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  1. @Martin Hutter Affinity has to move forward not backward. You are using PageMaker 7 which is now a decade old but is an excellent tool even today. Since 2008 the DTP market changed dramatically which makes it hard to keep up. Because I started DTP in 1991 with Quark Xpress, I also keep comparing with Quark. This is only human I think. However we all need to evolve to the latest innovations and keep up. Despite there is nothing wrong with working with PageMaker 7, it means basically standing still while the world around you moves fast. I myself are using RagTime, a document processor since 1994. I can still remember that when I started with RagTime (the company I started working for used RagTime), there was nothing good with it. Quark was so much better. However I kept hanging on and succeeded in creating great documents with it. Even today, I am still using Ragtime together with Affinity Designer and Photo and soon Publisher. RagTime is still unique in its own right but it is aging fast, the same with PageMaker 7. We both have to adapt to new ways of working and our experiences builded up during the years will help us with that. Does that mean we have to give up the softwares we know best? Probably over time, but for now, we can just keep using them for projects we believe they are best or better. That also means the change is less abrupt and we can adapt more easily. Since the end of Augustus when Publisher beta became available, I am learning to master it. I know Designer (Photo lesser) and find my way around it. When used to Designer, it is much easier to find your way in Publisher. If you have difficulty with Publisher, maybe it is easier to start with Designer. What is keeping you from sharing your insights in DTP here on this forum? It is always interesting reading about how other people do their work or learning about different insights.You can specify what you liked in PageMaker and how it could help Affinity Publisher. It is possible the Affinity development team pick some things up they find usefull, who knows? You will also receive feedback on your ideas from other people, which is invaluable. I wish you very much success and fun exploring Affinity Publisher. Chris
  2. @Paul Martin Thank you for your reply. Remember that Affinity Publisher is still in beta mode. Therefore things can workout not as expected. I think before sending anything to a printer for production, that you wait at least until Publisher is in the final release state. If you intend to sent your PDF file to a printer, I think it is best to check the PDF file in another PDF reader like Nitro or Adobe Reader. Be very carefull when checking the generated PDF. Do not check it only on screen but also print it with an office laser printer. It is no guarantee that everything is correct for printing but you add an extra safety net where you can catch possible errors. LIke you, I am very much interested in Desktop Publishing. In 1990 I followed evening classes typesetting on an Agfa MCS 100 system. I was very good at it and used it with very much pleasure. Then in 1991 I bought Quark Xpress 3.0 which I preferred above PageMaker because of the frames. I upgraded to version 3.1 and used that until somewhere around 1995, the year my Mac SE died. For what I do, Quark Xpress is too expensive and the subscription model of Adobe does not work for me. When in Botswana, I only have very poor internet. I am also using Affinity Designer since it became available for Windows together with Photo. I like what I see in Publisher very much. They are not so bloated as Adobe's applications and the Affinity codebase is new, the one of Adobe is decades old which is showing. I am sure there are still functionality missing in all three Affinity applications, however within a few years, Affinity will soon catch up with Indesign - Photoshop - Illustrator and Quark Xpress. Something to look out for. chris
  3. @MikeW Thank you Mike for your fast reply and your explanation. It is from the mid-nineties I made such documents and my knowledge about the subject is not up-to-date. However, I intend to take up this activity again in Botswana (printing in Botswana but creating from my laptop). The last version of FreeHand I used was 3.1 and Quark Xpress also 3.1. Both had the overprint function. I was looking to Publisher and Designer but neither of them has this function or I cannot find it. When I am in Botswana at the end of the year, I will ask printshops in Gaborone if "overprint" will be done automatically, so I don't need to care about it. After being busy with Publisher, I realise I have to learn much to up-date my knowledge about Desktop Publishing. I liked it in the early nineties and now I take it back up. @padura Like you, I follow this subject with very much interest. Thank you. Chris
  4. Hi all, Imagine a four color printing press which has 4 plates for the colors magenta, cyan, yellow and black. Because of some tolerance differencies between the colors there will be a small gap between adjacent colors possible. To avoid this small gap, I used "overprint" in the past (early nineties) with applications like Freehand and Quark Xpress for the outline of a shape or text. I do not know if I make myself clear. Therefore an example here : I have a yellow square in the CMYK color format. I place a magenta circle over it in the same color format. Now theoretically when it finally prints in the printing press, I have a yellow square with on top a magenta circle. However, when I leave the drawing like this because of some inaccuracies of the press there will likely be a small gap visible on the outline where the two colors meet each other. What I did in the past was give the line a 0.5 to 0.8 thickness and selected "Overprint". This mean there will be a color overlap of 0.5 to 0.8 from the top object (in this case the circle) over the bottom object (the square). How can this be done in Affinity Publisher? Thank you very much for your input. Chris
  5. True, it is called a "Tooltip", however that is not an answer to the question. I tried it myself and found out that for most tools the mousepointer does not block the tooltip. However, move the mouse pointer slightly will let you see the tooltip.
