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Posts posted by Barry_Edmiston

  1. 1 hour ago, thadeusz said:

    I did this already, when I only got files as PDF or I didn't have to change something, but to just place it (like a logo et cetera). Very useful also when you have an almost finished book and someone tells you that the've given you wrong dimensions of the book. So placing a PDF might be a quick way to rescale. There are may use cases, some sound to stupid to be true, but..

    Thanks. I don't work with clients so it's never even occurred to me!

  2. 1 hour ago, mac_heibu said:

    Every times I (1.) get a 3rd party PDF and (2.) I have no access to the original document and (3.)  I want/need to modify something – perhaps simply a misspelled word.

    Normally I do this in Acrobat Pro. Now we can do this in Publisher – fine!

    But: This applies to images too! Just wait, until we have the 1.7 update of Affinity Photo, then you can modify placed images „on the fly“ without affecting the original version of the image. I do this very, very often: Placing an images in different documents, which need to be always a little bit different for design reasons. This will be easily done within the Affinity suite!

    Thanks, but now I'm even more confused. Here's a 1-page PDF (left) placed into Publisher (right). There is nothing editable about it, and the background is rendered in gray. If I wanted to correct a misspelling, I would have to create a text box, match font, size, and color, and very carefully paste it over the other word. That's easier than correcting it in a PDF editor?


  3. 25 minutes ago, mac_heibu said:

    You don‘t understand, what I mean!

    Place a PDF, double click it, modify it. Now you have a modified PDF in your document. The original isn‘t touched at all.

    This is the way it works and the way it should work. Or do you want to risc, that modifying a PDF in Publisher will affect the original and in consequence all other documents, in which you have placed this PDF?

    This workflow is only possible, if Publisher embeds the PDF.

    In my work (book layout), I have never even imagined placing a PDF inside a document – off-topic, but I'm curious; why and when do you do that?

  4. 23 minutes ago, Aammppaa said:

    Not currently possible.

    Easy workaround…

    Create two master pages.

    • (A) One for all elements except the page number.
    • (B) A second for the page number.

    You can apply multiple masters to a single page…

    • Right click the page > apply master > uncheck "replace existing"
    • Or Ctrl + Drag master onto page.

    Apply Master A & B to all pages except the last, which only gets A.

    Wouldn't it be easier to make a master with everything including page number, then duplicate it and remove the page number, so that you only need to apply one master? (Though I appreciate knowing you can apply more than one; hadn't gotten that far!) Duplicating a master layout brings another problem, but I'll post that separately.

    By right-click on page, you mean right-click on the page in the Pages sidebar.

  5. 6 hours ago, A_B_C said:

    You can just draw your shape with the pen tool (or any other shape tool) and select Layer > Convert to Picture Frame. Then place your image. :)

    Thank you! This answers the question I have posed a couple of times, about being able to isolate a portion of an image.The frame of the original then needs to be cropped, and the two grouped before you can move the picture around the page. But this is a good and quick solution, much easier than what I have to do in InDesign.

    However, dealing with images in Publisher Beta remains a far-from-satisfying experience.

  6. 2 hours ago, mac_heibu said:

    This may have to do with the interchangeability of Publisher documents with Photo or Designer. As you will be able to edit the elements of a Publisher document „on the fly" in a different application, these elements have to be embedded. Otherwise you would have to modify the original image, what obviously isn’t desirable.

    • If the original needs to be modified, why would you not want to modify it?
    • this functionality exists in InDesign – "open original" – with no file bloat
    • "linked" means the image is not retained in the app. With InDesign, if a linked image is not where it's expected, the picture frame is blank.

    I haven't seen the other thread, but I agree that a universal document setting for linking images might/should provide a solution to the file size issue. Right now you can only ink after the image has been embedded.

  7. 3 hours ago, Pauls said:

    Not been able to recreate the problem here - does it crash on a simple document or only in one of your projects?

    To test AP, I started to recreate a project I'd just finished reformatting in ID. After this image, I placed a few more with no problem. It's not really an issue for me since I don't plan on using Ap at this point for production. I just wondered if someone with more familiarity might see something I was missing.

