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  1. How about speeding up ePub support development for Publisher? There’ll probably never be a better moment to introduce ePub support, and at the same time getting an option to quickly expanding the user base. Apple plans to add an import feature to Pages to allow books to be imported into the app, but... but... when and how good? Especially where fixed format multimedia ePub publications are concerned. The simpler things are handled well by Pages, but still just as well by Sigil - the latter supporting more platforms natively. How about it? As Gorbachev once said “Those who are late will be punished by life itself”! Regards and happy coding!
  2. You're absolutely right. Thank you! I only have programs in daily use, that either exit completely, when closing (click on red button), or allow me to start a new (or second) instance. Affinity Photo and Designer are the odd ones out in this respect. That it may be complicated to implement is not really an excuse, unless the program is designed to be single user, single tasking only - and then it's a basic design problem in a modern multitasking environment. In my view. I haven't had time to test the behaviour on Windows and ipadOS yet, but... I'm also getting a bit weary about the state, after closing. As I read Affinity support's explanation, the instance is actually active (but invisible), but then I do not understand the problem, since this dialog box: is presented, if I press the "red button", and the "document" has been modified, and not saved. Whether I select "Don't Save" or "Save" the instance is stable after closing (not quitting via the menu), and it should pose no real problem in real life to either quitting the instance completely (although restarting from scratch each time may be time consuming) or allowing the initiation of a new instance from scratch, from clipboard or a previously used "document" read from disk or network. It would be nice, though, if I could work on two (or more), different "documents" at the same time. I often work on "somewhat" related projects, images etc. with a basic core, or which only vary by basic core (i.e. one or a few, identical sized images in the layer stack), and the remainder is equal. Whatever... It would be nice to be able to "copy/paste" from one instance into another, separate instance. You're not alone in restricting concurrent work instances/environments, but its would still be nice to have (and the way modern OS'es behave, it should be relatively easy (ahem) to implement in the real world). Compared to when Windows 3.0 was king of the hill. I even go back to before MS-DOS 1.x and using Hollerith cards for solving some of my daily tasks. You don't know the meaning of the term "complicated" until you've dropped a 6-foot heavy, metal box filled with cards, needing to resort...ahem... after treating the wound on your shinbone (just because you pulled the card drawer with around 6.000 or more cards all the way out of a huge, wall covering cabinet. Gives a whole new meaning to the term "data dump" Regards
  3. Yes, I know, that (as long as the dot below the icon is present) the program is active in memory. It's simple as that... But, many, most, if not nearly all, programs except yours give the user an option to open a new instance, via the icon in the dock - right click - or give you a similar, sometimes extended, option by clicking (or double clicking) the icon in the dock. Affinity Photo (or Design) does not offer an "Open" (new instance) option, as the only program, I have in use (30 permanent in my dock and many, many more periodically in the "flexible part" of the dock). It's as if "Affinity" is getting "religious" on this issue too (just like the rather longish period with more or less destroyed pen and palm rejection functionality prior to 1.7.x on the iPad, where someone had gotten the weird (? idea, that palm rejection was not a required feature, when drawing or masking or.... ;-). Regards and a big smile
  4. I close by clicking on the "red button": as is usual (for me) for any program. Single or double clicking or right clicking the icon in the dock has only the effect (here single click): and I'm offered only a choice of previous files ("Skjul" equals "Hide" and "Slut" is not what you think, but danish for "Quit" - we also have "Godselevator" in my language (meaning "Goods elevator"), and if it is active, you may even see a light in an indicator with the text "I fart" - meaning "running" ;-). No "Open" etc. of anything. Double clicking is completely without any response. Nothing happens. In short: I'm offered the option to quit the "closed" program instead of "open(ing)" an instance. Not your ordinary behaviour. Compare this to Pixelmator Pro - just to the right of Affinity Photo. Single or double clicking will open a Finder window, and right clicking will open a selection menu: Note the active "New..." option. Only if I actually quit Photo by selecting quit: will I be able to start the program from the dock, here with a right click ("Åbn" equals "Open"): The behaviour is identical for Designer. Hope this makes things easier to understand. Regards
  5. Photo and Designer downloaded from Apple Store. Both 1.7.3 and Both running on macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Seems to work, except one oddity: 1. Start program with double click (new or existing file etc.). 2. Exit program. 3. Try to start program again by double clicking icon in the bar in the bottom of the screen. Point 3 will not work, until you've quit the program. Then the double click will work again. Any solution to this "oddity" (not quite standard Apple UI Added: Same situation on macOS Mojave 10.14.6. I started once, none of the programs start again after normal exit (requires quit before a double click will work again). This is not the case with any other application I use.
