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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris J in Basic Workflow with regards to window handling   
    Todays: Workflow and WINDOWS
    (putting all my critics in one thread seems to overtax you - since 90% gets lost)

    - if you resize (zoom in/zoom out) the content of an undocked window can you please resize the window accordingly. (if the resulting content is smaller than the workspace of the screen, adapt the window accordingly, if the content is larger, maximize the window frame with scrollbars)
    - If you zoom a view too 100% the position of the content seems to be "random". Please instead center the content and resize the window accordingly! (I know you can do it since you do it with the "fit window" view as well)
    - having all windows floating a new document should start in floating mode as well
    - when selecting  "float all" the content of all windows should be centered and not randomly put somewhere over the screen - (one is happy to find the content at all). Window size should be adapted to content.
    - One should be able to drag and drop a layer from one document into another document (not just with CTRL+c CTRL+v). Additionally: when trying to drag and drop the user gets the impression It would work based on the way the cursor changes when you drag a layer into another document - but in fact nothing happens.
    - ESC still does not cancel essential operation e.g. cropping

    Most of these bullet points have been mentioned many years ago even though they are absolutely crucial workflow topics. And we are not talking complicated additional features and rocket science - we are talking absolutely BASICS! You just simply ignore them. People that seriously try to work with the software are not of interest for you guys - what upsets me. I keep bringing them up every 6 month what seems to be a complete waste of time. I would roughly guess that AP takes up 30%-40% additional mouse-movements, keystrokes and actions to get to the same results as PS does JUST and purely due to your extremely poor workflow and handling issues. And we all know that time is money.

    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Jowday in Skew (Perspective)   
    Pretty hard to believe and very disappointing ... such a basic feature for a vectorial program! NOT HAPPY!
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    DarkClown reacted to fernandolins86 in Skew (Perspective)   
    This is sad. This thread is from 2014. Almost 5 years waiting on a feature so I can ditch Photoshop and Illustrator.
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    DarkClown got a reaction from fernandolins86 in Skew (Perspective)   
    You make me feel guilty now ... Thankfully this has nothing to do with the programmers ... it's a basic feature decision - most likely not taken by the programmers. And it's been on the list for more than 2 years. (Btw: it's not about "Skew" ... Designer can skew. It's about trapezoid and other perspective transformations)
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Patrick Connor in 1.7.0.293 Created shapes have no fill color by default   
    As far as I'm aware I'm not using any clipboard manager ... (but as you can see it's not "crashing" either)
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    DarkClown reacted to Mark Ingram in Problem with the choice of color gradient   
    I like your workflow posts @DarkClown ;-).
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris B in Open topics, bugs and suggestions   
    Other Topics and suggestions -(checked with Beta 1.7.0.209) - most of them have been addressed already 1-2 years ago.
    1) Exporting a document comes up with a dialog. When I choose a format(starting from top to bottom), set my desiered dimensions, choose sampling method and than select a different area my dimensions get resetted. A very annoying behaviour. Even when switching between "object with background" and "objects without background" (will result in the same dimensions) my dimensions are reset.
    2) The assistant still does not add a new layer if you start with floodfill on a new document
    3) As a general procedure Pressing ENTER or ESC should confirm or cancel a dialog. When I open a crop selection I can confirm the selection with "Enter" but I can't cancel with "ESC"
    4) Adding, subtracting to from a selected color
    5) Temporarily activation original proportions for unconditional cropping (by pressing the Alt-key)
    6) Icon size in layer panel flexible (at least 3 different sizes)
    7) Change assigned keyboard Shortcuts for all "brush"-"eraser"-"pen"-"whatevertool" sizes (increase & decrerase) at once - changing that separately for each tool takes ages and is complete over-engineering
    8) Saving setting and content for parameter fields and pathes would save much time. Just some exaples:
        - Export preferences (They are continuously back to stupid *.png instead my predefinde personal settings ...)
        - Parameter for live filters (e.g. gaussian blur or unsharp mask)
        - Parameter for fx settings
        - Cropping Mode (setting keeps switching back to useless "unconditioned")
        - Resize method (e.g. bilinear/bicubic)?
    9) BUG: Variable is not updated when resizing document (spreadwidth). Open a doc with dimension 5000x5000px resize it to 1000x1000 -> spreadwidth ist still 5000 (Checked in Transform panel) - likely other variables are affected as well.
    10) Make the frequency layer separation parameters editable like in live filters
    11) A "flatten image" and "flatten group" command for layers would be nice (combining layers in AP is not intuitive and effortless at all!)
    12) Help file quite often does not open (e.g. wrong focus, dialog open, cursor in edit field)
    13) Metadata Editor (This is a high priority for everyone supplying stock content)
    14) Flood Fill with bitmap pattern
    15) Exchanging foreground/background color in the tool palette also changes color in a selected vector object. Very confusing.
    16) Include a small button next to the fg/bg color circle to reset it to black/white
    17) Definition of standard output profile from the develop persona
    18) Spiral Tool
    19) Extended parameters for vectorial shapes in transform panel (e.g. "radius" for circle/ellipse)

