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  1. One thing I really love about Designer Artboards is how content is grouped into "Artboard1", "Artboard2" and so on. The outcome of this arrangement is you end up with really clean layers that makes it easy to understand what you have "going on" on your canvas. Sadly that's not the case in Publisher when you have facing pages. Anything and everything on the left and right pages goes anywhere on the layers panel and the outcome is lots of chaos in your layers. I suggest implementing the same technique used in designer so that anything created on the left page is automatically grouped under "Left Page" and "Right Page" for content created on the right page. I have 2 simple pages to illustrate
  2. Maybe I am asking too much, I don't know! This is just feedback of an in-consistency I noticed across the software suite, if AD has it I don't see why it should not be in Publisher especially if it increases efficiency of the software. Hopefully the developers agree this is a good thing to have. Just to be clear, I am in agreement with you, mostly. Prior planning goes a long way. The best designed software hides the most mundane activities from the user. Creating facing pages in Publisher is probably the most obvious thing you will do, assuming organisation of layers is important to you then you have to deliberately plan to do that for every single page, it's okay if you are creating a few pages. Publisher by definition is used to create many pages though. My question is why not automate this activity especially because it already works automatically in AD. The pursuit of better or improved is why we keep progressing as a society.
  3. Actually the current layer order is based on the layer you have selected before creating a new element which can seem to follow a time axis because you create progressively across time. This can result in good order for the layers for people who don't tweak and refine the composition as they go, I tend to tweak and refine my pages as I go and I feel that is what most designers do. You end up with elements from the left and right pages allover the layers panel.
  4. Thanks Murfee for the suggestion. That works like a charm but as on my reply to Pebowski the idea is for the software do this automatically for you. You would be surprised how much time it takes to manually organise these layers if you have a document with considerable number of pages.
  5. You are absolutely right about some content spanning over the pages, with that in mind I have this expectation that the software is intelligent to classify content according to which page it resides or is created on. Perhaps it can be ordered into three folders, left page, right page and across spread. The idea here is for the software to takeover the task of creating order in the layers panel so that the designer can concentrate on creating, I hope I am not expecting too much from the good developers at Serif
  6. I am using the new aPub release and I love it. I have however run into a frustrating situation with Test Wrap Setting. I have 2 sets of text on a page and an image, I want the first set of text to wrap around the image but not the second set of text. Is there a way to exempt one or more sets of text from having to wrap around the image? If there is I don't know how I missed. I have attached 2 images below to better illustrate my issue. Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Works like a charm. I don't believe I missed it. I like you can reset the curve after messing with it. Thanks!
  8. Thank you Paul for your reply. Cropping the image is a possible solution but it is very inefficient for work that needs art directing. What if I receive feedback that says I enlarge the image to cover the full right side of the page? Which by the way I just did! As you can see, this is not an easy image to key from the background because of the hair so you certainly don't want to crop the image unless you absolutely have to. In this case I chose to duplicate the lower text, sent one copy to the back and converted the top copy to curves. It's a work around but I would rather there Serif implements a way to exempt some text covered by the image from wrapping around the image. Without it, it will create a lot of headache for a lot of designers. In Adobe's world you wrap the text and not the image so this problem never comes up.
  9. As far as I know there's no way to disable it but I have already gotten used to it, I don't notice it anymore! I came from using Illustrator which I still use and love but if you compare the way the two software handle zooming, it's almost exactly the same especially below 100% after which Illustrator seems to skip 50 units after the first 3-4 zooms as AD maintains 25 units. I think the smoothness is affected by the speed of the processor as well as the video card though their utilization is quite minimal. The other thing is zooming using Ctrl+Spacebar or just holding the Ctrl key alone achieves the same effect at least as far as I can tell. I am using version 1.6.5.123. For panning, I no longer use the Spacebar instead, I use the middle mouse button to pan which is the standard in most other design and animation software. That said, I would still really appreciate iPhone level of smoothness while zooming
  10. Hey is it just me or does AD and APh rasterize text when you export to Photoshop file .psd? Is there a way to retain text editable for animation in After Effects. Surely there has to be a way
  11. dkibui

