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  1. Thank you all for your responses, especially AlanPickup for pointing me in the direction of A. Designer. It's a useful set and I have imported it to A. Publisher. I'll also check out an A.Pub sample file. I found the Asset function very handy for popping in recurring logos and snippets of text. Sam S.
  2. Win 7 Publisher build I've seen built-in assets before, but now I have lost them. When I go to import them via the assets panel I have no idea where they reside. I'm not talking about my custom assets, which I can access but pre-built assets that I have seen in Publisher, Designer and Photo. Any idea where they are? Thanks, S.
  3. Brilliant! Thank you. I missed it under Document Statistics.
  4. I don't use titles. What I need is a field that will pick up the filename of the current document and will change if the doc is saved-as under a new name.
  5. Oh? Then why does the file name come up in the Title field and stick there?
  6. Give a new Publisher file the name "A". Save it. Close it. Open file "A" and save it as "B". Open "Fields" in saved document "B" and under "Document Information" the "Title" field will read "A", which is what the name of what the file WAS, not what it IS now. There is a title-filename mismatch that persists. Even if you close the app down and start afresh, the mismatch persists. See attachment. Yes I know, I can manually change the Title field but a) that's not productive and b) it doesn't stick. The title field in "B" reverts to the first document's filename. I could hard wire it, but that defeats the purpose of a field doesn't it? The field seem unable to update itself automatically and there is no manual key for doing so. Win 64, AP
  7. I just discovered that "Global" colours are the only type of colours where if you change the spec of an already used colour, say add a bit of cyan, all the objects carrying that "Global" colour will change accordingly. Global colours seem to be specific to a document and are not "global" in the sense of being universal to all documents or all the affinity apps at that point in time. Exporting a palette of Global colours does make them available for other documents or apps via "import palette". I would have used the term "linked colour", "coupled colour" or better still "Editable Colour".
  8. Flexibility is nice and so is having various colour spaces available. The key problem I have is useability. I really don't have a mental construct of how the colour tools work in Publisher and there appears to be no good explanation available. I guess I got spoiled using InDesign.
  9. I love Publisher but IMHO it has the worst colour system I have ever seen (in over 30 years). How did LAB, RGB and CMYK end up on the same palette when I only work in CMYK and the publication was set for CMYK? I NEVER work in LAB. I have 68 colours like this: "Rick 13-EN_No Photo 2 is the name of the publication. Useless as colour information for an in-document palette. It should be simple to create my own custom CMYK palette but instead it's horribly complicated, if not impossible. It's a monumental time waster. Why can I change a colour in this dialogue but not in that one. And then I can only change it in THAT dialogue, but not this one. A lot of things seem too clever by half in Publisher but colour handling is a serious fault in an otherwise pretty good app.
  10. Chris, you can group colours by renaming them with a number prefix in LIST view. If you then sort the list by alphabet the numbered colours will group themselves. E.g. nos. 00 to 09, 10 to 19, 20 to 29, etc. will group together. If you have a lot of entries in one number group, try 100, 200, 300 etc. Remember that single digit numbers start with "0" (zero). Since new colours are added at the top of the list you may have to switch from alphabet to color and back again to get the numbered colours in proper sequence (ascending only).
  11. Yes, that would be very handy if I was an in-house designer working with a fixed set of colours. Or drawing cartoons or graphic novels. I'll give it a try to see how it works across pubs.
  12. Well, you've given me some good hints to follow, thanks. I now have a document palette with 65 colours in it, most of which I have never used before (not the one illustrated below). Swatches tell me nothing. It was so much simpler in InDesign to make a custom list/palette of colours. These long lists of options and switches don't make for a user-friendly UI. Anyway, I will try to find a tutorial on the whole colour thing. Again, thanks for trying to help.
  13. I have been working on a print doc and using the same few colours. Is there any way to save a custom palette or list of the colours I use over and over again (apart from saving to the swatch dialogue)? And to give them custom names so I can reuse them, export them and import them? Tks.

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