  6. You have to wait until the 1.7 versions of Photo and Designer are available to use these functions, if I understand correctly. However, on this moment these functions are not working. Be patient, they will come. Chris
  7. +1 for the presentation mode. I agree, Affinity Publisher is great, even in beta. Keep up the good work!
  8. Patrick, I agree with you. I experimented for some time with the method I suggested and it is simply impossible to get good results with that workaround. When I have a problem or something which doesn't work as expected, in whatever application, I always look for a way around the problem. At the end of the day, I have to make the job done. My suggestion didn't work out and I admit that. Also for myself as also for Serif, a PagePlus importer/convertor is not on my list too. In this case, it seems a feedback loop we are in. People looking to their problem as if it is not solvable without importer/convertor. I am sure when they invest the same effort to find a workaround as the energy they waste by complaining here, somebody will come up with a way that works. The first limitation on this moment is that Publisher doesn't have templates. A template is an empty framework of a publications on which you can built many other publications. I know it is not the same but lets say creating an empty Publisher document containing all the necessary styles and base objects could be a good start. Later when Publisher supports templates, we can convert that empty document into a template. When I have long text, I always write that in a wordprocessor. Personally I am using Atlantis Wordprocessor for that which is an excellent tool for writing long texts. So when the framework of the book is completed, at least you can import the text and format it. I know this all is a lot of work, but it has the advantage that your book or publication is completely ready for the future. Even if there was an PagePlus importer/convertor, still there should be quirks left over. Even when I import my docx documents from Atlantis to Jutoh, there are things which are not going well. It is also said over and over again, that PagePlus will not stop working overnight. So if someone really wants to remain using PagePlus, keep with Windows 7 or the present Windows 10 and do not update. In this way, you can remain using PagePlus for years to come. Chris
  9. Hi, It should be a nice feature if we can apply custom colors to different page guides. For example, page guides who mark the location of a text frame color blue; page guides who mark the location of images color red. It should be a very usefull feature if we can choose our own custom colors for individual guides in the guides manager. RagTime has this and it makes layouts much clearer when used correctly.
  10. I follow this discussion with a lot of interest. Serif made it clear that there will come no PagePlus convertor, a decision I agree with. Still people make useless complaints and demands about it. This is a waste of energy and creativity. So I decided to think about a possible solution. I assume the following : PagePlus can create fixed epub files InDesign can import those fixed epub files and process them Affinity Publisher can import those InDesign files To be honest, it is a theoretical idea, I cannot test it because I do not have InDesign. First create a fixed epub within PagePlus of your document. Then import that epub into InDesign and save it in Indesign format. Then import that InDesign file into Affinity Publisher. If it works the disadvantage is that you need to have InDesign which is expensive. However, there is a much cheaper and better replacement for InDesign in this case; Jutoh. You can generate a Word document from your epub in Jutoh. Import your fixed epub in Jutoh and compile it to Word. Jutoh compiles to .doc and .docx formats. Maybe someone of Affinity, Alfred, MikeW, can shine their light on this? They have more experience than I have with this subject. Another way in Jutoh is that you place markers at every section break. A marker can be something like this : "###@###". It is very important the marker is not present in the regular text in your document. When this is done and you converted to fixed epub, then Jutoh will break your chapters automaticly with those markers. You can also generate PDF files from your epub with Jutoh. Jutoh is really cheap, only $30 or £24 or €30. For somebody having a lot of PagePlus documents, a really cheap price to pay. If I have more time this evening, I will import an epub (I only have reflowable epubs) and try to import it in Affinity Publisher. Apart from all this, for me Affinity Publisher is also an important link in my chain of tools. I intend to use Affinity Publisher to create printable documents from the epubs I create with Jutoh. Also the close integration with Designer and Photo is a very hugh advantage. Chris
  11. Thank you Ian for sharing your experiences with Affinity Publishers. It is much appreciated. Keep up the good work! Chris
  12. True, editable text frame on masterpages will be a very usefull feature. However, like I found out on this thread, shift clicking the overflow icon (bottom right) gives you a new linked text frame with the layout of the linked masterpage. Publisher has a kind of a learning curve. However, the more practice the easier Publisher becomes. Keep learning and sharing experiences.