  8. 3 hours ago, mac_heibu said:

    Please, don‘t use EPS any more! It is a last century file format, and no longer supported even by Adobe, its inventor. Use pixel formats instead or, when you have vector data, use PDF.

    Well, I am at a point where I am retiring dozens of published illustrated books and reverting rights to the authors. In the process, I am cleaning up the formatting to make them more uniform so the authors can publish their own POD version. So I am not about to convert and manually replace literally thousands of images. The design I don't mind doing as a favor, but that's not a good use of my time.

    Meanwhile, I've never needed support from Adobe or anyone else for EPS. I delighted AP can read and display them.

  9. 24 minutes ago, robinp said:

    What is clear with AP is that it isn’t properly linking files. It embeds them for sure, in their full, high quality glory. This makes file sizes big and slow.

    It's actually considerably worse than that, which is why I included the stats about the image sizes.

  10. 2 hours ago, mac_heibu said:

    No, why? You never worked with other Publishers?

    Linking images saves much of you file weight, but the app has to store tons of data (size, scaling, position, wrapping data, stroke values, background, transparency data and much, much more. Additionaly the file has to store the preview image in your layout, and this is probably the bigger the less dpi it has. In most Publishers (Quark, InDesign, iCalamus, Viva, …) the preview image of a downscaled 72 dpi image is much, much heavier, than a 300 dpi image placed with 100% size. I am not sitting in front of my computer, so I can‘t verify this actually.

    Additionally, the file size grows, when you „save“ the document, because deleted elements normally aren‘t deleted from the file, when saving the document. For speed reasons, this happens only, when you „save as“ your file.

    So, I think, there is no reason to worry about the file size.

    As others have pointed out, this does seem to be a problem. With only two pages of content the AP file size has swollen far beyond any of the other 23 ID files in the series with 64 full pages. And regarding "tons of data," my IDML files are generally 95% smaller than the working ID files.

  11. 26 minutes ago, robinp said:

    edit: re the original post, it seems to me that linking isn’t working properly at the moment given some of the other problems around it. Maybe it is embedding it, leaving it embedded even when it says linked?

    Considering it's in beta, that's what I thought as well, but wanted to point it out.

  12. I created a 64-page document. Empty, the file was 15 KB. I imported two images, 5.1 MB total, then changed them to linked, which should have reduced the file size back to very close to 15KB. Instead, it's 13.3 MB! Adding two more images, total 3.2 MB, takes the document size to 20.9 MB. Something wrong here.

  13. 13 minutes ago, Hangman said:

    Working fine for me, though not really sure why it's an eps in the first place as it is a raster based file rather than a vector image...

    Long before even such marvels as Syquest 45 megabyte optical disks (yes, I go back a ways), I did research and experimentation to find the most compact way to store image files. EPS was it (significantly smaller then TIFF). I stuck to that over the years. Now that storage space is not an issue, to convert would mean having to replace them all manually in existing documents, one by one.

  14. My current projects involve exporting color projects for black and white POD production. Even if you specify grayscale for a new document – and the imported color images display in  grayscale – they still export to the PDF in color.

    Never mind – the answer you posted while I was typing solves that problem!

  15. 1 hour ago, Chris_K said:

    If you select the frame with the picture frame tool you should get some controls at the bottom to move and scale the image. You can also do it by selecting the image in inside the picture frame on the layers panel and resizing it with the move tool. Unfortunately it is not working at the minute but there is also a lock children option on the context toolbar which will let you resize the picture frame without changing the contents

    I am trying to isolate a specific irregular section of an image. After highlighting a frame with the selection tool, then choosing the picture frame tool (because doing as you suggest, choosing the picture frame alone does nothing), Option-drag crashed the app.

  16. InDesign's Preflight feature is a big deal for people doing production work. Publisher could definitely benefit from that.

    I'm sure it's "because beta" but there is no viable option for exporting a production PDF.

    UPDATE: for the second, actually there is: "more" on the PDF export panel.

    1. it would be nice to have more than just “V” to get back to the selection tools when working with text, since it’s all to easy to add that letter to a selected text if you’ve forgotten to click out of it. InDesign’s “esc” is very useful in that regard.
    2. the frame properties panel “button” for each selection would be more useful if it included that text portion as well.