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  1. A dedicated print or imposition persona would be a great addition in my opinion, and it would really make Publisher stand out in a similar way that the Export persona does in the other apps. I assume it will not come any time soon even if they do decide to add it. Maybe it could be a good candidate for version 2.
  2. Thanks for having a look. Something is clearly not working right, but as we are hovering around the problem, maybe we are giving Serif the clues it needs. That would make sense, but I am not entirely sure that is true in Affinity's implementation. The dropdown of subsections appears to me to be divided into application - OS - printer, and the Range and Scale is grouped in the application section. When you compare where the page range appears in Affinity to other apps, it is clearly different. Here are Affinity, Apple Pages, and Safari I could be wrong on assuming that the Range and Scale section is provided at the application level, and even if I am not, Affinity could still be hooking into OS functions even if the subsection was created by Serif. Serif obviously knows how it works, so they can sort it out. You and I are reporting the order of pages differently. I was reporting how it appears once folded into a booklet. The opening cover had page 8 on it, the inside front cover had page 1, etc. To rephrase closer to what you said, here is the same order as the printer saw it: Front 1: 4/1 Back 1: 8/5 Front 2: 6/7 Only three pages are sent, so the blank pages is just the unprinted side of the second sheet of paper. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maybe some explanation on why I am doing this is needed. There are two different scenarios where I would print booklets of only part of a document, and I do both of these rather often in InDesign, except ID has a dedicated "Print Booklet" feature. For other things, I have so far been able to achieve my booklet needs with the Publisher way, but not in these two scenarios: Scenario 1 is where we are preparing a book, and we want to print chapters individually for the editing process. We could print as singles, but printing the page range as booklets gives us a better preview of the layout, and it keeps them more concise. Scenario 2 is where we have a series of short booklets that in their finished form are printed separately, but they are kept in a single file so they can benefit from one set of master pages and one set of styles. This second scenario is where I was working when I discovered the problem. I have a series of 15 lessons, all formatted the same, each to be printed on either one or two sheets of paper (that is, either 4 or 8 pages when folded and stitched). I find it preferable to keep all 15 in a single file and print only sections. For this project in Publisher, I did need to split it into 15 separate documents to get it to print correctly. And as happens so often, I did have to make a change to one of the paragraph styles, so that was 15 changes instead of one. One feature that would be nice to have, which would to help get around this issue, would be if one could select several pages in the Pages studio, right click, and send those directly to print. Then I think the print dialog would only have access to those pages.
  3. garrettm30

