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  1. The brush properties change via hotkey+gesture is nice for sure but having a brush picker right under your mouse (ideally combined with a color picker) would be preferable IMO. Photoshop (full version) should serve as an inspiration for how to do it.
  2. I'm running Photo and Designer on the Mac in separated window mode and I regularly experience that document windows are opening up right under the floating UI elements. In some cases even the window bar becomes inaccessible until I toggle off the UI. Bit of a hassle when opening several images at once. Would it be possible to tweak this behaviour so that newly opened/created document windows steer well clear of the UI elements by default?
  3. Same here. Would be great to see improvements made to channel paste and the addition of the TGA file format (export).
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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,...).
  7. Posting to support this request. The tool toggle is a real flow-breaker when working.
  8. 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.
  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. 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
  14. That's it! I normally only use a wacom tablet with this machine. Works with a mouse.
  15. Agreed, would be great to be able to set this as a preference.
  16. thomasp

    TGA export

    Voicing my support! TGA is very important in the game industry, not having it right there in Affinity is a bit of a hassle.
  17. Just wondering if on the Mac side the OS version requirements will remain identical with upcoming/future versions and new products like Publisher? It's really quite pleasant to be able to use Affinity products on OS versions going back to 10.7 without having to worry about conflicts. Please keep it that way if at all possible. Too many Mac programs seem awfully restricted by OS version.
  18. Would it be possible to tweak the handling of windows/tabs within the Affinity interface a little to make things more convenient - - when undocking a document window to have it floating, have Affinity adjust window dimensions to the current canvas size - when resizing a floating window, have the content center accordingly, at least for as long as the displayed canvas is smaller than the window borders I've made some animated Gif's to illustrate what I mean. Also, would it be possible to have the 'hot zone' for docking windows into the main application workspace a little smaller? Right now it's quite broad, making it easy to undock (yay!) and far too easy to accidentially dock (nay!), causing a bit of a struggle at times to carefully position undocked window next to one another. Could we tweak it so that for docking it's smaller than for undocking?
  19. thomasp

    window arrange feature

    I was just going to make a thread for this. Indeed it would be great to be able to snap multiple documents side by side or stack them on screen. Ideally with a toggle to keep their Zoom level consistent. Like so -
  20. i just noticed* that adjusting brush parameters via dragging on the canvas is configured differenty between win and mac platforms. on mac i can hold down ctrl + alt/option and drag-left to adjust, on windows it's rmb + alt and then drag-left, making this quite awkward to use but most of all very different from one platform to to the next. suggestion: make it configurable for the user which button(s) to hold down while dragging on the canvas and which wacom pen button needs to be active, too. thus making it possible to rmb-drag while hovering over the canvas or something equally simple. not sure if opacity can be adjusted yet while dragging but that is an important parameter, too that should be accessible in this way. *tested with current official windows releases for designer and photo and 1.4.x-series on the mac.
  21. - i'd like to see the current document's image size/resolution at a glance in the info palette - shouldn't the export persona have the file->export window functionality built-in (including file size estimate)? why switch to that and then still have to select export from the menu? - (win) would it be possible to choose between tabbed and document windows floating over the main program window as a default? right now it's tabbed all the way and you have to undock every new document if you need to see more than one - window docking behaviour could be a bit more elegant: the docking hot zone (for lack of a proper term) at the top of photo's window is very broad and too easy to activate if you move windows around. could be a lot slimmer and still do the job fine i think. also, when you undock a window it is set to the main photo window dimensions, requiring an instant resize. i think for both of these it would be worth looking at photoshop which handles this stuff in a more refined manner :) - an option to have floating window frames resize when you zoom in/out in the document - window -> arrange commands to auto-position/tile/snap open documents side by side - up/down hotkeys for tool opacity, flow, hardness analog to the ones for width that we can customize - (mac): separated window mode would IMO be better if it was all floating over a main document window like on win, not right over the osx desktop (i know that's a mac thing but a really weird one if you ask me - who want's to see their desktop background when working on images and potentially lose app focus when clicking at the wrong thing? - even PS at some point introduced a main window as default)
  22. in case you're referring to photoshop - they do let you pick from a range of UI brightness levels in there. default is a dark grey but you can set it to a very light one, too. just checked and my stoneage version of lightroom lets you choose light grey for the elements surrounding the image, apparently not for the toolchests though. choice is good, but i for one amd very glad affinity started out dark. :ph34r:
  23. just to clarify: the rule that you can install the software on as many machines as you control relates to windows and mac - or just to windows? i was under the impression that on mac you do allow up to two installs (read it elsewhere in this forum). anyway, just wondering if there are any plans to offer the mac version on your own site like the windows one - or is it going to remain strictly an app-store exclusive?
  24. thomasp

    Affinity Video Editor?

    fusion is free for commercial use as far as i know. i haven't used it myself apart from setting it up since in my line of work nuke is the standard but it's a node based compositor so i would expect it to be good at handling complex processes but no match for after effects in terms of motion graphics. that is usually achievable but with a good deal of workarounds and a complex node network. or, perhaps, with the aid of a specialized plugin. anything relevant in here for you? https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion/motiongraphics
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