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    GFS got a reaction from walt.farrell in Batch process - retain original file date   
    Thanks for the replies.
    As you said Walt and R C-R,  AFP is respecting the metadata, which is great and my problem was coming from the way that Aperture handles files which are lacking a metadata date.  In fact, what it does is it displays the Finder date in the exif date field, but if these files are exported *as originals*, that date is not included, presumably because it is not a part of the original file.  So that is as it should be.  If you export as a version, then the date is applied, which equally, makes sense.  On top of this, it turns out that it's trivial to set the date permanently in the originals, within Aperture.  So my problems is solved without any headache ... just a lot of fiddling, checking, searching etc.  Also good to see that AFP is handling batch conversion in a useful way.
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    GFS got a reaction from Kal in Designer: distort/transform shape as though 3D   
    MEB,
     
    I'm coming to Affinity from a long history of digital imaging, dating all the way back to the early 90s.  To give you an idea, on the shelf behind me, I have a box for Photoshop 1.0  However, around version 3.0, I moved away from Photoshop, because of its slow performance and poor quality. Just opening an 8 bit file reduced it to 7 bits and a couple of operations like sharpening and you were down to 5 bits, which is why people thought digital images were ugly back then.
     
    There was an alternative in those days, which in some ways I think may have been an inspiration for Affinity (perhaps unconsciously?) which was Live Picture.  This was a truly non-destructive app, being entirely vectorial and having no concept of pixels at all, either for the images or the paint and it was 16 bit for all internal operations.  So for 20 years, I've been freely combining photos and vector drawing with amazing speed and total freedom.  The like of the stunningly beautiful and smooth vectorial brushes have never been seen since (I'd love you guys to produce the same) and there are a few simple things/procedures that it does very simply and very well.  Obviously there have been advances in digital imaging and it has been left behind in some ways ... e.g. sharpening has moved on massively, so I mix it with more modern apps.
     
    Being ancient, it relies on ancient equipment, which is obviously going to fail at some time and so I'm constantly keeping an eye open for alternatives and Affinity is really what appears to me to be the first serious alternative for my use.  So I'm hoping you'll be moving in the direction that I'm looking for!   :)  I doubt you'll match its speed though. :)  
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    GFS reacted to R C-R in How to display brush names in Brushes Studio?   
    Is it true that the brush names appear in the Brushes Studio only if a brush is assigned to a particular brush tool, or am I overlooking a preference or option to show the brush name for all brushes?
    If only assigned brush names are displayed, are any plans to add a preference to show the names for all brushes?
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    GFS reacted to RowdyMonkey in Show brush names   
    The iPad apps show brush names underneath the stroke previews in the Brushes list.  Please can this be added to the desktop versions too?  Having to hover my mouse over dozens of brushes one by one to find the brush I need slows me down massively!

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    GFS reacted to Rocketdrive in Display brush names in palette   
    I have many brushes, some of which appear similar to each other in the palette, but behave differently. In order to easier differentiate them I'd like to see (and change) their names in addition to the stroke preview. In fact, I'd like to customize what I see: tip, stroke, name, and also set a size for the icons.
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    GFS got a reaction from arkinien in Digital Asset Management   
    The real thing for me JoJu, was Aperture.  Unfortunately it is still the best, even years after Apple, for some crazy reason, killed it off.  It’s hard to write software that good and Adobe have certainly not managed with Lr, although it is adequate for many people and everyone of course, must pick one of the tools that are available.  One day someone will write something as good as Aperture and I will switch with much relief ... but in the mean time, until the workarounds become worse than the alternatives, I’ll stick with them and Aperture.
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    GFS got a reaction from arkinien in Digital Asset Management   
    The real thing for me JoJu, was Aperture.  Unfortunately it is still the best, even years after Apple, for some crazy reason, killed it off.  It’s hard to write software that good and Adobe have certainly not managed with Lr, although it is adequate for many people and everyone of course, must pick one of the tools that are available.  One day someone will write something as good as Aperture and I will switch with much relief ... but in the mean time, until the workarounds become worse than the alternatives, I’ll stick with them and Aperture.
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    GFS got a reaction from ThierryMbp15 in Import PDF dans Affinity Photo   
    Pas mal monsieur Somerfield !  Support en multilingue.  Les talents sans fin.  :)
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    GFS got a reaction from Roger C in Gaussian Blur - image edges   
    Ha!  Well done toltec.  Top marks.
     
    Maybe there should be a sub-forum for ‘cryptic half posts ... guess the answer’ with points awarded for best answer ... and of course, what would points mean?
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    GFS got a reaction from Roger C in Gaussian Blur - image edges   
    Ha!  Well done toltec.  Top marks.
     
