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  1. I stopped using AFPhoto 18 months ago, due to the extensive masking bugs. None fixed to date. I bought but never used AFPhoto iPad, but decided to give it a try out a few days ago, as I had to work on a legacy file. Disappointed to find more masking/brushes bugs and tools which lack functionality compared to the desktop version. When Serif first launched the AFDesigner/Photo betas, the company performance and responsiveness to comments, bug reports and feature requests was phenomenal. I think they've made strategic mistakes in expanding too fast, though obviously they would completely disagree ... it's incredibly hard to build a good reputation, but very easy to loose it. My own view is they need to build bug free apps, before they move onto more (presumably bug filled) apps.
  2. And there I was thinking that the cross between Michael Jackson and Fagin look was so appealing. So why is this even an option?? I have to say though, that after almost 25 years working with a Wacom, it’s kind of strange to be working directly on the screen. Difficult without a circle showing where the brush is though.
  3. I’ve been trying out the iPad vs of AFP (I moved away from AFP Mac 15months ago, due to its numerous masking issues ... still unresolved). However, having to work on some legacy files in the last week or two, I thought I’d give the iPad vs a go. I’d bought, but never used it. I have the 12.9 Pro and Apple Pencil. However! Using the Apple Pencil, I’ve found it really hard to avoid accidental input on the iPad and it can be a nightmare for messing up work. The problem is that your ‘pinky’ can be inputting without you noticing, or even I think, the side of the palm. I’ve even seen it happening in some of the Affinity instructional videos. So ... being old enough to recall darkrooms and the handling of negs and trannies, I happen to have some white cotton gloves lying around. The perfect solution? Not only does it work perfectly, but you have the added bonus of constantly polishing your screen!! Cost? ~2€. No complicated programming or software revisions required, only a pair of sharp scissors. Machine washable. Good for cold winter days. Eco-friendly. ‘It just works’. Maybe Serif could do their own cool designs? Michael Jackson eat your heart out:
  4. 18 months, no comment from Serif? Sigh ...
  5. Hi MEB, thanks for jumping in. The colour picker is indeed the problem, but the bug actually goes beyond that. Obviously, you wouldn’t choose RGB sliders to change the colour from white to grey to black (3 sliders instead of 1). But playing around with them, I find that the HSL sliders are also buggy (which is what I normally use and therefore why I tried another colour model when I found it not working correctly). Sometimes the HSL choice is refusing to paint at all, when white is selected. I switch to black and it’s as expected, back to white ... nothing. In fact, right now, switching around, I can’t get HSL to paint with white.
  6. Any chance of a reply from someone at Serif on this?
  7. OK, here's a couple of grabs ... Mac & iPad. I can't find anything on the iPad that I'm doing wrong. Opacity set to 100% etc. GFS-AFP-iPad-2.mp4 GFS-AFP-iPad.mp4
  8. Bumb on this ... where do I send the screen-recordings?
  9. Perhaps there is something that I am not understanding about the iPad vs, which I've had for a long time, but am only just trying out now. I have a file, that I can brush a mask in and out with black and white on the desktop vs. and it behaves as expected. When I transfer the file to iPad and do the exact same thing, it behaves as if the brush is grey, whether I choose black or white. Does anyone have any idea where I may be going wrong ... or is this a bug?
  10. I've been working with pixel-shift (previously known as multi-shot) since the year 2000. In answer to your question ... No. Pixel-shift works by moving the chip by 1 or 0.5 pixel increments, in order to capture full-colour at each and every pixel site. This is because of the way a Bayer Pattern works. Each pixel has only one colour (RGGB). When you take a picture, the Bayer demosaicing 'interpolates' (makes up) the missing colour for the varying pixels according to their colour (RGGB). This process can only be done at the chip/demosaicing stage. It is not the same as having 4 images and blending them together, although as it happens, blending several images together will reduce noise. This is because noise is random and so is equalised (reduced) when several images are blended together. What pixel-shift gives you, is a non-interpolated, pure colour image. It is only useable for stationary subjects, although the Pentax K-1 (and new K-11) can automatically replace movement artefacts, by replacing those areas with one of the 4 single-shot files that are used to produce the pixel-shift image.
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    AFPhoto becomes unusably slow.

    I’ve downloaded the AFP 1.6.7 GM beta and there is no improvement.
  12. GFS

    AFPhoto becomes unusably slow.

    Chris, I think you're correct about Live Filters. I've removed them from the file and it seems to solve the problems. As you will see, it has 3 gaussian blur and 1 Clarity. I'm not surprised that the gaussian blur causes problems as it's very high demand computationally, but can you tell me if the Clarity is causing problems too as far as you know? Are there any Live Filters which perform OK, or is this slow down across the board?
  13. GFS

    AFPhoto becomes unusably slow.

