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Jörn Reppenhagen

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  1. Also had a look again. It's a bit different now, I also guess there's quite different versions shown according to browser, platform and locale. For instance, I did not get the screen posted by Pšenda. NOW I was able to spot a link allowing to buy directly after scrolling a bit down, looks like a direct purchase without the previous Microsoft nuisance. This had been different not long ago. Feels far better!
  2. Mr MEB: Thank you for the quick reply on semiholy Saturday. 1. My bad - should have revealed I was babbling about the Windows version. 2. Ah, forgot about hardness. In that case we need to forget about Shift working as a 10-step modifier, it's better used for setting hardness. Thus speed of wheel rotation could be used for determining the stepping rate: Slow - single step. Fast - increment by 10 or even more, speed-dependent. Still keeps programming rather simple. (Everything is simple if you expect others accomplishing it.)
  3. Hoi MEB ! I already tried the first approach - but I still need to change each and every brush size keys separately. It doesn't do a global change. Tried with 1.6 and the latest beta. About the second issue: Please reread my suggestion (even if I tend to be quite lengthy) - we're talking about different things. Already suggested a possible solution to this problem.
  4. Personal experience: I heard from Affinity quite some months ago - YouTube videos, YouTube advertizing. But I didn't buy. Instead, I bought Luminar and On1 in addition to LR and PS I already owned. Because I just couldn't find out quickly if Affinity is also for PC. Website was not clear about that. At least not the parts which I saw first. Some months later, I saw more advertizing, also watched some hands-on videos made by James "the voice" Ritson. Again wished to try and buy Affinity. So I returned to the website. But again didn't find a quick way of making sure it's for PC - got scared off when I read of iTunes (or similar), clearly pointing to the Apple ecosystem. Didn't look any further. Some weeks later, I again returned for having a look. And it seemed like there's a PC version at last. Fine. But this time, I was pointed to a Microsoft store, offering Affinity for Windows 10, only. I was using Windows 7 at that point of time, so pointing to that store was pointless to me, which is the point. Finally, I found a link shoving me into the right direction. And finally, I bought Affinity. And I am very happy with it. You created a real fine piece of software. But buying took a lot of persistence and a dose of luck. So Serif guys: It's real hard to find out Affinity is also for PC, it's real hard buying it. - Because you need some time and luck for finding the information you're after. Especially if one's purchase decisions usually are early morning in-bed actions using a smartphone - with no greater intentions of digging deep into the guts of a website using that tiny screen. I guess there's thousands of potential buyers experiencing similar problems like me as they don't find clear information at first glance - or getting scared away by that Microsoft Windows 10 bondage. So make it prominent Affinity is also for PC, show a "BUY HERE, STUPID!" link at first glance, sell more, be happy.
  5. Good idea - would really help deserting from Adobe applications and quickly feel comfortable in the enemy's lair. Plus, the help section could need some brush-up. Would be helpful to have more pictures for showing the elements the texts refer to. That way, a noob (like me) could clearly see "Ah, that's how it looks!". Surplus, the help section could also need some more detailled explanations - like where to find items referred to. Example: "Use Blend Ranges." An experienced Affinity user will know it's that little cogwheel. But a novice will start seeking and swearing because he just doesn't know where and what to look for. Better: "Use Blend Ranges (the little cogwheel found in the Layers panel [picture])." As a certified tech writer, I know writing documentation is a pain in the you-know-where. But it would really help new Affinity affinitists doing the change.
  6. Old but still nagging problem. If using a German keyboard, you need to use Alt Gr + 8/9 for the [brackets], feels quite uncomfortable. Adding to the misery: Alt Gr is a key for use with the right hand which usually is eagerly occupied with taming the mouse. Of course we could also use Ctrl + Alt + 8/9 for the [brackets] - but that would also mean taking the hand off the mouse – as only Chuck Norris is able to press that key combination with just one hand. Ah, sorry, it’s Chuck Norris – so of course he’d do it with a single finger. So nothing gained if you don’t have a fulltime Chuck at hand. Problem surely is the same for keyboard layouts other than German. So here's two suggestions: Let us globally define two keys for all kinds of brushes in one go. It’s a pain in the you-really-know-where ferreting out all single brush size settings and changing the keys one by one. Workaround could be a tiny application doing those global changes in that XMLs lurking inside the AFSHORT files. A one-hour programming job for an experienced coder. Use the scroll wheel of the mouse for changing the brush size. My preferred option. I know there’s an implementation already (Alt, right and left click and drag), but that’s far away from being real beneficial, too much fiddling. How about holding down a modifier key (selectable, like Alt), then being able to control the brush size using the wheel? Plus a second modifier key (like Shift) for 10-step size changes. I guess that would feel real natural – like zooming with Ctrl + wheel which we all can do even asleep. Of course a combination of both suggestions would be an ideal solutions for all kinds of tastes and working behaviors.
