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Henry Stahle

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  1. I am a Surface Pro lover. Every Affinity Suite app runs well on my Win 10 little computer. But! and that is a big BUT! (not BUTT), is the not so good UI for a tablet design. One beloved UI design on Surface Pro is Leonardo (beta) that is a very simple painting and sketching program. He (the single developer) has this very god solution to a true touchscreen UI. Down at the bottom of the toolbar there is a toggle on/off button for shortcuts. That means I can work without a keyboard. Every other tool can be used without keyboard shortcuts, the alternative in a tool can be used by pressing the alt or ctrl key (or other keys). So smart! Even the RadialMenu solution is a one mans work, and that works good too, as well as TabletPro. The difference to RadialMenu and TabletPro to tha Leaonardo solution is that Leaonardo's does hardly take up space on screen, while the others do This Leonardo thing would not take so much effort from the Affinity team to deliver!? Or..?
  2. This is an ongoing request from Surface Pro users, the UI of Affinity apps are not made for the tablet mode. Year after year there has been a request for some change, but no, Affinity/Serif does not listen, probably because they have no interest in us Surface Pro users (or any other Win Tablet users). I have my third generation of Surface tablet/computer. I can have the keyboard as attached, but then I lose the closeness to the screen as the tablet mode is meant to be. The Dial is just for desktop work, not when you are in some other place. There is an app "Radial Menu" that helps me using Affinity on Surface, still it is not the very best solution. There must be a quick way of adding some UI elements to get things better working in Affinity, like the ClipStudio has. Or Leonardo! Or Adobe Fresco! Or the oldtimer Sketchbook..! Serif has to get working on satisfying us Surface users or Affinity users will turn back to the Adobe ecosystem. I bought Fresco yesterday to try out the full version, but that is not for my desktop, Fresco is touch screen tablets only. That is limiting. Still, it is great on the Surface tablet. No keyboard attached. Please Serif! Do something! I am tired of waiting...
  3. The reason for tilting a brush is just like I show in this small graphic (made using another software on my Surface 6) is shading. This simple brush, a 1.5 Soft Pencil, shades extremely well when I tilt my Surface pen. Just like when I use my graphite pencil Staedtler Lumograph 9B on paper, I can do the same in this other software, but not so well in Affinity. Because of the no-tilt in Affinity, I do not use it for illustration much. Or not at all. I know Adobe Fresco is on it's way. With tilting...
  4. I have found out that some of the DAUB brushes I have can be tilted! I had to alter my Wacom tablet setting for Affinity to the highest tilt settings an then it happend! So, yes, some brushes are made for tilting… I am happy again!
  5. One reason I have stopped using Affinity Photo for bitmap illustration is the no-tilt bitmap brushes, at least I can not find it... In all my other painting / drawing software I can set "tilt" for every brush. Like in ClipStudio where I just click the "tilt" in the brush editor and there it is... Or... have I missed something, is the a tilt setting in Affinity? Thanks for bringing the tilt question up! :)
  6. Thank you for your response. I really like that promise since I love using my Surface tablet / computer on the go or anywhere away from my desktop. As the ClipStudio has a special workspace setting as well as Corel Painter got one for the Surface (or any other device like it) it must be possible making the same in Affinity. :) Until this is in place I will continue using it on my desktop.
  7. I use Affinity Photo every day in every way on my desktop and will continue doing so. I find it a bit disappointing that there is no effort put into the development of the Affinity Photo to make it work better on a Windows tablet like many other illustration and painting programs. Photoshop, ClipStudio, Sketchbook Pro, Krita, Corel Painter... all works much better. I will keep on using the Affinity suite. For painting, sketching and illustrating I will use other software both on my Surface tablet and on my desktop computer.
  8. I have bought the latest Affinity Photo (1.7....) version that I tried out on my Surface Pro 6. Disappointed. I will not use it on that device any more, just on my desktop. Affinity is not designed for a Windows tablet, it i totally depending on the use of a keyboard, and the tablet's idea is "no keyboard". iPad has no keyboard and Affinity is designed for that. Not for Surface Pro. I removed Affinity from my Surface Pro 6 and I stop using it for my illustration work. ClipStudio UI is made for Surface Pro and Desktop, it is so easy to switch between my two machines without any problems. That is where I find the workspace and workflow I like and need, keeping everything easy for a digital painting artist like me. Sorry Affinity.
