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Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.523

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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,

It has been a fantastic year for Affinity Publisher, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued feedback and input. We would not have made it so far and so fast without you.

Anyhow, we are pleased to announce that a new Customer Beta of Affinity Publisher (1.8.0.523) is now available as a download from the link above. Barring catastrophe this will probably be our last update this year.

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

Once again, many thanks for your continued feedback, and best wishes for the Holiday Season and the New Year.

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New Features and Major Improvements

Preflight

We have introduced a preflight check feature which can be used to ensure that your document exports or prints as intended. The preflight check runs as a background process, and can be run on on demand, prior to output, or 'live' on a continual basis. We currently have a number of separate tests with more planned for inclusion in the final 1.8 and in the future.

Preflight is configured via the 'Preflight' panel, which supports profiles to specify which tests should be run if you desire. An indicator is provided on the status bar for immediate feedback on the process. Note we have requested updated icons as we are aware that colour alone is not a good way to represent the different statuses.

Please feel free to suggest additional tests - it's likely that many will already be under consideration but please don't let that deter you.

Fixes and Smaller Updates

New Document Panel (Mac only currently)
(Mac) Panel is now resizable and modeless.
(Mac) Reworked categories and subcategories.
(Mac) Added multiple user template folder support.
(Mac) Added Page Preset label (allow for `Custom`).
(Mac) For those items with no previews, we draw the Affinity icon for now.
(Mac) Excluded IDML files from quicklook preview.

Document Setup
Adding a page via menu / shortcut wasn't propagating desired properties.
(Win) Changing DPI in a facing page document could incorrectly cause pages to be resized.

General
(Win) Stock Panel search criteria is no longer cleared when switching providers.
(Win) Global Colour Picker was not using document's colour space.

Text
Space between paragraphs of the same style can now be set explicitly.
Stylistic Sets and Character Variants now show names in UI if defined by the font.
OpenType UI now uses feature descriptions from font and smarter samples.
Improved SmallCaps and CapsToSmallCaps handling.
Updated handling of 'Kerning' in Text Styles.
Fixed a couple of issues with 'Towards Spine / Away from Spine' UI.
Inline Text Frames were showing spelling errors in overflow.
(Mac) Fixed insets controls in Text Frame panel.
Fixed crash pinning to master page.
Fixed failure to report missing fonts for non character glyphs.
Drop caps 'Auto' now deals with inline images correctly.
Text in Text frames at very edge of page could show the wrong page number.
(Mac) Fixed insets controls in Text Frame panel.
(Win) Character Panel was not always reflecting current font properly.

Hyperlinks
Add ability to see and sort by hyperlink type. 
(Mac) Fixed crash when switching a file based hyperlink to use a different file.
(Mac) Fixed possible crash on showing Insert Hyperlink Dialog.

File Import
Some Embedded Documents could initially render incorrectly after re-opening host document.
Adding Pages from File manages mismatch in document transparency properly.
Fixed missing elements when importing specific EPS features.
(Win) Fixed crash on Windows when jpeg error handler triggered.

IDML
Fixed crashes on import for specific sample files.
Supports space between paragraphs of same style.
Improved import of unencoded glyphs.

XLSX
Fix for hidden columns.
Some text field types not imported.

Export
PDF/X-3 Embedding a colour profile was always converting image colour spaces to match the profile.

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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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And I thought that for Christmas we will have the Windows version as on the Mac, with a new panel New document with templates. And so it seems that only in a year :(

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Just now, GRAFKOM said:

with a new panel New document with templates.

The programming involved to do Windows version of the New Template dialog is not inconsiderable and with each build the mac implementation is changing considerably (as it affects all 3 applications), so until it has settled the parallel programming would be wasteful of resources and the saved time has been put towards bug fixes and other improvements.


Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

Latest releases on each platform 

 

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Is there a list of unsupported functions for IMDL import? I was trying it out on an old document that has a lot of inline tables and it's doing this:

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14 minutes ago, Vaaish said:

Is there a list of unsupported functions for IMDL import? I was trying it out on an old document that has a lot of inline tables and it's doing this:

image.png.1bb0e97bd47ca0d539e833d56db520e8.png

Hold in mind that this is a beta version of Publisher, so, it’s not 100% completed in every corner...

Be patient, sooner or later we will have an incredible and fantastic version 1.8 retail for Affinity Publisher...

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1 minute ago, ErrkaPetti said:

Hold in mind that this is a beta version of Publisher, so, it’s not 100% completed in every corner...

Be patient, sooner or later we will have an incredible and fantastic version 1.8 retail for Affinity Publisher...

No need to get defensive. I'm well aware it's a beta and I didn't want to post a bug before verifying that the functionality was supported.

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23 minutes ago, Vaaish said:

Is there a list of unsupported functions for IMDL import?

I would start with the post that announced the availability of the IDML importer:

 


-- Walt

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Affinity Photo 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.648 Beta.

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17 minutes ago, Vaaish said:

, thanks! It doesn't seem that my case is listed so I'll go ahead and post it

But not here.

Please read the Info in the 5th paragraph of the first post in this topic, just above the information about what has changed. It tells you where/how to report usage problems.


-- 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 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.648 Beta.

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19 hours ago, Vaaish said:

No need to get defensive. I'm well aware it's a beta and I didn't want to post a bug before verifying that the functionality was supported.

To me it was quite obvious you understood this fully and tried to get further information and contribute with an actual effort and knowledge. Thank you for taking your time reporting the issues with inline tables. 

:)

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Great job! All Affinity products are tops! I have been having a problem with the official AP when exporting pages in PSD with the master artwork. I tried the latest beta (180523) but the problem persists. Just thought of letting you know so that the issue can be addressed -- unless I am missing something when exporting.

 

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1 hour ago, sdrum said:

Sorry, I should've been more specific. The master artwork is not showing on the exported PSD file.

You should post a new topic, not a reply to this announcement topic, as requested in the first post.

When you do that, it would be helpful to clarify what you mean by "master artwork", and possibly provide some screenshots and/or a sample .afpub file and the exported PDF.


-- 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 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.648 Beta.

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You're welcome :)


-- 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 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.647 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.648 Beta.

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