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  1. Re gradient masks Maybe I'm missing something, but while the AP implementation is very powerful, I find it's far from intuitive. A dedicated graduated ND filter effect would be nice!
  2. I'm confused! Layers are ordered from the top down, so if the parrot layer is at the back it should be at the bottom of the layer stack. That won't show the parrot on your shoulder though! There are loads of ways of achieving that - you can use masks, erase part of the top layer, cut and paste between images, use cloning etc. Replacing the sky is probably the most common use for this sort of thing so I'd suggest looking for tutorials on YouTube. This video should help you. And this one.
  3. Hi Fabrice! I just zoomed in to 300%, took the noise reduction to 40% in the Develop persona and it looked fine. Using the haze removal tool darkens the sky nicely, but doesn't seem to create any problems. I can see some pixelation around the chimneys and con-trail in the jpegs you've posted but no noise!
  4. Have a look at this video. It's using frequency separation, but the PS version seems to be a lot more involved.
  5. That's a surprise! It doesn't do that on my system - opening a file doesn't change the modified date. I've tried files of the wrong type and I've tried files of the wrong type but the right extension to force the "file type not supported" situation, but the modified date doesn't change. That's what I'd expect to happen. Does the modified date still change when you open the file? That's something else I can't replicate - AP won't let me do anything until it's finished saving the .afphoto file. Again, that's what I'd expect.
  6. My original assumption was that you were opening an image file, editing it and then saving AP and jpeg versions. Problem is that all the files you're having problems with were modified at the same time, and there probably wouldn't have been time to do that for multiple files. Any thoughts? Maybe the files were copied from somewhere?
  7. To be clear, are you saying they used to open and now they don't?
  8. AP uses the OS' native file manager to preview images - I'm guessing you don't have codecs for the newer file formats. Assuming you're on Windows, have a look at the FastPictureViewer codec pack.
  9. I got that, but can I assume the files are only written if the image is changed? I'm not an Adobe user, in case that wasn't obvious.
  10. Interesting! Is that from an edited file?
  11. When were things ever that simple? As things stand, if you perform an action (e.g. selecting something) it's recorded in the history and you start a new future (for want of a better term) regardless of whether anything's actually changed. If you make things optional the software's now got to buffer the selection, carry out the next action (which may not effect a change), determine if there's been a change and either write the history or carry on buffering and move onto the next action - it gets slow and messy! And that's without the overhead of checking which option's been selected! I'd rather keep things simple and try to get into good habits (for once!).
  12. Good point! I'm fairly sure I've read something that would suggest the edits are being stored as name-value pairs - my assumption was that the values are a plus / minus change from the original since I don't know how something like exposure or contrast would be expressed as an absolute value. I didn't mean to imply that all metadata could be stored like that. I think this comes down to context. XMP is intended to cover a lot more than just tracking image edits - it's not unreasonable that some metadata will be in a proprietary format. I suppose the question is "what is LR doing?". Given that there are third party programs like Fast Raw Viewer that can write edits as XMP files which are then applied in LR, I think it's reasonable to assume the format is well known.
  13. I don't know how to download them again, but are you sure you need to? If you've reinstalled AP you'll need to import the macros again - search your system for .afmacros files.
  14. You've got that backwards - consumer choices were based on the availability of the software, which in turn was based on the ease of writing, publishing and making money from that software. By the time Linux was anywhere near being a viable option the potential customers had already established their positions elsewhere. I can remember being involved in Microsoft v Apple strategy meetings in the 1980s - years before Linux had even been thought of!