  13. Lets take another example of an excellent tool which went out of business years ago. TopStyle 5 an html editor and one of the best. I did all the coding in it and never came across a better editor. When I got the news that development was ended on TopStyle it was a big shock to me. The editor I used for years, knew inside out was no longer. It took me a while to find an editor which came close. Now I am using Sublime Text and Brackets. Despite the shock, I came over it and now I am using these new tools and get used to them, I don't want anything else. We all hesitate if there is an unexpected change because we all keep close to what we know. However, change brings innovation, creativity and keeps us sharp. A colleague of mine swears by PhotoShop - Indesign - Illustrator on an AlienWare laptop. For her, anything less than those three is just amateurish and not worth a look. But when I take a look to the workflow for her using the Adobe suite or myself betting on Affinity, in my opinion my time is used much more economic than hers. If I only need to draw I use Designer not carrying the weight of features which I do not use on that moment. Also the smart integration of Designer - Photo - Publisher is unique and a big advantage. I am using a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo D9510 laptop with SSD bought in January 2009. I use any of the Affinity applications without any problems. They are still fast enough. If I do the same with any of the Adobe applications, I can make a cup of coffee between two actions. I can clearly see that the innovative Affinity suite is created with the future in mind. Designer and Photo are still in an early state too, however see what people are creating with them. See the examples coming with them, astonishing creations. I am trying Publisher now for a week. Today I received the second beta update. When I see the list of bug fixes, it was hugh. The team behind Publishers surely was very busy. I already like this application despite the limitations and not full feature set. Other users made me aware that in some cases my thinking was very limited and I learned new ways from them. We need this change and I am sure many users with me, like the Affinity team to concentrate on the Affinity range of application. For the simple reason, it is there where our future is. I want my colleague stop laughing with me because I use an amateurish tool in her eyes. But I will not succeed by continuing PagePlus. I will only succeed by working hard and learning new ways to create good looking artwork. A Publisher workbook will be very nice. Only I hope it will be created in Publisher.
  14. If I understand correctly, most of the developers of the Plus range left Serif long ago. It is a new team which is creating and maintaining the Affinity range. So who is gonna create those convertors? I read the replies here on the forum and I respect the concerns of people who have a lot of documents created in PagePlus. I think the already suggested compromise before, maintaining your documents created in the past with PagePlus, use Affinity Publisher for the new documents will be a very good future proof idea. You can even use an older computer keep running PagePlus without updating the system. When it runs fine now on that system, what keeps you continue running it. We can moan and grieve about the funeral of the Plus range. However, if we use that same energy to adapt our ways of working to the Affinity range, we will travel a very long way in a bright future.
  15. I hope this will be added in the final release. This is a really necessary feature no DTP application can without.
  16. What I cannot understand is that people who made 500 pages book, did not write the text in an external wordprocessor and then import it in PagePlus. I started with Quark Xpress 3.0 on a Macintosh back in 1991. All my long text was typed in a wordprocessor then imported in textframes in Quark. I really cannot understand why people are so difficult and don't accept the explanation from Serif which sounds reasonable. When you are happy with PagePlus, what keeps you from continue using it? I do not understand the disappointment because it is clear that Affinity Publisher is on the right track. Many times it is better for long lasting documents to have a fresh make over. The advantage is that you can adapt them to the new features and possibilities. But also refreshing new techniques. Also in the convertion process there will be flaws and the risk of mistakes of the past taking over. I also have many PagePlus documents which is the reason PagePlus X9 is still on this laptop. However, when I need them in Publisher, I will recreate them and import the text from the wordprocessor documents. This is also a good way to learn the ins and outs of Publisher. I agree with Serif, NO PagePlus convertion. We live in the present, the past is done!
