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  1. Certainly, a lot of software does work that way, and it is indeed one of the possible logical approaches. But some software takes an arguably equally logical, but more helpful approach; for example, Microsoft Word, and many web browsers, after pressing Ctrl F, start finding and highlighting instances, as you begin to type your search-term. Thanks, Walt, and Lagarto, for taking a look. We all seem to agree that the the list of found occurrences isn't working as one might expect it should.
  2. From using and experimenting with the spelling and find-and-replace functions in Affinity Publisher, the following behaviours seem like bugs – or at the very least, strange, unhelpful, and unintuitive – to me. Am I alone in thinking this? Set-up A test file is attached; or... create a new document; make a text frame and fill it with some text (real text, not filler text). Put a few instances of the word “cat” into the text, in different places. Test 1 Go through these menu items: Text > Spelling > Show Spelling Options In the dialogue box (entitled “Spelling”), type the word “cat” (without quotes) into the upper box. Press the Find Next button. Nothing happens. Why not? If you now repeatedly click the Change button, it repeatedly inserts whatever is in the upper box, into the text This is not really a "change" operation (changing one thing into another thing). It's just a "text insert" function, with no apparent purpose, or relationship to spelling options (nor to find-and-replace). Test 2 Close the Spelling dialogue opened in Test 1. Put a few instances of the word “horse” (without quotes) into the text, in different places. Open the Find and Replace dialogue by typing Ctrl F. Type the word “horse” (without quotes) into the Find box, and “pony” (without quotes) into the Replace with box. Nothing happens, which seems strange; it would seem logical for the cursor to move to, and select, the next instance of the word “horse”, but it doesn’t – unless and until you click the Find button. When you do that, the instances of the word “horse” appear, in context, in a list beneath the Find / Replace / Replace all buttons. Now click the Replace button, repeatedly. Each found instance of the word “horse” is replaced by “pony”, but the list of found instances does not update. It continues to show, and cycle through with each click of Replace, the original list of instances of “horse”…. ….unless, or until, you click the Replace all button. Only then does the list update, by (as would be expected) disappearing completely. bugs query - affinity publisher spelling options and find and replace.afpub
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    Patrick, just saw yours.... no more from me on PPX9.
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    Antiquities can be very peaceful places; and PagePlus X9 is a much, much calmer place to be than Charybdis..... But let's hope Affinity Publisher is getting closer to reliable Footnote/Endnote capability than I suspect it actually is.
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    Patrick, understood, but in effect it had already been long-since deprecated in that it was being sold as a legacy product, with the explicit statement that it was unsupported. For those who would happily buy a deprecated, unsupported product if it gave them the facilities they want, I would still hold out hope (probably forlorn) that it might come back for sale online, until Affinity Publisher catches up with it in some areas.
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    I do think it's regrettable that those wishing to avoid subscription-only products can no longer buy a licence on the Serif website to download PagePlus X9, which does have footnotes (and endnotes) capability. That product was (and remains) a seriously competent, if aged, workhorse, and was still available to buy direct from Serif -- at under £20 -- until just this month. I wonder whether Serif/Affinity might be persuaded to re-open online sales of PagePlus X9, at least while Affinity Publisher continues to lack some of its features?
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    Rearranging toolbar and workspace buttons

    Walt, thank you, at least, for confirming the unfortunate reality that the Context Toolbar cannot be customised.
  8. I would like to move some currently invisible toolbar buttons, to a blank area of what I think is called the "Persona toolbar"; but I cannot find any way to do it. In fact I would just like to make them visible, I don't really mind where they have to be moved to, to make that happen, if it is possible at all. Is there any way to do this please? I am attaching a picture, as that is worth a thousand words. Thanks in anticipation.
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    Does this help... https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/65-feedback-for-affinity-publisher-on-desktop/
  10. As above, I for one would be very happy to have it called - consistently - the Welcome window. (I would contend that it is also a directory, as in a directory of services, and/or facilities, akin to a telephone directory or a business directory. But hey, life's too short.... a "window" is fine. )
  11. I would be very content for it to be called the "Welcome window" - and would simply ask that Affinity reference it consistently, and make it accessible and configurable as described above.
  12. Or maybe the Welcome item/window/screen/panel/menu/thing is really a "directory".... Whatever it is, it would benefit from tidier and more consistent presentation, terminology, accessibility, and controllability, within the application and related help article(s).
  13. R C-R, I agree with you - I was just using the wording "Help - Welcome panel" to indicate that that's how you (currently) get to the panel (other than when starting up), by clicking on Help and then on Welcome. But Serif / Affinity themselves have elected to place it under "Help", and they refer to it by two different terms, which is inconsistent: a panel, and a screen. On the panel itself the wording says "Show this panel on startup". But by searching Help for "welcome" and then clicking on "Create new documents", you'll find it referred to as the "Welcome screen". So perhaps at the bottom left of the panel-or-screen, it would be more helpful to say "Show this Welcome screen (also accessible via Help > Welcome...) on startup". And I think it would also be helpful if it were configurable in "Edit > Preferences", "General", as "Show Welcome screen (also accessible via Help > Welcome...) on startup".
  14. Thank you so much! I wanted to know if I could turn the startup panel off, and then back on later if I wanted. Your pointer to "Help > Welcome" solved this for me. Thank you! I think this should be configurable in "Edit > Preferences", "General", as "Show Help - Welcome Panel on startup". And the text at the bottom-left of the Welcome panel should say: "Show this Help - Welcome panel on startup" instead of "Show this panel on startup".
  15. I wonder if this is related to the problem I found....

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