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    JayH got a reaction from Massi in Default Save As to Any Format   
    I realy had high hopes with the Affinity products, I really thought Serif would challege the establishment anf have learnt from previous incarnations, i.e. But its not far from the issues dealing with Serif and their old software.
    Serif don't listen to their customers enough, if at all. I know I'll be picked up on that comment by either fanboys or mods. The amount of bugs I listed for Serif Photo and other software was crazy, software that had been around for years and either users hadn't noticed, or just excepted the querks and said that Serif never listen.
    They release software and expect the users to bug test for them for free. Whilst still of course you pay for the incomplete said software in the first place.
    Serif spread themselves too thin, not enough devs for numerous products constantly growing. Recently Ipad, now a DTP Program.
    Then there's the issue with getting the basics working right, before addong all the bells and whistles that most users don't care about. How about getting the crop too to work well first for example? or croppong with a Marquee. Floating Selections.. too many to list. I'm sure we've all submitted simple stuff here.
    Most compitent amateurs and pros want Photoshop without the subscription, being able to buy a piece of software and feel they own it in they're hand, Instead of using CS6 or CC with amtlib.
    Not everyone wants to rip off software companies, even if it is Adobe.
    I know Serif aren't listening, least no one with any influence. I just wish they did thats all.
    There are basic features that users have been asking for since day one and it's just a waste of time here thinking you have a voice, it's all just marketing bull.
    Designer is no different, how long have users wanted a "Convert to Curve" option that actually works, without loads of unnecessary nodes? It's a massive requirement. Even Inkscape can do it well.
    If a company wants to be comptetive with the competition, they need to work with what is already there. Not try to reinvent the wheel.
    It's a shame, a real shame and a wasted opportunity, one that could have made Serif a fortune.
    Now fanboys etc, take your best shot, I'm sure you're itching with antic...i... pation.
     
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    JayH got a reaction from MauricioC in Default Save As to Any Format   
    Psenda,
    I think you misunderstand, maybe you don't know Photoshop or other Photo editing software as much as AP?
    You should just be able to choose the desired format you want when selecting "Save As", if of course there are layers or adjustments the user could be warned with a message that .jpeg, png., tiff etc is destructive, perhaps be asked "...Would you like to flatten all layers?".
    There's no need for an export option, it could all be done from the same place, saving the user having to remember whether it's "Export" or "Save As" they require. The current method isn't very intuitive or clever - at least in my opinion and that is why I mentioned Open Source software Gimp, this was something users requested for many years to be changed, but it never was. If Photoshop can handle this freedom and users are familiar with this method, then why not Affinity Photo?
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    JayH got a reaction from MauricioC in Default Save As to Any Format   
    Hi,
    When you choose to "Save As" for a new document, Affinity Photo defaults to ".afphoto", its native file format. If I wish to "Save As" to a different format, I have to "Export" instead. There may be numerous reasons why this is the default way Affinity Photo works, but it is really annoying. Why can't we choose which method to "Save As" when we, select "Save As", without having to resort to exporting instead? Users complained about this in Gimp for many years.
    As an artist I save the largest majority of my images, like many do I expect as .jpg, or .png. perhaps even .PSD to be compatible with other people. Occasionally I will use .aphoto, but I have to consider future archival options too. Other software doesn't open .afphoto files either, at least, not yet.
    Instinctively you head over to "Save As", intending to save your work, then think, "Damn!" and then have to cancel, then select the "Export" option from the menu instead.
    You might say that I'll get used to it eventually, but I've been using Affinity Photo since it came out and I still fall into the trap.
    I know that Affinity Photo's native file format is best for Affinity Photo, so it includes all your Adjustments etc, but can't we have the choice? Just a drop down menu like other software like Photoshop where Affinity chooses by default it's propitiatory format, but allows you to select an alternative if necessary?
    The "Export" option is so unnecessary, not just for me, but everyone I've talked to who uses Affinity Photo.
    Can we have the option please? Even if it's a option to tick in the Preferences?
    Thanks, Jay.
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    JayH got a reaction from MauricioC in Default Save As to Any Format   
    Psenda,

    Sorry I think there may be something lost in translation.
    Anyway, it seems you are happy with how AP works.
    Just some of us disagree with the set up as it is in AP - Photoshop's method is more straightforward
     
