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  1. Please clarify: are we trying to save a *.afphoto or export a *.JPG? Surely only the latter could be accepted by Photos?

    Also an earlier post to this forum claimed to have solved this problem, though I have not tested it myself.* https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/91443-affinity-photo-has-stopped-saving-directly-back-into-mac-os-photos/&page=3&tab=comments#comment-542222

    *[added later] Instructions on adding a $1 app and using it do not make sense to me. Possibly OS has changed since creation of the app. Unable to return AP-edited photo to Photos library except by AP export and Photos import.

    Trivia: can not duplicate photo in Photos. Affinity Photo displays file *.JPG as *.jpeg in title bar area at top.


  2. Yes, those are the settings

    I can contribute some more observations, but not solutions. Years ago I observed Apple Photos copying files from iPhone to computer out of order taken, so I thought perhaps the window here is sorting based on file creation date (to high precision). But apparently not.

    In Finder, under the cog one can choose View Options and get a window, labeled in the title bar by sidebar folder, that lets you choose Group and Sort separately. Apparently a 2-level sort. Perhaps there's a fix in there if one can understand what is meant.

    A side issue, but I think some Finder style windows (in Finder or an app) allow one to reverse sort. Why not all?

    Not even sure this is true, but I once had the impression that the behavior of an app Finder-style directory window was changing based on changing settings in Finder.

    Happy to try any experiments you suggest if time permits.

  3. This is a change in behavior within the last few days. (The period might have included an upgrade from OS 10.14.5 to .6.)  I export iPhone files from Apple Photos to a working directory from which, to choose a sequence to stitch, I usually display files sorted by Name ("Group Items by" in the window's icon's terminology). Ordinarily I can then scroll to the IMG_nnnn.jpg files sorted numerically. Today they did not sort correctly by name; the recently exported were grouped roughly together but not in numerical order. Initially they were  increasing but scrambled. After switching to different sort choices they ended up in the decreasing order shown in the screen shot, with the recently exported ones at the top. After choosing different sort/group by options, Name now always returns to this screen.

    Sorting is correct if I choose Show items as List rather than Show items as Columns, so I can still operate the program, but does anyone have an idea why something so basic does not seem to work? I did a full reboot, but the behavior does not change.

    Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 9.02.27 PM.png

  4. I'll digest this tomorrow, but will just note that the motivation for needing this rapid search is that since the introduction of AP I have been exporting quite a few files from Photos to a working directory, and it would be nice to know if I had already done that rather than searching the working directory, since the sorting function (Group) does not always seem to work the way I think it should . If the file is not there, I could copy from the master, do my thing, export to Working and reimport to the library under a different file name. I know that it has been made easier to go directly from Photos to AP since I established that practice, but I just don't have time to master all the intricacies. I will manage fine, and thanks for writing at length.

  5. Deleted the iPhoto library, which naturally no longer is searched. But to my surprise, the Photos library is not searched. I guess I don't need that ability much, but would appreciate if someone has an idea to restore that. I had thought that this library search was a new feature of 1.7.

    Thanks to all for the suggestions; problems were solved, and something learned.

  6. I'll work on this and get back later. FWIW, this is not Spotlight Search but the bottom of the window I get in AP 1.7 when I do File .. Open ..type in '0533' in the search window (with current settings) and highlight that particular file to show the path.

    The Share folder was set up so long ago that I can't recall the motivation. Nothing has been done with the iPhoto library since I moved everything over to Photos back in

    - what - 2010? So deleting it should be no problem.


  7. The more one looks, the more odd corners turn up. If you press '+' in the window you get dozens of search criteria of possible and unlikely usefulness (e.g., Garage Band). And while we are chatting, is there a programmer's name for this window that is akin to a Finder window inside an app but may have different properties depending on various settings or even the app itself?

  8. Wow, Apple's buried preferences! Thanks for that, which worked on one try.  I didn't know Spotlight was so involved in Finder. So, wise one, is there any way to tell it not to look at the many-sub-sub Thumbnails folder in the library since I don't usually want to open them? And, on your previous suggestion, the Photos Preferences General tab shows the correct Photos library after Library Location, but the button Use as System Photo Library is grayed out.

  9. I love it that searching for an image string is so fast and brings up possible image stuff from everywhere and shows the whole path below BUT

    why does it show my iPhoto library originals and not my Photos library ones? The latter is what I use now.

    Is there a way to set it not to show my backup drive files unless I want it to, and not show PDFs if I want?

    Because of repetition of autoassigned image numbers (IMG_nnnn.jpg) and the issues above,, it takes considerable looking to identify the particular image I want.

  10. Apologies to Lance_G, this does not answer your question directly, but there is a recently posted series of videos on YouTube by D. Straker that covers frequency separation in Affinity Photo. The most technical one ("How It Works, In Detail!") shows, with excellent visuals, how the step-by-step process works for RGB images. The  following link gets you to the series, or search for "InAffinity" and "Frequency Separation." (I have not viewed the more basic videos.)


