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Anyway, as if Adobe, Autodesk  or the like would inform about every lil step they make in their everyday development...  " 8:00 AM, we are having coffee, not tea, because yesterday we...."  .... " Oh, and yes, we are are revamping all the legacy code which is limiting us since the 90s, to have every little operation to be multi threaded. Started today, should be ready in the afternoon. Or if not this very afternoon, then in 15 years. Be patient!  I know you will. You can't do any other freaking thing... because... there's no one else out there. Mwahaha. "

// Dumb sarcasm.

I remember too many times in the past of those two of one full year of no updates, or only cosmetic updates -way smaller/unimportant than for example, the constant flow of updates here in the AD/AP beta forums- ....

 


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On 7/2/2018 at 6:56 PM, dannyg9 said:

If Publisher (can't believe Microsoft isn't questioning the naming) enables me to do what I do with InDesign CS5 (no clouds here), then it will be worth the investment. In the meantime, I use QuarkXpress and it's actually a pleasant relief from the Adobe product line. We should all be flexible in the tools we use as a developer can go belly-up or, like Adobe, just decide to kill a perfectly usable tool and then lock it away in a dungeon to prevent further development rather than sell it off and let the product and it's users flourish. Quark may have been super arrogant at one time, but since coming back to it I've found the company quite pleasant to deal with. And just for the record, I've never had any problems with Affinity programs.

Remember, Microsoft are not the only ones to have used Publisher. There has also been Timeworks Publisher , Greenstreet Publisher, Envision Publisher and Express Publisher DTP programs launched when Microsoft was also using the Publisher moniker.

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Really sorry about the lack of updates - some of this is down to the fact that there's very little to update you on regarding Affinity Publisher (still looking good, still on track for Beta - to the best of my knowledge at this point) and some of this is down to the fact that Affinity Designer for iPad has been occupying 100% of my time recently as I get it ready for launch. That situation will change. Soon. ;)

So hopefully you'll see more obvious progress over the coming months... :) 

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10 minutes ago, Novak said:

@MattP

Any word on Affinity DAM? :D

Oh dear pot stirrer ... xD

I hope they gather a lot of feedback first. I use ACDSEE which did a lot RIGHT but has let a lot go in their attempt to become a photoshop kludge alongh with leaving a lot of things unfixed I hope that when they get to the point where they are going to start that, we can enter likes and dislikes somewhere for consideration


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I look forward to it, Matt!

I'll be transferring a lot of text from Mac's Pages to Publisher. A little stylized upgrade.


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I am also looking forward very much for the beta cycle of Publisher. I do not expect a full featured application. Just basic page layout capabilities will be enough to start with.

I am sure Publisher is worth the wait.

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It's kind of baffling how indignant, angry, and impatient some are with this. Personally, I'd rather they take their time and get it right. The iPad Photo launch was pretty bumpy to be honest... so I'm betting they're making sure this thing is fairly rock solid before anyone even gets to play with it. 

I'm cool with that. 

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The is issue is getting the priority right. Personally I would find the value of a major product on major platform which make up 1/3 of the collection far more important than shifting the focus on Designer for iPad. Is their user base is so high that it warrants such decision? I am sure Adobe would not have delayed the development of InDesign and say we are focusing on Illustrator for iPad first! To me this madness... But hey I am not the company or the developer...

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I'm not indignant, angry, or impatient (well, a little impatient, maybe …)—I'm just REALLY excited, and hoping Publisher comes out in ANY version before August 4th, 2018. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to why? {Hint: In the immortal words sung by Ritchie Havens, "Freedom, FREEDOM"!}

I may have to emulate another poster from pages back (sorry, don't remember your name) who dug out his old, standalone CS6 ID until it does. Only problem is I have about a bagillion ID18 files I'd have to export as idml before I could cancel; and of course, I'll have to go ahead and download/purchase Design and Photo, too.

Anyway, I really appreciate Serif and the development team (assuming Matt_P has some kind of help and isn't having to do it all himself) for giving us what appears to be a viable alternative to MonopAdobeoly.

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If the Adobe story has taught us anything, it should be that we have to have options and engage them in order to have an uninterrupted work flow (Mike W seems to epitomize this). When Publisher hits (Beta or otherwise), I'll be there. I've transitioned from Photoshop and Illustrator to Photo and Designer, I've got Pixelmator, and I've been using QuarkXpress for 7 months now with no regrets. Took a while to export/import my InDesign CS5 files (some still to be converted) and I'm happy to say that I'm out of the Adobe design cycle. I use the latest CC at work because that's what they've got. The possible future of elements of the Creative Cloud can be seen firsthand in Adobe's EOL of MUSE. As many have posted here before, there's quite a bit of perfectly good software that Adobe has killed off and other programs that they've let wallow or become bloated. Pretty sure that no matter what Publisher may lack at the outset it will only go forward and become better.

