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  1. hi Chris, yes I think the crashes happened as a picked colours from custom swatches (which I've been doing for a long time, so I suspect a recent bug) latest macOS, latest Wacom drivers, latest Affinity via App Store
  2. I regularly use Affinity Photo whilst screen recording using Quicktime and also a Wacom tablet - I've previously reported performance problems with very high fan and very poor latency and speed. However, now I am seeing crashes. I don't know the cause, but I've attached the MacOS crash stack log in case it helps the developers. My inexpert look at it suggests a buggy attempt to address memory it shouldn't ... Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV) Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00003ff4a616c8b8 Exception Note: EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY Anything I can do to avoid it? Restarting the app causes the crash to happen later... which is problematic when trying to record videos... crash_log
  3. thanks - I guess reading between the lines support for embedded fonts is something that will happen in future?
  4. ps - I'm using the latest MacOS and latest Affinity Photo from the Apple Store.
  5. Attached is a sample PDF. Importing into Photo to rasterise it results in a rendition, with incorrect text font selection. The same PDF when opened in MacOS Preview to export as PNG works beautifully. This is on the same computer and so the same fonts are available. Attached also is the warning on import that fonts are missing (they're obviously not missing). However with other PDFs I've noticed poor rendition even when fonts don't appear to be missing. You may be asking why I want to import PDFs into Photo - the reason is to convert them to bitmaps and prepare them for a bitmap target eg a web page or images in a presentation. lyx_test.pdf
  6. it would be better to put howtos online free for all to see rather than behind a pay-for-book
  7. Thanks @Rick G - does that course address the points I raised? (the promo video shows a book with only a very simple one with titles and main body text )
  8. I think it would be incredibly helpful if Affinity published a detailed guide on how to use Affinity Publisher to create a book. The reasons for this request are: there are many ways to achieve some tasks, but some are "hacks" and some are not the "AP way" the tutorial videos are nice but they're short and sweet, not big enough for a large topic like this some guidance is hard to find, or maybe doesn't exist - put it all in one guide Some of the themes to be covered should include: footnotes, index and contents parts, sections, chapters - maybe even multi-filebook projects images and embedded content (despite what some say, it is not intuitive and suggestions don't support workflows which need say 200 images in a 500 page book) - I've previously posted video screen recordings showing how this is confusing. gotchas in things like style definitions - eg changes which accrue even if you undo the style options, how to avoid this (experiment on a copy - yuk?) good practice - eg should you avoid in-app editing of images to avoid confusion on where the true source is? should you always inherit styles from Body? or create new ones from scratch? why? I'd suggest a long-form tutorial with embodied short video clips. I really wanted to use AP for my next book but sadly some of these issues have prevented me. I hope the AP develops consider AP from the perspective of DTP tasks like publishing technical books with 600 pages and 200 images and use this to think about how the workflow and usage could be made efficient. The answer will be different to the task of designing a 2-page pamphlet or 4 page magazine spread. Can I politely and gently request that people don't reply with "it works for me" and "its version 1 what did you expect" or "we have 30 years of DTP experience what do you know".
  9. looks like it is an Apple issue - other are seeing the problem too (I only have one Apple ID)
  10. upgraded to macOS Catalina (fresh install from usb over a formatted disk) App Store now shows "no purchases" -so have lost my 3 Affinity Apps!!! anyone else seeing this? Apple insisting it is Affinity's fault...
