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  1. I'm getting to grips with Publisher, and find I've a few queries related to my needs. I'm setting up a document to use as a template for a range of future documents which will have master pages in common. These documents will include text, svg chart images and photos, and will be saved as pdf to be made available as a download. The resulting files need to be suitable to both view on a screen and also printed using whatever printer the user has available. I'm aware that if I was setting up a document to be used in a particular way, then I would choose settings accordingly when setting up a new document. In Document Setup, I need to know whether to opt for web or print settings, and which is the best colour format to use for a document which users will be screen viewing and/or printing. Also, in an existing document, is it possible to change the setting from print to web on a permanent basis if needed? Any suggestions would be helpful.
  2. I have added a request to the suggestions list. I periodically have to do indexing for others, and I can see huge benefits of being able to use the indexing mark when using search and replace.
  3. It would be useful to be able to search for index marks so you can search for particular indexed terms and replace them with an unindexed term (identical or not). Currently, you can't add the indexing mark to a search or a replace entry. Would this be possible? Being able to search for the indexing marks would also make it possible to remove all indexing marks from a document, if you wanted to make major changes and start again. It would also enable you to search for particular entries in the text and add an indexing mark where appropriate. I'm aware you can search for index related character formatting, but this again doesn't make it possible to remove the indexing marks in an automated fashion. Workaround is to search for a particular index term and look for entries which are listed with a downwards pointing arrow before said term, click to locate in text and then manually delete the index mark. Rather laborious in longer documents, and also easy to miss entries or make mistakes in the process.
  4. I wondered if your could use Find and Replace to deal with this, but I can't find any way to search for the indexing marker and remove it However, if you search for the word you want to remove from the index, any entries with an index marker will have a downward pointing arrow in front of the word you search for. While the replace function doesn't seem to remove the indexing marker, at least it makes it possible to identify entries and locate them so you can delete the marker. A final check of an updated or new index will be needed to make sure you've caught them all. Would be useful if the find and replace options worked for the index marker. In addition, if you look at settings in Find you can search for terms which are have character formats used for indexing - but it doesn't help with automated replacement.
  5. View menu> Studio > Fields Gives a document information panel. Scroll down, and under General information there is Date & Time, with a button on the side where you can change to UK English, and also adjust the date and time formats. Dates are ordered differently in US and UK English, so worth a try.
  6. One of the things I need to do regularly is produce a list of abbreviations. I'm setting up a text style using initial words settings (love this - it is so useful for knitting patterns). However, one thing I really want to do is preserve the first character on each line as lower case unless I specifically type it in as a capital, as I want the abbreviations to appear in the same form they are used in the text. Some are all lower case, others all capitals (eg k2tog, pm, skp, WS). It's always a pain to have to go in and replace capitals with lower case, as these can reset when typing or editing, and are very easy to overlook. Any suggestions gratefully received. This is what I want to achieve: k2tog knit 2 sts together WS wrong side Occasionally, the text also continues onto a second or third line. If at all possible I'd like the start of this text to automatically be in line with the text starting after the tab stops in the first line of the entry. However, I can understand if this is not possible with the tabs being between text, as I can deal with this manually if needed. I'ven now worked out how to do this last task using the text frame ruler.
  7. Hopefully, someone else will know. I can't access my computer right now, and haven't used the feature in Designer. I can't see anything obvious in the Workbook either.
  8. I did this myself earlier. Can't check on my computer right now for exact wording, but look in the text menu for something along the lines of Special Characters.
  9. I'm not an expert on working with layout software by any means, and it's a while since I participated in the beta testing. However, having spent just a short time today exploring the software and following the online tutorials, I am finding it easy to switch from working in Page Plus to working with Publisher. It isn't like learning from scratch at all, you will find your previous knowledge useful as you learn the new Software. I made the switch from the Plus range to Affinity Photo and Designer some time ago and have found these to be easier to use than the Plus range, much more intuitive, and give me better results.
  10. I enjoyed the launch and spent some time today exploring Publisher. You've done an amazing amount of work since I had chance to participate in the beta testing. It is amazing. Well done.
  11. Page Plus users would be in a much worse position in the future if Serif weren't producing Publisher. Perhaps you would rather wait until some point in the future when some change outside Serif's control means the software is no longer usable, you haven't access to your Page Plus documents, and are without an affordable replacement available. I consider myself responsible for future-proofing my business. This means accepting that things outside my control are changing, and doing something about it. In my case, I will contribute what I can to the beta work, make suggestions as to what options I need. Then I will start producing new documents using Publisher once it is available for sale, and start to migrate the old ones. I find it preferable to see this as an opportunity to update my document styles and workflow, rather than burying my head in the sand, clinging to the old software and moaning about how I am being treated. Serif do listen to their users, which is more than can be said for a lot of the software producers out there.