    Macros:
    - Multi Layer Selection not possible
    - Filling of Objects can't be recorded (color assignment)
    - Export of document (including parameter) is not recorded
    - For macros it would be good if resizing of a document could be based on a maximum side length regardless if the document is landscape or portrait
    - Make conditional decisions available (e.g.: IF (DocHight > DocWidth) THAN ... ELSE ...) Alternatively include some kind of JavaScript language
    - Add customizable keyboard shortcuts to dedicated macros

    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Mark Ingram in Problem with the choice of color gradient   
    Hmm, ETA is not that important from my point of view ... our job is to cause awareness - if that is given Serif will put it into their schedule - and I guess we can be sure they will if it's a major feature that was wrecked in development (by no means meant in a bad way - that can happen!).

    The layer topic is something that annoys me a lot more ... selling the "no-layer-at-startup policy" as "by design" and than starting to build heaps of workarounds that people can work with this ridiculous "design" feature gives me the impression that it will NOT change ... Frankly it's OK to try something new ... but it shows real size when you can admit that the first approach was a nonstarter. But it doesn't look like that ... so I presume we will have to live with this "by design" concept ... and as well deal with the fact that not ALL assistant functions, implemented to overcome the weaknesses of the design, will be put in place (since they had been pointed out 1.5 years ago already!) ... wait, did I say ETA is not important? :-)

    And no ... I won't mention "workflow" again ... I will not ... not again ... bummer ... sorry
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    DarkClown reacted to Pattou in What's your top three pragmatic 1.7 wishlist?   
    Forgot one : 1'. any tool should open by default with the last used settings
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    DarkClown reacted to Rick G in Problem with the choice of color gradient   
    No my friend, it is totally broken. You cannot change the colors you cannot do anything with the slider. It is broken worse in the latest beta than in the previous if that is possible
    If it is not totally broken and is in fact a new feature, pleas explain how to achieve a gradient
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    DarkClown got a reaction from GabrielM in Basic operation performance   
    I checked with the beta and the same pictures. It's still not "impressive" but there is a significant improvement in the behavior - so it seems something has been done in the beta to overcome the problem but I do see quite some space for improvement!
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris B in Crash when drag & drop of files   
    Latest Beta 243: When dragging and dropping an external jpg from the explorer into an open document in AP the program crashes reproducable without any error message (no recovery file as well).
    Timo
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    DarkClown reacted to walt.farrell in Crash when drag & drop of files   
    Running exiftool against DarkClown's file and against a version saved from Photo 1.6 shows some differences. Perhaps one of those differences is causing the issue with the beta, and will lead Serif to a solution for the problem
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    DarkClown reacted to walt.farrell in Crash when drag & drop of files   
    .234 is not the latest. After that there were .240 and now .243. My signature has the link for the latest one.
    Edit: Though, perhaps that was just a typo in your post
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    DarkClown reacted to Dennis Nisbet in Back to Basic Product Needs   
    Thus far, I have observed three significant issues with both the current Beta and release versions of Affinity Photo.
    They include the following:
    1.       The Macro has very limited capabilities. Kind of useless except for the most mundane actions.
    2.       When an image is opened, it appears as a docked image and the frame around it is not collapsed around the image. This is a big pain and time consuming if you want to display multiple images.
    3.       A variety of settings that should remain set by the user revert to the factory settings. For example. Pixels vs. Inches, Refine settings, and many more.  More lost time
    Affinity Photo appears to be a product advertised as a replacement for PS. While it has many great features, it lacks several basic functions that I suspect go way beyond my little list.
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    DarkClown got a reaction from SrPx in Workflow, and again workflow   
    Hi Mark,
    sorry for that last "unqualified" comment (I take that back! ... happens, when you are upset and don't really know who to blame)
    I will try to be more constructive again and assemble a list with verified open topics (based on the latest beta) and bring all the unfixed stuff up again.
    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from ffca in AD - building concentric circles   
    Thanks everybody for clarifying this ...
    Just a little suggestion to serif from my side: Since the transformation panel supports absolut and percentage values it would be no hassle to make a difference between entering absolut values for width and hight (300mm original value, duplicate, 290mm new value and CMD/CTRL J each time reduces by these 10mm difference) or relative values (300mm original value, duplicate, "w=w*0,95" "h=h*0,95" or "0.95%" and CMD/CTRL J reduces by a relative value). Even better would be the option to change the radius as a separate parameter to the transform panel ...  instead of each time changing width and hight.

