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@hum3 Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums   You (and the many others here ) may be pleased to hear that we are currently internally testing picas as a new Affinity unit type. It may take a

As a bookbinder in the US, I prefer metric over inches/feet as it is the most efficient and quicker measurement for fine binding of books. As a typographer, metric does not cut it - NOR does inches/fe

I'd like to see picas as a choice for document units.

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity forum :) 

I have moved this to the feature requests forum, as it is not a bug

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

 

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As it turns out according to Serif Picas were not included since it's and outdated measurement that no one uses anymore :34_rolling_eyes:. Because math is the kind of thing that goes out of date. Remember when I wrote those threads arguing that even when Publisher would come out it wouldn't be even close to taking on the pro competition in this area? Yeah, stuff like this.

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Also this is something Quark does from the main interface (without needing to dig into the preferences) as it should be. I don't think even ID works this way (I'm still on CS6.) Publisher should work this way as well. Click on the ruler to change both the x and the y a the same time. Basic function done at least a gazillion times a day.

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49 minutes ago, KipV said:

As it turns out according to Serif Picas were not included since it's and outdated measurement that no one uses anymore :34_rolling_eyes:. Because math is the kind of thing that goes out of date. Remember when I wrote those threads arguing that even when Publisher would come out it wouldn't be even close to taking on the pro competition in this area? Yeah, stuff like this.

I think I've probably used picas more than I can count on my fingers and toes, but not much more. Which would be such a small fraction of the number of publications I've made or worked on the word insignificant comes to mind.

In fact, I've only used picas when working on a publication someone else has created and they will be getting it back. But it's never been my choice of measurement. 

But for those for whom picas are a be all of measurement, it should be easy enough for Serif to add.

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Whether or not someone uses the measurement is separate from if it is the most efficient or best way to work. A lot of people shoot video vertically or use the word "literally" incorrectly but I am less concerned about the number of people who do these things then how sound their reasoning is for doing them.

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Yep, that's me. Mr. Inn Efficient.

Maybe it's time to change my tag below my name. But then again, maybe Idiot in Training is still apropos. 

Look, I didn't call the time honored practice among those who use picas dinosaurs or inefficient or not the best way of using that measurement. In fact, I mentioned that it should be easy enough for Serif to add it.

I guess I did try to inject a bit of humor and failed miserably. But what do you really expect from an inefficient idiot?

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2 minutes ago, KipV said:

I am mostly concerned that Serif doesn't seem to understand the reasoning behind it given that they apparently are made up of people who work in the field. Still not sure if the company is really serious about thinking the measurement is out date or it's just a joke I am not getting?

I dunno about the if it is a joke part or not. Is there a thread or was it private messaging?

PagePlus changes units if the rulers are changed, whether in the Options or via the Ruler:

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So once upon a time in Serif land it was possible.

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4 hours ago, KipV said:

Yes, it was said in a thread.

Oh my...  I really hope that wasn't me (a while back and I've forgotten) 

Anyway I have made a request last week for this lack of support to be reconsidered. 

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

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8 hours ago, Patrick Connor said:

Oh my...  I really hope that wasn't me (a while back and I've forgotten) 

Anyway I have made a request last week for this lack of support to be reconsidered. 

It was actually a conversation from Twitter a week ago by whoever runs the Twitter account.

6 hours ago, Fixx said:

I guess picas support should be added to please our american friends.

I am not sure what it has to do with being American. It has a lot to do with being a designer though. We measure type in points which is a subdivision of picas so it is easier to measure large objects such as pages, posters, large type, etc. Why measure large objects with an entirely different system like inches, cm, or mm? If type is measured this way why not just carry it across to everything else? It would be possible to use a smaller measurement like points all the time but it starts to get hard the larger something gets. Instead of saying I am going to pay you 100 dollars I could say I will pay you 10,000 cents but nobody says 10,000 cents since we have a financial measurement system that works better for expensive items (dollars.) We still use BOTH dollars and cents because they are needed depending on what type of item you are buying. We also use dollars and cents in unison in the same way we use points and picas in union. Piacs allow us to not need to use outrageously large numbers while points give us a more exact measurement ($4.75, 9p4.)

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Here is a good video showing several examples on how the units convert. You can see that points and sometimes Picas are nice even numbers where with inches you need to deal with fractions which makes things unnecessarily complex. Looks like points converts nicely to pixels too but I wonder if 72dpi is still relevant in the age of high res monitors?

 

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The metric world probably doesn't have much use for Picas/Points, so as more of the world turns to metric, the US may have become rather isolated in the continued use of this unit of measurement.

As Serif is based in the UK (I think?), they may well be working with people who are quite experienced in the field, but who are all using metric and thus don't realize the continued importance of this measurement within the US.

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19 minutes ago, fde101 said:

The metric world probably doesn't have much use for Picas/Points, so as more of the world turns to metric, the US may have become rather isolated in the continued use of this unit of measurement.

As Serif is based in the UK (I think?), they may well be working with people who are quite experienced in the field, but who are all using metric and thus don't realize the continued importance of this measurement within the US.

But Serif does support points which is a subdivision of picas. It's absurd to just support half of a system. It's like doing all of your finances in cents and doing away with dollars. We still need dollars since buying expensive items would be too difficult if you had to buy your next house or car only using cents. We need both dollars and cents. We need both points and picas.

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As a bookbinder in the US, I prefer metric over inches/feet as it is the most efficient and quicker measurement for fine binding of books. As a typographer, metric does not cut it - NOR does inches/feet. Points/Picas describe font measurement in Europe and US. In fact, Didot a French type designer from the 1700s was the first to establish the point/pica system to produce some of the finest typographic families in the world. For type, it is the most efficient and quickest measurement whether in the US or Europe. It is not just an "American" system and it is not an outdated system. It is a system with a specific purpose and it should be included for any designer concerned with accuracy paired with expedience.

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A lot of the things I have mentioned here are taught in high school level graphic design programs. They are certainly taught in college 101 classes. I took typography/design classes in the early 2000s and just took them this year. They are still hammering this measurement as the one to use in this field.

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