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  1. Exporting a PDF file is one of the most important things a Publishing package must do accurately. I will quickly pitch a publishing package if it cannot produce a quality PDF file. If this is a problem, I hope it will be fixed. I bought Affinity Photo yesterday and Affinity Designer a month ago. But I will pitch both if I can't get a quality PDF from Affinity Publisher as Carrieph2 says.
  2. Embed means that all the instructions for that font have been added to your document. So wherever the doc goes the font will show because the full font and instructions are included. Subset means that only the characters in the font that are used are included. Sometimes some fonts cannot be embedded: https://www.google.com/search?gs_ivs=1&q=why+fonts+cannot+be+embedded
  3. BobJax

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    You are buying the Creative Cloud and it will not download?
  4. I completed a book and sent it to the artist for final approval. She does not have MS Publisher that I used, so I thought I would send the final draft in a PDF. Surely she would say OK and that would be it. (Note: She does not speak English well.) She decided to do some graphic tweaking and sent me back revised pages in a PDF. Problem is the text was messed up. I could not use the PDFs she sent. I said I needed the graphics; she never sent them. So I thought I would open the PDFs and get the graphics and add them to the original doc. Affinity Publisher actually opened the PDFs and I was able to fix the text. When I highlighted the images, it seems to be a vector. Is that correct? The interesting thing was that Affinity Publisher actually created layers with every brush stroke in each graphic. Again, the question: when Affinity Publisher opens a PDF does it convert an image to a vector? Thanks for your help!
  5. Interesting how the text under the heading "The House of Usher" looks perfect. What font is that? Update: "The House of Usher" was scrambled in my other computer. Question did your font embed? Try creating the PDF using the bitmap options. Thanks for your post. We often learn when we have to fix a problem. Because of your post I went through every amazing text feature that Affinity Publisher provides. Plus, I saved in a few PDF options. Learned a lot!
  6. Thanks for the link. The article about Preflighting is good. Guess I am a student pilot in the world of PDF preflighting.
  7. I am not an expert in PDFs. All I know is what I learned from hours of reading and experimenting trying to solve the MS Publisher PDF issue that so many people complain about and that I experienced. An interesting experiment was to create an object with transparency plus other objects based on common PDF issues sited in various forums and from personal experience. Place the objects on a page then export the page in every PDF format that Affinity Publish provides. I studied the results. Thus, my comments. These two little articles are the basis for my basic knowledge. https://www.pdfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PDFX-in-a-Nutshell.pdf Excellent: http://12on14.us/free/pdf.pdf I am very appreciative that Affinity Publisher offers so many PDF options.
  8. Which software did you use for creating the PDF?
  9. Yes, it also says" an attempt to capture the strength and clarity of Comic Sans without the comic book associations." Comic sans is one of the most picked on fonts but is a great font for many young readers. The line I dislike the most is "Comic Sans without the comic book associations" . A young reader doesn't think, "Oh great, Lexie Readable doesn't have comic book associations." Just don't use Comic Sans as your Annual Report font.
  10. It was Lexie Readable by Keith Bates. It was interesting to email back and forth to the font creator with questions. Sometimes I think the best Dyslexic font is Comic Sans, for Kid's books. The studies don't confirm much. Once you start making claims that a book is prepared for a Dyslexic reader an author can get slammed if the font doesn't help. A book written in OpenDyslexic got a bad review on Amazon for that reason. I did a lot of other things besides the font to try to get it right. I am not dyslexic so had to do a lot of research.
  11. Thanks for all the helpful replies! I bought a font recently for dyslexic versions of two books. The big issue about some fonts is that a print license can be very reasonable, but if you use that same font for an e-book watch out. It can require a totally different license and the price goes way up. There is a certain style of font I need for children's books. I see many bundles of "commerical licensed" fonts on hungryjpeg.com But there is a bundle on their sister site. Fifty (50) fonts like I need for $14, with a full commercial license. But the deal will be over in 4 days. Many of the fonts in the bundle sell individually for $9-$12. Sometimes they offer a deal from one foundry for a few days for cheap. But I haven't seen many font bundles that has what I need. I really like the way Affinity Publish works with fonts, so I will probably get that bundle. https://craftbundles.com/bundle/88121-the-salt-and-pepper-fonts-bundle/ Alfred, Thanks for the link. I followed the link and the fonts are nicely displayed. I found the difference between the publishing software I was testing and the site is that the software automatically installs the font, saving a few steps. Fixx, Good site. Thanks Thanks for all of the comments!!
  12. Today I saw publishing software that had the fonts grouped. One group was Google open source fonts. There were a ton of Google fonts to choose from. If selected, a font would automatically install on my computer. It was in either Xara or Viva. It was a great feature. Actually, since I will use Affinity Publisher I could go back to this software before my trial ends and load all fonts I might want to use in the future.
  13. Thanks for providing so many PDF choices! I am using Microsoft Publisher to create 4 children's books that I will publish soon on Amazon. I was ready to upload the 4 books, then problems surfaced. The books are full of graphics and looked good on the large Windows computer screen. But I found that if the books are saved as PDFs and I email the PDFs, weird shading showed up in areas where I had transparencies or lightly shaded colored areas (in the emailed PDFs). I finally realized it was caused by the type of PDF MS Publisher creates (PDF-A). (Note: Amazon wants an X-1 version.) To reduce some of the issues I imported the MS Publisher PDFs into Affinity Publisher beta. Affinity Publisher opened the MS Publisher PDFs. I exported it as an X-1 version PDF using Affinity Publisher. The transparency and added color traces are now almost gone. I tried all of the PDF versions you have available. The odd thing is that all of your PDF versions (Including X-4) look like PDF-A, except X-1 which produced the best PDF. Question: Isn't X-4 supposed to hide the transparencies? Is it working properly? The strange thing is that the images in the book look great on the Windows computer but the imperfections in the MS publisher PDF doc ( and all your versions, except X-1) shows up when the emailed PDF is viewed on a Chromebook. I don't know what the print copy will look like. May have to redo the 4 books in your software, even though it is a beta. Would also like to know what version PDF you are using in the "Print" PDF and the "Flattened" PDF option. Thanks for the beta! Can't wait for the final version!
  14. BobJax

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    I have a major book project which will involve creating 50 book versions at once, times 8 books. I have decided to wait for Affinity Publisher. Not complicated stuff-- a large illustration and two text boxes per page, saved to a PDF for printing.
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