    Maybe there should be a sub-forum for ‘cryptic half posts ... guess the answer’ with points awarded for best answer ... and of course, what would points mean?
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    GFS got a reaction from John Rostron in Focus Stacking Source Panel   
    I have this same question.  There seems to be inconsistency with the Sources Panel.  Sometimes I can close the file and upon re-opening, it's empty.  Other times it re-opens showing the Sources.
     
    Is there an answer to why this happens?
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    GFS got a reaction from Kit_L in Digital Asset Management   
    You don't necessarily have to get the data in and out.  I work with a > 20 year old software which can apply its edits to any file. Any file.  So for example, you could work on a tiny jpeg on the iPad and syncing via cloud, have those same edits applied to a full sized file somewhere else.  I'm sure that AFP will have something along those lines.  They have also talked of feature parity with the desktop version.
     
    As to whether or not Apple can be trusted for pros going forward, sadly I have to agree with you.  As an Aperture user, I very much doubt that I would *ever* trust Apple for pro application use again.  The cavalier way that one of the most wealthy companies in the world 'dumped' us, was unbelievable.
     
    The downside of the Surface, is Windows.  Nothing they currently say can make that any better.
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    GFS got a reaction from Kit_L in Digital Asset Management   
    No, that's not what I meant.
     
    The guy's top level ... Senior Engineer for Aperture.  Does it get better?  He's left Apple and decided to carry on with that work.  Aperture is an absolutely superb piece of software in the view of many people, myself included.  I tried Lr three times since it was launched, but always found it lacking by comparison, particularly as a DAM, as have many others, notably lots on here.  Also the UI, Aperture is superb and Lr is ... well uggghh.  Adobe have never ever made the slightest effort in UI.  So what's interesting for us photographers, is that this guy is working away to produce a solution.  First step, a really very nice looking raw convertor, with some excellent features.  v1.5 will doubtless add missing features.  v2? from his comment ... maybe a DAM and that would be excellent, because as Aperture's Senior Engineer, he's likely to produce a pretty damned good DAM. :)
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    GFS got a reaction from anon1 in [DAM] Affinity Lightroom Killer Request   
    I watched (sic) the video and to be honest, it is like going back in time to some awful Windows software ... which is probably what it is.  The difference between it and Aperture is vast.  Please Serif, whatever you do, don't do it like IMatch.  For those of us, that spend our days working with DAM software this would be like a cruel, brutal torture, or ... like using camera manufacturer's own raw software.  Sort of as awful as Olympus Viewer 3 or Nikon's thing, or Pentax's thing.  Uuuughh.
     
    (Sorry rafikiphoto ... not sure how to say this without being contrary).
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    GFS got a reaction from JuN in -   
    I did these grabs for myself, to remind me how Blend If works as I transitioned from my old app.
     
    They perhaps explain it in photographic terms.  Obviously, to do similar for shadows and highlights, you use the left and right of the curve area ... I hope they're useful to someone :
     

     

     
     

     
     

     
     

     
     

     
     

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    GFS got a reaction from matt in How to stop the document (canvas) from moving around...   
    That's great news MattP.
     
    I can confirm that using an old mouse-mat has seriously reduced the problem for me.  However, I'm very happy to have it fixed your way, because for Wacom users like me, a mouse-mat means having it out to the side and as I know to my pain, RSI can wreck your shoulder tendons if you're holding a mouse out to the side for extended periods/hours/days/weeks/months/years.
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    GFS got a reaction from anon1 in Focus-Merge _ Specular Highlights   
    I'm not sure that I'd really call this a bug, but then it's not a feature either.
     
    Focus Merge works incredibly well.  The AFP team have done a fantastic job on it.  I would actually buy AFPhoto for this feature alone and it has replaced my previous specialised focus-merge software.
     
    However ...
     
    It could handle specular highlights better.  I spend a lot of time going over every specular highlight in every image that contains them.  It would be fab if AFPhoto could simply keep specular highlights as they are in the original images.  Why not?  
     
    Screen Movie
     
    (BTW ... is there a way to embed a video here on the forums, or is it not desired?)
     
     
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    GFS got a reaction from Ramon0 in [DAM] Affinity Lightroom Killer Request   
    Computers are good at automation.  It's what they do.  Alongside that, we have human beings, who are terrible at automation.  When we try to persuade human beings to let the computers take care of the automation, they resist.  Not always, but often.
     
    The current MacOS is full of automation, but I hardly know anyone that uses it.  They still prefer to organise everything themselves.
     
