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  1. My last sentence should read: "So, I request that the Windows Print dialog be enhanced to allow the use of a BUILT-IN PDF driver, or the PDF option of the Export dialog be enhanced to have the Models (e.g. Booklet) shown on the Print dialog."
  2. Yup, I can get used to anything, no matter how arcane. I am just trying to relate AP to PagePlus and trying to do the same things for the same tasks. Eventually I'll pick it up. I have viewed the tutorials on Text frames and they do help some, although they seem to mainly deal with altering already existing text and how to do wholesale alterations to it. Very nice and powerful. But creating new text boxes bit me in the ass while trying to do a simple newsletter, when I was getting changes I had made to earlier boxes in my new boxes (i.e. a changed default). But it's just a learning curve. I used to bitch OUT LOUD about some of PagePlus's mysteries, so no biggie.
  3. In the Windows version of Affinity Published, I see no way to use the Booklet model in the Print dialog to produce a PDF unless I use an EXTERNAL PDF driver. In your tutorials, the Print Dialog shows a pulldown option in the lower left corner that has a PDF option. Apparently this would give users the ability to do Booklet printing for documents with facing pages and create a PDF. But that pulldown is not present in the Windows version's print dialog (I assume that the tutorial shows the Mac version). I have successfully used the Booklet option in conjunction with a separate PDF print driver (a non-Affinity driver) to produce a booklet document, but I do wish I could do it all within AP. A possible alternative would be to have the Booklet model (and others) on the Export dialog, but it's not there now. So, I request that the Windows Print dialog be enhanced to allow the use of a BUILT-IN PDF driver, or the PDF option of the Export dialog be enhanced to have the Models (e.g. PDF) shown on the Print dialog.
  4. I should have mentioned - it is the inability in the Export dialog to specify the Models found on the Print dialog - specifically, the BOOKLET option - this is what gets you what I want. It is NOT available via Export. It should be, I think.
  5. Yes, I have set up the document as facing pages. On the Export, I have Area as "All spreads" and no "Pages" mentioned. When I see the PDF, I get the front page (page 1) as a single page, then I get the center 2 pages as a double-wide (essentially what is seen on the screen)) and then the 4th page as a single page. This is not working correctly. If I print to a PDF driver, I get it correctly, with pages 4 and 1 on the first double-wide page, and pages 2 and 3 on the second double-wide page. This is EXACTLY what used to be done in PagePlus when you checked the "impose pages" option on a PDF creation.
  6. I have read this thread and downloaded the example (archive.zip). I understand how to make hyperlinks to urls, but I can only get it to work if I use Export to create my PDF. Then it works fine. But if I print to a PDF driver, I cannot get it to work (the link text does not appear in the PDF as a link). I am very sure that this is because the PDF driver is not recognizing the text as a link (unless it LOOKS exactly like a link). OK, so why am I using a PDF driver if the export works fine? Well, as I mentioned in another thread, unless I use a PDF driver, I can find no mechanism in AP to make a BOOKLET with facing pages, and get the odd page arrangement (used to be called "impose pages" in PagePlus) - i.e. on a sheet 11 x 17, have pages 4 and 1 on one side, and 2 and 3 on the second side. The problem is that the Booklet option is only available in the PRINT dialog (not the Export dialog). So you cannot use Export to get facing (imposed) pages. So if I cannot use Export, how can I get a PDF with facing pages AND have my URL link work? Adding to this dilemma is that in the Windows version of AP, there is no PDF pull-down option in the Print dialog. So you must resort to using a separate PDF driver (as opposed to using one built into AP). So I cannot use AP's PDF creation to hopefully recognize my URL link and make a good link in the resulting PDF.