    Hi Chris, sorry to be so slow in getting back to you on this. I've just uploaded a file to the DropBox. I included a sysdiagnose ... which was pretty large, so I suppose lots of stuff was going on. I've just spent 1 hour, exporting 6, 8bit Tiff files. 10 minutes per file. Very small changes between each file (turning 1 layer off and another on). After spending 3 hours trying to do fairly rudimentary adjustments for a client, then exporting the files ... I have to admit, that I forgot which specific process was whirring away at full CPU for however long, when I invoked the sysdiagnose. However, pretty much everything is glacial. Please NB ... I'm running a late 2015 MBPro. 16Gb. Only Mail was running in the background. I can see that AFPhoto is using a massive amount of RAM. >12.5Gb (single file open) + >7.5Gb compressed. The only way I can work with AFPhoto, is to switch to 8bit, then when I'm ready to export, switch back to 16bit (there is a paint gradient). At this point I don't think I can continue using AFPhoto, if this is how it's supposed to work. I'm hoping it's not! When I compare this to my beloved 20 year old app, which would have had zero problem with this sort of file ... sigh.
  14. Indeed. Aperture is a tool designed specifically for photographers, although iView Media Pro was designed as a general media asset management tool. I think if you’re talking about managing a wide range of assets in the context of a design agency or advertising agency, then you are talking about a completely different set of problems. First off, it needs to be networked and you need more than just media asset tools. You need to include email, text and presentation tools too. Something like Extensis Portfolio is designed to do much of this, but wouldn’t be able to handle the communication and text file, or presentations side of things. For that you would need to add-on some sort of database, like Filemaker Pro, which incidentally, has the very strong advantage of being cross-platform and cross-device and in the cloud (if you want). Coincidentally, in the last year or so, I’ve thought about writing a Filemaker solution for myself, for cataloguing/DAM to replace Aperture. Obviously there would be no retouching tools, but in terms of managing the assets, it would be excellent ... better than Aperture and with the incredible advantage, that you can make it do anything you want. It can also work as managed or referenced and it can be made to open files in whichever app you want. But until Aperture finally breaks (could take years) and unless at that time there is no equivalent to migrate to, then there is no deed to do so. As for the Finder. It is actually much more powerful than most people realise. I use Tags quite extensively. These are really powerful. You can use these for asset management. For example, you could create a new Tag for say; ‘Client-X’. This Tag is then available system wide for all files. So, Tag some files and then add the Tag to the Finder’s Sidebar and you have a super-fast, one-click way of gathering ALL those assets into a single Finder window in a fraction of a second. Also ... Tags are synced via iCloud and your AppleID, so if you’re working in AFPhoto for iPad, then they work across your devices. There is no limit on the number of Tags you can create. (I should note though, that Custom Tags, are not preserved when sharing files with other users, so they are not suitable for a collaborative work environment). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood next to someone trying to find something on their Mac. Going through endless hierarchical Folder structures, sometimes giving up in frustration. It’s like the worst database management you can imagine. I gave up on that years ago. AFAIC, the modern way, is to use Tags and Metadata and Smart Folders. It is so much more efficient and so much faster. Even on the most basic level, in database terms, it is a far better system. (Smart Folders are actually just searches, but can be extremely powerful searches). For example ... I only use Smart Folders in Mail. The great advantage here, in database terms, is that using Smart Folders, a single item, can exist in many places. With conventional Folder management, a single item can only exist in one place ... and at some point you have to decide where that place is ... and then you forget. Say you work with an old friend called Peter, who is married to your sister. Do you file his emails in Work, Friends or Family? All my Mail just stays in InBox and Sent, but with Smart Folders, Peter’s emails would show up in all 3 of those folders. Actually, I hardly organise any files in the Finder and similarly, in Aperture I have quite a large number of Referenced files, which reside on an external hard-drive. I don’t put these in Folders on that drive, instead, everything is simply dumped at root level. The advantage of this, is that you will never loose a file, because should anything happen to your Aperture file and you have to rebuild or something awful, you just point Aperture at the drive and it will find everything. No searching through Folders. So the Finder with Tags and Smart Folders ... but ... there is also Spotlight Comments in the Finder. So you can very easily add metadata to any file of any kind. As many keywords as you want. When you combine this with Tags and Smart Folders, you have a very powerful system for file management and amazingly ... you don’t actually have to organise anything, if you don’t want to. You could top all this off by building your own Services (Contextual Menu) very easily using Automator, e.g. for Batch adding of Spotlight Comments, which is a single step Automator Action ... nothing to actually build. Using this you can set, or append to, or clear, or in any other way alter, Spotlight Comments for thousands of files in just a few seconds. Equally, you could have a Folder with a Folder Action, which tags and adds Comments automatically to anything dropped into it (so you don’t forget! ) I actually use Smart Folders extensively in Aperture, as I find them much easier and more malleable than the Search Bar, which can only do one search at a time. With Smart Folders, you can have as many searches as you want, just one click away.