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Affinity Publisher Customer Beta - 1.8.0.549

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Status: Beta
Purpose: Stability and General Testing
Requirements: Purchased Affinity Publisher
Mac App 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 (1.8.0.549) 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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Fixes and Updates

New Document Dialog
(Win) Implemented new New Document / Template dialog
(Mac) Miscellaneous fixes

General
Layers thumbnails now update when a global colour is changed
Convert to text frame now preserves corners
Fixed creation of unnecessary duplicates in Resource Manager / Collect...
Added 'Show in Explorer / Finder' to Resource Manager
Document Grid drawn incorrectly when switching between Master and Regular View
Fixed crash adding assets from afpub file
Assets imported via an afasset file aren't made visible if no categories currently exist
Can now search for missing fonts via Find and Replace
Fixes for Baseline Grid propagation from Master Pages

Preflight
Preflight check for missing glyphs

Text
Fixed crash in text composition. Recent regression
Fixed for Even / Odd Page Breaks
Fixes for Pinning Page UI
Column Rules now honour Text Wrap
Fixed Text Wrapping issues that could occur with large negative borders
Wrap settings saved in an objects style weren't correctly applied
Added more 'special characters' to the Bullets and Numbering character pick lists
Fixed Text Styles Panel preview for styles with a large 'Space Above'
'Word Joiner' and 'Zero Width Non-breaking Space' can now be entered with ToggleUnicode, and have their own "Show Special" representation.
Pasting text with Move Tool active now appends content to non-filler text rather than replacing
Warning now given when attempting to spell check text with no suitable dictionary available
Improved Title Exceptions granularity to never change certain words
Specific font incorrectly keeps italics activated
(Win) Drop Scale for Descenders option was missing
(Win) Previews on Typography Panel corrupted

Tables
Deleting row(s) in table caused alignment settings to reset
Table format > Frame stroke alignment is not remembered when changing the width

TOC
Pinned Frames now use the location of their pin to influence the order of TOC entries
(Win) TOC Panel was missing separator field

Index
Fix occasional crash opening Index Panel

Import
PDF Import: PDF Import now supports JBIG2 compression.
DOCX Import: DOCX Import now supports linked images
IDML Import: Shift+Tab (Right Indent Tab) not imported
IDML Import: Gutter values could be incorrect

Export / Print
PDF Export: Images in Embedded Documents weren't downsampling to correct DPI leading to unnecessarily high-res bitmaps.
JPEG Export: Include bleed was missing

Updated Help and Translations
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Just curious but when did Preferences > Auto-Correct acquire a pre-populated list of misspellings & replacements, & what is the source of that list? It seems to consist largely of a number of random simple misspellings like "make" spelled as "amke" & "a lot" spelled as"alot."

Preferences > Abbreviations also is now pre-populated with a short list of abbreviations. Most of the included ones seem common enough to be included ... except for "S.P.Q.R." (Senatus Populusque Romanus, “The Senate and People of Rome”). Aside from a few scholarly works, there seems to be very few instances of it in U.S. literature (when it does appear it is usually written as "SPQR" without the periods), plus a quick Google search turned up this😮

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36 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Just curious but when did Preferences > Auto-Correct acquire a pre-populated list of misspellings & replacements,

Windows has had that prepopulated list since at least 1.7.3, probably earlier.

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12 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Windows has had that prepopulated list since at least 1.7.3, probably earlier.

I just rechecked 1.7.3 for Macs & while "English" (which for me means U.S. English) is unpopulated, "English (United Kingdom)" is pre-populated. The U.K. list in 1.7.3 appears to be identical to the U.S. one in 1.8.0.549, so I guess it was just copied over as part of the 'updated' translations.

Also, FWIW since I use the macOS System Preferences > Keyboard > Text 'replace with' feature to automatically replace a few words I often mistype, I wondered which would take precedence if I added a different auto-correct entry in APU vs. what I already have in System Preferences. In case anyone is wondering, System Preferences overrides the APU entry.

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@angied

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) 

13 hours ago, angied said:

Is there a way to test the Beta 1.8 for free?

No the beta is for customers only, sorry. Once 1.8.0 is released you should be able to redownload the trials (in your account) and install 1.8 and try them again (even if you have tried 1.7.3)

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