  12. Even if Serif continued to develop Pageplus, it still has a limited lifespan. Operating system, software standards and computer architecture changes mean that any programme with years old core software runs the risk of being sidelined by not being able to run on new machines and/or operating systems. It's frustrating enough when you invest in a new computer, only to discover that it won't talk to your reliable printer. So not only to you have to buy a new printer, but you find it is much more temperamental. How much more frustrating to discover overnight that you can no longer use your DTP software, and worse than that have no way of even opening your existing documents. Serif are doing the right thing. Page Plus is still available and stable for users to access their existing documents for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, they are working to produce new software, written to the latest standards for the future. They are making sure that Page Plus users have a way to future proof their work. Yes it's frustrating that it isn't possible to open Page Plus files, and certainly won't be for the near future. Once they have developed Publisher to a certain point, who knows, perhaps they may be able to find a way to migrate Page Plus files. I would rather go with a plan which takes into account the risk of current software being unusable in the future, allowing me to plan ahead, than risk the alternative.
  13. The way I figure it, I would rather be an early adopter. Firstly, Serif software isn't expensive compared to many others, and there is often a discount on first release. I don't have to pay for a monthly subscription which is far more expensive that the occasional purchases of upgraded software with Serif. If I don't want to upgrade when a new paid for version comes out, I don't have to do so if I don't want to, or can wait a little while. However, I generally find there is some feature with Serif releases which makes it well worth upgrading: because it will save me time, make work easier and/or improve my work. I'd rather support a company through occasionally buying a new release that meets my needs, than be tied in paying through the nose on a monthly basis (and don't forget those payments can increase too). From what I've seen of the beta for Affinity Publisher, I will definitely be purchasing the initial commercial release. If for any reason I cannot run PP9 in the future, I will have had more time to convert essential files to Affinity and update them, plus new files will already be produced in Affinity Publisher. All my files worked in PP9 are saved to pdf in any case before publication (it's the format required for the platforms I upload my work to), and at some point I will need to update my documents anyway, so I won't lose anything by switching to Publisher sooner rather than later and will have a lot to gain. And while I know we are still in early stages, there are aspects of the new software which will work much better for me than PagePlus9. I've found it much more intuitive to use, and some of the features will really improve my workflow. Yes, there is some way to go before the software reaches it's full potential; but I think it is well worth being part of the journey.
  14. Simple undo and redo options can be found in the EDIT menu, along with the short cuts.
  15. I'd also add that many people using DTP software are not graphically trained. I have learnt to do certain tasks myself because it makes sense not to have to pay someone else to do it. It means I don't have a background of knowledge and experience when it comes to setting up documents for printing. A preset document layout takes a lot of guesswork, angst, and research out of a task, and means I don't make mistakes due to lack of knowledge.
  16. I can't be sure what the original poster meant, but having played with the software a little more, it would be good if you could copy a page from another AP document, or even a whole AP document into a second document you are working in. Occasionally, I work on a file for a client which she will later add to her book file in Page Plus. As we are both working at the same time, we can't work on the same file. I can see plenty of advantages in working on a book in a single file, but this would give it the flexibility to overcome the main disadvantage of not having separate files for individual sections.
  17. The style option for Initial Words is a huge positive as far as I am concerned. I am currently using Page Plus to produce knitting patterns. Being able to select blocks of row instructions and place all the row headers in bold quickly and easily to separate them from the actual instructions without having to select every single section of text will be amazing. It will be well worth purchasing for this alone. If there are flowing tables and options for working book chapters separately, even better. Please keep up the good work.
  18. Well, I have not had any formal training, but I have picked up an incredible amount of knowledge for both the Serif Plus and Affinity ranges from their video tutorials, help files, written tutorials etc. I've found that if there is something I want to achieve which the software is capable of, I can providing I am willing to spend a little time researching (including any background knowledge I need), trying things out and giving it a go. It's taken me time, as I don't use the software even every week, but I try to increase my skills whenever I get the chance. Occasionally, I look elsewhere for extra information to improve my background knowledge on topics such as file types. But, the information from Serif has been invaluable, and the language and instructions have been detailed enough without being overwhelming. If I don't know exact terms to search for, I just look through the help files index for likely sections. If I can make sense of the instructions and use the information effectively, then as far as I am concerned the docs team are doing an excellent job.
  19. I've opened a pdf from a document produced in Page Plus: this was formatted without using text styles. Everything comes up as No Style. While it is possible to edit the font etc, changing font, it appears impossible to select text and apply a body copy style.
  20. I like the look of the new software, and it seems pretty intuitive to use. One of the things I and a client upgraded Serif Page Plus for was the tables which could be linked so the data could flow between separate sections and pages as layout adjustments are made (much in the same way that text flows within text frames). I'd love to see this as an option, and I know my client finds this essential in her work.
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