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  1. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    No, I did not realise it. So, my complaining is pointless. Thanks
  2. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    This is the way layout is seen in the traditional Swiss school, but it is a bit over nowadays. It is generally considered too strict. I personally love grids, but that is another matter. The point is that graphic designers usually need to test and try (rather than design out of the blue following prefixed rules) and to test and try layout configurations you often need to play with leading.
  3. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    I do hope that Serif wants to position it within the desktop publishing software, because I cannot see any need for new word processors, while there is need of a lighter and cheaper piece of software than Indesign. Most of the functions I've seen in Publisher seems to point toward this directions. For this reason I insist that keeping leading in a different panel that the type size is a mistake. If you design a layout (unlike if you set a plain text) changing leading is one of the actions you do the most. The way MS Word and other word processors handle leading (as much as many other things, as the OT feature) is simply ridiculous. They were designed by people who had never designed a layout.
  4. Riccardo O

    OpenType Numerals

    Thanks. Now it's clear.
  5. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    Well, you listed products that are not what I consider standards for layout design. Are those the range of software among which Affinity Publisher should be placed, rather than Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign?
  6. Riccardo O

    OpenType Numerals

    You touched an important point. How can I know whether or not a certain type includes the small caps looking at the Typography panel? Because, for instance, I want to use the small caps only in types where the type designer actually designed them. The scaled letters are always wrong, too light and too narrow. The same thing goes for all the rest of the OT feature. I need to try them, to click on the buttons and see if there are changes in the text. The typography panel does not show anywhere if a certain feature is included into the typeface. Am I right?
  7. Riccardo O

    OpenType Numerals

    Well, I see. You have to click ‘show all the font features’ at the bottom of the Typography panel. However, I think there is a bit of confusion in this panel. Not just that you mixed ‘normal’ typographic features like converting a word (or a group of words) into capitals, with the actual OpenType features (but this might be something that boders only me), but also because the panel always show all the OT features as available even when they are not. The screenshot below shows the Typography panel of a typeface that includes neither Stylistic Alternates nor Stylistic sets (nor ‘All alternates‘ that I frankly don't know what refers to – is it an OpenType feature? Which one?). As you can see the panel seems to show that such features are included. If I click ‘Stylistic Alternate 1’ nothing will happen (as if I click the rest) but this makes a lot of confusion in the user who s trying to understand whether or not some OT features are included in the typeface. Thanks, Riccardo
  8. hello, I might be wrong (I've just started testing it) but it seems to me that the different styles of numerals are missing from the the OpenType panel. OT fonts often offer different sets of numerals, as lining and oldstyle figures, each in both proportional and tabular spacing. In the OT panel you included the superscript and subscript numerals, but not the rest. Even numerators and denominators should be included, they usually have the same outlines as the superscript and subscript but they are placed at a different height. Thanks, Riccardo
  9. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    Thanks. Now it is clear. I still think that having the leading command in a different panel than type size command is a waste of time for users. But if this is your policy throughout different pieces of software, I don't have much to say. Riccardo
  10. Hello, I’ve been using DP software for more than 20 years and I can state that for any important publishing project the % of the imported images are extremely important, I would say they are mandatory. You cannot ask users to calculate the % from the image sizes in pixel, it is an enormous waste of time when, for instance, the layout includes hundreds of pictures. However, I’ve just starting testing the software and I think you have done a great job, though the way it handles pictures is probably the field where you need to implement the most. Riccardo
  11. Riccardo O

    Line Spacing

    Well, you can adjust the leading: it is in the bottom left corner of the panel Positioning and Transform. It is called Leading Override. But you are right that is not easy to find it. Beside the choice of name (why don't you call it simply ‘leading’?) I think that the position of this command is wrong. The leading is often one of the commands you use the most, and it should be placed close to the type size (as in Indesign, Xpress, and older DP software).

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