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Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.518

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Status: Beta
Purpose: Stability and General Testing
Requirements: Purchased Affinity Publisher
Windows Store: Not submitted
Download: Download
Auto-update: Not Available

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Hi,

We are pleased to announce that a new Customer Beta of Affinity Publisher (1.8.0.518) is now available as a download from the link above.

As this is a 'Stability and General Testing' beta it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity where you may be adversely affected by the application failing, including the total loss of any documents. 

We hope you enjoy the beta, and as always, if you've got any problems installing or running up, please don't hesitate to post in this thread. 

Any problems actually using this version please make a new topic in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Please feel free to leave general suggestions and comments in the Discussion Forum

Many thanks for your continued feedback.

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New Features and Major Improvements

Embedded Document Bounding Boxes

There are more options for setting the bounding box of placed documents to bound only content, visible content etc

Fixes and Smaller Updates

Main Workspace
(Win) Scroll extents not recalculated when switching between Master and Normal views

Page Management
Allow you to add pages by dragging and dropping a master between existing pages
Drag and drop a master to a spread to apply it
Resizing master page via File > Spread Setup doesn't offer to resize associated document pages
Improved labelling of Master Page Instances
Can now lock / unlock objects under Master Page Instances

Merge Documents
Miscellaneous Fixes
Added import of Document Sections
Added management of Page Hyperlinks on import

Image Resources
Fixed possible crash / hang reopening documents with specific linked images
Fix for Embedded Documents not always remembering current active page when reloaded
Artboards can become out of sync if added / removed in linked afdesign documents

Effects / Filters
Fixed conversion of effect parameter values to depend on Document DPI
Fix for Live Perspective Filter in a document with bleed

Text
Can now set Text Frames column gutter from the context toolbar
A value of 0 for 'Allow Max Consecutive Hyphens' is now used to indicate no limit

Column Rules
Text Frame Panel sections missing or out of sync
Various Column Rules fixes

Hyperlinks
Expanded Hyperlink Studio character limit for Name field

DOCX Import
Installed fonts being incorrectly substituted after Word placement

IDML Import
Some placed images not imported
Text frame pinned within text frame not importing content
Fixed crash due to issue decoding URL strings of file paths

XLSX Import
Fixes for XSLX files imported from LibreOffice
Fix for last column shrinking on XLSX import
Fixed crash placing XLSX files into text frames
(Mac) Fixes for XLSX files imported from Numbers

Export / Printing
Can now export PDF pages out of order
Fix for PDF Export with certain adjustments
PDF Export can now handle text with linestyles including complex dash patterns
Inner bleed not respected when exporting to all pages PDF
(Win) Fix for custom paper size not saving / loading with profile
(Win) Fix for collate option not saving / loading with profile

Updated Help and Translations

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To be notified about all future Windows beta updates, please follow this notification thread 

To be notified when this Publisher update comes out of beta and is fully released to all Publisher customers, please follow this thread

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I hope that Windows will catch up with the new Mac Template feature soon :)


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.532 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.532 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.535 Beta

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What about PDF import?

The problem with native import not solved again? Why do the developers understand that Publisher is not suitable for professional use without this feature? Any external ad that appears in flyers / brochures / booklets / magazines becomes a problem. None of the layouters will deal with the installation of the countless fonts.
Too bad, it's a great program, unfortunately currently only for hobby area.

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