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  1. I'm just trying to produce a book cover the way I always have in QuarkXpress or InDesign, and I'm having trouble adding fold marks and getting them to export on the PDF as there's no option to include the slug area, which I often use to include printer instructions and plate names if adding spot colours on extra pages! Is there any chance this feature can be added, my normal preference is 20mm top, left and bottom and 100mm on the right!Example PDF attached exported from InDesign. PBB 198x129mm 15mm spine.pdf
  2. I’ll have to look into this the file was from a client who has multiple versions of word I’ve had issues before with their files! Thanks for taking time to let me know!
  3. Hi Mandu, thanks for that very helpful im determined to try making a book with this as I learnt with InDesign, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do a real job, I’ve pretty much done the job in InDesign, so this is just proof of concept for me personally! I want to have a back up DTP app to use and Publisher looks very good, so maybe my post should have said vaguely disappointed
  4. That’s not good! It’s taken nearly 2 decades to get users not to do that because Quarks implementation of these styles were not postscript and failed on image setters and RIPS, so I’d advise Affinity to avoid bad form, better to choose s proper font and font style from the family!
  5. Pretty obvious when you deal with word files all day I don’t want to typeset a book in Calibri or times new roman! But I do want to keep what is italic italic etc that’s why!
  6. Ah that's the issue for me then as the first steps I go through on a typesetting job are, create basic Character styles, then do a find change based on formatting so all Italic styled fonts will get the character style Italic etc, this way when I apply Paragraph styles I keep the editor and authors intent...
  7. Walt, I've been typesetting for years now, and so far the only Application that cuts the mustard is InDesign, Quark has always felt clumsy to me, although I do like their Synchronised Text option! I tried Text > Insert Text From File... and just got an error on an RTF file maybe it didn't like it from Word? Or some language option? The adding text frames like you describe sounds an awful Faff for a 224 pp book! A Text frame on the Master page is far more elegant that's why InDesign and Xpress have had so much success with it, trying to work on an illustrated book that is still being written working like this would drive me crackers! I have watched the tutorial videos, and they didn't cover points like find and replace fonts? I extensively use Style Sheets as it's the smartest way to typeset these days and gives you an Epub ready book, if you use Anchored images in InDesign, I can't even see an ePub option in Publisher yet? On the whole, there's much to like - I like the interface and I like how a lot of it is logical but I suggest the developers look at how a designer lays out a book and stop them at certain points to understand why they are doing certain things... I'd happily share my screen with one of them and explain what I am doing as I do it if it helps them make this a great product, I don't like Subscription based software, renting Adobe Bugware isn't fun! Glen
  8. That's the trouble when printers just say a blanket no without explaining why! Leaves us all guessing!
  9. Have just tried laying out a text file a book using this! Well there is a long way to go, auto-adding of pages if it is there, doesn't work, so I add text boxes that are linked to the Master Page but that didn't do anything, in fact, it's a pain in the backside to select said boxes, the only way to do this is to find them in the layers palette and select release from the pop up menu. How about a simple Command-click or Command + Alt-click? Getting text into the frames is also a pain in the backside, the only way is to copy and paste from Word... These are the basics, Serif (Affinity) you're not going to win hearts and minds with this! I spent an hour fiddling and after that, I gave up! All I had were three pages, of pasted text, in InDesign and Quark, I would have set half the book! Oh and where is find font? For typesetting this is useless! So these are the big requirements as of my test this evening: * Importing Word Files or at least RTF files. * Find font, I use this a lot to set up the document to applying styles - for instance, I find all occurrences of italics and apply a basic Character style of Italic, this ensures that when I set up the Paragraph styles the original document intent remains. * Autoflowing text!! You simply cannot typeset without this! ** OH, AND PLEASE MAKE IT EASY TO CREATE DOCUMENT PRESETS!
  10. Pretty much yes, but I think it's more a case of how PDFs report trimmed pages IE a trim box. I think we need a document builder that understands folded pages!
  11. If the spine needs to change you Edit the spine value in the dialogue box... then just adjust the spine elements as normal, but because the doc size is controlled by the dialogue the front and back have already moved This would save hours per week!
  12. Hard to tell, I’m not at my computer at the moment I’ll dig out details once home, but I’ve always thought that a simple dialogue popping up asking what type of document I’m creating would be best then asking me to insert the appropriate measurements, and a RIP ready document is created with folds in the right places etc
  13. All I can say is the print outfits that the UK publishers I’ve worked with all requested we stop using the 3 page system immediately stating it held up their RIP! No amount of questioning gave me any further information unfortunately but changing spines should be easy not difficult!
  14. Book cover designers biggest bane in life is changing spines! So the way it’s generally done is the doc is made up as book height, by back width + spine + front width! Then in InDesign CS6 Adobe introduces a major couple of bugs! If a document had its size changed any objects in the slug move randomly so we started licking them then in one update they added super bug InDesign must close because of a fatal error! If we changed a doc width with any item licked on or off the page! This caused no end of traffic jams in production! Then I hit on the idea of making up a cover by stacking the pages next to each other using the variable page size option! But send s PDF to the printers set to spreads to make this work caused their RIPs to crash as it was seeing three separate pages to trim! What publisher could offer is a book cover mode, where a doc can be made up this way but it exports with folds as one page? I can send you some InDesign docs to show the various hoops we jump through?!

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