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  1. I have had further discussions with Daminion and have recently received the following


    Hi Graham, 

    Thank you for the detailed description! The problem might, indeed, be related to the fact that affinity files are not natively supported by Daminion. We have registered the request to add the native support, but we need to get more user requests before adding it to our roadmap. Adding new format support is a pretty complex task and we need to get more requests to do it. 
    Kind regards, 
    Un quote

  2. On 2/4/2021 at 11:21 AM, Pšenda said:

    I have not yet tried again to log into the exiftool forum to log my interest. In the mantime, I would like to report that I have been in discussion with Daminion, a data asset manager program. After looking at the problem they said that they would not be able to extract the "date shot" from the affinity photo is it is not one of their supported formats. I went back to them, and pointed out that Affinity is growing rapidly with three applications (APh,AD, and Pub) operating in 3 environments (Mac, iPad, Windows) interchangeably; and that some months ago Affinity reported more than a million users worldwide. I also gave the person I was communicating with access to my website to illustrate the scope of the apps, and the range of formats that I am trying to include in the Daminion catalogues. I set out below the response I received



    This shows that your suggestion that Affinity user register their interest with exiftool is important, and I would also suggest the users explore the benefits of Daminion as a DAM (data asset manager). I have now integrated  about 20k photos,,  the most recent ones porcessed on APh;  more than a  dozen Logs (early ons processed in Pageplus, and the more recent ones in APub). I also make use of some video. Since the abandonment od MoveiPlus, I have used a varietty of editors including Pwer Director, Da Vinci Resolve, and Luma Fusion. Although the Affitiy suite is not formally supported by Daminion, it is possible to specify the file extensions to  be accepted, and thereafter it accepts the Affinity family (although the file type displayed can default to "unknown". Otherwise it works well.Indeed, it seems to me that Serif's DAM project has slipped so much that they might do better to "do a deal" with Daminion and concentrate their resources on developing the Affinity triumvarate. 
    Although loading files into Daminion can be a slow process (if there are many), the speed of ersponse ,once loaded,  is amazing. 
    So, I have reached the File Date Proposal.pdfthat instead of tryim to develop a workaround on my problem, I shall seek to get Serif to look at the issues I have raised, and encourage them to engage with the Daminion team whO I have found to be very helpful . 
    I attach a short note in which I try to explain what I am trying to achieve and wy. In the near future (but not immediately) I will try to produce a video demonstrating the use and performance of Daminion. image.thumb.png.b772afa8c9212213789892aadd52e39c.pngimage.thumb.png.b772afa8c9212213789892aadd52e39c.pngFile Date Proposal.pdf



  3. 22 minutes ago, David in Яuislip said:

    Haha, that'll teach me.

    Ok, Round 2, the Windows version for ORFs

    Exiftool can process the following dates:
    [File:System]   FileModifyDate
    [File:System]   FileAccessDate
    [File:System]   FileCreateDate
    [EXIF:IFD0]     ModifyDate
    [EXIF:ExifIFD]  DateTimeOriginal
    [EXIF:ExifIFD]  CreateDate

    So open a Powershell window in the folder with the raw files and do
    exiftool -csv  -CreateDate *.ORF > dates.csv

    Open dates.csv in a text editor and you'll see this
    P1070001.ORF,2020:01:07 18:26:16
    P1070003.ORF,2020:01:07 18:26:51

    - change CreateDate to FileCreateDate in the first row
    - Replace all .ORF to .afphoto

    P1070001.afphoto,2020:01:07 18:26:16
    P1070003.afphoto,2020:01:07 18:26:51

    - Save as UTF-8 & close
    - Move the file to the folder with the afphoto files

    Open a Powershell window in the folder with the afphoto files and do
    exiftool -csv=dates.csv *.afphoto



    More questions, I am afraid.

    1: Presumably I can substitute NEF or DRG (Nikon Raw) for ORF

    2: Sometimes I only have the .afphoto file, not the raw. Presumably I would have to make a temporary jpg file which exiftool could access to extract the date.

    3: The date I want to capture is DateShot (see screen shot attached), which does not appear in your list of examples. What EXIF name would that have?

    affinity photo screen.jpg

  4. 7 hours ago, v_kyr said:

    No it's not simple, since you can't change and influence an APh-file's system level date-time stamp from inside of APh, just from outside from the OS file system level. Also I don't know if this is generally a good idea to do in terms of some possible hidden Affinity file format internals then, meaning due to possible backup and incremental internal Affinity file format parts.

