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  1. This is a great solution. I have a question. Sorry if it’s been answered. Does this script need InDesign to convert the files to idml? I’m thinking it’s obvious that it does. So it would need the version of InDesign (or later version) to open and convert. This is a very important discussion because I and I’m sure many others hesitate to upgrade to CC not only because of the monthly cost but more so because you will end up with thousands of CC files that can only be opened with APublisher if the are converted. That’s a lot of work. Too much work. This makes it much easier to change to APub. Convert, End your adobe subscription, done. No need to buy a month down the toad when you find you need to open a new file.
  2. I am having trouble producing a line with thin ends on both ends. I can go into the adjustments and make what looks correct, but when I draw it with the pencil it's only thin on one end. If i draw with the brush or pen there is no thin ends at all. What am I doing wrong or is this possible? Cartooning is great with a line that is thin on both ends. I cannot produce this in both the iPad and the Mac version. Strange
  3. I have tried everything to solve this problem and I must be missing something. Draw a curved stroke. Place 'Text on a curve' tool and type in text. The colour of the stroke will disappear and any stroke colour changes you make will not fix the stroke colour but only be applied to the Text outline colour. I've tried many things and must be missing something. It works in every other software I use.
  4. Yes, but your plan must be well figured out so you don't need to change or adjust strokes. I just tried it and it's not good at all. Sad thing. Perhaps one day. I'm still trying to find a way in Designer. No luck so far. The stroke colour disappears and the font changes to the stroke colours. Baffling.
  5. Wow, it does the same thing in Designer as far as I can see. So laying fonts on a coloured line is not possible in either? Working on maps with streets would be very difficult. Unless I'm missing something.
  6. Okay well this is then becomes a feature request. As changing the curve would have to be done in both the stroke and the text on the duplicated curve which would be difficult to do . I understand this may be better done in Designer (which I haven't tried) but it is no problem in InDesign and Illustrator. I understand if you are simply making one size without adjustments needed it should be easy. I am always adjusting afterward. Plus grouping the two 'strokes' will not work at all.
  7. More than one ad a week here. I do 6 publications. 2 weekly, 2 monthly, 2 yearly. Sometime I even go back in mac classic OS 9 and retrieve very old ads that I know worked well. I have never counted but I may have designed tens of thousands of ads since 1985. (Obviously not all in InDesign) but truly the majority in the last 15 years. Maybe I’m not your average publisher.
  8. Everyone has different needs here. If you run a publication and need to change ads every week/month/year, the file is never “finished” as you say. I have 1000’s of files, some old advertisers that may return. On the other hand I do not disagree with you because in the past I have had to start over with new software without the ease of opening a PDF with publisher, which in my works works great. I use CS4 though and can just make a PDF. Users of CC would have to sign up and pay for a month just to open one ad they need. THAT is painful. Or make PDFs or idml’s of 1000’s of files while still licensed in CC. Ouch. It’s the never ever plan. I know adobe would NEVER do this but they should SELL software (not rent) which allows batching the transfer of CC files to PDF or idml. Perhaps markzware? Truly with CC you are handcuffed. Or an InDesign “elements” would be awesome. Note: I am trying InDesign CC this week. It’s no faster than CS4. I think it’s a bit slower. 2013 i7 3.5 ghz imac. My main job for InDesign is designing ads and a magazine but perhaps the most complex thing I do is a city map. Yes, in InDesign. People said use illustrator. Tried it. NO THANKS. worst software ever. I mean EVERRRRRR as in illustrator 88 to cs4. Not one ounce of intuitive. Of course I’m use to InDesign. Nodes in both software is hell though. Probably much improved by now or even Cs5 to CC. Publisher on the other hand seemed pretty good with nodes and what I need to do a map. One thing missing was the ability to place text perfectly on the center and as part of a line for streets with names. So I do them separately. InDesign did this but not well enough. So that’s my need for InDesign and publisher. No job is ever really finished because they are periodicals.
  9. or on the other hand you could say how come my Chevy transmission won't fit in my Ford? Yet with PDF reading and IDML it is kind of like magic, the Chev can work in the Ford with a bit of work. Amazing really. I'm just playing devils advocate here... not trying to fan any flames. I am one who still opens Quark Files that are sent to me in Quark 4, with InDesign. Saves me about 10 minutes work every week for 15 years now. 780 x 10 minutes is 130 HOURS !!! HOLY CRAPPPPP!!!!! Okay I agree... somebody make Affinity Publisher open Quark 4 AND INDD files. Markzware to the rescue? 130 hours. frigggen amazing how that can add up. That's it, no more Facebook for me. haha
  10. So for all three, Publisher, Photo, Designer, $150 every 4 years or so? BARGOON !! Question for you. How often has Affinity upgraded Photo and Designer? I mean with features, not just fixes.
