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I’ve been noodling around with Affinity Publisher over the last month or so. I say noodling because I’ve produced no finished work. After almost twenty years using InDesign and ten years of Posthuman, there is no situation where I could reasonably migrate away from it in even five years, especially as Affinity doesn’t (yet?) import InDesign or IDML documents.

But the introductory pricing for Publisher was too good to pass up, and I expect that micro and small RPG publishers will be migrating to it, so I need to learn the basics.

One of the basic questions for me is: “How do I save and access all the various PDF Export settings I need?” — I have specific settings for exporting color and B&W print on demand interiors, covers, 3-page-covers to spreads, and of course, PDF files for distribution and sale.

The file that Publisher saves all of your Export Presets (for every file format, not just PDF) to is file_export_options.dat and it’s located in the following path depending on your OS. Sadly, there’s no granular way to move profiles, and the file is not human-readable:

macOS — /Users/<username>Library/Application Support/Affinity Publisher/user/
Windows 10 — \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Affinity\Publisher\1.0\user\

My experiments show that you can copy the file_export_options.dat between computers — even between macOS and Windows — to move all export presets from one installation to another. Of course, keep a copy of that file backed up somewhere safe!

I tested this with Affinity Publisher 1.7.2 and 1.7.3, between macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and Windows 10.

Potential B&W Preset for Lightning Source

Potential B&W Preset for Lightning Source