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KC Honie

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  1. 2019 old for a Mac???? Hahahahahahaha Sorry but NO, a 2019 Mac is very serviceable and will run the Affinity applications just fine, he may have to update MacOS, but the hardware is no problem.
  2. Update: I left Capture One and went with Adobe so I installed both LR and PS. So other than needing to go back to a few images that I have edited in AP2 I have transitioned back to PS nearly entirely. I really hated to do that but there was just not a Serif solution
  3. The interesting part is Serif is nearly there with the develop module in Affinity Photo, by extracting that module and attaching a credible DAM to it they would have a great competitor to the other Raw Developers. Alternatively they could simply create an add on DAM for AP2. If I go with LR/PS then I will use PS not AP2 (which I have a license for) because of the Camera Raw integration between the two is much better than round tripping between AP2 and LR. Maybe Serif thinks the photography segment is too small to add a Raw Developer app and I respect that, but it drives some of us to other solutions.
  4. This is as good of a place to put this as any. I sent this to Serif outside of the message boards with regard to the current Capture One Pro licensing debacle. I am a retired engineer, strategist, marketer, investment banker, and now photographer/creative. I use Capture One and the full suite of Affinity products. As I am certain that you are aware Capture One was/is popular in part because they had a robust perpetual licensing model (plus a fantastic product). Many of the same reasons that Affinity apps are very popular. Capture One has made a move to force users into a defacto subscription model and ANGRY does not begin to explain the sentiment of the ~50% of users that are perpetual licensees. Opportunity The opportunity for Serif is for "Affinity Develop", an application that is a competitor to Lightroom, Capture One, DxO, etc. While not a trivial task to develop, the core is already done in Affinity Photo, simply strip out the develop module and wrap a DAM around it and you are ready to go. I would hope that Affinity Develop (as I like to call it) is in actuality fairly far along. Now would be a GREAT time to "leak" that news. Threat The threat is much more subtle, like many C1P users I am now looking at alternatives such as DxO, LR, Topaz Labs, RawTherapee, and Dark Table. If people bite the bullet and return to Adobe (I am an Adobe refugee from the subscription licensing model) then not only do they get Lightroom but also Photoshop and LR for iPad. Thereby deprecating Affinity Photo. I am trialing all of the app mentioned above and am leaning toward moving back to LR. It would be fantastic to have a complete Serif Affinity suite including "Affinity Develop". Roundtrips between it and Affinity Photo would be much more elegant than LR and PS and it would mimic (hopefully better) Adobe's camera raw. Here is some of the anger directed at CO. https://support.captureone.com/hc/en-us/articles/7998068628637-Changes-to-the-way-licensing-updates-and-upgrades-work-FAQ Alternatively a simply a DAM created for AP would be sufficient. As primarily a photographer, if I chose to return to Adobe (their subscription is much more favorable than CO's) then PS will displace AP. I would rather be horsewhipped than return to a subscription model but CO is forcing our hands. So come on Serif, show us photographers some love!!! As an aside once the move is made to LR/PS that customer for AP is probably lost. The transition from C1P to LR will be painful and most won't want to make that kind of transition again anytime soon. I would drop C1P like a hot potato if there was an Affinity solution.
  5. I have the same question... I purchased AD and AP from MAS and Publisher from Serif. I also want to transition all of the licenses to Serif. I suppose worst case just delete the MAS apps and install those from Serif's store. I try not to purchase apps from MAS but direct from the publisher...
  6. Even if you are in the throws of coding version 2, you still have to fix the major issues in v 1.xx…
  7. But they are fulfilling a need that Serif refuses to acknowledge. As software development goes competing in that space would be a fairly trivial mattet…
  8. My suspicion is that decision has long since been abandoned... Like the DAM that was also promised in these threads.
  9. Thats is what I said, intra-revision updates are required to be free inter-revisions you can charge for but it also has to be a new release. In actuality Apple is trying to stem the flow of developers from leaving the MAS… So you need to read the thread before commenting, it has already been discussed that the Affinity apps should currently be at v3.x having been through two major paid upgrade cycles… They have not…
  10. The challenge with MAS is that Apple takes up to 30% off the top and all updates within a revision, i.e., 1.x, 2.x etc must be free... So to rev to 2.x Serif must in essence release a new AP product. (I suspect Serif is paying closer to 15%). Two of my Affinity apps came from MAS and one direct. If I were to update in the future, I would do them all direct... I stopped buying from the MAS some time ago, I prefer for the developer to get the revenue that Apple skims...
  11. 100% agree on the raw engine issue, there is a learning curve to move between raw developers. I posted a couple of years ago that if Serif would create, a credible highly integrated [with AP] C1/LR competitor with a built in DAM, I would switch immediately from C1. All because of the raw engine integration with AP. That did not and apparently will not happen. Adobe's photo plan is $US20/month which includes LR and PS (cheaper than C1's subscription). I have already repurchased the subscription and over the next year will transition completely back to adobe... Therefore I will not be do a perpetual license upgrade nor a subscription to Affinity apps, of course I am just one user and they could care less. But at least I am a data point... Edit: I hate to transition away from C1P, its raw developer is so much better than anyone else's, but I am doing it because of workflow... (Plus C1P is stupid expensive)
  12. C1 offers either a perpetual license or a subscription, your choice. I use the perpetual license but usually upgrade every other yearly cycle... I suspect each Affinity app will be ~$3.99 US per month and all three will be $9.99 ish per month...
