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    Photography, Railroads, Ham Radio, Computer Tech, Guitar and Mandolin

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  1. Staff and Moderators are clearly marked. I have counted 27 responses from such in this thread since Feb 26, 2019. The company view has been stated multiple times and has been consistent. It may not be the answer I desire, but the concern has been addressed.
  2. Then I have done an exceedingly poor job of communication and have done Serif a huge disservice. —Joseph
  3. Radek, I also wish to have footnotes and endnotes available in Publisher, but I knew they were not there when I purchased Publisher because footnotes and endnotes were not listed as features in the very extensive Tech Specs for Publisher on the product page. Since the features are clearly stated on the products page, why are people surprised when a feature not listed is absent. This is akin to not reading a contract before signing and then being surprised by the actual details of the contract. Yes, folk get annoyed with me because I will actually read and study the contract before signing, and I always find that the details were not what I expected! At that point I either accept what I see or reject the offer. It is ultimately my responsibility to make sure my understanding and thoughts match the reality of the offer. Rarely do my first expectations match the final analysis. Take your time, study, evaluate, and never expect your first impressions to match the full picture. These are lessons I learned by scores of years of jumping to conclusions—some lessons are learned the hard way. Best wishes, —Joseph
  4. Well, the Black Friday Sale is now active. Refer to the store at: https://affinity.serif.com/store/ I predicted correctly that patience would be rewarded. —Joseph
  5. To help explain my earlier comment, a bit of my experience. I first started working with computers and software while in high school in the mid 1960's. I first learned programming in FORTRAN IV in a summer class in Altoona, PA using the McCracken text. We worked at teletype units connected by phone lines to the GE-215 computer in another part of the building. I have been around this stuff for a bit now. The most impressive aspect of the Affinity software line is the performance to price ratio at their regular price, and this low price gets significant discounts several times a year. I will purchase one of their tools that may not be fully useful to me yet (I really, really need footnotes to work nicely in Publisher) just to support the company. I was there at the start of the home computer era when folk paid high prices for little performance just because it was new and available. I worked with Solaris on Sun work stations with wonderful software on really nice equipment, but the software was rented at very high price, and if the rent was not paid, the licensing software locked out your data. See where Adobe learned its current strategy. Same experience with IBM in another venue. This does not happen with Affinity products! If finances are a real issue, there are plenty of open source choices one may work with—I have spent time with these and have learned much. While learning general concepts and strategies with open source software, choose how you spend discretionary funds. Instead of those little extra things we just enjoy because…, save the money instead until you have the funds needed to purchase Affinity products—when they have a reduced price. I often told my students that the three most critical qualities for success are attitude, attitude, and attitude. Be positive, be wise, and be patient. Best wishes to all adventurers in this fascinating domain, —Joseph Double word error edited.
  6. Affinity is very customer friendly with respect to prices. Be patient and observant, and you will not be disappointed. The Affinity timeline may not be your timeline, but Affinity does respect and serve the customer in outstanding ways. —Joseph
  7. Welcome to the world of computer representation of rational numbers. Rounding will always take place somewhere. Here you see a 0.00000278% error. This topic of numerical representation was an active topic of discussion in computer languages, programming, and scientific calculations in my student days in the early 1970's. The answer to the problem was always, "what amount of error no longer makes a difference in the result for practical purposes?" To think of it another way, a 360 degree circle is an ideal that is approximated to any degree of precision. The more like the ideal, the more time and expense involved. A more precise measuring instrument is more expensive. Very few of us have need of a micrometer for everyday use around the house, but someone wanting to track paper thickness would certainly have one. There's nothing to see here, move along.
  8. Oh my, things haven't changed much since my Usenet news use in the mid-1980's. The same words of wisdom apply—don't feed the trolls.
  9. Hmm, I think the more interesting impact is that they are so unlike what I see on the multiple pages of Logos/Icons I scan through, that Affinity apps will be spotted easily. The subtle context for each Logo's function makes sense, even if it took a pause to figure this out. For me the functionality works and I don't worry so much about the beauty of the thing, but then functionality is a kind of beauty. I wonder how Raymond Lowey would have approached it? —Joseph
  10. HenrikM, thanks for your post. I had not noticed the Export to Application feature in DxO. Very nice! I assume you are exporting jpegs since your are processing the RAW files in DxO. Are there any settings on the options panel that work better than other settings for doing this export. I have something new to play with now! Cheers, Joseph
  11. I have been using GNU/Linux since version 0.99 on DOS based hardware. I am very comfortable with the FOSS logic and goals. I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with a tone I am picking up that keeps asking the same question when the answer is no from a company. Possible solutions to the answer of no: Pool resources and buy control of the company—make it yours. Pool resources and start a new company to create the product your way. Join a FOSS project and help it create a product that meets your expectations. Create a new FOSS project that will create the product of your dreams. If able, roll your own software and be in total control. I am an old guy thinking old ways: Don't keep banging against a brick wall expecting to change the wall. Work around the wall, be clever, create attractive ideas. Make your ideas so attractive that those behind the wall will come out and join you. Please stop shouting at the wall—the wall will not respond. I feel better now, thank you for the space to vent my frustration, Solly
  12. So, the key appears to be ACR used by both Lightroom and Photoshop. Is the develop persona going to become as useful as ACR in the future? Inquiring minds want to know.
  13. I purchased my first personal computer system in 1983 based on the following: 1. What specific needs did I have? 2. What software best addressed those needs in the way I wanted to work? 3.What equipment would function in a comfortable way for me (screen and keyboard in this case— Osborne vs. Kaypro) 4. By this time the operating system had been determined. In 1983 I chose a Kaypro II system. Over the years I have chosen software and systems based on CP/M, DOS, Windows, Xenix, BSD, Linux, webOS, Android, iOS, and macOS. The OS is the last consideration when addressing getting the work out. For curiosity, the order is different—I may even start with choosing an OS to try, but I won't expect it to meet my work needs. Just a point of view from an old guy who started with computers in the mid 1960's with FORTRAN IV on a GE-215 computer.
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