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  1. Thank you CedarHouse, This is a fundamental issue we are talking about here -- fundamental. Affinity can have all the fantastic bells and whistles and bling you can throw at it but without fixing this issue Affinity Photo, as far as my work is concerned, is basically useless. It makes me very sad to have to say that here on this forum. I cannot understand why there are not hundreds, or more, users complaining about this problem.... I can only assume there are very few people here that actually work professionally for print. Everyone working with images should watch those Photoshop Lessons. I hate to say it but Photoshop has got this absolutely right. It's very clear, concise and very very user friendly. Affinity Devs need to take a lesson from this. Even something as as basic and simple as setting up a new photo document in Affinity Photo is confusion and clumsy. This resize/re-sample subject really does need some serious attention to fix this, otherwise, in its current state, no working designer in print can take this software as a serious replacement for Photoshop.
  2. Surprised at lack of response so far. So let's make this as clear as possible. Using Photoshop: Create a new document 5" x 5 " (3000 x 3000 px) at 600 dpi. Save it and reopen it to check same details are correct. OK. Now change from 600 to 300 dpi WITHOUT re-sampling = size doubles to 10" x 10" at 300 dpi (3000 x 3000 pxs). Which is exactly what I want. Exactly the same procedure applies when using Corel Painshop Pro. Why can I not easily do this in Affinity Photo? I do a lot of stuff for print and that involves scanning images... which I always do at a higher dpi value so it enables me to easily enlarge the picture, and still hit above 300dpi if required and/or downsample if not. This is absolutely key to my work. As a busy graphic designer working with lots of text and images I need a latitude of flexibility that is constantly changing throughout the design process. It is not an exact science -- I don't know exactly how large (or small) the pictures are going to be until I'm actually well into the layout, I don't even necessarily know exactly how many pages I'm going to end up needing! So you get the idea. So scanning images with higher than 300 dpi is critical to my print work. So back to Affinity Photo. So lets create a new custom document 5" x 5" at 600 dpi (3000 x 3000 px). Now let's say I want to enlarge the output print size of the image (because I need a bigger picture). I open the resize document dialog box I change the 600 dpi to 300 dpi and DISABLE resampling, the image size should double to 10" x 10" which is exactly what I want, right. BUT I end up with a 300 dpi image STILL at the same size of 5" x 5" NOT WHAT I WANT. This makes using Affinity Photo for print work unusable for me, also I have lost confidence in the product as I cannot get to do what I want. Can someone please explain how I achieve this in Affinity Photo? Can it be done at all? If I'm missing something here please let me know. I really want to use this software, but at the moment I have to do ALL my resizing/resampling in Photoshop because it works exactly as I expect it to and Affinity Photo does not. Thank you in advance.
  3. I scan an 11 inch x 8 inch BW photo at 800 dpi saved as a windows tiff file. Open it in APhoto select resize document to 300 dpi with the resample option disabled. Image size as displayed in dialogue boxes is now 31 inches x 22 inches (which is what you would expect). Click resize. Open document resize to check and it displays the original size 11 x 8 inch dimensions now at 300 dpi. Did the same procedure in Photoshop and it worked exactly as expected. So something appears very seriously wrong here. Anyone confirm please?
  4. Hi Walt -- many thanks for pointing that out. I had missed the cog-wheel on the "Find" section completely but had opened and checked the cog options on the "Replace" drop-down. Very helpful forum, very pleased to be a member. Thanks again.
  5. I know Point Size can be changed by various means (using the Character and Paragraph Panels for example) however using dual display monitors my second display is quite cluttered with floating menus so all the information I need is always available -- great detail. I'm finding that when I work with text point size it is more convenient for me to pop up to the Menu bar and click on the Point Size drop-down menu. However the drop down menu only displays point sizes larger than those I am currently using which makes it awkward and irritating to scale back the point size. What I am suggesting is that the drop-down menu contains the current point size centered with smaller point sizes above as well as larger point sizes below. Also can anyone please tell me if there is a quick key-stroke to change currently selected text up and down a point. Does it exist? And if not could it please be implemented. Thank you.
