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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Robin Whalley in Well Done Affinity   
    Shortly after Affinity first launched, I used the software to layout the print edition of my latest book. To say that it was a painful process was an understatement. I constantly encountered bugs and wasted hours searching for work arounds. I eventually finished the book layout after around 80 hours and the results were acceptable. At this point decided to leave the layout alone because every change threw up a new problem.
    Today I’m creating a print layout for my latest book and wasn’t looking forward to the experience. But what a surprise. I’m powering through the layout process and after a couple of hours have 40 pages complete. The latest version of the software feels very professional and I’m even enjoying the process.
    We don’t say it often enough so here goes...
    Well Done
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Manege in Book File in Publisher?   
    Hi there, I've switched over from indesign and immediately missing one function. 
    The way I used to create a book is, creating every chapter as a document and putting them later together in a book file. 
    In this way it is much clearer and it is also easier to change the order of the individual chapters.
    Is there a similar feature in Publisher or what approach would you suggest? 
    Thank you for your time. 
    Best, Manege
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    Colin_Fredericks got a reaction from A_B_C in Publisher So Slow   
    I made a test file (attached). It only took about 5 minutes.
    It's 462 pages of Lorem Ipsum, on Letter-sized paper, 2-column layout, justified text, Garamond No8 font. This is longer than the books I normally make, but with much simpler layout - no images, no drop caps, no tables, only one font, etc. (I normally make 200-250 page roleplaying games.)
    It is indeed noticeably slow. Typing takes quite a while to show up. Typing "Typing here is slow" on the final page takes 15 full seconds to show up after I'm done with the sentence. On the first page, I can type "Typing here is not so bad" and it shows up immediately. The farther down the document I go, the worse it gets (which is the reverse of what I would have expected). Interestingly, moving around something that's word-wrapped is pretty quick regardless of where you're doing it.
    This is in Affinity Publisher 1.7.3, most up-to-date public version, on MacOS 10.15.1 running on a MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM. I know, it's not the version you're discussing, but hopefully this will help you test anyway.
    Can I recommend adding a feature for book files?
    PublisherLongBookTest.afpub
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    Colin_Fredericks got a reaction from andy-in-mke in Object Styles   
    I've found that having object styles available makes it easier for me to place graphics faster, as I can set a standard text wrap and apply it quickly. I've also used it to create standardized sidebars with simple designs when I don't want to create new graphics for all of them.
    I've also found a few other features that other folks suggested that I also liked (e.g. book files), so I've been using the "Like" button to indicate agreement rather than posting my own thread or adding more posts to theirs. Not sure if that's the right way to go about this, but hopefully the admins will be able to see that.
    Thanks for your hard work!
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Paulie_CZ in Object styles suggestion   
    Hi, Publisher is awesome. Only thing i miss, is Object styles. Similar as paragraph and text styles. I often use pre-defined sizes of text frames, with linked paragraph and text styles. For example - i need to create several frames 10x6 cm with 0,8 cm margins on one A4 format list with 0,5 points border. It minimizes the time i spend with creating frames, and only thing i need is to fill them with text. I could copy and paste text frames and fill them with text, but it is not as elegant as using object styles. 
    Thank you for publisher anyway, its realy great. And I appologise for my english. :)
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Wosven in [No Style] is a style, we need a [None] option   
    Hi,
    Usually when creating Text style, we take part of the text, modify it and create a new style. This one will be based on the previous style (that can be too base on another one, etc.). The annoying part with this is the style will keep setting from parent and grand-parents and other uneeded options.
    If I try to set it "Based on: [No style]", it will pollute/destroy my new style and I'll have to input the parameters from scratch depending of what I can remember of my modifications (since  [No style] is a style with Arial font and other parameters).
    Recourse: trying to setting a "Base" style and using it as "based on", and trying to reapply (again), the modifications I did.
    Can we have a Based on: [None] option that will make this new style independent from previous styles, and keeping its attributes?
     
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to kirtonm in Book publishing function   
    I briefly mentioned this yesterday, but appreciate that the site was very busy.  Will the new Publisher include a book publishing facility as in Page Plus?  As Serif will not be supporting Page Plus any longer their needs to be a full replacement.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Loquos in 'Books' and longer documents with sections   
    After poking around thoroughly in Publisher, I did not see one feature that I find incredibly handy in ID - creating 'books'. I saw another thread where someone suggested using Publisher's 'Sections' as a way to handle longer documents, though I'm not sure this is the way to go and keep the program running smoothly.
    ID handles books by creating a 'container' into which you can add or remove other ID files as 'sections' - allowing you to rearrange each as needed, add/remove pages inside each and automatically updating page numbers as you shift things around. You can even tell the 'book' that all section's styles should be children of 1 master style, allowing you to only have to update a style once to populate it across all sections.
    There is a longish publication I work on each year that I find easiest to wrangle by creating it as a 'book' instead of a 100+ page file. I'm not 100% sure I'd want to attempt this same publication in Publisher without some way to better manage these sections.
    I'm not saying Affinity should recreate what Adobe has done - I am suggesting they could add this feature and have it work even better than Adobe's does. :-)
     
