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    Bad_Wolf reacted to dutchshader in Red boundaries visible in design not exported art   
    I think they are snapping candidates, turn off "show snapping candidates" in the snapping settings
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to walt.farrell in Red boundaries visible in design not exported art   
    Are they there all the time when you're looking at your design? And regardless of the tool you have selected?
    Can you provide a screenshot?
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to Nicolas1801 in I'm ready to exit illustrator if   
    I'm ready to exit illustrator if you propose:
    +++ the shape designer without going through the pathfinder
    +++ the curvature tool (to avoid adjusting the tangents)
    Freeform Gradients
    Invert mask layer

    I'm crossing my fingers for you to put this in place in the next update because I really like your software.  
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from walt.farrell in How to edit styles in Designer?   
    Hello everybody,
    Thank you all very much for your advice which is very helpfull and let me think in a different way.
    I made my own style category "Bad_Wolf" and wanted to move some styles I created in the "Default" category. It is not possible to drag and drop them directly, nor is there a menu command which do this. So I took an empty document and placed an object (rectangle, oval, ...) onto the drawing area and gave it the style I wanted to move. Then I switched to the "Bad_Wolf" category and selected "Add style from selection". Now I just have to rename this style and bingo.
    @Petar PetrenkoYour suggestion works only for text styles. When using object Styles,  that is not possible.  Thank you anyway for the suggestion.
    @Petar Petrenko
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from Arun Sarkar in Inline Graphics & Anchors to objects   
    Inline graphics is a very important and necessary feature especially for the first release version.Many people are gonna be disappointed when it is not in the final release version.
    However, for those using math formula's and other objects, if you have a font creation program like Font Creator, you can made glyphs of your formulas and create it as a font. I do not know if OpenType is supported in Publishers yet, but when it is you can even create multi color glyphs if you wish.
    It is  different when you want a photo or drawing flowing with your text.
    If the inline graphics/anchor feature will be implemented as in PagePlus, that would be perfect.
    A big "thank you" for the Affinity team. I like Publisher more and more with every update. Keep up the good work!
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from Arun Sarkar in Inline Graphics & Anchors to objects   
    Inline graphics is a very important and necessary feature especially for the first release version.Many people are gonna be disappointed when it is not in the final release version.
    However, for those using math formula's and other objects, if you have a font creation program like Font Creator, you can made glyphs of your formulas and create it as a font. I do not know if OpenType is supported in Publishers yet, but when it is you can even create multi color glyphs if you wish.
    It is  different when you want a photo or drawing flowing with your text.
    If the inline graphics/anchor feature will be implemented as in PagePlus, that would be perfect.
    A big "thank you" for the Affinity team. I like Publisher more and more with every update. Keep up the good work!
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to Ian Brockbank in Ian B's investigation and thoughts   
    Just installed 157 - nice and simple, though again I had to go through and download for myself.
    Working on another flyer based on the previous one (though now portrait A5 instead of landscape)
    Copied and pasted logo. Fine
    Copied and pasted text box with a couple of different styles and about 30 words - seemed to take a long time to paste in :-S
    Now editing the text; I want a subheading, so change style to Heading 2. Where do I do that? Ah - using the Paragraph tab.  A bit confusing, but I'm sure I can get used to it.
    Oh, that's left-justified, I want it centered.
    Making this paragraph centered is easy enough once I work out where to look, but I want to change the style itself.
     - click on the style drop-down in here - no, there's no option there to edit the style or update it to match current.
    Oh - there's a text style tab as well.  Can change it from there.
    Rummaging around in preferences, I see there's a light style as well as dark  - much preferred.  Also gray level for pasteboard - though it would be better if it had some indication of which end was which - I assumed left was lighter, and hence that my changes weren't happening live.
    Interesting.  I had changed something which meant I needed a restart.  When I came back, everything was back to dark UI...until I went into preferences and made a change, at which point it suddenly snapped to the preferences I had set up previously.
    Also, everything looks very pixellated in the document in this version.  I don't remember that previously.  See attachment.

