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Everything posted by Loquos

  1. Well then, let's make Publisher better than ID? :-D I would think, just like a search and replace, or the TOC, you could tell the program 'search for all instances of X and return the page number this entry occurs on'. You could do this for each word you need to be indexed but you wouldn't have to search for each them manually and stop to manually insert a marker each time. You'd simply input the desired word in the appropriate field when building the index, and the program inserts the page number(s). This is what I mean by 'auto index' - as opposed to the highly manually 'search, stop, insert index tag, search, stop, insert index tag' of the current workflow, which I think would grow tedious quickly. Like GREP or even Search & Replace, you could specify that words only with a specific format should be considered to tag for indexing.
  2. After poking around thoroughly in Publisher, I did not see one feature that I find incredibly handy in ID - creating 'books'. I saw another thread where someone suggested using Publisher's 'Sections' as a way to handle longer documents, though I'm not sure this is the way to go and keep the program running smoothly. ID handles books by creating a 'container' into which you can add or remove other ID files as 'sections' - allowing you to rearrange each as needed, add/remove pages inside each and automatically updating page numbers as you shift things around. You can even tell the 'book' that all section's styles should be children of 1 master style, allowing you to only have to update a style once to populate it across all sections. There is a longish publication I work on each year that I find easiest to wrangle by creating it as a 'book' instead of a 100+ page file. I'm not 100% sure I'd want to attempt this same publication in Publisher without some way to better manage these sections. I'm not saying Affinity should recreate what Adobe has done - I am suggesting they could add this feature and have it work even better than Adobe's does. :-)
  3. Are there any plans to create an auto-index feature? I swear ID can do this - but all I see in the Publisher Beta is the tedious 'insert index marker' by hand, page by page, for each and every topic you want to index. Surely when you're laying out a reference book or other large publication, there's a more automated way to do this then searching for each instance of a word and then inserting a marker? Or, like Table of Contents, could there be a way to have words with special formatting automatically flagged to be included in the index? As it is, indexing currently feels incredibly clunky and incomplete. I do realize this is still in Beta though, so curiosity prompts me to ask if polishing up the index feature is something slated for future releases? On a positive note, I found the TOC very easy to set up, format, and create - quickly and effectively. Great job!
  4. I know this OP is a bit old, but when I saw your mention of Command+A problem, I know this often crops up in Adobe products as well. It's typically a problem of some other program running in the background hogging the keyboard. Close each one in turn and see if Command+A starts working again. I had this happen once and the culprit was Chrome for some reason! Usually a quit all and restart fixes it as well - but if not, see what else you have running in the background... and then let Affinity know in case there's some way they can wrestle control back from the unruly program that's overriding Affinity.
  5. +++++++1 While I've already done a 20 page newsletter/magazine on the beta Publisher with ease, the other annual project I have definitely requires a data merge feature for me to make the full switch. I use it to compile a membership listing from a spreadsheet, and having to go in and format 300 entries by hand would be KILLER. With data merge, I simply tell ID which fields should be formatted in which way, and then let my computer churn away creating the merge. Please please please tell me this is on your priority list for features to add to Publisher! For me, it's the only critical thing missing to make the complete switch.
  6. Thanks so much for the detailed response, Dave! I just went and checked these options under Preferences > Auto-Correct > Superscript ordinals as they are typed and it is checked on my laptop. So I tried the old "uncheck then check again" and now superscript is working just fine! Weird bug? Or weird user error. If it happens on my laptop again I'll document it. (Also great to know about this option under Positioning and Transform. Thanks!)
  7. Yes, I tried that too. On my laptop, it wouldn't work. The only way I could get a superscript look was to manually adjust the font point and baseline. Creating a style and applying it resulted in no change whatsoever. Superscript simply didn't happen, for any text, regardless of what I selected. I'm pretty sure this is some sort of bug in Affinity Publisher running on Mojave.
  8. Yes, I'm using the exact same font family I was using in ID and superscript & ordinals work just fine. So I guess ID is 'faking' ordinals? But if they are faking ordinals, why doesn't using 'superscript' in Publisher work instead? It kept making the 3 superscript, and the 'rd' stayed normal. So, I opened the same file on my desktop, which runs Sierra 10.12.6 - Publisher - and it automatically makes superscript out of the "rd" when it comes after a number and I hit the space key! So what gives? Am I missing a preference in Publisher that is active on my desktop but turned off on my laptop, or is there something between the 2 different OS versions that's causing one Publisher to create the superscript, and the other to not?
  9. This is how I want it to look. I had to nerf this by selecting the 'rd' and making it a smaller point size, and then adjusting the baseline for those 2 letters. Would love to know if I'm missing something or if this is a bug of some sort. Thanks!
  10. Ok, so I played around with it some more, thinking maybe it's because I'm coming over from Adobe ID. I've selected the "3rd" but for some reason the "rd" isn't an option to become superscript/ordinal, only the 3?? How do I get the 'rd' to be superscript??
