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  1. Thanks @dominikfor the info, I'll know next time to use the Artistic Text Tool, although it might be a bit awkward if you have a block of type to resize! Cheers, Steve.
  2. Hi, I don't know if this is a bug or "feature", but if you want to scale say a logo with some accompanying type, if you use the Transform Panel to scale the artwork (Grouping the two items) with the constraint selected and put in the size you want, the graphic scales correctly, but the type stays the same size although the bounding box is resized. In Illustrator there is a dedicated scale tool which can scale any object by a percentage with the option to scale corners and strokes by the same amount as well. The transform tool works as well if you want to scale to a specific size. Designer needs a dedicated scale tool that works on all objects, the inclusion would be a game changer for me and I expect many others who use this app. I'm using the latest version 1.8.6, and it still the same in the latest Beta☹️
  3. 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!)
  4. The Site's back up now. Publisher pre-ordered! Only two weeks and a bit to go...
  5. 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.
  6. 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!)
  7. 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.
  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.
  11. 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. 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!)
  13. 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!
  14. Hi Chris26, Here is an AfPub document set to 190mm x 277mm plus bleed, 10mm gap all the way round. If you print that out you might find that the printer margins are such that it won't print right to the edge. Have a try... Page 190mm x 277mm to print on A4.pdf Page 190mm x 277mm to print on A4.afpub
  15. Here is an AfPub document with a page size of 180mm x 270mm. This will print on a A4 sheet with crop marks. There are 3 rectangles: Bleed 3mm: Outermost with red border Page size 180mm x 270mm: Middle with green border Margin 4.6mm all round: centre one with cyan border Just as an example of how it looks and how to set it up. Also enclosed is a pdf of the output. Hope this helps to clear things up. Page to print on A4.afpub Page to print on A4.pdf
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