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  1. 2 hours ago, v_kyr said:

    I think pinning is like the PagePlus anchoring feature (called anchoring there), thus you can look into the PP PDF manual and read what they tell there about these terms.


    I came here to thank Affinity for adding this feature, as it appears to have the same functionality as the PagePlus Anchor feature, so for those of us who are hoping to move on from PagePlus 9 and are producing large books it is a very welcome.

    However, there appears to be more features in PP than AP, so I've posted a screenshot from PP. It looks like Wrap settings have been replaces by Wrap style editing. What I'm struggling with at the moment is getting the program to remember the Distance from Text settings

    PP9 Anchor settings.jpg

  2. 5 hours ago, Greengestalt said:

    BUT the current software bloats it to full high rez images multiplied by pages.... Right now it'd be excellent for "Brochures" of a few pages, a dozen or so at best.

    Are you inbedding your images or linking them? The feature in Page Plus allows illustrations to be stored in the document file or linked to externally, and when PP was only 32 bit this was very useful. However, when it went 64 bit I had no issue leaving illustrations embedded. Memory use was high, but memory is cheap. Don't use a background to every page though.

    From what I see in AP, it has the ability to do the same. I haven't tested it in detail because even with a 700 page book with almost as many illustrations, memory use is workable.

    What I can't do yet in AP is edit any text with the illustrations continuing to lining up with the parts of the book they refer to.

  3. 16 hours ago, Seneca said:

    You are so very dramatic. Nobody will force anyone to buy the Publisher if it falls short of their expectations or requirements when it becomes available. :)


    Nobody will be forced, but many people have planned to transfer their workflow from PagePlus to AP. When I heard that PP would be withdrawn in favour of AP I put on hold a decision to change publishing programs because I assumed that AP would have the same functionality. I use PP to create a 700+ page book each year and updating it without inline graphics would be a nightmare.

    If AP isn't going to have inline graphics, I could have swapped to, and learned, another publishing program at least a year ago. I also bought AP and AD because they would integrate with AP.

    I expected that some features might no make the first release - perhaps Indexing or TOCs - but not being able to anchor my illustrations to the text they refer to is a huge ommision.

    That's a reason to be dramatic :40_rage:

  4. 1 hour ago, Rossjackson01 said:

    Just installed after receiving the email So, so pleased. Thank you Serif!! I purchased Adobe cs6. Could not get round InDesign as easy as Seif PagePlus, which I have used in sequence in from PageMaker to PagePlus since 1985. Affinity publisher does not read old PagePlus, but it did read all my saved .PDF's from PagePlus. All my books and projects are now up to date. Very happy. Oh, hello all.

    I was very pleased to find that copy and paste of text between PagePlus and AP brought my test styles across and put them in the styles drop-down!

    Thanks Serif :-)

  5. Of course, the other issue with using the shape tool is that the arrow head length is proportional. So if I need a series of arrows pointing at various things, either the length of the arrows all need to be the same size or the size of the heads will be different - unless I do a secondary edit operation to lengthen the arrow once it is created.


    So although I use the shape tool in AP/AD, and now I know about how to rotate it at the time of creation that's going to help, the line drawing function with fixed size arrow heads that I was using in photoshop was far, far quicker. Click where you want the line to start, drag to where you want it to end. No key/mouse button combination to remember, job done.

  6. Please share. As you can see from my previous post, I can't persuade my choice of end styles to stick.

    If I change the context toolbar setting for arrowhead types and proportional size without an object selected these become active for all future uses in that document. But how to make this the program default?


    Edit - sorry, that stays the default for new documents as well. However, the setting still seem to revert when you close and restart the program?. I'll stop posting and research this a bit more - it doesn't look like the proportional setting can be increased above 100% without an object selected?

  7. Hi jeffjn,

    On the PC ⌃(ctrl) is replaced by the right mouse button as you discovered.

    To change the ends (including removing the arrow) check the context toolbar Ends section (select what you want from the dropdown). Regarding the size you can use the Thickness (context toolbar) to change the proportion between the head and the line.

    Thanks. Is there a way of making the choice of ends or single ended arrows the default? I know how to adjust the head length, but can I make my new choice the default?

  8. I'm far from a power user, and I still haven't had time to work through any tutorials, but I'm trying to use Affinity Photo instead of my very ancient copy of Adobe Photoshop.


    One feature that I use quite frequently is leveling the horizon on a photo. In Photoshop you can use the measure tool along the line you want to make straight, and then when you open up the rotation panel, the Arbitrary value has been automatically set to the value needed to make the correction. One click and the the photo is leveled perfectly.


    Is there anything like that in Photo (or Designer - I've bought them both)?


    Thanks in advance

  9. Just a bit puzzled here. I'm labeling screenshots in Designer and then using them in Serif Page Plus.


    Both appear to be set the British(UK) English - at least they both tell me that Color is miss spelt.


    However, the words Calliper and Caliper appear to cause a  conflict! PagePlus insists it has two Ls (an "alternative" UK spelling), Designer insists it has one L.


    Do programs each provide their own dictionaries? Can I set either program up to share the dictionary of the other?


    (You can tell I have work I should be getting on with :-) )



  10. I'm not a graphics wiz by any stretch, but I find the sarcasm in one or two posts in this thread somewhat annoying.


    I use Serif Page Plus for producing 500+ page books with loads of screenshots. I can do all my simple illustration work on a "free" copy of Adobe CS2, including drawing a line at any angle with an arrowhead to point at something on a screenshot, and now I'm trying to move to Affinity in anticipation of the Publishing program I'm trying to use Designer. The current method - creating a double headed arrow with the arrow tool and then having  switch off one end of the arrow and then having to rotate it - has probably added hours to to the production of my last book.


    So, please, soon :-)

  11. I know this is probably because of my sloppy workflow, but I often end up with many designs open at the end of a session. (I'm mostly bringing in screenshots and labeling them.


    To this end I've found the Close All feature in Photoshop useful. Any chance this could be added to Designer?

  12. I use a lot of screenshots, and once I have cropped and annotated them I export them at a standard pixel size (this means when I use them in PagePlus I don't get Low resolution warnings throughout my document).

    • Click on Export in the file menu. Check the lock symbol is set between width and height.
    • Normally, the Width size box is highlighted, but if you click on it anyway, overtype a new value then press tab or enter, instead of  the adjusted value being entered in the height box, the old width value returns.
    • When you try to repro this, it doesn't happen - only seems to happen the first time you open export for a new picture.

    Not clicking on the width box, if it's already highlighted seems to be a workround. However if you swap file type I've also had it happen to me with an unhighlighted box.

    Annoying because I can't find a completely reliable way to repro this