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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from Paul Mudditt in Affinity Designer 1.8 New features list?   
    No, it isn't ... buy the software with the features it currently has, if you need them, otherwise don't.
    Adobe and Quark are as quiet about this as Serif and only tell people what's new when the release date is nearing and they are sure what they can include.
    In the past, Serif has been more open about this, and even kept public roadmaps for Designer and Photo. They were removed when Publisher came out. As I understand, people started moaning about ,their' feature not being developed first and complaining about some things staying on the roadmap for six or more months whereas other things got done quicker than expected and even got their panties in knotts when a feature was released that hadn't been on the roadmap, because they thought this had held up work in areas they considered more important ... I guess there simply is no pleasing everyone and as not talking about unreleased features takes less effort and creates less ruckus amongst users, they decided to take this road and keep their mouths shut until there is something to talk about.
    I am sure that you -- and everyone else -- get's the news as soon as there's something to see, and unless the beta process is changed drastically, you'll even get to try stuff out and give your input before release. :o)
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from MattP in Affinity Designer 1.8 New features list?   
    No, it isn't ... buy the software with the features it currently has, if you need them, otherwise don't.
    Adobe and Quark are as quiet about this as Serif and only tell people what's new when the release date is nearing and they are sure what they can include.
    In the past, Serif has been more open about this, and even kept public roadmaps for Designer and Photo. They were removed when Publisher came out. As I understand, people started moaning about ,their' feature not being developed first and complaining about some things staying on the roadmap for six or more months whereas other things got done quicker than expected and even got their panties in knotts when a feature was released that hadn't been on the roadmap, because they thought this had held up work in areas they considered more important ... I guess there simply is no pleasing everyone and as not talking about unreleased features takes less effort and creates less ruckus amongst users, they decided to take this road and keep their mouths shut until there is something to talk about.
    I am sure that you -- and everyone else -- get's the news as soon as there's something to see, and unless the beta process is changed drastically, you'll even get to try stuff out and give your input before release. :o)
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from Frozen Death Knight in Affinity Designer 1.8 New features list?   
    No, it isn't ... buy the software with the features it currently has, if you need them, otherwise don't.
    Adobe and Quark are as quiet about this as Serif and only tell people what's new when the release date is nearing and they are sure what they can include.
    In the past, Serif has been more open about this, and even kept public roadmaps for Designer and Photo. They were removed when Publisher came out. As I understand, people started moaning about ,their' feature not being developed first and complaining about some things staying on the roadmap for six or more months whereas other things got done quicker than expected and even got their panties in knotts when a feature was released that hadn't been on the roadmap, because they thought this had held up work in areas they considered more important ... I guess there simply is no pleasing everyone and as not talking about unreleased features takes less effort and creates less ruckus amongst users, they decided to take this road and keep their mouths shut until there is something to talk about.
    I am sure that you -- and everyone else -- get's the news as soon as there's something to see, and unless the beta process is changed drastically, you'll even get to try stuff out and give your input before release. :o)
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    Jens Krebs reacted to nezumi in Affinity Designer 1.8 New features list?   
    Some of what I read here remind me somehow that client I just had.
    Since I moved completely to Affinity I am mostly using PDFs now. Client called me and said
    - I need it in AI format
    - But you can import PDF perfectly well to illustrator..
    - No, I need it in AI format, I have a pipeline I use for years now! Please deliver AI!
    So I just renamed PDF extension to AI and resent the same file (yup, it does work).
    - You see what I mean? - client replied - now it works perfectly! You dont change proven, professional pipeline for no good reason!

