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

Unofficial PDF Manual - Expert Guide to Affinity Publisher


Recommended Posts

Wow, what an impressive amount of work – and with a practical, sophisticated layout concept, too! 👍

30 minutes ago, MikeTO said:

especially the Books feature

I just ran into a little confusion on page 50. There one illustration + caption seems to be an unintentional duplicate. I've read that part several times and feel like I don't quite understand it. Was the second intended to show more of a situation of moved pages in the panel and possible consequences to the text flow? Or is rather the first one meant to show just a simple example of a single story?

page50duplicate.jpg.575ba0d8f3d9614b4ea9ee988b39e386.jpg

macOS 10.14.6 | MacBookPro Retina 15" | Eizo 27" | Affinity V1 only

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Staff

Well done MikeTO, this must have been loads of work. Feel free to post it in Resources as well

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your previous self."  W. L. Sheldon

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Return said:

Thanks @MikeTO is this an ongoing project or are you treating this as is?

I'm unsure. I just intended to explain the Books feature since it's so difficult to know if it's the right choice for your project until you've broken your book into chapter files. And if it turns out it was the wrong choice, it's hard to put the chapters back together again. I need to get back to my other book project but I imagine I'll expand this a bit in the future when I feel an itch to document a feature. I added the section on keyboard shortcuts yesterday while waiting for the release of 2.2.

22 minutes ago, thomaso said:

I just ran into a little confusion on page 50. There one illustration + caption seems to be an unintentional duplicate.

Thanks for catching this. If I had been sending this to print I would have engaged proofreaders but since this was a free project I knew there would be some copy/paste mistakes like this. Here's what the first example should have been, I will change this in the first update.

Screenshot2023-09-19at8_47_30AM.thumb.png.bc7bb3e9d73344ff550771057ecfe0d6.png

14 minutes ago, Patrick Connor said:

Well done MikeTO, this must have been loads of work. Feel free to post it in Resources as well

Will do, thanks.

Download a free manual for Publisher 2.3 from this forum - expanded 260-page PDF

Affinity 2.3.1 for macOS Sonoma 14.3, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awesome work @MikeTO !! Thank you very much !!

 

My dad always told me, a bad workman always blames their tools….

Just waiting for Ronny Pickering…..

Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 1.10 and 2.2 beta on macOS Sonoma 14.0 Beta on M1 Mac Mini 16GB 1TB
Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 1.10 and 2.2 beta  on Windows 10 Pro.
Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 2.2 beta on M1 iPad Pro 11” on iPadOS 17.0 beta 
 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityForiPad

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityPhoto/

The hardest link to find https://affinity.help

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Staff

@MikeTO - I'll start off by admitting I have not had a chance to read this cover to cover - so far I have merely dipped in and skimmed in a few places. However what I have seen seems very well presented, informative and accurate. I would like to thank you for making this available as a free resource and also take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution on the beta forums which has been both notable and significant.

Adam Whitehouse

Project Manager, Affinity Publisher

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the positive feedback everybody! I'll update the PDF next week with any corrections to issues you've reported. Follow this thread to get notified through the forums when an updated version is available.

13 hours ago, PaoloT said:

Maybe I’ve found a little mistake when you explain the Lanczos algorithms. In the current text, one is the slowest, but the other one is slower!

It's confusingly worded so I'll rephrase it. FYI, "Lanczos 3 (separable)" is higher quality but slower than the options listed above it in the manual and "Lanczos 3 (non-separable)" is similar in quality to "Lanczos 3 (separable)" but slightly slower. For most users, and unless you have a slow computer, "Lanczos 3 (separable)" is probably your best choice of quality and speed and there's little reason to ever change this setting.

Cheers,

Mike

Download a free manual for Publisher 2.3 from this forum - expanded 260-page PDF

Affinity 2.3.1 for macOS Sonoma 14.3, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, MikeTO said:

Thanks for the positive feedback everybody! I'll update the PDF next week with any corrections to issues you've reported. Follow this thread to get notified through the forums when an updated version is available.

It's confusingly worded so I'll rephrase it. FYI, "Lanczos 3 (separable)" is higher quality but slower than the options listed above it in the manual and "Lanczos 3 (non-separable)" is similar in quality to "Lanczos 3 (separable)" but slightly slower. For most users, and unless you have a slow computer, "Lanczos 3 (separable)" is probably your best choice of quality and speed and there's little reason to ever change this setting.

Cheers,

Mike

Hope you don’t mind but I shared a link to your post above to a few of the Affinity facebook groups I loiter in, you have made many people very happy ! 

 

My dad always told me, a bad workman always blames their tools….

Just waiting for Ronny Pickering…..

Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 1.10 and 2.2 beta on macOS Sonoma 14.0 Beta on M1 Mac Mini 16GB 1TB
Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 1.10 and 2.2 beta  on Windows 10 Pro.
Affinity Photo, Designer, Publisher 2.2 beta on M1 iPad Pro 11” on iPadOS 17.0 beta 
 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityForiPad

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityPhoto/

The hardest link to find https://affinity.help

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, MikeTO said:

I'll update the PDF next week with any corrections to issues you've reported.

