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  1. I would prefer to just simply shift+command (on the Mac) + click on the locked item instead of fishing through a lengthy assortment of layers to find the locked master page layer. Even when I select the locked item, and find it as selected in the layers menu, then right-click to find "Edit Selected," the sequence seems overly kludgy. By the way, how to unlock individual items was not mentioned in Affinity's Master Pages tutorial and I think it merits mention in future versions. I'm still working on changing over to Affinity Publisher from InDesign CS6 and I think this autumn I'll probably try it on a couple of long-term clients.
  2. When using InDesign, I can unlock any master page item by clicking with shift+command held down. I finally understood how to unlock the entire page (Edit Detached) but isn't this is a blunt instrument by comparison? How about a way to unlock a single item?
  3. I had been exporting using the Publisher "PDF (for print)" or "PDF (press-ready)" presets with the problem happening each time I had transparent art. I just now set the export preset to "PDF/X-3:2003" and the problem seems to have been solved. On to trying this out on my local publisher next month... Thank you MikeW, Lagarto, and Dan C.
  4. I revisited my problem of last June (see posts above) as I persist in moving away from Adobe software (old CS6) on account of their costly leasing policy. The issue here seems to come from an art file with white art on a transparent background, done in Photoshop CS5 or 6 a long time ago. When using InDesign, there is no problem, but when I try to do the job (a one-page B&W ad) using Publisher on an IDML export from InDesign, everything goes perfectly well throughout the process until I try to convert a long InDesign doc with the placed PDF as a multi-page PDF (I'm simulating the problem at my local publisher). The attached screen grab is what I get (and what my local publisher got last summer). The publisher claimed that the faulty PDF caused him to lose his entire 64-plus page InDesign-to-PDF file right on deadline. I think this story may be hyperbole because I did not lose anything here. The problem is with the Cole Real Estate logo in the upper left corner ("sign white_GS.psd"). I have tried working with the same original logo (black on white background, invert, clipping path) in Photoshop, and then in Affinity Photo (Invert, Flood Select white, delete), both with the same failure resulting. It works fine when I have a black background in the art, but for many reasons I would prefer to be able to use a transparent background against the black background box because we may some day go to printing in color. The upshot is that I have never again tried to submit any more Affinity Publisher ads. Can anyone help me escape Adobe's costly $600 per year subscription commitment? See attached screen grab, Publisher file and placed art file. I will happily attach whatever other files you need. Cole_RE_May_2020.afpub sign white_GS.psd
  5. Hi MEB, Sorry to misunderstand… I think I have it right now, and the line has disappeared. Thank you for persisting, and also thanks to Gabe, Old Bruce, and Frank Jonen for helping out.
  6. I just tried placing the item (Depth.afp), sizing it, then doing Rasterize & Trim. See attached video and note that the white boundary lines persist. My latest version of this piece now has a white background, so the issue is moot. Still, it's bothering me enough that I don't want this happening again in the future. Screen_Recording_2020-04-20_at_11_33.02_AM.mov
  7. Hi MEB, See attached file. depth2.afphoto
  8. Gabe, I could re-do the process and I think Apple's screen capture might do the job, but going to File:Colors:Erase White Paper has seemed to cure the issue on this job. "Integer" has been mentioned a couple of times in responses and after searching "integer vs. float" I dimly understand that it might have to do with interpolation after sizing my cropped, placed images. I've been placing images since early versions of Photoshop in the 1990s and never ran into this problem until this particular file in Affinity Photo. I'm trying to extricate myself from Adobe software on account of their subscription deal and Apple's issue with 32 vs. 64 bit software (e.g. Mac OS 10.15 and InDesign) and I suspect that I'm not the only one doing it. Is "Erase White Paper" a good way to deal with this in the future? Will Affinity come up with a solution? See attached screen grab file. Screen_Recording_2020-04-17_at_10_41.49_AM.mov
  9. I tried going to Filers:Colors:Erase White Paper and this seems to have helped with both instances. If I were using other software, I would have suspected that I had included a white stroke and generally it's an easy matter to remove it. Is there any panel in Affinity Photo that deals with fill and stroke of placed image frames?
  10. Hi Old Bruce, I don't recall ever making such a line. I copied the layer, made a new document "From Clipboard," and put down a black layer underneath. Viewing it at greater than 1 pixel size, I finally found it when I moved the image using the Move Tool. Is this a result of sloppy cropping technique? When I crop this image, I still get a new single-pixel white line. Is there a panel somewhere that I can use to eliminate what is apparently a white (or no color) 1-pixel stroke?
  11. Hi Gabe, "Integer values?" I don't understand. Could you explain? I'd send out the entire file but it's 905.8 MB! I'll cropped just one problem area , in which the problem remains visible. I encountered this issue twice in this job. 78 Plane crop.afphoto 78_Plane_crop.afphoto
  12. When placing smaller images into existing multi-layer Photo image, I sometimes see the frame edges visible as annoying thin white lines (sometimes dashed). I have tried copying and pasting, using File: Place, or dragging icon, but nothing seems to help. See attached JPEG, note line between red arrows. It doesn't seem to happen consistently, varying from one placed image to another; remains after import into Photoshop. I cure it using Inpainting brush tool but should I need to do this? Use is for large, fine art print. Late 2012 Mac Mini, 16 GB Ram, OS 10.14.6. Affinity Photo 1.8.3 intended to replace Photoshop CS6.
  13. Update, next day: After a process of elimination, I found that one or more of the placed photo images (edited in Affinity Photo) seems to have become corrupted. Once I simply replaced all of them (unchanged), the PDF placement worked! For everyone's information and to clear up misunderstandings, I did not attempt publication from a Beta version. Instead, I had saved the Publisher file using the released version. My objective is to replace "rented" Adobe software as much a possible with working alternatives. I own Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher. Hopefully, Affinity's software will work out for me in the future.
  14. A little complicated to explain, but I hope you'll bear with me. I received a phone call today from a panicked local publisher. I had done a full page black and white ad using Publisher and exported as a PDF. When he placed the ad in his InDesign (ID) document and attempted to export the ID file as PDF for his printer, the export failed with this Background Task Alert in ID: “Failed to export the PDF file.” He had to go through a long document to isolate my ad as the problem. I was able to duplicate the problem when I exported my Affinity Publisher (AP) document to PDF and placed the PDF in a trial ID document. Same result as the publisher: “Failed to export the PDF file.” I tried exporting from AP “without layers.” Although the PDF succeeded in placing and appeared to be complete in ID, and the export from ID to PDF succeeded, when I reviewed that page in the PDF not all the content was now visible and that page in the resulting PDF (from ID) generated this alert: “An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly. Please contact the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem.” I have been doing this ad for years using ID, and now that Affinity Publisher has been released, I thought I’d give it a try. Needless to say, I’m not volunteering information to the publisher about my new software. We solved the problem by having him convert the PDF to a high resolution JPEG in order to meet the press deadline. I would like to continue using Publisher but for this client, I’m now going back to using ID. Any ideas? Do you want the AP file with links? PDF file?
  15. I am constantly unlocking items and need this feature in Publisher. With InDesign, I can unlock master page items two ways: I can unlock all guides on a page at once from the Pages panel; or, Command plus shift and click on the locked item with the index (black arrow tool).
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