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  1. Cross-references is the feature I have been waiting for.

    Will it be possible to set up cross-reference formats, so that you can have a cross reference that also generates prefix, infix and postfix text? In other words, can you create a cross reference that looks like this:

    See Section 3.2 Task-Switching Penalties on page 47.

    ...or, are the references limited to just page numbers?

    Will it be possible to automatically format cross-references differently depending on output format? For example:

    PDF for print: See Section 3.2 Task-Switching Penalties on page 47.

    eBook/HTML: See 3.2 Task-Switching Penalties.


  2. Linked layers have significantly reduced quality when exported. See the picture:

    To the left, the model is on a linked layer. To the right, the model has been embedded in the main file.

    I can sometimes force an update by opening the linked file at the same time as I have the main file open, but that only increases the quality a bit. I do not get the full image quality.

    I am running Photo v2.0.0 on Windows 11. I use Google Drive, but all files are stored locally on the hard drive.

    Screenshot 2022-12-03 111957 - Difference between linked -left- and embedded -right- layer.png

  3. On 11/11/2022 at 10:07 AM, cybertec69 said:

    There is none. I can't use it with dxophotolab. The only way to pin it to your desktop is to pin it to your Taskbar when it initially opens up after you install it. The Affinity 2 and all other Affinity 2 programs will not show up in your programs folder, which is absurd. I have never seen anything like this. 



    I have the same problem with DXO Photolab. 

    I know Serif moved the files to the Windows 11 starting location. That location isn't available even as an administrator. Changing access rights so DXO can start Affinity does not work.

    This really needs to be fixed.

  4. On 1/22/2022 at 3:26 PM, Trevor A said:

    Photography is one of two distinct areas of expertise that I have.  I have been asked to write a book on photography but abandoned using Affinity Publisher the first time I needed to use a footnote!

    Yes, Affinity Publisher is definitely lacking in book publishing features. The lack of footnotes, endnotes, and cross-references, are the worst omissions, but the more I work with the software, the more problems I find.

    Still, I do not know of any reasonably priced alternative. I do not want to rent Adobe products, and that makes Affinity Publisher the only game in town.

    On the other hand, with a bit of luck, Serif is working on fixing the current shortcomings. I hope they do it before I finish my book. 🙂

  5. On 1/22/2022 at 4:43 PM, walt.farrell said:

    Unlikely. The next release should be 1.10.5, and as a "point" release (.5) we'd expect mainly bug fixes, not significant new functions.

    I wouldn't expect a significant new function until 1.11, at the earliest.

    You are probably correct.

    What has me a bit worried is that they implemented hyperlink functionality suitable for eBooks, but not any sort of eBook export, and then named their hyperlinks "cross-references".

    Serif usually plan the functionality in their applications very well, but this time I am not so sure they are doing that.

  6. On 1/22/2022 at 2:31 PM, Ali said:

    No chance. You might get something (but nobody knows), however it will not be as sophisticated as it will be in apps that have been in development for many, many years longer. Keep your expectations realistic. :)

    Back in the day when I was a software developer, I designed and built a cross-reference system for XMetaL. It's not that difficult.

    Serif does not have to work out everything from scratch. They can borrow ideas from systems that work, like the FrameMaker cross-references, LaTex, Basser Lout, DocBook, XLink, or even Word.

  7. 12 hours ago, William Milligan said:

    I have reformatted my computer and can not register Publisher. Won't accept mt e-mail and registration code. Please help

    William Milligan

    I have the same problem.
    Might have a solution.

    I took the advice earlier in this thread, and started Affinity Photo as an administrator. You can do that by right-clicking on the Affinity Photo icon and selecting "Run as Administrator" in the pop-up menu.

    That enabled me to start the login process. Unfortunately, the Affinity store was down for maintenance, so I'll have to try again in a couple of hours.

  8. Linked pictures in Affinity Photo are extremely slow to update.

    In the screenshot, the hand is part of a linked image. When I zoomed in, I saw only a low resolution version of the linked image. Image layers that were embedded updated normally. It took several minutes for the embedded image to update.

    I have noticed the same phenomenon with Affinity Publisher, so the bug is not unique to Affinity Photo.



  9. I'm trying to set up master pages for an anthology.

    I need to set up different headers for left and right pages.

    Left header: The name of the author of the chapter.

    Right header: The chapter title

    The author name is in a paragraph with an Author paragraph tag.

    The chapter title is tagged with a Chapter Title paragraph tag.

    This is a pretty basic setup, and it drives me nuts that Affinity Publisher can't handle it.

    I understand that Publisher is currently targeted at short documents, like brochures, but if you list must-haves for longer documents, it's actually a very short list:

    • Fields showing text in most recent paragraph with a specified tag (Yes, FrameMaker handles that too.)
    • Cross-Reference support a lá FrameMaker

    Lack of the two functions above are the only show-stoppers for simple book layouts. Of course, an almost-necessary-to-have list would be much, much longer, but for the time being, I can do without that, if I could get the two functions listed above.

    So close, and yet, so far away.


  10. @GarryP I posted the original message some time ago. I went with PowerPoint in the end. I tried a bunch of other programs, but none of them measured up in terms of features, quality of transitions, and ease of use. Acrobat Reader is not very useful to me, I am afraid, except as a PDF reader, of course.

    As an example: The most recent animation I did was to illustrate the difference between vertically and horizontally sliced requirements for large scale software systems development in terms of the effect on multi-team process flows.