  11. I am using Myriad Pro as body text, and want to change some text to ordinals. However, whatever I choose (ordinal, subscript, superscript, etc.) the text remains unchanged. When I pull up the Typography Pane, and tell it to show all font features, every single option aside from capitals looks exactly the same, and the 'fraction' and 'ordinal' check boxes are grayed out. Can you please tell me why Publisher won't display these options for an OFT? Thanks! I am on Mojave 10.14.1, running Publisher
  12. Important to note that you can also have more than one Master page. So if you have standard margins, but have a spread in your layout that deviates from this, you can always create a separate master to apply to only those pages. Or even as ID does where you can link up Master pages - so that your primary Master page contains the thematic elements that exist in the entire spread, and then those child master pages can add additional elements. If something needs to change in the theme, you edit the primary Master page and ALL of the child master pages are updated. If you happed to set margins up this way, then they should update as well. When you're working with 100+ page publications, these sorts of tools are incredibly essential for workflow.
  13. This is where having the columns set up in the Master page would make a whole lot more sense. Not a text frame, but simple column guides, as I originally posted above. In this way they should function as guides, and thus objects should snap to them just as they should to other design elements. Currently, the best work around is to set up actual guides on your Master were you gutters would be (doing the math to make sure everything works out) and then your objects should automatically snap to them, regardless of having a text frame in place or not.
  14. Just realized I posted this in the "bugs" forum instead of "feature request" forum. Any chance this can be moved for me, or should I repost?
  15. I haven't had the time to play with it yet, but I did notice Publisher has a 'book' feature, plus sections, etc. I too have a job I work every year where the sections are imperative to keeping everything organized before compiling the final book. I'll try to find some time over the weekend to set up a dummy file and see how it works. But things like Index and Table of Contents already appear to be part of Publisher! :-)
  16. I would assume that "align with top of margin" would be looking at my page margins I set up - not the printer margins of the paper. If you look at the screenshot with the orange header, the baseline grid (in green) is aligned with the top of the margin. Using these same settings in Publisher (purple header) accomplishes nothing. The baseline grid (in green) goes all the way to the top of the page. I did not tell it to align with top of spread - I told it to align with top of margin, so one would think it would align with the margin of the page (the blue guide). Attached is what I have to nerf to get the result I want. It's like it's not recognizing the margins I've set.
  17. I think Publisher's big thing is in the multipage layout - I would not want to do massive 30+ page layouts in Designer! Publisher in this respect is like Designer on steroids. As someone who is currently having to fork over money for a monthly subscription so I can handle 100+ page layouts with InDesign, I'd be happy to pay for Publisher - once it's fully launched! :-)
  18. True, export to other file types (like Designer & Photo can do) would be great. I'm going to make a wild guess that this will be implemented by the official release. We do have to remember this is the beta, and they specifically said there are many things that will be included in the final version that simply aren't available in the beta release, such as integration with the Designer & Photo personas.
  19. I must add, I love the option to sort ascending or descending (which ID is missing!) - that will come in helpful often as well. But having that option to drag & drop would make this absolutely divine!
  20. For the Baseline Grid Manager, there is the option to start the baseline relative to 'Top of Spread', 'Top of Page', or 'Top of Margin'. I have it set to top of margin, which should start it at the start of my margin (as it goes in the ID example, in orange). However, it still starts it at the top of the page (Publisher example in purple).
  21. Any chance there will be a Caption feature in Publisher? Preferably one that works better than InDesign does! Essentially, you'd set up a paragraph style for photo captions, then right click an image and tell it to insert the caption (either static or live). Even more awesome would be if there was a better way to automatically say how it should line up (with the bottom edge of the caption level with the bottom edge of the photo, etc.) and to expand (up/down or sideways) to allow for the amount of text in the caption. Attaching IDs current settings for this feature, though only for clarification on what I'm talking about. :-)
  22. I was going to post the same thing! Even though "replace existing" is checked, it inherits everything from the Master EXCEPT FOR the Margins. Would make laying out large documents infuriating.
  23. When setting up a layout grid in my Master pages, it's super handy to be able to say "Make my margins this size, and within the remaining working space, separate into X columns with a gutter of Y". I've attached the setup and window in InDesign as an example (orange) to compare to Publisher (purple). In Publisher, it's currently only possible to set margins - everything else I have to set up manually with the Guide Manager. Any chance the ability to set columns & gutters as part of the margins settings will be future feature?
  24. Feature request. I notice with the Table tool, Publisher can sort things in ascending or descending order, but doesn't give you the option to manually click and drag rows to reorder them. This is a handy feature in Adobe InDesign that I would love to see in Publisher as well. Currently, it appears the only way to manually change the order after the text is placed is to add extra rows, then copy and paste the text into the correct order.
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