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  1. Haha, I think you have to push more often. I'm a bit sad, that there is no reaction or roadmap from serif on some of the more important issues for professionals. Some issues are around for years now. And you are right with needed softproof/separation functions. I also had enough trouble with this, especially using spot colors. I stopped recommending Affinity for now, but I'm sticking with it and shout out from time to time. It just takes more time, I guess.. So, let's push together!
  2. Wow, that was quite hidden. Many thanks for finding out! I just found, that I had this 1,45 gamma in my preferences. That's why even new text boxes din't keep my spot color. Maybe it would be good to have at least a warning in the preflight checklist? I hope, working with spot colors would be more robust. They easily break into 4c when doing something. But finally I found a way, even the print shop is ok with it. I'm also hoping, there will be a preview for overprinting/separation at some point. Or you sell us a little Acrobat substitute app.. But anyway, many thanks!
  3. First I had created a new document in Designer - with my artwork. Saved it. Then I placed it inside a new document, where I placed the stairs image before. After that I duplicated this layer with mask for each step. To change color or anything in my artwork, I pushed "edit document" (in the upper panel right under menus). My artwork opens and I can make changes. And yes, this workflow can be done with symbols as well. Maybe even better.
  4. This is because we are in the "Feature requests and suggestions" section here. Maybe it's a bit problematic, to have everything in one place. I mean there are bug reports, help for beginners, dicussing shortcomings, all here in a wild mix. I see this thread more as a "demand" towards developing a professional tool. I think (and hope) this is recognized by serif, so theay find a good way to speed up things.
  5. I'm with you, @feste, there are a lot of things missing in the style management. Even the available minimal version of a nested style - "first word(s)" in paragraph attributes - is badly documented. At least you can use a tabulator to define, where the style is changing. I was just settting up a document with around 30 styles, which depend on each other and I feel never confident, that they travel through. Never felt that way with my good old IndesignCS4 by the way. I have the feeling, that erasing all attributes also doesn't apply sometimes. But it's really difficult to describe problems exactly. It feels not ready at the moment, only for light works. Really light works. Also on the simple side of things, still there is no way of just copying a text and past it's attributes - without the need to create a style. Argh..
  6. And here as a bonus is a good old fashioned movie - showing the way I've described above. I'm using Affinity Designer, but it works also in the other programs. Sorry for the german UI.. And one extra - if you need to refine the masks you could break them up into a path (from beeing a rectangle). previs.mov
  7. Haha, that's a great idea to show those steps.. And there are of course different ways to reach the result.
  8. I guess you are talking about previsualizing it, not preparing for print? The easies way would be to place an Affinity file containing your artwork onto your canvas. You should get away with it without having to distort for perspective, as looking at the stairs from this angle there is almost no distortion of the printed image. After this you should place a mask for a step, duplicate the layer (with the placed artwork and it's mask) and do this for every step. Of course you need to refine masks and position. Should be done in a couple of minutes. The good thing would be - you can change your artwork in the placed Affinity file.
  9. Wow, that looks really bad indeed. Does it help to turn on hyphenation? Could it balancing the leading a bit? Maybe you could also look into word spacing of paragraphs, bringing min and max value a bit closer or full justification settings. But it shouldn't look so different, for sure.
  10. I recently had a problem, where at some point I had one text frame separating correctly as a spot color and an exactly the same looking text frame was separating only in CMYK. The problem was, I didn't know, how I created this difference and how to fix it. I wrote to this forum anyway and maybe it is a bug. After your "declaration of truth", this bug is not allowed to exist. As much as I understand your will for a clear question, sometimes it's not possible. And I think this should be ok. No one is forced to answer. But there should be enough room for those who want to share and help each other. I found the starting question very good described, even I couldn't recreate it. So it would be interesting to know, how it could happen.
  11. But guys, really, I'm asking again, why scaling of the text box makes any difference, how you think of it? If you have an (unconnected) textblock, scaling can be quite useful. But as soon as it's connected, do you really want to have your perfectly prepared text styles to be scaled? And then - only a few lines of text? Maybe the text which was in the box when scaled, maybe some lines of text from the first paragraph? I have never seen such a weird behaviour and - if you don't mind - I call it a bug, others might call it a strange feature. Again, what's missing here is, that there is no indication, that a text frame is scaled at all. That would be helpful to not run into unnotified scaling issues. In Indesign scaling parameter is also not shown, but only the text which is in the textbox when scaling is done, will be bigger. Makes more sense to me.
  12. What you point out with the UI and how things work is exactly how I feel about it. I'm a more from the professional side of things, working for many years in all the programs which came before Publisher (Indesign, QuarkXpress et cetera) and I wished, serif would have chosen a way of redifining the UI for the better. As it is, it's more of a dumped down version of Indesign. A good example would have been something like Final Cut Pro X, where you can easily start as a beginner without knowing too much, but also use it as your main professional tool. The idea there is to hide complex details from the basic functions, but still have them around, if needed, and have them accessible in a very fast way. But maybe I'm going a bit off-topic here..
  13. But why are only the the first three lines scaled up? I understand, what you want to say. Helping would be a status information actual showing the scaling of a text box. Which is not there. Also, is it really useful to scale text in a connected text box? But hey, you could make a great lens effect in your book. All text on page 12 is resized for people with limited vision..
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