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The Rest... / Re: Affinity 2.5
June 06, 2024, 12:44:42 PM
So now they have V2.52, with a variable font engine. PDFs, however get instances. Not sure how it all works.

I will say stability seems really great compared to the older 1.x versions.
The Rest... / Affinity 2.5
May 24, 2024, 08:30:45 AM
So as a general fan of the program, it's gotten me out of some major jams and frustrated me at simple items at times (it's very inconsiderate of multiple placings of pdfs with Pantone, they tend to process out).
I was considering keeping it in the 1.9 update, but this update seems pretty critical.

It won't replace InDesign any time soon, but it does have some great parts to it, for the price I highly reccomend.

PDF Toolbox may help in this instance.

You can send it to me and I'd be happy to try it for you.

Prepress News / Re: Free Imposition Software
April 08, 2024, 10:35:40 AM

Sorry, its for sales/quotation. No way to make a PDF work!

Prepress News / Re: Free Imposition Software
April 08, 2024, 10:09:43 AM
It goes all the way 28 x 40.

Gotta see about custom size sheets and if it will dutch.
Prepress News / Re: Free Imposition Software
April 08, 2024, 10:08:52 AM
Looks like it will work with digital.

I just got the license key, and fargin work got in the way of checking it out.

Looks pretty nice though.
Adobe InDesign / Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
April 08, 2024, 09:20:26 AM
PDF Studio does this easily in the imposition. I just did some compelx jobs using it.
Adobe InDesign / Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
April 08, 2024, 09:13:49 AM
Qoppa PDF Studio Pro ($65) has that and many other cool options that have saved me.

Reversing pages is easy.

It has a manual, but good Imposition module too
Prepress News / Free Imposition Software
April 04, 2024, 01:29:16 PM
So I read about this this morning on What They Think and thought it could be good for some folks here.

You have to sign up with a business email (my yahoo mail would not suffice, but my Zohomail did) and they send you a link which I have yet to get, but I am excited about a new tool that can help.

Have Fun!
The Rest... / Re: Affinity Publisher 1.9
March 27, 2024, 05:42:58 PM
That is terrible news!

Well, at least I can still work it out on Windows 11.

For all the things it has done right, this isn't one of them!

Canva is a no win situation from my perch.
I overprint 100K black rules, type less than 18 pt generally. Anything where trapping will not work better thab overprint black. Sometimes I have to decide how something will trap/overprint out of the ordinary.

I have the same issue with dies, but I do it upfront and have a folder of saved dies that overprint. The further upfront I can stop an issue the better. Sometimes it takes work.
The Rest... / Re: Affinity Publisher 1.9
March 21, 2024, 05:39:30 AM
So I bought a brand new computer for home, a cheapie, and ACER 1780 I5 13400 processor, but I added 32Gig of Ram and will add a 4 Terabyte internal SSD at some point. It has changed my relationship with the Affinity Suite for the better! Many issues I had with Affinity Suite was in crashing and performance, but my old Dell was only letting one program at a time work....

So I would suggests to any prepress types to look into it for one reason... PANTONE Colors... It is kooky and crazy that a little program can slay the king in this critical area.

When the desktop revolution started there was a claim of doing all work in one package (layout, vectors and rasters) and I have worked on two other programs that tried (Canvas big fail!, Oris PDF Tuner, works but costly) Affinity hits a sweetspot. They have a cool robust brush plug in community too... Though I buy em and forget em, lol.
The Rest... / Re: Affinity Publisher 1.9
March 21, 2024, 05:29:23 AM
Quote from: Tracy on January 09, 2024, 09:14:27 AMyou seem to be a person that likes to tackle problems!!
It's forced upon me, have to figure out how to get files to plate... and given the negative budget, I gotta get it done. I work in a trade shop, it's ugly sometimes, and it's up to me for a lot because the next guy down the line may not have the way to fix it... I fail enough of the time, lol.
Quote from: Slappy on January 09, 2024, 12:10:28 PMI know they have a Forum, do they take any kind of usability Suggestions? Seems like you have a pretty decent working knowledge of the app, I've only ever fired it up at home on occasion to mess around.
Forum is a mess over there, I post occasionally, but it's not a pro kinda thing. However they answer some good technical questions like how far from the  decimal will go 0.123 is standard but 0.123456 .

They can't answer this plaguing issue for me that happens since publisher came out. One color (Pantone) PDF adjusted for folds, well if it happens to be the same file twice and they touch, it goes to process... Now I just skip it or do other stupid workarounds... but it's a good little program. On font snob sites they decry how the fonts are done, but they don't question lack of spot colors in Adobe.
Enfocus / Re: Pitstop pro crop action?
January 18, 2024, 08:02:50 AM
Still very helpful!!!
Enfocus / Re: Pitstop pro crop action?
January 18, 2024, 07:15:20 AM

Happy New Year one and all. I know this is old, but guess what? It is not as old as my version of pitsop (7.1) at work. LOL. So it took some work, but I have a job that has multiple versions and it's done in, beautiful Canva!! Marks cant be taken off automatically (PDFToolbox and Pitstop select same/global) and it's time consuming. 28 versions this time. I got the first portion for digital printing size (6 x 11) plus bleed (6.25 x 11.25) done in short shrift. But for proofing, I could not get it done, so I did it manually. Well I had a bit of time and messed with it and got it, so next time at I should cut t a good amount of time off of pre-press time.

Thank You for the great resource!!