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  1. +1 That would be convenient. Additional +1 if the docs could be expanded to explain what a "Clipped Tone" is, in the context of Affinity Photo.
  2. Just a <1% chance thing to point out when I was burned by mysterious behaviour with Tiff's. It turned out that Microsoft changed the compression format that the tiff was using with something Microsoft preferred. It did this while it was carrying out its thumbnailing service (updating the Windows OS thumbnails for the concerned folder: nothing to do with the tiff format, except that the Tiffs were all recompressed). Because some files were fine for a while, then suddenly seemed 'broken' to other apps (yet behaved 'better' in Windows), I discovered what was happening and confirmed it with Microsoft. Probably unlikely, but just want to suggest that it could also be something unrelated that you don't even expect, messing with your files. Some apps will take liberties with your files. There's a few utilities that let you look at the full file structure, including EXIF and other metadata, and identify what each set of data signifies.
  3. I found the drivers much more linear by setting them to a positive # for the curve, as shown in the screenshot. The responsiveness was really nice, actually. Notice I actually have Windows Ink enabled (I had thought it was disabled).
  4. Offsite so can't check until later, but found a prior post where I mentioned my model ( Huion 610 Pro v2 ). March 2019 Designer Beta forum It seems my model is different from yours, but i think the 1060 Plus was around the same timeframe as mine, so there's bound to be overlaps or similarities. I think our models both had 8192 levels of pressure, higher per second flow rate, and batteryless (if I recall: I'm pretty sure I had been looking at both models before I made my purchase). If I understand correctly, your question is about pressure 'transition' (curve?): it sounds to me like its' not exactly linear, but more like a formula one gas throttle? I will check mine out, but I don't recall any kind of concern once I got mine settled, but I think that might have been an issue for me when I started out using the wrong driver, and it was always jumping from zero to max pressure, and also my flow rate had been really slow and laggy. Make sure you have got the correct driver, and you might need to play with Windows Ink or Pen & Ink settings. I will try to verify but might not have a chance for a day or two.
  5. @Bobi and @Gnobelix I'm using this too, and have had great support from Huion, and it works well (except I haven't found out yet how to apply the tilt to any functions, but that's not important for photo editing, IMHO). The build quality was superb, the feature list is mind-blowing, and while Wacoms tend to be more broadly tested from developers (I have had 3 in the past, all bought as new) and after a while they just stop fully working. I wasn't feeling the love, and didn't enjoy repeatedly paying a premium price for something that always works very well until the day it doesn't (with no warning). I took a gamble on Huion, and it's only been about 8-9 months, but the construction and materials are quite high, with far greater functionality than anything in the price niche from Wacom. The drivers are definitely not as intuitive or have as clean or elegant or modern a user experience as Wacom, but they work, and you can master them if you invest a bit of time and checking other tutorials (lots on these models). They are gathering momentum in the marketplace, and again, the support is almost a white glove experience (other vendors take note). The second downside is that (this is from memory, so this might be off a little): there was a Huion 1060 II model, and a 1060 PLUS NEW model, and a 1060 II Plus model, and I had carelessly grabbed the wrong driver from their site and only had about 10% functionality. The different (but similarly named) models hardly have any overlapping support, so you need to be super careful about getting the exactly-named drivers (flip over the tablet to read the tiny model name). Maybe it's due to a right-left language or something in the translation, but it seemed to me, to be terribly easy to make that mistake, but once pointed out and having installed the correct driver, all was good. My prediction is that they are going to eat a lot of Wacom's marketshare, who have (IMHO) been sitting on their hands counting revenues for too long. All the power to Huion, even if the result is just to get Wacom to properly respond to their user base. I receive no direct or indirect benefit from this commentary, from either Wacom or Huion.
  6. In addition to manifestations of severe transmogrification levels, it appears that photos of transparent faeries riding on blue unicorns in close proximity to the camera may also create images that trip the yellow "Clipped Tones" warning. Also, when there are so many mid-tones that they even spill out the top of the histogram, that's "Clipped Tones" too. If anyone knows of any additional purpose of this switch, and how to correct for this warning, that would *really* be much appreciated. I already have loads of speculation across the fora for the last half year: I had been hoping to find an authoritative alternative. Thx!
  7. I've been very impressed with Huion support and build so far, but their driver UI and docs could be a bit more intuitive (sort of like some AP functionality). One of my easiest resolved issues was that there were two nearly identical Huion tablet model names and I had grabbed the wrong driver: they spotted that immediately, and that fixed 75% of my problems. The models had identical words and numbers in the names, but one name had two transposed items compared to the other, and I picked the one that looked more logical in English, thinking the other might have been an early version translation typo. Turns out they were completely different items. After that, I had a few remaining issues that pertained only to AP (all other graphics programs worked as intended), and spent hours toggling Windows settings and registry entries, to the point I stopped being systematic, and now I have no idea what I finally did that made it work. I did get them working properly together, though I never got 'tilt-angle' to register. I hope your experience works out successfully too!
  8. Totally appreciate your point, @lukepighetti I was worried that if everyone gave a +1 to your vote, Affinity might think everyone is also opposed to a separate DAM product, squashing something which has been in the planning pipe for some time. I just wanted to separate the ideas, that non-destructive RAW editing fully incorporated into the AP editing process is not excluding a separate DAM product. I want both, and yes, to prioritize resources, building it into AP would be more urgent. Thanks for the clarification.
