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  1. I love the Affinity suite of products but the one thing which bugs me about the interface is that I can only have one column of palettes on the left, one on the right. In Indesign I have three columns on the right, two of which I usually minimise and one (normally for character and paragraphs etc) expanded all the time. On the left I have one (minimised) with not-so-frequent-but-handy-to-access palettes. At the moment I have so many tabs next to each other and on top of each other that it drives me mad! We really need to have multiple columns for storing/organising palettes, especially since monitors are so large these days - there's a lot of space being wasted which could be used more efficiently. I also think it would be handy in publisher/design to be able to share docked palette locations for similar functions; i.e. character, paragraph, swatches etc, but understand this may be unworkable due to the difference between the available palettes in the respective apps (unless Affinity want to prove me wrong - please, prove me wrong!).
  2. Indesign has this really neat feature where, when exporting a PDF, it remembers the last destination the previous PDF for that document was saved. I notice this a lot now that I'm using Publisher as I'm inadvertently saving my PDFs in the wrong folders(!). Publisher seems to remember the last location a PDF was saved in, but not relative to the original document. For example/clarity, lets say I have two projects, numbered 1000A and 2000B. I open 1000A and create my PDF and save it to a folder inside the project folder called proofs ( '1000A > Proofs'). Next I open 2000B, create my PDF and save it. With Indesign it remembers that the last time this document created a PDF it was stored in '2000B > Proofs' and this is the folder it automatically shows in the save dialog. In Publisher it points the last folder used to create a PDF, which in this case happens to have been '1000A > Proofs'. Does that make sense? Its not a life changing problem, more something which you don't realise is a feature, but its only when you move away to another piece of software you realise how useful it was! P.S. Loving Publisher!
  3. Just an update on this - it affects the non-beta version of Publisher (I bought from the Affinity store, not sure if it affects the Mac App Store version). Can anyone else replicate this issue or is it just me?
  4. I have three Macs - a MacBook Pro for when I'm out and about, an iMac in my office and a Mac Mini at home, all of which I've installed Publisher on without any problems; I believe this is okay since there's only me using them (if only I was so productive I could work on all three at once!); however if there were three different people using them then that would be certainly a breach of the T&C's. Again, I think Publisher (in fact the whole suite) is so competitively priced that I'd have no issue buying several copies if I had any employees - I remember when the only choice was QuarkXpress which was unbelievably expensive and then Adobe came along with the Creative suite, but that cost around (if I recall) over £800. And I thought it was a bargain! I've said it before and I'll say it again - if I could invest in Affinity/Serif I would. This is a serious game changer.
  5. It would be great if you could use your licence key to swap to the Mac App Store version but somehow I don't think that's possible (I have swapped from an App Store to downloadble product in the past, can't remember which app it was - possibly Fantastical but don't hold me to that - I had to prove I bought the app though). I like being able to download all my apps when I get a new laptop (doesn't happen much these days!) or if something corrupts and I need to reinstall my OS again (I'm looking at you, Mohave…) but, to be honest, the price is so low and I expect to get so much use from Publisher, I'm actually quite happy to buy it twice.
  6. Yes, I removed the conflicting shortcut on the Merge Selected item. I do have a few other shortcuts stored but I reset everything and the same thing happens - see video below. Keyboard - reduced.mov Keyboard is UK extended Apple and my Mac spec is as follows:
  7. I'm trying to change the 'Export' shortcut to 'Command-shift-E' instead of 'Command-E'. Every time I change it, it doesn't change in the menu, nor does the new shortcut work. I've tried opening Photo, changing it, quitting and then re-opening but still no dice.
  8. I'm working with and have found that - when opening a PDF with fonts unavailable on my system - when the 'Replace missing fonts' dialog appears, most of the time it ignores the font weight I've chosen. It works with some, but quite often it doesn't. The fonts all work fine, its not that they're corrupt. See below - I'm trying random fonts but it keeps happening: font problems.mov
  9. That's weird, I was using that the other week after Designer and Photo were updated on the app store - its brilliant.
  10. My jaw didn't so much drop… it fell to the floor and smashed to pieces. Thanks for the dental bill, Affinity!
  11. Pre-ordered within 30 seconds of getting the email. Looking forward to gradually migrating from Indesign.
  12. Amazing work on #330 folks, the file size reduction when you relink images is a lifesaver (see my post here) - I've had files drop from 300mb+ down to under 2mb. Friday beers all around!
  13. Can confirm - massive (I mean MASSIVE!) savings in 330… They are both the same document, the original (highlighted) is 324.2mb (8pp document with LINKED images), whilst the copy above it is 1.6mb. What I did was open the resources panel and relink to the same image file and hit save. No need to delete images and re-import, it worked first time. Here's another file I was working on - play it and wait a second (it was saving the file) and watch the size drop like a rock… File save reduction.mov Thanks to all the devs - this was a big issue to me as I always take a copy of my previous file, rename it and work on that file. That way I can refer back to an old proof if a client decides to revert or grab something from it. A lot of my Indesign files are between 2mb and 70mb so space isn't an issue but several 324.2mb files is. Good work - its Friday tomorrow so grab yourselves a nice cool beer!
  14. I doubt that's the plan, I think Affinity have a clear plan to have several applications which serve a specific purpose and to do that purpose properly. They've been clear that they don't want to go down the subscription route (that could change, I know) and if they stick to their guns and plan clearly then there's no reason why they'd get sucked into the Adobe circle of hell. It certainly seems that they listen to their userbase (something Adobe et al couldn't do so easily back in the day), and I would seriously be interested in investing should they decide to go down this route.
  15. Having used Affinity Designer and Photo (and testing Publisher) I can see Affinity replacing my Adobe software in the not too distant future (and I can see a lot of other users doing the same). With that in mind, I'm wondering if there's any plans for people to actually be able to invest in the company? I'd love to put my money behind the company which will ultimately overthrow the evil Adobe empire!

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