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William Overington

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  1. I have made good progress. Please find attached a font and a PDF document. I have produced both of them myself, respectively using High-Logic FontCreator 8 and Serif Affinity Publisher Beta. The PDF document uses the font. The PDF document contains a poem that I have written today, written to show five features of the font, namely three ligatures and two stylistic alternates. The stylistic alternates are each for lowercase e. The ligatures just appeared as I keyed the poem into the computer. I needed to highlight each particular letter e in the text (one at a time) and then use Text Show Typography and choose the desired alternate glyph to replace the ordinary letter e at that location. The really great thing about the PDF document is that if one copies the text from it and pastes the text into WordPad, one gets the underlying original text. Not all desktop publishing programs do that. Some just have a blank for the two letters of the ligature glyph (except sometimes for st, which is a special case) or a blank for the stylistic alternate. The Serif Affinity team have done really well to provide this facility. This facility makes Affinity Publisher a top class product. William Thursday 27 December 2018 ligatst3.otf white.pdf
  2. I have found a fantastic feature in Affinity Publisher. This feature is really top class quality. I have been experimenting. Here is the latest result. Suppose that one produces a PDF document (for publication on the web) where the text of the document is displayed using a font that has OpenType ligature capability. Suppose that one now copies the text from the PDF document and pastes it into WordPad. The underlying text is displayed. Not in the same font, but that is not the issue. The issue is that the underlying text is displayed, not blanks where some or all of the ligatures appear. The ligature must not be mapped as well though. This is a great facility. It means that one can publish a PDF document of a poem and have ligatures in the display, yet the poem can be copied from the PDF document and the underlying text pasted into another document, such as in, say, WordPad. Gold star for that. Something that I have not yet tested is what happens if one has an alternate glyph for a single letter and one produces a PDF document. For example, a swash e at the end of a line of the text of a poem. I made two fonts for the tests. The first one tried three possibilities, namely st ligature as regular Unicode, ct ligature as unmapped and et ligature mapped into the Private Use Area. When I observed the result, I made the second font with the ct ligature and the et ligature unmapped. Actually, I have not turned OpenType on in Affinity Publisher. I just started typing using the font and the ligature glyphs appeared automatically. I had intended entering the text and then trying to find the OpenType facility. Does anyone have any information please about use of alternate glyphs in Affinity Publisher please? I need to relearn how to make a font with an alternate swash e glyph where the glyph is unmapped and in an OpenType font. I have such a glyph available but it is not in an OpenType font as an OpenType alternate glyph. Please find two fonts and two PDF documents attached. William Overington Wednesday 26 December 2018 ligatest.otf ligatst2.otf ligature_test_affinity.pdf ligature_test_2_affinity.pdf
  3. Here is a gold star. I have made the gold star by using a punch in CraftArtist 2.0 on a piece of gold that I produced using some software bought years ago. William
  4. Hello Alfred Thank you. They have done well giving us that option. One thing. I put it onto light and then altered it a bit, but I have not found a reset button that puts them back to the original preset values within Light. William
  5. I asked 'Is the reply in the thread "The colour scheme of the menu bar etc" really intended to be in this thread?' The problem is now fixed. This post can now be deleted. William
  6. I always like to have the screen brightness of a computer turned right down. I find that the white (light grey?) upon black of the lettering on the menu bar and cascading menus of Affinity Publisher difficult to read. I find that sometimes I need to turn up the brightness, which I don't like doing. With PagePlus X7 the black upon light grey of the menu bar and cascading menus is ideal for me with the screen brightness turned right down. The colour scheme for writing this post is similar to the PagePlus X7 colour scheme and is ideal for me. I appreciate that the colour scheme for Affinity might well be all part of the design and the marketing and that I am quite possibly in the sigma2 proportion of the population who has the brightness turned down like that and that Serif may well not want to change the format for the new product. However, could you possibly have an option that a user could set please so that the user may choose for himself or herself to have the colour scheme used for PagePlus X7? Also, on the start up panel, the word Affinity is to me not legible as it is one shade of grey upon another shade of grey. I am using a Lenovo ideapad 510 laptop computer (a portable device, yet in fact permanently located on a desk and plugged in to an ethernet connection) running Windows 10. William Overington Wednesday 19 December 2018
  7. I am thinking that this has something to do with the PDF being produced using the PDF (for print) choice because when I produced a later PDF, that include two more characters from different fonts as well, using he PDF (for web) choice, the result is 17 kilobytes in size. William
  8. Thank you. I got it to work. I even tried the Segoe UI Emoji font and found that I could insert a character, in fact I used 1f335, the cactus. Not only that, when I produced a PDF document (in fact, a 'for web' PDF) and then copied from the PDF document to WordPad, the character then pasted across. This was as a character, not as a glyph, which I proved by then copying it from WordPad and pasting it into the Edit Search facility of the High-Logic FontCreator program and got the 1f335 as the result. I repeated that with a character from an experimental font of my own and got back a code point of f9008, which is correct. Gold star to the Affinity team for producing Affinity Publisher using all of the Universal Character Set and having the character codes go through to a PDF document and having them able to be copied out. This is a major step forward. William
  9. I am new to Affinity Publisher. I have produced an A4 document with the following text in 36 point Goudita SF and then produced a PDF document. This is a document produced using the Serif Affinity software package. Yet the PDF document has a size of 384.95 kilobytes whereas whole chapters of my novel produced using PagePlus X7 are around 25 kilobytes typically. The text appears to be in characters as I did a copy and paste from the PDF document to WordPad and then deleted the some of characters one by one, then changed the font of the rest. Any ideas why the PDF document is so big please? William
  10. I am new to Affinity Publisher, though I have been using PagePlus for many years. I have been trying to insert a character other than one of those listed under Text Insert. In PagePlus I simply use Insert Symbol Other and it is then straightforward to select any character available in the chosen font from a panel that becomes displayed. Is there a similar facility in Affinity Publisher please? William
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