  9. Thank you Walt, I am aware of that Dial thing, but since Surface Pro is a tablet, not only used on (or mostly not) on a table top, the Dial is no alternative to a well designed UI. The Dial was designed with Studio in mind, not Surface, I guess. Using Dial sitting in my sofa is no good idea... Surface, just like iPad, is depending on touch and gesture input. I got the keyboard attached to my Surface when writing this sitting next to my heavy duty desktop computer, so I can use all keyboard shotcuts and such. When I use it for art, I remove the keyboard to make the drawing and painting comfortabe and ergonomic good. Surface is a sketching and handwriting ideas tablet and is better of without keyboard for me. (Sometimes I use it as a laptop computer of course..:) When doing heavy work I sit at my desktop using my Cintiq and need no Surface Dial. Affinity Photo works great at my desktop with my Wacom input. There are some very good Surface software in the sketching / painting / illustrating line. Probably the coming Adobe Gemini will beat them all in functionality and workspace. I have tested the Photoshop Sketch for some time so I can understand what Adobe is going to offer. By consulting a large group of digital artists Adobe's developing team have found out what we need. And one thing is a good UI to work in! Sadly I have read some answer from the Affinity team that they are not considering a tablet UI design for Windows tablet. Only for iOS. So that is probably where I have to make a going-back- to-Adobe decision when the Gemini is out.
  10. Affinity Photo is not very user friendly working on Surface Pro. I have the latest Surface and really love to see a better UI for make things more easy for me as a Surface Pro artist. In Painter I can switch my interface from default to simple and get a very good workspace on the tablet. In Krita there is a shortcuts menu pop up to make things easy. Clip Studio is also good as well as Photoshop. The coming Adobe Gemini will make things easy on the Surface, Painter will probably make some new app that is good on Surface, as good as Sketchbook Pro probably. Now I can use Affinity Photo by using Radial Menu, that I highly recommend. It works right out of the box, it is just to install it and start working. I added a TAB toggle button on the menu (see my illustration) to get the full interface "clean" for sketchin and painting without the interface distraction. If you use Affinity on Surface and have not yet used Radial Menu, do it! I Think you will like it as much as I do. Microsoft has published the free code for the RadialMenu so someone that knows programming can customize the code to the program desired. Is there someone in the Affinity team that can do it? Or someone else? It would be nice to have an Affinity Radial Menu for Surface while waiting for an UI like the one on iOS for Surface. (Pardon my English if it is bad..)
  11. Hi all Surface Pro users, I just started using my brand new Surface Pro 6 and installed Affinity Photo the first I did , just to find out there is no touch or pen mode in Affinity Photo. Too bad! It's soo disappointing... Makes me want to go back to Photoshop again. (or not use Affinity products on my Surface Pro 6, probably uninstall AP again)
  12. I can confirm this, but from ClipStudio too. I was working on an illustration. Exported my line art with all flat colour fills. Saved a psd file from Clip Studio EX to Affinity Photo beta 1.7.0.258. All line art and flat fills were hidden on importing and opened in Affinity for some editing. They were hidden again before export. When I opened my psd file back in Clip Studio everything hidden was gone. If I make the export in a hidden group containing all layers inside the group visible, the layers are not gone, they remain. It seems like just hidden layers are empty, not hidden groups.
  13. The latest beta, 1.7.0.209, takes about the same time as before for me on my old i5 Win 10 computer. From opening the raw file to the stop developing (see picture down) it took about 30 sec. In Photoshop it was about 4 times faster making the same process, just opening and developing the raw file. In CameraBag Pro and Canon Photo Pro 4 software the raw development was instant. I am not in a hurry, I am just a hobbyist, retired since 5 years, I have got all the time in the world. But slow performance is no fun when I am developing 500 pics (for a photobook) or so from our winter vacation up in the mountains.
  14. In ClipStudio, Krita, Photoshop, ArtRage, SketchBook Pro, Infinite Painter and other software, I can fill my line art using the paint bucket tool on an underlying layer. I do it without any selecting, just click and fill. It is quick and precise. The flat fill is easy to mask using the clip layer function, just like I did in Clip Studio in my small illustration. Affinity still has not got the fill underlying layer function like the other illustration software I use. I do not use Affinity often because of this. Or, is there a quick fill function in Affinity Photo, just like in the other software, a function I have not yet found? I wish there was...
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