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  1. 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

  2. About the colour of the layer: I'll assume the simplest use, when people don't use colour for their layers, but in either cases, there are handles, and if they are in another colour, we can ask or understand that it's a coloured layer.

    About selection: we would just complete the sentence to make the distinction: select "part" (= the apple, the face…)  of this image means, if you're working on a picture, to select pixels, = marching ants. If the apple or the face is a vector object, it'll be evident it's the vector objects we ask to select. We don't work blind when we describe something, especially when working with photos or illustrations, and if there are a vector  and a picture of an apple, we just need to complete the description (for example by type, or by position).

    2 hours ago, R C-R said:

    Using "marching ants" instead seems (at least to me) to be a less confusing way to make that kind of reference

    Yes, but it's the same as with specific vocabulary, if people aren't familiar with the terms, they won't understand. They can search Wikipedia about this one! :)

  3. 1 hour ago, R C-R said:

    tool or layer selection

    A layer or object selection is shown by blue stroke and handles. It seems the ants are for pixels selection, if we look at the rectangular/round, etc. selection tools, or the brush or lasso selection tools. If those selections take the shapes from other objects, it's only for using on a pixel layer or mask (or the result go awry :S).

    Burger menu or "hamburger menu" is fun too, and easier to use since we don't have name for it and people try to call it "the strokes/lines" (+ its location) or another term. It's easier when something have a name.

  4. 34 minutes ago, Fritz_H said:

    implement them into Designer and Photo too?

    I'm not sure about this, since it's not usefull, and we'll be able to have them if we open an APub file in them, but perhaps not the specific options. And the same way AP and AD get specific features, some should stay in APub.

  5. 1 hour ago, PButler said:

    I had that moving/"marching ants" green line too. Dunno why

    Probably you used the APhoto persona, since it's the only one with Selection tool that result in "marching ants", or used a shortcut able to select some pixels.

    Marching ants: it's a term I read in this forum, used for the dotted/dashed selection of pixels. I find it funny. In French, we keep the boring and simple term of "selection".

  6. What you want is a table, why don't you use them? It'll be easier than drawing lines.

    Another tip is to use a paragraph style with numbered list. You don't need to enter numbers (1 to 28 or 31), only to apply the paragraph style to a cell. When you want to begin another month, you use the Paragraph panel (not the Paragraph Style panel, or not modifying the original Text Style), and in the paragraph panel, you set the list to begin again the numerotation.


    Here the file (sorry, by default it's opened by APub Bêta, you won't be able to open it in the regular APub).

    calendar example2.afpub


  7. On 11/1/2019 at 12:49 PM, Fritz_H said:

    my first issue:
    Its hard for me to unterstand, why there are 2 tools/methods for basically the same task: adding a Picture to the page:

    • Place Picture
    • Picture Frames

    If you work on small project, you can embed a picture or a logo, you'll have a larger file size, but it's not a problem.


    When you work on larger projects, you don't want huge file, but manageable ones you can easily send by email or give to a coworker easily. That's when linked files are interesting: you can have them in a shared folder, and someone else can modify them while you're working on the document, and you'll only have to update them later.

    There's preview of those files in the document, you can move it to work on the text on another computer or while away from the office (no need to list or explain, but this can happen for diffferent reasons), or someone else, and when it'll be back in the original folder, it'll be able to find again the linked illustrations.

    In professionnal work, we usually work with low resolution images, and when the client validate them, we buy the high resolution ones. Or we work with roughts of illustration. We only need to use the same file names to replace those files, or hide the low resolution folder… in few clics, we're able to update the images.

    It wouldn't be possible with embedded ones, or more complicated.

    With linked images, if your document is bugged, you don't loose the images, (but you do if you modified them inside the document if they are embedded). It's better to keep different versions of a document, but again, linked images is better since the document will be smaller.


    About place pictures and picture frames:

    APub is compatible with AD and AP file format, and you can open the document of one app in the other ones. Since there's only "placed images" in AP and AD, the option is also available in APub.

    But in programs like APub, it's usually the Picture frames that people are used to. And picture frames have different interesting options.


    On 11/1/2019 at 12:49 PM, Fritz_H said:

    why isn´t "link Picture" the default-Option although I have chosen this in the "new document"-settings before (see above).

    The default option should be the prefered option, or the one used by the image you want to replace, you're right.

  8. 19 hours ago, BertilT said:

    1. As the layout with photos/pictures is completely left to DTP, I expect the text to float around substantially during the attempts to add illustrations.

    You need to set this option if you want text to flow around your pictures, or you can pin them to the text (the icons at the right of the ones of Text wrap settings).


    19 hours ago, BertilT said:

    2. I am confused how PLACE of .docx files behaves. I feel that I always have a paragraph style (e g Normal, Heading1, Heading2, ...) associated to paragraphs in Word. But most often AP leaves PLACE'd paragraphs with "NoStyle", while sometimes a text style is assigned. What am I doing wrong?

    If the styles are applied in the DOCX file, they'll be imported when you do File > Place > "selected docx file", and you'll have new styles with an increasing number in the name to distinguish it from the ones already in your document.


    I used Libre Office, and the importation of RTF files was better — styles are as expected — than the import of DOCX (some previous paragraph style's setting "bleed" to the next paragraph: colour or font size).

    If you copy-paste from documents to APub, the best result is with RTF files (at least when using Libre office, I don't have Words at home for testing).

    It's better to import/paste all your text once, to avoid those dupplicated styles.


    (Usually in this forum, AP means Affinity Photo, you can use APu or APub for Affinity Publisher).


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