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  1. Well I got my maths wrong, it's a week until my birthday so I got confused... the launch is two weeks and a bit... Sorry, Patrick, for the confusion. (I'm easily confused!)
  2. The Site's back up now. Publisher pre-ordered! Only two weeks and a bit to go...
  3. I think you misunderstand what Serif are doing, namely making a professional publishing program designed from the ground up. It is totally unrealistic to expect the new program to be a clone of the old Page Plus software as it has been developed as a suite of 3 programs that all have a common core code. The old 'legacy' software has a code base that was written (probably) in a 32bit environment, which has its limitations, namely that Apple are dropping the ability to run older 32bit software in its next release of Mac OS. See this link: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT208436 (I know that the Page Plus is Windows only) To expect a new program to have all the features of the older version, which has had many years of development, is unrealistic, especially as Publisher is aimed at the professional designer who doesn't want to be tied to the Adobe Subscription model. It is admirable that Serif has taken on this challenge and Publisher is the last piece of the jigsaw. Just cut Serif some slack! They're doing an admirable job and have achieved a suite of design, illustration and image apps that can be used to produce professional results. Publisher is still in the testing phase and should not really be used for mission critical work.
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    What is so difficult about editing text in situ? This is what I do all the time in InDesign, it's just easier to see where the type is and how the amends affect the flow, especially in brochures and the like. (still waiting to make the leap to Publisher though!)
  5. In the Print dialogue if you have crop marks selected to print and you have the "Fit Type:" set to "Fit to Printable" or "Shrink to Printable" selected, the crop marks etc don't get printed. The only way you can get them to print is if you scale the page to 90% (A4 document page and A4 print page). This would be useful if the The "Fit to Printable" or "Shrink to Printable" options did this to include the crop marks, colour bars, page information etc in the printout. InDesign has an option to "Scale To Fit" which will automatically scales the page to include the crop marks etc in the printout. Having this in Affinity Publisher would be useful, especially if you want to check that the bleed is correct, or you have an oversized page you want to check everything prints correctly.
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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    Bisect a shape

    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!
  12. 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.
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    InDesign PDF to Publisher

    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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.