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  1. I was just thinking of publishing an svg file of the picture of the lady in the Share your work section of the forum. If I select all of the picture and get to the export dialogue panel, the estimated file size is smaller than if I select all of the picture and then group and then get to the export dialogue panel. I am wondering why. Also, is the choice of with and without background not relevant as the picture is rectangular and filled? For example, is it like having a transparent or filled background when exporting a png? (while noting that svg is vector and png is bitmap) William
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    Portrait of a lady

    The problem is considered and a work-around found in the following thread. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/86113-copying-a-vector-pen-tool-generated-image-to-pageplus-ends-up-as-a-bitmap/ William
  3. @Alfred Thank you for your reply. I have just tried it and Paste Special in PagePlus X7 of the picture of the lady copied from the .afpub source file that has the lettering offers me one choice, namely Device Independent Bitmap. However, I experimented and found that I can export the picture from Affinity Publisher as a .svg file and import it into PagePlus X7 and produce a PDF and the size is small and enlarging the lady's eye to 6400% in Adobe Reader shows the image to be vector. So, I can get the desired result by another route. William
  4. Yesterday I sought advice in the following thread in the Share your work section of the forum. Alas, no replies as yet but I am wondering whether the issue that I asked about has not been noticed because it is in that thread. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/85230-portrait-of-a-lady/ The full description of the issue is in that thread, but briefly it is that a vector image produced using the Pen Tool In Affinity Publisher ends up as a bitmap image if copied and then pasted into a PagePlus document. William
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    Advice on the Blurb for my First Novel in the series.

    @RaphLuna @firstdefence @Alfred Would "out for adventure" be better as "out-for-adventure"? Should "see's" be "sees"? Should "to get into" be better as "into which to get"? Should "Blossoms kind be "Blossom's kind"? Should "it will be, read on" be better using a colon instead of a comma, as "it will be: read on"? Should "corner, turn" be better using a colon instead of a comma, as "corner: turn"? That final question mark is after a statement rather than a question. I am unsure what to suggest about that, maybe @Alfred will have a view on this. Yes, the best way is only to use full stops in the author's name if using an initial instead of a name. For example, if Laurie A. Garland or L. A. Garland were the style used.
  6. There has been a development in that the following document has been published yesterday. https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2019/19203-wd-uts51-17-draft.pdf I refer to Annex C.2 of that document. In that section the use of U+1F194 SQUARED ID is suggested as the base character for QID emoji. I have thought of a mnemonic to help remember the code number - namely 1 F then the number of letters in the phrase "a memorable code". I have now produced a maquette font that uses that base character rather than the Private Use Area character that I used before. Here is the substitution sequence that is within the new font. sub u1F194 uE0051 uE0032 uE0031 uE0038 uE0035 uE0034 uE0033 uE007F -> glyph218543; In order to try the experiment one needs to install the font. So here is the sequence that one needs to enter in order to cause the display of the (stylized) glyph that represents the white crested tiger heron in these experiments. u1F194 uE0051 uE0032 uE0031 uE0038 uE0035 uE0034 uE0033 uE007F That is, the SQUARED ID character then tag characters 2 1 8 5 4 3 then the CANCEL TAG character. Please note that for the glyph substitution to work the OpenType liga feature needs to be on in Affinity Publisher, which it is by default. The font fontQ218543maquette3 in the file fontQ218543maquette3.otf is attached. You are welcome to download, install and use the font. William Overington Thursday 23 May 2019 fontQ218543maquette3.otf
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    Portrait of a lady

