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  1. Thanks a ton, we owe you a medal!
  2. Would Serif listen to us if we crowdfunded a giant pot of money to support a linux port?
  3. Linux desktop becomes downright awesome when you pair it with a well tuned VM, because the limitations to it's use disappear. I have been using Windows 7 in a VM ( within Windows 10 ) for the last 7 years. Moving my windows workflow to linux was a matter of copying and pasting a large .vdi file. I have been gradually been giving the Windows VM less and less screen space as i continue to find excellent alternatives to Windows software. The real time sink is exploring the open source & commercial software available in Linux land. The surprise factor is that some of the free Linux software is actually pretty damn good ( Blender being the best example i can think of ) Using Linux makes me love computing again. it is a refreshing experience that reminds me of using early MacOS and Windows 2000 - lithe, powerful, and not restricting of the user's freedom and constantly nagging them. An ideal OS for the power user of today. It is awesome that the VM software of today allows us to use Windows software as a temporary bridge without any serious limitations. The VM software of today is incredibly advanced and refined at this point. I have been using Virtualbox ( free ) for ages, and only until i encountered Affinity Designer, did i have a 'Windows VM' problem. Of course i would prefer to use a native Linux version of Affinity Designer; and to finally burn that bridge to Windows land.
  4. Hm.. on what pages does VMware say this? If you're talking about the various forms of GPU passthrough in other VMware products.. they mention some AMD cards will work. https://techzone.vmware.com/resource/deploying-hardware-accelerated-graphics-vmware-horizon-7#introduction For VMware player, there's no talk about discluding AMD graphics cards: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Workstation-Player-for-Linux/16.0/com.vmware.player.linux.using.doc/GUID-EA588485-718A-4FD8-81F5-B6E1F04C5788.html I imagine that vmware player doesn't use an exotic method of GPU access, and should work well as long as your drivers work well. There are also some GPU passthrough options that are fully independent of the operating system they're running on. They'd require you to devote a spare monitor and GPU to the cause. Quite inconvenient for most, though. You could run Windows 7, but... https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/QEMU/Guest_graphics_acceleration
  5. Hey, i'll take what i can get. I have a core i7-10700 to soak up the inefficiency and make it almost disappear. I have had to run windows in a VM for a very long time to run certain software. No problem. I have an old copy of windows 7. You can also use an unregistered copy of windows 10 ( it won't allow you to customize it - not much of a punishment ) for use in the VM. Whether you pay for a vmware player license is up to you. You could also put in elbow grease and use looking glass and get native-like 3d/2d graphics speed by utilizing a second GPU. @Renzatic- there's an updated tutorial for GPU pass-through with looking glass here, if you haven't seen it: I love Linux on the Desktop and am a professional Linux server admin for some large systems myself also. Understand the two realms very well. This isn't perfect, but it works for now. I may chime in later with some experience with looking glass to see if i can achieve near zero latency on the video output. Would be nice to be operating in more like 60fps than 30fps. Running affinity through intel integrated graphics driving three monitors might be part of my 30fps problem, not the virtualization technology itself, BTW!
  6. What's the point? I get to use Affinity without needing a special computer or running windows as my main OS, in exchange for a barely perceptible additional lag. Show me a better way to do it, and i'm all ears. I just want to run Affinity at the end of the day and get work done.
  7. Appears to work flawlessly and with very low latency due to the better graphics support in 'vmware player' for linux. Problem solved, i should have never tried the WINE route. Affinity designer works great. I can route my wacom tablet into the VM's USB port and use it with relatively low latency - the extra delay doesn't interfere with drawing. The windows graphics score is very different in vmware player vs virtualbox. Notice that virtualbox on the right can't even support aero graphics.. Installing looking glass may not be worth it. I think this is an OK way to run affinity on linux for now.
  8. Looking glass is an easier way to do what you're describing, and people play the heaviest of 3d windows games on it all the time. I've done all my work a Windows 7 virtual machine regardless of host OS for 10 years now.. i can tell you that a VM is easy to setup and live with
  9. This software is mindblowingly fun and fast to use. You have sold me an incredible powertool. It brought out the retired amateur artist in me. I went out, bought my first pen tablet, and designer got me straight up addicted now, considering how easy it is to work with a pen. Recently, I was able to get a concept logo out of my head, into the pen, and into Designer within a minute.. Another ~5 minutes of mouse/keyboard action, and it was prettied up and finished. I could never work that fast in illustrator. Designer makes it particularly easy to work with a pen because it requires way less tool select changes.. with a basic 2 pen with two buttons on it, you map one button to 'select object' and another to 'bezier pen' and enjoy using 1 input device to get your initial work done, not 3, as in illustrator. This makes drawing with a pen about as easy to do in vector as it is in a raster program. Keep up the excellent work.. i'm certainly going to tell some people who currently use Illustrator to check this out..
  10. Hey Jmoney, you should check out Krita on Linux if you haven't. It's many times nicer and has more 'feature parity' with Photoshop. It's not 'linux refugee camp struggleware' like GIMP I've thrown some more hours at trying to get Affinity anything to run on Linux.. + You can forget getting it to work on WINE or crossover. + The lack of full graphics acceleration in virtualbox makes Affinity Designer silently crash at startup. Even with the '3d graphics' acceleration turned on. + Unsure if vmware player on Linux would run Affinity software properly - it has MUCH better 3d graphics hardware support though, so it COULD work. + Unsure if 'looking glass' with a second GPU passed into it would work for Affinity. Given that the 'passthrough' allows you to flawlessly use the original graphics card drivers for your second GPU, and run all manner of 3d games, i imagine that if it works, it works flawlessly. I'm going to try the vmware player route today and see how it goes. $400 for davinci resolve is cheap compared to a lifetime of paying for adobe premiere. I personally would pay that money. Affinity would have a 'best graphics software' monopoly on Linux if they created a Linux port of at least Photo and Designer. It would put them in the position that Adobe currently enjoys But it would probably be a hell of a lot of developer-hours for a small number of users. I get the feeling it's a hard proposition :(
  11. I would love affinity Designer for Linux, and have paid for a license, and enjoy the hell out of it on windows!!! I would contribute to a crowdfunding effort, or even buy another license to vote with my dollars. I would be a free beta tester. I'm a software developer too, so i give good reports. Affinity is the only reason i am still running windows ( inside of a virtual machine ), and Krita and Inkscape don't cut the mustard compared to Affinity. Also, my pen tablet inside the virtual machine simply does not work well - no problem in Krita/Inkscape. If there's a way to make it happen, i'm down to help.
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