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    kazrbutler reacted to AdamW in Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.549   
    Status: Beta
    Purpose: Stability and General Testing
    Requirements: Purchased Affinity Publisher
    Windows Store: Not submitted
    Download: Download
    Auto-update: Not Available
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    Hi,
    We are pleased to announce that a new Customer Beta of Affinity Publisher (1.8.0.549) is now available as a download from the link above.
    As this is a 'Stability and General Testing' beta it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity where you may be adversely affected by the application failing, including the total loss of any documents. 
    We hope you enjoy the beta, and as always, if you've got any problems installing or running up, please don't hesitate to post in this thread. 
    Any problems actually using this version please make a new topic in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Please feel free to leave general suggestions and comments in the Discussion Forum. 
    Many thanks for your continued feedback.
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    Fixes and Updates
    New Document Dialog
    (Win) Implemented new New Document / Template dialog
    (Mac) Miscellaneous fixes
    General
    Layers thumbnails now update when a global colour is changed
    Convert to text frame now preserves corners
    Fixed creation of unnecessary duplicates in Resource Manager / Collect...
    Added 'Show in Explorer / Finder' to Resource Manager
    Document Grid drawn incorrectly when switching between Master and Regular View
    Fixed crash adding assets from afpub file
    Assets imported via an afasset file aren't made visible if no categories currently exist
    Can now search for missing fonts via Find and Replace
    Fixes for Baseline Grid propagation from Master Pages
    Preflight
    Preflight check for missing glyphs
    Text
    Fixed crash in text composition. Recent regression
    Fixed for Even / Odd Page Breaks
    Fixes for Pinning Page UI
    Column Rules now honour Text Wrap
    Fixed Text Wrapping issues that could occur with large negative borders
    Wrap settings saved in an objects style weren't correctly applied
    Added more 'special characters' to the Bullets and Numbering character pick lists
    Fixed Text Styles Panel preview for styles with a large 'Space Above'
    'Word Joiner' and 'Zero Width Non-breaking Space' can now be entered with ToggleUnicode, and have their own "Show Special" representation.
    Pasting text with Move Tool active now appends content to non-filler text rather than replacing
    Warning now given when attempting to spell check text with no suitable dictionary available
    Improved Title Exceptions granularity to never change certain words
    Specific font incorrectly keeps italics activated
    (Win) Drop Scale for Descenders option was missing
    (Win) Previews on Typography Panel corrupted
    Tables
    Deleting row(s) in table caused alignment settings to reset
    Table format > Frame stroke alignment is not remembered when changing the width
    TOC
    Pinned Frames now use the location of their pin to influence the order of TOC entries
    (Win) TOC Panel was missing separator field
    Index
    Fix occasional crash opening Index Panel
    Import
    PDF Import: PDF Import now supports JBIG2 compression.
    DOCX Import: DOCX Import now supports linked images
    IDML Import: Shift+Tab (Right Indent Tab) not imported
    IDML Import: Gutter values could be incorrect
    Export / Print
    PDF Export: Images in Embedded Documents weren't downsampling to correct DPI leading to unnecessarily high-res bitmaps.
    JPEG Export: Include bleed was missing
    Updated Help and Translations
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Dan C in issue transferring diagrams from Designer to Publisher   
    Hi @Dan C,
    I've had another chance to work on the project this issue was encountered in today and thought it might be useful to share experiences. Having read something relating to settings elsewhere in the forums, I tried exporting SVGs for in Print. For some of the diagrams, the issue with flattening when using the images in publisher was resolved. For the final 2 diagrams, which have more layers, there were still some issues - though fewer than with previous export settings. 
    I've resorted to jpegs this time, which appear to be absolutely fine.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Dan C in issue transferring diagrams from Designer to Publisher   
    Thanks @Dan C
    I'll use work arounds in the meantime.
    It appears I used jpegs with the last batch of diagrams I made, for use in Page Plus.
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    kazrbutler reacted to walt.farrell in Remember link / embed preference   
    If you create your own Preset that's one of the settings that the Preset will remember, @Abernethy.
    Choose your base preset in the File > New dialog. Change the Image Placement Policy. Click the hamburger menu next to the Page Preset dropdown box. Choose Create Preset, and name your preset. The next time you create a document, change Type from Print to Presets. Publisher should fill in the last one you used, but if not you can choose it from the Preset dropdown.
    It would be even nicer if Publisher would default to the last document type you used (Print, Presets, ...) which would eliminate the need to change to Presets. But this should give you all the settings you need.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from magicdesign__ in HELP! Pre-flght checklist???   
    @Ian Tasker Someone else shared this, but it is worth passing on. From the View menu, make sure you have Show Text Flow selected, and are NOT using Preview mode - this allows the red dots indicating overflow to show. Then select Zoom> Zoom to document.
    The pages will be reduced in size, but the red over flow dots remain the same size, allowing you to easily see which pages have overflows, and an idea of location. You may also need to check the master pages.
     
