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.
I am now using it quite regularly for simple items. Since there are so few production users that I know of, I have to come up with the solutions to problems or ditch it in favor of InDesign, which happens at times. Presently, for me the biggest issue is in exporting to PDF for right spot colors and not processing out of items that should be black and the links are correct. It's work. Affinity is great, but works in it's own way, and sometimes its frustrating. Sometimes it's just stupid how they get from one point to another, for me.
So, I had a pdf of a job with type 1 fonts, Oh the humanity. Well. I took into Affinity Publisher and was able to do the changes (a letterhead and second sheet, which was changed to a combo, nice exact repeat work!) much easier than editing in Pitstop/Acrobat (if I told you what version of Pitstop I'd have to kill you). Short order, it kept the spots and now it's a page layout file and en exported pdf.
I keep using it more and more for these kinds of things. I figure if I have to spend time on a file, I may as well bite the bullet once and then get a good file out of it.
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So I had an interesting issue yesterday, with hair falling out of my head precipitously yesterday. Affinity Publisher 1.1.1 the latest and greatest! Well, file won't bleed for an envelope. Try as I might, was terrible. Then I put it into InDesign cause it's the master of the univers, right? Well blah blah blah, same!! WTF! So, some dummy forgot to use the bleed setup in Elecroc. Any guesses?
So just got an interesting item perfect for Affinity Publisher. we do small folders run on our digital press. Customer has just sent a pdf only this go round. have to add text and photo. Guess what? Only half bleed going one way . So I "File" open instead of import and I have all the fonts, we are good to go!
Makee the bleed, give enough bleed for die where it needs it, change the type, add the photo. Actual work about 6 minutes vs at least half hour in pitstop, plus I have easy live type to work with in case there are any changes.
Affinity Publisher (awful name, btw) is an up and down program for me, but sometimes I do force it. It's really pretty slick. Where text did reflow it actually was better than the pdf that was from InDesign.