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    SamSteele got a reaction from SWB in Fix the colour palette system   
    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.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from Inc in Fix the colour palette system   
    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.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from thomaso in Fix the colour palette system   
    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. 
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    SamSteele got a reaction from ChrisSmere in Saving custom colours in a custom list—not to swatcheses   
    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).

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    SamSteele got a reaction from ChrisSmere in Saving custom colours in a custom list—not to swatcheses   
    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.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from Aammppaa in Saving custom colours in a custom list—not to swatcheses   
    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).

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    SamSteele got a reaction from ivbera in [Fixed] Guide Manager Guides not related to Zeros on Rulers   
    Hey great! Looking forward to it.
    S
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    SamSteele got a reaction from DNA0101 in Affinity Publisher Public Beta - 1.7.0.305   
    Hi Adam,
    Why do you hide your update notes under "Bugs" and not  put them where one would normally expect to find them, i.e. in "Announcements"? I don't start my day by reading the Bugs column  of AP.
    I opened up AP and it forced me to upgrade. No problem.  But with the upgrade should come a ReadMe or something that lists the new/upgraded features.  Your explanation of the "pinning" feature isn't that good either.  The product is not ready for prime time but keep going.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from JohnM in What do these symbols do?   
    The curse of nomenclature. For "Defaults" I read "Preferences".
    Say you usually want filled rectangles to be red with no stroke so you can see them clearly. You may change the colour and or shape, etc. later. 
    Draw a red rectangle with no stroke. Select it. Edit > Defaults > Save will save that "default" globally for all future rectangles in the current publication and in all future publications (not just the one you are working in). You don't mind this because most of the time you want your starting rectangles to be red.  That's just the way you are.  But, if you want your rectangles to be another colour in this pub, you can change the default for this publication only by changing the colour of one rectangle, selecting it and clicking the LH Lotus, i.e. "Synchronise defaults to current selection". Subsequent rectangles in this publication only will be the new colour.  
    To revert back to your global default (preference) for rectangles, click the RH Lotus, i.e. "Revert synchronised defaults back to saved defaults".
    Each new publication will always open with your saved default, in this case, red. It is a GLOBAL or persistent default unless you change it and save it, or revert back to factory settings under Edit > Defaults.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from Jens Krebs in Put Studio on the menu   
    It would be faster to access the STUDIO list of palettes if STUDIO was on the menu, perhaps between "View" and "Window". No doubt it is a major programming shuffle but accessing STUDIO is done frequently and one click is faster than two.
    Giving STUDIO a CTRL+? or ALT/CMD+? shortcut would help, too.
    And/or, make an icon for STUDIO so we can put  it on the Toolbar if not on the menu.
    TKS.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from fde101 in What do these symbols do?   
    The curse of nomenclature. For "Defaults" I read "Preferences".
    Say you usually want filled rectangles to be red with no stroke so you can see them clearly. You may change the colour and or shape, etc. later. 
    Draw a red rectangle with no stroke. Select it. Edit > Defaults > Save will save that "default" globally for all future rectangles in the current publication and in all future publications (not just the one you are working in). You don't mind this because most of the time you want your starting rectangles to be red.  That's just the way you are.  But, if you want your rectangles to be another colour in this pub, you can change the default for this publication only by changing the colour of one rectangle, selecting it and clicking the LH Lotus, i.e. "Synchronise defaults to current selection". Subsequent rectangles in this publication only will be the new colour.  
    To revert back to your global default (preference) for rectangles, click the RH Lotus, i.e. "Revert synchronised defaults back to saved defaults".
    Each new publication will always open with your saved default, in this case, red. It is a GLOBAL or persistent default unless you change it and save it, or revert back to factory settings under Edit > Defaults.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from walt.farrell in What do these symbols do?   
    The curse of nomenclature. For "Defaults" I read "Preferences".
    Say you usually want filled rectangles to be red with no stroke so you can see them clearly. You may change the colour and or shape, etc. later. 
    Draw a red rectangle with no stroke. Select it. Edit > Defaults > Save will save that "default" globally for all future rectangles in the current publication and in all future publications (not just the one you are working in). You don't mind this because most of the time you want your starting rectangles to be red.  That's just the way you are.  But, if you want your rectangles to be another colour in this pub, you can change the default for this publication only by changing the colour of one rectangle, selecting it and clicking the LH Lotus, i.e. "Synchronise defaults to current selection". Subsequent rectangles in this publication only will be the new colour.  
    To revert back to your global default (preference) for rectangles, click the RH Lotus, i.e. "Revert synchronised defaults back to saved defaults".
    Each new publication will always open with your saved default, in this case, red. It is a GLOBAL or persistent default unless you change it and save it, or revert back to factory settings under Edit > Defaults.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from William Overington in What do these symbols do?   
    Sorry to ask such a basic question but can anyone tell me what these two symbols do?
    TIA.
     

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    SamSteele got a reaction from debraspicher in Garbled Dialogues   
    Thanks for your thoughts. I stopped being a gearhead some years when I decided to become actually creative, visually that is.  For me software either works or doesn't work. 
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    SamSteele got a reaction from debraspicher in Garbled Dialogues   
    I took the plunge and updated my graphic card driver. It was an AMD Radeon 6800 series (6850??) v. 8.881.0.0. Is now  AMD catalyst-15.7.1. I think I have Direct X 11. Hope that helps.
    I haven't pushed it in Affinity Publisher Beta  or Photo except to confirm that my system still operates.  Will let you know if things seize up.
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    SamSteele got a reaction from Mark Ingram in Garbled Dialogues   
    I took the plunge and updated my graphic card driver. It was an AMD Radeon 6800 series (6850??) v. 8.881.0.0. Is now  AMD catalyst-15.7.1. I think I have Direct X 11. Hope that helps.
    I haven't pushed it in Affinity Publisher Beta  or Photo except to confirm that my system still operates.  Will let you know if things seize up.
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