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  1. And a related bug that might have been previously reported. Floating panels do not exit when exiting affinity photo, at least on the MAC. Need to then close them afterwards. Child code not catching the quit/die/close notification
  2. As per my previous observation, are their other studio features that fail with floating panels, or perhaps the bug lies in generic code/library. Thank you for your honesty and of course your short video.
  3. Of course it is working as coded :), the issue is what did the specs or requirements say for this feature or perhaps it didn't address floating panels and so the developers either made their own choice or just coded it and the chips fell where they may. The fact that I saw the + sign near the floating panel suggests to me a behavior that was never tested for. What other Affinity Photo features behave the same way, meaning, what other features required a locked down panel ? Lets use this as a learning experience to either fix other latent bugs or provide improved documentation. A picture is worth a thousand words, so including short videos such as yours for other help items would undoubtedly enhance feature performance. Thanks again jmliss (a retired engineer)
  4. MEB - thank you. It worked now, let me explain. If the Asset panel is positioned as you show, it works. In my case, I had detached the asset panel and left if floating if you will and in that case it DOESN'T work. I still believe there is a bug, because it should work (drag and drop) to a floating asset panel. Had it not been for your video and my careful observation of what you were doing, I wouldn't have discovered the root cause of my issue. Pls try with detaching the asset panel and leave it floating. Then you might see what I did when I video'd my experience. If the bug is such that it can't be fixed with a floating asset panel, then the EUD (End User Documentation) needs to clarify. Thank you -
  5. I appreciate your response, however for me, dragging and dropping from the canvas does not work. It does not work on my Catalina iMAC with two monitors and it doesn't work on my Mac mini with Monterry. Pls provide a short video demonstrating how to drag/drop a selection from the canvas to the assets panel. My video shows how it didn't work for me. Attempting to drag from the canvas after selecting simply moves he layer.
  6. From the very poorly written help page I paste the following. If you watch the video I posted, dragging from the layers panel, does show a + sign, but just outside the assets panel and therefore does not "take" into the panel. So item 2 bullet one below doesn't work, but item 2 bullet 2 does work. This is either a bug or yet again the help page is inadequate. Me thinks it is a bug. By the way, mature help pages should have mini short videos demonstrating how to execute the cryptic instructions, just sayin' Select one or more objects or groups on the page or via the Layers panel. Do one of the following: Drag the selection into the Assets panel (the cursor will change to show a plus icon) and release when you see a vertical insertion point. On the Assets panel, click a subcategory's options menu and select Add from Selection. Each item (object or group) in the selection is converted to a separate asset and placed in the subcategory with a default name.
  7. Please watch the video. Can't drag/drop a layer to asset panel to create new asset. Only after selection, can add manually, as per video. Versions of MAC and affinity photo in video. Asset bug.mp4
  8. I am using 1.10.4 on iMAC Catalina. The level help page seems to imply that realtime clipping preview works on any channel as per the below snippet. What I found was that it doesn't work, say on any of the R, G, B channels, unless first a level was modified on the Master. This is repeatable and explains why some you tubers first level Master, then the individual channels so that realtime clipping preview works. Having said that, the actual level adjustment does change if first doing a R, G, or B, just the realtime clipping preview does not seem to work -> confusion. Settings The following settings can be adjusted: Select a color mode from the first pop-up menu. Specify a single color channel to apply the adjustment to, including the layer's alpha channel. Master (the default choice) applies the adjustment to all channels. Select from the second pop-up menu. Black Level—determines the range of pixels in the image considered to be pure black. Drag the slider to the right to include pixels in the range (thereby increasing shadows), drag to the left to exclude pixels (thereby reducing shadows). White Level—determines the range of pixels in the image considered to be pure white. Drag the slider to the left to include pixels in the range (thereby increasing highlights), drag to the right to exclude pixels (thereby reducing highlights). Gamma—determines the distribution of mid-tone pixels in the image. Enter a gamma value or drag the slider to the left to redistribute pixels towards the black point, drag to the right to redistribute towards the white point. Output Black Level—remaps the output level of absolute black. Moving the slider to the right makes the image look more pale and washed out. Output White Level—remaps the output level of absolute white. Moving the slider to the left lessens the intensity of highlights in the image. To create a negative-style (inverted) image, position the Black Level slider further to the right than the White Level. Holding the whilst modifying the Black Level or White Level provides a realtime clipping preview.
