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Clayton King

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  1. That's helpful to understand. I guess then, the question becomes how I can edit a Designer document (only the Designer document) from within a Publisher file. I don't want to save (or export) the entire Publisher document - just the linked Designer file on a layout.
  2. I thought the idea was to open the SELECTED file in the NATIVE application. This workflow seems nonsensical to me, but I'm sure works for someone in other circumstances. For me, it's become easier to simply have both applications running, save the Designer file and respond to the Resource Manager message in Publisher. A bit of extra work, but much less confusing for me, at least.
  3. Interesting.... another thing I noticed is that when (in Publisher) choosing File Edit to open a Designer file, it actually opens the Publisher file (i.e., that page) rather than the Designer document on the page. For example, I have a Publisher layout that is landscape, and have a Designer image in the upper right corner of the Publisher layout. File Edit in Designer opens the entire spread.
  4. I'm quite confused by this. I understand personas provide a workspace of the other apps to allow for editing. But I have a linked Designer document placed in my Publisher file (not embedded). When I use the Designer persona to make edits to it, the original, native file is not updated. Thus, this Designer document which is placed in multiple Publisher files does not update. What am I missing?
  5. Has anyone come up with a reasonable workaround for the lack of packaging in Publisher? I tried making everything embedded, saving the file in a new folder and making everything linked, but I was never given the option of specifying the folder to which the newly linked files are written...
  6. I would think the object (box, text, etc.) would revert the way it was created. The best example I can give is Photoshop where, when an object is either placed or created and a style applied, the style adds the various effects/techniques stored in the style. In the styles palette in PS, the remove style simply removes those effects from the object and it reverts to what it was originally. I'm sure the nomenclature is different, and perhaps "remove" is the wrong word. Perhaps "unapply" is more approriate.
  7. In truth, the styles palette has discreet styles created for the purpose of applying multiple style components (i.e., color overlay, stroke, shadow, etc.). The ability to simply remove the style you applied to an object is critical. Using Undo is not reasonable as the application of a style may have happened 20 actions before, or the desired look may have changed. It seems reasonable to have a "remove" styles right in the style palette...
  8. For managing long documents, particularly with many images and placed objects, packaging is critical. The design process itself tends to create a lot of bloat in a folder structure. Packaging allows for saving a clean copy of the document with all its resources, including fonts. I have worked in prepress for 15 years and that's one area InDesign excels. Affinity Publisher is supported, but the process is difficult for customers.
  9. I completely agree... There are two very strong camps in the US: Adobe Suite and Corel Suite. Corel has in the past, been the more intuitive program. However, it has also become quite buggy... That said, I'd like AD to be my main design app for workflow, but without the ability to convert the 1000+ Corel drawings, I'm somewhat hosed. Exporting to other formats as an intermediary is not clean.
  10. I have no idea if this is the best place to post this or not.... I'm trying to replicate a 7-panel brochure I did in Adobe Indesign and having problems with making the transition. The finished, folded size is 4" x 9". So I created my initial document with those dimensions. The inside panels of the brochure must be 4 7/8 (3.875") x 9 to accommodate fold creep. So I create a second master with those dimensions. I want each "panel" of the brochure to be a page, and then want to lay them out side by side to create the brochure inside and outside. Attached is a thumnail of the Indesign page panel showing the page panels (pages) in spreads. Each panel is a page and, when dragged into this configuration, create the spreads to print. Is this even possible in Publisher?
  11. I agree completely. I've been a CorelDRAW user since version 1 on Windows 3. I had always found it superior to Adobe Illustrator. However, since Corel has been delivering buggy software, and AI is bloated, I have been trying to migrate to Affinity products.... the ability to open a navite CDR file would be tremendously helpful.
  12. I'm exploring under the hood of APhoto and wondered if anyone knew of a way (or utility) that would convert Photoshop Actions to APhoto Macros. I have a huge amount of time (and money in some cases) in Photoshop actions, so I I'd like to move them if possible. Ideas?
  13. Several things come to mind for me... First and foremost, based on the title of the post, I was looking for a thread with advice, observations, etc., about switching from Photoshop to APhoto. I spent 25 years working in high tech and enterprise software development. I spent a long time working on my Adobe certification and have been a user since the first Windows version in 1987, along with Aldus Photostyler and Micrographix Picture Publisher - all of which wound up being acquired by Adobe and rolled into what we call Photoshop today. I like Photoshop, but also feel it has become cumbersome and ultimately expensive, particularly when compared to APhoto which, aside from UI differences, does a good job and at $50. Similarly, I was never an adopter of Adobe Illustrator and have always favored CorelDRAW for a variety of reasons. I now own ADesigner and was able to turn out a show poster using it, out of the box with almost no pressing F1, in about 3 hours. So, while I have no interest in an Adobe vs. Affinity debate, I will say I've been impressed with Affinity's commitment to delivery functional code. It would be extremely helpful, if it's not already done, to have a literal "I'm switching from Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator to Affinity Photo/Designer" document, blog, thread, etc.
  14. I'm not sure if it's me, or if it's Affinity Photo... When I open a Photoshop file that contains text layers, they open as pixel layers, so the text is not editable. Is this normal behavior, or am I doing something wrong?
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