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    AdrianB got a reaction from Seneca in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    I've worked with Quark ages ago, but I was always an Aldus PageMaker guy and never really liked Quark. Different kind of approach (at least it was back then). 
    What I meant with ”the only reasonable replacement for InDesign” is in the spirit of PageMaker och InDesign, and for my needs. I'm not trying to speak for everyone.
    I was quite happy with InDesign but I did not like, and could not motivate paying for, the subscription of Adobe CC. Moving on from Photoshop and Illustrator was easier, there are other good graphic applications for Mac that meet most of my needs, but I never found an replacement for InDesign and I kept using my old CS5 version as long as I could.
    Also, QuarkXPress is way more expensive than Affinity Publisher. Their licence model is better that Adobe's but the "two years of upgrades" is like ten times the price of Publisher (I'm guessing updates to the current 1.x of Affinity Publisher will be free until 2.x is released, an that will probably be at least two year after I bought 1.7). 
    I wasn't speaking in the context of IDML import or any kind of specific handling of InDesign documents. I was talking about desktop publishing applications in general, that I felt could make me leave InDesign, and Affinity Publisher is the first for me. I really like it the same way I like InDesign, it is low friction and I can be as productive as before. 
    There might be other applications out there that I've yet to discover, that's why I ended my statement with "that I've ever come across so far”.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Seneca in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    I've worked with Quark ages ago, but I was always an Aldus PageMaker guy and never really liked Quark. Different kind of approach (at least it was back then). 
    What I meant with ”the only reasonable replacement for InDesign” is in the spirit of PageMaker och InDesign, and for my needs. I'm not trying to speak for everyone.
    I was quite happy with InDesign but I did not like, and could not motivate paying for, the subscription of Adobe CC. Moving on from Photoshop and Illustrator was easier, there are other good graphic applications for Mac that meet most of my needs, but I never found an replacement for InDesign and I kept using my old CS5 version as long as I could.
    Also, QuarkXPress is way more expensive than Affinity Publisher. Their licence model is better that Adobe's but the "two years of upgrades" is like ten times the price of Publisher (I'm guessing updates to the current 1.x of Affinity Publisher will be free until 2.x is released, an that will probably be at least two year after I bought 1.7). 
    I wasn't speaking in the context of IDML import or any kind of specific handling of InDesign documents. I was talking about desktop publishing applications in general, that I felt could make me leave InDesign, and Affinity Publisher is the first for me. I really like it the same way I like InDesign, it is low friction and I can be as productive as before. 
    There might be other applications out there that I've yet to discover, that's why I ended my statement with "that I've ever come across so far”.
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    AdrianB reacted to walt.farrell in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    Publisher beta 1.8.0.502 has a "collect" function in the Resource Manager that will gather the embedded or linked files that you select and
    copy them to a specified folder, while also converting any embedded files into linked files, and relinking any linked files to point to the new folder. It doesn't handle fonts, but this is at least a start toward satisfying the packaging request, I think.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Michael117 in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    You simple cannot understand software development. Publisher is still brand new! They cannot put in every feature every user "demands" in the first release. It's not like the first release of Pagemaker had every feature of the current InDesign version.
    We all have different priorities, but there are way more features out there that are essential than this, for most users (I'd guess more people probably need IDML import first). Packaging is convenient and they are working on it for future releases. Until then the current version of Publisher is quite capable for creating content for many users and it's without doubt the best thing that has come to life for desktop publishing, for us who want an InDesign replacement.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Patrick Connor in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    FYI the 1.8 beta of Publisher has IDML import! It's a start:
     
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Expand stroke still sucks   
    @Oval Yes, it's quite reasonable that the period from first beta to the final coordinated release of 1.8 takes some time, weeks or months.  
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    AdrianB got a reaction from debraspicher in Expand stroke still sucks   
    Seems like 1.8 might be on to something, as haakoo posted above, just follow the link. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from GWCTas in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    They specifically said that INDD is not coming, only IDML. So until they say otherwise you shouldn't expect it at all. But as mentioned above, there are ways to prepare for that by converting to IDML using [batch] scripts.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from GWCTas in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    You make it sound like they promised a release a year ago, but the only thing they said is that they are working on IDML support but they can't give any timeline. Also they said it's not a trivial feature to implement. 
    That's not how software development works. Unless you're almost finished you really don't know how long it will take to implement a complex feature, any "accurate information" would be guesstimates at best. And then there's the whole business part of it, Affinity have to decide what features and development to prioritize over others through a whole series of applications and platforms, depending on God knows how many variables. And things constantly change along the way. So they know better than to give ”accurate info” when there are uncertainties ahead. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from GWCTas in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    They specifically said that INDD is not coming, only IDML. So until they say otherwise you shouldn't expect it at all. But as mentioned above, there are ways to prepare for that by converting to IDML using [batch] scripts.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from GWCTas in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    You make it sound like they promised a release a year ago, but the only thing they said is that they are working on IDML support but they can't give any timeline. Also they said it's not a trivial feature to implement. 