  9. Thank you for responding. Our posts probably crossed as I followed up saying the problem was my fault, a mac configuraton issue I'm assuming related to memory management. I know how to use the tool and it is working now. Sorry for the fourth alarm.
  10. The problem also appeared in affinity publisher so I knew it was an environmental issue. I fixed the problem by reassigning my home folder back to the boot drive and the problem went away. I suspect there is some memory issue going on. Sorry for the false alarm. Ticket can be closed.
  11. I cannot capture screen because that moves cursor, but when trying to use the tool a "node" cursor displays but it can't be moved onto the rasterized image, its as if it is blocked. For me, this is repeatable for different files. Perspective tool works.
  12. My autobiography is 500 pages long with about 600 png illustrations. This broke word on the MAC and I ported the document to affinity publisher. All good and wonderful except that affinity publisher does not support auto numbering of tables, figure, etc. and of course cross references which is the theme of this thread. How I wish Serif would wake up and support these features. I can live with some of the other esoteric features missing from Word, but auto numbering and cross referencing, especially cross referencing is a killer. Affinity Photo is such a great tool but can be made even better ....
  13. Seems to import simple spreadsheets, but when I tried to import one with a spinner button it crashes. See attached xlsx file. Have not tried other buttons. Jonathan MPG1.xlsx
  14. I should have also stated I am using 1.10 on Catalina. In the video I show that selecting Red on the parent layer (whose child is the curve sans red) still selects red. I then show a merge visible and select red of course does not pick the original red. Hope this is clear now. I found this "bug" when I was playing with channel mixer to reduce the alpha channel. So select alpha range behaves similarly. Jonathan range example.mp4
  15. I do think you are missing something, perhaps my explanation was not clear. I will use Camtasia to record what I do and will submit. I asked Dave Straker (Inaffinity) to validate and he also thought it was a bug. In sometime I will record.
  16. Regarding the uploaded image of the color wheel, I used curves to remove red using curves a child layer. The info panel indicates R = 0 for the region in question. However, when selecting color range of red, as can be seen, the area that was red was selected. The same behavior is observed if an alpha adjustment was made instead of a color one, selecting on alpha range will also show the parents alpha, as IF THE CHILD CURVE LAYER IS COMPLETELY IGNORED. Behavior is similar if channel mixer is used on the alpha channel. While the picture does not show, if a merge visible layer was created above, selection of color range and alpha range works as expected. I've also attached the appropriate on-line help section and the area I highlighted in yellow suggests that the adjustment layer should have an affect on the selection. If the behavior is as designed, then I suggest the help screen be modified to more clearly describe the behavior.
  17. @notmyfault - seems their maybe a bug in the color and alpha range selection feature and Dave verified it for me. I will post the potential bug in another post. This is what was throwing me off. Thanks
  18. @NotMyFault - well I was wrong about the opacity blend modes and the documentation certainly for me was not clear. This video explains the formula and is perhaps what you were saying initially, so thanks again. Perhaps my only issue then, is the marching ants - thanks again for your help. Seems that Dave always has a video that addresses issues.
