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  1. I was just wondering if there was a way to type a period that denotes an abbreviation? There is a special macro in LaTeX that does this, and it has ramifications for typesetting and automatic capitalization. I type a lot of bacteria names (like E. coli), and the "fix the autocapitalization" dance is getting real old, especially because it interferes with the "make sure my italicization is in the right place" dance.
  2. This isn't quite what I'm looking for, since as far as I can tell the Assets panel is just a convenient way to copy and paste, and I wanted something that I could change once and have it change everywhere. I ended up using a Symbol, but for reasons that escape me the symbols panel is only available in the Designer persona. Thank you though; The assets tip pointed me to the symbols, and I can probably find a way to use Fields!
  3. The specific context here is that I want a small textual signifier (the document name) on every page of a document. I have obviously made it part of the master pages, but it is on 3–4 different kinds of master pages depending on the specific document, and it is in somewhat different places, so I can't just "nest" my master page. I was wondering if there is some way to either have a "master text box" which I can place in somewhat different places on master pages. Alternatively, some LaTeX-esque solution, like the equivalent of a "\title" macro which can populate text for me. Thanks!
  4. Not as such, no. Word processors aren't text editors, but they can behave like one, which Publisher cannot do currently. For instance, Word has a web layout which lets text flow freely around the screen. More importantly, if you paste 50,000 words of text into Word, Word will make as many pages as is necessary to accommodate that text. If you reduce the size of the margins, Word will understand that you wish to alter the area of text on every page. Every page will reflect that change, and as many pages as are necessary will be created to accommodate it. Currently, Publisher has no way to wrangle huge amounts of text without worrying about formatting, and has no way to globally change the default formatting. This is fine for brochures, but is not fine for books.
  5. Not the person you're asking, but in my view, to qualify as a "text editor," there would need to be a space that didn't impose page breaks on the words. Basically, a space I could write, edit, or paste, text and then the software would put it into text boxes, pages, etc.
  6. Since my only experience with something like DTP is LaTeX, I believe you about this dichotomy. But to me, it seems like a false one. Why not make software that switches easily between "place everything for me" and "let me fiddle with everything individually." Frankly, LaTeX itself is ungodly levels of kludgy, but the fundamental idea of telling the program what you intend text to do, and have that then converted into results, is quite sound, especially for things where formatting is its own beast (like the PhD thesis I just wrote), and I don't understand why more consumer programs don't embrace that model. Take Publisher, which is what this forum is about after all. Presumably, given the name, they want people to make books with it...so why isn't there a "Chapter Heading" text type. For my own part, I made one. It has a counter, always starts on a new page, etc. But why did I have to make one at all? If I am writing a novel, I want total control over character and paragraph styles, but chances are the two will be always be linked together, and chances are a novel will have "chapters." It seems to me that the act and art of "Publishing" refers to a massive sliding scale of text/content:formatting/design ratio printing a novel, which is 95% writing content and 5% formatting. It could refer to making a textbook, which is more like 70% content and 25% format. It could refer to a brochure, which is probably 50/50, or it could mean an advertising flyer, which is probably 25% content/text and 75% design. However, they all have the same basic stuff - characters, ligatures, spacing within text boxes, spacing of text boxes, etc. that you want to control finely, so there isn't much The ideal version of something like Publisher, to me, would have a handful of "modes" which highlight and alter the settings you care about, and a different emphasis on automated processes. If you are making a slide-show (as I do plan on doing in Publisher once its more stable and integrates well with Designer), you want a master template slide with editable title text and text boxes, and the ability to intuitively add color swatches and a small number of text formats with the emphasis on Character settings rather than Paragraph settings. Basically, nothing you can't do in Designer right now, but add the nice text and table tools that Publisher already has, along with a more robust templating system, and it would be perfect. Or, you can turn it on in book mode, and the default behavior becomes automatic page formation, master text box size, and text formatting is defaulted to combined Character and Paragraph settings, so its easy to designate text as "Chapter Title" or "Section Header" with menu items, and make the default setting be intertwined character and paragraph settings, with automatic counting and indexing of chapters/figures/etc. The default studio sidebar would be a text based (rather than page based) outline view. Basically, something a publisher could give to an author that the author could actually use to write with, and then give back and work with a designer for look and feel, rather than the MS word based hell I imagine it being. Macro packs and templates will go a long way, but it seems to me that what is needed is out-of-the-box default behaviors.
