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  1. In my experience with InDesign, and with a two column layout, if you add a new heading with span columns set, it automatically balances the text columns above that point. Then the heading spans both columns and the text flow starts below that in the left hand column. There may be other side effects of spanned columns, the point you raised would not be a concern for me.
  2. Still crashing on PDF export of a different file with Beta 1.9.1.967 Release level publisher 1.9 is fine.
  3. Publisher 1.9.1.952 doesn't crash but gives an error trying to export a PDF. This is a 56 page document created from an IDML file exported from InDesign, with 68 linked images (mainly TIFs). It includes some large tables which InDesign splits across pages, a feature I haven't found int Affinity Publisher. So I've had to do some work around to the tables, but otherwise the file is pretty much as imported from IDML. The released version of Publisher 1.9 handles the export fine. The Beta never completes the export phase where it calculates the estimated PDF size, but if you try to do the export anyway, you get this error popup:
  4. It's fine now, thank you. Correct Device name shown in screen capture below (also for Designer and Publisher). In the meantime I also upgraded macOS from Mojave to Catalina, in case that is relevant.
  5. Hi Sean, I logged out and logged in again (first on Designer 1.9.0.7 and then on Publisher 1.9.0.829). Now the Registered apps & devices web page has the last login date updated to today, but it still thinks I'm using the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) which hasn't been turned on for several years.
  6. Same happened to me, Designer/Publisher thinks I'm still running on my late 2008 15 inch MacBook Pro. If you remember Only Fools and Horses, this may remind you of Trigger's Broom Since 2008, I have upgraded my hardware and my software. So is it the same system? antiope:~ adrianw$ defaults read "$HOME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SystemProfiler.plist" 'CPU Names' { "1G0-en-GB_GB" = "MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)"; "1G0-en_GB" = "MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)"; "FQPN-en-GB_GB" = "iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)"; "FQPP-en-GB_GB" = "iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)"; }
  7. I've just imported an IDML file created by InDesign into Publisher. Very impressed by how well everything was handled except the original IDML file had several tables that spread over more than a single page. I understand that Publisher cannot currently handle multi-page tables. But what's the best way to split up the tables that are in my imported document? Currently they overflow a page and the bottom of the table is outside the page boundary? I'd be happy to split the table manually, but I can't find a way to do that. So far the only solution I've found is to duplicate the table and delete the top lines from the first copy and the bottom lines from the second copy. But that gets tedious with a really long table that covers more than two pages. Adriandw
  8. @Clayton King Even MS Word can do it. I produce a regular magazine in Word. In preparation for an intended future progression to Publisher I switched the latest Word version to 2 columns. In MS Word, if you do Insert/Section Break/Continuous it achieves the effect that I would like to see in Publisher (which previous posters have been calling Span Columns). It starts a new left-hand column and balances the text in the columns above it, so that the new article/story fills the page from that point down, across multiple columns. Then if you add or remove content from before the section break, the columns above the break rebalance as necessary.
  9. I'm sorry @jjk, but have a look at the posts which follow @dominik's workaround. Most of us are looking for the equivalent of the "span column" paragraph setting in InDesign and this workaround doesn't do that.
  10. @fde101 I agree, you can't draw the inference that this is a low priority feature, just that it's a lower priority (and/or more difficult to deliver) than some of the other welcome enhancements that we have seen since Publisher was first released. However, although some posters have suggested that there are workarounds, I haven't been able to make any of them work. My workaround is to avoid a multi-column layout where I would need Span columns, or use MS Word. In Word you can insert a section break (continuous), switch to single column mode, add a heading, and then insert another continuous section break to switch back into two-column mode. That's not as flexible as what InDesign can do, but it's better than nothing.
  11. @walt.farrell Many thanks for your suggestion. I tried pinning a text frame with the latest beta, but the beta locked up and I had to force quit the app. Could you explain how pinning would help in my case? In this screenshot from InDesign I show a page with a heading "Stained Glass" which spans columns. The text before that heading is in panels marked 1 and 2, and the text below it in panels 3 and 4. The page is a simple two-column text frame and I have not had to split it into two frames to achieve the desired effect. If I added some text to the section before the "Stained Glass" heading, the text in sections 1 & 2 would rebalance; the Stained Glass heading would move down, and some of the text in section 4 would move to the next page. How would I achieve that reflow of text in Affinity Publisher without splitting the single two-column text frame?
  12. @walt.farrell I agree, it's great to see Serif coming out with so many incremental enhancements to Publisher. I wasn't expecting IDML import so soon and that function will help me free myself from dependence on InDesign. I'm hopeful that it won't be too long before they implement column-spanning. For me and others, it's worth occasionally emphasising the importance of column-spanning as input into Serif's prioritisation. @Catshill On a short, single-page document, you're right, the lack of column spanning is easily worked around. On a long document with two or more columns, it's common practice to use a full-width heading between sections/chapters. As I go through iterations during the preparation of the document, I can't because the size and also page break locations will change as the document develops. If anyone has an easy workaround to that problem, I'd love to hear it.
  13. I produce publications for three non-profits - I’m using a copy of InDesign which I purchased as a component of CS6 several years ago - neither I nor the non-profits could justify the monthly charges for the latest InDesign. I’d love to switch them all to Affinity Publisher but without Span Columns (and cross-references for longer documents) it wouldn't be a complete solution and therefore I’ll hold off persuading them to adopt it (although I have purchased my own copy).
  14. @fde101, I'm with @whitewolf7070 and @captain_slocumon this one. On a multi-page two-column layout where you have sections that might or might not span pages depending on subsequent content, none of the suggestions above is a practical workaround. Ideally you'd be using a master layout with a two-column text frame, with the frames linked from page to page. But without the ability for a heading to span columns, you have to split the text frame at the point where you'd want a heading spanning columns. So you'd be forever tweaking the point of split as you add or rearrange content. It's perfectly reasonable to discuss the relative priorities of features that we would like to see added to Publisher, but I haven't yet seen a workable alternative to span columns.
  15. +1 to that. I'm on InDesign CS6 (the last version you could purchase), but it's a 32-bit app on the Mac so won't run under the newly announced Catalina Mac OS 10.15. I've also pre-ordered Publisher, but I'll need to keep an external hard drive with Mojave to boot from and run InDesign CS6 when I need to span columns. I hope Publisher sells well enough to justify adding that feature. It would be good, once Publisher has shipped, if Affinity could share its roadmap of features it hoped to add in future release.
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