    Yeah man, I can see that alright... Slightest change of what people used to and drama starts. Something isnt named the same, shortcut is different, format - whatever. People start to freak out, totally unable to change even trivial things. And if some option they used to is not there? Uffff Forget it - looking for workaround is completely out of question. Even if sometimes - many times - it is a non-issue and you can keep on working happily after showing tiny bit of flexibility.
    Most common thing:
    "In Adobe it is certain way and here it is different!"
    Yeah, so?
    There is more than one way skin a cat. Affinity is not a Photoshop. It can replace it but its not a Photoshop or Illustrator reskinned with different name and priced differently. It has its own strengths. I wouldn't bloody use it if it was simply cheaper but I could not work professionally on it. Thats what I do for living, I cant afford not being able to do the job.
    But I am and I am loving the Affinity way. Yeah you heard me - and I was using Photoshop professionally since version 4. Thats 23 years already. OK, minus last 3 because I have switched to Affinity immediately when it became available on Windows.
    "ow, so you are Affinity fanboy then!"
    I guess I am. I am loving it. Thats why I am here on Affinity forum. Meeting some Adobe fanboys.

    Listen sweetheart, your new girlfriend is not your ex, ok? It will never be the same. I know you miss Jenny. Maybe you should go back to her? Yeah, she was with you just for your money, but if you are happy with that... Maybe you should never try to have a new girlfriend? Because telling Lucy constantly about how good you had it with Jenny will not make things any better...
     
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from mrtymcln in Affinity Publisher is Apple’s Mac App of the Year   
    You're either ahead of your time or member of a very secret beta club -- in both cases: WOW!
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from A_B_C in Affinity Publisher is Apple’s Mac App of the Year   
    You're either ahead of your time or member of a very secret beta club -- in both cases: WOW!
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Affinity Publisher is Apple’s Mac App of the Year   
    Congratulations, well deserved!
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Publisher is Apple’s Mac App of the Year   
    Our desktop layout app has been named in the "Best of 2019" list by Apple

    Ashley Hewson, the Managing Director of Serif, was at a prestigious Apple event in New York for the presentation of the award—the third time an Affinity app has been selected as the winner.
    He said: “Affinity Publisher was by far our biggest project so far, introducing a world-first level of integration between creative apps, and the response to that has been unbelievable. And we’re honoured to be named App of the Year again for Affinity Publisher, following on from Affinity Photo for iPad and Mac.
    We know our customers really love the Affinity apps and awards like this serve as further confirmation that we’re going in the right direction and making products that professionals around the world, who use them every day, genuinely appreciate.”
    Read more in the AffinitySpotlight article by John Atkin
     

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    Jens Krebs reacted to Nana in Affinity Publisher voted the best Mac app 2019   
    Congratulations, Serif.  You have done it again.  Publisher voted the best Mac app for 2019
     
