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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from hawk in Full-paragraph type composition   
    Like everyone else, I am absolutely thrilled about the beta, and can't wait to see how it develops.
    One of the key reasons to use LaTeX or InDesign over Microsoft Word is their superior type composition. While Word simply dumps in text as it occurs, without regard to spacing or line breaks, these other programs look at an entire paragraph to remove rivers of type, reduce the need for hyphenation, and so forth, just as human type compositors do. In TeX, this is the Knuth-Plass Line Breaking Algorithm; InDesign has the Adobe Paragraph Composer (which it uses by default, but also has an option to turn this off with a single-line composer). Implementing this in Affinity Publisher would make it far easier to produce professionally typeset documents.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from hawk in Full-paragraph type composition   
    Like everyone else, I am absolutely thrilled about the beta, and can't wait to see how it develops.
    One of the key reasons to use LaTeX or InDesign over Microsoft Word is their superior type composition. While Word simply dumps in text as it occurs, without regard to spacing or line breaks, these other programs look at an entire paragraph to remove rivers of type, reduce the need for hyphenation, and so forth, just as human type compositors do. In TeX, this is the Knuth-Plass Line Breaking Algorithm; InDesign has the Adobe Paragraph Composer (which it uses by default, but also has an option to turn this off with a single-line composer). Implementing this in Affinity Publisher would make it far easier to produce professionally typeset documents.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from hawk in Full-paragraph type composition   
    Like everyone else, I am absolutely thrilled about the beta, and can't wait to see how it develops.
    One of the key reasons to use LaTeX or InDesign over Microsoft Word is their superior type composition. While Word simply dumps in text as it occurs, without regard to spacing or line breaks, these other programs look at an entire paragraph to remove rivers of type, reduce the need for hyphenation, and so forth, just as human type compositors do. In TeX, this is the Knuth-Plass Line Breaking Algorithm; InDesign has the Adobe Paragraph Composer (which it uses by default, but also has an option to turn this off with a single-line composer). Implementing this in Affinity Publisher would make it far easier to produce professionally typeset documents.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from hawk in Full-paragraph type composition   
    Like everyone else, I am absolutely thrilled about the beta, and can't wait to see how it develops.
    One of the key reasons to use LaTeX or InDesign over Microsoft Word is their superior type composition. While Word simply dumps in text as it occurs, without regard to spacing or line breaks, these other programs look at an entire paragraph to remove rivers of type, reduce the need for hyphenation, and so forth, just as human type compositors do. In TeX, this is the Knuth-Plass Line Breaking Algorithm; InDesign has the Adobe Paragraph Composer (which it uses by default, but also has an option to turn this off with a single-line composer). Implementing this in Affinity Publisher would make it far easier to produce professionally typeset documents.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from markus in Export PDF with bookmarks   
    LaTeX and InDesign can both create a PDF with bookmarks, based on the headings structure or other styles. (InDesign has a nice 'Table of Contents' function for managing this.) This greatly improves PDF usability.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from Alfred in Affinity Publisher: Microtypography   
    Margin kerning (i.e. protrusion) is there already: see the Optical Alignment section under the Character palette. It's very easy to configure as part of a style on a per-character level. Its approach is much better than the way InDesign handles this.
    Expansion is not yet available; but that is not surprising, since it really need a paragraph-based composition engine to be of much advantage (which I hope will be coming soon).
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from markus in Export PDF with bookmarks   
    LaTeX and InDesign can both create a PDF with bookmarks, based on the headings structure or other styles. (InDesign has a nice 'Table of Contents' function for managing this.) This greatly improves PDF usability.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from Jannon in Make guides easier to add or remove   
    I really like the Guides Manager – the ability to specify them by percentages is great. I'd definitely like to see something with equivalent functionality to the Create Guides dialogue box in InDesign as well, which allows one to easily block out an entire page into rows and columns and specify a gutter.
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    Chrysogonus got a reaction from cloudbusting in Hanging Punctuation   
    Actually, this already exists! There is an 'Optical Alignment' section in the Character palette.
     