  7. I've enjoyed reading the discussions, and I'm learning stuff, but there is one basic thing that is eluding me... How is one supposed to process text in this program? Basically, my basic page of a document is going to be a standard sized box of text (frame text) which is the continuation of the page before it, and which will continue into the page after it. This default page might get broken up by an image, or a table, or another text box. I might even opt to have a page dedicated solely to standalone text which does not interact with the pages before or after, but by and large my text is going to flow from page-to-page. I'm not sure how much of this is my idiocy, and how much is buggy beta software, but making a master page with a text box seems like the way that I would make this "default page," but doing so only allows me to put text into this box in the master page (which puts it on all pages). If I put a few pages of lipsum in the master page, and try to Autoflow the master page, it throws the text off the pages entirely, and does weirder things if I try to autoflow in the pages. It seems patently absurd to me that I should make text boxes by hand in each and every page I plan on using...so what am I doing wrong? I've been playing with the program for the last little bit, and have figured out how to use the table of contents, and I like the independent/parallel counters (hierarchical for chapters/sections/subsections with different counters for tables and figures). I have some quibbles (notably, it seems impossible to add a figure caption which will show up in the TOC, as well as explanation body text without a line break), and the current lack of cross-referencing is a deal breaker for scientific work. I also think there needs to be some standardized commands - insert a placeholder image along with a text box a set distance below with pre-formatted text (including TOC entry/caption, and counter) for making a figure, for instance, but those kinds of things can be solved with macros and templates. For now though, I have no idea how I put large amounts of text onto consecutive, templated, pages...which seems like the most important thing I'd use this tool for.
  8. Basically the question. What is this program for? To be clear, I'll happily buy it, since these programs are quite reasonably priced, but the major differences from Designer seem to be minor upgrades to text and table layout. Again, for the $30-50 they'll charge for it, this is totally fine, since it will certainly make my occasional design of brochures and flyers more pleasant, not to mention presentation slides! I suppose I just can't see how I'd choose this over LaTeX, or even Microsoft Word, for typesetting anything over 5 or so pages. My understanding of InDesign is that it has a word processing/text editing adjunct...is there a similar plan for Publisher. If I'm missing something, I would be so grateful if someone could point me right!
  9. I'm just starting up a new graphic design project (PhD dissertation, which will probably have 15-25 figures), and trying to get myself a good workflow going. I've been making a modular LaTeX document with a "figures" folder where I plan to export all of my PDFs. I plan to use the Export persona for this, because I can easily fuss with whitespace on the border as I wish, and the export command automatically remembers what the file name was, so I can override the old version easily...point being that it is important to me to get this workflow behaving normally. I'm testing how different figure fonts will look next to my body font, so I've got a few different ones represented. When I use the Export persona, the boxes in Arial or Athelas font all come out as expected, but the Helvetica come out scrambled. This does not occur when I simply select and export selection from the menu in the Draw persona. I've attached both PDFs and the .afdesign file in question, and would love some insight. Edit: Even if I erase the other text boxes, the Helvetica fails to export properly testfigure2.pdf testfigure.pdf Test Figure.afdesign
  10. Now that AP 1.6 for Mac is out - are there any plans for AP on iPad to be able to open a file directly from Files, so I would be able to work on my Mac as well without needing to export/import each time.
  11. I have been having the same issue, and I have found that the "Export" function will still work. The trick is that you need to get to the export screen with all the file formats and options - but instead of hitting export after that, use the iOS share sheet in the bottom left.
  12. Thanks! My experience prior to writing this question was this: "Save a Copy" has a connotation of forking edits - which it can obviously be used for. I think it would make sense to have the destination picker on the initial page. Obviously I have it figured out now :) A shared iCloud drive folder for the mac and iPad apps would be nice, but you would have me utterly hooked if there is some way to leverage handoff. Its about 50:50 for stuff I do that I prefer mouse/keyboard vs. Pencil, so being able to instantly pass a file back and forth would be amazing. The iPad app and the Mac app are both wonderful. The tone-mapping especially is the best I've ever used. Also, is there an alternate way to get to .afphoto files on the iPad. I'm running the iOS 11 beta, and neither the "Save a Copy" nor the "Export" options are working for me. Obviously, I'm a hobbyist, not a Pro, or I wouldn't be running a beta, so there isn't any real rush, and I certainly don't hold it against you guys!
  13. I've been playing with Affinity Photo on iPad, and am very impressed. My one issue is that I don't want to be locked in to editing a given photo *only* on my iPad, and I can't figure out how to get it out. I can see the various files locally, and can see the export functions which all seem to flatten the image. Is there no way to pass it off for later editing on my mac?
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