    I can't do that with Acrobat Reader, or any of the other solutions people have proposed to me, in this thread, and elsewhere.

    PowerPoint is not ideal, but it does the job, at least with fairly simple animations. The animation I mentioned above still has some kinks, due to the way PowerPoint handles morphing (it does not morph curves with connectors properly), but those kinks can be worked out, or worked around.

  11. On 10/14/2019 at 7:51 PM, Steps said:

    I also went to use PDFs only for presentations. Even if I use a PowerPoint master I export a PDF.

    First of all for compatibiliy and long term archival.

    But second I don't need or use those animstions. It's kind of not serious to use that gimmicks.

    For a lot of things, a PDF would be sufficient.

    On the other hand, it would not work for me.

    My photography presentations are, for the most part, technically simple. I use a simple cross-fade most of the time. There are 2-3 exceptions in most presentations though, when I need a bit more than PDF can provide.

    Also, when I make presentations about systems and complexity thinking, I often need to show how things change over time, and then, animation tools are really handy. PDF would not do at all.

    So, it depends on what you want to accomplish.

  12. On 9/5/2019 at 11:27 PM, philipt101 said:

    finding this a hard to use vehicle after few months so if it's me i'll bite the bullet and go back to photoshop where at least the icons are visible and a good size.....ideas to help ? classes on line etc.. i'll try rather than waste more time  then blow it out

    I am afraid you are in the wrong thread, but yes, there is a lot of material on how to use Affinity Photo:

    • Serif has videos on Youtube that are very good. Plenty of material made by others too.
    • There are books available. Check out the Serif home page, or just the splash screen of your application.
    • The online Help is actually helpful. Try it and see.
  13. 11 minutes ago, elmonopascual said:

    Hi HenrikM. If you feel the application is not what you need its Ok.

    I think the transition you want is not called fade but blend (or something like that: in my language (spanish) it appears as "mezcla"). I attach you a video so you can see how it looks.

    Maybe that transition is not present in the free version.

    Regarding to the license server, I disconnected for a while and worked with the application and I had not problems.

    In the forum they say the Internet Connection is required to activate the software, and it just shouldn't do it again unless you change your hardware.

    By the way: the company is producing this kind of software since 1987.


    But again, you should work with a software you feel well. I hope you can find it.


    Thanks for the video.

    I downloaded the 30 day trial version of the program, and I do not think there was a Blend transition in it.

    The transition looks good, but all things considered, I'll go with PowerPoint this time around, despite its flaws.

    The information I got about the license server was from the text in the licence agreement. The hardware configuration of my computer changes several times a week, because I connect different devices depending on what I do. The changes I make probably do not trigger a search for the licence server, but then again, they just might.

    With PowerPoint, at least I know what I'll get: A presentation program with a paradigm so bad it contributed to two spaceshuttle crashes.

    Most of the other programs I have looked at try to emulate the program that made the spaceshuttles crash as closely as possible. One would think there would be room for better products in the market.

  14. 2 hours ago, elmonopascual said:

    Hi HenrikM. Have you tried Softmaker Office (Presentations)?


    - The licence can be bought in a one time purchase.
    - It's not dependant on the Internet. It runs on your computer.
    - The quality is pretty good (performance, compatibility with MS Office, etc.). I use it and I have no complains till now.

    Also, there is a free version (FreeOffice) with some limitations but it let you try its features before buy the complete version.

    Edit: The price of the complete version is very affordable too.

    Thank you for the tip.

    I downloaded SoftMaker and tried it out.

    When I tried to do a fade between two slides, the screen first faded to black, then went from black to the second picture. That is a bug, plain and simple. A cross fade must not have a fade to black in the middle.

    I also tried a dissolve, and the picture dissolved into rather large pixels. Very far from the smooth transition you get with Keynote.

    The other transitions were a mixed bag. Some looked pretty good.

    However, the abominable cross fade is a showstopper. Cross Fade is the transition I use for nearly all slides in a presentation, and the reason for that is simple: It is the only one that does not look jarring when you watch a presentation.

    I have paying audiences. I will not show them anything that looks clunky or ugly (except when on purpose, of course).

    There are a couple of other problems too, like the software locking up if it cannot access a license server, which it tries to access at random intervals. That means if the company that makes SoftMaker goes out of business, the software will eventually lock up and become useless. It also means the software can suddenly lock up while you are about to do a presentation, if it decides to check for a license server, and cannot access the Internet.

    So, I am afraid this is not the presentation software I need or want.

    It looks to me like PowerPoint, despite its many flaws, is the only thing that comes close to a professional presentation program running on Windows. For now, that is probably the way I have to go.

    If Serif did a presentation program, as long as it has a working cross fade, I'd ditch PowerPoint in a second.

  15. 1 hour ago, Alfred said:

    All the indications are that Serif is now working exclusively on their Affinity suite, so any presentation app would be part of that suite. If that is the case, the same constraints would apply.

    I did suggest that Affinity Presents would be part of the Affinity suite. I listed several reasons for why this would be a good idea in my original posting.
    Even so, creating a new app would require time, and quite a bit of work, and that would slow down development of the applications they already have, so whether it is a good idea, depends on how good the business case is. I believe there could be a good business case, but that is for the people at Serif to decide.

    If they add a new application, any new application, it would not have the same constraints as the existing applications. If it had, it would not be able to do anything new.

    Photo, Designer, and Publisher have a partially overlapping set of constraints, but it is not the same set for all applications. A new application in the suite would also have a set of constraints that are partially new, and partially overlap.

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