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  1. I''m not trying to paint rosy pictures of Adobe, or ”stylize” Adobe as a desirable standard. I'm simplysaying that a robust file format is a desirable standard. Granted, I have not myself encountered unopenable Publisher files. And with paying customers breathing down my neck almost every day, i sure hope I never will.
  2. Gabe, How would you define "overprint black"? Shouldn't the choice (in pdf export settings) apply to all 100 & K elements? Even the manual states that ”You don't need to explicitly make an overprint for black, for black text or black graphics, as this is set by default. On PDF publishing, you can control black overprinting using the Overprint black option in the Export Settings dialog (File>Export>PDF>More).. But now when I place a black greyscale tiff over a color background (raster graphics or Publisher graphic), it knocks out in the pdf x-4. Native text does not knock out, and instead overprints correctly.
  3. Thanks thomaso for pointing out the "K" button. But i seems, at least in my setup, to work only with raster files. It does not show up when activating vector files like eps or svg. Go figure
  4. I've said this before, but it's worth repeating: It's of course very nice that Affinity can fix files that go corrupt. But in a professional setting, a file should never, ever become unopenable in the first place. With hard deadlines, and angry, paying customers waiting, or printers waiting for materials, these kinds of mistakes cost not only money, but reputations. I really, really like Publisher, and i'ts now my main layout app in my own, small graphics company, where I'm going totally ”Adobe-free”. But back at my "real" day-to-day work we still use InDesign. You can say a lot about InDesign or Adobe's subscription model, but Adobe seems to have got at least something right. In all my years, ever since using the first InDesign version, I haven't even once encountered an ID file which could not be opened. Sure, a crash could make the last few edits disappear. But nothing more. I hope a lot of serious development resources at Affinity goes towards making the file format rock solid. It simply has to be. (and then of course II'm hoping for footnotes, but that's another story).
  5. Thanks for the responses! When I experiment with converting to different CMYK profiles, I now see that the text color jumps around to all kinds of different "rich blacks". Coming from another (Adobe) philosophy, I guess this is one of those Afffinity things to consider going forwards. Of course I normally want all text to default to 100 % K, regardless of any chosen (or changed) color profile. I cannot upload the original file. But I attach something similar. I first thought that a svg logo was the only problem, as I turned out it actually was in rgb space. I then made an eps version, and made sure it was exported from a greyscale document in Designer, and sure enough it reports as greyscale in Publishers Resource Manager. But it still is seen on all plates. I'm tearing my hair out now. The greyscale tiff however (from Affinity Photo), for some reason (thank heaven), is only seen on the black plate, as it should. TIFF will be my workaround this evening. BTW, found a nice online separations viewer for at least individual pages, like covers. https://www.pdftron.com/webviewer/demo/color-separation/ testafpub.pdf
  6. Ok thomaso, thanks for the tip! At least I can somehow fix the Publisher native text portions of the file. But additional "rich black" problems are now cropping up. In the files I'm trying to produce with the printers color profile, all black or greyscale elements (like logos or ISBN graphics) also turn up on the color plates. I feel I've tried everything, like un-checking "rasterise unsupported" etc. on pdf export. (I have to turn "convert image color spaces" on, as there are RGB files also. Is this the thing messing everything up). Can't experiment now as I'm out of office. I'll later try converting every bit of color to CMYK, and see what happens. A bit frustrating. Do you have any pdf settings to share, which work?
  7. I have no problem with Publisher defaulting CMYK documents to "rich black” (a mix of CMYK colors) for text. Sure I like to see a default option to use 100 % K for all text, but in the meantime I'll just define all my Text Styles as 100 % K, and problem solved - right? Wrong! Changing a documents CMYK color profile (which I had to do at the end of a large job because my client changed printers) modified all the text blocks in my document back to "rich black". Even though every text style was defined as 100 % K, and nothing else. I had to manually click on each text block, apply the original Style with no overrides (option-click) – or in cases where I had to use overrides, manually chance the color of the text back to 100 % K. Now I pray that no CMYK text element slips through, as these sorts of "mishaps" cause unnecessary and costly delays at the printers, apart from making me look like a fool. (A CMYK separations view mode would also be nice to have). I understand that a new program – even a professional app – has some kinks to iron out (remember Indesign 1, anyone?) But I really hope this gets really, really high up on someones list of critical corrections/improvements. (I Hope this is not something that will ”never be fixed” because of some underlying RGB thing with the whole suite of apps.) ps. Why am I called a "Newbie" here? I've been doing computer aided layout since PageMaker 2, back in 1987.
  8. And now, after a installing a new Mac mini, those places seemingly don't work. But putting the dictionaries also in [user]/Library/Spelling worked!
