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I'm not sure if this is a feature or a bug?

  • Superscript and subscript buttons in the character panel work only when applied to certain characters and numbers (numbers become superscripts, but not text glyphs)
  • I tried different fonts and different files, same result.
  • For example, in the phrase "19th century" 'th' becomes a superscript automatically when typing the entire word and adding a space at the end, but trying to manually add the superscript from the character panel doesn't work.

I would like to be able to apply superscript and subscript manually to any text characters and numbers, if possible.

System: Windows 10 Pro

 

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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 1.7.3.481 • Windows 10 Home (4th gen Core i3 CPU)
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The Typography features require support from the font that you've chosen, and functions like super- and subscript work only for those characters that the font supports.

For other characters, take a look at the bottom of labeled "S" just above your red circle. You should find super- and subscript options in its pulldown that will work for all characters. For those options Publisher will "fake" the text position and size to make them look approximately right.


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Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.356), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.486 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.486 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.7.3.475 Beta

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Thank you for your replies!

I hadn't seen the Superscript/Subscript pulldown option. This works for me.

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On 5/17/2019 at 12:33 AM, walt.farrell said:

The Typography features require support from the font that you've chosen, and functions like super- and subscript work only for those characters that the font supports.

For other characters, take a look at the bottom of labeled "S" just above your red circle. You should find super- and subscript options in its pulldown that will work for all characters. For those options Publisher will "fake" the text position and size to make them look approximately right.

that's not the case, if it were why would it work perfectly in Affinity Designer & Photo version 1.6?? it should work regardless of, if the font supports it or not & it's not the font issue, it's Affinity's or it wouldn't work in 1.6 as well

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9 hours ago, VikasKumarX said:

that's not the case, if it were why would it work perfectly in Affinity Designer & Photo version 1.6?? it should work regardless of, if the font supports it or not & it's not the font issue, it's Affinity's or it wouldn't work in 1.6 as well

The handling in 1.7 has changed, and you will find that the 1.7 versions of Photo and Designer have been changed to behave the same as Publisher.

The Serif team has explained that this change was done because the "faked" characters can never quite match the true typographic characters in form, and allowing a mix of faked and typographic forms can give visual imperfections that they decided they don't like. So, now, the typographic support works only for the characters where the font provides support. If you need other characters in super- and subscript forms, you can use the "S" box for all of them, which will ensure a consistent appearance. Or you can use "S" for some and Typographic for others, accepting any visual flaws if they don't bother you.

Also, welcome to the Serif Affinity forums, ViasKumarX.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.356), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.486 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 and 1.8.0.486 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 and 1.7.3.475 Beta

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