  7. I once saw a sign, I guess it was "Müll abladen verboten" ("verboten", of course), being eaten by a tree. It got nailed to that tree first, then nature stroke back and began to grow around that sign. Looked like the sign was being pulled into the tree. Did a bad smartphone photo back in time - but I fear it will never come to Tageslicht again.
  8. "NEIN" is one of the real typical terms of German, like "verboten" (prohibited) and "sofort" (immediately, on the double). Rumour has it that during WW 2, the allied forces managed to decrypt the messages of German submarines by seeking for patterns meaning "verboten" and "sofort" - and got successful. Also, there's a more or less famous cartoon, showing a building in a war scene, some soldiers shouting "Are there any Germans in?" - And the answer is "NEIN!"
  9. First, I found Look Up Tables pretty boring and useless. I changed my mind. Two pictures of the "St. Georg" church in Haldern, Germany, before and after LUT application and some more editing. Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujinon XF 18 – 55 mm
  10. Yes, this is infrared. I'll attach a small version of the original photo right out of camera. I found it highly interesting as I realized all that intense colors were still in the photo. Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujinon XF 18 – 55 mm , cheap (7,50 €) Neewer IR filter, 720 nm
  11. I was told this is a horrendous picture. Depends on the point of view. I find it quite interesting for two different aspects: 1) Original photo was pretty blurred, still it was possible to recover a lot of details. 2) The blueish background makes the motive appear like warm-colored - while it's pure b/w grayscale. Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujinon XF 18 – 55 mm , cheap (7,50 €) Neewer IR filter, 720 nm
  12. The "Battenbergturm", one and only landmark of Haldern, Germany, taken about a month ago. Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujinon XF 18 – 55 mm , cheap (7,50 €) Neewer IR filter, 720 nm
  13. Some willows in Haldern, Germany, taken a month ago. Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujinon XF 18 – 55 mm , cheap (7,50 €) Neewer IR filter, 720 nm
  14. It's an old thread, I know. But maybe one day a lonely traveller from outer space on a quest for superficial wisdom stumbles upon it. Quite often, the color channels of such photos are a bit displaced, red, blue and green channels far apart - you can spot that in the histogram. Try to get the color channels united again (Curves, Color Balance, ...), stretch the image (google "astrophotography stretching"), then raise the saturation. This should provide some colors. But M31 (Andromeda) might be the wrong object to start with - although it's real large and bright (thus a nice target for guys without a telescope, but with a telephoto lens), there's a better object for taking your first steps: good old Orion, M42 and M43. Easy to find, and bursting with colors. And you can't repeat it often enough: Use RAW files.
  15. oliix: Some years ago, Mazda released their first MX-5. It lacked a clock in the dashboard. A storm of outrage took off. Just imagine: A car without a clock. Unbelievable. So Mazda introduced a dashboard clock with their next model. It looks like - see attachment. Not pretty. No whistles and bells. No timers, no alarms, no fuel consumption gauge, no fancy animations, no stylish chrome bezel. Just a clock. Mazda could have done better, sure. But that MX-5 is a great car for driving. Which is it's primary purpose. Not displaying the time of day, which I regard as a pure add-on. Mazda gave me a nice, powerful and reliable car (one repair in 20 years, had to change the ignition wires) at a sound price, making me happy every time I enjoy the sun and the power of the wind when I go topless. So I am happy with it, even if the clock could be better. Got the idea?
  16. Being a German, I need to admit the lack of a universal sign badly needed in Germany: "ALLES VERBOTEN!" If there's no law explicitly permitting a matter, it's prohibited automatically.
  17. (Hope this is no repeated suggestion - quick use of the search function didn't reveal anything; at least not to me.) There's some lengthy operations like stacking. (I do some astrophotography at novice to intermediate level, so there's masses of RAW files to process for checking out if Affinity might replace Deep Sky Stacker. At present, DSS seems to be a bit better suited for that task.) Now there's no progress indicator. I need to listen if my lazy cooling fans wake up, or fire up Windows' task manager for having a look at the CPU load. Otherwise I wouldn't have any idea if Affinity is working, twiddling thumbs or taking a guru meditation in crash country. Thus a progress indicator would be a fine addition.
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