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  1. 47 minutes ago, garrettm30 said:

    whether there is some inherent issue that makes it slightly more difficult to navigate

    From the different apps I use ans used for code and DTP, a powerfull and easy access to search option is really important.

    What is new in APub is to list the results (it was also in TextWrangler on OS X), or in other apps, but not in QXP or ID. But its usefullness can't hide the fact than we need a more complex and visual panel that 2 simple inputs and everything else hidden. Being able to see and check options, having tabs is more easy than playing with dropdows menus for a feature we use a lot with text (and perhaps later with other objects).


  2. 6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

    Text Style, not Style

    The two would be helpfull, and if the apps were able to retain those information, we would be able to have a new option to modify simples "Styles" that would be usefull, instead of creating a new one and trying to apply it at the object using the previous style.

    It would allow the asked for feature: "select items using the same [Style"|Stroke|Background colour…].

     

    6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

    As for Text Styles, I don't think that it's necessary to ask for a replacement when deleting one

    Accoring to the use I have of DTP apps since the 90’, it's really usefull and needed, we use and do a lot of tricks to reuse documents or part of their styles to not create again the wheel each time, and it can be part of a giant puzzle.

    The search and replace panel is the one I don't like because of the need to click on cogs to look at option in differents dropdown menus. ID's panel for this is more user friendly and fast to use. (But other panels are visuals and easier to access than ID's, like the Effects).

    Since APub dupplicate easily the Text styles when you import a RTF/DOCX document — there's no way we can have perfect and similar Styles in the 2-3 apps —, and we can't use those imported styles without tweeking or adjusting them.
    At some point, when you've created the perfect template with the perfect styles, you need to place/import or paste your RTF/DOCX text in APub, and you end up with all the styles duplicated.
    I replaced them with Search and replace… it take time and was a pain. When I had to import again for a second book and do it again, I wasn't really happy about the process. Perhaps scripting will simplify those tasks, for those able to script, but a simple right-click delete-and-replace would have been a luxury and a good option (and we're used to this in QXD and ID).

    6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

    The "safe" way to delete Text Styles is to choose the action "Delete Unused Styles". Then all the unused ones are gone, and the used ones are safely kept.

    I barely use "delete unused styles": if I create them, it's because they are needed, and it's not because a document won't use the Character style "italic" I created, that the next one won't need it. A template (there's few "one shots" in my work, we have usually many issues of a document) should provide all the needed Text styles, this way, if it's not the creator of the template that work with it, the coworker will find the needed Text style, without needing to create some that wouldn't respect the graphical chart of the document.
    That's why you usually have more styles than used, and since you have before hand shown to the client different pages and options, differents master pages and rubrics and styles, "encadrés" (some colorful and specific text frames), the client has validated the principle, and you'll use them only in some issues, but they need to be kept in the template.

    The only text styles you need to delete are the ones imported with the text, or dupplicated (after replacing them) by APub, or the ones you created by errors, it happens too :).

    6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

    If you really want to delete a Text Style that is used, it's easy to do a Find/Replace and pick another one to substitute first.

    I explained this above.

    There's a lot of points where tha app isn't user friendly (like the unique Paragraph and Character styles panel, the contextual menu at the top that's unable to show all the options but sometimes hide them and need us to click on a button to check/access some options — no visual and easy step here —, some hidden options like the resized values of objects, no real Object styles we can modify with options like in the Text styles…), and can't provide a smooth workflow.

    I play with it for tests and fun on my free time, but I wouldn't have been able to do the work I did in the last months in ID, in the allowed time that needed overtime to respect deadlines.

    We don't always have time to work on a template for hours before doing the final projet, or you can have some designer else creating the template but not able to create it with the needed tips and tricks needed in real use.

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    Managing Styles is important, and it should be easy, those options we ask are part of this. And better, at some point a table of concordances for importing or replacing styles would be good.


  3. 34 minutes ago, garrettm30 said:

    the question why the scaling factor is not exposed in the UI

    I asked for this long ago, since hidden parameters you can't control can only provide errors, and in a Murphy's kind of Law, they re the ones you only discover or that only happen at the last moment.

    And it can be the text's size, or leading, or colour that didn't shift enough to be visible unless you check the styles' integrity (+).


  4. 2 hours ago, PButler said:

    initial letter or two in boldface for the lead words and a little in plainface for the rest of the entry

    Why not have a Paragraph style with bold, and a Character style for regular/normal + a shortcut? (Or do the reverse). This way, you paste your plain text and in the end you apply bold or italic or bold-italic without needing to do multiple selections to paste 2 words here and 4 there.


