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Everything posted by redlik

  1. I had a quick test of the data merge. It does work similar to the competition, with few exceptions - skip blank lines. But the UI for the function is so bad. There's one panel to load the csv files, then another panel for fields in completely separate section - "Fields" with all document statistics? No indication if the field is already placed on a page, nor how many times. The layout tool is a nice idea but nowhere in a help file does it say how to use it. I accidentally spotted a screenshot with layer panel showing that repeated text boxes need to be dragged inside/ under the data merge layer. Also if you select the grid with arrow, no options are visible - you have to pick data merge tool and select your grid again. I hope this is just a v.1 for this and it will be improved in future versions.
  2. Has this been resolved? I can't still assign separate keyboard shortcuts to num pad or regular numbers in the latest 1.8.1 version
  3. And no footnotes, data merge, hand tool while inside text frame, table splitting between pages, no way to sample & paste text styles, import multi-page PDF in one go, and so on.... I guess we'll have to wait for version 2 and give it a try again.
  4. I know but it doesn't stay in % so you never know what's your scale ratio is.
  5. It would work if there was a way to see % in the W or H boxes, it only shows actual sizes in units (mm, inch, etc.)
  6. 1-bit image is opened in Photo as RGB, not even greyscale. 1-bit image placed into Apub file exported is converted to RGB as well.
  7. Fair play to you for still working after stuff like that. Mighty man!
  8. No support for 1-bit files is another argument this app isn't or even won't be ready to replace pro apps like ID or Quark.
  9. This is how book editing is done, I'm afraid. Even approved word document gets imported into layout application and given to editors or author himself they will still find corrections.
  10. I keep a copy of Quark and MS Publisher as we get files from clients but for my own work I prefer to have one app. You have your shortcuts, palettes, workspaces so when I design it's muscle memory doing most of the job. That's why I'm disappointed Apub is not there yet.
  11. My worry is it will take too long for the Publisher to catch up. As many people I would love to switch 100% as it doesn't make sense to use 2 apps for the same job. But if I have to think everytime if the job is doable in Publisher in reasonable time and with features it has currently I will end up using inDesign 100% of the time and slowly forget I have it :-( Good thing InDesign update progress is slowing down. The last update brought "column rules" and "SVG import" - that's it - 2 features.
  12. I wanted to be more diplomatic :-). It is a pity we can't make the jump now considering Affinity had a base built years ago and used in Designer and Photo. I guess they've released Publisher with features that were release-ready but the omission of so many obvious-pro feature is baffling. We are the early adopters so we need to be more patient I guess...
  13. I did spend a lot of time using Publisher, initially at least. I do wide variety of jobs so I wanted to really try on the whole range of different projects. The feature set we have will probably cover a lot of cases but I can see a lot of people asking for features I've mentioned. I can create 2 jobs in both InDesign and Publisher and one wouldn't tell the difference but the time spent for both will probably be 1:2 for InDesign, unfortunately. Not to mention the features completely missing - footnotes, data merge. That's why I hope the devs will concentrate on pro features and not some gimmicks like the iPad version.
  14. Completely agree. I've completed a lot of smaller jobs like flyers, posters and it was a pleasure to use the app. But these were not pro jobs in my opinion. I could easily do them in Designer, Photo or even "toy" apps such swift publisher, Word etc. I hope we will get these "pro" features at some stage as it would be sad to see the app not sitting in my Dock open all day long.