  7. OK, I guess I am just going to have to familiarize myself better with syncing and reverting. Thanks. :-)
  8. Yes, that works nicely, so thanks! I will have to look more closely at the Revert and Synchronize buttons to figure out exactly how they work. I can understand when I look at the AP interface that when you select an object and make some changes to it using the settings of the tool that works on it (like the Text Frame tool), you are making a change to that tool's settings as well as the object you have selected. However, just generally speaking, I think it is EXTREMELY odd that AP does not seem to allow you to change the characteristics of one particular object. This is often enabled in programs via clicking the selected object with the right mouse button and picking something like "Properties". In PagePlus, for example, if you right-click a selected text box, a menu comes up, which includes Format, Frame properties, etc. I can change those settings and only affect THAT box and it has no effect on the settings of the Text box TOOL itself. But AP seems to only have the Tools and their settings, and once you have used that tool's settings to change a particular object, you are stuck with those settings in the tool unless you use those Sync and Revert buttons. Is this just a difference in the way AP works philosophically, or am I just not seeing a way to modify the properties of a selected object without affecting the tools used to create it?
  9. I'm having a problem with text frames. Say I have ONE text box that already exists that I want to have a border around it (it now has none). So I select that box and open the Text Frame tool and set the stroke to 1 point, black, and also some space between the border and the text. Works great. BUT, from that point on any new text box I create has these characteristics, instead of what I want - the default box (no borders, etc). With PagePlus, you could modify the characteristics of an INDIVIDUAL text frame and it had no impact on the default settings. Surely there is a way in AP? It is really cumbersome to reset a tools characteristics EVERY time I make a change to one individual item of that type (it seems to be true with other tools too). I guess I would call this "persistence" and would like to stop it, if possible. I can find no item for it in preferences, unfortunately. I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I cannot find it by searching.
  10. I'm not sure if you realize that in AP when you are using "facing" pages and page imposition when you create your final PDF, you still work on the pages in sequence the way you would always lay out pages. There is NO DIFFERENCE. While you work on your document, you just do the pages in order, regardless. There is no "time consuming" aspect with it. You don't even think about it. I mean, literally, there is no difference. It's only at PRINT TIME that it becomes an issue. If you print it as a Booklet, you get page imposition. If you just print it (without booklet), you get the regular sequential order. This facing pages thing is just a print-time thing, which makes no difference during design.
  11. Rodi, as I mentioned above: "Yes, that is what I am doing - using a separate PDF print driver (seen in my screen snapshot above as the "PDF-xchange 5.0 for ABBYY"). But I would MUCH prefer to have this ability built-in to AP, instead of requiring getting a separate PDF print driver. It sounds like that is the case with Mac versions of AP, from what you said. That's probably why the tutorial video shows that very pull-down you mentioned on the Print dialog (not the Export dialog)." However, it is interesting that Windows 10 comes with a PDF driver, Yes, I see it in my list of printers, but have never tried it. So thanks for that info. I am wondering if this is WHY Affinity has not placed a PDF pull-down on the Windows Print Dialog - because Microsoft is supplying a PDF print driver. Hmmm. That's not common knowlege, I don't think, and it is kind of cumbersome (as opposed to having it built-in as with the Mac version.
  12. OK, sounds good if you have a need for an advanced version of this feature. :-)
  13. $125 seems like a lot to spend on a feature that is built-in to the old Serif PagePlus and I can produce with the $60 Affinity Publisher with a simple PDF print driver (and it SHOULD be built-in to AP, from what I am seeing in the tutorial). But thanks for the suggestion.
  14. No, Print to File is no good - it produces a .prn file. This is some old type of file that has been available for years in print drivers, but is absolutely not a PDF. What is needed here is a PDF pulldown in the Print dialog on Windows versions, like you appear to have in the Mac version. Should I report this in the bug section? It seems like a missing piece.
  15. Yes, that is what I am doing - using a separate PDF print driver (seen in my screen snapshot above as the "PDF-xchange 5.0 for ABBYY"). But I would MUCH prefer to have this ability built-in to AP, instead of requiring getting a separate PDF print driver. It sounds like that is the case with Mac versions of AP, from what you said. That's probably why the tutorial video shows that very pull-down you mentioned on the Print dialog (not the Export dialog).
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