    1. However, the easiest would be if you save your Affinity files instead with an own added date stamp filename here, so something like ...

    • MyShot-location-2021-02-03.afphoto

    ... or the like. So you can treat and handle it yourself differently from the system level file date-time stamp.


    2. Otherwise one possible procedure might be (one would have to test/try out), to save always two files from a developed RAW file, namely the Affinity Photo file and a corresponding JPG file of the same filename part with included meta data. Aka ...

    • Myfile_xyz.afphoto & Myfile_xyz.jpg

    ... then via external system level scripting and a tool like exiftool extract the date of the .JPG file and "touch" the .AFPHOTO file with that date stamp then. Afterwards the JPG-file can be removed.



    I am having difficulty with this. IFor method 1 it is too late to deal with the many files I already ahve. 
    For method 2, I am not sure what goes into the xyz element.  Then, how do I use the external exiftool? I shall do a search for some advice, but if you can point me to a source that is understandable to a non expert, then I would be grateful.

    Reflecting further on your initial comments, I may not need to alter the file date itself. What I am doing is organising my photos (and other material) in the Daminion data asset manager. need only chnage the creation date withi daminion to achieve the sort on my photos that I want, That still requires that I extract the date shot from the metadata. I have put this problem to Daminion (who are incredibly helpful) so that it can be writtrn to the Daminion date created field. I will point them at exiftool to see if it helps their processes. Thanks for the thoughts. SAny further advice would be welcome. 

  5. This is possibly naive, and may have a simple solution.

    It seems that when I process a raw file in APh and save that as an affinity  photo file, the file date is the date that I first saved that APh file, not the date shot

    I would like to batch change this date to the "date shot", which still exists within the exif data

    Is there any way to do this?

    Could a macro be created to do this?

  6. Op system Windows 10 Pro version 1909

    Affinity Publisher latest version checked 

    I was experimenting with layered master pages in APub. It is not clear whether this is the cause of the issue, or is it due to the particular fonts I am using.? Also I have 2 font groups in play. 

    When I create a new text box (in my case called Body Slide) it is created at 'Body Slide+', which adds italic mode (presumably a leftover from clearing the Lucida Calligraphy from a buffer). If I appl Body Slide again, I would expect the italic mode to disappear. It does not. 

    (For information: the body slide text style is identical to the default body except that the text fill is white}

    (For information: The Base text style has been changed to Trebuchet MS as a font. No other changes. A new style group called Headings uses Lucida Calligraphy, Yellow)

    The problem is illustrated in the attached video clip

  7.  I have recently completed the Udemy course "Affinity Designer, Solid Foundations" by Simon Foster. Thoroughly enjoyed it (17.5 hours of video!). In one section, Simon used the scenario of proposing a presentation to a client using artboards, symbols,
    Simon has 30 years experience as a professional designer, and it shows.
    The course starts with basics, but leads on to more advanced workflows
    The section on Presentations works well so far as it goes. But if you map the ideas on to PowerPoint, then it misses a few tricks which are nothing to do with Affinity Designer. So could it be developed? And if so, would it then be a useful tool for creating PowerPoint presentations?
    The presentation below sets out this opportunity, which I am pleased to say I have discussed with Simon, though the words used are entirely mine.
    Sample artboards can be downloaded - see notes below video.
    It is more of an exploration than a tutorial.
    (There are notes with timings for the topics covered after the You Tube posting. Some relate to Affinity features that gave a few problems)

  8. Dan C

    As this is a new machine resetting presented no problems. However, I did not select "reset object styles" as this would mean a lot of work if the styles were lost. I should point out that Designer is behaving in an identical manner

    Still no result. 
    I have used a workaround so that I do not need to export styles at the moment, but it would be good to get to the bottom of the problem.

    Thanks for your patience


  9. I wish to export some styles from Affinity Photo or Designer to transfer them elsewhere.

    When I select a styles category and select "export styles category", nothing seems to happen. If it is exported I do not know where.

    I am using Affinity Photo on Windows 10 pro 64 bit


    Styles that I have imported into the PC will not import from iCloud into the iPad (Ipad Pro). 

    Advice plse

  10. For example, when trying to  import macros onto AP Ipad, I found that the only way was to copy the file to the icloud. Evene copying to the iPad files app did not work. Also, I cannot open files from or save files to an external drive. (This was, of course only a possibility with IOS13).

    Other apps that I have (e.g. Luma Fusion which is one of my replacements for Serif MoviePlus) has been able to access remote drives even before IOS 13, and can now access connected external drives.  So we know it is possible. 

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