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    Amateur John reacted to Sarasota in Affinity Photo for Windows - 1.8.3   
    Thanks for the update, much appreciated! The fact that you guys are still cranking on updates during these hectic, stressful, and unsafe times is amazing - 😎 
     
    Have a great weekend and please stay safe.
     
    -Terry
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    Amateur John reacted to R_G in Affinity Photo for Windows - 1.8.3   
    Big thanks to the people at Serif for bringing us updates despite the current situation.
    Please keep staying safe and all the best to you, your family and friends!
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Patrick Connor in We want to help   
    I hope that you can get this 90 day trial viral amongst college and older school design students. You could end up with a lot of self taught users who know no other package. The potential sales as things come back to normal are enormous. It is very generous to allow people enough time to learn how to use the apps. It may also prove to be wonderful marketing.
    Thanks for all the development work. Take care and I hope that your home working stops you catching the virus.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Ian_L in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    The database for DAM does not contain the editing information that is stored in xmp files in the Adobe system. The LR database keeps track of where files are stored and information about them that we want to add in order to find them. It also tracks duplicates which are made for further processing.
    In an affinity installation, should a DAM be produced, I would also expect it to keep track of files being used in other documents. For example photographs being used in publications. A database is an essential part of a DAM.
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    Amateur John reacted to walt.farrell in Version 1.8: A rant   
    That is not new. Files saved in 1.7 could not be opened in 1.6. As far as I know, fIles saved in 1.6 could not be opened in 1.5. Etc.
    Configuration options in the Mac App Store and the Microsoft Store let you determine whether automatic updates happen, or not. If you purchased from Serif directly, then on Windows there is no automatic update. And on Mac there is either no automatic update or it's configurable.
    I agree with some of your other points about quality control (as I'm sure many at Serif do, too).
    Edit: However, given some of your complaints, if you haven't been participating in the beta program perhaps you should be. That lets you help with quality, and educates you about forthcoming functions and how they might affect your workflow if you update. If there are changes that you know your team won't appreciate, you can avoid updating.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Old Bruce in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    I do not need a DAM.
    I would like a DAM very much.
    I would expect it to use a database and accept that importing would be necessary.
    A browser like Bridge is not worth the effort of creating it.
    I am aware of the problems of creating such a system since a colleague and I created a system for controlling engineering drawings, which ended up as a product database. This system used an Oracle DBMS. I understand that Lightroom uses a light single file version of Microsoft SQL Server. These DAM systems are not trivial and require several man years to develop.
    I am still hoping but do not underestimate the resource needed. I would expect this, if ever created to be an add on at extra cost. This would be a huge project for a company whose expertise is in graphics, imaging, and desktop publishing.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Ulysses in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    I do not need a DAM.
    I would like a DAM very much.
    I would expect it to use a database and accept that importing would be necessary.
    A browser like Bridge is not worth the effort of creating it.
    I am aware of the problems of creating such a system since a colleague and I created a system for controlling engineering drawings, which ended up as a product database. This system used an Oracle DBMS. I understand that Lightroom uses a light single file version of Microsoft SQL Server. These DAM systems are not trivial and require several man years to develop.
    I am still hoping but do not underestimate the resource needed. I would expect this, if ever created to be an add on at extra cost. This would be a huge project for a company whose expertise is in graphics, imaging, and desktop publishing.
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    Amateur John reacted to Ulysses in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    Keep in mind this thread was not begun by Serif themselves. It was a consumer that posted the poll and comment thread based upon a number of rumors and a few isolated unofficial statements made by forum moderators. Very few companies pre-announce their future products at least until they are only weeks or months away from delivery. If they have nothing near delivery, then I don't expect to hear anything from them. 
    This thread says less about Serif and more about how consumers' minds work. We don't "deserve" better treatment by Serif. They've already gained my trust, and I signal that by spending my $$$ on their imaging products. If and when they release a DAM, I'll be happy to check it out. But for now, there are other capable products that perform this function well enough for my workflow.
    Creating a true DAM (which Lightroom itself is NOT) is difficult business. I hope Serif figures out how to define and design one that fits in with the aesthetic and capability of their rest of their tools.
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    Amateur John reacted to Franzus in Batch conversion to JPEG darkens image   
    Hi,
     
    the behaviour of DPP 4 is as expected. The exported pictures are the same color / brightness:

    (Exported by Canon Digital Photo Professional 4, maximum quality)
     
    It doesn't seem to be limited to the JPEG-export, when I export as TIFF, the picture is also darker. It seems like one processing step that Affinity uses, when loading a RAW-image "by hand", is not applied when using batch processing.
     