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Medical Officer Bones in CONGRATS for Affinity Publisher!   
    I agree with you, @mac_heibu !
    For a first version it seems remarkably feature-complete. Although I've only played with it for a couple of minutes, things that stand out in comparison to InDesign:
    Optical Alignment is not only included, but is also a text style property! Hurrah! And way better control options. The text ruler sticks with its text box! I hate the InDesign (tabs) text ruler with a vengeance. Seemingly feature-complete typography and text flow options Fast. Navigating pages in Publisher feels faster compared to InDesign on my machine. The GUI reacts in a smooth way in Publisher, while InDesign is quite laggy. For example, dragging the pages panel to increase the width updates the entire screen smoothly and instantaneously. In InDesign it's a lag-fest. Very smooth viewport dragging with hand tool compared to InDesign way more parametric shapes to play with! instant feedback when browsing drop-down lists. Overall, Publisher feels less clicky in most regards. the translucent rulers are actually a really good idea grid options are light-years ahead of InDesign. Isometric grids in a DTP layout app? Gold! And the grid window is non-modal! nice snapping options All in all, pretty usable so far.
    Things that are missing for me or in need of drastic improvement compared to InDesign:
    master pages cannot be based on other master pages, it seems. the pages and master pages functionality is extremely basic compared to InDesign. no option to set up alternative layouts. section manager is awkward, awkward, awkward. multi-page spreads and fold-outs seem impossible? That would be VERY problematic. Spread Setup dialog is terrible in Publisher. This really needs to be integrated in the page panel more. And the dialog is modal? no cross-referencing, running headers/footers, etc. not possible to paste graphic/image/object in a text so that it flows with the text. having various page-sizes and spreads in the same document seems either very difficult or very awkward. place tools not very refined no spine awareness for various features no epub export: fixed or flowing. No animation or interactive epub layout options. no html export or online publishing no flight checking tools. no links panel to check a place image's properties and effective and true ppi. The resource manager is too awkward in use. Can't even use the scroll wheel to navigate the list. no built-in article editor. InDesign's article editor is sort-of essential to deal with large copy. guides won't work in layers, so it is impossible to create multiple guide systems. no change tracking no footnotes no visual measurement feedback when dragging stuff. no scripting, no plugin architecture. InDesign's Gap tool is very nice. Publisher needs something similar. no way to zoom into the pages thumbnails. Same with the layers. many panels very messy looking (the paragraph panel, for example). Looks thrown together, rather than well thought-out. Lack of breathing space. So, still a lot of scope for improvements. I don't care too much about epub and html export, but the pages panel and how pages are handled need a lot of love before I decide to commit to Publisher. Features related to automation within a document (running headers, cross-referencing, links, footnotes, automatic table of figures, figure numbering, text variables, and so on, and so forth) are almost completely missing for now, and I use these quite a bit too. I wouldn't want to layout a technical manual in Publisher as it stands now.
    A good start. Hopefully the pages panel, master pages and page management in general will see drastic improvements before the end of the beta phase.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Oval in 1. Barcode in Affinity Designer..2. Auto Trace or Tracing in Affnity Designer   
    4. No, it would hurt.
    1. Creating yes, “automatically” not in the near future. Perhaps there is already a feature request. Well, something like a beginning already exists. αℓƒяє∂ wrote “Please create a new thread in the Feature Requests section”.
    2. Not in the near future.
    3. Perhaps never, because not needed for a PDF. Please check the beta of Affinity Publisher and/or write a feature request.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Neocreo in Make guides easier to add or remove   
    Love the beta of Publisher. Only thing I still am a bit annoyed with is setting guides, because they have to be set manually by distance (percentage or millimeter) rather than to add on X number of guides and have them evenly spaced from either margins or the page.
    May I suggest a checkbox in the Guides manager?

    [x] Space guides evenly
    And radio button for
    Align guides to (x)Margin ( )Page
    It would make it a breeze without having to do math.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Patrick Connor in Flow imported text across multiple pages (long doc)   
    Shift + double-click on the text frame link symbol will make new frames of the same dimensions as the current one on subsequent and new pages until the oveflowing story fits in the frames created. Alt_ double-click adds one frame of the same dimension on a subsequent (new) page and flows the story into it. 
    Getting the long story into the frame in the first place (.doc import) is not available yet.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Uwe_F in The next big step.   
    I hope that publisher can soon make other DTP software obsolete but I also wish that in another big step FrameMaker and TeX can become redundant. That would be really revolutionary!
    Would be ideal if has publisher from the ground up, the potential for large structured scientific and technical documents. This also includes mathematical and chemical formulas as well as directory functions including content, sources, index, cross-references, hyperlinks, structure, various auto-numbering and auto-text as well as the text adjustment a la TeX.
    The range of the application would be significantly increased if scientific-technical publications can cover the scope of scientific education, research, development and technical documentation.
    Maybe that's too much for publishers. Then maybe plug-ins or expansion modules would be useful or another new software? The intersection with "Publisher" would would then be quite large.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Cattus Thraex in footnotes disappear   
    I have just downloaded and have made my always first test: footnote import. I have used a Nisus rtf file and 2 exported files of the same text as docx and doc. RTf is imported, but the footnotes vanish as if they were not there. Unacceptable. This was one of the long-lasting, tantalizing bugs in iCalamus, which I had bought enthusiastically, based on the promise that this would be solved. It was not. 
    As my main activity is to write linguistic and dialectal texts, sometimes with footnotes, this bug cannot be attractive for me. I have noted someone else’s note that it does not support RTL scripts, another bad note. 
    Otherwise, it seems a very strong, multifunctional DTP app.
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    Chrysogonus reacted to Patrick Connor in Additional page size presets   
    @Chrysogonus
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums
    I must agree and it was one of the first things I said when I saw an early build. At least the ability to add your own presets would help. Thanks for bringing this up
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    Chrysogonus reacted to agl in line numbering   
    As a teacher a want to use the app for designing Textbooks. And the possibility to add  line numbering would be great. 
    Thanks for the app! Looks brilliant on the first view. 
     
     
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