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  1. I'm going to use a Calendar as a way of showing a few useful features I found out - and some suggestions. Firstly, dragging out a table is great! Select the Table icon in the tool bar, select the Snapping tool to get it to snap to the margins, and simply Drag Out the table - you will see it gives dimensions - rows and column counts too! Pretty cool! There are only a few modifier keys available. A modifier key is when you are using the mouse to move/alter something and press a key on the keyboard to get it to behave a different way. Shift = constrains proportions CMD = sizes from the centre point where you clicked on the screen What I think is missing is a modifier key to allow the amount of rows and columns - simple arrow keys could add and remove rows and columns would be super useful! For this calendar - I only want the First 3 rows to appear. Month - Days - Dates I draw out the table and let go of the mouse and low and behold - I have 7 (that was lucky) columns and 3 rows, as I only dragged down that far. The added feature that's pretty cool! With the Table tool still selected - you can drag down the table from the tab as indicated. Or similarly - on the right hand side, grab the tab and drag to add more columns! You can slide them up and down or left and rigth until you have the desired amount of columns or rows. However, once you have made your decision - you cannot remove the rows/columns by dragging them back up. I presume this is to prevent deleting information accidentally, however, if the cells are empty I don't see why this can't be done If you want to remove the column/row you can select it and right click and choose Delete Row However if you have more than one row/column selected you cannot choose to Delete Rows! No option to Delete Rows To delete more than one Row/Column you have to use the Table menu and choose "Delete Rows" or "Delete Columns" Onto the calendar! Select the top row and right click and choose Merge Cells View>Studio>Table (I believe this menu and sub menus are subject to change) Select your table and add some "Insets" so the text doesn't butt up against the cell wall - this is optional and you can adjust to how you like. Very important to ensure you're on the CELLS portion - there is an option for the FRAME - which is above in the screenshot of the Table Panel, this is relating to the Frame the table sits in and not the Table Properties. That's a bit confusing becuase you'd expect the Table options to the forefront of the options, however, not a major issue! In fact it's all optional - I'm leaving mine plain because I want to show another feature. Insert the Month top row - days on the 2nd row - and leave the 3rd row blank. Select the entire 3rd row and go to View>Studio>Paragraph Expand the Bullets and Numbering List! Choose 1. 2. 3. 4. Change the text section to read as. Note - when you edit this panel option - you need to hit Return - this shouldn't be the case - if you don't hit return your changes won't be implemented. Your table should now look like this! Grag the TAB as shown before - to expand the table to add more rows. January 2019 starts on a Tuesday (any calendar will tell you that ) Cool feature! You can select cells noncontiguous - that means they don't have to be beside each other. To do this - select the A3 cell - then let go of the mouse to leave it highlighted. Press the CMD key (possibly CTRL on PC) which is the "modifier key" then select the remaining cells. From the List Type in the Paragraph Panel - you can then set this to NO LIST. Your table will now automatically renumber to ensure all the days have the correct number assigned. Drag the handle down on the side of the table - to make it fill the page! Select the numbered rows - right click and select distribute rows evenly Duplicate your page Rename Month to February January ended on a Thursday - so February starts on a Friday and February 2018 has 28 days. Select the first 3 days - and set the Paragraph Numbering to No List Voila! February is Done! Add your icons! Now you can repeat the steps to make the remaining calendar months!
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    Spine Width Calculator

    Hi Everyone Spine widths for books are usually calculated by the printer, it's based on the micron thickness of the stock of paper, the thickness of the glue, if it's threadsewn or not, and most importantly the amount of pages in the publication. Spine widths are only for books that are perfect bound (with a spine on them). It's a bit of a pain when the printer comes back and tells you it should be 15mm instead of 8mm that you originally hoped it would be. I've created an excel file just for this reason - it gets you 99% of the way to the correct spine width. http://bit.ly/2OXhxv3 Insert the page numbers, then select if it's threadsewn or not. Follow the table to match your stock to paper weight to get a close approximation of the spine width. Check with your printers to ensure all is ok. Hope it helps!
  3. I checked the colour values in Acrobat and they match what's in your document and the images look the same as in Acrobat as in Affinity. What PDF viewer are you using?