    Now the upload is working, so here is the RAW-file:
    IMG_2651.CR2
     
    I would like to hear from someone if he gets the same result. I tested it on three different devices, so it should be easy to reproduce.
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    Amateur John reacted to walt.farrell in Batch conversion to JPEG darkens image   
    Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums, Franzus.
    Batch processing uses a simpler raw development process than the Develop Persona uses. Typically the result is darker images, but there will be other differences, too, as none of the Develop Assistant processing is done. You can compensate for that, to some extent:
    Open a raw image from your camera with Affinity Photo, and develop it in the Develop Persona. Process the same image through a batch job in Photo. Open the image from step 2, and compare to the image from step 1. Determine a set of adjustments to make to the step 2 image to make it satisfactory to you, and record those adjustments as a macro. Then, when you run your raw images through a batch job, apply that macro. Your results should be more satisfactory, though perhaps not completely right.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from R C-R in Renamed files seem to retain old name internally   
    Don't forget that a file could be copied and renamed at an OS level. Publisher could not act on that. I think that the program's action is correct. It would be helpful to draw more attention to the fields in the help documentation in the sections on document creation. We should be updating author and other fields. That is our responsibility not the program's.
    There may be times when we do not want the title to be the filename
    Elsewhere in the forums there are comments about transfering master pages from one document to a new document. Copying and renaming a file  plus manually updating the fields is a simple way of achieving that and avoids further complicating the program.  Again documentation, or even something in one of the tutorials would be helpful.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Dan C in Renamed files seem to retain old name internally   
    Sorry folks. I was missing the fields panel.  A default title is set according to the initial file name.
    I needed to change it when I changed the filename.
    I hope that I have not wasted anyone's time.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Waybuu in Is Affinity Photo Inadequate for Advanced Amateur and Professional USE?   
    The afphoto file created by a default develop is an RGB 16 bit per channel non compressed file. No information from the raw file (typically 12 or 14 bits) is lost. That implies that HSL can be done just as well in afphoto as in ACR. I suspect that the detractors are hardened Adobe users who are very set in their ways.
    You may find that the afphoto file looks flat because the default curve applied during development is not aggressive. If you disable that curve then the result looks even more flat. Some people like to start from the flat state. Expert videographers, for example, demand flat files so they can create consistant colour grading.
    If you want to start editing from an image that looks like the jpeg preview on your camera screen, a perfectly reasonable way to work, then you can do your raw conversion to 16 bit tiff using your camera manufactures' software. Then use Affinity to do the real edit. If you go down that route then make sure that you avoid any form of jpeg as an intermediate file format. 16 bit Tiff files are big because they throw nothing away;  Afphoto files are even bigger but huge discs are cheap so who cares. Affinity is an excellent alternative to Photoshop. It is not a replacement for LR yet. Hopefully it will soon replace both of them.
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    Amateur John reacted to walt.farrell in Before release of new version . Please   
    It's possible that you've changed some setting that the Workbook exercise assumes was set to the factory default value. For example, in the Assistant Manager you can choose whether adjustments are added as child layers or new layers. I don't know what the default is.

