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Hi there, I've switched over from indesign and immediately missing one function. 
The way I used to create a book is, creating every chapter as a document and putting them later together in a book file. 
In this way it is much clearer and it is also easier to change the order of the individual chapters.

Is there a similar feature in Publisher or what approach would you suggest? 
Thank you for your time. 
Best, Manege

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No such feature yet. You have to put all content to one file OR manually keep separate chapter files in sync.

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Thanks for the feedback. 
I've tried to work within a single file and use the "Section Manager" to keep everything organized but unfortunately it is not very useful as you can not just drag and drop a section to change the order or just work with a single section by simple clicking on it for example. In a book with hundreds of pages and images it quickly becomes confusing having all pages in a single file... 

 

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My feeling so far is that the Section Manager is rather limited in utility at the moment. It can be used for managing changes of pagination and for use with inserting a field. I can't think of another reason. But at least with the feature in place now, it has room to grow in the future, such being able to drag and drop, which is a very useful suggestion. I would also like to see some kind of visual grouping in the Pages studio of the sections.

The idea of the book feature from several documents has been brought up before, but I do not remember seeing any confirmation from developers that they are considering the idea or hope to implement it at a later time. Or maybe I have forgotten some statement; I am so forgetful.

In my work, I would use the book feature only rarely, but would be very glad for it on those times when I do need it.

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I use / used InDesign's book feature on ALL books.

Another side benefit for creating separate files for chapters is file corruption. It limits the impact of having all chapters in one file. This happened to me with a 90 page book that got corrupted or confused to the point it would not fully load. And, I had to go back 5 days to get a file that would open and not freeze Publisher.

Re-creating book from that publisher file and some PDF files and using separate chapters to limit any impact it happens again.

A juggling task to keep page numbers in sections synced by hand. And, forget about automatically generating a TOC or Index file. Or, links to different section and chapters in different files, or updating or changing master files. At, least styles can be imported.

Can't risk it all in one file any more - not safe yet and or I don't have confidence in Publisher yet. Converted 5 previous books and a few hundred smaller documents before this happed. Have taken the same approach with limiting the number of artboards in the placed Designer files. Seems Resource Manager needs a bit more work to be really useful.

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