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    thetasig got a reaction from Pauls in Opening Long Silent Delay   
    Thanks Pauls - the file is uploading now - it will take a short while to finish up, maybe 15 minutes or so. Good luck checking out the document...
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    thetasig got a reaction from Old Bruce in not responding   
    Thanks, Bruce. OK - figured it out. It was not the history that caused the delays (since I have never saved history). However, it is the Resource Manager that goes quietly into action just after the file is fully loaded. Takes another 2 minutes or so and then the Resource Manager pops up with details. It has 746 unique entries (jpg) with some repeated as background/graphics, etc. The document file itself is 3.46GB and the photos are embedded. 235 pages at 2 pages per spread. Activity Monitor shows AFPUB using 25.48GB. Computer memory is 48GB and  system SSD is 1TB  with 555GB used. I think it is not wise to attempt to "do" anything until the Resource Manager has completed its tasks upon loading. No glitches so far during additional editing.
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    thetasig got a reaction from Patrick Connor in Crash - Adding Text Frames to document   
    I believe this is working well now. I haven't had such a crash in several days of editing with 1.7.0.305 and the previous version.
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    thetasig got a reaction from walt.farrell in Index page numbers indent   
    Walt - thanks for your help. I tried your suggestions.
    And it worked. Many thanks.
    Now if Serif will just fix the splitting of single page numbers across two lines, line-leading commas and spaces, then it will be nearly ideal. (Separate bugs have been submitted already.)
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    thetasig got a reaction from Jowday in Creating an index   
    I'd strongly suggest using a "Concordance" file in AFPUB to mark words or phrases to be indexed. MS Word and other s/w has this feature. I think they use a spreadsheet format for the file. The advantages are clear: all you have to do is to create an external text file with all of the words (or phrases) you wish to index (two columns). Then the software will read that file into the document and automatically mark the each word in the document to be indexed. Having to do this manually word-for-word in the document is a real slap in the face. A nice feature of the Concordance file is that it has two columns: the first column lists the actual word you want to find. The second column is how you wish that word to appear in the index itself. An example is:
    financial services                 Services: financial
    computer services               Services: computer
    computer                               Computer
    services                                 Services
    The second column allows for a "parent" index word "Services" (I think indenting in the index child below the parent might be optional in some cases).
    Handling phrases is a key feature that should be implemented. Note, for example, that "computer services" above might be listed in three places in the index as:
    Computer    5, 10, 22, 75
    Services       5, 33, 52, 75
    Services: computer    5, 75
    The follow-on for this type of feature is a "command" to remove all index entries from the document in one fell swoop.
    The clear advantage of the Concordance file is that it can be used for many different documents, especially in a situation where many documents are 'technical' or fall into a particular genre. The file can be kept, shared among coworkers, added to over time, and edited as needed to restructure the final index appearance.
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    thetasig got a reaction from cubesquareredux in Adding new pages/Odd Even Fields reverse   
    I have a document that uses a Master A with page# and Section fields. These fields show up on each page of the document with fields on the left for even pages and fields on the right for odd pages. I added a single page in the middle of a 2-page section which pushed the remaining pages forward. So the blank recto (odd) page was added. This page was mistakenly internally marked as dexter (even) and so the Master fields were in the wrong place. By re -applying the Master to the affected pages (2 of them) the problem was resolved. I had done this two times with a different set of pages and the same mistake happened. However, it seems apparent that APub lost its way during that exercise and probably needs a looking into. Using 1.7.0.238 on a Mac High Sierra 10.13.6.
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    thetasig got a reaction from Steps in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    Plenty of published books, magazines, sales pamphlets, and brochures, etc., use decorative frames, or nested frames, to contain graphics and photos. The idea should not limited to "photo book" publishing. I love the idea of integrating it into Affinity Publisher in some way that is flexible for many publishing needs.
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    thetasig reacted to Steps in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    Yes, this is exactly what I would expect. You did a great job working this out.
    And you are also right about first selecting a picture and then clicking in assets as this would be consistent with the way styles are added to a layer.
    I'd love to see that functionality and at least some predefined sample frames in the assets.
    Please, devs, read this and consider it.
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    thetasig reacted to fde101 in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    Correct, this is why I gave my set of potential improvements.  I don't think it needs to be dragged onto the picture; I think the picture should be selected then click (or maybe double-click) on the frame in the assets panel... but the Affinity team would obviously need to be the ones to decide if any of this happens at all and how.
     
    Probably because this is not picture book software and no one likely thought of this use case or spent the time on it yet.  I do think this should be an easy enough request to flesh out if they decide to do this and it does not seem at all unreasonable.  Also, assets can be exported/imported so even if there are not frames included by default, if the functionality to swap them onto the pictures is provided, this would be a relatively easy thing for a 3rd party to offer a library of (even if they DO include frames by default, 3rd parties should be able to offer additional frame collections...)
     
