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  1. I think M1000 is making a good point and for me personally I've never seen that windows has more extra options to display such as File Extension. I wonder why Microsoft chose to have options for both [file]Type and File Extension. Surely these should by definition be the same, For example, a .txt file is a text file, and what it is opened by can change for sure, but we see Windows has a column called Type (note its not 'filetype', but is there a difference? maybe in some far fetched semantic definition) AND also a column called File Extension... Showing File Extension is what I have been assuming what Type has been showing me all along. Now I see how Windows has confused me in the past - it is in fact showing what program opens it and not necessarily what file type - although I use the icon change to see visually and then it's obvious to me what program will open it. Maybe they should have named it program type. Confusing naming conventions. It's clearly a decision by Affinity to allow this to happen, as M1000 points out - not all programs do this File Extension is by default hidden away in some extra options whereas Type is shown as standard in a column. On the other hand if Affinity didn't know they had done this, its a bug, which is hard to believe. But anyway I found this interesting and I've learnt more. Now I'll go and start my own thread on another confusing file type subject, which I'd like to understand.
  2. Here's a scenario for you Affinity: I start using a brush I test the size I see it's too big so I reduce the size (selection of brush type disappears) I then skip to a marquee tool to make a mask or to the pointer to move something I then click B to go back to the brush tool and trust I have the same brush type and size and start painting because I can't see which I have selected then I use a different brush for a different effect and change the size (and also lose the selection of said brush type) losing the knowledge of knowing which brush I have selected I click on the brush I want, and in so doing I reset the brush to it's default, so I have to modify it to get it back to how I wanted. Time goes by with every selection and modification Making custom brushes is absolutely necessary to work efficiently in AP, but I find it very unintuitive. These things make me frustrated and when you're working under tight deadlines the annoyance levels go up and up. I love Affinity software but this issue really needs to be fixed. Please give us an easy way to know which brush we have selected and/or modified (just a simply blue dot but the brush selection to show it's modified?) I could go on, but lets hear from you Affinity - we'd really appreciate it.
  3. I have had this crashing occur and for sure disabling hardware acceleration helped. Far less crashes.
  4. reading back it looks like the same issue of having a text layer selected which chooses/limits the text file type in the lower right. However on these different occasions I can change the file type to something different (All Documents I choose to have by default), In other words - if you have a text layer selected in the document you are restricted to choosing only text files to place, but with this other situation I see the text file type filter in the bottom right selected as *.txt but I can change it to something else. I never choose by choice to see only text files as I don't normally work with text in AP. Hopefully this explains it a little better? On a note about the logic of assuming you are working with text files therefore restricting you to placing text files, why does the program NOT restrict you when you have pixel layer selected? This seems inconsistent logic to me, unless text files are considered special and need special circumstances for some reason? Its like saying " you have a stick in your hand but you can choose to have a ball in your hand instead if you like. However if you have a ball in your hand you cannot choose to have a stick in your hand." Why would anyone design a system like that.
  5. Just been puzzled for quite a few minutes with the same, or similar issue ... I opened up an afphoto file with multiple layers for editing and wanted to place another image in there... but it kept showing only text files available to place... very bizarre I thought.. so I came here and found this thread. It's not identical to the OP's issue as I didn't actually have any layers turned on as visible, but on one of the groups I expanded I clicked and selected a text file, not knowing that this restricts placing file types to text files... Wondering why this is? Is it because the program thinks it's being helpful in limiting my options to place only text files? I can kind of understand if this is the case, but it's frustrating and hindering also, if I am restricted to the file type of the layer selected when placing files? I hope this makes sense and would appreciate some comments on if others think this is useful and 'user friendly' or ... just frustrating and overly restrictive. On a slightly different note, I've often found that I've somehow changed the file types I'm searching for to place into an image, without having any idea what I've clicked or how I've done it. It's almost always the .txt file type (but in this instance I can actually change the file type to be whatever I choose)... anyone enlighten me?
  6. Same issue here... many crashes per session. I have also unticked Hardware acceleration and will report back to see how it performs. FYI I can't generate a crash report as it freezes completely and I have to kill it. Crash reports don't generate.
  7. not much to see PC I see the cursor changing to a resize cursor if I hover at the edges, but they don't allow me to do anything.
  8. I might be imagining it but I think i used to be able to move the Place dialogue box around and change the size of it. Sometimes I am searching for a file and need to look at the image I am making to find the right image to insert (a plant from a certain perspective, for example) into the piece I am making. Now, with a recent update I cannot move or resize the place dialogue window at all... it's maximised and locked. IS this deliberate to avoid some other error from occurring? If not I'd like to have it reverted back to being moveable and resizable.
  9. Hi. Simple enough bug but very frustrating until I figured out a workaround. This is a copy and pasted image in multiply mode. Hopefully you can see my intention and the strange result in the first video, followed by a workaround (next post) where resizing the layer before using the perspective tool 'fixes' the issue... but of course it would be nice if this didn't happen at all...
  10. I'm very interested in getting one of the XP-Pens ... How has it been performing for you @Raff and @firstdefence with Affinity software ...? All good?
  11. Hi, Sometimes, and it's just happened again now, for some unknown reason, Affinity stops registering my Intuos pro pressure sensitivity. I've tried other programs and the pressure sensitivity is still working for those programs. I have just updated AP to 1.8.3.641, restarted the PC, but it's not working ... I have no idea and this wastes so much time for me trying to figure out what happens... randomly, eventually it starts working again ... but in the meantime I lose hours out of my working day trying to **** about trying to get it to respond again. Does anyone have any pointers? I haven't had an Intuos driver upgrade recently so I know it's not that. I just despair sometimes...
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