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  1. Hi MEB,

    Thanks for your efforts thus far.

    I've looked into this a bit more and it may be dependant on my setup - I have AP installed on my (NVMe->adaptor->Mac Pro 2013) system drive and I'm batch-outputting images to an external (modern, fast, FAT-formatted) USB3 spinning disk. After error checking filesystems and updating OS 10.13.6 to the latest security update I can not currently reproduce the zero-byte file creation issue.

    Still testing to see if now all files are being written whenever I run a batch with parallel processing turned off and after that will check if parallel processing behaves. Perhaps it's an issue with AP not waiting around for a comparably slower output device during batch export? Testing it over a slow network might get some results, too.

    What I can rule out is that it only affects files of a certain format or image dimension/file size threshhold.


  2. On 8/22/2019 at 1:22 AM, srg said:

    What I am saying is that the smudge tool sometimes erase rather than smudge.

    As said - play with the spacing parameter: if set too high it creates a patchy brush streak that partially exposes whatever is under the current layer. It'll need to be really low to create a smooth, continuous look.

  3. 16 hours ago, RPV69 said:

    Use of Lightroom 4 and DxO Optics Pro 9 is why I am still on 10.8.5.

    Quick sidenote: is LR 4 considered incompatible or gimped in newer OSes? Asking because I have LR 3 on High Sierra - not encountered any problems but not a heavy user either.


    Sorry for the offtopic. Giddy for that official 1.7.2 release! Special thanks for putting in the TGA export!


  4. I've never even looked at Publisher. :)

    As said I lost it in the Photo update but still have it running on the same machine in Designer 1.7.0 - separated mode, status bar visible in every open document.

    Proof (running on 10.13.6):




    So it appears this feature was already in but somehow got removed in the 1.7.1 update (which I have not done to Designer so far)?

    Well, now that I see that - if you reintroduce the status bar for separate mode then you might as well consider having the help text only display for the active window and dim or hide it for the background ones.

  5. 8 hours ago, MEB said:

    Hi thomasp,
    That bar is not displayed in Separated Mode (bye design). Gabriel has logged it as an improvement/suggestion so it can be considered for an upcoming version/update. Meanwhile go to menu Window and untick Separated Mode to switch to Window mode and get it back again.


    Riiight. Was already there in 1.7.0 though.

    My initial 'bug report' was about the behaviour of said bar and that it came up empty when I switched focus back from something else to AP/AD. Would be worthwhile to include that when you bring the 'bar' back as a feature.


  6. Not sure if this is a feature or a bug but currently AP lets me draw on hidden layers - that seems like very unusual software behaviour to me. IMO a hidden layer should stay off limits for any canvas manipulation until unhidden by the user, else it's too easy to accidentially ruin one's work without noticing (until too late).


  7. In separated window mode the context help bar attached to the document window vanishes:

    1. With AP and active document in focus and a tool active it displays as expected

    2. Switching to another app (like Finder) and switching back to AP leads to the bar staying empty until another tool is chosen

    (applies to Designer 1.7.0 as well)



    Just to be clear: I'm talking about this window element (not sure what it's called):


  8. Thanks for finally making a release available that has all the improved brush behaviour and performance improvements. I am so unable to use 1.6.7 for painting (nor anything else really) after being spoiled by the beta. :)

    Is it possible to simply copy over all preferences manually - including window placement and so on and just have them work in the release (same for Windows)?


  9. Certainly!

    I'm seeing these issues when running batches on

    • -TGA files, typically 2k-4k video resolution out of 3D rendering packages, no alpha channel
    • -JPG files, up to 24 Mpix resolution, straight out of my DSLR (Pentax K3)

    The actions I'm using are just simple rescale and export operations - these are typical settings:



    I've just run with these settings multiple times over the same list of 400 TGA files in 2560x1440 (14,7 MB per file). Results -

    • 1st run: 400 files generated, 1 zero byte file: frame 211
    • 2nd run: 399 files generated (!), missing file: frame 260
    • 3rd run: 400 files generated, all ok
    • 4th run: 400 files generated, 2 zero byte files: frame 196, frame 255
    • 5th run: 400 files generated, 3 zero byte files: frame 66, frame 114, frame 185

    This was on AP Beta 125, macOS 10.13.6, 6-core Mac Pro 6,1 (aka 'Trashcan'), 64 GB RAM. Source and target in this test was the internal NVMe drive (Samsung 970 Pro, APFS). I had the zero-bytes issue happen on external USB3 spinning disks (FAT) as well.

  10. Running a batch on file sequences I can observe these behaviours:

    • Running a batch sometimes - not always - produces zero-byte files (one or two out of around 200 images in my case). The exact files that ends up as zero bytes do not stay the same when I run the same batch several times over.
    • With the 'Parallel processing' option ticked there are usually several files missing on longer batches, also zero byte files may happen.

    These issues have been in the beta for some time now and I believe at least the parallel processing leaving out files was brought up before.


  11. Don't worry, this isn't one of these requests for a Linux port (not that I'd complain).

    I'm just curious if anyone has tried running the Affinity products through WINE or any other solution on Linux: ideal choice of distro, performance impressions, problems encountered, anything else that would be good to know?

    I mainly use Affinity on Mac these days but do have Windows licenses that I'd like to put to proper use - and seeing as the Macbook Pro is not what it used to be I'm seriously considering a Linux based laptop as my next portable, hence the question.



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