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  1. I used to use MS publisher and their support of Avery templates was a real boon for simple projects like business card layout and home printing. It would also be great to have templates for Red River Paper's various formats!
  2. I have used the Dodge and Burn tools on the iPad version for a while and have always wondered how the little color wheel with a lock in the middle is used, and the gray target with the pen in the bullseye. What's that for? When I tap my Apple pencil, or finger, on them, nothing seems to change with the tool's performance other than they get a gray highlight around them. I've learned a lot from videos, but none seem to go through each tool with a detailed explanation.
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    Dodge/Burn tool question

    Don’t know why I couldn’t find that! Thanks
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    Thanks, James! In this case, suggest that they be labelled differently since they perform different functions! UPDATE In my experiments, in addition to the Develop Persona, there are three ways to adjust highlights and shadows (Adjustment in the Studio, Layer->Adjustment, and Layer->Live Filter. They all seem to function differently. When trying to recover shadows in a severely underexposed image, only the tool in the develop persona works well. The Live Filter layer has more options seems to desaturate the image; and the adjustment layer in both the Layer menu and the Adjustment tab in the Studio go to +/- 200% but performs as the previous version of AP performed (muddy shadow recovery). Honestly, it seems that the new shadow/highlight algorithms were only applied to the Develop module. I find both the Live filter and the adjustments to be useless. If they are not for shadow/highlight recovery are you say, @James Ritson, they need to be relabeled and there unique purpose explained clearly.
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    As impressed as I am with the improvements to the highlights and shadows recovery in the Develop Persona, it seems that those improvements did not make it into the Photo persona.
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    Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.6.7

    Thanks for the improvements to shadow/highlight recovery. I tried it on a shot of Half Dome in Yosemite. Not a great shot, but the most underexposed shot in a bracketed set. In full disclosure after being successful with shadows/highlights, I gave it a touch of tone mapping.
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    Crash when exporting files

    I just had the same problem on a 10” iPad Pro with a pano that I stitched. It crashed when I selected Export -> share -> save image. It also failed to successfully a transfer the file through AirDrop. I tried flattening the file and had the same problem. I did succeed in using Export -> Share -> Copy to Snapseed. From Snapseed I was able to save the image, but that’s a little circuitous...
  8. I’m in exactly the same situation, though ON1 RAW 2018 is looking good.
  9. The newest release leaves this problem unaddressed.
  10. @rainwilds try the ON1 2018 beta 3. Not perfect but getting better and better. It plays pretty well with AP, though it can’t deal with AP’s complex PSD eformat when you use live layers. It wants to flatten the PSD to open it. And of course it can’t read .AFPHOTO files, which is why I want an Affinity DAM.
  11. Macphun is changing their name their name to Skylum, because they are going multi-platform. I think the Windows version is in beta now.
  12. There is growing interest in this since Adobe announced that LR 6 would be the last version with a perpetual license and that they would stop issuing updates to it this year. MacPhun (Skylum) announced a forthcoming (2108) DAM to accompany their Luminar product. ON1 RAW 2017 already has a DAM but it’s really a beta product ON1 RAW 2018 looks like it will actually be a useful product. AlienSkin’s Exposure X3 has a DAM/developer, as does Picktorial, ACDSee, etc. Then there is Capture One Pro 10 on the high end. It seems like the competition is growing and the window of opportunity is closing. Once the former LR 6 users settle on an alternative DAM with a perpetual license, inertia will probably keep them with the product that they choose. Once you go through the effort of migrating a catalog, it’s hard to think about doing it again! I would love to see Serif jump in with a DAM that plays well with AP before it’s too late!
  13. The new Lightroom has a new feature called “Range Masking” to the Grad filter, the Radial filter and the Adjustment Brush. The Range Mask let you quickly create a mask based on color or luminance to protect areas from the effect of the filter or brush. For example, in a landscape the horizon is rarely a straight line and often has darker foreground objects crossing the horizon line. Quick adjustments of the luminance range slider allow you to protect those darker objects from the effect from the straight line of the Grad filter. Does anyone have an AP technique that is comparable?
  14. Interesting idea, R C-R, no matter how I fuss with the sliders, I can't get a similar effect in the images or the histograms. I have tried it on similar landscapes shot with a Nikon d610 and the Fuji X-T2, with comparable awful results. Have you experienced this problem on you images? My solution so far is to develop images in Lightroom to take advantage of their Shadow and Highlights algorithm, and then transfer to AP to take advantage of it's strengths.
  15. You are correct. I was just moving the sliders to the max left or right. The result below is less muddy, but still awful. This is how it compares to Lightroom. Can you replicate it R C-R? I forgot to mention that this uses AP's "normal" blend mode. I have tried others and "Screen" is not so muddy at +- 100%, but it does not definition in the clouds or the shadows that LR has by default.
  16. The Shadows/Highlights issue still plagues AP. I have attached an file that shows my concern. In the top left is the unadjusted image in Lightroom., the lower left corner is dark and needs to have the shadows lightened. Similarly the sky could have it's highlights pulled down a little. In the top right I dragged the LR shadows slider all the way to the right and the Highlights slider all the way to the left. Not my preferred processing but it looks better. In the lower left is the same image in AP with Shadows slider dragged left, and the lower right is the same image with the Highlights slider dragged right. The results are a muddy mess. I tried less extreme uses of the each slider in AP but could never find a point that brought out the Shadows and dampened the highlights as clearly as LR does. I had the same result with the Mac 1.6.6 beta 7. Will the next beta address this problem?
  17. It would be great to have Fuji’s legendary film simulations: Arcos, Provia, Velevia, Astia, etc. built into AP. I have found on LUT’s for Fuji film simulations on the web that can be imported into AP. Here’s a link: https://blog.sowerby.me/fuji-film-simulation-profiles/
  18. If I remember correctly, LR CC started the Subscription Service at about the same time as LR 6 was released. The big reason to subscribe was said to be that subscribers would get all the new features and and upgrades continuously and seamlessly. In that approximate 2.5 year period, the only feature that I feel that I have missed is the official de-haze filter, and even for that there is an unofficial plug-in that leverages the core Adobe tech. Even with the Dehaze though, AP provides far more control and quality. I simply don't think that Adobe has provided enough value since it's intro of CC. Now they make this confusing launch of Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC, dividing their market. I have noted a new feature in LR Classic, the "Range Masking" that makes their graduated filter, and adjustment brush more useful, but it seems to be the biggest new feature since the launch of LR CC. Not exactly a lot of value. No, I think that from Adobe's viewpoint "CC" stands for "Cash Cow." As for giving money to big companies to assure longterm stability of their product, I recall that when I was coming up in computers, people used to say, "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM." It was the big boy on the block. Now? not so much. Adobe should pay heed to the past and it's customers should remember that big, publicly held corporations chase quarterly profits for their share holders, not the loyalty of their customer base. It was less than 2 years ago that Adobe assured it's user base that they would always have a perpetually licensed version of Lightroom...
  19. Luminar 2018 is promising a DAM, but I REALLY would like Serif to come out wit one that plays well with AP!!
  20. I noticed that the image size in a RAW Fujifilm X-T2 is reported by the EXIF studio as 1920 X1280, while the correct size is 6000 X 4000. I suspect AP is reading the size of the embedded preview jpg, rather than the RAW data. I checked and the same incorrect size is reported in the released version in the App Store as well as the most recent beta (1.6.6 beta 6).
  21. DebB i have successfully used the FileBrowser Pro app from the Apple App Store to both open and save affinity photo files, psd files and jpgs with my iPad Pro to/from a NAS (Synology and Western Digital Passport Wireless Pro). I don't recommend it for everyday workflow due to iPad limitations more than AP limitations, even with a 2017 iPad Pro 12.9, but it works.
  22. Dblock316 All the supported RAW formats are listed here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207049
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    No suporte for Fuji rafs?

