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Change from 1.7.x to 1.8.x somewhere along the line the menu item 'Text > Interactive > Insert Hyperlink' disappeared for already existing hyperlinks.  These can be edited (still) by right clicking and selecting 'interactive' but cannot be edited from the main app menu.  This breaks an automation I have for updating existing hyperlinks in a doc. 😪

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Which release, exactly, are you running @Dampsquid, and where did you purchase it?


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Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
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Affinity Photo 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.650 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.650 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.3.641 and 1.8.4.651 Beta.

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To me it appears logically that the menu entry "insert..." isn't available for an already inserted link (though I'd expect it to be greyed out instead of not occurring).

I can't imagine in which way you use an automated update for hyperlinks – but doesn't the Hyperlink Panel give you comfortable access to all hyperlinks in your document at once? – However, possibly there came an UI change in v.1.8.2, which mentioned ...:

Hyperlinks

  • Hyperlink Panel wasn't displaying hyperlinks on Master pages
  • Renaming hyperlinks in Hyperlink Panel can detach objects

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/110325-affinity-publisher-for-macos-182/

 


macOS 10.14.6, Macbook Pro Retina 15" + Eizo 24"

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@thomaso Of course the logic you describe is without fault. 🤨   If Publisher had changed the menu text to Insert/Edit... there would be no problem.

 Unfortunately the hyperlink panel doesn't help.  In general, having a single pane collecting hyperlinks is useful.  However, from the point of view of updating those hyperlinks it doesn't help - it just helps find them.

Many Mac tools rely on 'reading' the app's menu bar to automate workflows... if the menu item is no longer there, the automation part is no longer possible.  The release notes mention nothing of this change.  It was perhaps deliberate, perhaps the UI designers feel a right click is better (it is for interactive mouse work), but removing something that didn't need removing is, in this case, unhelpful.

I do hope this an oversight / bug and will be put back.  In the meantime a regular task has become more tedious, longer, and more error-prone sadly. So, in the meantime I'll have to stick with 1.7.x.

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Ah, I guess I understand: You aren't missing in the main menu the not-occurring entry "Insert..." but the "Edit..." for already inserted hyperlinks.
I agree, this seems to be an UI mistake (like imho the disappeared "Insert..." which should appear as greyed-out).


The "Interactive" main menu entries appear strange also for the Anchor commands. For both, hyperlinks and anchors, the right-click menu gives options which can't accessed via the main menu. Quite confusing that the UI offers 4 different "Interactive" menus for hyperlinks, instead just 1 with varying colors:

main no link  //  main existing link  //  context no link  //  context existing link:

229631963_interactive-main-nolink.jpg.31c7413a10b0877f2c40be299d6e8eb3.jpg // 1461176275_interactive-main-existinglink.jpg.d1371aec8902a67deb94904ae2ebb22f.jpg // 219111736_interactive-context-nolink.jpg.61820eafac53d9e1752ffa860d641b93.jpg // 3501970_interactive-context-existinglink.jpg.c6ac57a86d89280d1f5175cdfd3bb3dd.jpg

 

Hopefully the Affinity developers will fix this menu mixture, at least for macOS, where usually any right-click menu item should also occur in the main menu (with the ability to get a shortcut, too). Compare the Apple Interface Design Guide:

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https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/macos/menus/contextual-menus/

  

 


macOS 10.14.6, Macbook Pro Retina 15" + Eizo 24"

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