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  1. Thanks for sharing. Indeed PDF-XChange Editor Plus ships with some interesting features. It's Windows only, though. As already pointed out PDF-XChange Editor Plus is an PDF-Editor and PDF Viewer for simple office tasks. It's not intended for prepress. Kind of strange argument. Pre-flighting is a essential step in prepress. It reduces costs and minimises undesired results. For now, I will stick with Acrobat Pro.
  2. Yes, advanced custom preflight checks would be a great
  3. With a Acrobat Pro background PDF Checkpoint is not a serious replacement. It's missing so many basic features e.g, PDF/X Output Intents, PDF conversion settings.
  4. Did you find a solution? I do experience the exact same export error message. It turns out that old PostScript fonts are causing the issue.
  5. Thank you. Sounds good to me. Totally agree. Even Adobe's Acrobat Pro 2017 single licence is within the same $500 price range.
  6. Thanks for this highly interesting discussion. I am also looking for a Acrobat Pro replacement. Acrobat DC Preflight feature is the only missing link to me e.g. reliable color management and full support for ISO PDF standards. Pitstop and pdfToolbox seems to be the only "real" alternatives for reliable print preflight jobs. However if you don't work a for a big print house, it looks like a bit over-size. PDF Checkpoint (Mac) offers some interesting but limited feature set. I am going to take a closer look at pdfToolbox. Who's already using pdfToolbox? Any experience so far?
  7. PDF Element does not support any preflight functionality.
  8. I stumbled upon your highly interesting discussion while searching for a Acrobat Pro alternative. Pitstop and pdfToolbox seems to be the only "real" alternatives for reliable print preflight jobs. Both are products are used in print houses and big publishing houses. I have also tested Nuance Power PDF for Mac which is a nice but limited PDF editor. Power PDF focus is Office tasks. It lacks Preflight functionalities. Acrobat DC Preflight feature is the only missing link to me e.g. reliable color management and full support for ISO PDF standards. I have spent so much money on Adobe CS and Acrobat DC is getting worse. With Adobe's Cloud subscription introduction, Adobe also dropped the price tag for the Acrobat DC. Adobe's Acrobat Pro 2017 single licence cost is within the same $500 price range. As I found out Adobe licensed parts of Callas preflight engine and their preflight menus look almost identical. So, pdfToolbox would be a ideal replacement. I am going to take a closer look at pdfToolbox.
  9. I am also interested in saving my interface layouts.
  10. howdytom

    Affinity Designer for MacOS - 1.7.0

    Impressive release notes. Thank you. Excellent work
  11. Excellent. Yeah, crashes are gone using v.1.7.0.376 on Mac Sierra. Thank you!
  12. Callum, thanks for your reply. Current workaround: Prior adding a new color, always delete the color swatch or rename the existing one. I don't think a checkbox would be required. If the color name has not been renamed, it should be updated based on current colour value. I hope this makes sense. It happened to me multiple times that I was using a previous color value. Any chance that we can move this thread to the Feature Requests section?
  13. I am looking for a way to set the colour name automatically based on colour value in Affinity Designer. When you change a colour value in a Indesign document, it automatically changes the colour name accordingly within the swatches window. It's a huge timesaver. When you add a colour to the swatches panel, Affinity applies the colour value name. However when I change a existing colour within the swatches panel, it shows the previously colour value. It looks like I have to manually change the colour value. How can I do that in Affinity Designer or Affinity Publisher?
  14. I am also interested in 'Simulate Paper Color' feature. I have been using it all the time in Adobe Indesign to check how colour behaves on Yellowish oder uncoated paper. We should move this thread to the Feature Requests section.
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