    AndreSilva, I have no problem with RAFs from the Fujifilm XT1 or X-T2. MEB is correct that it cannot handle Compressed RAFs until Apple update iOS to deal with them. Try changing it to uncompressed under the IQ menu-> Raw Recording on your camera. Take a couple of test shots and bring them into Affinity. It should work fine.
  24. Just a couple of observations. This is a $20 licensed app, not part of a $10/month subscription scheme. It does a lot more than LR in pixel editing, but doesn't catalog your images like LR does. That may be a future Affinity catalog app. It is what it intended to be, albeit with some 1st release bugs. Before we get into whether it's too buggy for release, remember the first release of every new version of Microsoft windows - bugs and headaches galore! The app runs on an iPad. If you expect all the speed of Affinity Photo running on an iMac or powerful Windows PC, get the $50 version for a computer. So far this app does an incredible amount of stuff that the desktop version does, with a lot fewer hardware resources. Pretty amazing when you think about it running on an iPad Air 2. I had expected it to require the newest iPad Pro.
  25. Update: Using the new Affinity Photo App for the iPad (APi) on both an iPad Air 2 and a 10.5" iPad Pro, I have been able to open the RAW files from both an Nikon d610 and a Fujifilm X-T2. I am able to edit and develop each file. I have not done a feature by feature comparison of the iOS app with the MacOS app, I am amazed to see so much of the desktop app represented on the iPad! A couple of observations: 1. When processing a RAW file, the "develop dialog box" that allows you to click the check box to finish developing will disappear if you use tools from the left hand toolbar. To get it back, you need to click on the "View Tool" (the hand) or sometimes the develop persona button on the top tool bar to get the dialog back for accepting the develop persona changes. The Develop Persona dialog Accept/Cancel box should be persistent. 2. After developing an image, trying to export a "PNG" works, but neither my the Air 2 nor the Pro 10.5 will process a JPG. At the bottom of the screen APi constantly says, "Generating export..." This seems to be true for both the Nikon and Fuji RAW files. 3. Once a PNG has been generated, the "Okay" button doesn't offer to let you save the image to iPhoto, but rather to locations, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. I can't find a way to make it save to the Western Digital "My Cloud" external drive. Saving to iPhoto requires clicking on the "share" button, which works but is counter intuitive (perhaps this an iOS quirk?). 4. If an image is open and being processed in APi, and I try to open another one using the "Open in.." command from the Western Digital "My Cloud" app, APi simply won't open the new image. You have to close the old image first and return to the "Home" Screen before opening a new image. It should be able to offer to close the old image and allow opening of the new image. 5. On several occasions the app has suddenly quit, but I need to be more careful about documenting what exactly was happening at the precise moment it quit and to reliably reproduce the error.
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