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  1. StevieB

    Tab Stops anomaly

    Thanks for the that! Another lightbulb moment! There's a lot to get your head around and when you're used to the way another program works it take a little while to unlearn where things are and how it all works together. Does make sense though.
  2. I don't know whether this is a bug or just the way Publisher works, but there seems to be a problem with the last tab stop in tabbed copy area. The last tab stop seems to be misplaced if the character is followed by a return, but if there is another tab then the character is aligned correctly. Attached is the screenshot of the document I was working on when I came across this problem. The tab stops are set at 15mm intervals, as you can see the last tab is not 15mm away from there previous one, but more than that. if you a tab between the last character and the return, the character is then placed at the correct position. When you import tab separated copy the last character is usually followed by a return, so Publisher should honour that convention.
  3. If there is an overall colour that bleeds, and you add fold marks (a dotted line that is underneath the base colour) that extend over the bleed area where your guides are, unless you have a slug area or you can include an area larger than the bleed then you're not going to see the fold marks. I set up an AfPub document with 3 pages to show what I mean. The attached pdf is the output from that document. Page 1 shows the fold marks over the whole page. Page 2 shows the fold area as 3 different colours, the fold marks are below the colour panels, although you can't see them you can work out where it folds. Page 3 show an overall colour that bleeds, the fold marks are there, but are hidden by the colour area. They will only appear on the pdf if the bleed area is increased beyond the current 3mm. In pdf terms that would make the bleed boundary box incorrect. The blue line on the attached screenshot is the bleed box, the red line is the art box and the green line is the trim box. 1-3rd page A4 base art.pdf
  4. A tint of black is still black but with a screen overlaid on it to reduce the strength. An 80% tint of black is not a separate colour in cmyk. This can be seen with the Brand guidelines and an InDesign print job (see screenshots). The Brand Guidelines state clearly that all artwork should be set up in CMYK, and with the appropriate colour profile. This is standard if you are doing work for big companies. Publisher is being promoted as being a Professional Design/Layout App and as such should be able to deal with professional requirements otherwise it will fall short of peoples expectations.
  5. Don't assume that text is always 100%K. Often it is defined as a tint of black. In quite a few of the Brand Guidelines for the clients I work for do not define body text as 100% black, but usually a tint of that colour. I'm coming from a Quark/InDesign background not PagePlus.
  6. Here's what you need to do... Draw your equilateral triangle. On top of it draw rectangle that covers the area from the top of the triangle to beyond the right hand point. Select both objects and go to the menu Layer > Geometry > Intersect. The shape that is left is half of the equilateral triangle. Make sure that you have snapping on, this will help you line up the shapes. See the attached screen shots... Hope that helps!
  7. If you import a PDF created by Preview (it is usually saved as an A4 page) then open it in Publisher, then it imports at a smaller size. If you then save that as a pdf and import the saved file into Publisher, that then also imports as an even smaller size. Both are approximately 1/4 of the original size. Also I opened a previous Publisher document in the version, saved it under a new name, close it then reopen it and save a pdf. Open that pdf in publisher results in a smaller document. So it seems as though even Publisher saved pdfs are affected.
  8. This is also happening on a Mac! Opened a pdf from InDesign and the resulting document was very much smaller. See the attached screenshots from AfPub and Acrobat to see the page sizes.
  9. As an addendum to this thread, just opened the AfPub file in the beta of AfPhoto (, and the colours show the same anomalies, so it is probably a system wide consistent inconsistency!
  10. There seems to be a bit of an anomaly in the swatches panel, if you select the top colour in the Colours swatch panel and double click on it and see what the CMYK version is it says c=0 m=95 y=95 k=5, but if you double click in the circle/fill at the top of the swatches panel then the cmyk is now c=0 m=96 y=93 k-0. See the attached screenshots... Which is correct? Outputting to PDF gives a cmyk breakdown of c-0 y=96 m=93 k=0, the same as the fill panel. So it seems that the colour fill gives the more consistent result.
  11. StevieB


    Yes please! Often logos have specific colours defined in them, (spot or global cmyk) it would be good if those present in the pdf/eps file are automatically added to the document swatches panel. We wouldn't then have to recreate them with the possibility of getting them wrong!
  12. StevieB

    Crop tool

    Thanks for clearing that up! Could be useful when you want to extend the document size, at least you know the extended bit will have a transparent background. Just did this test to extend the document area by 500px to the left: see screenshots. 1- Added a vertical guide at -500px 2- Crop to that guide 3- Guide now at 0px, document 6500px wide. Works well, but you have to add the guides by using the Guide Manager. The crop too does snap to the document bounds so you shouldn't lose where the document bounds are, but you have to have snapping enabled!
  13. StevieB

    Crop tool

    I don't know if this is a bug or not but when you select the Crop Tool, the pasteboard background becomes transparent and it looses the edges of the document. I've attached a couple of screen grabs from the App Store version and the new Beta (103). The files both had a transparent background as I was cutting out the image.
  14. Here are a few of my thoughts on Affinity Publisher, which is definitely going in the right direction for a first release. Better than InDesign at the start. When you create a print document it should default to cmyk. At the moment the default option to create a Print document, the first option in the new document set up, the colour is set to RGB, which shouldn't be the default for a professional publishing program. It should be cmyk. The second option "Print (Press Ready)" is correct. It's just a bit confusing to have two Print options in the set up. If you want to create a screen document then you should use the photo, web or devices default. But I think both the Print options should default to cmyk. The other problem is that if you inadvertently create your document with the first option and then you change the colour in the document set up to from RGB to CMYK, the colours don't always convert correctly to cmyk. For instance, the default CMYK fill is 10% Black, the default fill in RGB is R=235 G=235 B=235, change the document to cmyk and then look at that colour in cmyk and it changes to 5% cyan 5% magenta 5% yellow 0% black, not printer friendly! I think I've mentioned this before, but the default colours in the swatches panel are set up as HSL, why aren't they CMYK when you choose the print options and RGB in the other options. I know this is how Designer and Photo have them, but Publisher is for a different market. I'll be interested to hear what others have to say, and correct me if I am wrong. All want is for Affinity Publisher be the best out there so that I and others can ditch InDesign, I'm already using Photo and Designer, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Publisher to join them soon (.idml import and export is a must!)
  15. I thing some people are missing the point of the bleed area, namely this is the area that gets trimmed off when the page is guillotined. It allows for movement of the stack of paper in the guillotine. The bleed area is where items on the page, like a background colour that goes all the way to the edge of the page is allowed to bleed off the page area into the bleed. The crop/trim marks are placed at the edge of the page and the bleed is the part that extends past the crop marks and gets trimmed off. This prevents any white space appearing if the trimming of the paper is slightly off. Simple really!