  6. Just started using Find & Replace only to discover it does not have "find whole word" option. Big omission. Also a "search forward" / "search back" option would assist enormously. Thank you.
  7. I like using the Dark UI but when I have several documents open at once the active document Tab is hard to identify, resulting in my closing down the document I'm working on by mistake. I've done this many times so far and is very irritating. The Light UI appears to provide more contrast and is easier to use. However I like the Dark. Might I suggest that the open project name in the currently active Tab could appear in colour (perhaps user defined in preferences?). Failing that then by adding a small red dot to the active Tab would help enormously. Thank you.
  8. The title says it all. I'm resorting to using FastStone Image Viewer to quickly resize my digital pictures to 20% for attaching to emails -- when I want to use Affinity Photo! Please add this option. Thank you.
  9. I recently discovered three hidden and "unknown" text frames in a document using the Font Manager and Locate enabled me to discover them, by accident! Publisher needs some option/function to discover and display "hidden" unwanted objects that lurk within a document. It was a shock for me to discover these text frames that had remained hidden within the "Final" version of the work and could cause serious output issues. If three large text frames were hidden then what else could be there, unwanted? CorelDraw has the ability to "wireframe" everything so any rogue item can be spotted and removed. Publisher needs the ability to display ALL items on and off the page spread. Forgive me if there is already some ability/function to do this, if there is perhaps someone would be kind enough to show me how. Thank you. I love the way Publisher is shaping up. Great work so far.
  10. Just as a brief follow up. I hate to say it but most people when they "lay-out" a word-processed document to look decent and "professional" do not even use the provided tools to do so. (I mean correct placement and use of Tabs, spaces, paragraph line indents and margins, paragraph spacing and the like.) I've regularly received documents by other company personnel who have clearly spent hours laying them out to look decent to impress their boss. When I have received them and opened them I am shocked at the complete layout mess that is revealed. I then have to strip-out all their messed up formatting so I can do a decent job my end. Unfortunately I have often had to convert the whole job to simple text format just to start again from scratch -- yes it's been that bad! Trained personnel who submit copy to publishing houses and design studios know about this and simply supply text without formatting except for paragraph returns. This makes it easy for them and easy for the designer to work very efficiently. Just flow it in and away you go. Yes I agree that decent formatting of word-processed docs, can be helpful, but unfortunately there is a HUGE difference between professionally designed layouts and those done by most untrained personnel. That difference is called "Typography" which, let's be honest, is not a word we hear much about these days. Clearly, I am a big supporter of Typography and will remain so, after all it's part of my job.
  11. Agreed. I've had no end of problems importing supplied formatted text into linked text frames across multiple pages. It should flow like water with no issues. It used to be a joy to work with copy supplied by pro journalists, there was never any problems and saved me hours of time when up against a deadline. So it's swings-and-roundabouts, both formatted and unformatted text have advantages according to the job in question. But searching through formatted text looking for those rogue hidden characters that screw-up the layout is a real pain that's for sure.
  12. I agree with this too. I used to design CD packaging artwork for record companies and this involved all types of CD booklet designs like multiple page fold-outs, and the like. A lot of the artwork I had to adapt originated in America and the contents were way beyond the normal two-page spread, including various versions of digi-pack packaging. For serious creative work I'm afraid to say that in this Beta release, at least, Publisher doesn't cut it. Unless Affinity allow for a far better creative Master Page/Page layout facility then they won't take the throne from the competition. It's really that simple. Serif -- are you listening?
  13. Thanks for pointing that out and providing the correct link. I have just corrected my post accordingly so it works as expected.
  14. Martin Brinkmann at https://www.ghacks.net/ has just mentioned Affinity Publisher on his excellent technical site which will no doubt spread the word to an awful lot of new people. The comments below the article are a bit disparaging, but hey these days the technical world is populated with a cynical bunch of world-weary people, so there you go. I find ghacks site a valuable resource for up-to-date technical info, and in passing I have to say I have discovered some excellent free and useful software too! And so my friends might you.
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