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  1. Well the conversions didn't go quite as well on other files. I'll post it in the bugs. My newspaper spreads, which are 2 facing pages came in as one large single page. I also get quite a few crashes when trying to open the files.
  2. You are right. Adobe can only place PDF files, not open them. Of course they can still be vector but that's it. This might be a good opportunity to show your colleague Affinity as it really can do a lot that Indesign cannot, especially if you can show how you can edit pictures without going to Photoshop. Affinity brilliantly opens PDF, IDML, or can copy and paste fairly well from Indesign. It is a shame that Indesign has not had much love in the last 10 years. It's basically the same as CS6 with a few small things added. I have to pay the subscription or I would be locked out of my thousands of INDD files. Show knows though now that IDML is available for import, I think it will change everything.
  3. I don't know if this is pertinent but for those who want to abandon Indesign can you use the Acrobat plugin Quite Imposing Plus 5. It now can take your Affinity PDF's (or any for that matter) and apply CSV merges to them. I also am excited for the day when we can finally have mail merges. That and raster to vector conversions are the only thing I see needed just about! Maybe vector warping.
  4. I just opened a batch of newspaper ads in a file (probably 100 or so) and the conversion took a little time but it seemed to work. Even handling the broken links and fonts similar to Indesign. Great job! We'll be trying it out a lot more in the coming days.
  5. Hello JoBrown, I also see this error fairly regularly with large files that have lots of links. Files that I know cause issues I duplicate first by holding down option and dragging the file in finder. I've also noticed that when I save successfully I can duplicate the file even if it's open by doing the same thing in finder. I've also noticed something that helps is before saving let Affinity rest for a minute (if links might still be loading in the background) and then save.
  6. I'm sure a professional printer is not using Indesign to do n-up or Step and repeat. There are dedicated programs out there just for the functions needed press and step and repeat and n-up are just the basics. Quite Imposing is quite amazing - also made by the Brits - and gives so much more that it is worth every penny. Since it works with PDFs you have the functions from any program, not requiring it to be built into every one.
  7. I ordered a workbook for Photo and there is quite a few updates in it. I was very surprised considering when I did 1.7 had just come out. I think the books are print on demand.
  8. I do wonder about the energy/environmental impact. Once the book is made it's done with any negative impacts. On the other hand the digital file may not cost much upfront - not counting the cost of constant upgrades of electronics, required to read the file, and will easily outlive the many devices you will have, but it must continue to use energy every time the file is opened. Even 100 years from now, if it's even able to be found/opened/formats changed will require electricity. The book, however, will still sit nicely on the shelf and will be retained - possibly for hundreds of years, without ever using any more electricity to be read. When it's time to discard the book permanently, it will gently go back to the dirt - clay coatings and all, while the device(s) must be recycled and cost much more. Most are not as we know but thrown in landfills, heavy metals, lithium batteries, lead, and more. Which was more environmentally friendly?
  9. I too come from the Adobe world after 25+ years. I found that after a short time with Designer to be much more intuitive at drawing strokes, arboards, combining shapes and more. I actually got the book and went through the tutorials included and that was a tremendous day of learning. Pretty much one Saturday. It can also be helpful if you are drawing these items in "3d" to use the isometric plane tool - though confusing after first.
  10. I'm making a business card and having a problem with a white back ground on a text on a path. I've chekced the fill and it's black, which is modifying the text. What is causing this white fill or stroke? I don't see it anywhere as a setting for baseline or anything. I found the white fill enlarges itself if I enlarge the text so it has something to do with the text itself. thanks!
  11. The image itself was vector lines and fills at 100% black and instead of going through each one by one and changing them to white I thought I could use the option to rasterize and do it all at once. Once rasterized I thought it would be easy to change color or invert. For some reason neither is easy to do when something has been rasterized in Affinity.
  12. So here is what I am getting with the different options: The inverted in photoshop is what I would expect of a straight invert. i can't seem to get it to work. First Defense: You are close but the I can see a difference between the lines and the background. @Old Bruce: Yes, it is all black and white. There is no gray. The gray you see comes from the background pasteboard. Or I should say, "There should be no gray." I'm not exactly sure what Affinity does with the 1 bit files because it does seem to change them from black to a combination making black. @v_kyryou have produced the look I am going for, but I'm not sure how you got there. Wass it as simple as clicking invert? Coming from years of using Photoshop, what I expect as invert, just isn't the same and something I need to relearn. thanks!
  13. I was initially trying to colorize the logo like I would a 1 bit tiff in Indesign. However, that doesn't work in Affinity. So I used the tool called rasterize to mask and set the document to 1200 DPI and added a gold background to simulate the color through the mask. I was actually impressed with it until I realized the logo was actually inverted. So i thought I would just invert the logo before rasterizing to mask. Unfortunately I found the invert doesn't work right. I must be doing something wrong. Here is the course I'm taking: 1. the vector logo I use the raster function when I right click. 2. I go the layer selection and choose the layer selection and choose invert. I would think that what was black and would be white and what is white would be black. but that doesn't work. It turns it to a dark gray background. See here: The image on the right is told to be inverted, but clearly it is not. The image on the left is the normal logo that I want to be inverted. they both are sitting on the gray pasteboard.
  14. I would gladly use migration assistant but recently I can never get it to complete. It will fly along when connected TB to TB and about done it will just stay and never finish. So recently I found it just easier to copy my stuff over. The issue now is making sure all of my Acrobat Plugins work in Catalina.
  15. Hello, I just bought a new Mac and I was wondering, without using migration assistant, to transfer all the affinity settings, presets, etc. from the old computer the new one. What's the best way? thanks!
  16. Is there a setting that I am missing that would stop Publisher from always asking to convert artboards to spreads? I create artboards for a reason and if I wanted spreads I would have started them in Publisher. I haven't done it yet, but I am afraid one day I will accidentally click yes when I'm trying to move quickly and then won't be able to undo it. I would rather have an option in the menu so that it's still available when/if I needed it.
  17. I don't see what the difference is other than the radius of the corners. What am I missing?
  18. You need to uninstall and reinstall the Affinity apps. The problem is the update made changes, not Affinity.
  19. Is there an estimated time frame when a Publisher book will be released?
  20. It took us a while to figure out the color export workings of Affinity, but once we have, it is more reliable than Indesign is in color. As a print shop, we highly recommend Affinity and will help people get the correct color settings. We certainly don't want profiles embedded but we still want them correct. That is also why we must use plugins such as Enfocus Pitstop to correct some of the PDF's no matter where they come from. Affinity and Adobe can make correct PDF's if their settings are correct. Microsoft and many other programs cannot make correct PDF's no matter what you choose.
  21. This is not always the case. We had some weird PDF's that came through that would only print correctly if the preset was based upon the PDF/X4 selection. We found out the hard way with some really strange printing. When checked with Pitstop it was showing the transparency effects were still RGB even though it was using the PDF for print setting. That may have been fixed in 1.7 though. Here is that thread:
  22. I agree. If they could make the Document Setup, the same as the New dialog. It would be great and less confusing.
  23. You are looking for the resource manager One of the reasons the files are so large is because of saving history. As for the PDF - Affinity usually includes more data. It also does a better job of drop shadows and effects rather than just making it JPG's - which can cause colors shifts compared to machines that are identifying calibrated pantone colors. Here is also what Pitstop shows for your PDFs (The top is from Affinity): There is much higher resolution in the Affinity file - not that for print it would matter. You may want to look at your export settings. 1900 DPI is why the size is so large, especially with two being layered on top of each other.
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