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The "like" wasn't for the mention. It was for the message of moving forward, because as you state, there are options.

What's that saying? The biggest lie Satan ever told was that he didn't exist? That's akin to the lie Adobe has convinced the world of: There are no options outside AdobeLand. But there are. And more and more people are coming around to that fact. If Serif had begun releasing the Affinity line-up a decade or so ago, I doubt it would have been as successful as it is and APub is just going to prove that more as it matures.

Here's the thing. There have always been alternatives to Adobe software. Many have come and gone due to ill timing (I think) among other factor. But many are still around but have never generated the buzz that the Affinity line has. Some are better/more efficient to work in for the type of things I create. But because they didn't generate the buzz, they will still not create the "excitement" that the Affinity products are doing. 

Timing is everything.


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18 hours ago, skiphunt said:

It's kind of baffling how indignant, angry, and impatient some are with this. Personally, I'd rather they take their time and get it right. The iPad Photo launch was pretty bumpy to be honest... so I'm betting they're making sure this thing is fairly rock solid before anyone even gets to play with it. 

I'm cool with that. 

Although the frustration comes from the fact that this was originally announced about 6 years ago. We waited patiently while the iPad was given higher priority and now I am just about running out of steam with this. I love pageplus but to be honest, if something else came along that fitted the bill, Serif don't have much of my loyalty any more. A sad thing to say as I was always recommending pageplus to every page layout specialist and designer that I chatted with.

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So much pages for the same software. 
I believe Serif should make it very attractive even in beta version for the level  of frustration to be dropped down. 
When is summer really ending? 

We are already in July so waiting few more weeks is not a bad thing. 
@MattP will Affinity Publisher work on a  PC with 4gb Ram + 2ghz Core2duo running windows 10 Pro x64 version 1803? 

See it's not only a good thing to make a good software but it's better make it run on config with just enough resources, if it works well with that then those having monster config will enjoy even better and everyone will be happy at their respective level. 

Please make sure we have the link or live link ready and working for the beta version, so we can test it and revert back telling you how it works. 
I believe you have prepared something great guys!
You rocks and have my support. 


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35 minutes ago, Arnaud Mez said:

@MattP will Affinity Publisher work on a  PC with 4gb Ram + 2ghz Core2duo running windows 10 Pro x64 version 1803?

Matt is the lead developer for Affinity Designer. I think your question would be better directed at @AdamW. (Adam was the PagePlus project manager for many years.)


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On 7/4/2018 at 2:10 AM, MattP said:

Really sorry about the lack of updates - some of this is down to the fact that there's very little to update you on regarding Affinity Publisher (still looking good, still on track for Beta - to the best of my knowledge at this point) and some of this is down to the fact that Affinity Designer for iPad has been occupying 100% of my time recently as I get it ready for launch. That situation will change. Soon. ;)

So hopefully you'll see more obvious progress over the coming months... :) 

Understood, but is there ANY update as to when to expect the beta, other than "soon" or "this summer, sometime"? (I guess I'm a little more impatient than I thought.)

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3 hours ago, αℓƒяє∂ said:

Matt is the lead developer for Affinity Designer. I think your question would be better directed at @AdamW. (Adam was the PagePlus project manager for many years.)

 Really thank you for that, I never read about him before. 
So nice to have peoples like you around. 


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14 hours ago, magicdesign__ said:

Although the frustration comes from the fact that this was originally announced about 6 years ago. We waited patiently while the iPad was given higher priority and now I am just about running out of steam with this. I love pageplus but to be honest, if something else came along that fitted the bill, Serif don't have much of my loyalty any more. A sad thing to say as I was always recommending pageplus to every page layout specialist and designer that I chatted with.

My thoughts exactly. Been a loyal PagePlus user since V3!!!!

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On 7/2/2018 at 12:15 PM, Petar Petrenko said:

Well, I've asked this because all of us want Publisher to come out ASAP. I think this way everyone can stay calm if they are informed that it is about 80%/90% done.

Dont speak for me. I don't want it to show up ASAP. So not "all of us" :PI want it to be out when ready. When it can be real alternative and can get world excited about Affinity. I dont want half-baked product that is pretty much beta. If it takes year from now - so be it.

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4 minutes ago, nezumi said:

Dont speak for me. I don't want it to show up ASAP. So not "all of us" :PI want it to be out when ready. When it can be real alternative and can get world excited about Affinity. I dont want half-baked product that is pretty much beta. If it takes year from now - so be it.

