and can't be moved and when the soap runs out there are no directions to the store room to get another block. Each to his own!
  10. Yes - I did all that before raising the post. Unfortunately I can't find anything which either allows me to name a new preset (each new one appears as Unnamedx) and no means of saving the settings. I can change the name - and in the process, <Linked> miraculously converts itself to <Embedded>. I see you are on Apple. Maybe it's not just my lack of brainpower but a bug in the Windows version.
  11. All the time, I find I need a new way of thinking to discover how Serif do it Once I have adjusted, it's really very good! So I guess 'Presets' is the way to create what I call a 'template' in other packages. That sounds imaginative, but I have to add that PPX9 is great in its treatment of templates: - "if it ain't broke ….." My problem now is finding out how to create a Named Preset - and save it ??? <Help> isn't helping a lot.
  12. Hi Walt, That's my point - maybe not made as clearly as I ought If I tick the "Portrait" box any future documents default to - portrait. I anticipated image placement (link/embed) to work in the same way - if I set it to "linked" then the next document will open "linked" It came as a surprise when that didn't happen; after all we expect it to be available for text styles (and other parameters I can't think of at the moment!) I am asking the developers if the feature could be incorporated.