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from gnurf in HELP! Pre-flght checklist???   
    @Ian Tasker Someone else shared this, but it is worth passing on. From the View menu, make sure you have Show Text Flow selected, and are NOT using Preview mode - this allows the red dots indicating overflow to show. Then select Zoom> Zoom to document.
    The pages will be reduced in size, but the red over flow dots remain the same size, allowing you to easily see which pages have overflows, and an idea of location. You may also need to check the master pages.
     
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from World View in Can I make a group of favorite fonts?   
    You can do this already. Alongside individual fonts in the font list, click on the heart to add to favourites.
    When you click on the drop down arrow alongside the font in the top bar, you have the option to select: All, Recent, Used and Favourites.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Murfee in Document setup - colour setting query   
    You can change it under Document Setup, make sure that convert is selected
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Murfee in Document setup - colour setting query   
    Thanks @Murfee.
    Once I've got a document to that stage, I will test. Currently still setting up the Master pages. Layout is an occasional activity for me, so it generally takes me a while - as much because I keep changing my mind about what I need to include. I don't mind having to start from scratch occasionally, as I often find that is a good way to consolidate my learning, especially with regard to what order to do things. I learn a lot by making mistakes!
    Would be useful to know whether it is possible to change that initial setting though. I have colleagues (Pageplus users) who publish the same documents online and professionally printed.
     
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    kazrbutler reacted to iaing in Overflowing Text Frames   
    Just a thought until there is a preflight panel  - in terms of tracking down the culprit text-frames, if you do 'view > zoom > zoom to document' - no matter how many pages you have, you will zoom out to see thumbnails of all pages at once - the little red alert dots do NOT scale down with the thumbnail, so it's really easy to spy which page(s) have overflowing text (assuming as above, that you have 'show text flow' enabled and are not in preview mode)