Count me in for the "all of us" segment! The sooner I have something I can test to see if I can get off the MonopAdobeoly merry-go-round, the better—even if it's not ready for prime time. 

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On 7/5/2018 at 6:44 AM, Sam Neil said:

The is issue is getting the priority right. Personally I would find the value of a major product on major platform which make up 1/3 of the collection far more important than shifting the focus on Designer for iPad. Is their user base is so high that it warrants such decision? I am sure Adobe would not have delayed the development of InDesign and say we are focusing on Illustrator for iPad first! To me this madness... But hey I am not the company or the developer...

There's no 'priority' issue here. I'm the Project Manager (and Lead Developer) of Affinity Designer, so I'm busy working on my next release (AD for iPad) whereas we have a whole team of developers working on Affinity Publisher and have had for a long time now. My post was really about apologising I've not been around as much as usual (because I'm very busy!) and about reassuring you that Publisher is still coming along nicely from what I can see... I'll move on to help out the team with Publisher imminently, sure, but it's not like there's been a pause while everyone waits for my help! ;) They're much better at Publisher-specific stuff than me anyway, so I just need to help out in the areas that I'm good at! As with any of our products, they won't be released until we're actually happy with them, because at the end of the day, nobody wants software that doesn't really 'work' properly! :S 

It's difficult from my perspective to imagine what we could have done here to make customers feel less frustrated by the lack of progress?... Development of good software is often an iterative process - it's SO unlikely you'll just hit the sweet-spot on your first go at typing something and you'll need to start again with new knowledge and try something a little different - that process is notoriously terribly difficult to estimate how long it takes. In a world where it only matters if something actually works or not, then maybe your first go would've been good enough and maybe timescales are easier to guess, but we're looking for a great solution, not just any solution... So Publisher seems to be taking a while when viewed from the outside - but there's no 'problem' here, everything is going great and we're converging on something special - but rushing to reach a goal before it's truly ready would just be a terrible idea and would setup the product very badly for the future. I think the 'teaser' video for Publisher we released was partly to show that it really was happening, and partly because we're really excited to show it to you! The guys working on the product are doing their job, but it's also something they're passionate about, so they're proud of their work and want you to enjoy it. The alternative was for us to have never said anything about Publisher at all but then customers would just wonder what we were doing that was meaning we weren't updating Photo/Designer very often recently and then would get frustrated. Hang in there - it's on its way and it's going to be good! :) 

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I have not been tracking above thread progress precisely but correct me if I am wrong:

-Whats the problem? If its been so long 'preparing' AFP  for ANY  preAlphaTestWhatever launch, then showing some mysterious presentation then again nothing

-Money? People? Time? Guys, maybe project manager of AFP could share his sorrows, maybe we could/should collect some fund whatever BUT MOVE IT.

Or say its just bothering and stop that pointless talks here? Feel tired w/it and feel I am not the only one.

Is it worth or not? Is it gonna happen or not? Whats the problem?


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1 minute ago, Zbigg said:

I have not been tracking above thread progress precisely but correct me if I am wrong:

-Whats the problem? If its been so long 'preparing' AFP  for ANY  preAlphaTestWhatever launch, then showing some mysterious presentation then again nothing

-Money? People? Time? Guys, maybe project manager of AFP could share his sorrows, maybe we could/should collect some fund whatever BUT MOVE IT.

Or say its just bothering and stop that pointless talks here? Feel tired w/it and feel I am not the only one.

Is it worth or not? Is it gonna happen or not? Whats the problem?

Whaaaaaaaat? I thought I was really really clear above. I'll be as clear as possible now.

There's NO problem. Stuff takes time. If you want it sooner but broken, then that's great, but we don't. What's the point of releasing to an alpha/beta/whatever if you're not happy yourself yet?

 

Hope that makes more sense? :)

Matt

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Just now, MattP said:

Whaaaaaaaat? I thought I was really really clear above. I'll be as clear as possible now.

There's NO problem. Stuff takes time. If you want it sooner but broken, then that's great, but we don't. What's the point of releasing to an alpha/beta/whatever if you're not happy yourself yet?

Hope that makes more sense? :)

Matt

Matt, you are clear about that. However:

1. Time. How long still and why so long ?

2. Perfection. You can elaborate the project to the end of the time. Every project. In the meantime somebody invents a biolink and computers become useless or sth similar-jokin but that the way it is.

3. The time is NOW, lots of people switched to AF because they saw you could offer promising, effective tools at affordable price and you ensure good customer-provider relations and development/support relations. This wil not last forever though.

If it be NOW: what would be the stage of WORKING features of AFP?


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