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  1. 49 minutes ago, tallrob said:

    high production pros know the value of a database-driven library where you can do it once and always know where to find it when it's time to go to the next step of the project

    It's more complexe scripts and API to archive documents by pages and more, with a huge database to find authors of illustrations or articles, etc. and interface to browse and command, if you've got the rights to, the elements you want to reuse. No LR or Bridge there.

  2. You can import ABR brushes (brushes for Photoshop) in AD Bêta and AP Bêta. (A bug prevent us to do it in the non-bêta applications, but it'll be corrected soon).

    If you need then in the regular applications (bon-bêta), you'll  need to import them in a Bêta version, and export them from this app to AFBRUSHES files. You will be able to import those AFBRUSHES files in the non-bêta apps.

    There's a lot of ABR brushes for free, and you can test them. Some will behave as expected in Photoshop, some other no, since the brush engines are different. But it give a lot of options.

  3. Hi,

    It's not possible, and it'll probably have more an import of IDML files than INDD files, since XML (what IDML files are made of), is simpler to understand and convert to some other file format.

    For now, you'll have to export to PDF and import those in APub, and to try different ways to export/copy your text or your styles in APub.

    You'll find some tips here:


  4. 16 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    The thing about that is discussions sometimes mention other products, news articles, quotes from various sources, etc., so it really would be useful if we could selectively disable the feature when it otherwise would cause confusion.

    Please, if you use those acronyms for something else, use full names instead, it's help people here that are more familiar with their own language acronyms (and we have a lot too), and aren't with other languages' ones.

  5. 13 minutes ago, R C-R said:

    What I really disliked was having these things becoming underlined with no warning & wasting time trying to figure out if it was because of some problem with my Mac, my browsers, an indication that someone hacked the site or my user settings, or what. Just bad timing I guess but Apple just released an update to the Safari browser I typically use to access the site, so that was one more variable to consider.

    Next time, simply look at the code (ctrl+u in Firefox) and don't stress ;)

  6. 16 hours ago, ClarityDynamic said:

    would it be easier to use Affinity Photo to make my magazine mockup instead of trying to master Indesign in 3 days?  Could I get the same effect by using affinity photo with a magazine cover as I would using publisher or indesign?

    It would be easier not to use inDesign if you don't know it. On the long run, it's better to use it and learn to use it ;)

    There's no reason to use Photoshop or AP for a magazine cover. It should be in the magazine's template, with all the other pages of the magazine. Or in a separate file if a different paper is used for the cover, but at least the 4 pages of the cover, since they'll be printed as a whole.

    Usually all the pages of a magazine are in a same file. Some magazine are made of different files, but it's usually for different people to work on, or because some parts can be made and validated earlier, and this avoid possible errors or modifications.


    If you're in a rush, you'd better use the easiest way for now, and work later to have a nice template for APub if that's the app you'll use later.

    If you've got ID, you can use it to export the master pages as PDF to import them in APub. You can copy-paste text in Word or LibreOffice, export them as RTF or .DOC to import them in later in APub (you'll have to check and correct some differences or errors).
    You can use those scripts to list and export all the inDesign paragraph/character styles of a document: Scripts_list_styles.zip

  7. 17 hours ago, ClarityDynamic said:

    I can however open the PDF file from the InDesign template and do some editing, is this the same functionality that I would otherwise have if I was able to open the .indd or .inx file?

    If you were able to import an IDML file (XML exported document from inDesign, it would be a full APub document with as much imported options as possible like Paragraph and Character Styles, Master Pages…). If you open a PDF, you'll only have the pages, and some text with the proprieties used in the original document, but you'll have to create the styles, organize them and their dependencies (if a style is based on another one for example).

    You won't have the different master pages, and sometimes there are more master pages than the pages of the magazine, for different purposes, versions or options (pages with 1 picture or more, or variation with different text columns, different text frames depending of the content…). Usually, a template contains more than the visible pages, since different cases were thought ahead at the creation process.
    NB. I don't buy templates, perhaps there's nothing more that what is on the pages…

    It's like opening a flattened image: you can imagine it's made of different images (background, people, etc.) and different adjustement layers, but you can't be sure unless you're able to open the original file with all the layers.


    17 hours ago, ClarityDynamic said:

    What are the disadvantages of editing a PDF indesign template within publisher?

    If you only need few modifications before exporting the final result, it's handy and a good workaround if you can't modify the original file.

    If you need it as a template for a new project and you'll use it for many issues, like a magazine, you'll have to create all the styles (paragraph and character), the global swatch (Pantone?) and apply them to the different parts that should use them...
    Check text frames if they need to respect the column grid, and if there's flowing text, etc.

    It's better than using a paper magazine as example and creating all the document from scratch in APub, but you'll have a good amount of work if you want to make it a good template.


    16 hours ago, ClarityDynamic said:

    Oh boy, how do I get the cover to have this angle and background?

    This look like a PSD file with a smart object (those are rasterized when opened in AD or AP). Smart objects can be imported files, that'll be used as vector object in Photoshop, and keep the trasformations as special informations. Like in the imported AP/AD files (B) imported in another AD/AP file (A), you can edit them: it should open a new windows in your app with the original imported file (file B), and modifications applied to this document and saved will be visible in the other one (file A).

    But PSD smart objects only work with Photoshop, the same way as the Affinity smart object only work in Affinity files.

    For example, with this cover: you have a smart object of the cover in the file. If you open it in Photoshop and click on this smart object, it'll open a rectangular file that contains the cover without modification. You would be able to modify (i.e. using red instead of blue in the cover) of put another image in this file. Once the smart object saved, it would be visible on the template:


  8. That's a feature we miss in AP and AD and that prevent using those apps with serious illustrations, when we need to be able to work on those extra channel or check them.

    On various works, like illustrations for different books using the same cartoon characters, for example, we need to use and check Pantones, and the simplest way is to do this with channels. Exporting to PDF to check with Adobe Reader isn't an good workflow. It would be best to have a new personna or special channels for this.

    If fill layers were able to keep Pantone values, it would be a solution, but for now they convert to CMYN when exporting (transparency problem?).

  9. 8 hours ago, Sean P said:

    the look of a document when exporting, so this isn't a bug,

    Hu… it's a good thing ID and other apps don't behave this way, or I wouldn't be able to correct  some design and part of a document of my co-workers when only few of them have a typeKit subscription and I don't and I need to modify the text or export to PDF.

    I'll keep using inkScape and other programs since it's a major flaw to definitely replace a missing font by default display font in my opinion. As its name imply, it shouldn't be a real replacement in a document.

  10. Hi,

    When opening a file with missing fonts, and exporting it as SVG (and perhaps other formats), AD shouldn't export text using Arial font infos, but keep original font infos.

    The replacement font is only a way to visialize text until we've got the missing font installed, the document shouldn't be modified this way (this is important, since the replacement is usually a poor one).


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