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  1. 6 months on, still no solution.
  2. Hi Brucebot, This has been an issue with 2017 MBP's. Serif decided that there would be no fix for this issue and in October 2018 I was advised to await the release of Affinity Photo 1.7 at that time and told that the update would be released "shortly" - here we are four months later still awaiting a fix. That said, there is a kind of workaround, you have to disable the Metal Accelerator in Preferences, in the screenshot you show the Performance pane, here you have to uncheck the Enable Metal compute acceleration. This will slow down rendering, however will allow APh to work. The other issue affected by the Mojave upgrade is Batch Processing - here when using the New Batch Batch Job process, you will have to uncheck the Parallel processing option (bottom left) and this will allow the Batch Job to proceed, albeit completing each image before moving on to the next which can cause long delays when processing large batches of images, but at least allows the app to work. APh also has a 1.7 Beta version available, however, it is recommended that this is not used for "critical" workflows, and in addition you will not be able to open v1.7 Beta native format files (.afphoto) in the 1.67 release, but I have been assured that once 1.7 is released, the full upgrade will be available and all the issues with MBP 2017 will be solved. I am not holding my breath. I hope this helps you get up and running with Affinity Photo in the limited manner that many of us who (purchased a 2017 MBP, upgraded to Mojave and already had Affinity Photo installed) have had to put up with since upgrading to Mojave. It would appear that the small number of owners are not considered important enough to release a fix.
  3. Hi Ulysses, Thank you for your comments. I think that you misunderstood the issue, my reasons for the criticism, and have made some erroneous assumptions. Have you read all of the posts? Are you actually aware of the issues that I have been complaining about? Allow me to lay this out for you, to save from you form having to start at the beginning. I purchased Affinity Photo as an early adopter, and having come from a Photoshop workflow, I was impressed with the software, the tuition videos and the initial support. I bought a new 2017 MacBook Pro, and updated to Mojave, and it was immediately apparent that the software had compatibility issues. I had not jumped in with the Mojave update immediately, and waited two weeks, checked carefully to see if there were any issues with my major software packages, and after finding none, made the fatal error of upgrading. I contacted support and was pointed to this forum. The initial response was that this was an Apple issue, to do with the Metal Accelerator (MA) compiler. The MA had issues, turning this off this slowed the app down considerably, and led to some strange behaviours. I contacted Apple, who denied this was the case, and advised me to go back to the developer. I did so and was told that this would be fixed "soon" with the 1.7 update. All well and good for the speed issue and I was prepared to await the update. Some of the strange behaviours continue to this day, but are intermittent, and usually sorted with a hard restart, which is a pain, but I could/can live with it. Next came the Batch Job issue. Here the issues was brought to the attention of the Developers, and I was told once again that this was not an Affinity issue but an Apple one. That Parallel processing needed to be disabled. The problem here is that if I forget to uncheck the Parallel Processing box at the final stage, the app just gets stuck in a loop, and no output is produced. The only way to then halt this process is to Force Quit the app, restart, choose all of the output options again, remember to uncheck, and the output is slow, but works. Given that a significant proportion of my earnings comes from my ability to process photographs quickly, it has been a frustrating and difficult journey. I should have been clearer in my comment about the future with Affinity Photo. I have used the Beta version, and am impressed, this being a Beta version, however, it is not suitable for work. I have not said that I have given up on APh, rather that I would stop recommending it to others. How could I justify doing that given the issues that I have experienced? What if I did so and they then had similar issues? I believe that Serif have done a really good job with this software, but have had a very poor experience with support given the issues that I have outlined. When it is finally fixed, I am sure that I will use it as part of my workflow, but can no longer rely on the product. As I said in my earlier post, I understand that a minority of users have experienced this issue, but to have this attitude to users is, in my opinion, unacceptable. The coder I spoke to is an old friend, who works exclusively on software for Apple, and so I respected his input. He is used to issuing patches for software and was surprised by the issues and the time taken to address these. Whether it is relevant is a matter of opinion. I note that you said "it was apparent rather early on that you were headed in this direction´╗┐", and that is absolutely not the case. I needed software that works, and found that my options were limited due to the software not working and looked again at Photoshop. I am still not happy with the subscription model, but could not work with Affinity Photo. I wanted Affinity Photo TO WORK! I have tried several other packages, and was quite impressed with Luminar as indicated. Considering that you said you "wouldn't spend the sort of time that you (I) do criticizing software you don't intend to use´╗┐", it was interesting to note your comments about Luminar, you perhaps have a different idea to me about what being critical about software packages means. Up to the point where the app broke down for me, I was an advocate of this very comprehensive Photoshop replacement. I understand that you have not experienced any issues and are still an advocate, and I respect that. I do wonder if you had been in the position where the software was pretty much out of commission for almost 3 months, you would be quite so supportive. I truly hope that you never have such an experience
  4. Having gone in 11 weeks from an advocate of Affinity Photo to a critic, I was discussing the issues with a coder friend and he made the following comments. 1. It would appear fairly obvious that Serif do not give a damn when an issue affects a small amount of users 2. Given that this issue appears to have been fixed in the Beta version, a patch / fix could have been issued instead of awaiting an official release 3. To make affected users wait up to 3 months for a fix is unacceptable in todays marketplace I have now purchased Luminar, and although (once again) have had to go through a learning curve, the app is pretty quick, intuitive and has a lot of features - now including a library feature. I have now pretty much given up on Affinity Photo. The process to go through to to do a batch process, the fact that missing any one step means repeating the whole process, the fact that the only way to stop batch processing is to Force Quit, the poor response and cavalier attitude of Serif on an issue that makes the app unusable has been enough for me to completely revise my advice to others in terms of what to buy as a reliable and well featured Photo Editing app and tell others not to touch this with a bargepole. Hugely disappointed.
  5. Earlio

