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    Bryce reacted to JET_Affinity in Switch between Artistic & Frame text   
    Again, a topic conjures up fond memories of FreeHand.
    FreeHand had just one kind of text object. It could be set to auto-expand horizontally (i.e., becoming functionally equivalent to a so-called "art text" object in other programs) by simply doubleClicking the right middle handle. It could be set to auto-fit its contained text vertically by doubleClicking its bottom middle handle. The text objects could be bound to and released from paths (instead of being treated as a separate "path text" object). They could be threaded, whether bound to a path or not. They could be set to auto-expand when bound to a path, thereby preventing the problem of accidentally truncated text in complex maps, as is so chronically common in maps built in Illustrator.
    This is conceptually parallel to the fact that FreeHand also never had any need for two separate selection tools. Its single selection tool enabled you to edit paths at the whole object level and at the node editing level. That elegant interface design made path drawing far less tedious, more fluidly efficient, and more powerful than any drawing program that insists on following Adobe's hideous model of two primary selection tools.
    Macromedia finally gave in to ill-advised "demand" from Illustrator users to add a second pointer tool. When added, it provided absolutely no additional functionality. It was literally nothing but an accommodation to Illustrator-habituated users who just refused to learn that it was absolutely unnecessary. FreeHand users simply ignored it. It was not until FreeHand's very last version that its white pointer did anything that the black pointer didn't, and even that was a minor detail that could have been implemented without adding another tool.
    Despite Illustrator's two selection tools (three, really, when you include the ill-conceived "Convert AnchorPoint Tool")--actually because of it--Illustrator to this day does not "know the difference" between a path being selected at the object level versus merely having all its AnchorPoints selected. This causes all kinds of silly inconsistencies such as being unable to use the Break Anchor Point command when all of a path's Anchor Points are selected. (You have to unintuitively de-select at least one Anchor Point for it to work.)
    Because object selection is so bedrock foundational to an object-based program, its tedious effects "cascade upward" throughout the program's interface. In a nutshell, it's what makes working in Illustrator feel as frustrating to beginners as trying to eat spaghetti with a single chopstick.
    It's because Illustrator's white pointer behavior is conceptually "upside down" from intuition. It's the selection tool you have to use to edit a path.  But its first click always selects the most "internal" sub-part element of whatever construct you are trying to manipulate. Rather than intuitively selecting an object of interest and then "digging down" to its subparts with subsequent clicks, Illustrator's scheme first selects some "molecule" of the object of interest and requires use of a modifier key and subsequent clicks to "back out" of it to each next higher level.
    It's metaphorically like getting up in the morning and needing a pair of socks. So you intuitively try to open your sock drawer. But your hand passed right through the closed drawer, and the only thing you can grab is a single thread of a single sock. So you have to then use both your hands to select a single sock, and grab again with both hands to grasp the folded up pair. All this "Bizzarro World" behavior instead of simply opening the drawer and grabbing the pair of socks.
    The beginning of the end of FreeHand was not the Adobe acquisition. It was when it started to emulate Illustrator's hideous interface.
    Unfortunately, because things like selection tools and text objects are foundational to the program built upon them, I'm sure it's too late to back-track the existing conventional-wisdom (i.e. "like Illustrator") in either case. But I say again: If you want to build a better drawing program, Adobe Illustrator is not the program to emulate.
    JET
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    Bryce got a reaction from Jenna Appleseed in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    I was a PagePlus user back from 1993. I find the the new apps very refreshing. not much changed throughout the years with Serif other than small upgrades here and there for Windows OS. It's nice to see Serif saw the future and took it. It was not with Pageplus. i had moved to the Mac and the only way was to use Parallels. Now I can use it on anything and it's tremendously more powerful. I would sacrifice all templates - I don't need them. I want tools to get the job done and Affinity has put Serif on the right path. 
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    Bryce reacted to Michael S Harvey in When will the next beta version be released?   
    Fair enough.
    As for Calendars, PagePlus and Microsoft Publisher are the only ones I can think of. Xara Designer may do it, but I'd have to research more into it. For the life of me, I cannot remember if Deneba Canvas did calendars. Probably not. I'm also not sure if Pagestream has kept up with development to provide these facilities. There also used to be Green Street Publisher, but that was aimed more at the home user, despite having excellent bar code creation features built in to it.
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    Bryce got a reaction from Michael S Harvey in When will the next beta version be released?   
    it was marketed as professional, but we never took it seriously because it never could output correct PDF's. They were always RGB even if the colors were correct in the file. Pageplus could export separations but we do not want the programs exporting them. Printers need to control how the files are exported and separated for their equipment and imposition purposes.
    Affinity programs can export correctly with spot colors and pantone colors in the exported PDF files.
    I always wanted PagePlus to export right, but it couldn't. I still use it for things such as calendars and other items because I don't know of any thing else that can do that. I then export the files as PDF, correct the colors, and then import them into Affinity or Adobe (pretty much have left Indesign). If I could find another generic calendar maker, I would drop Parallels and Pageplus, but for now I haven't found anything that competes with this old program.
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    Bryce got a reaction from Michael S Harvey in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    I was a PagePlus user back from 1993. I find the the new apps very refreshing. not much changed throughout the years with Serif other than small upgrades here and there for Windows OS. It's nice to see Serif saw the future and took it. It was not with Pageplus. i had moved to the Mac and the only way was to use Parallels. Now I can use it on anything and it's tremendously more powerful. I would sacrifice all templates - I don't need them. I want tools to get the job done and Affinity has put Serif on the right path. 
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    Bryce got a reaction from emmrecs01 in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    I was a PagePlus user back from 1993. I find the the new apps very refreshing. not much changed throughout the years with Serif other than small upgrades here and there for Windows OS. It's nice to see Serif saw the future and took it. It was not with Pageplus. i had moved to the Mac and the only way was to use Parallels. Now I can use it on anything and it's tremendously more powerful. I would sacrifice all templates - I don't need them. I want tools to get the job done and Affinity has put Serif on the right path. 
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    Bryce got a reaction from PaulEC in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    I was a PagePlus user back from 1993. I find the the new apps very refreshing. not much changed throughout the years with Serif other than small upgrades here and there for Windows OS. It's nice to see Serif saw the future and took it. It was not with Pageplus. i had moved to the Mac and the only way was to use Parallels. Now I can use it on anything and it's tremendously more powerful. I would sacrifice all templates - I don't need them. I want tools to get the job done and Affinity has put Serif on the right path. 
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    Bryce reacted to walt.farrell in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums, @krasnit.
    First comment: Publisher is what you would probably use, as a PagePlus user, not Designer. If you buy Publisher it comes with several templates, but probably all are more complex than you would want for a newsletter.
    Second comment: If you have a template in PagePlus that you like, you can probably export it as a PDF, and Open the PDF in Publisher. That will get you something close, though not perfect. But the adjustments you would need to make would be straightforward.
    Next: You do not need to be a "web programmer" to do this. None of the Affinity applications involve web programming.
    Finally: The purpose of the Affinity application suite is to have a set of applications that work together, sharing a common data format, and available on Windows, MacOS, and iPadOS (rather than just on Windows as the Serif "Plus" applications were). It is a completely new set of applications, designed from scratch to allow the common data formats, interoperability, and multi-platform support.
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    Bryce reacted to walt.farrell in PagePlus ppp any way to import or convert for use in Affinity Publisher   
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums.
    No, there is no mechanism to import .ppp files, and if I remember correctly Serif have said they do not plan to provide one. It would be a lot of work to develop an importer/converter, and due to functional differences between the products it would not be perfect.
    You can either keep usiong PagePlus in parallel, or use it to export all your .ppp files as PDF files. PDF files can be used with Affinity Publisher, and may transfer better than an importer/converter would if it existed. It still won't be perfect, but it's probably the best you can do other than using PagePlus for those projects if they need to be updated.
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    Bryce got a reaction from walt.farrell in Data Merge Pictures resize on their own   
    I just uploaded the files.
    @Anto - all pictures are the same size 5x7@300. I want them to shrink to put on buttons. 
    @walt.farrellI was using picture frames. I'm not sure how to data merge pictures without frames.
     
