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I would like that, too.

I create a photobook and I just want to plan my structure ahead to see where I want to place what.

I would expect that after naming a page it will be displayed as "Page 3: My Custom Name" for example.

If the page does not have a name it should still be "Page 3" as before.


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Agree +1

Another option. color: page icon frame.

Or iconized icons. Like AfPub's color swatches: tiny squares show even tinier symbols. Used already to mark an AfPub color swatch as either/or/and to be Spot/Global color. Sounds complex, looks easy.

Advantage: 1 shape instead multiple glyphs
Disadvantage: No text
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How about an additional structure in Pages Panel:

Folders. containing page icons.


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3 hours ago, barrycosta said:

It's a need for sure!

Not so sure about that.

 

InDesign can't do this either (people are asking: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31462438-add-ability-to-name-individual-pages-just-like-w).

 

QuarkXPress lets you name master pages, but I don't believe you can name individual document pages.

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35 minutes ago, fde101 said:

... QuarkXPress lets you name master pages, but I don't believe you can name individual document pages.

Nope, Q cannot name the pages. Looking back through years of requests, thousands of requests, it's never been requested, either.

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6 minutes ago, MikeW said:

Looking back through years of requests, thousands of requests, it's never been requested, either.

I'd say that is kind of telling...  this is not a "needed" feature, not really essential.

It is not a bad thing to ask for by any means - but it is a want or a potential convenience, not really a need, at least for the vast majority of users.

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3 hours ago, fde101 said:

  this is not a "needed" feature, not really essential.

I think this is another separation line being drawn between APub and AD. Pages are numbered and artboards can be named.

Apart from that it is possible to place text left and right of a spread that could be used with some discriptive names. Not much more effort than typing in a name in the spread properties. The only drawback: this text is not visible in the Pages Panel.

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6 hours ago, fde101 said:

I'd say that is kind of telling...  this is not a "needed" feature, not really essential.

It is not a bad thing to ask for by any means - but it is a want or a potential convenience, not really a need, at least for the vast majority of users.

Note that both these apps offer chapters to structure a document, which reduces their need of customizing page icons or names.

So it might not be useful to compare what users of other apps do request. And, by the way, if an app would cover only the needs of the "vast majority" it would be quite slim ;)


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2 hours ago, thomaso said:

Note that both these apps offer chapters to structure a document, which reduces their need of customizing page icons or names.

So it might not be useful to compare what users of other apps do request. ...

Note that while both ID & Q have a book feature that doesn't mean that naming pages would be useful in books I do because in the vast majority of the books I do, I don't use that feature. I do use sections, but even so I cannot imagine it would be an aid.

But none of that should take away a valid request. I just wouldn't use such a feature. 

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4 hours ago, MikeW said:

Note that while both ID & Q have a book feature

Yes, that's what I tried to point at when the app comparison was mentioned as counter argument. But although chapters and sections are options to visually structure the pages panel they have the disadvantage of re-starting page numbers and a rather complex workflow for creation, and export, too. May be that is why the OP @KatrinaC requested literally "without using Sections".

For instance I would appreciate a quick way to visually structure the page icons, less for books/brochures but rather in documents which grow over time by layout alternatives or their developing versions within 1 document (e.g. advertisements). As workaround I got used meanwhile to insert blank spreads with an obvious color background and/or very large text notes for easier overview in the pages panel. (The alternative AD, which allows custom artboard names, to me has the disadvantage of a massively increasing amount of layer panel entries which always include all all layers of the entire document, not the current page only. Not to mention some missing APub features.)

Instead customized page icon names (which might increase complexity on export/print) I would prefer a custom colorizing option. This also could help to identify applied master pages easier, a request recently mentioned in this thread:
https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/106638-need-visual-clue-for-applier-master-page-in-mp-page-panels/

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23 minutes ago, thomaso said:

have the disadvantage of re-starting page numbers

This is optional in Affinity Publisher.  If you set the section to "continue page numbering" then this does not happen.

 

24 minutes ago, thomaso said:

a rather complex workflow for creation

Doesn't seem all that complicated...  though granted it does require extra steps compared to simply naming the page.  Again I don't see anything wrong with the request, and it would probably be welcomed by various other users, I just don't see it as something essential to the program.

 

33 minutes ago, thomaso said:

I would prefer a custom colorizing option.

That seems like a reasonable way to visually mark which masters are applied to which pages, at least until you start accumulating a large number of master pages and can't tell the colors apart any longer...  but if done that way, you are in essence using the colors to "name" the master pages, so applying colors to the individual document pages as well might lead to more confusion than utility.  You would need a clear way to distinguish within the page listing which colors represented the pages themselves and which ones the referenced masters.  I don't think I like the idea of using colors for both.

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I would so need this too.

My use case: I design different covers in different formats using the same elements. In AffPub I cannot easily see which cover is in which format, I need to zoom out or check dimensions, having names instead of page numbers or folders or visible icons would help.

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2 hours ago, vaidab said:

I would so need this too.

My use case: I design different covers in different formats using the same elements. In AffPub I cannot easily see which cover is in which format, I need to zoom out or check dimensions, having names instead of page numbers or folders or visible icons would help.

Hello @vaidab and welcome to the forum.

This is exactly what I was referring to with my above posting:

Quote: "Apart from that it is possible to place text left and right of a spread that could be used with some discriptive names."

This would look something like this:

page-names.thumb.png.f388f9a51928ccfd788ae0ca4d55d85f.png

 

You don't need page names to get this done 🙂

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Some kind of page naming could be possible if master page(s) marks and names are shown on the pages thumbnails.


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On 2/15/2020 at 4:36 AM, vaidab said:

I would so need this too.

My use case: I design different covers in different formats using the same elements. In AffPub I cannot easily see which cover is in which format, I need to zoom out or check dimensions, having names instead of page numbers or folders or visible icons would help.

This sounds like a better fit for Designer using artboards (which can be named) as you can also use symbols to keep the common elements in sync

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