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  1. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! It's beautiful. And in keeping with your overall design methodology: elegant, capable, yet dirt simple to use.
  2. Chris - sorry for the delay in responding. Okay, I have to hang head in shame and admit I can no longer replicate the guide issue either.... possibly because addressed in update 145 (though I THINK I was working with that version.) However....I am experiencing this issue with margins, ie. once the margins are set for a document and a master, they are set. You can change the master margins, but old pages won't update, and new pages pick up the original margins, not the new ones. I believe, however, margin problems are a known issue, but if this is a new one, I'll do up a screen video.
  3. All works fine the first time I set up guides in the master – any pages created then show those guides. But if I change the margins and guides in the Master (and save the document), a) the old guides remain in place on the existing pages, and b) any new pages created still place guides placed at the original positions. Saving/closing/reopening the document, or renaming doesn't help. The only way to surmount it is to create an entirely new master. Except that then, while the new guides show in the proper places, any pages created insist on using the old margins. The changed masters or new masters all show the new margins and new guidelines correctly even after saving/closing/reopening the document; just that any new pages created using them insist on using the first ever established guides and margins.
  4. MikeW...thank you! I do know about the panel, just that Quark makes you dig a bit vs it being a direct menu item in InDesign. BUT, you do implicitly point out that Quark allows you to specifically set the starting and end points for the grid, be you them to be page, margins, or any other choice.
  5. I have this problem too, but with psd or afphoto files. Anything that attempts to manipulate these images on the page will reliably crash Publisher in short order. I appreciate that some function may be under construction here – for example, after placing these files, the menu option to convert to picture frame is greyed out. (I can create the frame, then get the psd or afphoto into it....and it all works.....for maybe 10 seconds or so, then poof!) Experience with jpg files has been pretty stable.
  6. It would be useful to have an automatic row & column layout guide similar to "Create Guides" in InDesign. Quark also has this, although it's hard to find, and neither as versatile nor intuitive to use as that in ID. The current Guide Manager in Publisher requires you to manually compute all the spacing, then type in the parameters. But if I'm computing manually, I don't need a Grid Manager – I'll just drag and drop guides right on the pasteboard. Maybe I'm the only person in the galaxy who's constantly setting up layout grids on pages, but I use the InDesign implementation constantly, in Quark have to remind myself how to use it every time I do, and....well there is none (yet) in Publisher. Now....at the moment I can force the Grid Manager to fill this role, but again, it requires considerable effort, and some computation. Also, the grids are only calibrated to page edges, there's no option to calibrate to page margins. (As there is in InDesign, though, I believe, not in Quark.)
  7. I realize that the Image and Picture frame need to be and should be separate functions, but – and perhaps I'm missing something – when placing a picture onto a document without having first configured a frame, is there any reason it couldn't just automatically create the frame, set to whatever size you've chosen to place the picture (as is done in Quark and ID)? You CAN "covert" a placed picture to a "frame", but then all you get is the frame – you don't achieve the ability to separately manipulate the frame or the picture. (Unless you replace the picture, but that's back to the first process of a) creating the frame, and b) the placing a picture in it.) Great start by the way. Really appreciate fluid ease of use and intuitive feel throughout.
  8. Small note on this....You can change the UI background from black to light in the Preferences > User Interface
  9. There are work arounds, but the ideas I've come up with are clunky and need precise positioning for the first copied element (after which it's easy).
  10. The title describes it..... Any subsequent pages ignore it. And why limit grids to one inch max? Actually I'd prefer not to be specifying measurements at all....What I'd really like is the equivalent of InDesign's very simple and effective "Layout Guides", which effortlessly allows you to mark up a page with "x" rows, and "y" columns with "z" gutter, and gives you the option of doing this either from the edges of the page or within page margins.
  11. I add my congratulations, as both an ID and Quark user. Sure there are some issues and glitches, but for a Beta that's been out a matter of hours, this excellent. Nice intuitive fee. I'm not too concerned about legacy InDesign stuff. I have a translator for ID to Quark, and Quark can import PDFs and covert to native objects, but although both work, they either don't work perfectly, or are painful to use, so I suspect this is complex development job, an effort in itself. I'd rather Affinity focus on making Publisher great. Already, using it is like breathing clean air.
  12. 1.To resize the frame and reposition picture or portion of picture, FIRST resize and position the frame where you want it (I set "Properties" to "Max Fit", but can be any other). 2. The picture will resize within the frame, but ignore that for the moment. 3.THEN, double click the image. Now when you drag or pull on the handles the picture will expand or move, but stay within the frame. But I admit it's not a great fix, because a) you can't do the reverse and b) if after doing this you do a decide to change the frame again, and so do a single click on it, the moment you drag the frame, the photo will snap back to the original picture property, undoing any picture sizing you did in step #3. The previous post suggest much the same, except using the crop tool to modify the frame. It produces the same result, although....unless I'm wrong, appears to have the same problem: if you decide later to change the frame size, any picture resizing or reposition will be lost.
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