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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 Mark Ingram 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 Mark Ingram 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 Mark Ingram 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 Mark Ingram 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 Window handling and workflow   
    Open Topics and suggestions - only related to window handling and workflow (checked with Beta 1.7.0.209)
    1) When you drag & drop a file from the windows explorer on the AP Icon or framework please:
       open it in an undocked new window (elsewise no second drag an drop is possible unless you float the first window)!    if possible in 1:1 Zoom (not enlarged to windows size as it is done right now)    please adapted windows size of undocked window to fit the original file 2) If you drang and drop a file from Explorer into an open AP document it gets added as a layer but since it does not get dropped centered and mostly outside the picture area of the first layer one can not find this newly added layer anywhere. It seems to be vanished somewhere outside the boundaries of the existing picture.
    3) When you float one or all windows please make the floating window(s) fit the picture in the current zoom level (optimal windows size) - if it fits in the workspace.
    4) If a window is larger than the original document (regardless if docked or floating) please automatically center the document within the new window (and disable the view tool in this window). If you resize a floating window smaller than the document: dock the document at the top left corner.
    Maybe it makes sense to implement a general setting "Always center documents when smaller than window". If a document is smaller than the window there is no need to be able to move the document within the window. One could avoid accidentally "loosing" the document in "outer space" if it would always be centered in the docked window (if smaller than the window)
    5) When you work with docked and floating windows in combination you can't bring the docked window to the front. This is a general problem. It could be solved by only allowing docked or floating windows mode but no mixture. Floating windows can be brought to the front.
    6) All Zoom tools (e.g. 100% / 200% / actual size etc.) should as well center the document in the window.
    7) It would be nice to arrange all floating windows optimized on the workspace (e.g. horizontal, vertical, tiled) with one click (menu command)
    8) Also nice to have: additional information of document size (height/width in current units somewhere at the windowsframe of a document)
    9) If I undock many documents why do they cascade at the top right(?) corner of my screen?
    10) Drag and Drop of layers between documents should be possible
    11) Would be nice to individually be able to save the workspace (setting of panels, content of toolbars, position of all panels and toolbars, docked or floating windows)

    Bugs:
    - AP crashes sometimes when you drag and drop from explorer or undock a window
    - Resizing a window bby grabbing its frame causes a significant delay (the window frame follows some seconds later the movement of the mouse) - Seems like AP is so busy with permanently calculating the content of the window that the frame can't follow the mouse quick enough. The problem seems to be significantly less when you resize at the top left corner in comparison to the bottom right corner.
    Most of the above refers to Affinity Designer as well!

    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Mark Ingram 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 reacted to hifred in Great software, but why the odd workflow choices?   
    Hmm, Photoshop already in CS6 from 2012 that I'm still using gave you all Filters as Live Filters on Smart Objects.
    Yeah, that might be useful with weak hardware, but it really should not be required on modern hardware. It makes me scratch my head when I read recommendations to collapse all nondestructive Image Modifiers when happy with the result. This may be valid as a workaround for as long as performance problems exist – but this by no means should get called best practice.
    I also avoid subscription –I buy and test Affinity products + give feedback.
    For  work I stick to what performs best. That's for the time being my last perpetual license of Photoshop / the Creative Suite.
    Hopefully this will change at some point.
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Mark Ingram in Window handling and workflow   
    Open Topics and suggestions - only related to window handling and workflow (checked with Beta 1.7.0.209)
    1) When you drag & drop a file from the windows explorer on the AP Icon or framework please:
       open it in an undocked new window (elsewise no second drag an drop is possible unless you float the first window)!    if possible in 1:1 Zoom (not enlarged to windows size as it is done right now)    please adapted windows size of undocked window to fit the original file 2) If you drang and drop a file from Explorer into an open AP document it gets added as a layer but since it does not get dropped centered and mostly outside the picture area of the first layer one can not find this newly added layer anywhere. It seems to be vanished somewhere outside the boundaries of the existing picture.
    3) When you float one or all windows please make the floating window(s) fit the picture in the current zoom level (optimal windows size) - if it fits in the workspace.
    4) If a window is larger than the original document (regardless if docked or floating) please automatically center the document within the new window (and disable the view tool in this window). If you resize a floating window smaller than the document: dock the document at the top left corner.
    Maybe it makes sense to implement a general setting "Always center documents when smaller than window". If a document is smaller than the window there is no need to be able to move the document within the window. One could avoid accidentally "loosing" the document in "outer space" if it would always be centered in the docked window (if smaller than the window)
    5) When you work with docked and floating windows in combination you can't bring the docked window to the front. This is a general problem. It could be solved by only allowing docked or floating windows mode but no mixture. Floating windows can be brought to the front.
    6) All Zoom tools (e.g. 100% / 200% / actual size etc.) should as well center the document in the window.
    7) It would be nice to arrange all floating windows optimized on the workspace (e.g. horizontal, vertical, tiled) with one click (menu command)
    8) Also nice to have: additional information of document size (height/width in current units somewhere at the windowsframe of a document)
    9) If I undock many documents why do they cascade at the top right(?) corner of my screen?
    10) Drag and Drop of layers between documents should be possible
    11) Would be nice to individually be able to save the workspace (setting of panels, content of toolbars, position of all panels and toolbars, docked or floating windows)

    Bugs:
    - AP crashes sometimes when you drag and drop from explorer or undock a window
    - Resizing a window bby grabbing its frame causes a significant delay (the window frame follows some seconds later the movement of the mouse) - Seems like AP is so busy with permanently calculating the content of the window that the frame can't follow the mouse quick enough. The problem seems to be significantly less when you resize at the top left corner in comparison to the bottom right corner.
    Most of the above refers to Affinity Designer as well!

