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drdancm

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  1. Re: FastStone - Media Manager I'm quite happy w the interface, but the thumbnail cache size is way too small. It never goes above 400 (Mb I think), and hence, the thumbnails have to be regenerated too often given the very large photo base that I have. I've suggested that they make that larger, but so far nothing. Also, they are way overdue for a new version with various improvements. Normally there's an update once or twice a year I think. Maybe they will bring out a 64 bit monster. We hope.
  2. I have just about given up on Affinity paying attention to the users. It is getting close to almost 2 years since we have tried to get their attention, and there have been several updates to Affinity and still, as far as I know, no attempt at fixing this issue, hence I no longer use the program as much as I used to. Making the change would be very simple and easy to do, as some posters have suggested. Consequently I no longer enthusiastically promote Affinity on all of the websites that I attend. It's still a good deal, but total ignorance of customer feedback is a stong negative for an issue that is not challenging to fix, since it is an extremely simple interface improvement. Let's face it most companies pay little or no attention to customer feedback, which does not make much sense. Yes a percentage of customer feedback may not be reasonable, but there will be some that really could make the software easier to use, and less frustrating. So let's treasue and support those companies who do listen to customers and consequently make programs better because of it. After all who are these programs written for ? Thanks for you attention, Dan I have nothing but praise for FastStone, an very easy to use, free, Image Viewer (picture, video manager that keeps improving and does pay attention to user feedback. You don't need to read the manual to use it. It even has some simple editing features, and you can configure it to load images into Affinity, etc. https://www.faststone.org/
  3. It has been more than a number of updates and still there has not been a fix for this request. It boggles the mind that they cannot take care of this, since it is not a difficult problem, just some very simple, very easy changes to the section of the program dealing with file saving. I am so disgusted by the lack of response that I will no longer strongly recommend Affinity Photo on various photography forums as I have in the past.
  4. I can understand that obvious programming bugs are considered most important and therefore get the highest priority, but in my opinion, interface issues which unnecessarily waste time and cause tons of frustrations to users are just as important, other things being even (meaning some bugs are the rare result of a number of variables causing unexpected problems in a few cases). Our issue affects everyone who cares about it, because it part of the current design of Affinity Photo. A lot of people, perhaps those who are not Photoshop users, may not realize that there is a simpler, better way of doing things.
  5. To: Craigleeus Nicely done, especially the idea of having the default be the prior setting. Perfect for those of us who want to save back to the Source folder 95 % of the time, but on occasion would like a different folder destination. Very nicely done. If only Affinity would pay attention and implement it. They had an opportunity with the last update, but FAILED to implement it. What a shame, since this type of thing is not at all difficult. No AI needed, no Rocket Science. Affinity used to really pay attention to feedback so I'm wondering what happened.
  6. Obivously not enough people are signing on to get serious attention from Affinity, but I believe for every one person who has commented that they want the option, there are at least 50 more people who would if they noticed this request. If you agree please get more people to put their voice into this request ! In any case the most important thing about this request is that: 1 Those who like it the way it is (no choice) need not worry that this would change 2 This is not something that is very difficult to do. No major programming project to simply give this choice to the user. 3 The best programs always pay attention to the users feedback, and when possible, with little costs in time, they make the users happy. This vastly improves the customer relation and results in the best word of mouth recommendations resulting in more sales. Everyone wins. Thanks for a great program, Dan
  7. Originally Posted September 24, 2019 in the Feature Request Section - since then many people have posted to add their voice ! Someone suggested Posting it here also, so I have. Affinity is a Superb and Affordable program which I use all the time. I'm grateful that it exists and I recommend it to everyone. Whenever I choose Save As or even more important File Export Save As, I end up in my Windows Default Save location (Drive and Folder), which I never want, so I end up wasting a lot of time browsing to the correct folder. Almost always this is the location from which the file was loaded. I looked but I was not able to find any way to set this in the Preferences. It would be extremely useful to allow the user to be able to enable such a feature: Save As and Export Save As to use the Source Folder of the File. Thanks, Dan
  8. The Affinity Quick Select Tool is quite good and I find that unlike the same tool in Photoshop CS6, Affinity QSelect will clear out fully closed areas of background (as between strands of hair). However there is room for improvement. For example Photoshop Elements 2020 (latest version of a competitor for Affinity Photo) now has an AI powered Quick Select Tool feature that is improved over the prior Quick Select for objects such as people. In the Edit mode simply clicking on a single Subject choice, P Elements, will generally select the person, or animal quite accurately in an image with a simple mostly solid background. With a more complex background the reliability is less good. A common error is failure with smaller areas, for example, such as the fully enclosed area between hands on hips. Topaz Labs has just recently released Mask AI and while the very first commercially available version had lots of problems, subsequent version have shown improvement. Mask AI comes up with the image painted with red (signifiying background) and the user must outline the object to be cut out with a blue transition marker. After filling the blue enclosed area with green marker (object area to be kept) pressing the process button starts the AI processing. Once again, when challenged with a object figure against a fairly uniform background, it tends to work well, however it takes a lot longer to prepare an image for processing than with Photoshop Elements 2020, which works with a single click. I and many other happy users of Affinity Photo, would very much love to have an improved Quick Select Tool, which probably means, one that is based on AI, since that technology appears to results in some amazingly capable competence. So this comment is simply to let everyone who is interested keep up to date with the latest technological advances and hope that Affinity Photo will also create improvements for this tool and do it even better than the competition. Thanks for listening, Dan
  9. Obivously not enough people are signing on to get serious attention from Affinity, but I believe for every one person who has commented that they want the option, there are at least 50 more people who would if they noticed this request. If you agree please get more people to put their voice into this request ! In any case the most important thing about this request is that: 1 Those who like it the way it is (no choice) need not worry that this would change 2 This is not something that is very difficult to do. No major programming project to simply give this choice to the user. 3 The best programs always pay attention to the users feedback, and when possible, with little costs in time, they make the users happy. This vastly improves the customer relation and results in the best word of mouth recommendations resulting in more sales. Everyone wins. Thanks for a great program, Dan
  10. The current (most recent) update, as of today, still has problems with this issue.
  11. The most important idea is to allow the USER to set this as her/his preference. That way everyone would be happy to be allowed to work the way they want, without the frustration of wasting time browsing to set the desired output folder.
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