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    JayH got a reaction from MauricioC in Default Save As to Any Format   
    Psenda,
    I think you misunderstand, maybe you don't know Photoshop or other Photo editing software as much as AP?
    You should just be able to choose the desired format you want when selecting "Save As", if of course there are layers or adjustments the user could be warned with a message that .jpeg, png., tiff etc is destructive, perhaps be asked "...Would you like to flatten all layers?".
    There's no need for an export option, it could all be done from the same place, saving the user having to remember whether it's "Export" or "Save As" they require. The current method isn't very intuitive or clever - at least in my opinion and that is why I mentioned Open Source software Gimp, this was something users requested for many years to be changed, but it never was. If Photoshop can handle this freedom and users are familiar with this method, then why not Affinity Photo?
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    JayH got a reaction from MauricioC in Default Save As to Any Format   
    Hi,
    When you choose to "Save As" for a new document, Affinity Photo defaults to ".afphoto", its native file format. If I wish to "Save As" to a different format, I have to "Export" instead. There may be numerous reasons why this is the default way Affinity Photo works, but it is really annoying. Why can't we choose which method to "Save As" when we, select "Save As", without having to resort to exporting instead? Users complained about this in Gimp for many years.
    As an artist I save the largest majority of my images, like many do I expect as .jpg, or .png. perhaps even .PSD to be compatible with other people. Occasionally I will use .aphoto, but I have to consider future archival options too. Other software doesn't open .afphoto files either, at least, not yet.
    Instinctively you head over to "Save As", intending to save your work, then think, "Damn!" and then have to cancel, then select the "Export" option from the menu instead.
    You might say that I'll get used to it eventually, but I've been using Affinity Photo since it came out and I still fall into the trap.
    I know that Affinity Photo's native file format is best for Affinity Photo, so it includes all your Adjustments etc, but can't we have the choice? Just a drop down menu like other software like Photoshop where Affinity chooses by default it's propitiatory format, but allows you to select an alternative if necessary?
    The "Export" option is so unnecessary, not just for me, but everyone I've talked to who uses Affinity Photo.
    Can we have the option please? Even if it's a option to tick in the Preferences?
    Thanks, Jay.
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    JayH got a reaction from cal.zone in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    Hi,
    I wrote a similar topic last week, it's illogical and slows down your work process.
    How many time has anyone here gone to "Save As", located a path to save, then pressed the pointless dropdown menu at the botom of the file dialogue to find only one option, Affinity's native format.
    Then you have to go back and start all over again and choose "Export" instead.
    The Affinity brand is popular to those that can't afford an Adobe subscription, but no other software can read its file proprietary format. Archiving work in Affinity Photo's native format is disastrous for future purposes currently.
    It just feels like Serif is forcing its own branded file format onto the user when it's users are being treated as dumb that they don't know the difference between a destruction format and a re-editable one. Affinity Photo is aimed at professional/semi users who do know what they are doing.
    It's these small and simple things that Serif are so fixed on, that prevents Affinity competing with Photoshop - which is the point, isn't it?
     
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    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    There's always going to be those that disagree, but one thing that must be considered is the millions of people across the globe that use Photoshop.
    I've never heard anyone complain about how Photoshop do "Save As". It doesn't confuse anyone.
    Gimp on the other hand that uses the same concept as Affinity Photo has mountains of post for many many many years regarding having to use "Export" instead of "Save As".
    Plus if you wish to atract long time Photoshop users, then sticking to common methods of workflow is important.
    I've used Photoshop for 25 years and it erks me no end that something that is so standardised in other software, for some reason Serif has to break all the rules, for what? What does it achieve?
     
     
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    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    There's always going to be those that disagree, but one thing that must be considered is the millions of people across the globe that use Photoshop.
    I've never heard anyone complain about how Photoshop do "Save As". It doesn't confuse anyone.
    Gimp on the other hand that uses the same concept as Affinity Photo has mountains of post for many many many years regarding having to use "Export" instead of "Save As".
    Plus if you wish to atract long time Photoshop users, then sticking to common methods of workflow is important.
    I've used Photoshop for 25 years and it erks me no end that something that is so standardised in other software, for some reason Serif has to break all the rules, for what? What does it achieve?
     
