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Just as many others, I am very excited for this. I'm not up there with my work yet, but it is plan to create and sell books and hopefully get a small business going, so this will come great for my workflow. Designer, being the main program I use, I am very happy to see that Publisher has a very similar look (tools and main toolbar).

 

56 minutes ago, Petar Petrenko said:

@AtelierCunha what would you do if Affinity didn't exist? :)

 

Shhh! How dare you say that.

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Affinity Publisher sneak peek! Just to prove we're not making the whole thing up, check out this early build of our DTP app. Still lots of perfecting to do; expect the beta next summer. Enjoy.  

Today Tony has edited the original post and added this to the statement.

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 wor

I should preface this post by saying that I am not, nor have I ever been, a "power user" of any desktop publishing software. However, I have used QuarkXPress reasonably extensively, and at least had a cursory look at InDesign in the past. One thing that I have always liked about QuarkXPress was the fact that, once added to the document, the items created based on Master Pages were easily edited. In other words, if I had a Master Page that included a text box with some generic text inside, that text was immediately editable in the document page without jumping through hoops. At least in my very limited evaluation of InDesign, editing items brought into the document via Master Pages required additional alterations to the item (explicitly designating it a document item rather than a master page item) - maybe not a deal-breaker, but definitely not optimal.

What I believe I saw in the video of Affinity Publisher aligns it much more closely with Quark than with Adobe. New Page(s) were added and, at some point, at least one of the items brought into the new document page was edited directly without having to change it from a Master Page item to a Document item (or any similar permutation).

If I am correct in this observation, then Hallelujah to that. So far, and in this very limited video, I really really like what I see!

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I've never used Quark so I don't know how it handles this, but how many times have InDesign users experience missing fonts and other program errors because they didn't embed their links or package their file? These are very easy things to miss first time on the go. And so, I am curious to know what Affinity's approach will be to keep everything linked together without errors popping up.

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I've been designing and publishing books and magazines for almost 40 years. I remember learning to use Aldus PageMaker on the Mac II oh those many years ago and over the years I've purchased tens of thousands of dollars of Adobe software and been harnessed to the annoying subscription model for not-quite 3 years. Having stuck with Adobe for an awfully long (and expensive) time I grate my teeth every year when my CC subscription comes up for renewal. And one of the primary reasons I haven't explored other options was InDesign. (I hate Quark...)


I learned of Affinity software today through a post about the Publisher preview on YouTube. Combined with Photo and Designer, I can finally see an end to my Adobe sentence.

 

I downloaded the trials for Photo and Designer and am so impressed I'll learn new workflows over the next two months so I can cancel my CC subscription before the March 2 renewal.

 

I have a break between publishing projects until mid-summer so my fingers are crossed Affinity Publisher will be in beta by then. 

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6 hours ago, Bri-Toon said:

I've never used Quark so I don't know how it handles this, but how many times have InDesign users experience missing fonts and other program errors because they didn't embed their links or package their file? These are very easy things to miss first time on the go. And so, I am curious to know what Affinity's approach will be to keep everything linked together without errors popping up.

 

Usually this only happens once...then the person has learned to package if moving a publication and/or to keep publication resources in a relative path beneath the publication path and move/copy the whole shebang. Q is the same as ID. As is PagePlus, Viva Designer, or any other layout/design application that can link resources instead of just embedding them. The same will apply to APub and, if linked resources make it to AD, then to it too.

 

There are plug-ins/XTensions for ID/Q that can assist in relinking missing resources or using it to move/gather assets and relink the publication to them. And they work great. But APub/AD as of yet doesn't have hooks for plug-in developers to build widgets for them so I think we'll be stuck using what appeared in the video to be an asset panel. Which is akin to ID's & Q's libraries. And I don't use them, either.

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7 hours ago, CraigB said:

I've been designing and publishing books and magazines for almost 40 years. I remember learning to use Aldus PageMaker on the Mac II oh those many years ago and over the years I've purchased tens of thousands of dollars of Adobe software and been harnessed to the annoying subscription model for not-quite 3 years. Having stuck with Adobe for an awfully long (and expensive) time I grate my teeth every year when my CC subscription comes up for renewal. And one of the primary reasons I haven't explored other options was InDesign. (I hate Quark...)


I learned of Affinity software today through a post about the Publisher preview on YouTube. Combined with Photo and Designer, I can finally see an end to my Adobe sentence.

 

I downloaded the trials for Photo and Designer and am so impressed I'll learn new workflows over the next two months so I can cancel my CC subscription before the March 2 renewal.

 

I have a break between publishing projects until mid-summer so my fingers are crossed Affinity Publisher will be in beta by then. 


Yep! Same story here (except the 40 years of experience then)

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10 hours ago, KipV said:

That's great Tony, my question would be about the different Personas which were not shown off. The demo most shows features that are already in Photo/Designer/Quark/ID. Personas in a layout tool is new (as far as I know) so that would probably be what I am most interested in.

 

Well spotted. I can't tell you much but you will be both shocked and amazed :)

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16 hours ago, TonyB said:

 

The swatches will have an overhaul and Dave has made some changes to text styles for 1.7 but not sure if that's inline with your thoughts.

Looking forward to the swatches overhaul. There's a lot of issues with it:

  • Can't select more than one to move
  • Can't group them
  • Editing colour, name, and global status are different windows/menus when it should be all in one (see AI)

As for text styles, haven't used it much since Designer isn't quite there yet for packaging design, but it's missing Figure Style options.

Thanks!

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19 hours ago, Alfred said:

 

We were previously led to expect the beta this winter and the retail version next summer! Oh well....

 

Edit: I've just seen the 'patience' hashtag on the Twitter page. LOL.

 

 

So then I guess we'll see the beta next winter. :(

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2 hours ago, pioneer said:

How does one sign up to become a beta tester with this?  Cheers John

 

No doubt the same way as for AD and APh: via a signup link here or on social media.

 

32 minutes ago, Diller said:

 

So then I guess we'll see the beta next winter. :(

 

No, @TonyB said we’ll see it next summer. But the retail version probably won’t be ready less than six months after the start of the beta, which would be this time next year (i.e. winter for those of us who are in the northern hemisphere, or summer for Aussies, Kiwis and others who live south of the equator).

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