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    kazrbutler reacted to dcrosby in How can I open Indesign (indd and idml) Files in Publisher?   
    Yeah, that was the point wasn't it. Adobe already had the graphics industry in an iron grip but decided that wasn't enough. Any thoughts of switching software is dashed by the fact that giving up the sub means no access to your older files. There's no way to open InDesign for those occasions you might need to while creating new sets of documents somewhere else. Workflows and expectations revolve around Adobe. At this point they OWN your ability to make a living in your field. That's a terrible feeling and untenable from a business standpoint.
    I only own Designer at the moment but plan to add the other apps at some point. I'm fortunate to have a copy of CS6 which has given me some breathing room. I've noticed a number of "missing" features and some UI flaws in the various Affinity apps but have no choice but work around them until Serif can add or fix those issues. Our options are few and Affinity is like a lifeboat that can't fit everyone all at once. Hopefully they can come back to pick you up later.
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    kazrbutler reacted to jmwellborn in Table Horizontal Flip - PUBLISHER   
    Since the launch last Tuesday evening (UK time) the Affinity team has been answering questions, solving wrinkles, and providing solutions on an almost nonstop basis — particularly for the many people who have just begun using the apps.  I am in the USA and have been amazed at the times this week when I have browsed through the Forums at 10 pm (EDST) to find Patrick and others still posting at what is 3 AM (UK time).   I am sure that you will agree that after 5 days of this, they deserve a day off.  Meanwhile, I cannot count the times when  @carl123 (or another experienced user) has provided a solution for something that I have not thought:  “Oh ho!  Bookmark this!  May want to use it myself one day.”    
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    kazrbutler reacted to mac_heibu in Studio > Pages is too wide   
    @Raymondo: I am a type setter and graphic designer and earn my money with that job since „Lino Setting“ (, which you might not know, if you are a younger guy) with creating high end print products (magazines, packages, book, …). My first desktop publisher was version 2 of QuarkXPress and beta of Calamus. I continued with InDesign version 1, and am now on actual Adobe CC applications, which I really like (excuse me!)!. Nevertheless I am a big fan of new applications with new, fresh ideas and new ways of workflow — and I dislike the attitude, that each problem requires a button in the application. Less buttons, more creativity, and, above all, more patience!
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Affinity Publisher (1.7) Launch Announcement   
    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.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from supermundane in Affinity Publisher (1.7) Launch Announcement   
    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.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Rich313 in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    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.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Arun Sarkar in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    Once, someone told me....
    You can accept it as a mature one or you can runaway like a child.
    It's reality, it will not change at all (as because you don't like it), and reality is not so bad!
    I always being immature and runaway...... but in this case I accept it. Yes it's not bad at all & I already start shifting my documents one by one from January (PP-DP ---> AD -->APub)

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    kazrbutler reacted to Patrick Connor in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    You should not recommend our new products .......unless
    1) you think it is useful to others
    and
    2) you want to recommend any Serif product.
    To try to address #2
    When you buy any software licence it does not mean that the software will continue to be developed or supported forever. However so far Serif have kept supporting the legacy range on the CommunityPlus forums for almost 3 years now since we launched PagePlus X9, and 2 1/2 years since we announced the end of the Plus range and kept patching PagePlus for another year after that. A while ago the Head of Software Development made a commitment to patch PagePlus if a Microsoft Windows 10 update broke it. So far it has kept working fine, and as it still works on Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 then I would hope it will continue to do so for some time longer.
    So I would hope that for existing .PPP documents you could continue to use PagePlus X9. Possessing hundreds of .PPP files is not the same as needing to open and edit hundreds of .PPP  files (PagePlus can still do that). It is only if you want/need to use a feature that Affinity Publisher has, that PagePlus X9 does not have, that you would need to convert/import into Affinity Publisher.
    Serif would love there to be a simple process where PagePlus files would load into Publisher and we would program it in a heartbeat if there were, but it is realistically a very difficult task as Ben has said. PagePlus is excellent software, but we knew we could do better, but that meant starting again not adding more and more to what we had. We have been honest from the start of development that we do not think PPP import is likely to happen. Some people are only finding out now, but I don't think we have tried to hide this fact when asked.
    If you have (and like) PagePlus then please keep using it when needed as well as using Affinity applications. We like it and have made the Affinity Workbooks using it, [and ironically may well make an Affinity Publisher one in it too, because we have the template all set up already].
    The expressions of upset in this thread are ones I have seen many times in my interactions on CommunityPlus and I really do appreciate the feelings of disappointment. Please try the Affinity Publisher beta and see if the features it has are what you are looking for for your new work going forward. If not then keep using PagePlus and come back and try a trial later in it's development. But please don't write us off as we do care about you and your custom.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Ben in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    Then you are missing the advantage of this.  We have written our new code base to be largely platform agnostic - that is the point of cross-platform - not just that the software appears on different OS.  That means we are no longer tied to the whims of a vendor OS.  Only the UI layer is platform specific - and changes to that are less impactful than reengineering core code that relied on vendor SDKs (such as MFC, for example).  All the internal workings are fully independent of any OS - written in lean C++.  So, when an OS drops a bombshell on us, and we have to roll with it, the underlying workings of our tools and file format don't need to change.  That is future proofing.
     