  4. Not particularly. Will have newer files sent in in the new file formats. Which means they will be backsaved through the cloud. And any new features that were used in the latest file format will be broken in the older version (as the older version didn't have it). I'll eventually have to upgrade. But ok for now. Publisher missing some bits and bobs, hope they get there though. Love the software.
  5. Might have to switch now... CC2019 was released yesterday, and my older mac is not compatible, need to upgrade, but can't upgrade due to integrating services on the server... maybe forced to move.
  6. Bleed in new doc - yes! This is shaping up nicely.
  7. No they wouldn't. Send printers files from page 1 to page end. That's the way they want them.
  8. Neither exist in Publisher. Hitting tab is as close as you can get for Presentation.
  9. Disappointed that Bleed Settings are not included in the new document dialog box. Is this being looked at? Reported it weeks ago and it gathered a lot of support, hence the disappointment.
  10. Hi Not sure if reported already or not. But, when placing more than 1 image the Place panel opens, however, you can't hit Esc to close it if you change your mind. You have to hit the Tool panel arrow tool. Also, if you place an image, and hit undo, it doesn't reload it back to the Place panel, you have to reload it into the Place panel. It would be better, I think, if you hit undo then it would reappear in the Place panel. Maybe also have an option to remove images. Make a grid. Choose a shape etc.
  11. For years at a career events exhibition show we were asked to incorporate huge QR codes on the stands and also on all the flyers. We had the QR code direct to a unique URL so we could track the amount of times it was accessed. Over 5 years, noobody once scanned the QR codes, from either the large ones printed on the stands, and the ones printed on the flyers.
  12. Sliding the slider the pt doesn't go up beside the Width. And inserting a pt size in the dialog box doesn't cause the Width slider to move. Seems broken
  13. On exporting the PDF change it from All Spreads to All Pages.
  14. Eps is also a legacy format only supported by Adobe for legacy workflows, or archaic workflows if you will. IDML file is an InDesign Mark Up Language, it's essentially a zip file, if you rename the file to .zip you can extract the content. It's basically a glorified XML file. It is used as a way to save back to older versions of InDesign. But also comes in handy if a file is corrupt or behaving strangely, you can export to IDML and open in InDesign and it rebuilds the file.
  15. I'd need to know more about the RIP and more about the workflow to offer any advice. A separated file is different to separate plates. The RIP calculates all the information and outputs plates based on this. What software are you printing from directly to a RIP? How are PDFs causing problems? I'm suprised a litho printers is not using a PdF centric workflow. And HankScorpio is me - when I'm on mobile it posts with that name as it was my original signed up name here - but reverts back to my old name when on my phone.
  16. It's been asked many times - and no definite answer.
  17. I agree with you - it needs to be added. But you can't make claims that it's not safe and it's not quick. That's misinformation. Yes - inDesigns feature is good - but it's not great. There's switches you need to flick in InDesign to get this to work. Affinity could make this better.
  18. Typically for a book cover with a spine I would have a separate file. Yes, the only way to do it in Publisher at the moment is by creating a document at the size of the overall size and also including spine width. For example, if it's 210mm wide, with a 10mm spine - then it's 210+10+210 = 430 mm wide. Add 2 columns and make the column width 10mm. That's pretty much how every book cover was designed and sent to printers up to when InDesign allowed multiple page sizes. Just because you don't agree with a way to do it is no reason to spread misinformation. Creating a book cover prior to InDesigns multi-page size feature was not cumbersome at all, it was a fairly standard way of creating it. People often sent in a front, back and spine PDF file. Nothing wrong with that either. There's many ways to do it. And just because you're used to a certain way of something working doesn't make other ways "not a good way to do it". I get that you're disappointed this feature is not in Publisher - but write concise posts and push for the change in positive ways. Correct, Publisher will not allow you to create a 2 page spread - it's a bit of an oversight by Publisher - actually it's a huge oversight.
  19. If it's a saddle stitched or perfect bound book then it will be fine. Just make sure that you have bleed on all 3 sides in the document setup and bleed applied to all pages. Any image that spans the page will be fine. If it's a wiro bound book then you will need to use non-facing pages, and duplicate the image. The image resizing within a frame is due to be fixed - it's a known bug. All in in all - I wouldn't recommend using Beta products for actual work.