  13. I can think of 4 right off the top of my head that would be good acquirers and a few that would be good targets. (But acquisitions are exceedingly hard to make work, with 80% outright failing). Regardless this is probably the path to survival. Serif does not have the bandwidth to complete the needed features to their existing products much less the capacity to add the needed products to their suite. I do understand their need to generate a consistent revenue stream, I suspect that they will quickly transition to a subscription model as well. As you so aptly pointed out the customer base is cheap and will not tolerate much of a subscription cost. Surely Serif knows that the Affinity apps should be at rev 3.x right now, having generated two major upgrade events. They also need to abandon MAS, but that is another discussion altogether. Not all of the customer base is $$$ oriented, when I left Adobe, LR was a hot mess and its future direction was in question (Adobe royally screwed up the strategy for LR and had to do a hard about face, once again that is for another discussion). I transitioned to C1P and loved the app, they then lost their way, but with the new leadership they are back stronger than ever. Neither Serif nor C1 have tight integration with the needed companion apps. Adobe does. I am happy to pay Adobe's subscription rate to have access to a credible solution. So a frugal customer base not willing to pay for ongoing feature and new app development does not bode well for a long-term stand alone company...
  14. All very astute statements, C1P'a raw develop engine is lightyears ahead of any others that I have tried, including Adobe's Camera Raw and the Raw Develop engine in AP. In previous posts I have lamented the need to for Serif to up their game dramatically in their raw engine. I would have stayed with Affinity tools (I like personas) if there was a way for me to seamlessly do production photo editing, there is not. I realize that I am part of a shrinking demographic (photographer) so probably not going to get much love from Serif. Your last comment "Lost opportunities in a studio without the proper tools. And the clock of Life is ticking." is exactly where I am. I have changed tools to make my life easier and more productive!!! The $$$ expendature is trivial in the bigger scheme of things. More time shooting, less time editing... I like your strategy quote, one of the things that we (previous business life) were very cognizant about was: If you listen to your customers they will put you out of business!!! Read Christensen and his concept of originally Disruptive Technologies, now Disruptive Innovation (Disruptive Innovation describes a process by which a product or service initially takes root in simple applications at the bottom of a market—typically by being less expensive and more accessible—and then relentlessly moves upmarket, eventually displacing established competitors.). It may be that Serif thinks that the Affinity tools are indeed a Disruptive Innovation, they are not...
  15. I can continue to use C1P and AP for legacy edits, but I have already started the transition back to LR and PS. I am primarily a photographer so C1P or LR are the tools that I use the majority of the time. I occasionally use AP or PS, only when I have to do edits that one of the raw developers will not handle. As a photographer you simply cannot use AP or PS as a production tool. There is no way to cull and develop a photoshoot of 500, 1000, or 2000 images without using other tools. With C1P or LR that is a trivial task. The benefit of using Adobe (there are plenty of downsides) is that LR and PS both use Camera Raw and develop raw images the same. As I said to another poster, C1P publishes a product roadmap, it would be very helpful if Serif did the same... Based on the information available, I made a decision to use the tools that best suits my workflow... Edit: As an aside, it would be very nice to work on an image in the non existent "Affinity Develop" and seamlessly switch persona to AP or AD to keep working on the image, but alas that is never going to happen.
  16. Or take Capture One's tact and publish a product roadmap, then people can make informed decisions.
  17. I am in the process of switching back to Adobe (I hate that!!!). I am primarily a photographer, using Capture One Pro and Affinity Photo, but I also use Designer and Publisher. But there is simply no continuity between C1P and AP like there is between lightroom and photoshop. Then I can stop whining about the need for Serif to create an app like LR or C1P, the tools are already there in AP, they just need to pull out the appropriate raw editing modules (Serif's version of Camera Raw) and embed them in a DAM and call it Affinity Develop. But that is not going to happen, and I am no longer going to deal with the PITA of round tripping between C1P and AP. Plus C1P has gotten WAY too expensive. SO I am out... Edit: I spent way too many years in the business world. I have to stress that I have NO inside information about anything having to do with Serif. But based on their behavior, i) delayed app updates, ii) missing apps that need to be in the portfolio, iii) the discussion of transitioning to a subscription model, I suspect that they are in discussions to be acquired. There are a number of potential strategic buyers that make sense, I won't bother speculating who, but it would not surprise me if we see an announcement at some point.
  18. It was a real productivity killer, I cannot imagine trying to use it on graphics applications like the Affinity apps (shudder). Like you, I have never met anyone who had anything but contempt for the ribbon...
  19. I chose to go with C1 because IMHO the raw engine is much better than Adobe's and I prefer AP to PS. But to your point I pay a premium for using C1 instead of LR. As primarily a photographer, I am keenly aware of the library features of both LR and C1. An application such as PS or AP is not useful for a high volume photographer, you have to have the basic DAM functionality of LR or C1 (et al). I think most photographers are also very much aware of this. I am not sure why Serif has not created "Affinity Develop" to compete with the other RAW developers out there (the RAW developer functionality is already present in AP, write a DAM already!!!). But that in my opinion is the huge factor in photographers not switching to Affinity apps. If C1 keeps raising prices like that are then I might head back to Adobe... Then PS would also replace AP on my machine. Edit: As an aside, I don't think Serif has any intention of releasing a LR/C1 competitor. It is a glaring hole in their lineup and should have been released concurrent with Affinity Photo. There is some strategic reason for not competing heads up with Adobe that we are not seeing. Very unfortunate...
  20. Sorry to resurrect a nearly dormant thread, I think he wants what most of us want (wanted) a credible replacement for LR and C1. So yes, a photo organizer and raw developer. Everything is there on the developer side, Affinity Photo has all the tools except an organizer...
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