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    Bryce reacted to Chris L in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    I used to use the 1 bit bitmap tiff an awful lot as an Adobe user. I can't find a simple way to drop a bitmap into a document and colourise it within the document, and also have a transparent background. I know I can create a png with transparency and drop that into a designer or publisher file, but this is no good when working with line art. You simply can't do it with the same quality.
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    Bryce reacted to NotMyFault in UI blurry on macOS   
    Thank you for the nice talk. I'm out for good.
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    Bryce reacted to walt.farrell in Pantone solid coated is missing in the panel   
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums, @volker epting.
    The Affinity applications provide only a subset of the available Pantone color palettes. The Affinity Store documents the ones that are included at https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/designer/full-feature-list/ which shows:
    I see all of those in my copy of Designer (on Windows), and they should be present on yours, too, in the Swatches panel. But if your printing company wants a different one than those you will need to obtain it somewhere else, and add it to Designer yourself.
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    Bryce reacted to joe_l in Keep layers in exported PDF   
    @Bryce You have to add Layers (e.g. with the Add Layer button in the Layers panel) and move the Elements into those Layers and use an export preset that has the option to include Layers (hiding under the More button). For demonstration purposes I attached two files for you to look. And don't worry, you can open the afpub even in ADesigner.
    layers.afpub layers.pdf
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    Bryce reacted to MikeW in Tiny Type in linking text frames - Bug?   
    Neither InDesign/QuarkXPress/VivaDesigner have a document dpi. If this old bug is still there it needs fixing. 
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    Bryce reacted to Mithferion in do the app icons have to look so similar?   
    Unlike the most recent Adobe Apps icons, the Affinity trio has enough contrast in that regard.