    And, as for Apple compatibility - The Apple user base is very significant when it comes to creative software. Other big players seem to think so too.
     
    Historically, apps like Photoshop were primarily Mac driven. This is evidenced by the fact the PSD file format is Big endian, where Windows OS was always little endian.  Ironically, Mac OS also now is little endian since the move to Intel - so the PSD format is saddled with the legacy overhead of supporting long obsolete hardware.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Alfred in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    *When
    Fixed it for you.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Ben in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    How would other publishing programs make this situation any different?
     
    You may decide on another package, but you would be overlooking the core reasons we began again in engineering the Affinity suite.  We have certain features that are not found elsewhere - such as our true single file format, full-scale support on iPad and being cross platform. We also aimed to redefine some tools since we were not bound by legacy requirements.  So, we've tried to put innovation first where we could.  Something that would have been impossible if all we had done was update an old application.  If we succeed with Publisher as we have with Designer and Photo, then why would you want to look elsewhere anyway??
     
    Everyone may feel sad that the Plus range is coming to an end, but a lot of what drove that decision was beyond our control.  The fact is that the way people use computers has changed rapidly - the hardware people bought and the way they acquire software.  We had to look at emerging markets - iOS being a very big one.  Continuing with the old software model would only have gone on so long anyway - the net result would likely have still been the end of the Plus range, but without Affinity to offer an alternative future.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Ben in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    Speaking as the person who wrote the PSD import/export code for Affinity - I can tell you that was a MAMMOTH task, and one that will never be complete - it has already taken up a huge part of the development time over the past six years.  It is also the most contentious since it is almost impossible to do a perfect round trip import/export via a third party editable file format.  But, PSD is probably the most used third party file format for us, so made the most sense to put the effort into supporting it to the degree we have.
     
    Now, in terms of our user base of the Affinity range, the percentage of people wanting to import PagePlus files compared to other formats is probably low.  If we did write an importer, we'd open ourselves up to demands for it to be accurate to PagePlus, even though it would be impossible to do a one-to-one import of some features.  As has been said before - the Affinity code base has been written from scratch.  There is no shared code with the Plus range.  To this end, it is no different to the software being written by a completely different company.  The amount of work to support import/export of what is effectively a non-native file format is very significant.
     
    Another thing to take into account is that PagePlus is effectively becoming a legacy format.  The code was written for an OS and style of application that is becoming outdated.  It also would not have been possible to port the code to accommodate platforms such as iOS in the way that we have achieved with Affinity.  This means that in future only existing user of PagePlus will be creating content in it.  That user base will naturally shrink. It also means that the future requirement for a PP importer will become less and less.  Compare that to an importer for a third party format that is staying "current" - you can see where the effort is better spent with regard to the wider user base of Affinity.
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    kazrbutler reacted to Bad_Wolf in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    If I understand correctly, most of the developers of the Plus range left Serif long ago. It is a new team which is creating and maintaining the Affinity range. So who is gonna create those convertors?
    I read the replies here on the forum and I respect the concerns of people who have a lot of documents created in PagePlus. I think the already suggested compromise before, maintaining your documents created in the past with PagePlus, use Affinity Publisher for the new documents will be a very good future proof idea. You can even use an older computer keep running PagePlus without updating the system. When it runs fine now on that system, what keeps you continue running it.
    We can moan and  grieve about the funeral of the Plus range. However, if we use that same energy to adapt our ways of working to the Affinity range, we will travel a very long way in a bright future.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from Arun Sarkar in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    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.
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    kazrbutler got a reaction from MikeW in Open PagePlus (*.ppp) files   
    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.
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