I recently did some pixel-precise designs and I have some comments/suggestions regarding pixel alignment / pixel moving behavior in Affinity Designer.
If Force Pixel Alignment = ON 1) Vertical and horizontal distribution should preserve x, y placement "to whole pixels".
If Force Pixel Alignment = OFF and Move By Whole Pixels = ON (which combination is currently not possible) 2) Nudging should add/subtract 1 pixel, no matter, what the coordinate is (e.g. x: 567,8 -> x: 568,8). 3) Same principle should also apply for changing shape's dimensions.
If Force Pixel Alignment = ON and Move By Whole Pixels = ON 4) Nudging should round to nearest whole pixel value (e.g. x: 567,8 -> x: 568) and then continue adding/subtracting whole pixels. 5) Same principle should also apply for changing shape's dimensions.
I would like to hear from others, whether such behavior makes sense. Maybe I'm just using the tools wrong way or missing some idea behind those switches...
Just adding my vote for a serious alternative to Lightroom. I have gotten tired of Adobe over the years - would love to see a Lightroom killer. Needs to integrate into Affinity Photo, and would need a serious import tool so all my keywords etc don't get lost... go for it Affinity! we are right behind you.
+1. I'd say there are two schools of thought on the library/catalog subject. Some people like having their assets imported and stored in the app. Some people would prefer the app simply read your folder structure, with no import, like Bridge (or Lyn) does, so storage is not proprietary.
I have become a person who prefers to take advantage of the OS's Finder and folder structure than use a proprietary storage. Here's why: over the years I have had many, many apps that held my content in its own proprietary format. That's fine, but only if the content is still mirrored on your hard drive. Unfortunately some didn't maintain the assets outside of the app itself. Some of these apps have since gone out of business / apps no longer work with OS. Some were difficult to sync both ways with what was already imported in them versus what was in your actual folders, so you may have new stuff in the app but not in your folders, or forget to sync, etc. Some import-type apps are just convoluted and you have to be very careful NOT to accidentally delete your original photo/asset because it will also delete it from your hard drive. Plus, some were only valid back then because at the time, they provided a feature that the OS didn't have, which is likely redundant now. So to me, they were just short-term solutions, and were risky and problematic in the long run.
I used to use a photo asset app which was great for display, but unfortunately it stored the data plus has now become extinct. I lost all that data and had to painfully re-assemble what I could salvage, and some of it is just gone. But what I did salvage is now in folders.
I'm finding these days that I can replace those apps via Apple's OS, which includes doing my organization in Finder using folder structure (which I did before anyway), and not via an app...because Finder's way will always work and be compatible in future OS upgrades. So an asets app based on that principle is a good thing by working in conjunction with Finder, not trying to replace it.
For a little example, I used to use a proprietary app to organize my document types, which were then dependent upon that app. Now, I am taking advantage of Tags, so I tag the documents accordingly, and put the tag labels in my sidebar. I also had an app that was good for organizing my apps, for those little apps I'd forget I had that did such and such. I've now tagged them too. Now if I want to look at x, y or z, or a category, or whatever, I just press the tag in the sidebar and up comes all the stuff that used to depend on an app to do. It's really a breeze and it's future-proof. And by tagging my apps by category, it makes a quick launcher too. Not to veer from the DAM subject but this is just an example of using the power of the OS in conjunction with an app, which is what I'd prefer the new DAM to be.