     
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    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    There's always going to be those that disagree, but one thing that must be considered is the millions of people across the globe that use Photoshop.
    I've never heard anyone complain about how Photoshop do "Save As". It doesn't confuse anyone.
    Gimp on the other hand that uses the same concept as Affinity Photo has mountains of post for many many many years regarding having to use "Export" instead of "Save As".
    Plus if you wish to atract long time Photoshop users, then sticking to common methods of workflow is important.
    I've used Photoshop for 25 years and it erks me no end that something that is so standardised in other software, for some reason Serif has to break all the rules, for what? What does it achieve?
     
     
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    JayH got a reaction from nschall in White Line Around Edge of Zoomed Image   
    Chris,
    I hope that doesn't translate that there isn't anyone qualified to fix it? or perhaps they're indisposed doing something else? All that's gone into the Affinity software and something that seems small in significance can't be fixed?
    You've got to ask, my mind boggles!
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    JayH got a reaction from nschall in White Line Around Edge of Zoomed Image   
    Hi,
    This has been a bug for a good while in Affinity Photo, I was hoping it might be fixed by now, but it's still hanging around.
    On two different Windows 10 PC, each with different Nvidia graphics card, when you zoom into an image you see what appears to be a transparent edge around the top/side or both. This quite often makes you think that there is in fact a pixel line that hasn't been cropped, when in fact as you zoom in further, you'll see that there isn't anything wrong - the artifact disappears.
    It's more noticeable on darker images with a dark UI.
    Thanks,
    Jay.
     

  13. Like
    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    There's always going to be those that disagree, but one thing that must be considered is the millions of people across the globe that use Photoshop.
    I've never heard anyone complain about how Photoshop do "Save As". It doesn't confuse anyone.
    Gimp on the other hand that uses the same concept as Affinity Photo has mountains of post for many many many years regarding having to use "Export" instead of "Save As".
    Plus if you wish to atract long time Photoshop users, then sticking to common methods of workflow is important.
    I've used Photoshop for 25 years and it erks me no end that something that is so standardised in other software, for some reason Serif has to break all the rules, for what? What does it achieve?
     
     
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    JayH got a reaction from cal.zone in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    Hi,
    I wrote a similar topic last week, it's illogical and slows down your work process.
    How many time has anyone here gone to "Save As", located a path to save, then pressed the pointless dropdown menu at the botom of the file dialogue to find only one option, Affinity's native format.
    Then you have to go back and start all over again and choose "Export" instead.
    The Affinity brand is popular to those that can't afford an Adobe subscription, but no other software can read its file proprietary format. Archiving work in Affinity Photo's native format is disastrous for future purposes currently.
    It just feels like Serif is forcing its own branded file format onto the user when it's users are being treated as dumb that they don't know the difference between a destruction format and a re-editable one. Affinity Photo is aimed at professional/semi users who do know what they are doing.
    It's these small and simple things that Serif are so fixed on, that prevents Affinity competing with Photoshop - which is the point, isn't it?
     
  15. Like
    JayH got a reaction from cal.zone in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    Hi,
    I wrote a similar topic last week, it's illogical and slows down your work process.
    How many time has anyone here gone to "Save As", located a path to save, then pressed the pointless dropdown menu at the botom of the file dialogue to find only one option, Affinity's native format.
    Then you have to go back and start all over again and choose "Export" instead.
    The Affinity brand is popular to those that can't afford an Adobe subscription, but no other software can read its file proprietary format. Archiving work in Affinity Photo's native format is disastrous for future purposes currently.
    It just feels like Serif is forcing its own branded file format onto the user when it's users are being treated as dumb that they don't know the difference between a destruction format and a re-editable one. Affinity Photo is aimed at professional/semi users who do know what they are doing.
    It's these small and simple things that Serif are so fixed on, that prevents Affinity competing with Photoshop - which is the point, isn't it?
     
  16. Like
    JayH got a reaction from Daniel Bobbert in Constrain the Crop tool to an Axis   
    Hi,
    There doesn't appear to be a way to constrain the axis of the Crop tool to move it horizontally or vertically. This is very important if you wish the Crop Tool to align to the edges of the image, it is not possible to line it up by eye, especially a large image.
    Can we have SHIFT or the CTRL key to snap the crop too to an axis as we move, or perhaps an auto-snap to edges toggle please?
    Thanks, Jay.
  17. Like
    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Affinity Photo - Save As...   
    There's always going to be those that disagree, but one thing that must be considered is the millions of people across the globe that use Photoshop.
    I've never heard anyone complain about how Photoshop do "Save As". It doesn't confuse anyone.
    Gimp on the other hand that uses the same concept as Affinity Photo has mountains of post for many many many years regarding having to use "Export" instead of "Save As".
    Plus if you wish to atract long time Photoshop users, then sticking to common methods of workflow is important.
    I've used Photoshop for 25 years and it erks me no end that something that is so standardised in other software, for some reason Serif has to break all the rules, for what? What does it achieve?
     
