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  1. I voted 'No thanks'. Between Quicklook in Apple's Finder and various image viewers/catalogs with drag & drop capabilities or right-click 'Open with' functionality I do not need another such app which would have to be brought up to functionality standards over - I expect - several versions. Always avoided Bridge in PS as it was considered a bit of a resource hog. These days I would not mind Luminar to recognize AP however. Bit of a bummer that the 'Open with' options seem hard coded in that one. At any rate I tend to set up separate image viewers with the folders opened that I need to work with and then just drag from there.
  2. I tend to use the Affinity apps in separated mode on the Mac to gain more flexibility when working with multiple documents vs. the default tabbed setup that only allows me to view one document at a time. There's an issue in separated mode that documents sometimes open with their title bar placed right behind the interface elements, requiring the user to hide the UI to be able to reposition the window. Also there seems to be no way to display the status bar in separated mode right now. This one: Therefore - have you considered adding an application window as a background to that mode like Photoshop does it? It avoids having the interface consist of just a bunch of floating elements directly on the desktop with the visual background clutter that this tends to lead to and the issue that the interface vanishes as soon as the app loses focus, leaving only document windows visible. (same goes for Designer)
  3. thomasp

    1.7 Beta freezes my Mac

    Best to check if the machine actually freezes or if it's just the GUI. I keep remote logon enabled on my machines and if the system becomes unresponsive, I ssh in from another machine. In every single case I had it was just the GUI that did not respond anymore. Might be important to differentiate between the two when submitting bugs.
  4. This has definitely been asked for before. With every beta or new release I download I am always crossing fingers for getting that kind of window behaviour. While we're at it - being able to have the program auto-arrange open documents a la Photoshop would be a god send too (Window -> Arrange -> Horizontal, Vertical, Stacked,...).
  5. Posting to support this request. The tool toggle is a real flow-breaker when working.
  6. RAM usage is one thing but with the current beta I've seen some crazy disk usage as well - just like the OP I have been using large smudge brudges (including Daub's) a fair bit and with a single image of around 3000 x 3000 pixels / 8 bit and no more than 5 - 10 layers my machine hits RAM usage up to the app's maximum allowance (32 gigs in my case) and takes around that amount of disk space too. The latter is building up slowly during the session and only released as soon as I close the program. Is there a new way to deal with temp files in the beta? I've copied my preferences across from 1.6 to 1.7 if that's any help. Metal has been activated. I've compared with 1.6 side by side and it has not taken up any disk space during the session.
  7. I'm all for a context menu/mini brush palette but I think it would need to be much more compact than your mockup. You don't want an endless context menu hovering on your viewport when all you need to do is to quickly pick a brush or change basic settings. IMO it should contain a color picker/mini palette as well - and be user-customizable. The sculpting tool ZBrush has an interesting approach where you press and hold the space bar to show the menu. You can pick and adjust as needed and to make the menu go away you just let go of the space bar again. Very fluid to work with once you get the hang of it.
  8. Beta installed : Affinity Photo Release installed: Affinity Photo 1.6.11 System: Mac Pro 6,1 / 6-core CPU / 64 GB RAM / D500 (Metal is activated, both GPUs recognised) on OS 10.13.6 When working with documents I observe layer preview thumbnails and sometimes even the canvas itself are not properly updating. This affects layer copy/move operations in the stack and also painting/editing operations on the document itself. What does update correctly though is the navigator window. Affinity is running in separated window mode.
  9. Isn't it a pretty straight rip of Nuke on the surface? Perhaps it can get away with this as an open source tool but I imagine as soon as a company steps in to develop a commercial product it will turn into a lengthy legal affair. Also when I tried it it was rather slow. Probably a lot of optimization needed for the critical nodes before it has any chance of competing with Nuke, Fusion and whatever else may be out there. Lastly that is one complex field of applications all on its own - and one with very established products, some offered for free even - does a company really want to step into that market when its solutions for 2D/vector-art should keep it pretty busy for a good while, not to mention its recent developments in the DTP field? How large is the developer army over at Serif anyway?
  10. For completeness sake here's a comparison of CPU options available for your machine: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-Xeon-E5-2667-v2-vs-Intel-Xeon-E5-1650-v2-vs-Intel-Xeon-E5-1620-v2/2154vs2066vs2047 From left to right: 8-core after-market CPU widely reported as compatible vs 6-core Mac Pro current base vs your 4-core original base model. For multi core applications according to that chart that puts it above the new Mac mini. Question is how much that benefits AP in operation.
  11. If you have a Mac Pro 2013 - you can try running an eGPU with that as well! There's a community for this at https://egpu.io/ Several cylinder macs listed as working configurations. Also interestingly there are benchmarks posted over there that make it seem as if TB1, TB2 and TB3 are pretty close together in terms of performance for at least the tested resolution (1080p, it's mostly a gamer oriented site after all). Not at all like what you can read elsewhere where it sounds as TB3 is the only way. Personally I think if you are not afraid of cracking open your Mac Pro you might as well look into installing a more competent CPU first - The 8-core Xeon 2667 is pretty cheap to get - well, at least in my area. And I'm generally not sure if an eGPU solution is rock solid enough (yet) to be used as a production setup. I've seen enough complaints that kinda point to the opposite.
  12. I've always gone for Wacom: Intuos 5/Pro at the moment but I've basically worked with their entire line of products going back to the late 90's. Has always worked as advertised for me. It's also the only brand I've ever encountered in the workplace. Whichever brand and model you end up choosing - the tablet will function as a general input device for your OS across all applications.
  13. That's it! I normally only use a wacom tablet with this machine. Works with a mouse.
  14. Hi, I can't seem to figure out something really simple: how to execute a macro stored in the library. I have my image open along with the library window but clicking, double-clicking or dragging a macro onto the image has no effect. Tried it with self-made ones and with some that came with the software. Only way I can apply macros seems to be to right click it in the library and choose 'Edit', then press play in the macro panel. This is on a Mac, running version 1.6.11