Hi @MikeTO and thank you for this inappreciable help tool! 

 

There are indeed some things that disturbed me during my first paces with Affinity's TOC, and that I have not seen in your manual. So I dare to align some suggestions there about… 

p.80 (88) You wrote: — "You can use the same TOC style for all of the tables of contents or a different one for each table."

I would add that if you want TOCs each with a different set of heading styles to be included in, you HAVE TO create new TOC styles.
[Reading further, that's more or less explained in next section, on p.95 (87) but not so explicitly IMHO.]

And to go further in that TOC chapter 

 p.89 (81) — "Tip: Publisher creates the table of contents text styles for you; while you can redefine the character and paragraph attributes of these styles, do not rename them because the modified name will not be shown"

+ If you want to rename them, rename instead the TOC style itself (in the TOC panel). Change will be reflected in corresponding text styles. 
[Actually explained on p.95 (87).]

p.90 (82) — "5.  Select (.) Tab stop leader character from the list."

+ Or click on the ellipse button , so you can use any characters you want. 

The rest of this chapter seems irreproachable to my eyes… 

Thanks again Mike!

Affinity Suite 2.3.1 – Monterey 12.7.2 – MacBookPro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 16Go/1To

I apologise for any approximations in my English. It is not my mother tongue.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/19/2023 at 8:43 AM, TrentL said:

This is pretty amazing, @MikeTO! You should at least put this on GumRoad or something like that. You can even list it there for $0 and allow the customer to pay something if they choose. 

I've not read through (thoroughly) to see if there's been mention of this, but I'd also like the ability to compensate the author.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (Build 19045)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X @ 3.8Ghz (-30 all core +200mhz PBO); Mobo: Asus X470 Prime Pro
32GB DDR4 (3600Mhz); EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 3080 X3C Ultra 12GB
Monitor 1 4K @ 125% due to a bug
Monitor 2 4K @ 150%
Monitor 3 (as needed) 1080p @ 100%

WACOM Intuos4 Large; X-rite i1Display Pro; NIKON D5600 DSLR

Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 hours ago, debraspicher said:

...I'd also like the ability to compensate the author.

Thanks but I did this for fun, not profit. I'd charge for it only if I ever write a full manual because then I'd have to write about the features that I have less interest in.

21 hours ago, Oufti said:

p.80 (88)

p.89 (81)

p.90 (82)

Thanks, I've made the first and third changes for the next version. I'm going to leave the middle one as is (don't rename text styles for a TOC) because it's just a "don't do it" tip and I want the tips to be as short as possible.

Thanks!!

Download a free manual for Publisher 2.3 from this forum - expanded 260-page PDF

Affinity 2.3.1 for macOS Sonoma 14.3, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cheers, Mike. This is excellent

On 9/19/2023 at 12:26 PM, MikeTO said:

Learn how to publish books and other long documents with Affinity Publisher 2.2. This in-depth manual is filled with steps, tips, and recommendations for:

  • Books and Chapters
  • Documents, Pages, Master Pages, Sections, and Baseline Grid
  • Text Frames, Text Flow, and Stories
  • Cross-References, Table of Contents, and Index
  • Notes - including Footnotes, Sidenotes, and Endnotes
  • Fields - including Page Numbering, Running Headers, and Custom Variables
  • Anchors and Hyperlinks

This manual does not cover text formatting, graphics, printing, and many other core features. It is intended to explain the advanced features that you’ll need to publish a long document, especially the Books feature introduced in version 2.

Publisher Manual Sep 18 2023.pdf 12.8 MB · 1,296 downloads

Q&A

  • Is there a full manual I can purchase? No, this is all there is.
  • Is this really free? Yes, I'm making it available free of charge. It's copyrighted to prevent others from publishing it as their own.
  • Is there an iPad version? No, the steps and screenshots are for the macOS and Windows versions.
  • Why does it use a print layout if it's a PDF? It's a demonstration of how to use the features it describes to create a print book.

.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, MikeTO said:

I'm going to leave the middle one as is (don't rename text styles for a TOC) because it's just a "don't do it" tip and I want the tips to be as short as possible.

Thanks. I understand.

Would adding only this: "don't rename text styles for a TOC, rename instead the TOC style (in the TOC panel)" also be too long? 

— I dare to insist since I've not seen that relationship between TOC text styles names and TOC styles names explicated elsewhere. (i.e. TOC text styles are named according to the TOC style and the heading styles.)
I remember how I struggled with all those confounding TOC1, 2, 3 texte style names, trying to base one on the formatting of another (*), before I understood that I could change and simplify these text style names via the TOC style name. 

Or perhaps is there a better suited place for that precision?

Affinity Suite 2.3.1 – Monterey 12.7.2 – MacBookPro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 16Go/1To

I apologise for any approximations in my English. It is not my mother tongue.

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.

Guest
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.

Loading...
×
×
  • 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.