Wow! The first try with the idml converter is excellent :-))
I tried it with a magazine (100 pages) and small jobs and it worked well.
Only the hyphenation was not correct. But a setting of „1“ in the most cases (German) solved it quickly.
So I will try it with books and start with small jobs. The printing-results will show all up.
Talk of alternative ePub creation software like Jutoh and Sigil is missing the point, yes you can use other programs to create ebooks but why would you want to start from scratch with clunky software when, using InDesign you create one beautiful layout and export for print or ePub. This is where Affinity are getting it wrong by not providing ePub export as a basic feature. I’ve said it before, this is a deal breaker.
Status: Public Beta
Purpose: Stability and General Testing
Requirements: 64 Bit Win 7 SP1 / Win 8 / Win 10
We are pleased to announce Affinity Publisher build 221 is now available as a manual download from the link above. We hope to put it on auto-update early next week.
As this is a 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 product, 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.
Updates and Fixes
Due to the changes in Master Page functionality in this build we strongly suggest you backup any documents that are valuable to you before testing.
It is now possible to edit the content of Master Page Text Frames and Picture Frames directly from a spread the master is applied to. By default, on editing, the content attribute for the item in question is automatically unlinked, but the other attributes and geometry remain locked. It is also possible to entirely lock the Master Page instance if desired, to prevent unintended content edits. Finally options are available to edit all attributes of Master Page items linked - the Master Page and any other pages it is applied to will be updated - or to edit all attributes unlinked - only the copy on the current spread will be updated. In both of these cases an information bar is displayed while the editing ‘mode’ is active.
Text flow between frames on masters is honoured when the master is applied and it is possible to create text flow between frames that have come from masters. When auto-flowing text from a frame that comes from a master the text auto-flow will use the matching frame on subsequent pages that have the same master applied or insert new pages with the same master.
Note that the previous default behaviour was to edit all attributes for all master items linked, but also to lock the Master Page instance in the layers panel. If dealing with an old document and the new functionality is desired the instance will need to be unlocked or the Master reapplied.
Link to master page tutorial / video here
Amalgamated Text > Insert Text from File and File > Place
Text > Insert Text from File has been removed and File > Place should be used instead. The types of files available via File > Place depends on context, for example if a Text Frame is selected then text files will be made available.
(Win) Fix for system mis-reporting RAM on some systems leading to poor performance.
- If 'RAM Usage Limit' in Preferences > Performance is set to 1024MB you may be experiencing this issue. If so please set the limit manually to a higher value (typically the amount of Physical RAM installed) or Ctrl-Run Up to reset settings.
Menus and Studio
(Mac) Fixed the spurious black tiles issue when switching between multiple documents
(Win) Fix for redraw issues when dragging document windows between monitors on some monitor setups
(Win) Fixed Show Bleed failing to work under some circumstances
Fixed min / max size issue for some panels
Added Tooltips to Page Navigation controls
(Mac) Fixed Colour Panel tabbing issues
(Mac) Fix for Pasting control characters into Find and Replace fields.
(Win) Fix for Find and Replace fields not being cleared when starting a new document
(Mac) Paragraph / Character Panels now always show scrollbars if necessary
(Win) Fix for Min / Max / Defaults in Paragraph Panel Justification settings
(Win) Fix for crash trying to insert a Text Field without a text frame selected
(Mac) Fixed Text Wrapping Dialog tab order
Section Page Count is actually Section 'Last Page'
Added 'Run Last Page' to Fields Panel
Added Next and Previous Frame page numbers to Fields Panel
(Win) Tools toolbar leaves monitor viewport when undocking on some monitor set ups
(Win) Document Zoom Level is changed to 'Fit' when a Symbol / Asset etc is dragged out
(Win) Fixed drag drop from Explorer to floating Document windows
Fix for Paste Inside being disabled with multiple objects selected
Section Manager selection fixes
Tools and View
Fix for Text Frame Baseline Grids drawing incorrectly
(Win) Fixed issue setting CMYK colours for Guides
(Mac) Fix for incorrect Ruler Origin on spreads other than first
Text and Tables
Tables and Text frames can now individually be set to ignore baseline grid
Added support for language dependent smart quotes
Allow for space above at tops of columns in more places. Fixes issues with Art Text
No longer apply initial words formatting automatically to text generated by lists
Fix for effect of next paragraph style on character formatting not being undone correctly
Fix crash justifying narrow text
Page Number glyphs are now shown as placeholders on master pages
When creating a TOC reuse an unused style if there is one
Fixed Hyphenation to exclude nulls from hyphenation strings because they confuse length rules
(Mac) Fixed failure to ever set Restart Numbering 'Now' in Text Style Editor
(Win) Fixed issue with Arial Black being incorrectly reported as missing
Fix for Edit Text Style controls not updating when Font Family changed
Fixed issue changing Table insets after scaling
Fixed issue scrolling through the Font List if fonts with long names present
Resizing text frame no longer causes issues with cursor position on the text ruler
Fix for punctuation stopping 'Capitalise first word of sentence' from working
Import / Export and Printing
Fix for some EPS imports being incorrectly translated
Document fields such as 'Author' and 'Subject' are now exported to PDF
(Win) Fix for some stroke widths being printed incorrectly on rotated objects
(Win) Fix for flipped text printing
Earlier Release Notes Beta 206
Right. Leaving Quark for InDesign was quite a challenge for over a year… Now, to my opinion, Publisher is pretty easy to switch to.
Personally, I already left Adobe behind and even used Publisher to print two of my last books. Working right from scratch makes it easier to forget about InDesign.
Of course, I don’t need to work with older Adobe files (and even then, there’s still Adobe on my older Mac).
I was also concerned about importing all of my old InDesign files - but found that importing a PDF exported from InDesign worked amazingly well with Affinity Publisher. I can start editing right away and make as many changes as I like, and save the file as an .afpub file.
Very impressive, and immediately useful to me.
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It's not possible yet. There are plans to be able to open IDML files in the future
<mod edit> IDML not INDD file clarification was made in an edit on 6th July 2019 </mod edit>