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Hi,

I'm using Affinity Publisher on Windows 10. Can anybody tell me why the following happens?
I import an A5 pdf flier.
It looks fine but when I check the document setup it says it's 'custom' but 148mmx210mm portrait - so a custom A5. Fine.
So, for completeness, I change the setup to standard A5.

Instantly the page dimensions change to 74mmx105mm but the elements maintain an A5 size. So I have only the central part of my flier showing.

I go back to document setup and it's showing 74mmx210mm custom, and will not change - however many times I try to tell it to use A5 parameters.

Obviously, I'm missing something... what should I be doing?

It has happened with three separate pdfs, so it's not a problem with the pdfs themselves, it seems.

Cheers,

Tony

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Made my own tests and I would call it a bug. I guess, you opened not imported the PDF? When you open a PDF there is a dialogue where you can type in the documents DPI. Was it 600 in your case? When I do the spread setup afterwards and change the custom format to A4 (in my case), the document size was reduced to A5, but the content kept its size. I think the presets in the spread setup were all defined with 300dpi.

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6 hours ago, Tony Cotterill said:

I import an A5 pdf flier.

Please clarify whether you imported it (File > Place) or opened it (File > Open).


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It also raised a separate question - unconnected with this particular issue, yet linked.
Is there a way to import a pdf (File>Place) into a frame in Publisher, or open in Photo, for that matter WITHOUT breaking it down into an editable file. The same flier which I initially wanted to use as a template for further fliers, I now also want to use as an image in its own right. It which uses a decorative font that I don't have installed so the font gets interpreted as curves and goes all screwy. All I wanted was the image in this case as thought it were a JPG or TIFF for example.
I tried to open it in Photo and create a TIFF from it but Photo tries to do the same thing and I get a jumbled image.
Reluctantly, I had to revert to Photoshop which opened it as it looks, for this task.

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3 minutes ago, Tony Cotterill said:

Is there a way to import a pdf (File>Place) into a frame in Publisher, or open in Photo, for that matter WITHOUT breaking it down into an editable file.

No, passthrough PDF is not yet supported.

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Maybe you can export as EPS from Acrobat? In this case the fonts should be converted to curves. Just a thesis with the current version, because Publisher hangs on importing an EPS I had at hand. But keep it in mind, that any format being editable makes the document size bigger in any case (linked or embedded).

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I can reproduce this. Strangely it only seems to happen on a page or spread that is currently in focus at the time the format preset is changed. I added two pages after the last page, made the new last page active and changed to A5 preset, and no changes in the layout.

Before doing that, I had changed the document units from pt to mm (File > Document Setup), and also specified the document to be "Facing pages" as without this elements crossing the spine do not show properly.

So this seems to be a bug, but one for which there is an easy work around.

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