    Though it prints fine and looks fine when exported to PDF.
    Going across to PagePlus to see if it is the same there. Copy-paste of everything just comes in as a bitmap - strange.  Surely there should be some other formats?
    Okay, copy/paste the text - that also just comes in as a bitmap!  That should CERTAINLY be rich text as well.  ...but at least it's a cleaner bitmap than AP manages to show in the editing.
    More playing around - hmmm.  I miss the box at the bottom of the selected set of objects to allow me to group there directly.
    I also find it confusing that I can't click on the border of the text box to stop being in text mode and go back to selection mode.  It's annoying having to go all the way back to the toolbar.  In fact, I find the tool selection less obvious here, because it seems to try to keep the same tool unless told otherwise, whereas I'm used to it reverting to the pointer tool much more.
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    Oooo - that's not very helpful:
    Just went to check the Body text paragraph spacing and change it if necessary.  I get presented with a box saying "[No change]" and no indication of what is being inherited.  Also no easy way of going to the base style the setting is inherited from.
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    Went to add a new page.  Unintuitive icon - I only knew I had the right one because of the tooltip.  Why no + sign?
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    Adding a table.  It's all too tight - how do I add spacing between the rows?
    There doesn't seem to be anything in the Table menu.   Table->Format only has one entry - Default Nothing obvious on right-click.  There's Increase Leading, but that doesn't seem to do it. Spacing affects the character spacing within a line. :-(
    Okay, I managed by stretching the table.
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    Applied "No line" style to the table with all cells selected - only affected the outer border, not every cell.
    I can't get rid of the lines above and below row 2 of 3!  Nothing I try affects them.
    Now found the "stroke" toolbar.  Useful...but where's "none"?  And that doesn't seem to affect row 2 either.
    Okay, the only way I seem to be able to do it is to select the cells I want a border round (or don't want a border round) with multiple cells selected, and then specifically change the line to something different and then to the option I want. Yuck!
    Another slightly counter-intuitive thing. I had row three (of four) selected. I right-clicked on row 2 and selected Insert Row.
    I expected the new row as row 3 (after my right-click row) with the selection still remaining on what has now become row 4. I actually had the new row inserted as row 4 after the selected row. I've managed to get spacing around the table rows by stretching the table.  But I've now gone onto a second line on one table row, and it's lost the spacing :-(
    Arrgghh! Tried to copy and paste a table since I've got it set up how I want it.
    Pasting works fine, but drops it in the middle of the page (and doesn't replicate the width).  I want to move it.
    Of course, I can't, because I'm in table mode, not pointer mode!
    Switch back to pointer mode and move it...now I can't select the columns by hovering above the table!  I have to explicitly switch back to table mode first.
    Another example of making it too hard with modes, and not giving me ways to switch mode where I'm working (PagePlus managed this much better).
    More on modes: why do I have to double-click to start editing in a text box. A single-click in the box should be sufficient. (At least a double-click does work)
    ---
    Just added an email address, and hit Ctrl+K to make it a hyperlink. This didn't work - in fact, I can't quickly find how to make it a hyperlink at all.  Looked under right-click while selected. Looked under Text.  Looked under Text->Insert.  Looked under Edit.
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    Went to print my A5 document with 2 pages on A4.  Tried to work out how to get both pages side-by-side.
    Single didn't work (I suppose that can be argued) Tiled didn't work either (why not?) N-up seems to be trying to fit multiple pages, but fails because it doesn't rotate the A4 to landspace and so only one A5 page fits. Oh - it was set to 1x1; when I set it to 2 across it gets it right.  But it shouldn't be this difficult!  This is a very standard thing to do - there should be a print option that just works this out. ---
    So I pretty much managed to get the flyer I wanted, but had to compromise on the table lines.  And it took me about 3 hours, instead of the 15 minutes it would have taken in PagePlus.
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to R C-R in Affinity Designer feature roadmap   
    Then you probably should start saving for a new one now. That's because according to what @MEB has said, the 1.7 betas should be available for testing in the next few weeks, so we can expect the GM versions to be available in the first or second quarter of 2019 at the latest.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from OVER ST in Affinity Designer for Android?   
    Hi again,
    Just found out when reading other threads on the Affinity forum, they will never plan an Android version like I will never buy any Apple device.
    However I have to draw on my Android based tablet and do not like to use any Adobe software too. So I looked for a replacement so I can finallise my sketches on the tablet in Affinity Designer for Windows. I installed "Infinite Design" which is free with the possibility to purchase additional content (which I did).
    I am still learning this nice app, but it looks a very promising alternative to Affinity Designer on Android.
    So if you are in the same situation like myself, try Infinite Design. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
    Chris
     
     
     