    A DAM needs to take care of all this work.  It is just so much better not to have to even think about it.  Any DAM is simply a front-end to a database (as is the Finder or Windows Explorer).  I use Aperture to move files around between disks or other locations.  It is a much better UI for doing this than the Finder.  It also stores all the metadata I need.  If I move a file, I don't have to worry about moving any sidecars with it, because Aperture takes care of it for me.  The last thing I want is to have to worry about any related files getting lost and having to remember where they are and where I want them to be.
     
    The best thing to do with a database, is to embrace it fully and allow it to do its work.  It'll be better and more reliable.
     
    (Grumpy is really the right word.  He is a working sheep dog ... of the live outside in a kennel variety.  He didn't like my camera and if he'd had half a chance he'd have had my hand off.  The fact that he resembles Yosemite Sam is just a bonus).
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    GFS got a reaction from JoJu in Digital Asset Management   
    I'm afraid I agree 100%.
     
    The honeymoon period with Affinity is probably over.  The contagious enthusiasm and excitement in the early stages, was fantastic and such a breath of fresh air compared with Adobe.  However, the money is hard to refuse and entirely understandable.  Also of course, Serif is a Windows software company.  It was the Mac software thing that was 'out on a limb'.   I'm all for the iPad version, but with the launch of the Windows vs, even though Serif say it's a separate team etc., the astonishing pace of progress has pretty much ground to a halt.
     
    I'm hoping that the ex lead-engineer on Aperture, who has released the very excellent 'Raw Power' raw processing software, which is  closely based around Aperture, will find the resources to move onto a DAM as well.  I think it is tentatively in their sights ... and so it should be, because there is definitely a great market for the Mac, especially as you point out the advantages of the Mac having great raw processing and colour management built-in.
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    GFS got a reaction from JoJu in Digital Asset Management   
    I couldn't agree more and in fact, it was one of my disappointments with Serif and Affinity.  They've copied Adobe's UI and to be honest it is and always has been, crap.  Copying it was a missed opportunity. They could have done something fab instead.  Of course, I understand perfectly why they did copy it.  I wish though, that they'd *at the very least* changed the totally dumb system of using colour to paint masks in/out. 
     
    As for Apple dumping Aperture.  It is still stunning to me, that Apple could treat a group of professionals in such a way.  Thousands of hours of work, per pro, summarily dumped in the dumpster without so much as an explanation.  Shocking.  I'll never ever ever trust Apple with a pro app again.
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    GFS reacted to JoJu in Digital Asset Management   
    GFS, thank you for agreeing. I had contact with the Aperture developer and maybe I'm wrong but I sensed a lot of frustration that Apple abandoned - without a real reason (they are literally bathing in money...).
     
    Possibly I'm only stubborn, but so far I've still some spirit of getting happy about awesomeness - if I can recognize it.
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    GFS reacted to JoJu in Digital Asset Management   
    Windows doesn't include RAW-processing, therefore Affinity programmers must take care of another task.
    A lot of Windows versions don't include color management - I'm not sure, if Affinity needs the newest (CM-supporting) version Win 10?
    Some capabilities have to be dedicated to the whole mess of drivers, especially for graphic cards.
    I agree that more users mean more incoming sales and therefore more human resources - but these are needed because Windows users need to address more support.
    Within Mac OS, there are intelligent folders usable for all apps, Automator scripts and a lot more comfort functions, Developing these for Windows... I see the results in Adobe Bridge, in CaptureOne (I'm working with Windows on a daily basis) - these poor copies of OS X functions and their usage just suck.
     
    Affinity will need some manpower to bring Affinity Photo in Windows to the same level as the ease of use in OS X - this kind of manpower is missing for a development of a "Aperture successor". I tried a lot of photo-organizing apps. Aperture, two years after death, still sets a benchmark. I was hoping very much Affinity could create something cool, instead they took the money road.
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    GFS reacted to anon1 in Affinity Photo for ipad - feedback   
    It would be cool some day to have like two tools at the same time
     
    Paint with pencil
    Smudge with finger
     
    Or paint with pencil
    Erase with finger
     
    Or dodge with pencil
    Burn with finger (although that might be a bit weird)
     
    Or set clone source with hand
    Move clone target with pencil
     
    Or in the pen tool
    Draw with the pencil
    Make the finger act like a node tool
     
    Cheers
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    GFS got a reaction from Alfred in BLUR GRADIENT   
    And exactly the same as the one I suggested 3 posts prior, so it must be good.   :)
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    GFS got a reaction from Alfred in BLUR GRADIENT   
    And exactly the same as the one I suggested 3 posts prior, so it must be good.   :)
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