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    Clayton King got a reaction from This forum is for amatuers in Document Presets   
    More and more I am moving from Adobe Creative Suite to Affinity. I am wondering if there is to disable some of the document presets, particularly in Designer and Publisher.
    As an American user, I will likely never use the European presets. In terms of workflow, it is cumbersome and often time consuming to scroll through the many (thanks for being thorough!) available presets to find one of a handfull most of us would use. Perhaps a preference setting where various presets could be dis/enabled? Or perhaps preset files that reside in a folder (similar to the way Word handles dotx files)?
    If it's not possible now, can this be considered as a feature enhancement for future releases?
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    Clayton King reacted to MikeW in Mail Merge/Array Merge for AD/AP?   
    The current APub beta has a developing merge capabilities. This is a first pass at incorporating it. I don't know when it will make it to the release stage.
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    Clayton King reacted to dominik in Nonprinting layers   
    Hi @Clayton King,
    it is not possible in a way you are asking for. But there is an option to exclude specific layers from export in AD's Export Persona. These layers stay visible in AD's design view.
    Then, if you export your file e.g. as a PDF you can choose not to include those layers (in the export dialog) these layers are not visible in the rendered document. You then can print from the exported file.
    I admit this is a rather cumbersome way of doing it and perhaps not of much use for you. But I thought it's good to know anyway 🙂
    d.
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    Clayton King reacted to jezekjan in Designer Layers / Artboards and how they work in Publisher   
    @Gabe
    Can you please explain how to select a different artboard within my Affinity Design/Photo file? I didn't found out how.. 

    Drag/Drop or by "placing"? I always get only "Artboard1" placed
     
    Thank you very much!!!
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    Clayton King reacted to David.P in Set Rotation Anchor Points   
    I wished it even would show that icon when selecting something and hovering over the rotation handle -- but it doesn't for me 
    What's more, when I rotate a group (containing a bitmap and lots of vectors) using "Transform" values, that group doesn't even rotate about its center
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    Clayton King reacted to Ray C in Objects to "No Print"   
    Let me speak about "back in the day"... This can be traced back decades in the desktop publishing realm.
    The desktop publishing app may perhaps present the vastest array of uses, and users, of any other software; and so , should offer the most versatility.
    I mostly use my desktop publisher for printing labels and envelopes or composing downloadable pdfs for a website I run for a local club.
    I may never use some of the more sophisticated features aimed at the professional, but appreciate the ease of use and availability of many features.
    I am accustomed to creating orientation and other printing guides while figuring out how to create and print an envelope size my printer doesn't have built into it's driver.
    The question is; should the user find a way to work around the software, or should the software work for the user?
    The no-print is really helpful.

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    Clayton King reacted to Oval in Span Columns   
    Or when you choose to count that the launch of APu was announced for 2015 … well, for the so called “most powerful publishing software” this feature is missed too long!
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    Clayton King reacted to deeds in ¿HowTo: Convert between Art Text and Frame Text?   
    Firstly, thanks for responding, Dave.
     
    Secondly, it's not just about me.
     
    Most (I think) using vector design software, make artistic text first (CorelDraw term!) for all the little bits they need, and to try fonts out for each thing they're attempting to make, and then, at some point, they'll need to write paragraph text, so they just convert one to paragraph text and off they go.
     
    But it's often little instance of text from this to that. And back again, if and when it doesn't work.
     
    Whilst it took Adobe forever to include this functionality in Illustrator, much of the rest of the world had this ability to go between "lay out text" and "logo text" since at or near their inception.
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    Clayton King got a reaction from Uncle Jack in Span Columns   
    I realize that everyone has a wish list, but spanning columns is not a wish-it's a requirement. Creating a separate frame for a heading (for example), linking that frame to one that follows creates text flow nightmares. 
    As others have mentioned, much older programs handled this well. I was a beta testers years ago for Ventura and  Aldus, both of which had this feature. Requiring additional text frames is not only cumbersome and costs layout time, measurements are infinitely more difficult to calculate with regard to lead, spacing and such. 
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    Clayton King reacted to MikeW in Span Columns   
    I use it on Win10 to transfer manuals, etc., to QXP still. As long as I use real TrueType fonts, everything works through to PDF. But it needed a complete rewrite to keep going and none of the then-present Corel programmers could take it on. But yep, the investors could have sold it on back in 2002. But no one would buy the code today. It would be wasted money.
    There are things VP did that no layout application has ever done. Like the no-break attribute for paragraphs...

     
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    Clayton King got a reaction from Markio in Span Columns   
    I realize that everyone has a wish list, but spanning columns is not a wish-it's a requirement. Creating a separate frame for a heading (for example), linking that frame to one that follows creates text flow nightmares. 
    As others have mentioned, much older programs handled this well. I was a beta testers years ago for Ventura and  Aldus, both of which had this feature. Requiring additional text frames is not only cumbersome and costs layout time, measurements are infinitely more difficult to calculate with regard to lead, spacing and such. 
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    Clayton King got a reaction from Uncle Jack in Span Columns   
    Having resumed work on a large manuscript, and continuing to fight this battle, I also noticed something else that gets in the way of easily using separate frames for spanned headings. 
    If the single column frame (for the heading) is less than 1" in height, the arrow at the bottom right to link the frame doesn't show up. So if you have a long document and are dynamically creating frames, you have to drag one for headings that is much too large, link it, go to the next one. Change the size of the first, etc., etc.
    This is not efficient time use and certainly not effective workflow.
    I really like Affinity products. There are some quirks which I've begun working through, but overall they are good products. However, having spent a few years obtaining my Adobe Certification, I know the difference between a "nice to have" function and something that fits into a daily workflow.  Spanned column text is one such thing.
    As another user indicated, the other amazing feature the (literally) first version of Ventura had was multi-line hanging indents in the form of a zero line feed paragraph attributes. That's too much, apparently, to ask of anyone because no current application that I know of (Quark, InDesign, MS Publisher, MS Word, etc.) has this ability. 
    But spanned column text? It's fairly standard among the more robust publishing apps.
     