    Still no sticky settings ?

    I agree. The forum should have the facility to fork when off topic. Hey Ho. That is the internet. I shall not be contributing further.
  6. Earlio

    Plugins 1.7

    Have the same issues with Nik - have only tried the Google version - do not see the point of paying for the DxO version if it does not work...
  7. Earlio

    Still no sticky settings ?

    Thanks for your input. The DAM discussion is not for this post. 1. The mention of RAW Power was to compare the solutions 2. The addition of a browser to RP is not a DAM solution, it is a browser from which one can select specific images to Raw Develop, and holds no information on the images once developed. 3. I am aware that there have been many requests to AP to develop a DAM solution similar to Lightroom. RAW Power is not that solution. 4. Some here seem to be conflating a Raw Image Editor with Digital Asset Management, these are two different solutions to two different needs. 5. This post is about the issues experienced with AP & Mojave. 6. The post then got into sticky tools and preferences 6. Perhaps the best use of the Forum would be to fork the discussions separately, in order to keep the discussions about the original issues?
  8. Earlio

    Still no sticky settings ?

    I agree with CSP that these issues are not bugs, but app GUI design issues, and would fall under features. I would suggest a way to batch process RAW files would also be a boon. RAW Power have recently updated their app with the ability to select similar images with a built in image browser, where one can select the images by eye that require similar RAW conversion, apply the required exposure, colour correction, etc., and then out put. Repeating the process means a quick, clean set of TIFF's that can then be imported for further adjustments. Unfortunately, the app seems to suffer the same issues as AP with Batch Output using Metal Accelerator and so is not a solution. I can understand why AP handles RAW files in the way it does, but there are better solutions. I have not yet had the chance to fully explore the changes to the AP 1.7 engine, and when I have done so, I will comment further.
  9. Earlio

    Still no sticky settings ?

    I have a similar issue with the preferences panes - I work a lot with images that are required at the same size / resolution for clients, and require thumbnails and sample (smaller) images for the client to view. I asked (way back) that the crop tool should allow user to change default size option. Instead, each time I work on an image where cropping is required, I have to go through the process of selecting Original Ratio for every image, a tiresome and unnecessary repetitive process. I then Batch Process the images to resize to the required (original) size, and can also run further batch processes to produce thumbnails and sample images in different sizes. Sticky tool settings, across all Personas would be an excellent upgrade.
  10. Earlio

    User Macros in (split)

    Macro in Batch Processing only shows Default and no user Macros.
  11. Earlio

    Affinity Photo Customer Beta (

    No option to select Metal Accelerator in Preferences?
  12. Hi Rob, Thanks for the positive response. I tend not to argue with negative comments on Forums, as this usually leads to further arguments and sometimes turn nasty. As you say, I did research before installing Mojave, and when no issues were flagged (at least on the software I have installed) so went ahead. This is a method I have used for many years, and with Macs, this has always stood me in good stead. I must admit to rushing this one a bit (I often wait a month or more for a change of OS) but was keen to get to grips with Dark Mode. I have purchased an old iMac from a friend, still on Sierra, but works fine, so I am not in quite the jam I found myself in when first posting. Whatever happened to "It just works"?
  13. Thanks for the comment.
  14. Earlio

    NIK Collection v. 1.2.15 does not work

    The DxO Plug In does NOT state that it will work with Affinity Photo. https://nikcollection.dxo.com/download/ Looking at the pricing $59.00 and the fact that they will charge for major upgrades, it looks very expensive.