    I have just tried an experiment. I opened the .afpub file for the picture of the lady with the text and copied the image of the lady onto the clipboard. I then pasted that image into a PagePlus X7 document. A new one with nothing in it. The image was almost A4 in size. I made it smaller. So far so good. An image produced using the Pen Tool in Affinity Publisher can be added in to a PagePlus X7 document. I then tried producing a PDF document and it worked but is 30.14 kilobytes, while the original PDF directly from Affinity Publisher is 7.74 kilobytes and the version with the text directly from Affinity Publisher is 17.83 kilobytes. So I wondered why. However, emlarging the display in Adobe Reader greatly shows that the images produced from Affinity Publisher are vector and stay nice at very large sizes yet the image produced from PagePlus X7 goes blocky, so appears to be a bit map image. Why is this please? Why did the image end up as a bitmap image rather than stay as a vector image? William
  8. Would the answer be to ask the Affinity team to add a patch to Affinity Designer such that holding down the CTRL key when using the brush will produce the result that you want? William
  9. Well, Serif has some QR code generation in PagePlus X9, so maybe the code for doing it might be suitable for porting across to Affinity Publisher.
  10. Maybe for detecting most errors but not necessarily for correcting them. William
  11. Could the Pen Tool have a "sum curves" facility please? Suppose that one has produced a representation of y=f(x) using the Pen Tool. Suppose that one has also produced a representation of y=g(x) using the Pen Tool. Could we have a facility such that one can select both curves and press a button somewhere and a single curve y=f(x) + g(x) is produced please? Not done by summing the mathematical functions but by actually summing the curves as presented. That way it would work for any curves. If the first curve has p points defined, whether sharp, smooth or smart; and the second curve has q points define, whether sharp, smooth or smart, then the result will have a maximum of (p+q) points defined: if a point is at the same value of x in both curves then only one point will be in the result, so there could be fewer than (p+q) points in the result. How difficult would this be to program please? William
  12. Could the Pen Tool have a status panel please? In the Serif Program ImpactPlus there was (is, as I still use it and it works well in Windows 10 notwithstanding that it is over a decade since it was last updated) a status panel. When I first used ImpactPlus I found it hard to use, but once I made using the Status Panel the key part of using ImpactPlus I found ImpactPlus delightfully straightforward to use and I got good results. So could the Pen Tool have a similar comprehensive status panel please? I know that the x and y coordinates are in the Transform panel but there does not seem to be any numerical indication of the angle of the "what's it called" or its two lengths when the point is in Smooth mode. If the Status Panel for the Pen Tool could be able to be placed near the point and be such that one can adjust the numbers in the panel and the angle and the two lengths of the "what's it called" could be automatically updated on screen, that would be good. I found that with ImpactPlus that using the mouse unit to try to manipulate shapes and get a good result was very difficult and near impossible or even impossible, but using the status panel enabled good results to be produced straightforwardly. Though those tools were useful when trying to sort out some rotations and it was not obvious what numbers were needed and those tools did allow me to get a rough approximation that could then be refined using the Status panel. So based on that, I feel that a Status Panel giving full numerical control over points and their attributes would be very useful. Naturally, its use would be optional. Also, if there could be a mathematical explanation of how it all works please that would help some users be able to calculate the settings to use for cases where precision rather than artistic impression is needed. William
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    Legal Deposit at The British Library

    Some readers might like to know that items published by a person living in the United Kingdom and/or published in the United Kingdom are collected by The British Library. https://www.bl.uk/legal-deposit https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-deposit-your-digital-publications Five matters arising when sending in items as email attachments. 1. State that the items are for legal deposit. 2. Do not include a web address as such in the email itself because their spam filter will wipe the email and as far as I am aware will inform no one of this wiping. If you want to include an email address, such as the thread in this forum where the item is published use a combination of text and the symbols spelled out, such as forum dot affinity dot serif dot com solidus index dot php question_mark solidus topic solidus 85230-portrait-of-a-lady solidus and not https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/85230-portrait-of-a-lady/ Maybe safest not to put the https in just in case the spam detector acts on that. 3. They will send you an email receipt IF (and possibly ONLY IF) you request one when sending the email. I always include A receipt is requested please. as a separate paragraph near the start of the email. 4. I always list the file names and the titles of the files. This may not be essential but may be helpful for the archiving process. 5. There is no assessment of merit involved. The idea is to gather an as far as possible complete record of what is produced, not to pick and choose. William Overington Monday 13 May 2019
  14. Matters arising. The description of the coat of arms for Lord Byron includes the word 'enhanced'. I had not known of that word used in heraldry and I found that there is a page for it. https://drawshield.net/reference/parker/e/enhanced.html Why not tell @firstdefence ? I have been looking at the logos for Affinity Photo and for Affinity Designer as well. The logo for Affinity Photo is elegantly subtle, like a letter A and the iris of a camera. That leads me to think that there may be similar subtlety in the design of the logo for Affinity Designer. William
  15. Ever since I first saw the Affinity Publisher logo from time to time I have been thinking that I have seen a coat of arms of someone famous in history that had several bends dexter upon it. I remembered that UMIST had a shield like that, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Manchester_Institute_of_Science_and_Technology but I seemed to remember that someone famous had a coat of arms with three thin red bends dexter. Today I found it, though they are called bendlets,. It is the coat of arms of Lord Byron. https://drawshield.net/reference/parker/b/bendlet.html William Overington Monday 13 May 2019