Thanks for the reply, Patrick. Hopefully it's something for the (near) future.
I'll be playing around with the beta on the weekend and undoubtedly will have more questions, especially relating to long doc work which we currently do in indesign. I know you guys have put a hell of a lot of work into this beta and it's not fair to expect it to already have all the fabulous functions of indesign but at a fraction of the price. I and many others have been holding our breath for so long now for a decent alternative to indesign that the excitement of your new app might get the better of us at times, as is evident in some of the posts in the Publisher beta threads.