    Data merge

    Up voting data merge here. It is a must have. I use it to populate certificates every other week for a training company I work with.
  12. I am having this exact issue when I double click the bottom of the text frame to snap to the bottom edge of the text. The annoying thing is how many times this bug sneaks up on me because I keep double clicking on the text frame to snap it to the end of text. By now double clicking is basically muscle memory I keep forgetting not to double click. Rolling my eyes, so hard
  13. dkibui

    Flowing Text Issue

    Makes perfect sense. I will observe this next time around
  14. Yesterday I decided to take a dive into AP by updating my company profile in it. While i was able to finish the job but the App has some serious bugs (as expected I guess). The moment I create flowing text, text on the second frame becomes tiny while maintaining it's leading. I tried to manually edit the tiny text on frame two but I doesn't respond. Applying the same text styles to both did not work either! At this point I tried to use page Colums because I wanted side by side text frames but it I could not manage to have spacing between the colums even using the textual ruler. I finally simply divided the text and created two frames manually like you have to do in AD. I remember that is one of the things I did not like in AD last year. Another thing I noticed is that text frames don't always respond to text styles applied to them especially font and font colour. There just seemed to be something being applied to paragraphs that I had not created. All in all though, this is a lovely app I can't to have the final release to add it to my arsenal
  15. dkibui

    Flowing Text Issue

    I hope that's the case in which case I hope they update designer and photo so that we may use the three apps seamlessly
  16. dkibui

    Flowing Text Issue

    Not to worry, at this stage the software has so many bugs! Hopefully they have enough time/resources to push through to the final version soon. They seem too focused on the iPad apps more than the desktops right now. The frequency of updates for AP and AD is all but stalled now. I wish they at least managed some good level of integration between the three apps by now. Right now you can't even copy anything from AP to AD or AP.
  17. dkibui

    Flowing Text Issue

    When you have overflowing text, there's a red triangle that appears on the overflowing text frame. If you click on that triangle and drag out a new text frame AP will copy the overflow text into the new text frame (Adobe InDesign does the same only instead of the triangle it has a square with a red + inside) That's what I did there. The problem for me is that the new text frame has very different text style and I don't seem to be able to change it's formatting even manually. I hope that helps.
  18. dkibui

    Flowing Text Issue

    Thanks Walt for the help. For your first comment, I think you did not understand what I meant. See attached GIF to for what I meant. Text frame studio worked with the gutter size even though I don't know why the gutter size is not included in the context menu. I can't think of a situation where you would apply text columns and not use gutter size so that's definitely poor design on Serif's side. "Something being applied to paragraphs" The reason why I mentioned this is because I have defined a text style for font, font size, font colour and leading and all that. If I apply a text style, I expect it to override all the other text formatting in the text frame.
  19. dkibui

    Data merge

    Another vote here, I use it all the time to auto populate certificates and business cards. Highly requested
  20. Last year I bought both Affinity Designer and Photo because of the reviews I saw on the internet and frankly I did not want to miss my opportunity of get rid of Adobe PS and Ai since I only use them to prepare my animation files and some graphic design here and there. My honest opinion is that when the software works it works so well but when it fails it falls on it's stomach, hard! I have a composition with elements I am preparing to export as a PSD but I want to merge every element's building blocks to reduce clatter. You can probably imagine my shock finding out that the merge feature does not work. I can only merge all layers into one layer! I have included a sample file containing two sample elements each made up of many parts which I want to merge into a single layer for each group. I know in the spirit of wanting to help someone will suggest a work around but please consider that I have more 10 such elements in this one composition and I have more compositions. I am hoping that I have missed something. Thanks! Eagle Animation.afphoto
  21. dkibui

    Merge Layers/Groups

    Thank you Carl. This seems to be the best process, I wish the rasterize command appeared as part of right clicking or the merge layers command worked. I have assigned a keyboard shortcut to "Rasterize" but it's a little slow to respond. Thanks a million for pointing this out, it works for me. I was probably going to renew my CC subscription.
  22. dkibui

    Merge Layers/Groups

    Thank you so much Walt for the suggestion. I have tried it and it works, it is not the most efficient process but it works. Most appreciated
  23. Thanks Mark, I had defined my document in 300 dpi. As I mentioned, I managed to export an eps file and then used Illustrator to save as PDF. The banner is already printed as we speak, I posted here to let you know about the bug, hopefully you manage to identify the bug. All the best to you.
  24. I think I will give it a try, I'll be surprised if it works but no harm in trying right? Hehe
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