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Hi,

this is a 12min video how I am blasting through the styling of a book in Affinity Publisher. I want to show you how easy it is to even edit mulit-hundred pages long books. I never thought it would be such a "blast" until I did it - as you can see in the video.

My suggestion if you come from Indesign or if you start with just plain text.

  • Set up your text styles first. Use the first chapter for it until you are happy - unless you already have a ready-made layout.
  • Assign keyboard shortcuts where necessary.
  • Set up your master pages, too. Don't apply them yet.
  • Use a "running page" master page as your first page, because if you auto-add new pages (Shift-Option-Cmd Click), it will take the current master page as a template.
  • Apply your special master pages for new chapters etc only after your text is formatted properly and flowing beautifully. Otherwise it will mess up your page layout.
  • Apply sections last, too.

So if you are afraid of throwing a 300-odd page book at Affinity Publisher, fear no more! If you do your homework (see above) first, the final formatting is a piece of cake.

Cheers,

Helmar

[Note: This is a not a polished video. It's just to share my joy of editing in AFP compared to InDesign. :)]

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To make the formatting of QA's even faster you could prepare your styles to have the Next Sale added to it. Once that's done you could select the whole QA section and simply apply the style then Next Styles in one go.

Another tool I use quite a lot in formatting text is GREP.

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7 minutes ago, Seneca said:

To make the formatting of QA's even faster you could prepare your styles to have the Next Style added to it. Once that's done you could select the whole QA section and simply apply the style then Next Styles in one go.

 Absolutely. In fact, I already had it set up that way, but that only works if you add new text. If the text is already there, it won't do. But yes, that is a real time-saver.  Now if they could only link Text Styles with Master Pages, and I'd be the happiest chappy on the planet .🙂

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Master Pages linked to text styles is something that I would also like to see added to publisher.

I and others have suggested that feature a very long time ago so hopefully if you also add your voice to it the developers might take notice.

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2 hours ago, Seneca said:

Master Pages linked to text styles is something that I would also like to see added to publisher.

I and others have suggested that feature a very long time ago so hopefully if you also add your voice to it the developers might take notice.

Another thing that irks me: is there a way to automatically prevent what in German is called "Hurenkind" (thanks, Joachim L.) "Hurensohn" (Son of Bitch), which are single words on the very last line of the paragraph? I find it cumbersome to scan the entire book for possible "hanging" words. Currently I am ajusting the leading so that the word either moves onto the previous line, or another word moves onto the last line. Any ideas?

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1 hour ago, Helmar said:

Another thing that irks me: is there a way to automatically prevent what in German is called "Hurensohn" (Son of Bitch), which are single words on the very last line of the paragraph?

I think you want the widow control option in the Flow section of your Paragraph Text Style:
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This is not the same. Here widowed last lines are the ones in another column or on another page. Helmar wants to have at least two words in the last line of the paragraph.

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46 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

I think you want the widow control option in the Flow section of your Paragraph Text Style:
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Thanks, Walt. That only applies to the flow between frames, so that you don't have a widowed last line as the first line on a new page. My concern is single words on the last line of the paragraph, anywhere within the frame.

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2 hours ago, Helmar said:

Hurensohn

@Helmar Shouldn't it be called "Hurenkind"? I know Hurenkind and Schusterjunge which are widows and orphans in English. But you want something else I think. Right now this does seem to be possible with APu.

Interestingly the same Wikipedia article has different explanations.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurenkind_und_Schusterjunge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widows_and_orphans

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7 minutes ago, Joachim_L said:

@Helmar Shouldn't it be called "Hurenkind"? I know Hurenkind and Schusterjunge which are widows and orphans in English. But you want something else I think. Right now this does seem to be possible with APu.

Interestingly the same Wikipedia article has different explanations.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurenkind_und_Schusterjunge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widows_and_orphans

Oh, sh!t, you're right. Hurenkind ist richtig. :)

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