    Cheers, Timo
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    DarkClown reacted to Mark Ingram in Workflow, and again workflow   
    Thanks Timo, it's much appreciated. When you raise these issues everyone benefits (eventually!).
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Mark Ingram 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 velarde in AP new handling and functional features   
    Here's a tiny list of topics within Affinity Photo for Windows I'd like to address as important improvements that need implementation from a professional photographers point of view (Based on version 1.5.1.54 Final). I'm aware that some points have been mentioned by other useres already. It would be great to get some kind of feedback from serif staff with regards to the likelyhood of implementation. I'll try to extend this list when new topics come up. Please do not see most of these points as "nice to have" additions or "customer dreaming", but essential improvements required(!) for any kind of professional workflow. The list does not cover obvious minor or major bugs as they get tracked by serif staff anyhow I suppose. As well I'm aware that some of my suggestions have already internally been rejected and implemented differently as "By Design" - maybe there's a chance to reconsider this decisions. A suggestion could be to start a discussion in the forum with your customers to see what's their preferred way to handle the implementation.

    Basic workflow/Window handling:
    - When undocking a document window from the workspace it should automatically adapt document window to document size (or maximum window size with scrollbars if document is larger) - maybe selectable in the preferences
    - When zooming in or out a document window size should automatically adapt to document size (or maximum window size with scrollbars if document is larger) - maybe as a setting selectable in the preferences
    - After resizing an undocked window the document shoud automatically be centered within the new window dimensions
    - One should be able to drag and drop a layer from one document into another document (not just with CTRL+c CTRL+v)
    - The area where one can grab the frame of a window for resizing shoud be enlarged
    - Pressing ENTER or ESC should confirm or cancel a dialog - as defined in windows UI standards (e.g. in crop mode none of the keys work)

    Macros:
    - (multiple) layer selection should be recordable
    - colour assignment to objects should be recordable
    - for macros it would be good if resizing of a document could be based on a maximum side lenght regardles 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.
    - Include "Export" functionality with parameters as part of Macro recording
    - Add customizable keyboard shortcuts to dedicated macros

    Other:
    - it would be important to be able to make a selection based on a colour(range) (including tolerance, adding and subtracting from a previously chosen colour range) - not only based on the 3 base colour as currently implemented.
    - if unproportional cropping is selected it would be good to temporarily switch to "original proportion" cropping or fixing the current proportion by pressing the Alt or Ctrl key
    - optional parameter adaption for certain filters (e.g. gaussian blur) when resizing a document to fit the new dimensions. Currently unadapted parameters of these filters wreck every document after resizing.
    - icon size in the layer panel should be definable (similar to PS where 3 sizes are available)
    - I'd prefere to have one common command (keyboard shortcut) for the brush size and not a seperate one for each tool.
    - Saving setting and content for parameter fileds and pathes would save much time. Just some exaples:
        1) Export preferences (They are continuously back to stupid *.png instead my predefinde personal settings ...)
        2) Parameter for live filters (e.g. gaussian blur or unsharp mask)
        3) Parameter for fx settings
        4) Cropping Mode (setting keeps switching back to useless "unconditioned")
        5) Resize method (e.g. bilinear/bicubic) - at least the standard setting should be something usable instead of bilinear!
    - Assistant settings should be global and part of the preferences (e.g. adding new layers on same levels as selected layer or as a child)
    - Make all variables available in fields that allow calculations (e.g. transforming)
    - Make the frequency layer seperation parameters editable like in live filters
    - Increase maximum size of liquify brush
    - Increase parameter range of many FX settings
    - Would like to save a list of export settings (Slices) as one preference in the Export persona
    - a proper "flatten image" and "flatten group" command would be nice (combining layer in AP is not intuitive and effortless at all! Just take a look how PS does it ...)
    - auto-adapt parameters of filters when scaling objects (e.g. gaussian blur, fx-settings)
    - in low resoloution the fx parameters are by far not precise enough (e.g. a picture with 800x600px can't deal wit a shadow in a watermark between 0.1 and 0.0 px-precision)
    - make live adjustments/filters masks directly visible as an overlay.
    - When a graphic in the OS (e.g. Windows) is copied via CTRL-C it would be great when clicking on "new document" within AP the dimensions of the clipboard picture would be automatically copied as a preset for this new document
    - assistant should add new layer even when flood fill tool is used
    - Numerical scaling through the transformation dialog should optionally allow scling of textsize in related objects as well.
    - Would be nice to display Colour Mode and bit depth behind the filename in the document window (as PS does it)
    - Help files often does not open (wrong focus, dialog open that does not recognise help key)
    - include "AutoClip" option in filters that change document or layer dimensions (e.g. most of the distortion filters)
    - A new document should automatically have a pixel layer as the background layer (alternatively all tools that require a pixel layer should automatically add this layer - maybe an extension of the assistant)
    - Metadata Editor (This is a high priority for everyone supplying stock content)
    - Flood Fill with bitmap pattern
    - Include a small button next to the fg/bg colour circle to reset it to black/white
    - Global definition of standard grid setting
    - Definition of standard output profile from the develop persona
    - Provide picture thumbnails in Windows File Explorer
    - Spiral Tool
    - Improved Transform panel functionality (e.g. radius for circles)
     
    Performance:
    - Serious improvement of InPainting tool performance!
    - Multiple layer performance

    Cheers,
    Timo
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    DarkClown reacted to walt.farrell in Impossible page setup?!   
    Here's a start:

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    DarkClown reacted to Aammppaa in Impossible page setup?!   
    Yes it is possible.
    DarkClown A5 Landscape Vertical Facing.afpub
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    DarkClown got a reaction from Jowday 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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