    Just my 2 cents ...
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    DarkClown got a reaction from HVDB Photography in Workflow, and again workflow   
    ... I stopped buying Adobe products  when they came up with the blackmailing SW release model. So CS6 and LR6 was the last money Adobe got (and will get) from me ... Jumped into Affinity products and was convinced it's the only alternative featurwise to Adobe products .... One of the reasons I was so desperate to really support and giving extensive feedback! I really needed an PS alternative. While Affinity Designer evolved into a reasonable alternative to AI for me - maybe due to the fact that I was no heavy duty user of AI. AP did not make it my photo SW until today. l'm still using PS6 for my daily work - mainly for what I call the lacking workflow. I never went the way other people took, asking for LR alternatives (what would have been nice) just not to distract serif from focusing on getting AP right. Instead they came up with AP (undoubtful an application other people heavily requested) but again another building site that distracts the programmers from getting AP right (from my perspective) - and again an application that is incomplete and struggling in so many ways.
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris B in Window handling and workflow   
    True ... that seems to be the case ...
    Please, do so.
    Would be really good.
    Indeed ... mainly (from my perspective important) suggestions based on workflow and handling optimizing ... The current windows handling on a daily base is extremely time consuming and a real *pita* ... It feels like AP has never been designed for handling more than one document at a time nor handling floating documents. I don't consider my points as "bugs" but extremly annoying and time consuming. I need to work on pictures (that's what I'm getting paid for) and don't want to deal with handling issues of the SW all the time - taking up a significant amount of my precious time ...
    A wasn't able to reproduce the first bug consistently myself ... it just happened more than 3 times while working with the SW (I know, this is a crappy bug description and does not make debugging easier)
    Hopefully the performance bug can be solved soon.

    Thanks again for your feedback!
    Cheer, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from SrPx in Workflow, and again workflow   
    Hi Mark,
    sorry for that last "unqualified" comment (I take that back! ... happens, when you are upset and don't really know who to blame)
    I will try to be more constructive again and assemble a list with verified open topics (based on the latest beta) and bring all the unfixed stuff up again.
    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Jowday in Workflow, and again workflow   
    For a year I kept my mouth shut ... waiting for things to develop. Now checking the old list of suggestions I made to improve basic and essential workflow in AP and AD to get closer to PS 20 month ago - hardly anything has changed (oh, no, I don't expect every suggestion beeing taken over). But even basic simple improvement like centering the picture when undocking have simply been ignored ... instead new features were introduced also not working properly. So many basic things like saving settings, size of handles, windows handling (a neverending list of just workflow issues ... everything that one needs to USE the product and not only to play around with it) have been ignored ... for over a year. I'm still working with PS6 on a daily base due to these topics ... need a product I can work with .... not somethings that comes with more and more buggy features. And I ask myself: what's the f***ing problem to do a job right and not only 80%? To be clear: Affinity poducts offer great features. One of the only close competitors to Adobe products feature wise - but as long as workflow and basic handling as well as stability is in such a mediocre state and not at all improving - I can't call it a competition.

