Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher is an alternative from Serif Ltd. to Adobe’s InDesign subscription product. Features include “master pages, facing page spreads, grids, tables, advanced typography, text flow, full professional print output and other amazing features”, instant undo with a history slider, a full resource manager, import/export of “all major raster and vector files, including layered PSD, PDF and EPS formats”, floating or pinned graphics, non-destructive adjustment layers, vector graphic tools (pen and node, fills, boolean operaions, layer effects), extensive color control (RGB, LAB, grayscale and CMYK color spaces, end-to-end CMYK, spot color with Pantone support, ICC profiles), bleed/trim/crop mark support, a section manager with automatic generation of indexes and a table of contents, and a lot more.

Affinity Publisher 1.8.2 is priced at just $49.99 (currently on sale at half-price), subscription-free with a free 90-day trial, for OS X 10.9 and later, as well as Windows 7 and up. Version 1.8 brought very important IDML compatibility for importing InDesign files, and Version 1.8.2 has IDML fixes and a bunch of other improvements.

Veusz

Veusz (pronounced “views”) is a cross-platform app from Jeremy Sanders “designed to produce publication-ready 2D plots.” Features include X-Y plots (with errorbars, colours and sizes), line and function plots, contour plots, stepped plots (for histograms), bar graphs, vector field plots, box plots, polar plots, ternary plots, plotting dates, fitting functions to data, stacked plots and arrays of plots, nested plots, plot keys, plot labels, shapes and arrows on plots, latex-like text formatting, multiple axes, stepped/broken axes, multithreaded rendering; very flexible import/export; data capture from external sources; user-defined functions, a plug-in API; a scripting interface and much more. (See manual and FAQ for more details. Examples and a tutorial are included with the program.)

Veusz 3.2 is free, open-source software for OS X 10.10 and up, as well as Linux and Windows. The latest release brings a variety of improvements.

Veusz is a 2D and 3D scientific plotting package. It is designed to produce publication-ready PDF or SVG output. Graphs are built-up by combining plotting widgets. The user interface aims to be simple, consistent and powerful. Veusz provides GUI, Python module, command line, scripting, DBUS and SAMP interfaces to its plotting facilities. It also allows for manipulation and editing of datasets. Data can be captured from external sources such as Internet sockets or other programs.

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macOS Catalina notes talk about Apple Books bugs, Dymo label software compatibility, QuickTime 7 elimination and virtualization workarounds, plus Thunderbolt sleep crashes and tips for installing Mojave (or High Sierra) on new Macs that can still run it while shipping with Catalina installed.

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Storage discussions talk about defragmenting hard drives via clone-erase-restore, along with related Time Machine issues, plus SSD vs. hard drive differences, techniques for mounting/securing external SSDs (e.g. for iMacs), USB vs. SATA performance, and a year-end review of current SSD technologies.

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