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    REQ: Pica measuring system

    I have said this in another posting. As an American bookbinder, I prefer metric over inch-based measurements for more accuracy and less effort when constructing book structures. But as a typographer, points+picas is a must. Picas are not exclusively an American requirement. Didot, a French type designer in the 1700s invented the points/pica measurement as a typographic standard. Didot designed stunning and classic font families still used today. This is not about what countries use what measurements in publishing but to what purpose the measurements are used for accuracy and expediency. There are 12 points to 1 pica, 6 picas to an inch or 72 points to an inch - or going by Didot's 1pica measure = 4.512 mm. To deal with accurate typographic control with the least effort, PICAs are an absolute must whether in the US or Europe. And yes there are 3 different point/pica measure systems and Postscript tries to compensate in the digital world.
  2. As a bookbinder in the US, I prefer metric over inches/feet as it is the most efficient and quicker measurement for fine binding of books. As a typographer, metric does not cut it - NOR does inches/feet. Points/Picas describe font measurement in Europe and US. In fact, Didot a French type designer from the 1700s was the first to establish the point/pica system to produce some of the finest typographic families in the world. For type, it is the most efficient and quickest measurement whether in the US or Europe. It is not just an "American" system and it is not an outdated system. It is a system with a specific purpose and it should be included for any designer concerned with accuracy paired with expedience.
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    Print book layout

    Totally vote for this one! PLEASE!!!
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    REQ: Pica measuring system

    I totally agree! Points are to picas as inches are to feet. I can't imagine having one without the other!
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    Book publishing

    I totally agree with this! It seems Affinity Publisher is building an app to be a great UI layout designer and brochure layout software. Nice and useful direction, but, print and digital publishers need more from a publishing app. Being able to control the number of pages in signature units goes a long way in the Print Book option. I think this is a basic request as well as eBook export. Those 2 basic features would position AP for a competitive option over other industry publishing apps.
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    Picas

    Another request for Pica measurement, PLEASE!!!!
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    Book publishing function

    I use InDesign's Booklet option for printing in the program itself to configure the signatures and then export to PDF for printing. Why have a "Book" print configuration for only 4 pages at a time? That would require a huge effort to work around.
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    Book publishing function

    Others here have requested more robust Book features, which I agree with. There is a need to go beyond just the magazine format and perfect binding. As a bookbinder using hand-stitched signature units, I also need control of the number of pages in a folded signature unit when printing. The "Book" option in the Print dialog box makes provisions for only 4 pages per signature unit. We need minimal options for 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32 signature page unit configurations. Others may need more, But these are the signature units I use the most based on paper weight specifications.
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