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  1. The updated drop caps feature with support for user-specified number of characters to extend the effect, does not operate ideally: There are multiple issues: 1) The text following the last dropped cap is awkwardly positioned, as if using kerning tables, yet this text has autokerning turned off (0% kerning). What is worse, this cannot be properly corrected even with manual kerning, and it is not possible even to add space characters before the "h" character (they have not effect). This error only happens with letters like A, T, etc. which have kerning pair definitions, but not with letters like N, M or L. 2) If the first dropped cap is a quotation mark, it will not be automatically changed according to the paragraph's typography language. See the difference to the next paragraph where correct quotation mark is automatically used. On the other hand, see the next paragraph after the drop cap: here autokerning is on, yet the letter "h" is not kerned under "T", simimlarly as it is in context of drop cap, where autokerning is turned off! UPDATE: 3) The third bug in the feature is that if there are more than 1 drop cap letters, manual kerning that is performed does not affect the space between the dropped cap and the text following it, but the spacing between the previous two dropped caps. 4) The fourth bug is that manual kerning between the last drop cap and text following (even when only 1 letter is dropped), does no longer adjust spacing of the successive text lines that are affected by the drop cap feature (e.g. 2 or 3 lines), but ONLY the first line (in release version this works correctly). The whole feature is now more or less unuseable. dropcap.afpub
  2. Hi there I'm experimenting with Publisher to lay out my next indie novel. It would be handy to have a check-box function added to be able to apply drop-caps to the second character in a paragraph, rather than the first character - as the first paragraph in a fiction-based novel often starts with a speech mark, and in that instance, you want the drop cap applied to the actual character, not the speech mark. E.g., if a chapter started: "Don't you look at me like that!" snarled Bob. You'd want the 'D' to be the drop cap, not the initial speech-mark, " This feature already exists in Adobe In-Design, but not the open source package, Scribus. Congrats on your mind-blowing software, by the way. I just cancelled my subscription to the complete Adobe Suite (the price rises were too much for me as a non-design agency amateur, with no clients to bill to justify the cost), and have been casting around for pro-level replacements for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on the PC, and came across the Affinity range by accident via a youtube video that mentioned them. Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<< Stephen Hunt **************** International best-selling author of ... The Court of the Air (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) The Rise of the Iron Moon (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) Secrets of the Fire Sea (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) Jack Cloudie (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) From the Deep of the Dark (HarperCollins Voyager/Tor) In Dark Service (Gollancz/Hachette) Foul Tide's Turning (Gollancz/Hachette) The Stealers' War (Gollancz/Hachette) **************** Find all my latest fantasy and SF novels on my web sites at ... StephenHunt.net (my blog) SFcrowsnest.info (my magazine) >>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<< Get social with me at... facebook.com/steampunkish facebook.com/SciFi.Fantasy twitter.com/s_hunt_author >>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<
  3. I have been experimenting with drop caps in my poetry layouts and like the possibilities it offers. However, is it possible to have a Drop Cap out-dented from a paragraph or text body style so that it appears as though it is in a margin only?
  4. Michael S Harvey

    A Good Boy

    With thanks to everybody who helped on the forum with how to out dent Dropped Caps, here is my latest layout in Affinity Publisher. I used the Manual Optical Alignment facility to achieve the out-dent effect. On the downside this affects the ability of the alignment function to centre the text frame automatically so it has to be adjusted by eye only. I Am a Good Boy I Am.pdf
  5. If one cares about the end typographic level, there is a serious issue, as far as I can see, with the drop caps feature in Publisher. The top of a drop cap should align with the tops of capital letters on the first line next to it. I haven’t tested every single font of mine, but most come in on various distances lower than that. Other than your standard Arial, only two fonts, Caslon and Bodoni are acceptable. I would not use the drop cap function until fixed. There is also a possibility to align the drop cap to the left, which works fine on some fonts/letters, however not at all on others… Other design software offer a possibility to fix this manually by adding a word space before the drop cap, then giving it a minus distance (as first line indent). But Affinity only offers the possibility to make the indent wider. This is one of the professionals’ trade tricks, but we need them
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