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  1. Hi,

    I have created text over a picture. dragged the text layer onto the picture layer so the picture fills the text. I want to add an outline (and shadow) but with only the text layer selected using the "Effects Panel" and selecting "outline" and a colour does not work when I slide the radius above zero. All that happens is that the text grows by the radius amount selected but does not add the coloured outline. I am pretty sure this is something that can be done, so what am I doing wrong - can anybody help?

  2. Glad I am not alone;

    Can I float this:  The navigation facility is good - but it is not obvious. Why is it in the "advanced" section?  It is very cumbersome to us, requiring the user to open mini menus etc. This facility could be vastly improved. If the zoom bar was moved to the bottom margin. If you select the magnifying tool a zoom bar opens in the top left hand corner, so why, when that is selected could the Navigator panel not show viewpoint "add or delete" buttons? Why not show icons and name of existing viewpoints like in the Layers Panel. The Navigator panel can be undocked and enlarged. I think something like this would make it more 'user friendly'


  3. Thanks everyone for your responses, "would a rose by any other name......." the name of the zoom slider contained in the navigator tab is immaterial - using the slider causes magnification.  If you magnify a page, so only part of the page is visible, you can then 'navigate' by moving the "grey box". I think a better use of the navigator panel would be the ability for the user to be able to add "jump to places" within a document. A bit like word search, the ability to define your own 'jump to places'. which the user could name. Using a + or - icon could add or remove the" jump to" points. These points (and you could have dozens) would then be shown in the navigator panel. Of course if it was really clever when you select the magnifying tool on the tool bar the 'navigator panel' could change its content to reveal the "grey box navigation/magnification facility" that it currently has. Move off the magnifying glass should cause the navigator panel to revert to showing your 'jump to' places.

    While this is partly done in the "layers" panel, it would be better if you could create your own "jump to point" within the same or varying layers. If you have a document with a hundred plus pages and a large number of layers the ability to navigate quickly to a specific point, be it picture or an individual word in the document would be useful.

    As the same slider exists in Photo it would be useful (when in photo) to use it to define different areas of a picture for example if you had a photo of Snow White and her seven dwarfs and wanted to edit each dwarfs face - creating a magnified "jump to" for each face would save time. I appreciate using the magnifying glass and centering it over the required spot effectively does the same thing but again I consider that to be magnification not 'navigation'.

  4. Hmm, I think I understand MHZ's frustration - as a long time supporter of Serif, I like many others were hoping that PagePlus X9 would have been the starting point for Publisher, by that I mean we hoped for a new UI and for greater flexability with the ability to produce industry standard work, but with all of the PPX9 facilities. There is no doubt, if I do purchase Publisher, I will have to keep PPX9 - it is just so user friendly with lots of useful facilities that to date have not been replicated within Publisher. In my opinion the addition of many PPX9 features would certainly enhance Publisher. 


  5. Hello Walt,

    I am having difficulty exporting accurately to .pdf when there is an object with a linear fill - the start colour of the fill is shown on the pdf but subsequent colours are not shown. I have attached a couple of .jpg images which hopefully will show you what I am talking about. I have tried exporting the 3 colour fill to .pdf a number of times but with no success.

    The reason I am exporting to .pdf is because if I print directly from Publisher it adds 2 or 3 spurious vertical black lines to the print (which are not on the page), but if I print the same page as a .pdf it prints correctly - I seem to remember having this problem with PagePlus a few years ago.  I wondered if I am doing something wrong or if it is a bug.

    Any suggestions?

    3 colour fill.jpg

    .pdf version.jpg

  6. Hello Walt,

    Having just installed the latest version I see that someone at Serif had similar thoughts to mine - Navigator tab now displays the zoom slider as part of the tab bar - a very sensible solution.

    I did think that having to do two steps to reveal the slider was a bit daft - the old choice was click on the magnifying glass or open the navigator box. Now it's cured....

    Thought your advice was spot on - have read a number of your threads - keep up the good work.


  7. Walt, I never saw that - but if they can put it in two places why not have the ability to have it on permanent display or at least provide a choice for that. I suppose with the ability to undock the panel it can be available all the time.

    Teach a wise man and he will be yet wiser (teach a fool and you waste your time) - I hope I'm in the former!!



  8. I have attached a shot of the zoom control.  (Only on display when you select the magnifying icon on the tool bar). I appreciate you can use the scroll wheel, but my fingers have difficulty using it. I also appreciate the short cuts Ctl= Ctl- but as they already provide a slider it seems daft not to have the option of permanently displaying it.

    The page selection - I created a document that had two master pages and two pages each linked to the individual master. I then close down the Master page tab displaying only the "Pages" tab. The two pages are displayed one above the other. It is an easy task to use the window slider to view either page, You can also double left click on a page and it jumps straight to it. I just think that it would be simpler to have a single left mouse click to navigate between each page.  I appreciate selecting multiple pages might then need a two key selection i.e. hold down the Alt key then mouse click on each page to select multiples. This is not a deal breaker for me - only a suggestion.

    As a long time PagePlus user I am a little bit disappointed - I was hoping that the program would have retained many of the options/facilities available in X9 but brought it up to date. As it is I doubt many users of PagePlus will move over to Publisher. Likewise with those using Adobe (myself included). Having said that I have to keep reminding myself this is only a beta version.





  9. Hi,

    I would like to suggest that you include the "Fill Opacity" within the transparency tool drop down menu i.e.1548119614_869Sep_1216_14.jpg.8fc6a745fc266aa60ab0c89f45b55754.jpg it is made available as an option within the transparency tool. I appreciate it is available on the 'Effects Tab' but it would surely make sense to include "Full" within the transparency tool selections. - Still testing and enjoying the experience.

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