    As there are a number of aspects of Photo (and Designer) that depend on settings that you may have changed from the default factory settings, I think the safest (least confusing) way of working on the Workbooks is to start by either:
    Doing a full Reset of the application, to make sure the defaults are set to the factory settings; or Creating a new user on your Windows or Mac computer, and switching to that new user whenever you work on the Workbook. The new user's settings will be the default ones, and any changes you make while doing the Workbook exercises won't affect your normal settings.  
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    Amateur John got a reaction from carl123 in Before release of new version . Please   
    OOPS Creating the flood selection does work. It was the next part of the exercise that failed to work as expected. When creating the new adjustment layer this is created as a child layer of the background layer rather than a layer above. In this case the adjustment of course works because the background layer has no layers below it. So no real problem except to someone learning from the book who sees something not working as described.
    Sorry for confusion.
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    Amateur John got a reaction from Neil W in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    I think that we have two things missing.
    One is the ability to quickly brouse files and show them in an affinity product ready for processing. Even crude products like Nikon's own free software allows a similar ability. One can quickly traverse (backwards and forwards) a directory of files and process or discard as appropriate. There is no need to inport.
    Second is a full DAM such as Light Room. Let's remember that LR is not a raw processor or an editor. LR sits above ACR and Photoshop and calls on them as needed. For this functionality a formal inport is needed.
    I agree with Cecil that refining the present products should take precedance at present however I would expect that the architecture of the Affinity suite was developed with provision for an overall application that could sit above the other products. I would not expect that to be a free 'add on'. I like the modular approach by which I have purchased licences to Photo and Publisher. I would purchase a DAM module licence at the same sort of prices as the existing modules.
    Incidentally I noticed the term 'inport' was used somewhere in the documentation before getting photo and publisher. It confused me somewhat because we don't import anything. I guess that DAM is planned. Also we export rather than 'save as'. Another clue that developers within Affinity might have something cooking?
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    Amateur John reacted to walt.farrell in The Official Affinity Photo video tutorials are great, but ...   
    I think you're underestimating the amount of time it would take, @Jaffa.
    And, personally, I haven't noticed any difficulties following the tutorials on my Windows machine, so I'd prefer more tutorials rather than reworked ones.
    Perhaps you could provide some specific examples of the difficulties you've had, which would help provide specific justification for expending that effort?
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    Amateur John got a reaction from walt.farrell in Add caption on image which was text wrap applied   
    No need to apologise Walt.
    This captioning process tends to be repetitive for some publications, especially the one I am practising upon. I have found that creating the required field correctly once and copying it into Assets to be very effective. For the next field j ust click in assets and drag to the required position. Make minor changes to the text; job done. This works and is very effective. The behaviour might be a bug, or maybe not. In looking for a workaround I have got into using Assets at an early stage of my self education. This might all be obvious to experienced users, but to me is a huge improvement to what I was using.
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    Amateur John reacted to Michael117 in Is it possible to package a project in Publisher?   
    A couple of thoughts---
    When did Quark and ID add this functionality to their applications?  Was it available in the first release? MEB has said that this is on the roadmap; it's just not in the first release of the application. It's not possible to deliver a first release product that has all the bells and whistles of competitive products that have been developed for years.   Just about everyone on this board has a feature or function they perceive as critical and want it in the product now.  That's just not possible with the limited resources that Affinity has. Let's give the team time to finish off what's in the pipeline for this first release and then they can start looking at the roadmap for future enhancements. Oh, and they have two other excellent products that are going to be updated so that they are all on the same base engine as Publisher.
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    Amateur John reacted to toutou123 in Add caption on image which was text wrap applied   
    You can also group the image and the caption, and then apply the wrap to the whole group.
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    Amateur John reacted to mac_heibu in Add caption on image which was text wrap applied   
    Open the text frame panel of your image caption and check „ignore text wrap“.
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    Amateur John reacted to Simon W in Add caption on image which was text wrap applied   
    I have inserted an image in the middle of a text page and applied tight text wrap to the image. This has worked fine and the text has flowed round the image. I now want to add a text box over part of the image as a caption. It won't let me, I assume because of the Text wrap. If I try and bring the caption text box to the front, it still doesn't work. Is there a way to do this without having to set up seperate text boxes either side of the image and not apply wrap to the image. I have previously used Swift Publisher 5 and I coud inset a photo with wrap and then add a text box over the image as a caption.
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