This is a Beta version at the moment and eventually will complete a trio of professional creative software programs by Serif, these are Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher.
He started off the presentation by showing us how NOT to put text on a page, lots of different fonts, styles and colours all mixed up on the page - too much info - guaranteed to give you a migraine!
He had created a multi page document to show us how you could create a book. You set out master pages and page 1 will be positioned on the right, subsequent double pages coming next and the last page will be on the left.
He discussed ‘Bleed’, a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper and then trimmed down with a guillotine.
He showed us how to set vertical and horizontal margins by dragging guide lines from the top and side rulers of Publisher. We saw that there is a History Panel where you can go back and change to previous settings as many times as you want.
You can display the formatting icons throughout your text if you wish. You can set up Page Numbers, can alter the text to make Drop Caps, make text follow wavy lines. All this is done in super quick time, there’s no lag at all.
You can set up a Content Sheet - you use a particular font and set up a style then every instant you use that style it adds the text to the Contents.
Euan showed us how the effect of Widows and Orphans makes a disjointed document and went through what you could do to improve the look, such as altering the spacings of characters, lines, kerning, fonts etc.
Publisher can work with layers to create pictures and different effects. We were shown how you can add tables and make great effects by adding ‘decorations’ to the cell border lines.
Euan's talk showed us how this will be a very useful program for anyone interested in creating leaflets, booklets, newsletters etc.
After the break David Moon gave us a cracking demonstration of the Apple HomePod Speakers which were very impressive.