     
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    JayH got a reaction from verysame in Default Save As to Any Format   
    haako, yes I still have time to drop in and chat in a forum and work at the same time - please see the included image made in other "professional tools" today. If someone says something about me, am I not allowed to reply? I've plenty to discuss, but it's people like yourself who just want to put me down without conversation. Not very smart.
    ...and getting onto smart,
    Cedge/Steve, "Yo!" yourself, I've already tried to explain I'm not "trolling", I've had relevant points to make, but again no one wishes to discuss these points without being rude. You already said I was on your "Ignore List", and yet you're still talking to me, albeit with lame insults and dated acronyms. Why I'm referred to as a "Cupcake", I've no idea, it sounds sweet - maybe you're getting sweet with me?

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    JayH got a reaction from verysame in Default Save As to Any Format   
    One other thing users here might wish to be made aware of, is that the previous Serif PhotoPlus & Draw software, (the predecessors to Affinity Photo & Designer), had proprietary file formats and Serif didn't see fit to allow users to be able to import these files into the Affinity products. Would you wish to archive years of work in an editable format with Affinity Photo or Designer only to find out that when Serif sees fit to drop these products, or make something new - which may easily happen, what are you going to do with those .afphoto files then?
    I doubt Adobe is going to disappear in the same way. Archiving for the future, please consider what format you choose. Presently Adobe say they have 12 Million subscribers to the Creative Cloud. Then there are those that own previous versions, which must be very large. Additionally, a huge amount of users have hacked versions. Adobe products are the standard and used by nearly all creatives across the world and have done since design was possible on PCs and Macs.
    Who would you place your money on for the future? Especially in light that Serif can't even add basic features that have been requested for years. These things aren't even on the Road Map.
    I know this post began with several other posts regarding basic feature suggestions from myself, such as this, "Save AS" vs "Export" feature, which by the way I've found out since I'm not the only one requesting this basic feature and the others too, there are other posts and topics on them.
    This post has rambled onto Affinity products and Serif in general too in my frustration. Unless you're a halfwit, you'll know that it's unlikely any software company will take a users point of view on board, unless there is enough moans and complaints that effects profits/reputation, even then though, companies already have their own agendas and what they think users need more than you. When have "Suggestion Boxes" ever changed anything in life? They're there just to imply a company appears to care - it's just marketing hype - if you don't know that, then your a bit of a nitwit.
    We're led to believe that Serif reads our posts, but is that just forum moderators, or people that actually can influence what happens? It would be nice if someone with the power to change things was transparent enough to inform us all realistically what Serif is attempting to do with the Affinity range.
    Are they actually trying to compete with Adobe, or are they just cashing in on a part of the market when many users don't like the idea of Subscription Services with Adobe? But in doing so, they're never going to make one particular piece of great software, instead are they just going to use the same business model as they did previously and release one piece of unfinished software after another and not have the resources to manage them all?
    How many updates have you got excited about, thinking that finally that feature you and other's requested months, if not years ago have finally made it to this version. To be immediately disappointed that the update has things you've never cared about and would probably never use? As a bonus you get some freebies of brushes, graphic templates or similar, stuff you'll again download, but still probably never use either.
    We've spent our money on your products Serif, some have bought both Mac and Windows versions too like myself expecting so much more due to the advertising and hype. But several years on, users are curious and feeling let down, is anyone out there willing to comment?
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    JayH got a reaction from Unsatisfied ex-customer in Default Save As to Any Format   
    +1 for 'verysame's' comment.
  21. Like
    JayH got a reaction from verysame in Default Save As to Any Format   
    One other thing users here might wish to be made aware of, is that the previous Serif PhotoPlus & Draw software, (the predecessors to Affinity Photo & Designer), had proprietary file formats and Serif didn't see fit to allow users to be able to import these files into the Affinity products. Would you wish to archive years of work in an editable format with Affinity Photo or Designer only to find out that when Serif sees fit to drop these products, or make something new - which may easily happen, what are you going to do with those .afphoto files then?
    I doubt Adobe is going to disappear in the same way. Archiving for the future, please consider what format you choose. Presently Adobe say they have 12 Million subscribers to the Creative Cloud. Then there are those that own previous versions, which must be very large. Additionally, a huge amount of users have hacked versions. Adobe products are the standard and used by nearly all creatives across the world and have done since design was possible on PCs and Macs.