  11. For the benefit of the Serif AP beta development team, I will try to describe the strange trip on the way to a successful launch of AP 1.7.110 on my desktop Mac. A couple of days ago I downloaded a macro offered  by an advanced member that, it turned out, would not run in AP 1.6.7 because it had been created in a beta build. This .afmacros file when downloaded displayed the square beta logo rather than the triangular one before the file name. Shortly thereafter, practically all my existing  .afphoto files (created in production versions) changed to display the beta logo in Finder or in other windows (e.g., Open). (Cause and effect presumed, not proven.) Attempting to address what I presumed was a faulty icon look-up, I removed the old beta app (1.7.106), using AppCleaner to remove auxiliary files. After that, most though not all of the square logos were replaced by the appropriate triangular ones. I then installed 1.7.110, but it would not launch, with error window exactly as before.

    I then decided to try to reinstall 1.6.7, though I did not remove it. At the Apple App Store, there was an icon suggesting to download from the cloud, but clicking it did not start a download. Then I clicked the square-in-circle icon that is usually a download progress indicator. This initiated an unfamiliar response from my Launchpad Dock icon that appeared to show downloading, though nothing appeared in my Downloads folder. When done, I clicked the beta icon in Launchpad, and the beta launched successfully.

    I still have something of a mix of production and beta icons in my directories, though it appears that the betas are gradually (mostly!) being replaced.

  12. I was unable to launch AP 1.7.106 beta last year and discussed the problem with a moderator on November 16, 2018, but no solution was posted. Yesterday I was encouraged by carl123 in an unrelated thread to raise the issue again in hope of aiding beta development. I have not tried again with a more recent build but will if it is thought possibly informative.

    Here is what happens, back then and now. My bought AP 1.6.7 and 1.7.106 beta sit side by side in my default Applications folder under my user directory (image). Clicking to launch the beta gives the hopping Dock icon and after a while the error message that appears when the apps are in the wrong place (image). I get out of there with cmd-Q or Force Quit.

    Hardware: My computer is a 2012 Mac Mini with memory increased to 8 GB. It works ok for my needs, though it has, especially with recent OS updates, taken to running very slowly, with the spinning beach ball often taking over for tens of seconds or even minutes. I use Force Quit a lot, though these delays usually resolve if left alone for a few minutes. Activity Monitor offers no useful clues. Sometimes  AP fails to function, e.g., recently macros stopped working but worked on relaunch. Sometimes AP locks up completely, but not often.

    Software: please ask.


  13. Well the icon change didn't happen on the first beta install and failure to run a month or more ago. It happened just now, with no further attempted beta install. The history is rather hard to recover, but I may still have an old installer in my trash.  I will write this up again for the beta thread, but it did not get resolved the previous time.

    Looking through the trash, the original unrunnable beta was dated December 2018. As I scrolled through files in the trash, they all (of every type) came up with the square beta logo, which in a few seconds switched to a more appropriate one.Anyway, I will write up this tomorrow.

  14. I don't need the macro that seriously, though there are issues here to be resolved. Why have the Ritson macros stopped working? And, if any Serif experts take note and have an idea how I can run both the beta and the production versions on my desktop, it would be much appreciated. Maybe this leakage of beta icons into my Finder window display provides a clue. As noted above, the betas will not run on my desktop Mac Mini even though they are in the same standard app directory as AP 1.6.7.

  15. @HVDB Photography

     FYI, when I tried to import your macros to my Mac I got an error "Unexpected Macros Format." Windows issue or something else? Do the macros work on either OS?

    Perhaps unrelated, but your macros file, my Ritson macros file, and all my production 1.6.7 afphotos files have recently acquired a square beta logo. An AP beta version is on my machine but will not run even though it is in the same standard apps directory as AP and all my other apps. The Ritson macros, including one for dodge and burn, appear to have stopped working. May not be your problem but my apparently peculiar though standard Mac.

    Also, >|<: thanks, that was it.

  16. The burn tool works on a separate pixel layer as expected. It also sort of works if I select both the fill layer and the pixel layer underneath, with the burning happening visibly in the combined image -- but Ritson's video shows the gray layer changing lightness. Mine does not.

    This may or not be pertinent. I could not get Ritson's sequence 'create fill layer and then fill it with 50% gray' to work. Instead I chose 50% gray in the color panel and then created the fill layer from the menu, whereupon the new layer contained the desired gray. The color panel single circle was gray but could be adjusted to B/W without apparently affecting the burn brush behavior.

    Changing Tonal Range from Shadows to Midtones did not have any perceptible effect.

  17. Presumably you have created a basic white mask. Depending on what you want to do, you may want to make some black selections on it. If your question is more specific and contains some more details and is posted on the main forum page, you will get better help.

    I would go over the selecting and masking video tutorials

    Also look up masks in the online help


    If you are looking for a text introduction, there is a new inexpensive one by Robin Whalley that you can find through Google.

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