  15. Before I start my "rant" and people will disagree/agree I'd like to admit first - I bought all 3 apps, as well as 2 Ipad versions so I fully support and appreciate what Affinity is doing but the truth is I barely use them, unfortunately. I hope devs read this forum and hear me out. As someone who used InDesign/Quark for the last 20 years I understand we're at version 1 and there a lot of things we didn't get yet but if the app (all 3 of them) wish to be considered as adobe killers they should at least offer similar capabilities the current version have. I work in a busy print house but I managed to try Publisher on couple of jobs I do regularly. First one was a health magazine, A4 16 pages. It's a mixture of articles, ads, recipes etc. I've finalised the mag but here's the list of stuff that made the job hard or sometimes impossible to finish: No PDF pass-through. The mag includes PDF ads sent by producers so importing them, even as external links caused the ads to be "opened" and fully editable. This is very dangerous as there were fonts missing, images loosing their transparencies etc. Had to convert most of them to tiff's Images with no frames by default. Some people may call in just an old habit but this is how I think layout app should deal with images. When I drop an image on a page I want to control the size of the frame and image inside independently. When one is laying out a page of a magazine you have only a space that text allows so I constantly resize, crop move image inside the frame to get that spot-on position. Publisher allows to do it but it's really clunky, and not on by default. On top of that when I switch this option and resize the outer frame the image inside scales and re-centers itself which drives me maaad! No hand tool when inside the text frame. I hit the ALT key constantly to move around the page, while my cursor is inside the text frame (cant use space obviously). I know I can move around if I have 3-button mouse but it's not the same as standard hand tool. Changing selected text frame option makes it the default. Not sure why this is the default behaviour. It's very confusing and un-intuitive. No scope for S&R. This is really huge omission, especially when we can use GREP. I use it all the time to clean up imported text (double spaces, returns, extra tabs, leading numbers). Without an option to limit to current frame or a selection this can really mess up your existing layout. The second job was a technical manual, lots of tables, footers, end-notes. Here's my list of missing features: No footnotes/endnotes. I'm guessing it's coming in future versions, I mean it has to. No way to split/flow tables between pages. Tables are separate from text-frames. I know you can anchor the table inside the text frame but then we go into issue 2 - tables won't split themselves between pages. No book feature. My manual is approx. 200 pages. It's a mixture of portrait and landscape pages so my original ID project is a book, which includes all sections. This way I can have portrait and landscape as separate indd files and join them together as one PDF, with page numbers, TOC's all synchronised. This feature is a must for any longer publication I believe. I hope it's on the feature list as well. No separation/overprint preview. This is very crucial feature for pro designers. I check the breakdown of colours on the layout all the time. Preflight/Packaging. I think that's self explanatory To make this post not just a list of complaint here's what i like about the app. Speed. This is ways ahead than current Adobe apps. Even on an older machine all 3 apps work as fast as I can work myself. Studio link. I like this feature, ability to edit images or vector files without leaving the app is great. I'm still not sure what happens to original files - do they get embedded or originals get edited. I guess I need to use it more often to figure out. The amount of pro features in v.1. Even though I've listed a lot above I'm still impressed how many features we got in the first release. I did manage to finish these complicated jobs with the current version so I'm really impressed and looking forward to future releases. I just wish the list of new features are more aligned to pro user than "Publisher on iPad" - nobody needs that. I would love to use Publisher on as many jobs as I can, now that we have indesign import coming but when I think about the features I miss I just skip and go back to indesign, which is really a bummer. I hope this post won't start a flame war but a good discussion how we'd like this app to go forward. I think everybody here is tired of Adobe slow apps, lack of real progress, extortionist prices for subscription and would love to drop them for Affinity apps.
  16. I've re-opened the file, applied the colour again and it started working as expected so must have been some sort of glitch Happy days!
  17. When I click on Edit... I just edit the global colour, which you don't want because that's already set as a global swatch colour you want to use. It works fine in Designer so me thinks it's a bug.
  18. Not sure if it's a a bug or a feature but when you use global colour from your swatches and switch to Colour tab to use lighter tint of the colour the slider snaps back to 100%.
  19. It all comes down to everybody's needs, my friend. I use styles for longer pieces such as magazines, books, menus etc. but for a quick one page jobs like flyers, poster setting up styles is not really a good solution. But thnx for suggestions anyway.
  20. It's very un-productive to create styles for every occasion you need to copy attributes quickly. I'm guessing you've never used the tool in real life production work.
  21. I use that tool ALL THE TIME so it is going to be a slow down when using Publisher. I hope the developers have it on the to-do for the next release.
  22. That's a bummer. The app should know if the image is made in certain way it should allow to save in different formats, not only native af...
  23. Unless I'm missing this option somewhere I'd like to have the availability to save flat 1-layer-background image as something else then afphoto. I do a lot of cropping from scanned large sheets of photos and it would be nice to select, copy, new from clipboard and then save as widely recognised file formats for quick easy workflow. I know there's the export but it's just too many unnecessary steps.
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