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Hi, thanks for the good work on the Affinity products! 9_9 Having spent some first moments on tuning in with Affinity publisher I'm missing a preflight checker. That's why I have the following feature request:

User Stories:

  1. As an Affinity Publisher user I would like Affinity Publisher to check whether my document layout and the document content fulfills before-configured criteria in order to not export unwanted documents.
  2. I would like Affinity Publisher to provide sane default values/configurations for the below-mentioned checks.
  3. I would like Affinity Publisher to enable me to define and administrate (create,read,update,delete) several preflight profiles.

Desired checks: The checks that I would like Affinity publisher to perform are:

  1. Image resolution: I would like to get notified which image does not match a document's defined resolution to prevent pixelated prints.
  2. Image colour space: I would like to get notified if an image potentially contains colours which might get lost when producing a exporting a document, e.g. for CMYK printing.
  3. Content-bleed-distance: I would like to get notified which contents are too close to a document's bleed, e.g. a background image that should expand to the "bleeding edge".
  4. Outdated links: I would like to get notified which objects displayed in Publisher do not represent the latest version of a referenced file.
  5. Missing external resources: I would like to get notified which external resources cannot be located by Affinity Publisher anymore.
  6. Text overflows: I would like to get notified which text boxes have an overflow issue.

Background: My first project is going to be a simple poster. But I plan to recreate an old InDesign project using Affinity Publisher, a poetry anthology with several pictures etc. I definitely need the software to notify me if I accidentally messed up my layout, e.g. by adjusting a paragraph style etc.

I hope you are already on it. Such a preflight check definitely is part of what I would consider a professional desktop publishing program.

Edited by SaltySunlight

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I can definitely give a boost to this. I noticed when I was working on a large project during exporting phase I got a message that one link was outdated, I have still no idea what was outdated and going through each one by one is not very appealing when you have over 90 pages.

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+1 from me as well. This would be great.

I'd also love to check for orphans and widows as well. I think we can use some advanced search/grep for that, but having that built into a preflight would be great as well.

 

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On 7/11/2019 at 9:12 PM, Naughty Sparkle said:

I can definitely give a boost to this. I noticed when I was working on a large project during exporting phase I got a message that one link was outdated, I have still no idea what was outdated and going through each one by one is not very appealing when you have over 90 pages. 

Yep! I feel your pain. The absence of a preflight checker practically renders Publisher "almost useless" when coming to the export feature. Having InDesign CS6 still installed, I definitely wouldn't want to start creating a document with more than 4-8 pages or so...

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A dedicated preflight feature would be very nice for the next major version. 
In the meantime, as I see with in my use of InDesign CS5, there are ways to mitigate this shortcoming:

For example the resources window should be a studio panel, where you can always, and at a glance, see, which images are lowres or rgb, or out-of-date/missing.

What I really miss since the old days of Aldus Freehand and which was never implemented by adobe is overprint marking (maybe with an annoying, blinking pattern) to quickly see, in your layout, which elements or linked logos/graphics would be overprinted.

 


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On 7/15/2019 at 8:42 PM, JimWelch said:

+1 from me as well. This would be great.

I'd also love to check for orphans and widows as well. I think we can use some advanced search/grep for that, but having that built into a preflight would be great as well.

 

Actually, you can control this when you create a Paragraph Style. I don't recall InDesign checking for those in it's Preflighting.

See screen shot PDF below.

Screen Shot 2019-10-19 at 20.29.10.pdf

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On 9/2/2019 at 3:16 PM, woefi said:

A dedicated preflight feature would be very nice for the next major version. 
In the meantime, as I see with in my use of InDesign CS5, there are ways to mitigate this shortcoming:

For example the resources window should be a studio panel, where you can always, and at a glance, see, which images are lowres or rgb, or out-of-date/missing.

What I really miss since the old days of Aldus Freehand and which was never implemented by adobe is overprint marking (maybe with an annoying, blinking pattern) to quickly see, in your layout, which elements or linked logos/graphics would be overprinted.

 

ahhh Aldus Freehand, what a great application that was, killed by the evil Adobe.

 

but yes, 1+ for a preflight panel

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+1

Nice briefing. 


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3 hours ago, Foxen said:

It's not encouraging that there has been no official response to a very reasonable request posted in July.

Serif does not normally respond to feature requests.  This should be expected.  Also, this is hardly the only thread on this topic, including at least one going back to August 2018:

 

Examples:

 

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4 hours ago, Foxen said:

It's not encouraging that there has been no official response to a very reasonable request posted in July.

Implementing software ideas depends on various factors including demand, the difficulty of implementing the idea, and how the feature will sit with other features. Sometimes a simple feature can be really hard to implement because it conflicts with the programming of other features. 

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I want to add this latest posting from December 3rd 2019 to the discussion:

 


Affinity Designer 1.7.3.481 (beta 1.8.0.514)   |   Affinity Photo 1.7.3.481 (beta 1.8.0.514)   |   Affinity Publisher 1.7.3.481 (beta 1.8.0.518)
Affinity Designer for iPad 1.7.0.7   |   Affinity Photo for iPad 1.6.8.77

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