  9. Thank you very much, @Old Bruce ! I think I may have tried that once as I was beginning to learn AP (still no expert by any means), but each 'saved preset' of a dozen apiece is typically an ad hoc/one time setting, never needed again, and in a busy weekend of processing, you could end up with laundry lists of co-dependent presets (and not enough horizontal real estate to create a naming scheme to organize and differentiate them all). I recall I couldn't find an easy way to delete all those accumulated "one-time presets" en masse, so I had plum forgot about that option. Thank you again! It is certainly better than nothing, and will certainly save me a lot of time. I wonder where I could 'prune' that list weekly to remove all the superfluous presets? (haha) ...and sorry for all the fruit expressions.
  10. I've probably missed this is the help file, and probably didn't phrase the question correctly in my forum search (or I was not in the same forum: more than one might apply). Scenario Imagine I've taken 20-50 photos with a given lens or lighting setup in one scenario, then another whole set of images with a different lens (or lighting setup). Not so unusual. Steps in AP Developer The first time I open an image in the Develop Persona I can't predict what settings will be needed: I must interactively adjust them to get it to its best, so I do so... Problem Then, now that I know that my following 19-49 images will be fairly similar, how can I copy just certain Develop Persona settings from the first image (above step), and paste them over to other images? Or even just the next image from the set that I've opened? It's definitely possible with other apps, and I'm sure it's probably possible with AP too, but I've failed to find it. Hoping a friendly user can direct me to the correct phrasing to use (for either a forum or the online help), and I can run with it from there... Thanks in advance!
  11. +1 for non-destructive raw workflow also, EXCEPT please don't eliminate the market need for a DAM/Catalog product. I will gladly pay for that too.
  12. Thanks Walt. I do accept that, but if I was doing the book, I would budget to revise sections periodically to incorporate new features, like some other companies do. Yes, it costs more, and this is a younger, smaller company without insane funding, but it would help keep the book project current and even more relevant. That's all that's held me back from buying it, and in this day of short-run publications (plus access to some of the greatest desktop publishing software), you no longer need to do print runs of 5,000 minimum. However, that's entirely their choice, and I respect that. I was just hoping for a response from Affinity one way or the other, rather than expecting me to act on speculation. Yes, there is some excellent documentation in the Help Files and Tutorials, but it's not always complete or current, and I've spent a lot of time looking through those trying to figure some things out, which were not adequately addressed in those references you mentioned. It always seems to fall to the diligent and caring users or employees to try to address them. Unfortunately, while always extremely well meaning, the responses in the fora are often not totally relevant or bearing any authority. I could very well chime in on every user's post requesting help, and tell them that whistling Dixie and rubbing their belly after sucking on a lemon will resolve everything. Maybe it did for me. But if everyone is entirely dependent on the well-meaning of others, and lacking the authority of trained support personnel (even when the response isn't what they wished to hear), then that's a serious gap. I hope I'm not being foolish expecting the Help Files and Tutorials to document all the product's advertised functionalities. This seems to be a recurring pattern with Affinity, and one that I hope improves. I try my best to tolerate it, because I wish them well, and to succeed. I couldn't get anyone to address my issues as a presales question, so I bought the product, thinking it would then be taken seriously, though half a year later, I am still struggling to get that addressed. I say this with respect and high expectations earned by my experiences with this very high quality product, and as someone that toiled in tech support for an imaging company for years, before eventually running the contact centre. Many things can be delegated, but in my opinion, some things need ownership when inadequately addressed. And thank you for all your contributions here, which have been superb. I mean this as no slight on the huge volume of knowledge you have imparted. I hope I managed to convey my point (not always the case!).
  13. Based on no other responses, I take it that I'm safe to assume that there has historically been no periodic updates to the book, and that there are none forthcoming in the short term. As well, we're all comfortable that some of the existing functionality will remain undocumented.
  14. The Kalpanika software mentioned two messages previous to the post from #fde101 is open source, was reverse engineered, has been available for years, and it does a very nice job. DC Raw does similarly, and is built into Corel Photo, the Gimp, and a few others, but can be a bit harder to tease the colours out, depending on the particular Sigma camera model. The newest versions of AP do a good job now of bringing in Merrill RAWs without adding noise in the demosaicing process, which is a great step forward. They're currently working on being able to properly open BW Merrill images, which will be another great step. SD14 images can already be opened in the same quality as SigmaPhotoPro, but need more effort to pull the colours out. I can try an SD15 image for you, if you like. In general, IMHO, I found I needed to accept that because it has such a unique method and hardware, that over the years (autocorrect had insightfully switched years to tears), you need to master not only finding the best white point source in an image, but then develop further expertise managing greens and magentas balance in both mid tone and shadow areas. It will always be necessary for the RAW engine to be good enough to bring in something you can then work with, but it will usually be harder to achieve that Foveon goodness. .
  15. Thanks so much. I do understand Clipped Highlights and Shadows, which to me were pretty standard concepts for all digital photography, but Clipped MidTones isn't a commonplace concept (at least for me), and I didn't feel it had been sufficiently addressed in either the published docs or the forums, other than a vague description which doesn't really make sense. If the book is still almost 100% relevant, it could be good, but I wish I new if it was being updated in a few months, as I'd rather lose the sale price but gain more current feature inclusion. Thanks though.
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