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  1. I asked for this when Photo first came out on Windows. It is enormously disappointing that it is still not there, it must be simple enough surely? The amount of time I waste chasing up and down folder trees, starting a C: every time :-(
  2. Got it. New layer (for safety) and then the Paint brush tool. Obvious but I hadn't realised that the tool symbols are not static, they show the icon for the tool last used. Thanks for your help. John
  3. V_kyr - because I'm struggling to understand how to use them. I want to write text onto a photo (I've worked that out) and then draw an arrow to what I'm referring to. toltec - ah. Thanks. John
  4. I fully agree with this. At present I have no idea if lens correction has been applied or not and if it has whether the correct lens was selected. It's not enough to just switch it on and hope it's happening. I want to see confirmation. I have recently tried ACDSee (awful file management, must own shares in WD) which consistently selected the wrong lens despite showing the correct lens in the metadata and On1 which sometimes worked but usually didn't. In both cases the lens used was known and could be selected manually but at least the software was showing that it had screwed up. We need to see what lens was used. JH
  5. Hi, I'm trying to draw on a photo. I'm sure there are a dozen ways to do this but the Overlay Paint Tool in the Develop module seems to be one. How do I use it? I can draw ok with the tool but this creates an Overlay layer under the Master layer. I can't change the opacity of the master layer so the drawing is only visible when I select that Overlay. I can't see any way to move the layers or to flatten the layers so my brush strokes are invisible under a 100% opacity master layer and vanish as soon as I move to the Photo persona. Help! Thanks, John
  6. A year or two ago I would have voted yes but I've just gone for no. Leave Affinity to do what it does best, compete against Photoshop. Trying to use a screwdriver as a hammer isn't a good idea and if you set off down the DAM path you're up against Lightroom/On1 PhotoRAW/Capture One and a few others and they are different beasts altogether, though it is surprising how many people cannot see the differences. Of course if Serif decided to build a separate product to go up against LR, one where you could make a "round trip" to Affinity when / if required, one that includes a DAM, import facilities (e.g. file renaming), metadata handling, searching, slideshow, geotagging and all that, then count me in. But that's a different product altogether. It would need a better RAW engine too. My efforts editing Nikon RAW from scratch with Affinity never look as good as the same photo edited in LR. Before anyone screams, that may have something to do with my skill, or lack thereof. The current "round trip" experience would be a lot better, whatever RAW editor you use, if they used Save/Save As in the same way as 99% of other Windows programs and ditched Export. JH
  7. I agree that the way Save / Save as is implemented is a PITA. Not to mention different to almost every other piece of Windows software, be it from MS or anyone else. Export should be redundant with it's features rolled into Save As. Save should overwrite the existing file; same name/location/file type, same as almost every other piece of software. The only use I have for Export is to batch convert all of the AFPhoto files to JPEGs when I've finished editing. It's quicker than trawling round the export dialog and up and down the folder tree on every photo. Please fix it. It can't be hard? Can it? JH
  8. Thanks FD. As I say, I sorted it by turning off Controlled Folders temporarily. There's always at least three ways to do the same thing in Windows :-) Interesting thought that it may be a resource isue rather than a real conflict. I'll read the information at that link you pointed me to. I'm a long time Malwarebytes fan but that other one is new to me, I'll take a look. I might be putting two and two together and making twenty two, the two and two being; installing 1803 with Controlled Folders and then a failure when installing the AP update. If it was a general problem, install 1803 and you'll get an error when installing any software, I think people would have screamed MS's roof down. It looks like a good idea but a UAC style prompt would be an improvement. Thanks again, it is fortunate that I have a least a little Windows knowledge and can work my way around it and I know there ar helpful people such as yourself to call upon. John
  9. A few days ago I updated my second pc, an old and very slow laptop, to Windows 10 1803. I noticed the protected folder feature and left it "as delivered". Today I have tried to update that pc to Affinity and during installation everything appeared to stop (difficult to tell on this pc, it doesn't really have enough umph to pull the skin off a rice pudding). The Notifications box was showing that it had something to tell me and on checking it, it was showing "Unauthorised changes blocked. Controlled folder access blocked C:\Windows\Sy...\VSSVC.exe from making changes to memory". That's really helpful of it, truncating the folder path, but on checking I reckon it's C:\Windows\System32\VSSVC.exe. Simple solution, I turned off folder protection, ran the installation again and everything was fine. So I reckon that MS are shooting themselves in the foot. After all VSSVC is Volume Shadow Copy, maybe something to do with taking a checkpoint before installation? Any second opinions please? Thanks, John
  10. Thanks Lee. It sounds like a fairly easy workflow thing. Apply to RAW on import / first opening and leave it alone thereafter. Thanks, John
  11. How does AP (or any photo editor I suppose) avoid applying lens correction twice? Or three times or.... Is there a flag somewhere that indicates that correction has been applied so keep your mitts off or does it rely on me remembering? Just in case you're struggling with how this might happen, I may edit a photo, save it and continue later, possibly even much later, or a photo may be passed acrross from Another Photo Editor complete with correction applied. i know there's a tick box for manual control but my computer has a better memory than I do. Thanks, John
  12. Having read the comments above, and being disappointed by the apparent dropping of a DAM tool by Serif, I have been poking around. It appears to be a crowded market place with products for Windows, Apple and Linux, often priced at either USD 100 or free. Perhaps that is why Serif has halted development. They need to get their development costs back, make a profit and then support ongoing maintenance. I reckon that a decent DAM, which often include tools such as slideshows and geotagging as well as captions, tags, albums etc would work well as a front end to AP. I haven't named any names simply because there are so many and I have no experience of any of them. Google "Photo DAM for Windows/Apple/OS/VS2" (only joking with that last one) and there are more than you can shake a stick at. Be sure to search for reviews too. Some of them seem a bit wobbly. John
  13. I'm sure a great many people will agree with that. Much of the metadata is in the files themselves; star rating, caption, tags, geo-location etc etc. A Catalog / Library / DAM which allows me to assign and search on such criteria would attract a great many customers I'm sure. When (not if) I migrate I expect to lose "Album" / "Collection" information but everything else should survive, as it is in the files themselves. My copy of LR still works so I don't need to jump ship today but I will start researching options. It would be good if Affinity were one of them. John
  14. Hi, has any progress been made in 1.6 on assisting (permitting?) the astrophotography workflow whereby you; create a stack of images / layers; mask the foreground in image 1 leaving just the sky / stars visible copy the mask to image 2,3,.... then ask Affinity to align selected layers. As the layers only have stars visible it should then do a good job of aligning them rather than being confused by the foreground. There are a number of forum posts on the topic (e.g. ), even some workarounds but the general answer seems to be "we're working on it". I just wondered if anything had made it into 1.6? Thanks, John
  15. +1 It's a huge pain having to navigate all the way through the folder tree back to where I started. John
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