  20. Someone suggested I put this here - posted in the Affinity Publisher Forum - See the link above for additional comments Post from link is copy and pasted below: I'm going to use a Calendar as a way of showing a few useful features I found out - and some suggestions.Firstly, dragging out a table is great! Select the Table icon in the tool bar, select the Snapping tool to get it to snap to the margins, and simply Drag Out the table - you will see it gives dimensions - rows and column counts too! Pretty cool!There are only a few modifier keys available. A modifier key is when you are using the mouse to move/alter something and press a key on the keyboard to get it to behave a different way. Shift = constrains proportions CMD = sizes from the centre point where you clicked on the screen What I think is missing is a modifier key to allow the amount of rows and columns - simple arrow keys could add and remove rows and columns would be super useful! For this calendar - I only want the First 3 rows to appear. Month - Days - DatesI draw out the table and let go of the mouse and low and behold - I have 7 (that was lucky) columns and 3 rows, as I only dragged down that far. The added feature that's pretty cool!With the Table tool still selected - you can drag down the table from the tab as indicated. Or similarly - on the right hand side, grab the tab and drag to add more columns!You can slide them up and down or left and rigth until you have the desired amount of columns or rows. However, once you have made your decision - you cannot remove the rows/columns by dragging them back up. I presume this is to prevent deleting information accidentally, however, if the cells are empty I don't see why this can't be done If you want to remove the column/row you can select it and right click and choose Delete RowHowever if you have more than one row/column selected you cannot choose to Delete Rows! No option to Delete Rows To delete more than one Row/Column you have to use the Table menu and choose "Delete Rows" or "Delete Columns" Onto the calendar!Select the top row and right click and choose Merge Cells View>Studio>Table (I believe this menu and sub menus are subject to change) Select your table and add some "Insets" so the text doesn't butt up against the cell wall - this is optional and you can adjust to how you like. Very important to ensure you're on the CELLS portion - there is an option for the FRAME - which is above in the screenshot of the Table Panel, this is relating to the Frame the table sits in and not the Table Properties.That's a bit confusing becuase you'd expect the Table options to the forefront of the options, however, not a major issue! In fact it's all optional - I'm leaving mine plain because I want to show another feature.Insert the Month top row - days on the 2nd row - and leave the 3rd row blank.Select the entire 3rd row and go to View>Studio>Paragraph Expand the Bullets and Numbering List! Choose 1. 2. 3. 4. Change the text section to read as. Note - when you edit this panel option - you need to hit Return - this shouldn't be the case - if you don't hit return your changes won't be implemented. Your table should now look like this! Grab the TAB as shown before - to expand the table to add more rows. January 2019 starts on a Tuesday (any calendar will tell you that )Cool feature! You can select cells noncontiguous - that means they don't have to be beside each other. To do this - select the A3 cell - then let go of the mouse to leave it highlighted. Press the CMD key (possibly CTRL on PC) which is the "modifier key" then select the remaining cells. From the List Type in the Paragraph Panel - you can then set this to NO LIST. Your table will now automatically renumber to ensure all the days have the correct number assigned. Drag the handle down on the side of the table - to make it fill the page! Select the numbered rows - right click and select distribute rows evenly Duplicate your page Rename Month to February January ended on a Thursday - so February starts on a Friday and February 2018 has 28 days. Select the first 3 days - and set the Paragraph Numbering to No List Voila! February is Done! Add your icons! Now you can repeat the steps to make the remaining calendar months! Download the file here https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrww5ta141zzck3/Calendar.afpub?dl=0
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    PDF Export not working

    A lot of 3rd party PDF viewers don't comply to all of Adobe's standards/modules, the only true viewer of PDFs (whichi is an Adobe file format) is Adobe Acrobat. You may want to report this to Affinity too, as there may be something they can include in PDF exports for 3rd Party viewers to ensure it displays better.
  22. Not being bad though - you think that Affinity can build a better one into the software and keep it at the low price as per other apps they have? There's a bit of a price for them because they are worth it - it is specialist software - and why I keep coming back to the reason why it shouldn't be included as part of Publisher. However, I hope Affinity opens up the apps to developers, so that they can install Plugins - that would be very welcome.
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