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  1. ImageReady! Talk about a blast from the past. GIF anim handling/timeline and ability to tween between layers would be a great feature for Affinity. I use animated GIFs quite a bit to demonstrate my progress and mockup client requests to let them decide if what they're asking for is actually what they're after. Would love to be able to do this directly inside AP and possibly even AD. So far it requires a trip to Adobeland to pull it off.
  2. Thanks! - it's the CMD (Command) key on my setup however. But at any rate it can't be that - Straighten only activates for as long as I keep pressing CMD. The issue however is that sometimes the crop tool behaves as if the 'Straighten' button in the context bar had been pressed.
  3. Oh, one other thing - my input device when performing these actions is a Wacom tablet. I recall that was the source of another strange behaviour in AP with the macro panel a while back.
  4. I'm absolutely certain that I never accidentally touch the Straighten button in the context bar (or whatever it may be called officially ) I'll look into doing a screen recording but to demonstrate let me quickly post my screen layout when using AP: Once the image has been loaded and is the active document all I do is to click on the crop icon in the toolbox, then set my crop as desired by dragging over the image and finally press the Enter key to confirm. Next step is to press CMD+S followed by CMD+W to overwrite the original file with the cropped version and close it right afterwards. I never even get remotely near the context bar or even the menu bar for that matter. Unless there's some shortcut I'm triggering that I don't know about it can't be that. I've been through the preferences and I don't think there is one for Straighten at all?
  5. I regularly have to crop a whole batch of images manually, and I've had this issue for many versions now and am unsure if it's user error or a bug: Image is opened in Affinity Photo, usually by 'Open with' context menu from an image viewer (XNview in my case) or by dragging in from Finder - I usually have between 20 and 50 images open at the same time Make an image the active document Pick the Crop tool and proceed to crop the image Every so often the crop tool will not open up in crop mode but right away in straighten mode with the ruler icon visible. This happens to me perhaps once in about 30+ images (across sessions and across restarts of application or OS). I don't seem to do anything different to toggle this behaviour and I can't find a hotkey assignment or the like that might be triggering this. OS is Mojave.
  6. 6.9 GB for me (no documents currently loaded, has been running and been used frequently for weeks). But I'm on 128 GB of RAM so I don't feel the pinch.
  7. Oh I think its just Apple that is to blame here. Whatever happened there internally, you could see they tried to bury it a few short years after its release. If you want overpriced, try the current Mac Pro. The Trashcan was a fast machine when it released, especially considering its size and power consumption. Still very useable in my opinion, especially when no high end 3D graphics are required. It's going to be my last Mac too from the looks of it. Anyway, I would recommend trying the SSD route just to confirm if you have a hard- or a software problem.
  8. Hmmm.. how about you get yourself an external SSD, install - say - 10.13 on it, boot from that and see if Affinity then works? The MP is surely not high on Apple's priority list. Would not be surprised if they did not test their new code on Trashcan much and just wished for it to go away and be forgotten. 😜 ....if successful you may still return the SSD. 😇 Runs fine for me on 10.14 btw. . Not going to upgrade anymore since I want to keep a 32 bits application.
  9. Hardware issue leading to applications not starting - but the operating system itself boots and works? Sounds a bit strange to me. Have you combed the log files in 'Console' for critical errors, crash reports, watched the message feed in the log window while launching affected applications? If you can't spot anything wrong I'd recommend going through all the applications and checking which ones run, perhaps there's a pattern to be found? (GPU acceleration/Metal or the like?)
  10. I get three bounces for both Designer and Photo icons then they become operational. If it's not the app surfing the net then perhaps it's some OS daemon verifying their certificate, talking to a server. My OS is rather locked down and a lot of daemons are blocked from net access, including many Apple ones - perhaps that's the reason I get no delays.
  11. Not happening for me - Affinity store versions. Block internet access for these apps, see if things improve?
  12. Woah. Four years of using Affinity and that never even occured to me. Talk about thinking outside the box... Already indispensable after trying it once. Edit: Photoshop does it too. Lol, that sound - is it a tinnitus or my newbie alert going off?
  13. I agree there are some areas where Affinity is a little unintuitive - some of these I unfortunately get to use rather often and it's not an issue with lack of familiarity anymore. I admit some of it has to do with two decades of Adobe experience and muscle memory though. Mainly just wanted to say: don't screw with the update process! Software that doesn't auto-update nor tries to run a zillion update watcher and cloud-BS processes, nor pops up notifications and whatnot and (important on the Mac) neither requires the user to run latest&greatest OS all the time - it's software heaven to me. No subscriptions either. This part has to stay, no compromises!
  14. I'm sure you're aware that this is not a good idea to shop around for any recently released GPUs (thanks to episode 2 of the Bitcoin craze). I'm guessing like most software Affinity on Windows is primarily being developed/tested with Nvidia GPUs. One of the 3xxx-series GPUs therefore should make for a good fit. I don't think you need to go with the high end either for this particular application. But if the current street prices for the 3080 don't deter you - that's surely a top contender. Previous generation 2xxx series Nvidia cards will be equally useful - you could even go with a second hand one if you can't find anything new at reasonable prices. RTX 2070 and upwards would be my recommendation.
  15. Oh my. I only use Chrome on my machines for one specific use case and to access a single website/service, therefore rarely perform updates. But when I do there's always regret. Always... They sure know how to ruin the day.
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