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    Jens Krebs reacted to AdamW in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.518   
    Status: Beta
    Purpose: Stability and General Testing
    Requirements: Purchased Affinity Publisher
    Mac App Store: Not submitted
    Download: Download
    Auto-update: Not Available
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    Hi,
    We are pleased to announce that a new Customer Beta of Affinity Publisher (1.8.0.518) is now available as a download from the link above.
    As this is a 'Stability and General Testing' beta it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity where you may be adversely affected by the application failing, including the total loss of any documents. 
    We hope you enjoy the beta, and as always, if you've got any problems installing or running up, please don't hesitate to post in this thread. 
    Any problems actually using this version please make a new topic in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Please feel free to leave general suggestions and comments in the Discussion Forum. 
    Many thanks for your continued feedback.
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    StudioLink
    This build of Affinity Publisher, 1.8.0 Beta, requires 1.8.0 Beta builds of Photo and Designer for StudioLink to function. We hope to make these available soon.
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    New Features and Major Improvements
    New Document Dialog with Template Support
    (Currently for Mac Only) A enhanced version of the New Document dialog with support for template files, previews plus more.
    Embedded Document Bounding Boxes
    There are more options for setting the bounding box of placed documents to bound only content, visible content etc
    Fixes and Smaller Updates
    Main Workspace
    (Win) Scroll extents not recalculated when switching between Master and Normal views
    Page Management
    Allow you to add pages by dragging and dropping a master between existing pages
    Drag and drop a master to a spread to apply it
    Resizing master page via File > Spread Setup doesn't offer to resize associated document pages
    Improved labelling of Master Page Instances
    Can now lock / unlock objects under Master Page Instances
    Merge Documents
    Miscellaneous Fixes
    Added import of Document Sections
    Added management of Page Hyperlinks on import
    Image Resources
    Fixed possible crash / hang reopening documents with specific linked images
    Fix for Embedded Documents not always remembering current active page when reloaded
    Artboards can become out of sync if added / removed in linked afdesign documents
    Effects / Filters
    Fixed conversion of effect parameter values to depend on Document DPI
    Fix for Live Perspective Filter in a document with bleed
    Text
    Can now set Text Frames column gutter from the context toolbar
    A value of 0 for 'Allow Max Consecutive Hyphens' is now used to indicate no limit
    Column Rules
    Text Frame Panel sections missing or out of sync
    Various Column Rules fixes
    Hyperlinks
    Expanded Hyperlink Studio character limit for Name field
    DOCX Import
    Installed fonts being incorrectly substituted after Word placement
    IDML Import
    Some placed images not imported
    Text frame pinned within text frame not importing content
    Fixed crash due to issue decoding URL strings of file paths
    XLSX Import
    Fixes for XSLX files imported from LibreOffice
    Fix for last column shrinking on XLSX import
    Fixed crash placing XLSX files into text frames
    (Mac) Fixes for XLSX files imported from Numbers
    Export / Printing
    Can now export PDF pages out of order
    Fix for PDF Export with certain adjustments
    PDF Export can now handle text with linestyles including complex dash patterns
    Inner bleed not respected when exporting to all pages PDF
    (Win) Fix for custom paper size not saving / loading with profile
    (Win) Fix for collate option not saving / loading with profile
    Updated Help and Translations
    ---
    To be notified about all future Mac beta updates, please follow this notification thread 
    To be notified when this Publisher update comes out of beta and is fully released to all Publisher customers, please follow this thread
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    Jens Krebs reacted to AdamW in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.518   
    Status: Beta
    Purpose: Stability and General Testing
    Requirements: Purchased Affinity Publisher
    Windows Store: Not submitted
    Download: Download
    Auto-update: Not Available
    ---
    Hi,
    We are pleased to announce that a new Customer Beta of Affinity Publisher (1.8.0.518) is now available as a download from the link above.
    As this is a 'Stability and General Testing' beta it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity where you may be adversely affected by the application failing, including the total loss of any documents. 
    We hope you enjoy the beta, and as always, if you've got any problems installing or running up, please don't hesitate to post in this thread. 
    Any problems actually using this version please make a new topic in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Please feel free to leave general suggestions and comments in the Discussion Forum. 
    Many thanks for your continued feedback.
    ---
    New Features and Major Improvements
    Embedded Document Bounding Boxes
    There are more options for setting the bounding box of placed documents to bound only content, visible content etc
    Fixes and Smaller Updates
    Main Workspace
    (Win) Scroll extents not recalculated when switching between Master and Normal views