    Composite Character Entry Incorrect

    I am familiar with using composite characters because I regularly type in French on the French Canadian keyboard layout (incidentally, using a US physical Apple keyboard). I think I understand what tahy is saying, so I thought maybe I could help illustrate with a video. composite characters.mov In the video, I start with a window of TextEdit at top, a window of Publisher in the middle, and the Mac built-in Keyboard Viewer below so you can see what is happening in the keyboard layouts. At first, you will notice that I began with my keyboard layout set to U.S. Next, I change to Canadian French - CSA. I chose this layout to illustrate how composite characters should work. Notice that one of the keys is now orange on the Keyboard Viewer, indicating that it is a character that expects another character to follow for creating a composite character. In this layout, to get ê, I must first type ^ and then e. So far it works like it should. Then, I switch to the "U.S. International - PC" keyboard layout, and it too has a couple of orange keys mapped. Here I try to type é, using the composite of apostrophe plus e, but you see it results in ‘é. I try the same thing in TextEdit, and it works as intended. I have also tested unchecking the Publisher preference "Change straight quotes to typographic quotes," but it does not solve the issue, although I still wouldn't be surprised if it is somehow related. I was using macOS 10.14.5 in the video.
  4. As this is a bug report, I am confident that Serif will let me know if they need further clarification.
  5. The bug is this: the page range I entered is not the page range that is printed. You confirmed as much yourself in booklet mode. It so happens that the conditions I set in the sample file do work if you change the mode from booklet to book, but this often does not work if the page count of the original or the requested page range is different. For example, if you start from the same file I originally posted, and altar my steps to include pages 4-7 instead of 5-8, and use your suggestion of book rather than booklet (here are the altered steps for convenience): Open the attached sample file. File -> Print Under the Range and Scale section, enter 4-7 in the Pages field. Under the Document Layout section, choose Book as the Model. I should have a booklet that when folded goes 4, 5, 6, 7. Instead, what prints with those steps goes in this order: 1, 8, 7, blank, blank, 6, 5, 4. It should be apparent that something is not working as intended.
  6. This is sufficient to illustrate the bug in any case. Now I have to decide how to work around it. I am afraid I am going to have to just split my document up into pieces as separate documents.
  7. That's an interesting observation, and thanks for testing. Unfortunately, I think it was just because my document was short with only two multiples of four. I could not use the same trick for the real work I am doing where I discovered the problem. Back to my illustrate it with my test file from the original post, when I try this: 1. Duplicate one of the first four pages (I chose the first) 2. Then try to print pages 6-9 I get this result when I try to print as a book rather than a booklet: It is including pages that were not in my range of pages 6-9. Also, as I sent four pages for the booklet, that should result in two printed pages (one sheet on both sides). However, notice at the bottom of the preview that it says "1 of 3."
  8. When trying to print only certain pages in a booklet, pages that should not be included are included. Here are some steps to illustrate Open the attached sample file. File -> Print Under the Range and Scale section, enter 5-8 in the Pages field. Under the Document Layout section, choose Booklet as the Model. The print preview may be sufficient to see the results. I expected a single sheet booklet containing pages five through eight, the ones that say "Print" on them. Instead, pages one through four are also included. I am reporting from Mac 10.14.5, Publisher 1.7.1 (also tried Printing to Canon irADV 8585i, page size US Letter. booklet_range_test.afpub
  9. I think PDF is currently the only option. If you receive an IDML file, you would still need some other program to be able to open an IDML and export to PDF, which besides InDesign itself, I don't really know what is out there. If someone else has a suggestion, I too would like to know. But in the end, it would have to be converted to PDF. For my part, if I am moving a publication to new software, my main concern is to be able to get to the assets, particularly the text, but I don't keep the layout; I recreate it afresh in the new software. Otherwise I am left with all kinds of inconsistency. For some context, years ago we used Quark XPress, and we still have a number of files in that format. InDesign itself can open the older Quark files, and the more recent (but still old) Quark files were converted by Markzware to InDesign. When we have a converted file, I always create a fresh InDesign file and manually move over different elements, then I archive the converted file. When Publisher is able to release IDML import, I will surely do the same. Either I will keep printing from PDF, maybe importing that to Publisher to tweak the odd error we didn't catch the first time, or else import the IDML into Publisher only so I can manually move the content to a new Publisher file. I generally find it easier to work that way than to try to fix all the inconsistencies left by conversion. I hope people won't have the unrealistic expectation that INDL import will have as satisfactory results as though it were opening a native format. I expect it will be just as messy as Quark to InDesign conversion.
  10. Thanks for the reply. When I try that, for some reason it applies the the paragraph style to both the paragraph and character, (for example, it shows "Heading 1 + Heading 1"). What is the difference in that and Heading 1 as the paragraph style and [No Style] as the character style? And what I especially want is to be able to clear all overrides from the text when I apply a style. If that is not available, then I think we should make that as a suggestion. I use text styles extensively in InDesign, but I have having frustrating in trying to use the Text Style studio in Publisher, and I am not yet sure what is happening to be able to put into words the problem or what to request.
  11. garrettm30

    Affinity Word?

    I think I like the idea of a "story persona." I do wonder about two conflicting needs and how such a persona would address each. One need is the person who wants a simplified interface for writing text. The other is for people who needs to "see under the hood" to get to the raw text without the formatting for dealing with issues. For example, there could be text that is hidden by formatting but included for the sake of running headers (well, not yet anyway). Working with such text is a scenario I sometimes encounter in the past where I use InDesign's story editor. Those may be two separate feature requests, as I am having a trouble seeing how they could be gracefully integrated into a single story persona. Or maybe I just lack imagination. Maybe this persona would just render up the text from the currently selected story in a view that is abstracted from the actual layout, with a check box for "Show with formatting" (which would be the character and paragraph formatting of the story text. Instead of text frames and other elements outside of the story, the story would be displayed as one continuously scrolling view akin to the normal mode in a word processor. Now that I think about, I would definitely use that, and probably very often.
  12. Digging up this old thread has been helpful to see that Serif has been upfront about this for at nearly 5 years at least. Turns out we got better than promised on two out of three counts.
  13. In Publisher, I am looking for the command to apply a paragraph style and clear both character styles and local formatting. Everything I try leaves me with extra formatting besides the style definition. I am looking for the equivalent of this InDesign command (when right-clicking on a Paragraph style): I also cannot find the "Apply [style name], Clear Overrides" command. Can anyone advise me?
  14. For myself, I almost never use it in InDesign, and the cases where I do, it is where I have have a book split into multiple documents using the book feature that Publisher doesn't currently have. As Publisher currently stands, I might never miss that as a scope option. I wonder how many others would need it.
  15. And two three four more came to mind. All the Affinity apps have awesome snapping. For the last two years when using InDesign, I have wished for Affinity's snapping capabilities. Now I have it! The Initial Words capability configurable with End Characters. Actual Mac-native full screen mode. Better GPU rendering. InDesign seems buggy in this respect. When text reflows in ID, often I get to see where the text was and where it now is on top of each other for a few seconds. I saw this on my 2012 iMac and now on my 2019 iMac with very different GPU capabilities.