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  1. You're absolutely right, Arte, and I know that the Affinity apps are using a different code base. But I wasn't really clear when making that point. Even though it's a different codebase, the PagePlus code could be used as a reference. Such as creating a Spanish document from an English document by using the same words but simply translating to Spanish. I've been coding since the 70's, and I know it's not exactly the same, but close. In any case, I don't want to keep harping on this topic, and as I said it's completely up to Affinity. We'll just see where it goes from here...
  2. That's true, d, there are alternatives out there, but most are missing some of the basic features for building fully functional forms. Such as a popup calendar for date type fields, etc. I've tried all available PDF programs, and only found one (aside from Adobe) with this feature, and that was just added by request. The nice thing about PagePlus was, and could be about Affinity Publisher, is that you can have all features in one program. Which is not only very handy and saves having to use multiple programs to create what you need, but also saves the expense of purchasing additional software for that option. I understand it's not considered a priority option for Publisher at this time, but I also know it could be a great selling feature. Which can be seen from previous posts here, and other places. Already having the base code from PagePlus to start with, I can't see it being a major production issue to add this feature to Publisher. But, I do also understand it's up to Affinity to create their own software. I just hope they take this into consideration at some point.
  3. The problem is, though, dominik, PagePlus is now outdated, and can no longer keep up with any changes or updates to PDF formats. The PDF format has changed and updated over the years, and we need to be sure any PDF forms we create will be usable in any modern PDF reader. Adobe isn't the only PDF reader anymore, there are many out there. The key is to be using a system that can output files in any PDF format/version, including the latest. We're hoping that the new Publisher will do that, and be updated whenever a new format/version shows up.
  4. Funny you mention that, GreyEyes. I've also been waiting for the Affinity apps to catch up to the Plus apps in options and abilities. Especially one that I used for years (I won't mention the name here) that doesn't (and won't) have an Affinity version and was left behind. But I do like where they're going with the Affinity apps, just going to take time I guess...
  5. Excellent, Dave, looking forward to it. This is a primary selling point for me and my needs...
  6. Yes, I forgot to mention that I had already downloaded the Publisher Beta and used the option there also. Works fine. I have a couple Windows 10 (and 8) systems to stay current for tech support, but my primary work/production systems are still Win 7. Just like the way it works...
  7. Just trying out the Beta, and looking good so far. However, one of the most used features (for me) of PagePlus over the years was the ability to create fillable PDF forms. I'm often asked by clients to create these fillable forms, and PP does everything I need. Single and multi-line text boxes, check boxes, drop boxes, list boxes, date boxes (with calendar), and much more. Will the final version of Publisher have these options?
  8. tannerjohnso1, I still use Windows 7 Pro, and don't like or use Aero. When Photo and Designer were published I bought both, and was lucky to come across the command line addition option that Leigh mentioned above. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to use the apps. As Leigh also mentioned, there is no support if you use this option, but I haven't had any problems with either app (so far). I do wish Aero wasn't a requirement, but I'm fine with using this workaround to be able to use the software.
  9. Speaking about PagePlus, Bowen192, I've been wondering if Publisher will have all the PDF editing/creation features of PagePlus. I still use PagePlus to create fillable PDF forms/files for clients, because so far it's still the best thing out there. Text boxes, check boxes, everything else. But some of the best features are the ability to create not just anchor links, but also website links, and especially email links. I can't find any other editor out there that creates standard email links, and I've tried a lot. All in all, if Publisher can do everything for PDF files that PagePlus can do, I'm in. I already signed up for the beta, so we'll see. And if any of the Serif/Affinity people are checking in here, all those PDF features are a must have...
  10. Steve, Yeah, the fix I mentioned in that thread isn't really a fix, just a workaround, but seems to function fine for me. No problems using Designer whatsoever without Aero as long as I use that additional command line parameter. If you right-click your desktop shortcut (or program menu shortcut if you don't have a desktop shortcut), then click on Properties, just change the Target to the following: "C:\Program Files\Affinity\Affinity Designer\Designer.exe" --no-dwm-warning And it should work fine for you. They say it makes AD run a little slower without Aero, but I haven't really noticed any difference in speed yet. It's too bad it requires this workaround for those of us not using Aero, but it's a simple thing to make the shortcut change, and I'm glad to be trying out Designer now without having to switch over to Aero every time. I'm happy with it...
  11. More good info, Alfred. I think for now, when I'm working on a project that would require much resizing of this type, I'll probably be using Plus. But if/when Serif adds some of these things to Affinity, it will require less and less 'dependency' on Plus as a fallback, and heavier use of Affinity. For my case, anyway...
  12. Thanks, obtusity, appreciate the info. That's a very handy function, and one that I use much more often than one might think. Hopefully Serif will consider adding it in a future update...
  13. Glad to be here, Alfred. And looking forward to as long a history with Affinity as I've had with Plus. And I won't even mention again here how much I'd like to see an Affinity version of WebPlus. Woops... :P
  14. Thanks, obtusity, appreciate that. I had actually come across that while playing with the program more after I posted here. That will work, though I still miss it down by Transform. I'm finding most of the functionality that was in Plus, and more in the program. One thing I'm still missing, though, or haven't found, is the ability to resize objects to other objects. For instance, in Plus I could select two (or more) objects, and with one click resize them all to exactly the size of the largest object. That was very useful in my work. Maybe I just haven't found the option yet. I know I can check the size of an object, and use Transform to specify the same dimensions on other objects, but this was so much easier and faster...
  15. Long time Serif Plus line user here. I just purchased Designer yesterday after receiving the email, so I registered here also to keep up with things. Just a few observations. First, after getting Designer installed today, I couldn't use it. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64, and I use the Windows Classic theme (don't like Aero). When trying to load Designer, I would get a popup message that Designer would work better under the Aero theme, but when clicking off that message Designer would simply quit. Tried multiple times, and it never got past the initial message. Finally switched temporarily to Aero, and it ran fine. Switched back to Classic, and nothing. After posting about this in the Affinity thread in the Serif forum, though, Alfred came up with a great workaround. By simply adding "--no-dwm-warning" to the command line, it not only bypassed the message but Designer ran fine. Thanks again for that, Alfred. A good thing to know for anyone else having that problem. Once I got into it and started playing around, one of the first things I noticed was the section in the bottom right corner (Transform-History-Navigator) has been brought back from the Plus line. Very nice. If Serif could just add the "Align" tab back to that section, it would be perfect. I know it's in the right-click options, but I love it in the lower right section for the workflow. I'm saying 'Please' nicely, Serif, it would great to have that 'Align' tab back also. Everything else in the program has exceeded my expectations so far after using the beta for a short time. I'm still keeping my Plus line software installed, but a lot of my fears about the Affinity line being a copycat of the many other graphics programs out there have been assuaged. One the 'Align' tab is added back to the lower right section, I see Designer becoming my goto graphics program. And, the intro price for current Serif customers was icing on the cake. Made the purchase decision easy, and seeing the final Designer now will make the purchase of the rest of the Affinity line a no brainer as they become available for Windows. Bottom line, as a longtime Serif customer and Plus line user, I feel right at home with Designer, but see even more potential. I'm a happy camper. And not to beat a dead horse, but I will be even happier when the 'Align' tab is added back to the lower right section. Thanks, Serif. Great work... Edit: I just found out from Alfred that it was Mark Ingram who originally came up with the command line parameter. So thanks to both...
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