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  1. @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.
  2. 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.
  3. @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.
  4. @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?
  5. @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.
  6. Congratulations to Affinity. I hadn't expected InDesign import so soon. This is great. I've held off upgrading to macOS Catalina because my InDesign CS6 will stop working. I've usually stored my InDesign projects as .indd files. Now, as long as I go back and export the old .indd files to idml I'm free of the dependency on InDesign. The idml import isn't perfect, but I'm sure it will get better and it's a very good start for preserving access to old InDesign projects. All I now want for Christmas is the span columns option for paragraphs.
  7. Walt - thanks. I hadn't yet found the leading override that was hidden away under Character/Positioning and Transform. I think your theory is probably right: the special character has overridden the leading for the paragraph in such a way that you cannot make any more changes to paragraph leading. But you can still increase (though not decrease) the leading using "Leading Override" under "Positioning and Transform".
  8. @walt.farrell This screen capture shows the only way I know to change the leading, via the paragraph properties. When it works, you can hover the cursor over the various options to see how the leading changes would affect the visual appearance, and then click on the setting you want to apply. As I said in a previous post, the leading change setting does work initially but then stops working after I've tweaked some of the characters. The attached file displays the problem (on my iMac, at least) on the first three paragraphs of text which have had stylistic changes applied at the character level. They are set in Gabriola but the problem has occurred with Garamond Pro and Linux Libertine. The problem does not occur (i.e. I can still change the leading) in the final paragraph which has not had individual character changes applied and which is set (in this example) in red in Linux Libertine typeface. MorleyCrucifixGabriola.afpub
  9. Thanks for your suggestions @walt.farrell @Jeremy Bohn Maybe an image would help clarify what I'm trying to do. In the text below (set using Gabriola), I've chosen alternate forms for several individual characters, including the k in Stockbridge and the first h in Church in the line below. I would like to increase the leading of the paragraph (or just a single line) because of the additional height of the alternate letter h. But Publisher Beta won't let me change the leading at this point. The only bypass I have found is to start again with default text form throughout, set the leading that I now know I need for that paragraph, and then apply the character overrides. The ability to flip into a different persona is really innovative, so I thought that flipping into the Designer persona might help here. It didn't.
  10. I've been working on some decorative text for a display panel (using AfPub on the Mac). So I've been tweaking the typographic settings for characters and pairs of characters in the text: ligatures, swash, alternates and stylistic sets. Depending on the selection of flourishes applied, I need to adjust the leading. Initially, leading adjustment works as expected, but there comes a point when I can't make any more changes to the leading. The dynamic display of what a leading adjustment would look like as I hover the mouse over the different settings no longer works, and it's impossible to change the leading at all. This is not font dependent - I've recreated it using Garamond Pro, Trattatello, Linux Libertine and Gabriola. I also re-opened the afpub file in the Released version of Publisher, but the problem persists. The only way round it that I've found is to cut the affected paragraphs from the document, past them back in without format, apply the desired leading and then reapply the stylistic settings. Adrian
  11. 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).
  12. @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.
  13. +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.
  14. Re Catalina, obviously I can avoid the problem by not installing it. But if there are other functions in Catalina that I want, it gives me a problem. The plan is to keep a Virtual Machine running Mojave for those apps that don't work on Catalina. I should have added that I would also like to be able to export epubs from Publisher
  15. You say that as a beta, Publisher is "considered to be not suitable for production use". I ignored that warning and have just produced and published a 56-page A5 booklet using the beta. I received many compliments for its quality. The announcement of general availability is very timely because my copy of InDesign CS6 will stop working when Mac OS Catalina ships. Designer 1.7 Beta was used to create a map which was imbedded. I was also very happy with that. What other functions would I have liked to see? In Publisher, Cross reference capability, so that I could use, for example "See page x" and have the x updated automatically when content was moved around Headings that span columns - this has been discussed in many threads already. Not a problem in my recent publication but I do produce short leaflets where it's a desirable feature In Designer The ability to draw a line with a double (compound) line style. Visio gives me several options shown in this screen grab. I can simulate that in Designer by drawing a single line and duplicating it but there are problems because the inside of a curve needs a different radius to the outside.
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