    Now that I am starting to think of groups in the mix, here is the behavior I am thinking would work:
     
    If an asset in the panel is double-clicked on (or maybe single-clicked, not sure what the exact action should be here), it should be checked for the presence of a single picture frame or text frame object, possibly as the asset, or as a child layer within it.
    If such a frame is found, and there are one or more objects selected in the document:
    Loop through the selected objects.  For each one:
        if the object is an image or pixel layer and the asset contains a picture frame:
            check to see if the object is currently inside a picture frame; if it is, send that frame into step "replace frame" below
                if it is not currently inside a picture frame: add a copy of the asset to the document scaled to match the transform
                    of the frame in the asset to the transform of the selected image or pixel layer; move the selected layer into the new
                    frame as its content layer
        else if the object is a text frame and the asset contains a text frame:
            replace the selected object with a copy of the asset, scaled so that the text frame in the asset matches the transform
                of the one that was selected to begin with; if the original text frame was linked, connect the replacement frame in the
                same manner as the frame being replaced and reflow the existing text - otherwise, add the text from the object being
                replaced to the new text box
        else if the object is a picture frame and the asset contains a picture frame:
            send that frame into step "replace frame" below
    end loop
     
    to replace frame:
        add a copy of the asset to the document, scaled to match the transform of the contained frame to the transform
            of the frame being replaced.
        move the content layer of the frame being replaced into the new frame added as part of the asset (replacing any
            that might have been included in the asset)
        delete the original frame
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    thetasig reacted to Steps in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    Thank you for elaborating this idea, @fde101
    I really hope that devs may read this and see if they can come up with one of your solutions.
    ---
    EDIT:
    I played a little around with that. Now I have three layers in a group I named "My decorative border":
    The border as Pixel or Vector The mask The empty picture frame I moved that group to my assets and deleted it. I dragged it back after that.
    Now I place an image in my document. To get in into the frame the only way is to use the layers
    panel and move that directly onto the Picture Frame layer. The group must be expanded first of course.
    If the image is not already in the document I can choose the Picture Frame directly from the layers panel
    and use the "Replace Image" option.
    What I like to see is dragging the asset (which has ONE empty picture frame) ONTO an image and
    the image gets automaticly wrapped into that group.
    I think this is what happens in photo book software behind the scenes and maybe dev finds
    that this convenience feature is easy to implement.
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    EDIT 2:
    And beside making it easier to use I think the Publisher should already come with a small set of decorative frames.
    There are icons and glyphs. Why no frames?
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    thetasig reacted to fde101 in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    This isn't exactly photobook software, but this does seem like a reasonable extension to the assets panel.  I believe you can already set up a custom group of objects and store pre-designed "frames" there:
    You could store them to be used as masks; to use them as masks (currently) you would need to drag one out, resize it over the picture/frame, and drag it in the layers palette to the mask position of the image/pixel layer.  Potential improvement would be able to mark it as a mask in the asset panel and clicking on it with an object selected would replace the object's mask (if any) with an appropriately scaled copy of the asset.  Note that using as a mask would not allow for them to become "borders" - they would constrain the shape of the image but would not add a border to them.
    You could alternatively use them as preset frames, which would allow for a border; for this you would convert them to picture frames before storing them in the asset group, then you would drag one out and have an empty "fancy" picture frame to add your photo to.  Currently I do not believe this would allow for dynamic switching; potential improvement would be for the asset panel to replace a selected container with a scaled copy of the one clicked on in the palette when another frame of the same type is selected (ex. if a picture frame is selected and you click on a picture frame in the asset palette, the selected frame would be replaced with a scaled copy of the one clicked on in the palette, which would receive the content of the one that was replaced - similar could be done with a text frame).
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    thetasig reacted to Steps in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    My point is to make it really really easy with "one click".
    In all photobook software I have Seen so far you can drag a frame onto the picture and the frame is applied.
    Think of this as an convience method.
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    thetasig reacted to fde101 in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    A few of those look like they could be done with the shape tool then apply styles to them?
    You can convert a shape to a picture frame using the "Convert to Picture Frame" option in the Layer menu.
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    thetasig reacted to Steps in Decorative frames for pictures?   
    Since Publisher comes with some assets like iOS icons and has some predefined Styles like "80s Poster Shines" I wondered if there should be some decorative frames included.
    I'm talking about an easy way to apply frames like https://www.vecteezy.com/free-vector/decorative-frames to Picture Frames.
    I also attached a screenshot from a photobook creation software of their masks.
    The point is that you can do it with Photoshop and I'm pretty sure that by using mask layers this can be achieved somehow in Publisher too, but it's really cumbersome.
    If you want to create a nice photobook really quick it's cool to have predfined masks you can apply to an image with one click.
    Also it would be nice if there is a way to save a created mask to easily reuse it or share with others.

    My background with using Publisher is that I want to create a photo book and order that as PDF.
    I know it's easier to just use propritary software of photobook printing services, but as they don't give you a PDF for your digital archive I watch out for solutions like Publisher.
    This feature may be useful to reach more normal end users like me that like to order photo books and hate that vendor lock-in that prevents getting a proper PDF of your work.
    I find the Publisher really easy to use compared to Scribus and VivaDesigner. And of course InDesign is way too expensive for a hobby.
    So there may be only very small adjustments to be made for a broader audience beside professionals.
    What do you think?
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