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  1. Is this new release compatible with the High Sierra OS? And is there any reason to install it if you don't have the new Apple hardware? I certainly don't want to mess up apps that I frequently use.
  2. Thanks for the additional thoughts. On my laptop, I used a mouse rather than a trackpad but not the same mouse as I use with my desktop. I need to try some more things on the laptop to see whether the problem is desktop specific which would suggest a problem in my desktop system. The problem persists on the desktop even when I create a new table on a new file. The black header rows and columns either don't show up at all or show up for a little while and then disappear. I understand that you should edit tables on the master page rather than on subsequent pages unless you detach a subsequent page from its dependence on the master. So that isn't my issue. When I can, I'll do some more experiments with the laptop and then post the results here. If it turns out that the problem is desktop specific, then I don't know what to do for future projects. I could try switching to a different mouse and see if that helps. If not, at least I have a laptop, so I suppose I could work on it, though I like the extra real estate of the desktop computer for design. But the problem continues to mystify me.
  3. Thanks, Lagarto, but, again, what you're describing is not happening on my system. The selectors never appear on the master page even when the Table tool is selected. I am able to select rows and columns using dragging when the cursor is in the form of an Ibar, but I much prefer using the selector rows and columns. I've noticed other glitches as well. This morning I tried to add some text and the text would not change within the text frame no matter what font I selected. Only when I used the Artistic Frame Tool rather than the regular Frame tool was I able to get the font I wanted. I've been using Affinity Photo for a couple of years and it's been very reliable. But Publisher is behaving in strange ways. When I have more time, I'll test out more things on my laptop to try to ascertain whether the problems have to do with my setup rather than with the program.
  4. Hi Lagarto, Thanks for your input. Everything you describe is not working properly on my Imac, except intermittently. I just downloaded Publisher to my laptop and, for the moment, the tables are functioning properly there. Yesterday, I downloaded Publisher again to my Imac, and the tables worked correctly for awhile. Then they stopped working, i.e., the black headings disappeared, never to be see again. So, either this is a bug in the program or it's related to a specific configuration on my computer. I'll keep experimenting on my laptop to see if the row and column headings remain there. I understand how tables work, but in the absence of the row and column headings it's more difficult to select cells or rows and columns and then change their attributes.
  5. For anyone who is following this topic, the only way that I was able to solve my problem was to download a new copy of Publisher to replace the old one. When I created tables using the new copy I did get the black cell borders of the table that I was supposed to get. BUT, those lasted only for a little while. After a couple of hours of using the program, the black cell borders disappeared and I was back to the problem cited in the original message. I was able to finish my project, but I still think that this table feature is not working properly. I'm going to report it as a bug. As someone who wrote a long book with many pieces of artwork in InDesign, I was very disappointed with this Publisher project. I would be very hesitant to start a larger Publisher project, especially one that required tables, given this experience.
  6. Also, I just created a new Publisher document, inserted a table and the same thing happened. If I double clicked into a cell with the Table Tool, I got a blue frame around the table but no black rows and column boxes. I don't understand why this is not behaving correctly on my computer. I was able to double click into a single cell to highlight it and then add color, but that's all. And I was not able to delete the entire table.
  7. That's strange. Is there a way you could email me back that file with the cell selected?
  8. Sorry, but your suggestion doesn't work. When I double click into a cell, with the Table tool selected, nothing happens. Were you able to select a cell using this method with the file that I included with my post?
  9. Thanks, h_d. Given what I said about the inability to select cells, how do I change the cell border. The table tool keep drawing new tables rather than letting me select cells. What you're showing in your illustration, namely black header rows and columns is not what I'm getting. So, how do I see those header rows that will allow me to select rows and columns? Also, re. the columns, when I print the page out, the first two columns are definitely darker than the other two.
