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jmcsys

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  1. The choice of the golden spiral crop overlay causes a compositional aid in the form of a spiral pattern to be displayed within the crop tool boundaries. Out of four symmetries that are possible, only one is provided for. The tool would be so much more useful if the other three symetrical orientations were selectable. Moreover, once the the appropriate symetry is selected, it would be useful to rotate the pattern within the crop tool boundary. Though not the only way to do it, the standard Arrange Menu tools for flip horizontal, flip vertical, and rotate would work nicely to control the symmetry and rotational aspects of the golden spiral pattern. But however it is done, the golden spiral would be so much more useful with this added functionality.
  2. I went back and reopened a "flattened" file. Guess what I saw - all my layers were back. It appears that this is some kind of display glitch. Sometimes I see it, sometimes I don't. While in reality, the layers are always there, I just cant see them at times. I'm not sure if I am "doing" something to precipitate this behavior or not. But make no mistake, when they don't show, there is no working with them for it is indeed as if the file were flattened.
  3. When I wrap up a session I usually make sure that I have saved the .afphoto file and then proceed to export any associated .jpeg. Then I Quit. Everthing works as it should when next I choose to edit the the saved .afphoto file. Well most times. Occasionally when I launch Photo and open my .afphoto file, I find that it has been flattened. Only the primary pixel layer shows up. No other layers. No history. Just a single pixel layer. Am I doing something to trigger the flattening? Is it something in my workflow? Or is it a "feature" of the software? Any ideas?
  4. I purchaced Ivan Weiss's LUTs and DAUB Watercolors. I elected to auto install. I cannot use them or even find them. For the LUTS I go to the application pane/LUT and select the gear and then get a file selection pane. I HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHERE TO FIND THEM. I have searched my machine from top to bottom. Searched from within Affinity Photo. Searched from the Desktop using Spotlight. Searched a directory at a time by hand. They are no where to be found. What do I do. To be honest this is not the first conent I have purchased and other than some fonts, I have not been able to find or use ANY of it.
  5. Thank you for responding. Yes I am looking for a DAM. I will look into iMatch. Though a DAM seems like a no-brainer when it comes to Affinity product improvement. But then my viewpoint is now entirely as a customer. But as a retired software engineer I can well imagine that there are a host of reasons why you might not want to go there. Still it feels like a good product expansion.
  6. Since Apple abandoned Aperture, I am having more and more trouble saving and searching my pictures for processing. It would really be nice to have a storage and indexing system as part of Affinity Photo. It strickes me that such a system would be good for Designer and Publisher as well. A single unified cataloguer integrating the data management needs of all three products would be the most powerful approach to use.
  7. David I thought I answered your reply to my topic several days ago. But I dont see it so I guess I am having a senior moment. My apologies. Thank you for your suggestion. I found a metadata editor for use on my apple iMac. Highly recommended and pricey to boot. But it is buggy too and would'nt you guess it, it has trouble reading the entire Panasonic .RW2 file just like the Topaz apps I'm having trouble with. The advertising claimed it processes the Panasonic .RW2 files, but it DON'T! So, I went for the easy tool and got burned. Now I will try your suggestion like I should have in the first place. You can take an old stubborn horse to water, but sometimes they need a push to drink. Again thanks for the suggestion and the exiftool command usage.
  8. Thanks to AlainP, walt.farrel, Ron P., and DWright for responding. I have verified DWright's observation that Topaz is the source of the lost lens info. Bummer. Given the crude state of the Topaz User Interfaces and a number of bug issues, I doubt I will see a fix as minor as metadata striping anytime soon. But time will tell. The Topaz software is capable of really fantastic effects. Its use is buggy, the results are hit or miss, and each component in the suite seems to have a User Interface that was developed independently by different software teams (and each of those teams think like engineers, not end user photographers). But that said, when Topaz works, the results can be fantastic. So, I need to develop a change in my work flow that manages this problem. Again, thanks guys for helping me through this.
  9. Thank you for responding. The Lens I am using on my Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is the Lumix LEICA DG 100-400/F4.0-6.3. The actual string "LEICA DG 100-400/F4.0-6.3" appears in the metadata tag "Lens model" that is displayed in the macOS 12.1 finder window for the .RW2 files that I am editing in Affinity Photo. So the lens is a Panasonic lens and its metadata is present in the original raw data file. When the file is opened in Affinity Photo, the data is gone. I have been doing some trouble shooting. My workflow is to transform my original .RW2 file with Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Sharpen AI and then proceed to Affinity Photo. It is in the Topaz steps that I lose the lens data. So that part of the puzzel is solved. However there is still the issue of assigning a lens profile in Affinity Photo and not have that choice reflected in the metadata. Perhaps it should not be, but if the case, I have no way of tracking the profiles I use. I've included the relevant files in case you are interested in looking at them even though the problem appears to be a 3rd party issue. Again thanks for responding. _G9_6424.RW2 _G9_6424-DN-SP.afphoto
  10. 1) When I bring a .RW2 image into Affinity Photo from my Lumix DC-G9 camera, "No Lens Information" appears in the Metadata. 2) Then when I am in the Develop Persona, I can select the appropriate lens profile. Affinity Photo applies the corresponding geometric tramsforms to the image as expected. But still no Metadata information is recorded in the data file identifying the lens. 3) Finally when I develop the image and transfer over to the Photo Persona, I am not sure the that the lens transform follows. If I go back to the Develop Persona, there is AGAIN a lack of lens information and I feel compelled to select the lens profile a second time. I am not sure if I am really starting over, or if I have simply applied the transform twice. In any case, no Metadata update occurs. When I export my image, "No Lens Information" is displayed in the Metadata. Please clarify this situation and tell me how to get the correct lens data to appear in the image data file. BTW, the original .RW2 image file DOES have lens information correctly listed in it's metadata.
  11. I have a pretty standard routine for developing RAW images. I'd like to build a macro to automate a portion of my routine. Macros do not appear to work in this context which seems crazy since bringing in a bunch of raw images is the perfect place for some automation. I spend hours developing hundreds of RAW images at a time that share largely similar processing needs. It is tedious, mind numbing, and a creativity killer. This is a pity. I think it's great to be able to use Macros in the Photo Persona. But I do believe the developers got it backward. In the Photo Persona, you explore all sorts of creative ideas. Photo is all about possibility and discovery. It is unpredictable. While Macros are about strict regimens and unvarying protocols. Just the kind of stuff you need in the largely predictable Develop. So do you think Macros in the Develop Persona might make a good feature to add?
  12. Thank you John, You description of things is pretty much what I've discovered. Pitty. I think it's great to be able to use Macros in the Photo Persona. But I do believe the developers got it backward. In Photo, you explore all sorts of creative ideas. Photo is all about possibility and discovery. It is unpredictable. While Macros are about strict regimens and unvarying process. Just the kind of stuff you need in the largely predictable Develop.
  13. I have a pretty standard routine for developing RAW images. I'd like to build a macro to automate a portion of my routine. Macros do not appear to work in this context which seems crazy since bringing in a bunch of raw images is the perfect place for some automation. Any ideas?
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