  9. I see your point, but I often start Publisher when I already have a several other porgrams running, like Affinty Photo, Affinity Designer, Safari, Mail, Apple Photos and a slew of smaller helper apps. At that point there is no available free physical RAM, according to an app like Memory Diag. What kind of memory does MacOS then allocate, and what kind of memory does Publisher use at that point? And how does the settings in the Performance tab relate to a situation like this? It would be really interesting to hear from the devs about this. No app should of course crash. When I experience crashes i try to pinpoint what I was doing. Evidently the last crashes had something to do with me using a few HEIC images. They import and display fine, but seem to cause trouble in memory tight conditions, and also generate errors when exporting to pdf. In another instance I had to change a greyscale tiff (over 5000 px width, but scaled down, so that the Resource Manager could not even display a value for Placed dpi) to a smaller png. Worked thereafter.
  10. Ok, so I seem to have found at least a partial solution: Just allocate a lot of RAM to Publisher! I have 16 GB physical installed, and I had around 7 GB allocated to Publisher. With everything else the same, I bumped Publishers memory allocation to a generous 18 GB (i.e. far exceeding the physical RAM limit) – and everything seems to run smoothly. Publisher also feels much snappier over all, when moving about in big documents. I must have had some old information in the back of my head, telling me to never allocate more than free available physical RAM (with a couple of other programs running at the same time). But this tip seems dated. Apparently virtual memory, or compressed memory, or some other sort of memory management sees to it that this "crazy" setting works.
  11. With more complex Publisher documents, I sometimes experience crashes just moving about in the document.. I have a feeling that the crashes are related to settings in the Performance section of the Preferences, but I can't find anywhere a FAQ or a comprehensive discussion on what the different choices really mean for the stability and performance of the app. A few questions: In the Display section, which is more stable: Metal, OpenGL, OpenGL (Basic) or Software rendering? I suppose Metal is fastest, or am I wrong? Does clicking "Use only integrated GPU" affect anything, especially as I only have an integrated GPU in my Mac Mini. What Does "integrated" refer to: Intel integrated graphics on the chip, or Integrated, as in "internal" as opposed to an eGPU? What effect has lowering or enlarging the RAM usage limit? Is 6 GB enough for more complex documents? Is it a good idea pushing the limit way over installed physical RAM size (I have 16 GB physical RAM installed)? Shouldn't apps allocate memory dynamically, anyway? Why am supposed to fiddle around with this? Does View quality affect the stablity of the app, since one would assume better quality would be more taxing on many resources? Does hardware acceleration/Metal compute really work in any meaningful way on Intel integrated graphics, with its paltry 1,5 GB RAM, which it allocates from main memory? So many questions, I know.
  12. Publisher looks very promising, and I really would like to use it, especially since i moved to Catalina, and ID CS6 won't open anymore. But save files should never become corrupt. Never, ever. No matter what. Let me repeat that. Never. Not for programs like Publisher, which often are used for ”mission critical” work – with tight and immovable deadlines. I've used Publisher now for a couple of fairly large projects (tabloid size, 20 pages, with the usual assortment of linked raster and vector images of different formats and color systems), and I regret to tell you I find myself back in PageMaker days, when a whole day of work could disappear in a puff of smoke because of strange, hard to reproduce crashes and subsequent corrupt, unopenable save files. Now, after saving a lot of "known last good state" files, and after I fiddle around with saving linked images in another format, or clicking different things in the Metal/One GL acceleration settings, or changing around options in the pdf export settings, I do manage to (barely) get my Publisher jobs to the finish line… You can say a lot about Adobe and InDesign, but ever since I started using ID 2.0 waaay back in 2002, I have never come across a situation where an ID save file would be corrupt and unopenable, or for that matter that the app would crash when doing normal stuff like moving around in the document, or exporting a pdf. This one Adobe really nailed. Strangely, some problems, sometimes, seem to resolve when I restart the machine. Are th eproblems then mainly memory corruption issues? Running out of memory? Or something to do with the GPU acceleration? Or a combination? I can't pin it down. Regardless, robustness of the app and the save file should now be of the utmost, highest priority for the Publisher developers, even at the expense of new shiny features (though i of course eagerly await footnotes…) Rant over. MacMIni late 2014, 16 GB, MacOS 10.15.1 Publisher 1.7.3
  13. …aaaand suddenly everything works just as it should. Without a restart. Without even quitting and restarting the app. Just letting everything sit over the weekend when I was away… I have a feeling this is not the first time small problems seem to fix themselves. Are there silent updates going on behind our backs?
  14. Since upgrading to Catalina, i cannot type anything into the main toolbar font selection box. If I select some text in my document, then click in the font menu (which opens normally)… …and type in for instance "Adobe Caslon" to quickly change the font of my text in the document… …nothing happens in the font menu (it stays at "Arial"), but instead the text in my document is replaced with "Adobe Caslon"- Workaround is to scroll to the desired font in the font menu. Pic 1: Before clicking in the font menu box: Pic 2: after trying to select Adobe Caslon by typing in the font menu box (instead of scrolling down the font list)
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