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AlanDWyatt

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  1. I appreciate that you've taken the time to give me this information. However, with all due respect, I know and have used these methods. I can get Nik and a few Topaz filters into the Affinity filters menu, but that's all. I can't get all the Topaz filters, or Luminar 3 or On1 RAW 2019. To interact with these programs I have to create a special folder in my Photographs folder just for images developed by Affinity, open those images in either On1, Luminar or Topaz for special processing, save and return them to the folder and then open them up again in Affinity. That's a real headache. I don't have to do that with Photoshop. All images open in Bridge for viewing, and all of the above-mentioned programs work perfectly in the plugins folder in Photoshop. As I've said, it's easy for me do enhancements in these programs and then return to Photoshop quickly and smoothly. Again, I will ask the same question. Does Affinity have any plans in the future to create a Bridge-like browser, being able to view all photos, and are there any plans that will allow Affinity to shake hands with other photo development programs, as Photoshop does?
  2. For photo development and enhancements, I've come to believe that Affinity Photo is at least as good as Photoshop; it just can't do everything PS can. But no development program can do everything, and I've found that I'm best served for my enhancement needs by a combination of Affinity, Topaz, Luminar 3, Nik and On1 RAW. Each of these programs specializes in an area that the other do not. Photoshop's big advantage over any other program is that it can put all of these filters and programs into its plugin folder, and smoothly take you to these areas and return a photo back to its desktop with all enhancements intact. Affinity can't do this, nor can any of the other programs. If Affinity can mimic Photoshop and provide a central processing hub, unlike its competition, it could gain a distinct advantage over other companies. Nor, at the moment, can Affinity access all RAW or developed photos. Some it will display and some it will not, even if they're from the same camera, regardless of whether they're RAW or developed photos. If Affinity could some day overcome these limitations I see no reason why I wouldn't want it as my default photo developer. And I would certainly pay for an upgrade cost to cover the expenses of these upgrades. So this leaves me to ask the question: Does Affinity have definite plans in place to compete head-on with Adobe in these very important areas?
  3. I'm currently using Affinity Photo on a trial basis for my Windows 10 desktop, and it looks like a fascinating photo developer. But I've run into a problem using it, and I wonder if there's something I can change on my computer to account for it. Whenever I open a photo folder on my desktop, I can see some images while many others only display the icon of the program that's chosen to open them. Using Bridge in Photoshop I don't have a problem, as Bridge shows every photo, and of course it doesn't matter if it's RAW or developed. But Affinity doesn't have a Bridge program, so when it shows photos in a folder, it can only show what I see by accessing the folder directly. The result is that I most often don't know what photo I'm opening, and have to guess. Have I got my computer somehow set up wrong, or is there something I can do in Affinity that will give me the same functionality as Bridge? Thanks for all help.
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