    Best regardS
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    Bryce reacted to LondonSquirrel in FEATURE REQUEST: Right click for capitalization   
    Yes. You can see exactly what I mean here with LibreOffice, which has customisable tool bars/menus/context menus. There is no direct equivalent to what you want, but let's say you want an option to capitalise every (highlighted/selected) word - something which LibreOffice offers. This is not in the standard context menu, but I just added it in a few seconds. The 150%/Page Width/100% are also not standard, but I added those too. It's sometimes far easier to just right click over something and have the option that I want.

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    Bryce reacted to LondonSquirrel in FEATURE REQUEST: Right click for capitalization   
    What is really needed here is customisable menus (and toolbars). Not just for capitalisation, but for whatever the users want to assign to them.
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    Bryce reacted to Old Bruce in FEATURE REQUEST: Right click for capitalization   
    I find that I need different types of Capitalization from the menu each time, so a right click after selection is better than making four or six shortcuts. I am fairly certain that this has been asked for previously.
     
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    Bryce got a reaction from Old Bruce in FEATURE REQUEST: Right click for capitalization   
    I would like to submit a feature request for Capitalization:
    Right clicking on selected text bring up the menu with a "Capitalization" from the "text menu" as an option. Then the text menu capitalization submenu to follow. It would be much easier to change some of the text that people send me in their emails without having to go to the menu each time.
    I could probably make that a keyboard shortcut.
    thanks!!
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    Bryce got a reaction from Palatino in File Corruption with M1 Mac Mini   
    Hi Mike,
    I think it was that particular ethernet cable. We have not experienced any of the glitches, corruptions or the random slowdowns since replacing the cable. The thing that is probably the easiest thing to change is probably also the easiest to overlook. The computer has been running much better. You don't really think of a cable as wearing out or causing random glitches.
    if anything reverts back, I'll inform, but so far it seems very fast.
    The first clue that this was a unique issue was no one responded. If M1 was a problem there would be many people saying they ran into something similar.
    thank you for getting back with me!
    bryce
     
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    Bryce got a reaction from MikeTO in File Corruption with M1 Mac Mini   
    Hi Mike,
    I think it was that particular ethernet cable. We have not experienced any of the glitches, corruptions or the random slowdowns since replacing the cable. The thing that is probably the easiest thing to change is probably also the easiest to overlook. The computer has been running much better. You don't really think of a cable as wearing out or causing random glitches.
    if anything reverts back, I'll inform, but so far it seems very fast.
    The first clue that this was a unique issue was no one responded. If M1 was a problem there would be many people saying they ran into something similar.
    thank you for getting back with me!
    bryce
     
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    Bryce got a reaction from stokerg in pixabay drop support?   
    working for me now also. Thanks!
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    Bryce reacted to walt.farrell in How do you you move preset templates   
    The FAQ below will help you find the "user" folder where the various files (assets, brushes, presets, etc.) are stored and which files are relevant. You should be able to move each file that you want from one Windows machine to another, or one Mac to another. The file for that one is doc_spread_presets.propcol, @Bryce.
     
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    Bryce got a reaction from Pauls in Save As crashes program   
    I do believe this may be fixed. The first time a did a "Save As" the Publisher did not crash. that is the first time in months that it has not crashed performing that type of save. Let's hope this is good permanently. 
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