  10. I am working on my first project in Publisher which is an attempt to create pages for a 2021 planner. I'm basing my design on an existing planner. Here is a picture of the design. I am working with the latest update on an IMac. I ran into trouble with the righthand table. First, one of the lines on the table does not go all the way across the page, and I can't figure out how to fix this. My first thought was to select this row and delete it but I can't figure out how to do that. When I watched the tutorial video about working with tables, the video said that when you select the table there will be row and column headers you can click to select a row or column. But that doesn't seem to be the case in the latest version of Publisher, which I'm using. So I don't know how to delete this row. If I can't delete it, then I'd like to figure out how to extend the line across the full width of the page. With the table tool selected, when I click on the righthand table, most of the time the tool seems to draw another table instead of allowing for a selection. Sometimes this doesn't happen and I am able to select a row or column. But even if I can select it, I'm not able to delete it. When I couldn't do delete this row, I made a copy of my file with the thought of selecting the entire table and then deleting it. My plan at that point was to redraw the table. But I also can't figure out any way to delete the entire table. The second problem occurs when I try to change the colors of the narrow columns on the righthand side of the page. No matter how many times I select these columns (when I'm even able to do so), and change the color to 5% black, the color never changes. You can see that the first two shaded columns are lighter than the last two because of my inability to make a change. M third question has to do with the functions in Publisher. I used the Page Number function to insert a number next to the Week text on the lefthand side. But I can't seem to find a function that will automatically insert a date below the days of the week. What I'd like to be able to do is to automatically populate the dates throughout the planner by inserting a function on the master page similar to what I did by using the Page Number function after Week. Is this possible? It seems like there are issues in tables in Publisher. I did a lot of searching for solutions to my problems and read that others were experiencing similar issues. I'd welcome advice about how to solve these problems without having to start over completely. I'm attaching a copy of my file to this post. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Planner V2 copy.afpub
  11. You can also add a guide exactly half way between the other vertical guides. Use the Guides Manager to get the exact measurement for the guides and then lock the guides. Also, make sure you have checked "snap to guides". Then, using the Move tool, move your objects toward the center until you see a green line overlapping the center vertical guide. It's easier to see this if you remove the fill color from the object. If you want to center an object both vertically and horizontally, you can add horizontal guides in the same way. Those will show up with a red line when you've centered your object horizontally. I just created a number of pages using this method, and it worked well. But I noticed that in some instances, my objects moved a bit and I don't know why. So, I would double check that everything stayed in place before you print or export.
  12. Hi Lee, Thanks for your comments. Yes, I've installed the printer drivers. That was done automatically when i installed the printer. I also called the company and talked at length with a tech support guy who was himself a photographer. He confirmed that the settings for this printer were limited as it's not really intended as a printer for serious photographers. Instead it's intended for businesses. That said, I did print out some photos on photo paper, using their matte photo setting, and was surprised at the excellent results I achieved. The prints on copy paper aren't even that bad. I've fiddled with different settings and qualities of print and compared the results. Even though the settings from the software are limited, you can do more from the printer's panel itself and override some of the initial settings. One thing that's making me happy about this printer is that I can print as much as I want without having to spend $80 on ink after a few prints. I even found a way to get it to print on fabric. Since I want to use the printer to print fabrics and papers for collage and my own art work, and it seems good enough for that, I've decided to keep it. It's probably not the best printer for serious photographers but good enough for occasional photo prints.
  13. I recently bought and just installed a new color printer, a Canon Pixma megatank G7020. I bought it because of the large ink tanks and the lowered cost of color printing. Now I have a large backlog of things that I would like to print from Affinity Photo. I have printed some materials out on plain copy paper (which is what I'm likely to use most of the some since I'm printing materials to be used in collages and other artwork), and the print quality seems decent though a bit dull. Having used other color printers in the past, I was surprised at what seem to be minimal tools for color management that appear in the print dialogue boxes accessed through Affinity Photo. For example, I can no longer find a ColorSync option in the dialogue boxes that come with this printer. It appears that all you can change is the media type, with a very limited range of choices, and the print quality from draft to best. I have scrolled through all the print settings and can't find anything else. Am I missing something here? I believe you can change some settings through the printer itself though I generally prefer to allow my software to control the settings. But I could do that if the choices increase. If anyone has used this printer or its predecessor the G6020 and has some advice for me about how to optimize print quality, I'd appreciate hearing it. Thank you.
  14. I am pretty sure that Patternmaster Boutique (from Wild Ginger) also has the capacity to measure arc lengths. Since this is specifically a pattern making program it is set up to measure all components of pattern pieces. It has a pattern editor component that is really excellent and allows for detailed customization of pattern pieces. The only drawback of the program, and one reason that I don't use it much any more, is that it is available only for Windows computers, not Macs.
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