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  1. Congratulations Serif on your continued hard work on implementing improvements and fixing bugs in Publisher whilst still working on Designer and Photo betas. I downloaded v238 on 18th Feb (automatic download flagged up) and today (22 Feb have found the link to manual download of V249. Download (Windows 10) fine, install worked. Help now available on Hyperlinks which I found very useful . Pman Windows 10 64 Bit Home Edition Affinity Publisher Beta Affinity Designer Customer Beta Affinity Photo Customer Beta
  2. Hi accassionalpiece I've tried loading documents right from first beta into latest beta ( and have not encountered any scrambling problem. 1) When you type up your document, do you use styles. If you had set the main text to Body, for instance, then when you've loaded the file and the result is 'scrambled' but you say that typing in v238 is ok, then try making a new text frame, set the style to Body, type some text, format it as you want, then select the text, and go to The Text Style tab, select Body and click on the Update symbol 2) More drastically, have you tried resetting Publisher by holding down Control [CTRL] while it's booting until the reset screen appears. I normally leave the top 3 ticked before clicking on Clear, but you might have to reset text styles too or completely reset by selecting Select All before Clear to give a completely factory default Publisher. You will lose your recent files list but it might solve your problem I know you'r a Mac user and I'm on Windows but think it's worth considering unless experts tell you differently. Pman Windows 10, Affinity Publisher Beta Affinity Designer Customer Beta Affinity Photo Customer Beta
  3. Just downloaded the latest Customer Betas of Designer and Photo (betas and Personas is now available, either from Personas at the top of the File Menu, or Edit in Designer or Edit in Photo. The Personas icons don't yet work and simply generate an error message instead I've yet to work out what I can do with them. Well done Serif for your continued hard work and I look forward to examples of use from other users Pman Windows 10, Affinity Publisher Beta, Affinity Designer Customer Beta, Affinity Photo Customer Beta
  4. Iscom was concerned about Publisher not " Inserting image from scanner , ". My way of working is to collect all of the images that I want to use into a single folder, including scanned images and then using the Place Image tool to select them from that one location. The selected images then appear in the Place Images tab and you can then select and drag them as required for placement. Having them to hand like this is much quicker than selecting 1 item at a time from wherever you have stored them or waiting while your scanner produces your input. I have used PagePlus for many years and still do for some work and agree that some things seem better in PP but to use Publisher effectively means re-training yourself. Publisher is still Beta so can't be guaranteed so don't use it for something that you can't afford to lose - however I haven't yet lost anything I have worked . Maybe mail merge might be in the pipeline so keep practising with Publisher and loading new Betas as they arrive -it is a much more powerful tool than PP in many ways [eg -look how Master pages have improved in functionality in the last month alone] and once full integration with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo is implemented it will far exceed PP. Pman
  5. IF you have selected several objects and then clicked on the Move tool to open the context toolbar, and selected the Show Alignment tool (vertical line with two inward facing arrows) to show Alignment Handles, then unless you go back and toggle Show Alignment Handles Off, alignment handles will show in every new object you create, including text boxes. This allows you align text boxes, a bonus, because it it seems to me that, unlike selecting several objects then opening the Alignment Context toolbar by clicking on the Move, you cannot select several text boxes (not other objects) and then open the Alignment tool bar by clicking on the Move button. Pman
  6. Hi, Assets yes there may be some limitations such as having to use vector graphics (so they can be scaled when inserted), but once you have built up a 'library' it it such a time-saver to be able to quickly select an asset, from your saved assets, into any publication. I'm not sure (nor overly worried about where Publisher saves these assets in it's programme file, but it is as important as with any file to make a backup of your assets by using import and export of your assets; in fact this enables you to build up separate libraries for different purposes. Pman
  7. Hi Tom you said '. As far as i have seen, you can only make a folder and a subfolder. If you need to make a deeper three as iwould have to do for our corporate Designs, that we use for our comuication stuff, this is not enough.' An Asset folder can contain a lot of sub-folders. I don't know what the upper limit is (The iOS12 asset folder holds 20 sub-folders and it is possible to add more IF you wanted to), but since each sub-folder can hold multiple entries (asset), which can be dragged and dropped into a publication, each Asset Folder could easily hold 100 entries. You could make new Asset folders (Category) for each main subject by clicking on the 'hamburger' for Assets and then new Subcategories in each, giving you a large number of assets. Obviously it will take you some time to locate and save the assets you need for your main servers (you would prefer 'drag and drop' but I don't find it takes any longer to make a selection in my publication, click on the 'hamburger' and then choose 'Add from selection' to save an asset) Once you have built up all of the assets you need , you could export these assets to a location, either for you to import in the future, or for associates to import into their Publisher for their use. Pman
  8. Thanks, Seneca, As you point out, the contextual bar shows up when the pointer tool is selected BEFORE LEFT clicking on Master() in the Layers tab. Hope this proves useful to many. PMan
  9. Really impressed with Publisher Beta handling of master pages though, never having used InDesign, I don't know if Publisher is now as functional or better than ID. I watched the introductory video but don't know if this video (https://affinityspotlight.com/article/affinity-publisher-public-beta-vs-170227-now-available-on-auto-update/?utm_source=SpotlightEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter) was made on Mac or something other than Windows which I am using. At about 6 minutes and 50 seconds into the narrator says you can select the Master page on the Layers tab and when he does that a context toolbar opens Top left where he can select Edit Detached Linked. (Sorry for poor quality of this picture) I can only achieve something similar by RIGHT clicking on the Master page on the layers tab and then selecting from the menu which then opens If I then click on Edit Detached, my screen then includes the orange text box saying ("Editing Master 'A' Detached Apart from that, everything works exactly as the video describes and, as I said earlier, I'm impressed with how Serif have included this in response to people's requests Pman .