  11. WOW.. I just downloaded this. Markzware will be our saviour. EDIT: WOW.. I just used it and it's .... useless But, Markzware might still come up with something. The script mentioned by Whitedog might be the best way. Just buy a big hard drive.
  12. I'm seeing two sides here when it comes to opening InDesign Files. 1. The side saying A Publisher should open INDD files because InDesign opened Quark files. 2. The side saying Publisher will never open INDD files because INDD files are impossible to open with anything but InDesign. My thoughts on this are: the 1's saying it should be opening INDD do not understand that Abobe has made this impossible because as some have said, they move the bar with each version of InDesign or just make it impossible. So in my view this discussion is done. You either buy Publisher and make PDF's or IDML files of your Indesign files or you don't buy Publisher and stick to Adobe forever. Quark obviously did NOT make their files unreadable until later versions--- after v4 I believe. Asleep at the wheel. That said, Adobe would surely have NOT mad the same mistake. I am one who would love to open INDD files. But that is not going to happen unless some wiz makes and keeps on making updated translation software. I feel sorry for the CC people because they cannot open their files unless they pay Adobe again. CS users can just go open a file they need and save as PDF or IDML. Which I know is not perfect, nor even good enough for some here. I found the PDF opening pretty damn amazing myself. For my needs and my files. Note: I have probably 10 or 20,000 files. Maybe even 50,000 by now. I haven't even thought of the count until just now. Another thing I just noticed. Adobe Premeire had a version called RUSH. I think it's new. $10 mth. First they had Photoshop for $10 mth. Now RUSH. Are they working on InDesign Lite? I know I can rent InDesign for about $28 canadian per month depending on the exchange rate. Too much. Dropbox, Issuu, CRM, Cable, Cel bill, Electric, gas, insurance.... it's just all adding up too much. Everyone wants to get a monthly piece of the pie and the pie is now eaten. I like Publisher so far. I've had to remake ads when I switched from Ready,Set,Go to InDesign, so I know what it's like and it wasn't that bad. Then again what's your time worth? $69 for Publisher for about 12 to 18 months.. upgrade for ? $30? Just guessing. Or $360 a year for InDesign? Of course we need Affinity Photo or Photoshop. Come to think of it I wish my version of InDesign opened PDF's. Does CC open PDFs? So Publisher already has one feature that Adobe does not. Unless you use Illustrator which I hate. I find Acrobat a bit better, but still not good.
  13. In 199x? Apple switched to system 7. Killed several apps. People did what they had to. 2000 along cane a total revamp OS X which killed MANY apps. We all did what we had to do. In 2003 I finally switched to InDesign from Ready set go. In my head I thought this will be hell. Thousands of files. But when it came down to it. I did what I had to do. Starting over wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact as with many things you do a better job the second time. What it came down to was InDesign was far better in some ways than ready set go. I still miss many things in ready set go and OS9. If Affinty comes up with something magical, easier, faster. I’m sure adobe will be right on it if it’s legal. That said we all have our needs. As Tourmaline points out. Not to forget the $69 purchase vs a $500 Quark or an adobe monthly fee choice. Affinty seems like a great company. “With it. On it. Caring.” I hope it works out. We know that if Affinty continues to grow, one day there will be something out there to read the InDesign files. Wether it be by Affinty or a third party. Even though adobe does not even have indd files that are readable by older versions. So is it possible for another company to ever have the ability to import /export back and forth freely if even adobe does not? It has been said here that this is very difficult if not impossible with InDesign To a certain extent Photoshop yes illustrator yes (save as older versions and even open newer with restrictions) InDesign no - so there must be a reason The .idml thing sucks if you use CC. As with any tool we all have our different needs. I’d like to see where we all are ten years from now.
  14. I'd love to see any great features people have found in Affinity Publisher so far that you find better than InDesign.