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to patrickfoster in Print book layout   
    The InDesign feature I use most—weirdly—is the INDB book feature, where InDesign creates a container file of sorts to hold a pile of individual InD files that make up an entire book, as well as manage their page numbers. Being able to manage chapters individually is vastly easier than working on a 300+ page single file. Would love to see this implemented—or something like it. 
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    Colin_Fredericks got a reaction from Alfred in New image has entirely too many handles   
    I just get the image without the enclosing group. There are still a bajillion handles when I edit its wrap outline.
    @MEB seems to be correct - re-exporting the PNG with transparency turned off is a workaround for this bug.
     
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    Colin_Fredericks got a reaction from MonkeyMe in Object Styles   
    I've found that having object styles available makes it easier for me to place graphics faster, as I can set a standard text wrap and apply it quickly. I've also used it to create standardized sidebars with simple designs when I don't want to create new graphics for all of them.
    I've also found a few other features that other folks suggested that I also liked (e.g. book files), so I've been using the "Like" button to indicate agreement rather than posting my own thread or adding more posts to theirs. Not sure if that's the right way to go about this, but hopefully the admins will be able to see that.
    Thanks for your hard work!
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Barry_Edmiston in HUGE file sizes   
    I created a 64-page document. Empty, the file was 15 KB. I imported two images, 5.1 MB total, then changed them to linked, which should have reduced the file size back to very close to 15KB. Instead, it's 13.3 MB! Adding two more images, total 3.2 MB, takes the document size to 20.9 MB. Something wrong here.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to tudor in Ctrl-click doesn't display contextual menus   
    As the title says.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to Dave Harris in Bleed View   
    Bleed preview wasn't ready in time for the public beta, but it will be added soon.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to walt.farrell in Lorem Ipsum Keystroke Shortcut   
    There is not one by default, but you can set your own shortcut for that, via Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts, in the Layout/Text section, under Insert Filler Text. Alternatively, you can right click in a Text frame and choose Insert Filler Text.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to garrettm30 in GREP find/replace   
    I’m so totally stoked about this beta. I have spent a couple hours poking around, and I can say that this beta is further along than I expected. I have high hopes that this will in time replace Indesign for us (a small publisher), and it looks well on track.
    Among several features that wowed right away and other "missing features" that I can work around, the one thing that stood out for me is the lack of GREP searches. In Indesign, I have a small series of GREP searches that I have saved over the past years, and I run nearly everything through them. A couple minutes on a typical file, and I have made several hundred changes. When I work on a book, the changes are in the thousands. (Note: I publish in French, and French typography relies heavily on non-breaking spaces; these GREP searches help me rapidly put them where they ought to go.)
    While you're there: being able to save the searches as presets would be ideal. And as not everyone is familiar with GREP, a few pre-saved searches would help provide them immediate use: remove multiple spaces, remove trailing space, etc.
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to postmadesign in Book publishing   
    Yes a book function is very useful for more complex projects, like it is in indesign
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to kirtonm in Book publishing   
    Thank you for your swift response.  I am concerned that there is no news as to whether a book publishing mode is to be introduced as per Page Plus.  It does seem odd that a well trumpeted new 'Publisher' program will not have the facility to publish  a 'print ready' book. It would be great if you could escalate this for me.  Many thanks, Mike
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to kirtonm in Book publishing   
    Just testing new program with files from a previous book publication - one or two early questions:
    Will I be able to import .ppp files, or do I have to convert to .pdf?
    I can't find the book publishing/ 'new book' option - is this hidden away?
    Lookig forward to some guidance.
    Very pleased that I ahve now been able to download and looking forward to the finished version in due course.
    Mike
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    Colin_Fredericks reacted to carl123 in *** My full name is being displayed in Apub files - Please disable this **   
    For any APub document created or added to this forum I can select View > Studio > Fields and click on Document Information to reveal the users full name (Author Field)
    I can also reveal my own full name the same way, in my local APub files.
    I am on Widows and presume this is being picked up in my Windows settings somewhere by Affinity Publisher (not sure what happens on a Mac)
    I have been informed I can change this on a per document setting if I remember to change it in the View > Studio > Fields screen on an existing document but new documents etc will always show my full real name.
    I request that there is an option to enable/disable this in preferences or to leave the Authors name blank in any new document I create unless I specifically add it.
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