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  1. If I had an extra iPad, I’d install it. But I need this one — and Affinity apps — to function as fully as possible. So, although tempted ........... NOPE!!
  2. Their Healing Brush is usually more effective than the equivalent in Photoshop, IMHO. And it seems to be improving with each version. I'm not sure what your use case for Adobe Bridge is. But if you simply need a Bridge-like application so that you can see thumbnails of your Affinity files, have a look at XNView, at least until Serif provides their own solution eventually.
  3. Honestly, I almost never used the feature when I was using Lightroom. But never say "never", right? Maybe they'll add it in due time. Although you won't find a dedicated "Auto" button in the Develop persona, there IS this menu in the Photo persona with a few "Auto" options. You might even be able to apply some keyboard shortcuts for quick & easy access.
  4. Hi, @johnyoungphotos. This is a small but happy user-driven forum. Probably many of the users are catching up with using and learning the latest release of affinity photo version 1.7.1, and getting to know it. Here's a thought, if you might be open to it: I have a few plug-ins which I enjoy using. However, the image processing tool is always more important to me than the plug-ins. If I feel the tool — whether Photoshop or Affinity Photo — s more compelling and useful over the long-term, then I have no problem switching and then adapting via the use of plug-ins that will work better with that new tool. For example, maybe you can investigate some of the Topaz Labs plug-ins for use with Affinity Photo.
  5. @Mike S. I do "get" the frustration. Although I haven’t run into too many issues with he Affinity apps personally, I’ve experienced them with other applications and apps. Maybe you already tried this, but have you shown/shared any projects or asked questions about "how can I produce this in Affinity Photo?" I've had several good responses on this forum when I’ve provided specific needs or use cases. Maybe they can help you find a solution that would shorten the time spent and lessen the frustration.
  6. Reiterating my request that the "New Batch Job" receive a bit of love so that it will save to cloud storage such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. (NOTE: There doesn't seem to be any issue with saving batches to iCloud Drive.)
  7. No one disagrees with any of your frustrations with Affinity Photo's current lack of support for Adobe Photoshop's Smart Objects. We ALL wish it was there. No one is pretending it's not a problem. But it's a completely different conclusion to say, "this is what we have... let's see how we can work the problem to find a solution for the overall goal of our projects." For me personally, once I abandoned Adobe (for a wide variety of reasons), I was prepared to make adjustments — even large ones — to my workflow to accommodate a new approach. But I well understand this is undesirable and even unworkable for some. Additionally, the issue does not seem to be that Affinity Photo is unable to understand layers; it most definitely CAN. We can open and utilize .PSD files containing any number of layers created in Photoshop. But maybe you're working with projects that present problems that some of us simply aren't experiencing. If so, PLEASE pass these on to the developers in the Feature Requests area of this forum! As for similar functionality to Smart Objects, here's what I'm finding (at least in simple cases): If you create an .AFPHOTO or .AFDESIGN file (or even save an Affinity Photo project as a .PSD), which you then PLACE into a new project, it shows up as a new layer with the title "Embedded File" in your new project. Using the Move tool to double-click on this embedded file reveals the various layers of that embedded document, which you can then further edit. This is similar *enough* to Smart Objects for my usage, but it most definitely doesn't go as far as it could. EDITED TO CORRECT MY UNDERSTANDING OF HANDLING TIFF FILES: I'm still trying to understand the differences between these various placement options. For example, if I save a .TIFF file with Affinity layers intact, and then PLACE that TIFF into a new Affinity Photo project, it's placed as an "IMAGE," and double-tapping that object does NOT give access to all the layers contained therein. However, if I open that TIFF file on its own, I have access to those layers. I'm unclear as to why this is any different than a .PSD file.
  8. Ulysses

    1st Day After Summer Solstice

    FWIW one trusted app I have has a term similar to the one you mentioned, calling it "Daylight Duration." Might switch to that. Thanks again!
  9. Ulysses

    1st Day After Summer Solstice

    Thanks! It might work. I'm chewing on it.
  10. Ulysses

    1st Day After Summer Solstice

    FWIW, I'm not a huge fan of "Time elapsed" either. I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to come up with what to call that figure. I got exhausted and let it be. LOL! Let me know if you come up with any other alternates. I'll probably utilize this graphic annually for some astronomy clubs and friends.
  11. Ulysses

    1st Day After Summer Solstice

    Thanks, @Alfred! It's true... Brooklyn and Queens are even darker than my region. Interestingly, I checked timeanddate, as well as the US Naval Observatory tools, along with THREE apps on my iPad (amateur astronomer here). It's hugely annoying to someone like me when data that you think should be absolutes are calculated differently by different resources. That said, the overall concept remains true — that the Summer Solstice gives us the maximum amount of daylight during the year, and even one day earlier or later will reflect a change in the daylight duration. This was a fun project, not only for the armchair astronomy info, but also because it's the first time I've actually DRAWN an entire project in Designer. I've done plenty of other font and shape-based projects, but never a project where I need to manipulate nodes, utilize gradients, etc. Although I'll never be a real master at it, this was FUN!!!
  12. The Summer Solstice yesterday gave everyone in the northern hemisphere our maximum amount of sunlight for 2019. The day after the 1st day of Summer contains exactly 1 second less daylight (here in my region of NY along with anyone else on the globe at this latitude). Each day for the next six months will progressively have even less daylight. LESSON: Enjoy — and don't waste — your daylight.
  13. Completely agree on all those points. What I found interesting about yesterday’s keynote was that while the Affinity apps were built to care for similar tasks as competing Adobe applications, the truly revolutionary thing about them is now realized with StudioLink technology. It’s such an intuitive approach that it’s amazing no one has truly done this sooner. Cannot wait to see where this takes them in future versions. This sort of tight integration is another reason I, too, always recommend this suite to other pro colleagues and friends.
  14. No kidding. About three years ago, I started looking closely at using Affinity Photo to replace Adobe Photoshop. About two years ago, I decided to use a Capture One Pro to replace Lightroom for raw image processing. I’ve never regretted these two major decisions to a single moment. Because I’ll likely never let go of Capture One Pro, I don’t particularly need Serif to replace its functionality. I have to agree with @davidg2020, that Lightroom and Capture One Pro are basically raw processors and image managers, rather than true digital asset management systems. My bet is that Serif will focus on the latter sort of software, and come at it a bit differently than anyone has done before.
  15. Thank you. Although this was answered and resolved back in December 2018, it’s still a good reminder in case others run into the same issue. Thanks again for helping out.