  15. My experience with changing DTP Page layout software. No import is every going to be perfect. I import Quark files to InDesign every week. Fonts over-run text boxes etc. Keep in mind InDesign took over Quark even though the import was not perfect. Of course the import was not the only reason Quark lost. That said, my transfer from Ready,Set,Go to InDesign was done in the following way. If any of you are in my situation which was thousands of files and hundreds of clients. 1. In APublisher make your new magazine - format - template - master or whatever you call it. It's not that hard in my case. (I've already done one and it took about an hour or two) 2. Make PDF's of al your current ads in CC. If you have many difficult designs with some text changes then delete some text or the parts that change if you like. 3. Place the PDF ads into your magazine - or ad file - If there are major changes then re-layout each ad, issue by issue. This will make the work load a bit easier to take. Soon you'll have all your ads done in APublisher. 4. Remember, if you like the HEMI in your Dodge it's very difficult to put it into your Ford. Sometimes starting over lets you learn the new software faster. Plus we all hope that Affinity possible comes up with some features Adobe would never think of. Speedy features you can't live without. Not to mention what we really all are coming here for is NO subscription and affordability and updated software that works with new OS's and computers and dropbox etc. You may just have to sacrifice somethings to get the good things Affinity is offering.
  16. I'm just starting this thread to see what truly wild and crazy GREAT ideas people have. Mine? 1. A font menu like we had in 1990's. Yes, things do in fact get worse. Way worse. Now Utilities had a custom font list better than any. You could order your font list like you wanted. Colour code them in the menu list. Apple changed what could be accessed a few years ago and perhaps made this very difficult. Which ticks me off. I used to be able to find my fonts very quickly right in the app. 2. Warped text either in the app or another app you can place a link in and shortcut key within APublisher to open the warped text file and change it. Warped text app also has preset curves that are easy to go through, plus customizable. 3. Tight buttons to save space, yet not too tight so you have to get that mouse into the exact spot while trying to work quickly. InDesign is pretty tight on an iMac where the resolution is so small the buttons can be hard to hit if you're rushing or tired. Not sure they could easily make adjustable button sizes. Boy that's asking a lot. ? Hoping that Publisher will have this shortcut feature like InDesign to open PS docs to adjust images and also open other AP docs to adjust and ad that is place inside a publication doc. I haven't looked at or tested this in AP yet and I'm sure it must be there already.
  17. fde101 - Excellent reply. I do use Art Text. Have you seen Typestyler? I think they are behind again in support for Mojave though. Both are amazing in different ways.
  18. Totally agree. As I'm in the business of selling ads - each week - for 'subscriptions' - billed monthly and 90 percent of my clients run yearly. Can't do it without them for sure. If they paid me a one time BIG chunk I'd be gone after a bit. Holidays and parties the first year or so. Then death. So truly I do agree with updates, upgrades or even subscriptions. But I do believe in better breaks for use on more computers within a company, plus far lower rates than Adobe charges. YEAH i know, what do i know about how much work it takes to design and build software? But what I do know that if there is a steady income of funds coming in every month and the rate is low enough to make it a true NO BRAINER then the millions more that may use your software (which takes the same work (nearly) to build no matter if you have one user or a million) Go for the million. Make a dollar off one million people not one million off one person. Either way - subscription or buy with upgrades - it can work out about the same price if you upgrade on every version. This does keep the software company on their toes a bit more as they would want to have better features in the upgrade model. Subscription they could fall asleep. Holidays, parties, forgotten.... kinda like what Quark did. Even though they were upgrade model. Truly I think Adobe has done a great job. Much better than Quark to this day in my opinion. I know it's what you get used to. like Mac or PC, Apple or Android. Everyone is different. I come from the very first Mac ever so I am hungry for that simple, very simple yet powerful and amazing feeling it was to start up the computer - not know ONE THING about computers and just go into MacPaint and draw a picture. It was WOW. We can make ads on this thing !!!!!! Saw that right away. Dot matrix not great but still amazing. We got away with it. Shrinking things to print business cards a bit sharper. Wacko designs with Typestyler.