    Who would you place your money on for the future? Especially in light that Serif can't even add basic features that have been requested for years. These things aren't even on the Road Map.
    I know this post began with several other posts regarding basic feature suggestions from myself, such as this, "Save AS" vs "Export" feature, which by the way I've found out since I'm not the only one requesting this basic feature and the others too, there are other posts and topics on them.
    This post has rambled onto Affinity products and Serif in general too in my frustration. Unless you're a halfwit, you'll know that it's unlikely any software company will take a users point of view on board, unless there is enough moans and complaints that effects profits/reputation, even then though, companies already have their own agendas and what they think users need more than you. When have "Suggestion Boxes" ever changed anything in life? They're there just to imply a company appears to care - it's just marketing hype - if you don't know that, then your a bit of a nitwit.
    We're led to believe that Serif reads our posts, but is that just forum moderators, or people that actually can influence what happens? It would be nice if someone with the power to change things was transparent enough to inform us all realistically what Serif is attempting to do with the Affinity range.
    Are they actually trying to compete with Adobe, or are they just cashing in on a part of the market when many users don't like the idea of Subscription Services with Adobe? But in doing so, they're never going to make one particular piece of great software, instead are they just going to use the same business model as they did previously and release one piece of unfinished software after another and not have the resources to manage them all?
    How many updates have you got excited about, thinking that finally that feature you and other's requested months, if not years ago have finally made it to this version. To be immediately disappointed that the update has things you've never cared about and would probably never use? As a bonus you get some freebies of brushes, graphic templates or similar, stuff you'll again download, but still probably never use either.
    We've spent our money on your products Serif, some have bought both Mac and Windows versions too like myself expecting so much more due to the advertising and hype. But several years on, users are curious and feeling let down, is anyone out there willing to comment?
  22. Like
    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Larger Layer Thumbnails Option   
    Hi,
    Infinity Photo lacks an option to change the size of the Layer Thumbnail images. This has always been an odd omission, the point of the thumbnails is being able to see at a glance what layer you are working on and what it contains.
    When I worked on a 1920x1080 resolution monitor it was manageable to a degree - but still frustrating, but now I have a more professional sized resolution monitor at 2560x1440, the thumbnails are so tiny, they may as well not be there.
    Can we please have an option to enlarge the thumbnails like Photoshop/Gimp etc has.
    Thanks,
    Jay.
  23. Like
    JayH got a reaction from shojtsy in Crop to Marquee Selection   
    Hi,
    In Affinity Photo there is no way to crop using a Marquee selection. The only way to crop is by using the Cropping tool.
    Can we have a similar option that is available in most other photo/image editors where you can "Crop to Selection".
    Quite often it is quicker just to use a marquee selection that to mess around with the handles of the Crop Tool.
    Thanks, Jay.
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    JayH got a reaction from John Rostron in Flatten Image/Layers in Layers Panel   
    Hi,
    I know there was some discussion of this a long time ago and a feature was added for this, but I was wondering if the option could be expanded slightly.
    Within the Layers Panel in Affinity Photo, you can "Merge Visible" layers and also "Merge Down", but unlike Photoshop, the option to "Flatten" all the layers is not within the Layers Panel, instead it's within the Documents Menu at the bottom - not so obvious.
    Is there any chance of having this option added to the the Layers Panel Right click menu like the other options?
    It may seem that it already exists elsewhere, so there is not point, but it would be logical to include it in the Layers Options and it would also save the user time moving to the main menu instead of working within the Layers Panel.
    Thanks, Jay.
  25. Like
    JayH got a reaction from Joschi in Startup and Image loading times   
    I understand that the Affinity range of products are relatively new compared to the likes of Photoshop, release dates aside, these applications we are told have been in development for many years prior to release, just like most software. Loading times are a major polish to a piece of software - but Serif from passed experience do not appear to have a large development team so I'm willing to give these guys a break and see what happens. I just hope that they focus polish and bug fixing, and not extra features for the time being.
     
    Joschi, nice spec PC, but it's not a fair comparison for the majority of us. If I had your specs and Affinity didn't start any quicker I'd be using Photoshop.
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