    Page Management
    Allow you to add pages by dragging and dropping a master between existing pages
    Drag and drop a master to a spread to apply it
    Resizing master page via File > Spread Setup doesn't offer to resize associated document pages
    Improved labelling of Master Page Instances
    Can now lock / unlock objects under Master Page Instances
    Merge Documents
    Miscellaneous Fixes
    Added import of Document Sections
    Added management of Page Hyperlinks on import
    Image Resources
    Fixed possible crash / hang reopening documents with specific linked images
    Fix for Embedded Documents not always remembering current active page when reloaded
    Artboards can become out of sync if added / removed in linked afdesign documents
    Effects / Filters
    Fixed conversion of effect parameter values to depend on Document DPI
    Fix for Live Perspective Filter in a document with bleed
    Text
    Can now set Text Frames column gutter from the context toolbar
    A value of 0 for 'Allow Max Consecutive Hyphens' is now used to indicate no limit
    Column Rules
    Text Frame Panel sections missing or out of sync
    Various Column Rules fixes
    Hyperlinks
    Expanded Hyperlink Studio character limit for Name field
    DOCX Import
    Installed fonts being incorrectly substituted after Word placement
    IDML Import
    Some placed images not imported
    Text frame pinned within text frame not importing content
    Fixed crash due to issue decoding URL strings of file paths
    XLSX Import
    Fixes for XSLX files imported from LibreOffice
    Fix for last column shrinking on XLSX import
    Fixed crash placing XLSX files into text frames
    (Mac) Fixes for XLSX files imported from Numbers
    Export / Printing
    Can now export PDF pages out of order
    Fix for PDF Export with certain adjustments
    PDF Export can now handle text with linestyles including complex dash patterns
    Inner bleed not respected when exporting to all pages PDF
    (Win) Fix for custom paper size not saving / loading with profile
    (Win) Fix for collate option not saving / loading with profile
    Updated Help and Translations
    ---
    To be notified about all future Windows beta updates, please follow this notification thread 
    To be notified when this Publisher update comes out of beta and is fully released to all Publisher customers, please follow this thread
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from jarcon in Bring back the 'old' tutorial format!!   
    Hey guys,
    I really, really love that the people creating the software are now recording tutorials and show how to use it. It is a fantastic idea and gives users an opportunity to feel closer to the app than ever.
    However — the old tutorials were MUCH better to learn how to use Affinity! Some of your own people explain way to slow (in one video my mind strayed and I was thinking about starting a drinking game and taking a shot whenever the person said one specific word, it was really distracting) and I cannot bear to finish a video, some others are to quick and jump over things they consider unimportant, but forget that some people do not know about them without being explained in a bit more detail. In one other video, the recording of the person presenting is hiding / covering the panel they are talking about.
    My suggestion is to have your programmers record a general overview video for each persona, but to get a professional educator in, to do the tutorials people learn from.
    If it is about hiring someone, you could sell the videos for a small fee, maybe same a s the software a one-off payment for ALL 1.x content, then again for ALL 2.x content in the future?
    What really made me sad, is to see that all the old tutorials have been removed from Vimeo — I Learned SO MUCH from them, particularly the isometric drawing one for Designer where an actual project was created was absolutely amazing! I know it is not current any more with the new ISO studIo panel, but the features presented do still exist and besides the perspective, just the information about how to use grids and the drawing tools is still valid and wonderfully presented. Please bring them back!!!
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Omgitsdose in Working on Surface Pro with Affinity...no   
    Has anyone tried using TabletPro on the surface? 
    https://tabletpro.com/
    I havent tried it, but looking into it, it looks like it can simulate using a keyboard by having touch shortcuts on the screen. 
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Mark Ingram in Working on Surface Pro with Affinity...no   
    The trouble is, the Surface Pro devices aren't really tablets. They're small desktop devices with support for pen, touch, and removable keyboard. On Apple platforms, it's easier because they have two segregated models. If you have an iPad, you buy the iPad version from the App Store, if you have a MacBook / iMac / etc you buy the desktop version from the Mac App Store. On Windows the lines are blurred, there is only desktop. 
    Having said that, we're aware of the issues surrounding using the Affinity apps on Surface Pro devices, and we're looking at ways to improve it.
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Patrick Connor in FAQ forums are now visible   
    We have written some answers for staff and forum regulars to refer others to. you will find it here.
    There is a better description and some search tools in this post
    If someone asks a question that is answered in those FAQs then you could just link to the appropriate thread instead of writing it all out yourself. There is a share link button at the top right of each post, which can be right-click copied to for paste purposes in your responses.
     
