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    Loquos reacted to MEB in Why doesn't Affinity Designer display objects placed on the pasteboard?   
    Hi begem0t,
    Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
    This is an old thread from 2014. You can already place objects on the pasteboard area for both regular documents (go to menu View ▸ View Mode and uncheck Clip to Canvas if it's not already unchecked) and artboard based documents (just drag the objects to the pasteboard area).
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    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. :-)
     
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    Loquos got a reaction from Eelco Grimm in Photo Captions   
    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. :-)

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    Loquos reacted to Sean P in Assets Panel completely broken   
    Hi Loquos,

    As Seneca has mentioned this is a known issue that will be fixed in the next beta! Unfortunately there is no way in  1.7.0.6 to get these open. 
     
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    Loquos reacted to Silly Sausage in Spacing between Table Cells in Affinity Publisher   
    Now that I come to think that, you must be right.
    Clearly too used to play with web publishing. If I remember correctly, Word has that functionality, but that's another thing.
    Still, I still think it would be a useful feature to have - couldn't Affinity Publisher be the first designer program to have it?
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    Loquos got a reaction from cubesquareredux in Spacing between Table Cells in Affinity Publisher   
    Just an FYI, I don't know any design program that has that feature. It's a coding thing, CSS/HTML, not a design thing. Certainly not offered by InDesign. Definitely not in something more basic like Excel.
    You can select a column and tell it how wide to be. When you adjust other columns, it won't affect the size of the column you've specified a width for. So simply set each of those dummy columns to your preferred width, and you're good to go.
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    Loquos got a reaction from Silly Sausage in Spacing between Table Cells in Affinity Publisher   
    The lines of a table won't determine the width between your cells. You could make them 50 points thick and they would just run into and cover up the content in your cells. Consider them as decoration, not an element that adjust space between cells.
    If you must have cells with a fill, but you want clear space between those cells, the best way to do that is with inserting dummy cells with no fill or stroke.
    Your only other option would be to ditch the table entirely and grid out the whole thing, making individual boxes with text, and then adjust the spacing between them as it suits you - not as quick to go an edit should the content of your 'cells' change.
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    Loquos reacted to holmes in Text Alignment Options   
    In the Paragraph Styles panel under Paragraph/Spacing you can set the Alignment to the following:
    Left Center Right Justify Last Line Left Justify Last Line Center Justify Last Line Right Justify All It would be nice to see the following:
    Away from Spine Toward Spine It is needed (for me) in instances where i am working with headers/footers primarily, and for other layouts when putting together books for art exhibitions etc.
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    Loquos got a reaction from TomGerritzen in Align towards/away from spine   
    In playing around in recreating a template I currently use in InDesign, I noticed there's no option to set up Text Styles to align the text towards/away from the spine. This would be a hugely helpful for setting layout for large multi-page documents!
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    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. :-)
     