    And I read all the fanboys, cheering up ... claiming to be long time professionals ... wondering what they do with the product. Are they getting paid by serif?

    A seriously disappointed long term "want to be" user ...
    DC
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    DarkClown got a reaction from SrPx in Workflow, and again workflow   
    Hi Mark,
    sorry for that last "unqualified" comment (I take that back! ... happens, when you are upset and don't really know who to blame)
    I will try to be more constructive again and assemble a list with verified open topics (based on the latest beta) and bring all the unfixed stuff up again.
    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris B in Open topics, bugs and suggestions   
    Thanks for the feedback - very much appreciated!
    In case any of the above bullet points are unclear feel free to contact me any time.
    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown reacted to Chris B in Open topics, bugs and suggestions   
    Hey Timo,
    We've reproduced the bug so that will be logged.
    As Mark has liked your post, it's safe to say your points have been delivered to the man who needs to see them. 
    Thank you for taking the time to write this up. 
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Chris B in Open topics, bugs and suggestions   
    Other Topics and suggestions -(checked with Beta 1.7.0.209) - most of them have been addressed already 1-2 years ago.
    1) Exporting a document comes up with a dialog. When I choose a format(starting from top to bottom), set my desiered dimensions, choose sampling method and than select a different area my dimensions get resetted. A very annoying behaviour. Even when switching between "object with background" and "objects without background" (will result in the same dimensions) my dimensions are reset.
    2) The assistant still does not add a new layer if you start with floodfill on a new document
    3) As a general procedure Pressing ENTER or ESC should confirm or cancel a dialog. When I open a crop selection I can confirm the selection with "Enter" but I can't cancel with "ESC"
    4) Adding, subtracting to from a selected color
    5) Temporarily activation original proportions for unconditional cropping (by pressing the Alt-key)
    6) Icon size in layer panel flexible (at least 3 different sizes)
    7) Change assigned keyboard Shortcuts for all "brush"-"eraser"-"pen"-"whatevertool" sizes (increase & decrerase) at once - changing that separately for each tool takes ages and is complete over-engineering
    8) Saving setting and content for parameter fields and pathes would save much time. Just some exaples:
        - Export preferences (They are continuously back to stupid *.png instead my predefinde personal settings ...)
        - Parameter for live filters (e.g. gaussian blur or unsharp mask)
        - Parameter for fx settings
        - Cropping Mode (setting keeps switching back to useless "unconditioned")
        - Resize method (e.g. bilinear/bicubic)?
    9) BUG: Variable is not updated when resizing document (spreadwidth). Open a doc with dimension 5000x5000px resize it to 1000x1000 -> spreadwidth ist still 5000 (Checked in Transform panel) - likely other variables are affected as well.
    10) Make the frequency layer separation parameters editable like in live filters
    11) A "flatten image" and "flatten group" command for layers would be nice (combining layers in AP is not intuitive and effortless at all!)
    12) Help file quite often does not open (e.g. wrong focus, dialog open, cursor in edit field)
    13) Metadata Editor (This is a high priority for everyone supplying stock content)
    14) Flood Fill with bitmap pattern
    15) Exchanging foreground/background color in the tool palette also changes color in a selected vector object. Very confusing.
    16) Include a small button next to the fg/bg color circle to reset it to black/white
    17) Definition of standard output profile from the develop persona
    18) Spiral Tool
    19) Extended parameters for vectorial shapes in transform panel (e.g. "radius" for circle/ellipse)

    Macros:
    - Multi Layer Selection not possible
    - Filling of Objects can't be recorded (color assignment)
    - Export of document (including parameter) is not recorded
    - For macros it would be good if resizing of a document could be based on a maximum side length regardless if the document is landscape or portrait
    - Make conditional decisions available (e.g.: IF (DocHight > DocWidth) THAN ... ELSE ...) Alternatively include some kind of JavaScript language
    - Add customizable keyboard shortcuts to dedicated macros

    Cheers, Timo
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