  17. Works great PMan, learned something new today. Thank you very much. However I have a warning. When having an overflowing text, succesfully flowing in automaticly created text frames, when repeatedly pressing CTRL-Z (undo), I got a failure (see the attached file) which crashed Publisher. I am on Windows 7.
  18. Because I am writing manuals, this is also a must have for me. I also want to thank the Affinity team for Affinity Publisher. Very well done! Chris
  19. +1 Please add data merge in the future. Will be a very useful feature which I certainly will use much. Thank you very much for Affinity Publisher which is an excellent tool.
  20. I am using Atlantis Wordprocessor with great satisfaction. Also for ebook creation like epub it is very good. It is not bloated like Microsoft Word but does what it has to do.
  21. It is possible to release the text frame from the Masterpage, however, it will remove the textframe completely from the masterpage. I think the simplest way is putting guides on the Masterpage where your text frames should be. On the page itself, then place a textframe on it. I am also using RagTime, a document processor. If you place a text frame onto the Masterpage, when you use that Masterpage and want to type text into the text frame, you also have to unlink that textframe from the Masterpage. For the unlinked textframe, it still keeps the formatting from the Masterpage, however if you change the formatting on the masterpage, it does not change any longer in the unlinked text frame. I think what we experience here, is intended and not a bug. If you see the video tutorial about Masterpages, the teacher also use guides and place the actual text frame on the page itself. Maybe a nice feature request to Serif, like MikeW explained, making a primary text frame too where we can type text on a page. I did not tried this yet but if you copy the page with the empty text frame, you can just paste the page wherever you intend to use it and have the text frame in place. If necessary, you can link those text frames with each other to let the text flow. If I understand correctly, those Masterpages are intended for objects which are static on every page which is depending on that master. Despite its shortcomings, I like Publisher already.
  22. The layer system is the same as in Affinity Designer. Once you get used to it, it is a better system than placing multiple objects on a layer. Sometimes we need to be open to new ways of working.
  23. @Marius_Conradie I am sorry that I reply so late on your post of March but I only see it now. Normally I will arrive at OR Tambo on 6 december in the late evening (between 22.00 and 23.00). If so (I know that on Saturday 13 oktober) I am willing to take your Affinity Photo workbook with me. I am partly living in Belgium and Botswana. Because of the weight of the book, it has to go with my bagage. I never lost any bagage but be aware that if lost it is not on my responsibility. In case it is lost, I will show you the official document. If you wish to proceed with this, order your book shortly after 13 oktober and send it to my address in Belgium. We will choose a meeting place at OR Tambo airport where I can give you the workbook. I realize this is a lot of trust on your side. Sometimes we need to take some risks to get what we want. However, this is probably the only way you can get the workbook. I do have it myself and it is very good. Just let me know what you prefer. Chris
  24. Many subjects in the Designer workbook will never go out of date in my opinion. With every update of Designer, new features will be added. These updates will not be found in the Designer workbook for obvious reasons. Maybe it is a good idea that besides those basic workbooks which contain extensive information and guidelines, Serif publish additional workbooks lets say every year (as example) which contain the new features and guidelines. Like in my case, I have the basic workbook so to keep up to date i have to buy the additional publications. Maybe Serif will consider this suggestion. @MikeW I can be wrong but in my opinion fixed layout ebooks are not working. My ereader has a 7 inch screen. Can you imagine having to scroll horizontally and vertically to read the text? Also my ereader has 16 shades of gray which is not much to represent the hugh color pallet of the workbooks. I admit it should be nice if I can read the workbook on my ereader when I cannot access the workbook. I found a solution by creating a kind of knowledge ebook which contain the most interested subjects of the workbook. In this way I have a kind of memorizing when I cannot access the physical workbook. On an airplane an ereader is surely a very handy device. With the limited alignment features on ebooks, I still believe it is not a good idea to convert the books for ereaders. However when using a tablet and the possibility to place images and text in alignment with each other I completely agree with you. For anybody still interested in those workbooks, it seems they become scarcely available on Amazon. So I think anybody interested should act fast. They are both really worth the value. I really do hope for successors which keeps them periodically up to date. Chris
  25. I also have the Affinity Designer workbook which is very well done, excellent design and very educative. With all respect for the ebook (which I prefer to read on my ereader above a printed version) but in this case an ebook will not do justice to the present printed book. ebook formatting is too limited and will never come close to the layout of the Designer printed book.
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