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    Loquos got a reaction from Old Bruce in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    I have been on a Mac (at home) since childhood. My father worked as a computer IT (back when discs were the size of pizzas) for DuPont and always came home complaining about all of the problems with Microsoft, Dell, etc. So I've learned to navigate Apple-friendly software alternatives since I was about 8 years old. (I started on Graphic Converter AGES ago!)
    As the majority of my paid work is creating layouts and wrangling text, I would have preferred to 'story board' something of this experimental nature, before assembling. This way I can set myself a sort of guide for how many total pages I want to aim to end up with, what each chapter should contain, and what each page in a chapter should contain (more or less). I find it always easier to edit down text. I'd start laying out each chapter by blocking/framing, adding the essential images, charts, etc. And then add the primary text - if there's too much text for a particular space, I edit down OR consider adding a 2-4 pages to the chapter.
    For layouts and design, I prefer to plan, then do. But I recognize everyone works a bit differently. Since this is your own project, and not client work, I say do what works best for you!
    I agree the 'book' feature would be the best way to tackle this from a layout perspective - but as we don't know yet whether this will be included once Publisher is released from beta, at this stage I'd recommend keeping it all together.
    The biggest thing I've laid out so far on Publisher beta is a 20 page 'newsletter/magazine' for a client. It worked quite well (even better once they fixed the master page bug) and I'm already planning to continue with doing this project in Publisher each issue, ready to throw my cash at Affinity as soon as they release the paid version.
    I have one other annual client project that's 100+ pages and 8 beefy 'chapters' to wrangle, which is currently in InDesign and uses their 'book' feature. Though, the more I think of it, the only reason I made it a book in the first place was because ID was soooo clunky on my older Mac once you got past 25 pages or so that it was a total headache every time I had to open and work on that one massive file. Maybe Publisher (like Designer & Photo) will handle these same tasks smoother, and not having a 'book' feature when they release it from beta won't hinder my ability to cut the Adobe cord completely. 
    Still would be nice, especially if a client comes back with a request to completely rearrange chapter orders!
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    Is there any reason you're doing this directly in Publisher first? I would think basic text files (LibraOffice, Word, etc.) would be the best for writing, editing, and circulating chapters of a book. Publisher is more for final layout, I would think. Unless your book includes a lot of images you want proofed at the same time?
    If the are already individually saved in Publisher, as it's still in Beta, I think your best bet of merging would be to open all of the individual files, and then copy/paste into a comprehensive file? Since there is currently no 'book' feature. Then the rest (TOC and indexing) can all be done in the one file.
    Otherwise, if you're not in a hurry, I'd suggest waiting and hope they implement a 'book' feature so you don't have to go through that tedious work.
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    Is there any reason you're doing this directly in Publisher first? I would think basic text files (LibraOffice, Word, etc.) would be the best for writing, editing, and circulating chapters of a book. Publisher is more for final layout, I would think. Unless your book includes a lot of images you want proofed at the same time?
    If the are already individually saved in Publisher, as it's still in Beta, I think your best bet of merging would be to open all of the individual files, and then copy/paste into a comprehensive file? Since there is currently no 'book' feature. Then the rest (TOC and indexing) can all be done in the one file.
    Otherwise, if you're not in a hurry, I'd suggest waiting and hope they implement a 'book' feature so you don't have to go through that tedious work.
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    Loquos reacted to patrickfoster in Print book layout   
    The InDesign feature I use most—weirdly—is the INDB book feature, where InDesign creates a container file of sorts to hold a pile of individual InD files that make up an entire book, as well as manage their page numbers. Being able to manage chapters individually is vastly easier than working on a 300+ page single file. Would love to see this implemented—or something like it. 
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    Loquos reacted to jmwellborn in Insert Index -- how?   
    Thank you!    Every so often, computers have a way of making their humans feel like total idiots.   The computers are usually right.   Guess we humans operate on too many things other than 1’s and 0’s!!     I hope you like Publisher as much as I do!
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    Loquos got a reaction from cubesquareredux in Auto Indexing   
    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!
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    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. :-)
     
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    Loquos got a reaction from cubesquareredux in Auto Indexing   
    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!
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    Loquos got a reaction from Wosven in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    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. :-)
     
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    Loquos reacted to Sponka in Data merge   
    Hello, one more vote for "data merge" tool like in InDesign. I use this function mostly for designing business cards and small catalogs, labels for boxes etc ... Everything, that have same desing and elements, that change always on same places and can be read frome some kind of database.
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    Loquos reacted to CusumanoCasper in Data merge   
    I use the data merge tool daily to create QR-codes in a batch or load data into a pdf. I think this is not present in the beta build?
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    Loquos got a reaction from Eelco Grimm in Photo Captions   
    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. :-)

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    Loquos reacted to Mithferion in Myriad Pro OTF Ordinals etc not working   
    Let’s hope the Developers have an answers for this.
    Best regards!
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    Loquos got a reaction from SDLeary in Setting Margins & Columns w/ Gutters   
    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.
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    Loquos got a reaction from Rhomphaia in Setting margins in master pages   
    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.
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