  11. Hi I think picture/other frames which are to be anchored inline and flow with text should be made a little more intuitive. The following video highlights the issues (typed in the video) image frames.mp4
  12. Hi I'm struggling to understand the correct way of using Publisher. I realise Publisher has it's own model for the user to understand - eg text frames are items on the layer structure, and the hierarchy there has meaning ... all good stuff. I previously posted having trouble with getting embedded content (images) to behave in a very common way - to flow with the text, and for the text to flow around them. That was a big discussion and it is still not intuitive. Anyway - this question is about the best / correct AP way of working - how do I structure a book so that: section pages have a different design to normal pages which follow a master page design section pages have a large sized text and an image - both of which, together are centred on the page there can be several chapters in a section chapter heading have a large font style, as do subheadings within chapters which have a smaller font size than the chapter headings (see image attached) Styles Now the wrong way would be to "press enter lots of times and use centre alignment" .. we know that's not how you allow for reflowable text and also misses out on the power of styles. So let me think aloud about styles. Yes the chapter heading and the subheadings can have styles defining the font size and typeface. Great. I can apply things like spacing after each of these headings in the style to create extra space to the subsequent body text. Good stuff! The styles themselves are based on the already configured Heading1/2 etc and not what I did before which was to create a new style based on "Body". Is this good / bad? In fact previously I even created a new body style based on "Body" to keep it separate - is this a good idea or not? Section / Part Dividers Onto the Section divider pages. Others call these Parts elsewhere. They contain Chapters. These should always be on the right hand odd-numbered pages. What's the best way to do this? Should they be based on a different master page? In which case does the text importing have to be done per-section? How do you best align the "section title and image" to the centre of the page? Currently I'm using a new text frame which is not a master page frame to contain the text, and them anchoring an image below it and then adjusting the height of the text frame so the content looks about right. This is very wrong and I want to know how I should really do it. Image / Frame Anchoring Problems Again I'm still struggling with image placement. Images or Picture frames should be able to be treated like a character and flow with text. Every time I create one it has text flowing under it.. I've been told NOT to use the Text Wrap options previously. I will assert that the default for a new frame should not have text flowing under it .. it creates work to give it the intuitive behaviour. The frames are placed not where expected .. only the "float with anchor" option seems to make them be placed intuitively. Previously members suggested I use careful copy and paste to first create a frame them paste it where the text cursor was. This seems wrong. (attached is a video of me trying to insert image context that flows with the text .. you can see that we eventually get there but it's not intuitive and I think I'm still doing it wrong with the cut-n-paste hack) .. So - this is all sounds like I really haven't understood the core model of AP. .. Tutorial Video? It would be great if perhaps there was a tutorial video put up to show how to correctly structure a book - covering eg the correct use of styles section/part dividers with different designs to normal content pages reflowable images anchored inline as text (sorry, really struggling) I have over the years used things like InDesign, Scribus, Latex, .. so I'm not averse to new models but something about PS - why does the default text have no style at all .. shouldn't it have the Body or Base styles applied at minimum? image frames.mp4
  13. tried those options in several combinations and sadly didn't fix it
  14. @Chris B slight aside but you'll notice the performance is terrible (latency and poor sample rate when painting) - any suggestions on what might be causing it .. ? it doesn't happen on my MacBook Air but does on my 15" MacBook Pro 2015
  15. thanks @Chris B I've found the steps to reproduce it open photo, with tools/bars/tabs normal TAB toggles then on/off edit a doc - eg brush on canvas quit (cmd-Q) when in full screen mode open Photos again and this time there are no toolbars and tab toggle fails video attached - TAB is first shown to work, then failing at 30-36 seconds.. ph.mp4
  16. @thomaso thanks I will try what you suggested from a blank new document
  17. just a another thing I've found copying and pasting that image frame doesn't work!! I have to add some temporary text before and after the Image Frame and the copy the text sandwiching the Image Frame ad then paste that for the centring paragraph style to work... eek!
  18. thanks for helping - that worked my comment that this is slightly clunky is not aimed at you but rather at the product itself - for @Patrick ConnorPatrick can I suggest that Image frames are improved for future releaes so that can be controlled by proper "styles" ? I think it would really help make AP a much better product
  19. ive created a paragraphs style which is highlighted when select they mage frame - but changes to paragraph options eg "centre justify" don't seem to apply... suggestions very welcome
  20. sigh - the defaults don't seem to be particularly helpful.. I'll keep trying... thanks for your help anyway
  21. I'm really struggling with this - The attacjed screenshot shows the picture frame now in "inline placement mode" not floating ... I used the pointer to move the cursor (blue vertical line) to the empty lien shows in red. Yet the frame is not "in line" and is over existing text ?? The Text Wrap is in "jump" mode and still this is not applying.
  22. thanks - you are correct that lots of additional styles have been picked up I think this is a bug in AP - if you "try new styles option and unset theme again" but don't "click OK" - they don't seem to go away from that big list.... so they accrete as you experiment ..
  23. thanks for trying to help but I'm confused! I DO want all the base text to have the extra leading, so setting it in a paragraph style makes sense.. or am I wrong? I thought character styles were for application to individual works or characters and not entire passages of text? What are the two panel pics you've shown? again - thanks for your patience...
  24. hi 0 I tried the "inline as character" and can't get he picture frame to behave like a centre-justified character ...
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