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  1. Hi Chris A lot of this about you not understanding how publishing software works, in many cases it starts out with a set number of pages based on you know what that the finished product needs to be, if you need to increase the number of pages you work with copies of master pages. A three fold leaflet the text flows illogical until folded, how would you do that with text that just creates a new page?. Magazines have text flowing in different ways around pictures and blank spaces which are used to draw the eye, the text flows from text box to text box not page to page. Being a family genealogist also I hope you get there in your quest.
  2. I am not sure on Walt's method but I have not found place to work direct with word docx with formatting, also place only puts the first page in to the apub file. Word formatting is not compatible in many ways. There is no shortcut with programmes like Affinity or even the other programmes you mention they have to be learnt. I do many publications that start off in word but it is a long process of setting the layout in Apub and the styles and pasting the text in to the text frames without format. In Desk top publishing you work with elements of text boxes and picture frames / images that in the most stay in the position you place them, where as word and other office programs each part moves in relation to the other as you type. You can obviously anchor images in word, but the text follows the margin settings for the page or section. You can do it in word but you need to create text boxes and anchor them to a position on the page, as you would with an image. If you have got an office subscription trial try MS Publisher, but again there is a learning curve
  3. It may be worth mentioning that it can be opened in Publisher and Designer but there are caveats in that it may not always translate to the original format. There are many instances of problems in the forums and it depends on what programme created the original PDF and whether the fonts used are embedded in the pdf or you have them installed on your computer. The apps make best guess when translating the pdf for grouping of text, as you will see with the file you included that all lines are separate, If your only use of Affinity is to convert word files to pdf you may be better using an online pdf converter like https://www.ilovepdf.com/ and convert it to a word document as per attached which I exported from your file as a pdf, but if you intend doing design work I cannot recommend the Affinity suite enough as an affordable set of tools Charles Gardiner jnr.docx
  4. I do not know if you are referring to the same annoyance I have with Affinity icons associating with pdf which is right clicking on the icon in the start menu to speed the opening of a project. Affinity shows both the exported pdf and the publisher file, but you cannot tell which is which as file extension is not shown on long titles. One of these is the Apub file the other is the pdf export If you go in to the open recent only the Afpub files show In my file explorer the right icon is displayed for pdf
  5. Completely off topic but picking up on the "what parent comment". In the north west of England it was common for a child to be given the surname as the forename in the past, we have had many Fish Fish, Eccles Eccles and in my own line I have an ancestor called Pickup Puckup. Also naming a child Doctor as a first name. this was common up to the first world war. Never been able to find the logic behind it, was mentioned that it may have been related to the seventh son in the family line, but never found the definitive answer
  6. Do not know if this is related to your problem but I have found problems searching for a missing font that is in an embedded document or artwork, searching does not seem to find it. Also happens with Art Text in embedded EPS files
  7. The first place to check is the print queue under settings \ devices and see if there is anything there showing an error in the see what's printing. If nothing there post a clip of your print dialogue setting ins publisher which may help with giving an answer
  8. Hi I can confirm in Publisher that when File explorer is in Detail or small icon view there is no thumbnail on my windows 10 home v21h1. However with medium icons or above / Tiles the thumbnail appears. Obviously Affinity is sending the thumbnail across. The same issue with jpeg and png files
  9. It looks like the bottom image on you Behance page ate his alphabet rather than reading it. I like the style of your alphabet and your use of "poetic license" with Ribbon and Quail. Interesting contrast to here in the UK where things like this tend to be very bright but I suppose that depends on your audience.
  10. We had an Auto-Vicobold which had a feeder that could be removed and then used as a hand feeder, as this was attached to an electric motor it was scary hand feeding and the feeder was a nightmare to work. It was a great machine for cutting and creasing as it toggled rather than clam shell, I was glad when we swapped it for a Heidelberg windmill. We also had a multilith 1250 and those two were the busy machines. The Rotaprint 95 was the larger format but only got used a couple of days a week, the main jobs on that were for draughtsmen as we could print in reverse on the translucent drawing film which gave better contact when printing plans. We had two process cameras and a negative touchup and plate making machine, retouching negatives really increased my brush skills. We had a small studio as the owner was a trained graphic artist and a member of SLADE, this was the reason I took the job as he encouraged my passion for graphic design, but there was not enough call to be full time. Type setting was from 6pt to largest 72pt, anything bigger was hand drawn and printed litho, setting 6pt type by hand, manly for business cards was tough. The poster printer had an old wharfedale and could print all the big size posters, I was friendly with him and used to love going round his workshop. I still watch some of the videos on Youtube of people restoring and running those machines, although I have not run a printing machine in over 40 years.
  11. Being a jobbing printer it was the Henry Ford method any design as long as it is in our book of designs. Letterheads, invoice books, flyers. Design work was a rarity, those that wanted it usually had their own design team and went down the Offset-Litho route, full colour process was still something done in the big cities. When I served my time in our small town there were at least 7 jobbing printers most running pre war machines (the poster printers machines were pre first world war), think we were the only one with offset-litho and camera processing, none of them exist today. Needless to say I changed careers to support a young family, but always kept my interest in graphics, as my new career involved computers I soon got in to the graphics programmes, but never had to make a living at it again.
  12. Thank you Libre Office and Pixel Engineer as stated in my post i acknowledge your skill and expertise in these subjects and your explanations really give an insight into how these things happen (oh. for the halcyon days of hot and cold metal of my youth). I am taking it Libre when you say import at the bottom of your post you refer to place? My normal way of working is to remove any bullets in the word doc before pasting, using a shortcut to paste without format, then add bullets as needed using the bullet function. As Poirot would say "it keeps my little grey cells working"
  13. Whilst I acknowledge Libre Trainings expertise in type, fonts, Unicode's, hidden control characters, etc there must be more that can be done. Opening PDF's is one of the biggest headaches I have with Publisher. If I convert NNN's original PDF to word using an online tool (Ilovepdf) it does so without problems. I know that the original probably came from a word doc exported as a PDF, but if I copy and paste the text into publisher it gives the right characters. There are many of us who do work free of charge for small groups and charities who welcome Publisher as a stable tool at an affordable price, but most of the text for our work comes in word document format, dealing with bullets and numbering copied over is a nightmare. If you open a pdf it recognises the Bullets, but gets characters wrong, if you copy and paste it recognises the characters but not the bullets. You also need to be aware of paste or pastes special. Whilst I accept using the place to get things right, which I often do with commercially prepared leaflets being inserted into a publication, it means any alterations are a start over in the original pdf/doc. Not being a user of other commercial software, I cannot compare how they perform these tasks
  14. You start with 16 pages 4.25 x 8.5 then depending on how you will publish it i.e. online, desktop printer or commercial printing (which needs CMYK colour mode) these are usually uploaded ass single sheets. If using online magazine you can use the same process and the software will create it this is one I do each month for the charity I am involved with https://heyzine.com/flip-book/c52dc9735c.html If you are printing you can use the booklet setting in the print function
  15. I also have my frequent save folders pinned to the quick access in File Explorer, Right click pin to quick access
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