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Finding I occasionally run into situations where upon importing or copy/pasting some artwork from another app (Comic Life, OmniGraffle, Illustrator, Preview/PDF, etc) I run into situations where what was once a continuous flow of text has been broken down into individual text frames. Sometimes this division is based on single lines, other times individual characters. Having the ability to select all of the related text frames and combine them into a new text frame would be really helpful. Of course determining what order the frames go in is a little complicated, I wonder if a 'best guess' based on the reading order of the document (ie: top down, left to right for western languages) would give a 'good enough' result in most circumstances with the ability to quickly copy/paste move text around in the combined frame after allowing users to fix any errors that may have crept in.

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On 13. 2. 2018 at 2:52 AM, Jan Gaare said:

wtf have i bought designer to design my books, and to now know that there is a publisher.... ???? this sucks

 

That's why a trial version is available to test product before you buy it.

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On 7/30/2020 at 9:09 PM, Julio Alejandro said:

Hello

Can I do it in publisher? how?

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On 7/30/2020 at 8:09 PM, Julio Alejandro said:

Hello

Can I do it in publisher? how?

 

16 minutes ago, konstantnnn said:

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Try affinity.help instead!

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I think this is not about linking text frames, but combining/grouping like the option (group lines of text into text frames) while opening PDF in APu.

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Since this seems to be the most recent open thread for this question according to Google, I am wondering as well.

When I paste text frames with multiple lines from Inkscape into Affinity Designer, they come in as individual lines of text, each on it's own text layer.

What I want (and I think what others are asking about as well) is to put these individual text blocks back together into a single block of editable text.

If there were a "merge layers" option on text layers, that would do it. But there isn't

A "combine text blocks" command would work too. Or even "create new text layer from selected"

I get that determining the order in which to combine these could be an issue. If they are all stacked up nicely like they are when they get pasted in from Inkscape, it should be pretty straightforward, but if they are scattered around the page it could be more ambiguous.

Still, I'd prefer to have a single editable text block with all the text in it, even with the words out of order, than to have to manually copy / paste many individual lines of text into a new block. Especially since it'd be fairly easy to undo the combine operation, quickly re-arrange the text layers' positions to get the order right, then re-combine.

I know you can link text frames in Publisher, but this is not linking, it is combining many into one. And anyway, that's Publisher and I'm asking about Designer.

Thanks!

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13 minutes ago, jimdoria said:

A "combine text blocks" command would work too.

Yes, Xara has this option when importing PDF. You can select multiple text blocks and merge them. Selecting order is important, too.

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On 7/26/2021 at 1:57 AM, jimdoria said:

Since this seems to be the most recent open thread for this question according to Google, I am wondering as well.

When I paste text frames with multiple lines from Inkscape into Affinity Designer, they come in as individual lines of text, each on it's own text layer.

What I want (and I think what others are asking about as well) is to put these individual text blocks back together into a single block of editable text.

If there were a "merge layers" option on text layers, that would do it. But there isn't

A "combine text blocks" command would work too. Or even "create new text layer from selected"

I get that determining the order in which to combine these could be an issue. If they are all stacked up nicely like they are when they get pasted in from Inkscape, it should be pretty straightforward, but if they are scattered around the page it could be more ambiguous.

Still, I'd prefer to have a single editable text block with all the text in it, even with the words out of order, than to have to manually copy / paste many individual lines of text into a new block. Especially since it'd be fairly easy to undo the combine operation, quickly re-arrange the text layers' positions to get the order right, then re-combine.

I know you can link text frames in Publisher, but this is not linking, it is combining many into one. And anyway, that's Publisher and I'm asking about Designer.

Thanks!

Well said and I can plus 1 this comment. Any news if there might be a solution or update coming?

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