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10 hours ago, Rob Luxford said:

If you can't live without specific Adobe features then hang onto your Adobe subscription. If its critical to your workflow then maybe Affinity is not the best fit for your design role.

We are throwing ideas into the mix here to get the best out of an amazing tool. Books feature combining art boards and pages sounds very powerful.

 

I agree. I must’ve missed something, though. When you reference “combining art boards,” what do you mean?

 

I think the book feature in Publisher is more for book chapters, which goes a long way toward avoiding unwieldy long documents. 

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2 hours ago, Clayton King said:

When you reference “combining art boards,” what do you mean?

@Rob Luxford means my earlier post:

On 11/17/2022 at 11:00 AM, loukash said:

I haven't tested it yet, but the new Books feature could theoretically help somewhat, by combining artboard and pages documents. I have no idea yet if it's possible or what the results would look like, and likely won't have the time today to try, so feel free to experiment.

By which I mean that an APu/ADe document can be either page based, or artboard based. You cannot mix both concepts in one document.
By using artboards you can work around the missing multi-page spreads in Publisher. But you need a separate document for those spreads if the rest of your layout are meant to be regular facing pages.

And with the Books feature, it may be easier to combine multiple documents in such cases.

(I still haven't tested it yet. Anyone brave enough to check it out? :))

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On 11/18/2022 at 3:11 PM, loukash said:

And with the Books feature, it may be easier to combine multiple documents in such cases.

(I still haven't tested it yet. Anyone brave enough to check it out? :))

Alright, so on a very quick test, it is possible to combine page and artboard based layouts into a book.
Of course, all must have the afpub file extension.
You can't select which artboard to include on export though. Each will be included as a unique page, including nested ones.
Also, you can't add new artboards while it's open in a book.

Also afphoto documents can be included in a book, as long as they have the afpub file extension. Technically, the file extension doesn't matter as all is the same document format.

But at the end of the day, for inclusion of multipage spreads I would likely use a different workflow, adding master pages with extended sizes and – for example – place individual pages from external afpub documents or something. Using artboards has no immediate benefit within a book.

apu2_book_artboards_photo_preflight.png

Page 3 is an artboard, page 8 was a simple afphoto document with a master page applied to it later.

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