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from OVER ST in Affinity Designer for Android?   
    Hi,
    There is affinity Designer for iOS. It should be nice if there will also be an Affinity Designer for Android.
    Any plans for creating an Affinity Designer for Android?
    Thank you.
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to chris@555 in Please will you add in Publisher...   
    Please will you add these three things to Publisher
    Replicate and size objects I use every day - so would not change from PP X7 unless they were included. And make the size objects for horizontal  and vertical "always on" unless unticked.
    Form fields would be great - but please allow more than one form field to have the same number in a document - so that the same text can be added on multiple pages/places and in different fonts/sizes/colours.
    Fingers crossed
    Thanks
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from jmwellborn in Price for Publisher   
    Anyway, great value for money.
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to Dave Harris in Affinity Publisher Beta file compatibillity with Official release   
    The final beta will surely be very close to the first release. I can't imagine we'd make such a radical change as to break file compatibility just a week before release. There wouldn't be time to test it.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from JGD in Inline Graphics & Anchors to objects   
    I hope this will  be added in the final release. This is a really necessary feature no DTP application can without.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from ctate0617 in How to color registering in Publisher for printing   
    @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
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to Alfred in Affinity Designer for Android?   
    Oh dear. That’s only going to increase the already widespread confusion between ‘Affinity’ and ‘Infinity’!
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from Alfred in Affinity Designer for Android?   
    Thank you Alfred, you are a very sharp reader. To be honest, I did not notice it at all. But yes, it does what Affinity does for Android.
    You are very good with words, so I am sure you are a talented writer.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Chris
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from Alfred in templates be my own   
    This is not possible in any of the Affinity programs... yet. What I do is saving the empty file with the styles, formatting, colors and then open it again and use "Save as..." so not changing the original file.
    I know it is not optimal but works for me.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from jmwellborn in Decisions to make - Affinity Publisher or MS Publisher   
    If you rather prefer to put your fate at Microsoft instead of Affinity, go ahead. If you want to use bloated software based on a decades old codebase; it is your decision. I know why I am choosing for the whole Affinity range for sure. When you compare Microsoft Office 365 then you have to admit that Affinity is cheap. Most updates of the Affinity range where free.
    If you already have Designer and your DTP needs are not so demanding, you better use Designer. I used it to create one or two page documents and it works fine. Also Affinity Publisher has a more comprehensive toolset for images and drawing than MS Publisher.
    As you said yourself, you are doing minor skilled publishing work. Why not keep your old publications in PagePlus and do any new work in Affinity Publisher? On this moment it is in beta stage but I have the feeling Affinity Publisher is on the right track.
    Give Affinity Publisher a chance, download and try the beta. Only then you can make the right decision.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from jmwellborn in Latest Beta Download OF Infinity Publisher   
    @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
     
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from jmwellborn in Decisions to make - Affinity Publisher or MS Publisher   
    If you rather prefer to put your fate at Microsoft instead of Affinity, go ahead. If you want to use bloated software based on a decades old codebase; it is your decision. I know why I am choosing for the whole Affinity range for sure. When you compare Microsoft Office 365 then you have to admit that Affinity is cheap. Most updates of the Affinity range where free.
    If you already have Designer and your DTP needs are not so demanding, you better use Designer. I used it to create one or two page documents and it works fine. Also Affinity Publisher has a more comprehensive toolset for images and drawing than MS Publisher.
    As you said yourself, you are doing minor skilled publishing work. Why not keep your old publications in PagePlus and do any new work in Affinity Publisher? On this moment it is in beta stage but I have the feeling Affinity Publisher is on the right track.
    Give Affinity Publisher a chance, download and try the beta. Only then you can make the right decision.
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to PaulEC in Decisions to make - Affinity Publisher or MS Publisher   
    I really don't understand the problem with using old software, as long as it works well and continues to do the job you need it to do. 
    Personally I wouldn't touch MS Publisher with a barge pole! I'd go with Bad_Wolf – Keep using PagePlus for old projects and gradually move over to Affinity Publisher for new work.
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    Bad_Wolf reacted to Ian Brockbank in Ian B's investigation and thoughts   
    Just downloaded and installed 133. It would have been nice if AP had told me there was another Beta, rather than saying "this Beta has ended", but at least it took me to the right web page where I could find it.
    Installation all very smooth, and clicking on my taskbar button set up with the previous version still works (which I can't say for other products I've used - iTunes seems to regularly break this).
    I opened it and was prompted that "unsaved work has been found. Do you want to restore it?".  Which is good...but I felt left a bit in the dark.  What was this unsaved work?  Did I care about it or not?  What relationship does it have to other documents, and will opening it overwrite or confuse matters in some way?
    It would have been nice to have a bit more information about what the work was before making the decision whether to restore it.
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from padura in How to color registering in Publisher for printing   
    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
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    Bad_Wolf got a reaction from padura in How to color registering in Publisher for printing   
    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
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