    That forum is read only, so if you see any FAQ posts that needs tweaking (or has become out of date) please post a link to the FAQ thread here and we will correct those posts if needed.
     
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    Jens Krebs reacted to omachi in Unify the View menu as much as possible   
    When switching Persona, it is very difficult to use because the menu position is different.
    In particular, I want you to fix the position of the part enclosed in green (probably under Lock Guides).
    We want you to make common in the part surrounded by green.


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    Jens Krebs reacted to mac_heibu in Updates included?   
    Do I understand correct: You want to buy a really powerful application for a more than ridiculous price and never pay any more for it in future? Dream on!
    I, for my part, want paid updates, to assure that the development of this software doesn‘t come to a standstill. To rely on addons is risky, because they (or an appropriate interface) don‘t actually exist and because other scrooges certainly will insist on getting these addons for free too.
    So, simply be aware, that you purchase a piece of software for the same price, which you have to pay for a monthly Adobe subscription fee. What else do you want?
    By the way: There are many apps in Apple‘s AppStore, which are periodically replaced to „force“ customers to buy a new version. The most popular example in our context is QuarkXpress. This isn‘t reprehensible at all, but simply necessary to maintain future software development.
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Rian118 in Affinity Publisher - Want to add new product to catalogue page   
    I see, was hoping for an easy fix. No problem, thanks for the reply.
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from Rian118 in Affinity Publisher - Want to add new product to catalogue page   
    That depends on how you set up the catalogue and the layout is prepared for this kind of thing.
    If, for example, the entire catalogue is set up with two columns, VERY clever paragraph and character styles and pinned images, it will work. If, however, you placed each product as a single element or a group of a couple of textboxes and images, it won't and you have to move everything manually.
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    Jens Krebs got a reaction from StainX in PDF import in Affinity Publisher   
    @Lane That does not solve the problem ... it's a workaroud (as is saving your PDF as high-res JPG or TIF), but is not practical when you need to process a lot of PDF documents from various sources, e.g. adverts, barcodes, logos, drawings, graphs, tables, forms and many other small ,elements' in a magazine, book, catalogue or even on a poster (think "band logo" or "sponsor messages" for the poster example) or assemble a new layout out of several PDFs.
    Placing and passing through a PDF "as is" is the de-facto standard in the design and publishing industry for this, because PDF is an exchange format invented for exactly this use case (among other reasons). Requiring ANY other steps is simply not acceptable.
    In my opinion, the best solution for this would be to have PDF pass-through in Publisher and render PDFs for editing when opening them with Designer or using the Designer Persona in Publisher – this gives the user a choice and also makes for a good distinction between the two applications.
    If Serif needs to purchase licenses for PDF passthrough from a third party and implement them in Publisher (just one app, not all three), I am happy to pay a couple of Pounds or Dollars or Euros extra or even buy it as an add-on or plugin. But again: For ANY professional DTP and Layout application this feature is an absolute MUST.
     
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Lagarto in PDF import in Affinity Publisher   
    The ideal solution would be though implementing pass-through via File > Place and opening via File > Open. The latter feature is very valuable as it can help recomposing complex multi-page complete pdf files in correct format, with style, color definitions, etc. in a way no other application currently can do. But passthrough is of course a must-have feature. 
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    Jens Krebs reacted to Alfred in PDF import in Affinity Publisher   
    Absolutely. PDF passthrough (where the file is placed ‘as is’ instead of being imported as editable content) has been promised as a future feature, and that requires interpretation of the embedded fonts so that the app knows what the text elements should look like.
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    Jens Krebs reacted to R C-R in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta 1.8.0.502   
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    Jens Krebs reacted to AdamW in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta 1.8.0.502   
    Hi Petar,
    Is this with all your files or just one / some? Either way it would be great if you could start a new thread and upload a problem file so we can investigate.
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    Jens Krebs reacted to StuartRc in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta 1.8.0.502   
    Thank you....for all the work and a yet another big leap forward...look forward to trying to break it!
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