  19. So true. Even so CS4 still works okay with El Capitan and may so up to Sierra. So perhaps not an entire rewrite. Thinking: If i divide my 9 or 10 years with CS4 by the 120 months it works out to $12.50 per month. I guess I saved about 65% off of the full subscription model. Soon it will be Dropbox that kills my use of CS4. How so? Dropbox keeps dropping older OS support as time goes on. I understand this completely. I'm not at all saying it's a planned conspiracy to get us to buy more. I know it takes money to keep a company going, improving and upgrading. I know computers move forward (and backwards at times) in features and speed and utilities. In my work I truly could go back and get my work done, doing it the very old way in OS9 and Ready,Set,Go but that would be HELL. A hell I have forgotten. Slow... crashes... bad bad OS9. So truly a monthly fee is not such a bad thing if it was a bit more affordable. In my case lets say.... $12.50 per month for Affinity Publisher, Designer, Photo and perhaps some kind of PDF editor. On the other hand at $69 a crack though, this price works out at about an 18 month upgrade at full price if they just stuck to upgrades. $12.00 month. And I'm sure in reality now with purchase and not subscription, Affinity will probably charge less for upgrades and even charge for upgrades less often than that. So I'm looking forward to what happens here. I hope Affinity go even further with some features than does Adobe. Creative features like warping text and way better font menus. Of which these things used to be way way better in OS9. (Now utilities and Typetwister, Typestyler) Illustrator text warping is horrible. Unusable for me. (Unless it's fixed in CC) Art Text is what I use now but I don't use it much. Design has become much cleaner these days without funky curved text. But do check out Art Text and the new Typestyler if you're into making one of kind funky posters. They are truly amazing. As for the font menu... this will have to be done somehow inside the software itself - if possible - because of Apples new security system. Now Utilities let you place the fonts in the font menu in what ever order you liked. A colour coded list !! wow!! Of course the first to have WYSIWYG font menus. I think you could also have the system fonts not show at all in the menu. As I say above, it is now up to the software itself, as Now Utilities was system wide and as I said above Apple has killed it. A newer software was MyFonts I think, that worked with OSX. It didn't have the colours. It truly was very quick to find the font you wanted because they were always on the same place in the font menu when you pulled your mouse down the screen and helped you remember fonts much better than they way it is now. I know the new CC and CS6 have a favourites font menu that stays at the top. Not bad but not the best. Also note I have not been testing Affinity Publisher in the last while. I just looked and the favourites (heart) button in the font menu is great. What i'm still looking for is a way to gather the serif, san-serif, script, headline, design, hand, styles of fonts into categories we can customize. Colour coding is just a bit of a helper I'd like but not the end of the world. If there is a way or ever will be a way to group the font menu into user categories let me know. Would love this feature and in this day and age why the heck can't we go back 25 years and have what we had.
  20. Yay for CS4. I wish they'd just update it for newer OS's and I would stick with it. Thanks to Affinity, we may be saved from dasterdly subscriptions just in time.
  21. That must be because Affinity is British. I've been there and the people were far more polite than even Canadians. Last time I was in the U.S. in Oregon and Washington State the people were so amazingly polite and friendly. I hate to give credit to Trump but the American's I suggested this to agreed they were trying not to be like him. So Trump is making America polite again. I hope I didn't break any posting rules here. I apologize if i did. haha
  22. You're probably right, thing is Adobe did that very thing to Quark. I guess Quark didn't have the money or the guts. A pretty two faced way to run a business and one of the reasons I want out. Not that I'm the expert on knowing the details. That said. Won't Adobe have to spend a lot of money to change the software as much as Affinity will to change theirs? Just a useless point I know - because Affinity will not ever read INDD files it will just be IMDL files. That said number two - Reading a PDF in my world works great! I want to know if everyone here has tried it yet? That is - making a PDF in InDesign and opening that PDF with APublisher. I was AMAZED at how good (enough) that was for me. Text boxes not bad in most cases. I know some have a big problem with it. Re - Linking links. Yup, but easy for some. Just an annoyance more than a huge pain - for me that is. It's better than starting over from nothing - for me. The thing is, is it is what it is. You can bet Adobe won't have to make software to open APublisher. It's a bit like expecting Ford to make their cars fit GM engines. They are not the same thing. I'm not saying I don't wish for this feature but I am saying it might be unreasonable to assume that Affinity will die because they can't fit Dodge Transmissions into ... Kidding aside, some will some won't. This won't kill Adobe. They will only shift and perhaps offer InDesign Elements or finally $10 a month like Photoshop ? If they start seeing their user base deteriorate. So far I like