Jump to content
You must now use your email address to sign in [click for more info] ×

Why I like reading software manuals in .PDF form:

Recommended Posts

The search feature in online help is limited so a lot of people prefer to use Google. But when you search for something like "affinity publisher 2 index", the first hit will be the version 1 page. The online help needs a bit of optimization so that the v2 help appears first.

To search just the v2 pages, prefix your Google query with:

  • site:affinity.help/publisher2/
  • site:affinity.help/designer2/
  • site:affinity.help/photo2/
Edited by MikeTO
corrected typo
Link to comment
Share on other sites

17 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

Unfortunately, showing a screenshot like that tells us

Tell us about this us?


To the two of you, give the guy a break. He's right, the writing is atrocious. The publishing pathetic, the layout greatly lacking. All things a company making presentation software should have absolutely nailed.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Those of us with long memories of using Serif's "Plus" range of software will recall the manuals that came with that range. I still have the impressive bundle of manuals that came with my PagePlus 3.0 suite - 0ver 700 pages of information both in using the software together with DTP guidelines.

I van appreciate why Serif don't produce printed manuals these days, but I am sure a PDF Manual/handbook would be useful and give more room for ecamples.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 11/7/2023 at 1:36 AM, walt.farrell said:

Unfortunately, showing a screenshot like that tells us very little. You need to tell us the URL that was returned.

It would also help to expand the Introduction tab.

My guess: you got a V1 Help page.

If you want to search the web for Publisher 2 Help, include the search term site:affinity.help/publisher2 or you can't be sure what you'll get. Or, go to https://affinity.help and then click on the link for Publisher 2 (desktop or iPad, as appropriate) and use the Search box there. But sometimes using a web search will give more results.

You are lucky you got that screenshot.

Who except nerds like me constantly documents their searches on the off chance that someone will ask for "more in formation" 😊

Yes it is possible in that instance I got V1 Help despite my search, I took a snap so I'd have the topics list for when I created my own manual to try and sort out how Publisher works. Something which as I've said, would be better if Serif did it. I'd put my hand up for the job, but can't fix everyone's shortcomings, I've got work of my own to do.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Guidelines | We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.