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[ Publisher 1.9.1] smart master pages – Image proportions changes

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step by step I'm beginning to understand the weird way Publisher handles images (only Image and Image Box that don't understand EXIF etc.). After trying the promising advantage of Smart Master Pages, I was a bit disappointed. I load an image that is set to Max fit and change the image box it is scaled but not proportionally.

This should definitely not be the case... or? see video


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Thanks for the video, but it's hard for me to figure out what's happening at that speed and especially with the language differences.

You said that you have "an  image that is set to Max fit and change the image box it is scaled but not proportionally." Images are not set to "max fit". The picture frame is set, using the Picture Frame Properties button on the Context Toolbar.

Do you have the same properties set on the picture frame on both Master Pages? The design of Publisher's Smart Masters allows the images to migrate between frames with different settings, and to be automatically processed according to the new frame's properties.

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Hi Affinity Team, this simple cannot be the intended function of max size and smart master pages. An accidental change of the image proportions can lead to real trouble with "some jobs" if the client sees this in the print product. Such (really) great features should work (with your claim), I must be able to trust my layout program, that it can not come to hidden mistakes, which I must later laboriously rework/find out.

Again a more detailed video in english and the file to test/see it myself.  At the end I wanted to test again the max fit with change of the picture box works and was then even more confused that it does not work and then with another picture box, with the identical setting it works then nevertheless.


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Hi @SPaceBar thanks for asking, just tested it with the current 1.9.3 version of APup, unfortunately when updating with another master page that has different image frames (like in my video), the aspect ratio of the images is still changed. 
This feature would be super sweet if it would work without errors.

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