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    Clayton King got a reaction from PaoloT in Span Columns   
    I realize that everyone has a wish list, but spanning columns is not a wish-it's a requirement. Creating a separate frame for a heading (for example), linking that frame to one that follows creates text flow nightmares. 
    As others have mentioned, much older programs handled this well. I was a beta testers years ago for Ventura and  Aldus, both of which had this feature. Requiring additional text frames is not only cumbersome and costs layout time, measurements are infinitely more difficult to calculate with regard to lead, spacing and such. 
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    Clayton King got a reaction from commaimagination in Span Columns   
    I realize that everyone has a wish list, but spanning columns is not a wish-it's a requirement. Creating a separate frame for a heading (for example), linking that frame to one that follows creates text flow nightmares. 
    As others have mentioned, much older programs handled this well. I was a beta testers years ago for Ventura and  Aldus, both of which had this feature. Requiring additional text frames is not only cumbersome and costs layout time, measurements are infinitely more difficult to calculate with regard to lead, spacing and such. 
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    Clayton King reacted to walt.farrell in Frame Text Ruler   
    Publisher has View > Show Text Ruler so perhaps Designer will get that when 1.7 is available.
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    Clayton King reacted to anon2 in AFP+AFD: Repeat last action shortcut key   
    Yes, it's very useful in Microsoft Office apps, too, and I've often missed it in Affinity apps.
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    Clayton King got a reaction from big smile in Span Columns   
    I realize that everyone has a wish list, but spanning columns is not a wish-it's a requirement. Creating a separate frame for a heading (for example), linking that frame to one that follows creates text flow nightmares. 
    As others have mentioned, much older programs handled this well. I was a beta testers years ago for Ventura and  Aldus, both of which had this feature. Requiring additional text frames is not only cumbersome and costs layout time, measurements are infinitely more difficult to calculate with regard to lead, spacing and such. 
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    Clayton King reacted to Korlall in Span Columns   
    Column span is the only thing preventing me to switch from InDesign to Publisher. I would really appreciate that feature.

    Thank you
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    Clayton King reacted to walt.farrell in Span Columns   
    Where have you seen anything from Serif saying they won't add a column-spanning feature?
    Users are asking for many functions, and the Serif staff have only so much time to spend. We have already seen progress in the Publisher 1.8 beta on a number of frequently requested functions:
    Merging Publisher files Importing data from InDesign (IDML file support) XLSX (Spreadsheet) import Improvements in the handling of Linked document files Collecting used resources Remembering Find/Replace strings for later reuse Improvements when moving pages in a Publisher document, or when reapplying Master pages And more, plus a bunch of bug fixes.
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    Clayton King reacted to whitewolf7070 in Span Columns   
    Sorry, no. The Span Columns feature is very simple: Just add the optional paragraph attribute "Span Columns" and a variable of how many columns you want a particular paragraph, such as a title or heading, to span. That's it. When this feature is invoked, the paragraph with this attribute will go across the number of column specified, but only that paragraph. It will have all the formatting assigned to it, but just span across columns.  It is vital for making headlines where you need the title or headline to span the entire text box while the rest of the text flows into the columns in the text box. It is very handy and essential when resizing text boxes. If the headline is in a separate text box. you have to resize and reformat TWO text boxes and make sure they are correctly aligned every time you change something. What a pain! This "Span columns" is really elementary stuff. As I have said before, Quark, ID, and even the old Ventura Publisher have had this basic, essential feature since the 1990s. I am not criticizing, just observing and making the point that for me as a newspaper, magazine publisher for more than a quarter century, it is an essential feature. I would LOVE to switch to AP, but really can't as long as this feature is missing. I am probably not the only one. 
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    Clayton King reacted to stmartin in Span Columns   
    Yes, please do this.
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    Clayton King reacted to jjk in Span Columns   
    Yes, count me also as requester for that feature : span title or any paragraph from 2 to all columns of the text frame.
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    Clayton King reacted to iaing in Span Columns   
    Columns in text boxes is good, but option to Span columns, so that a title can span the 2 columns of text it's above, without having to make a separate text box for the title please.
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    Clayton King reacted to Lord Gareth in Version 1.8: Further on no headings across multiple columns!   
    Only this is a feature that once you start using it, there is no way back. This small improvement in everyday work is worth more than many more advanced tools.
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    Clayton King reacted to Thomahawk in Find Overflow Text   
    View > Show Text Flow enable is one thing
    But the real problem is, you have still to go search manually through all the pages. Not very userfriendly when you just had to finish a 300 page work to a deadline, you finally get to export the whole thing within the last minutes and – DANG – a warning message pops up "overflow text", with no option whatsoever to point you to said text.
    In Indesign you would be able to solve that within seconds.
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