  10. Hi AlanPC, Well I'm old (74 in fact) but that doesn't stop me finding how to do similar things in different programmes. You have suggested that you might well stick with Word and set your line spacing to 'No Spacing' and that you generally only output a few pages of PDF. Walt has suggested a way which gives you total control over everything in a a paragraph style, but maybe you want to try something a little simpler first. If you start by drawing out a text box, then you can move the mouse pointer up to this point on the selection bar and you will see the mouse hint 'Paragraph Leading' appear. If you click on this down arrow, you can then set the paragraph leading to the same height (in points) that your text height is and then your text will have no gaps between lines (equivalent to Word's No Spacing). However, hitting 'Enter' will give you a gap between paragraphs equivalent to the height of your text characters, and if you want to change that, you will have to use the controls in the Paragraph Panel to adjust that. It really is worth spending a few minutes experimenting with the Paragraph Panel to achieve exactly the output you require as in my example below which I use a lot in Family Trees, which can be up to 50 pages long! Good luck - I know I won't be going back to Word (or in my case the free Libre Office) when I want the complete control over the output that Affinity Publisher gives me [and remember this is still in Beta so further improvements are very likely Ian Price
  11. Hi, before I added this I even checked I was on Affinity Publisher Beta for Desktop since there seems to be quite a lot about Macs. 1) on my Windows 10 setup wth Canon Pixma MG 3500, I have found that the best way to print booklets using 2 A5 facing pages on A4(because my printer can only handle up to A4 paper) is simply change the option Paper size Defined by Driver to Paper Size A4 (the paper size I am printing on) Since my printer can only print on A4 paper I can't publish a booklet of 2 A4 facing pages-that would require a printer capable of printing A3 paper, but I would assume IF your printer can handle A3 then setting paper size to A3 would print correctly, too. On my printer I have to set Double-sided to Flip short side - other printers may be different For publishing A4 facing pages to PDFs (for me at least) I usually simply select Microsoft Print to PDF as my printer and then set Paper Size to A3 before clicking on OK. This gives a much quicker and smaller output than exporting to PDF Pman
  12. As Haakoo indicated earlier,the settings are there in the paragraph tab, though if you can't find it you might have to go to View ......Studio..............and make sure that there is a tick beside paragraph. Perhaps these pictures will clarify the settings more and of course changes occur 'on the fly' so you see the effect BEFORE you even return to your text whereas with Pageplus you had to select the text you wanted to alter leading for, type in a value and press <Enter> before any change occurred. All changes the paragraph tab are instantaneous (Indent, line spacing and paragraph spacing. So, NauticalMile, it takes time but I've been using PagePlus since it came out on a floppy disk free on the cover of PCPlus magazine , August 1992 edition. I am making the transition to Affinity Publisher and yes it takes time to change and to learn; Thomaso uses the anology of moving to a new town and having to locate sites of things you know are in the new town. I'll give another thought. When changed from a British car to a well known Korean make, the wiper switch and the indicator switches were on the opposite sides of the steering column to what I had used for years. Yes, I knew where they were located but it took weeks before my brain could AUTOMATICALLY select the indicators and not the wipers or more often turning on an indicator instead of the wipers. I appreciate that it will take time to learn how to do tasks in Publisher that you have done for a long time in Pageplus. Be prepared to use the Help function and to look up users tutorial videos on the web. I've produced a 135 page recipe book in Affinity Publisher and it has been a pleasure, especially when wanting to move quickly between pages which are a long way apart. Good luck Pman
  13. Thanks Adam, Downloaded Beta 192 and installed successfully. Pman
  14. Today downloaded Beta and it installed ok on my Windows 10 system - like the new opening splash but was surprised to find text wrapping seemed to be not working any more in a new document. However if I opened a document where I've wrapped text [either text round an object or around a second text box], the wrapping in that is still working. Also if I copied and paste from a working example to a new document, the text wrapping still worked, but if I then made a new text box elsewhere in the document, then selected another object [shape, picture or text box] and then selected the Wrap Tight option, no wrapping occurred. Later I tried resetting Publisher Beta [hold down CTRL while starting up until a screen appears allowing you to choose what to reset] and reset Object defaults. I now find text wrapping is now working again. Maybe something that someone else comes across after upgrading. Apart from that little glitch everything else seems to be working fine, well done, Serif .
  15. Help - Just downloaded Beta on my Windows 1 system and it appears that text wrapping no longer works in a new document. If I open an existing document with text wrapping, that still works fine and also if I copy some wrapped text from an existing document to a new one, that still works too.