  19. Thank you again for responding. Firstly 1.10 behaves the same way on my Mac Mini, Big Sur. Perhaps the issue is the marching ants. I did another experiment of copying and pasting from the alpha zone layer and it seems what I expected worked, as does doing that in the merged visible layer. However, the marching ants in the alpha zone layer only seems to be around the fully transparent circle, thus that through me off, where it was around both circles in the merged layer. Yes, I realize there is some algorithm that AP uses to determine when to display marching ants. I will do some more experimenting. If I still have issues, I will include more screen shots. Thanks again
  20. @notmyfault - I appreciate your feedback, but I don't agree with you. Yes, I may be wrong, but in the example I posted from my intel iMAC running Catalina. When I get a chance I will try on my intel mac-mini running Big Sur and if I see a difference I will post accordingly. Seems you are on W10 and iPads, and I assume you did not see the behavior using my posted example file? 1) Even just selecting partial alpha transparency, on my MAC, it only selects the full transparent section, even when just selecting on the curves layer. But in my posted example, if I select on the merged layer, it does it correctly, where correctly is as per my expectations 2) From what I understand, the normal blend mode should be as follows (see below - copied from wikipedia) which seems to agree with the AP help page also copied below - 3) What I mean about channel mixer is that if I choose the alpha channel and say lower red, then the selection behavior is similar to using curves on alpha channel, which I contend as per my post, is buggy. 4) Last week Dave Straker (in affinity) also posted a bug pertaining to alpha channel manipulation. I actually found that bug and asked him to verify before he posted. Normal blend mode[edit] This is the standard blend mode which uses the top layer alone,[2] without mixing its colors with the layer beneath it:[example needed] where a is the value of a color channel in the underlying layer, and b is that of the corresponding channel of the upper layer. The result is most typically merged into the bottom layer using "simple" (b over a) alpha compositing (making the actual formula ), but other Porter-Duff operations are possible.[2] The compositing step results in the top layer's shape, as defined by its alpha channel, appearing over the bottom layer. From help page: Blend mode types Affinity Photo supports an impressive selection of different blend modes. The most commonly used blend modes are as follows: Normal—The default blend mode. The top pixels display over underlying pixels according to the level of top layer opacity.
  21. With respect to the attached example, I believe there are two bugs. I created two alpha zones (alpha less than 255) in two spots. I am using 1.10.0 on Catalina. Bug 1, the merge Visible layer with normal blending seems darker then just looking at the alpha zones layer. The second bug is related to selecting alpha ranges. The three selection ranges seem to work on the merge visible layer, but not the alpha zones layer. In addition, I experienced similar bugs when using the channel mixer on the alpha channel. Alpha bugs.afphoto
  22. I am using the latest official version 1.9.3 on Catalina. Document setup prefers linked images, but I also have some embedded images. Upon opening the document I get a Missing resource error message. I believe the software is getting confused. I don't think the error message should appear at all as noting seems to be missing. See attached file. example.pdf
  23. I am using 1.9.3 on Catalina. I would like to export selections across pages. Selection area and selection only, seems to only work on one page at a time. Yes, I realize I can choose to export a range of pages (which is also difficult to figure out, since it requires adding pages to the all pages option - there should be a specific Page range option for the Area field) - but if I do that, then I need to edit out portions after the pdf is created.
  24. Walt, again thank you for responding. I guess it boils down to having the ability to provision, so to speak the shift+click in the master when setting up the document, instead of remembering that it is a manual operation after the fact. Why is this bothering me? I guess for synergy, in that in the master you can set up frame links within the page, so why not have the ability to also provision frame links across pages in the master. It was only after you said that it can be done, and my examination of the help pages, did I find buried at the bottom of one of the pages the shit+click sequence. I am a happy camper - except for the inability to have auto numbered figure labels with cross referencing, my entire experience was a success.
  25. Walt, again thank you for responding. Yes, add pages from file, yes, it works, but I think there are bugs. I cannot share my file because of personal information, but after adding pages, I tried inserting text at the end and it seemed like I was viewing the source file. I cannot reproduce. Regarding your other comment about auto spill over, I think you were suggesting I hit the shift key at the link and if that is what you think is the solution, yes, that worked. That is not quite what I was asking for, but yes, that did work for me. My intent of the original post was to express gratitude that affinity photo is able to be used on a file that "killed" Microsoft Word and I thought my observations would be helpful. I was a software/firmware manager for over 40 years and had customers around the world so I know how frustrating it is to get "soft" feedback. It is not easy to reproduce quirks, bugs, unexpected workflows, etc. When they are easy, I do provide specific examples. I am on a MAC because it stays up 7x24xforever ....
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