APublisher. Any other software that has tried doesn't come close to InDesign which even in my opinion left Quark in the dust. APublisher I can see will already surpass Quark by quite a bit in my opinion. But quiet a stretch to catch InDesign. Yet there are new and better ideas out there that I hope Affinity have up their sleeve. Things that sleepy Adobe didn't even dream of. I don't see Adobe becoming the next Quark though. Ya never know. There is a lot of room to be better than InDesign for most users, I think. Preset warping of text is one. Like Typestyler. Which can just be another app that works with Publisher. Illustrator is HORRIBLE at this. Adobe bought Aldus and got an app called TypeTwister. Look it up. Yes, it was a kids app. KIDS! And of course really really OS 9 mac old looking. But had amazing controls and allowed you to pre-set warps etc. So Adobe had this, yet dumped it. Some here have said that I dream about how good software was back then. That if I tried it again it would fall short. I can see some truth in that. But if you're laying out ads and want speed there are so SO many things that can be shortcut in a working environment. Remember these guys are software engineers not layout artists. And yet truly if you look at my wish list even I can't get it in my head how I'd want some things to work. It truly takes a smarter person than I to figure out some magic. An example I saw lately that I did not know about was what Flickr could do in what they called magic mode. Amazingly when you push this button it categorizes photos into, cars, cats, dogs, people. lake, architecture and the list goes on. WOW. I thought that would be impossible on a wish list and I guess it was 15 or more years ago. It's not a perfect example of what I'm talking about for Affinity but I have to say that when I see software that does something I didn't think i needed, it amazes me. iPhone for example. For some of the younger people here you'll never get to experience the 'wow' factor of watching that keynote when we had nothing but crap phones before that. I really really hope Affinity can pull some rabbits out of the hat and kick Adobes but.
  23. TMSN: Have you tried opening a PDF made with InDesign, with APublisher yet? I have about 3000 indd files and CS4. Most people who didn’t upgrade to CC can simply make a PDF with old CS and fiddle a bit, done. Which has/had to be done when InDesign opened old quark files. That said I know some people have files that have tables or some other complicated files that PDFs don’t work well with. Or many links. Links can be easy to fix if all your images are in one file though. In my mind I think a huge majority of designers here (like me) will find the PDF translation good enough. If your files are CS. If you are CC translating idml files will also need a current CC subscription to translate. The only way to have CC users quit CC and use APublisher is for them to translate 1000’s of files to idml or PDF before cancelling their subscription. OR for publisher to actually open INDD files. At least that’s the way I see it. So I think it’s a bit of a waist of time for Affinity to work on opening IDML. Work on opening INDD.
  24. It was the summer of 2004 and we visited a large press corporation to see what our new publication would go through. A tour of the transcon site in Vancouver. The chief there gave me a training DVD for CS2. He strongly suggested adobe over quark. I bought CS 3 and got 4 A’s a free upgrade. For me what killed quark was the expense, the fact photoshop was adobe and would work closer with InDesign than quark. To this day I’m not sure that is true. A lie. Not that I know what quark and photoshop would be like. Just the wording adobe used (which I forget) an bout how the software worked much like each other. A lie. The three - InDesign - photoshop - illustrator are very different in my opinion. So different I knew instantly it doesn’t matter. Perhaps CC is better. Another reason to be excited about affinity. Hoping the shortcuts font need too much tinkering between the 3 and the tools and menus are in much of the same places. I am looking forward to it. It’s like the old days again. Finding a new tool for my job. In many ways some of the first software was better than today. Easier to learn. Aldo’s Typetwister was a toy. Killed when adobe bought it. Much easier than warping text in illustrator. there is nothing like good old superpaint for simple line drawings. Typestyler was and is awesome if you’ve never tried it. Like a secret weapon for design. All genius software that needs no manual. (But of course helps) I’m hoping affinty is a company with the same genius. I do own affinty design for iPad but haven’t had much of a chance to fiddle with it. The videos look amazing. I tried the latest quark. In my opinion they are still behind. It still has that ‘cartoon l’ feel. Lacking some InDesign magic. But they are on the right path. On sale for $399 right now. Ready set go was $199 when I bought it in 1989? So I guess 399 is about right 69 for APublisher is “buy one for everyone in the office” it may take until version 2 as it did with InDesign End of ramble
  25. My main use is InDesign. I use photoshop but could do just as well with photoshop elements at $100 or affinty photo. Adobe us quirky with what works now with certain MAC OS. Especially InDesign. If there was and Indesgn Elements it would probably do fir what I need. Now that Affinity is here to save the day who cares about adobe. Adobe kilked Superpaint which was the best drawing app ever. So :p ~~~~~ adobe