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I produce paper-based newsletters, articles and talks which I need to repost to other applications and web pages. I have done this for a long time using Adobe InDesign with very few problems. I also very occasionally want to republish a document in InDesign, mainly if a printer won't accept a PDF or an APUB file. Most of these files would be of 1500 - 3000 words.

Because other programs handle the relationship between text and graphics very differently, I think it would be accepted that any graphics to transfer into a new application will need to be placed manually.

The way Affinity Publisher creates paragraph breaks is a considerable nuisance when repurposing any document of more than a couple of hundred words. Many applications ignore the paragraph break (LF/CR) symbol entirely, so that 3000 words are turned into one long paragraph, or the symbol is read as a non-searchable "graphic" as shown: 
. Either way, the only export solution is a lengthy re-edit of the exported file. It is quite a nuisance!

The solutions seem to me to be either that a more standard method of creating an LF/CR be adopted in Publisher, or that some exporting filter be created, perhaps as a plug-in, which will detect the Publisher symbol and replace it with a standard LF/CR character within a text or RTF file. 

 

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The way that paragraph breaks are (not) pasted into other applications surprised me just a couple of hours ago. I didn't find a quick workaround yet (like inserting Shift+Return or lines with whitespace; those won't appear when I paste the text). Does anybody have an idea?

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Copy-paste works (almost) as expected from Publisher to Word. Paragraphs behave as like they should. 

What is unexpected is that scandies get translated to ‰ and ˆ. That is good old fashioned encode error. I would think all apps would understand UTF8.

This is with OS X Mojave.

 

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Copy/paste also works into LibreOffice Writer.

 

57 minutes ago, Fixx said:

scandies

Is that an odd auto-correct problem, or a term I don't know?


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3 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

 

Scandies

 

Is that an odd auto-correct problem, or a term I don't know?

I always thought it was someone from Scandinavia! :D

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Word/ Writer are the two I rarely use. Thanks for pointing out that it works there. I see it also works in PagePlus 9

It doesn't work in Notepad, InDesign 5.5, Thunderbird, Mail for Windows 10, Facebook notes, Quora or, indeed, in this comment field.

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2 hours ago, Peter Green said:

Word/ Writer are the two I rarely use.

I would think that if you want to get large amounts of text out of Publisher you would want to move it to a word processor.

Gotta tell I also tried Libre Office which works perfect, no problems with either paragraph marks nor scandies encoding.

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I have similar paste destinations as @Peter Green. (Mostly) plain text that is not processed in a  design/publishing kind of way. It doesn't work for that. Other examples: Spelling and style checkers (like Grammarly and Duden).

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On 8/26/2019 at 1:37 PM, Fixx said:

Copy-paste works (almost) as expected from Publisher to Word. Paragraphs behave as like they should. 

What is unexpected is that scandies get translated to ‰ and ˆ. That is good old fashioned encode error. I would think all apps would understand UTF8.

This is with OS X Mojave.

 

Perhaps a macOS thing? Copy pasting from APub to Word (latest version) on WIndows 10 pastes all Scandinavian and even more exotic characters (tested all up to and includin Latin Extended A) ok.

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