  6. I have used Pages as an ePub3 editor a few times. Mostly I need to create fixed format ibooks (I’ve done a few using the free iBooks Author), but it’s not bad for the occasional free-flowing epub3 publication. Not at all bad. The Mac/iPhone/iPad Books reader handles everything I’ve tried - even including simple animations, although the latter poses problems outside the Apple sphere (there really is no “grown up” reader of epub3 files on Android, Windows or Linux). As long as you use text, images and videos only, problems are few, and far between. Nothing, that can’t be cured by Sigil, but… Sigil is seldom required for ordinary - even advanced - creations. You can - of course - work on Pages documents on-line from any decent Windows or Linux browser, and there is the added bonus, that you do not have to leak content and ideas in readable form from unfinished products, while working on your latest candidate for a Nobel prize in Litterature. You can password protect/encrypt the documents (and you can place them on iCloud and any WebDAV server available), and on iPhone, iPad and modern MacBook Pro/Air machines, you can unlock via a convenient touch-ID (probably face-ID unlock will work also on most recent iPad/iPhone gear) in day-to-day use. Quick and easy. The latter makes Pages a really interesting solution for everyone working in the Apple sphere, since Word (or Excel) do not support this approach at all (not even for documents stored on OneDrive, which does not encrypt stored user files except in the business edition. Whether you use the much safer iCloud or the far less safe OneDrive or Google Drive cloud storage solutions for private use, you can activate a minimum of protection on a per document basis with Pages. This will of course not render the old-fashioned physical rubber hose decryption method obsolete - ahem. By using the iOS App FileBrowser Biz I also get access to storing/reading practically “anywhere else”, like ordinary network shares (SMB - including standard network shares from my desktop Mac or local NAS), other cloud providers (Amazon etc.) or even the odd FTP servers “out there on the internet” - from inside Pages (and Numbers). You are not forced to use iCloud or local storage on devices. You don’t even have to have a copy of your document stored on your iPhone/iPad. The new iOS/ipadOS 13 versions are said to support a similar agnostic storage regime; if you wait a week or two or so, you can check for yourself, if a third party solution is required at all in the future. Then it will also be possible to check the read/write support for external disks, USB-sticks and SD-card readers on the final iOS/ipadOS releases. Regards
  7. I'm currently using an Apple Mac (desktop), but I get the Windows only license. Only link to Apple use is a link to "iTunes" in (7). Now, all my licenses are either iPad or Windows, but have you also altered your stance on "inter-OS" licensing (i.e. whether you use Windows or Mac)? The more licenses you need (I currently use two on Windows - Photos and Designer - in addition to my separate iPad use also including both apps), the bigger the chances are, that you also own macOS equipped hardware. Is it now also possible to use the Windows license on macOS versions of the Affinity products? I'm certainly not buying a separate license for macOS in addition to my Windows and iPad licenses for both Photos and Designer. How 'bout it?
  8. Same here on my iPad Air 2 (most recent firmware) whether importing jpg or dng files (camera roll or elsewhere). Tried uninstall and reinstall. Crashes when tapping on the "settings" icon. This app is in no way fit for release. It cannot have been tested at all in this version. It's one big crash, whatever one wants to do. Not at all good. Horrible, in fact! Re: Switching language: How on earth did you manage to avoid testing the use on "secondary" iPad languages? Are there other things, that you also forgot to test before release? I'm not going through this language switching hoolabaloo. I'll wait for a working version.
  9. It would be really, really, REALLY nice, if it was possible to work on one image (of many in a sequence), then select "Copy settings" (with the option to exclude some or not), which will preserve all operations, rotations, sizing, modifications and whatnot done to the original. Then enter batch mode or whatever could be agreed upon, select the images to be processed (one to many - in my most recent case 398 images), and "paste settings", whereafter each of the selected images in the sequence undergo the exact same process, as the "master" image. No problem at all in Lightroom. Typically a case of seconds or a few minutes at most. I often need to work on sequences of images - extracted from video - that need heavy processing (available light scenes) - or just modifications to create i.e. moving "filled outlines" or other even more elaborate effects. Currently I use Lightroom for "image cosmetics" working on "intermediate lossless formats" extracted via FFMPEG. A lot of things can be made via Lightroom (and videos initially lost due to quality issues have actually been salvaged that way). It's quick and dirty, but it works, and Lightroom is in some respects extremely powerfull as a multi-image/sequence/video editor. Regards
  10. Hi Chris_K OK. I've removed the Affinity Photo Beta from my machine.
  11. Hi I've tried the Affinity Photo Beta 1.5.0.38 (and earlier) on a Surface Pro 4 with pen. I prefer a pen interface in many situations, when editing photos/images/drawings. Affinity Photo is not really pen oriented. Without keyboard/touchpad, you have to resort to extreme pen-picking-in-menu-massage, which is not really that productive. I really, really miss some pen or finger oriented buttons on the toolbar - most required are Undo and Redo buttons (I know history exists, but it's like using a cannon for removing a twig) enabling you to quickly compare two states. History is not a replacement, due to the abysmally small "interface", when using HiDPI interfaces and i.e. fingermode (in a quick and dirty last second editing situation with the keyboard/touchpad back in the hotel). My large sausages have no chance in hell using history, and you need the fine motoric dexterity of a card shark to handle much of the right part of the user interface - even using a pen. I would suggest, that you create a selectable option for a fingers only situation (pen lost, back in car, forgotten in hotel). What I miss the most is palm-rejection (in reality it is fine to reject/ignore "one-finger moves" only - also applies to Windows Designer) and allow two-finger zooming, move, rotate (currently it is not really working, but most often acts as a one-finger draw which should not be possible at all). It would be nice to have a special preferences menu for the pen, finger, palm handling on a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or similar devices. They're not going away, it seems. I'm not totally happy with using the default rubber brush for deletions (pen in "rubber" mode). It would be nice to have an option to select how "rubber" mode on "pen-rubber" should behave - in contrast to a specifically selected rubber action through the user interface tool bar. An option to "enable/disable" automatic pen/finger-handling switch between tablet and keyboard mode would also be appropriate. When using a pen, I have extreme difficulty reading (even showing) the element "texts" for each interface button, menu etc. Some options are hard to show/activate (i.e. pulldown menus). Playing Woody Woodpecker does help - some of the time - but mostly... sigh. I would not recommend using the Photo for Windows for anyone relying on using pen mode on i.e. Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I looooove the pen approach for image editing. Lying in a sofa, creativity enhancing drink within reach, music in my noise reducing headphones, tablet use with pen in hand, and just getting things done. This is not really a solution with Affinity Paint for Windows. There's too much of a Jobs restricted ("nobody used a pen" ;-) Mac user interface present and not enough Windows pen interface. Regards
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