    That's not how software development works. Unless you're almost finished you really don't know how long it will take to implement a complex feature, any "accurate information" would be guesstimates at best. And then there's the whole business part of it, Affinity have to decide what features and development to prioritize over others through a whole series of applications and platforms, depending on God knows how many variables. And things constantly change along the way. So they know better than to give ”accurate info” when there are uncertainties ahead. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from postmadesign in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    Since support for IDML is coming, but not .indd, I looked into the possibility to export all my old .indd files to IDML. This is generally useful for future-proofing anyway, since I won't be able to run my old version of InDesign (CS5) forever.
    I'm happy to report that this script was really good, it did everything I was hoping for. There was some trial and error and some issues (I have to delete batch_convert.txt for every run) to get there but eventually I got it to search folders and subfolders for any .indd file and export it as IDML, and it worked. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Michael117 in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    You simple cannot understand software development. Publisher is still brand new! They cannot put in every feature every user "demands" in the first release. It's not like the first release of Pagemaker had every feature of the current InDesign version.
    We all have different priorities, but there are way more features out there that are essential than this, for most users (I'd guess more people probably need IDML import first). Packaging is convenient and they are working on it for future releases. Until then the current version of Publisher is quite capable for creating content for many users and it's without doubt the best thing that has come to life for desktop publishing, for us who want an InDesign replacement.
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    AdrianB reacted to Fixx in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    Packaging is not mission critical feature. It is just "nice to have".
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    AdrianB reacted to dcrosby in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    As mentioned, the IDML import is being worked on. You're no worse off now than you were last month before Publisher was released. If you have a bunch of INDD files you can continue working with them using InDesign as you have been. Or you can get a copy of Xpress, which I believe imports INDD. I'm not happy that the feature is not yet available but ecstatic that someone had the stones to compete with Adobe at all. Over the last 10 years no other company, neither Quark or Corel, or anyone else has even tried to create a full suite of pro design products.
    Import needs to be addressed no doubt, but it's not a deal breaker to me personally. There are other issues I find more problematic, but I keep reading posts where some user insists his missing feature is the most import one of all. Then essentially bashing Serif for not seeing things their way. I think the only reason people are so upset is because Adobe is bleeding them dry with their subscription model. Otherwise, why not stick with Adobe? Adobe is the exploiter, Affinity is the alternative, even if imperfect.

    I don't look a gift horse in the mouth. We're still at version 1.x. I accept the flaws because the alternatives are slim and costly and because there are a lot of positives that the Affinity line brings to the table.
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    AdrianB got a reaction from jmwellborn in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    That's just BS. Those who need to open InDesign files are a large group, no doubt, but not the entire market. They do love to come here and demand support for InDesign files, for sure. 
    With the low price of AP they reach segments that Adobe never did. I've been using InDesign since it was Aldus Pagemaker and going forward I'll be using Publisher (with great joy). My business is not big enough to justify the continuous payment of CC, even if I wanted to. But Publisher is a no-brainer. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from postmadesign in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    Did you look at the page? You don't script anything, it's all in one dialog where you choose your settings.
    The only thing you need to do is add the script to the correct folder. This page has a very clear and helpful instruction of how you do that for a Mac user (but don't download the script from that page, it's a much older copy, take the script from the original source).
    You don't get a list of the files but it exports them in the same folder as the original, that's is what I was testing and it works. Make sure to check the "include subfolders" and leave the output empty. It's all very clearly described, again, just read the instructions (my emphasis) : 
    Tick Include subfolders to process all subfolders of the selected folder. To keep the converted files in the same folder as the source files, leave the Output folder field empty. If you do specify an output folder and include subfolders, all files are placed together in that output folder.
     Really, it's an amazing script, just try it yourself on some test files first, until you get the results you want. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from postmadesign in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    Since support for IDML is coming, but not .indd, I looked into the possibility to export all my old .indd files to IDML. This is generally useful for future-proofing anyway, since I won't be able to run my old version of InDesign (CS5) forever.
    I'm happy to report that this script was really good, it did everything I was hoping for. There was some trial and error and some issues (I have to delete batch_convert.txt for every run) to get there but eventually I got it to search folders and subfolders for any .indd file and export it as IDML, and it worked. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from mrtymcln in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    Yeah, these days it's Adobe that people are trying to get away from, and that should concern them. If people are actively trying to find alternatives and the only thing keeping the customers are lock-in and/or lack of alternatives, they're in a bad spot even if revenue still keep coming, for now.
    In fact, if I hade a dime for every time I see someone actively trying to get away from Adobe I would be… able to afford Creative Cloud! 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from Ulysses in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    This. Unless you buy a new Mac that requires the latest OS version you could easily hold on to Mojave for one more year. In fact, given the amount of bug fixes and increased stability with each minor upgrade it is usually always a good advice to take it slow with new major versions. The best versions is usually the ones late in the cycle anyway. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from myclay in Affinity Publisher Public Beta - 1.7.0.376   
    Pre-order was a no-brainer! Thanks for great software with affordable prices. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from myclay in Affinity Publisher Public Beta - 1.7.0.376   
    Pre-order was a no-brainer! Thanks for great software with affordable prices. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from myclay in Affinity Publisher Public Beta - 1.7.0.376   
    Pre-order was a no-brainer! Thanks for great software with affordable prices. 
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    AdrianB got a reaction from myclay in Affinity Publisher Public Beta - 1.7.0.376   
    Pre-order was a no-brainer! Thanks for great software with affordable prices. 
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