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  1. I did a Blurb trade paperback quite successfully a while ago, but using their own software. I'm now keen to do some books using Publisher, and thought I'd got the hang of their specs, but this thread has made me wary! As far as I could make out from the Blub specs (and as implied in the quote above), the cover and the body of the book are two completely distinct PDFs that are uploaded as separate files, so there should be no need to struggle to produce them from a common Publisher document, or to stitch two PDF files together before uploading. So am I missing something here?
  2. Hi I had brought this up in a Designer forum, but nothing happened. It matters even more in Publisher, hence this request. I am being required to submit a PDF for web viewing (iTunes Digital Booklet) that has its Initial View options set for Full Screen. Although I can set other initial view options (zoom, facing pages etc.) in my third party reader, it seems that the Full Screen option is elusive. I cannot find any freeware app that will set Initial View to Full Screen, and It seems wasteful to buy a full-blown copy of Acrobat just to do that one thing. Please could you add a full set of Initial View options to the PDF export dialogue. It would be a valuable - and logical - addition to the program. Thanks, Alan
  3. Many thanks for that, Tantedante - I spotted it earlier - that's fixed it - phew! I guess it'll become a formal release pretty soon. Alan
  4. This is a real problem for me. I create multiple (30 or more) title boards as artboards on a common Designer document for my video productions, and export them to individually named jpegs in one fell swoop using slices in the Export persona. I now have to export each board singly (manually renaming each one) direct from the Designer persona. This is painful. Copying content into a new document as recommended above does not change the problem. All the documents I have created so far trigger this bug. (edit after downgrading) I have just downgraded to (you have to uninstall 1.7.2 first). The file created in 1.7.2 crashes 1.7.1. BUT if I now make a new document and copy the artboards from the new version and save that, I can get into Export>Slices. So it looks like there's something in the 1.7.2 container that causes the crash, not the 1.7.2 program environment or the file's artwork content. Please advise me where to find the 1.7.3 beta when it is released - if it fixes this bug. Thanks - Alan
  5. It would be useful to be able to set the Initial View options for PDF exports from Designer (and other Affinity apps). I prefer to give people files that open in Single Page/Fit Page view, which is seldom the reader default. Cheers!
  6. Thanks, I'll put in a feature request!
  7. I like to export PDFs that are set for initial view of Single Page & Fit Page. Is there any way of setting that option directly in Affinity Designer (Windows)? Thanks!
  8. Just doing a test document with several images. I pull them in, and as explained in the tutorial, by default they are embedded. The afpub file when saved is ~45MB. Following the tutorial instructions, I then set each image file to linked in the Resource Manager (multiple select not working - mentioned elsewhere). I then save the afpub file again and surprised to see it's still 45MB. Do a Save As with another file name, but afpub still 45MB. I then delete all images from the document and resave, this time it's 15kB. Looks like the embedded files are being cached in the document somehow, even though marked Linked in Resource Manager.
  9. Thanks, Owen & Mike - I think I understand it now! The key to it all was my having selected Blurb CMYK profile in the Preferences at some time in the past. As Mike points out, that adds about 2.3MB of code to the project file and, by default, embeds the same amount of code in the PDF output, hence the large file sizes. Selecting 'no embedding of profile' on export restores the small PDF size regardless of the project default. This explains why, when I tried Owen's copy and 'new from clipboard' trick, my project file size stayed big - until I changed my Blurb default profile to something else. I did try Allow advanced features on and off, but didn't see much difference in PDF output filesize. So, problem solved - thanks once again, chaps! Alan
  10. Hi Alfred - sorry, I should have given an example. Looking again at the project document settings, it was originally set to CMYK/8 colour space, and the export for Print was huge, Web was small. Changing the project to RGB/8 colour space exported small PDF files for Print and Web, but the source project file has stayed big. I have purged some of the text, which has not affected file sizes, and attach examples of the two colour-space project files and the four PDF exports. Is AD incorporating some form of preview bitmap into the CMYK Print version of the PDF - which is big due to the A3 paper size - and not in the web version? Any ideas would help. In the meantime, I'll do my designs in RGB/8, overriding to CMYK/8 only for print-specific jobs. Alan PDF-Size-Test_CMYK.afdesign PDF-Size-Test_RGB.afdesign PDF-Size-Test_PRINT_CMYK.pdf PDF-Size-Test_PRINT_RGB.pdf PDF-Size-Test_WEB_CMYK.pdf PDF-Size-Test_WEB_RGB.pdf
  11. Could someone enlighten me about the size of PDF files produced by AD, please? I have created a simple A3 family tree using only text (Arial), vector lines and vector boxes. For some reason the AD project file is 2,412kB, and although I don't understand that, I'm not particularly bothered about it. However, when I export a PDF (rasterizing nothing) in any format except 'For Web', the PDF is around 2,343kB. But if I export for web, it is a tiny 7kB! Both file sizes look identical when viewed. I know storage space is cheap, but nonetheless this is a massive difference, and seemingly unnecessary. When I look at the bigger PDFs in Notepad, there's a massive amount of unreadable gobbledeygook there. Any idea what's going on? Alan
  12. Please, please provide an option to show visible tab indications in the text boxes. I lay out CD inlays with Designer and rely heavily on tab settings to do track lists and other things. The Designer tab setting scheme is hostile enough without having to guess where tabs are falling. This has been a function of all word processing and text/page layout programs for over 20 years, and the lack of it here is driving me to my wits' end. I'd be losing my hair over this problem if I had any left to lose...
  13. Thanks, MEB, but It's not working for me! Did I understand your reference to 100% zoom correctly? In this second example I have made sure view is set to 100%. Again, I can get a useful effect on preview (just wanting to broaden the thin black lines), but it will not apply. I could not attach the screen capture MP4, so it's here: https://youtu.be/3rvplnQO0wc Cheers, Alan [Edited - movie clip re-homed on YouTube]
  14. I'm trying to emulate one of my old PSP9 tricks for making fine lines more readable: one of your contributors suggested using Affinity Photo's Maximum and Minimum Blur filters to emulate PSP's Erode and Dilate. Using the split-screen preview, I see a useful degree of black-line dilation at blur levels between 0.5 and 1.9 pixels. However, when I click Apply, the image reverts to its original appearance. Only when I set the blur to greater than 2 pixels will the filter effect commit with the Apply button. Is there something wrong with this - and is this filter really the best way for me to emulate PSP's 'Erode' effect? Thanks, Alan Affinity Photo

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