  5. 13 hours ago, PButler said:

    In my Nov-Dec example, the 3rd Sunday, for example, is "Dec 1". Our next issue will be Jan-Feb, and the 3rd Sunday will probably be "[Jan] 26" (because we will come out, again, on the 2nd week of the month). If I can't slide the numbers around by text flow, I'll have to re-enter each one - time-consuming and especially aggravating after having used an easier system

    It's what I would call a 50/50 situation: either way, you need to have an action. Moving around text frames in one, updating the number in the second. Since you need to put few words in bold each time, you can enter them at the same moment, or before pasting the text.

    With time, I'm less and less prone to use items I need — and forget — to move around (like lines, or text frame for drop caps, etc.). But that's a personnal preference :) Behing able to move all the day with linked frames is interesting too (in usual calendars, with 1 column for the dates and one for the days,  I do this to move the days).

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    Look at the Pin options to keep a text frame in the text:

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  6. 21 hours ago, PButler said:

    The drop caps trick might work, but I'd rather keep the day numbers so that they flow back and forth, and I don't have to change each one with every issue. Does AffPub have any way to embed one text frame inside another so that the smaller one moves when the text above increases or decreases by a line, and they have different text flows?

    I like how you used different Decorations to create different dividers between items in a day and different days - gotta experiment with that! And it seems your table has columns of different widths - something I hadn't expected, which makes that possibly a tool I can use after all. Does the text have to flow from one column to the next?

    Since the numbers are linked to the style with a black line above, that's always the date, perhaps easier to use than text frames to move around.

    I didn't thought about adding the vertical lines as decoration for the paragraph, but it can be done too, avoiding the need to modify the table below or move the lines.

    And yes, you can use simple text frames as columns. But if you've got all the text at once, and shortcuts for each styles (or use the option of those text styles "Next style", and right click on some paragraphs and use the option "Apply Style_xxx and next", it can be easy to format all your text in few clicks).


  7. 5 hours ago, Medical Officer Bones said:

    Affinity uses a different term than most other software, aside from the discussion whether "Drop Shadow" or "Outer Shadow" i

    ¨Perhaps it was to distinguish the 2 options "inside shadow" and "outer shadow". In perspective, we call it "ombre portée", that would transate in "dropped shadow", but without this background, I would find "inner" and "outer" more logical terms, since they refer to the position from the object.


  8. Hello @Uncle Mez !

    I like them, that just… (as usual ;)  )

    The first one: I like the font for "La prière efficace", but it's difficult to read the name. Perhaps you need to change the font or have a darker background. The same with the part with the hours (with a white stroke), perhaps a darker background would give a focus for the eyes and help reading the content.

    The second one: It's strange that the bubble is "in" her head, usually they float near the face, not in or on. Can you test with 5 lines (Envie d'apprendre |de nouvelles recettes |modernes et exotiques ? |Une simple envie de partager |un bon moment entre amis ?). [Ami(es): eurk! I hate inclusive writing, and there are at least few people to share something, it would be at least "ami(e)s"].

    Passion & Gourmandise: Did you try writing "Passion" larger? There's room between "G" and "d". We read it later, when it's as important as gourmandise.

    Vers le terrain…: it's difficult to read, but perhaps only on screen, since printed the green should be darker

    You need to check the spelling of "Inscrivez-vous…", perhaps "Inscrivez-vous à nos cours de cuisine privée. Des sessions simples au contenu pratique, spécialement conçues pour transformer vos habitudes culinaires".

    Another point: she's got a blond tresse, but her hair are really saturated. Can you highlight her hair and tune down the reflects on her face or it would be strange and not "her"?

     

    As usual, that's fine design and colorfull, great job!


  9. @PButler 

    Ouch! I'm sorry for you if you have to do this every few monthes ;)

    APub 's Tables seems out of the way since they don't seems to accept wraping text around images, and you have some here and there.

    Perhaps working with columns or long text frames can do the trick. Number for days can be drop caps, if you use the Bêta that allow to have more than 1 character as drop caps.
    I used a table to keep the days and columns aligned. Perhaps this file can give you ideas.

    Oct 19 Igcal.afpub


  10. 49 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    Except that we really are not selecting pixels, just an area of the document defined by the marching ants selection.

    Yes, but it'll be usefull only if you click on a layer with pixel or a mask. And to select this you had to switch to the Photo personna, that is especially dedicated to pixel work.

    This selection can be initially a complexe vector shape that you retrieve the selection to use on a mask, painting only in this area.

    Now, people can do unusefull actions, but they shouldn't be prevented since something we don't find usefull can be an usual use for someone else.

     

    55 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    we do frequently have to work blind because for one reason or another an OP has not provided enough info for us to know what they are working on

    Hum, that's not due to faulty apps, but what we call  PEBCAK :D

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