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Paul Batty

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  1. I brought this issue up in a forum and ‘walt.farell’ suggested I mention it on the Feedback for Affinity Photo, so here goes. Keep in mind I dabble with Affinity Photo and its sister programmes on desktop and use Photoshop a lot for work and play. I use 'Actions' in Photoshop quite a bit; everything is controlled from one panel. It only uses one file type to save and import these actions or groups of 'Actions'. Whereas 'Affinity Photo' makes use of two panels (and two file types to deal with individual or grouped (category) ’Macros’ To be honest It was a fair time since I had played with 'Macros' in Affinity that it slipped my mind that two panels were required to achieve a really simple task of importing saved 'Macros' (or grouped Macros saved as categories) and I got frustrated that the import function on the 'Macro' panel could not see my saved macros because they were' .afmacros' files and commented on what I thought was a possible glitch. Walt.farell said the following: "Why do you think it's a problem? .afmacro (no s) contain a single macro and are used with the Macro panel. .afmacros files are a different format, holding multiple macros, and are used with the Library panel." So to make things easier for all concerned if we have to use two panels instead of one I suggested the following: When using the import macro button in the macro panel, would it not be a good idea for the software to recognise both a single .afmacro, or a grouped .afmacros files and automatically import them in to the library ready for use with a notification advising the macros have been imported to the Library. It would save a lot of hassle and time. A comment made by R C-R said "How would this know which library category to add the macros to? The Library panel might not even be visible/open at the time." Then I had another thought: When importing the action or grouped actions using the macro panel, give the user the ability to choose a destination category in the library, in addition make the Library panel automatically switch on, if it switched off. I think these are features which would be of benefit to all who make use of 'Macros' making 'Affinity Photo' a little bit more intuitive to use!
  2. Like I said the import should notify the user that the action or grouped actions (Category) has been imported in to the library to prompt the user to switch the library on. Here are a couple more thoughts on making the user experience friendlier when dealing with macros. When importing the action or grouped actions using the macro panel, give the user the ability to choose a destination category in the library, in addition make the Library panel automatically switch on, if it switched off. If the user interface has to use 2 panels then things should work together.
  3. Just one extra thought about importing macros. When using the import macro button in the macro panel, would it not be a good idea for the software to recognise both a single .afmacro, or a grouped .afmacros files and automatically import them in to the library ready for use with a notification advising the macros have been imported to the Library. It would save a lot of hassle and time.
  4. I guess I am more used to the way Photoshop works with 'Actions'. Affinity having two panels and macro file types, to do what is done in one panel and with one file type by the competition is just a bit confusing. To be honest it is so long since I created the macros in AP I had forgotten that I can add the macro to a group with the add to library button or use the library panel to arrange or get them back in to the macro panel to tweak or edit them as required. So for me its just another learning experience (or re learning), but it still seems strange and not as intuitive as the single 'Actions' panel in Photoshop.
  5. I have just tried to import some simple sharpening ' Affinity Photo' macros I created with an earlier build in to the latest build on my Windows PC. I think I have found another glitch! When I click on import and navigate to where I know the saved macros are located, 'Affinity Photo cannot see the 'named.afmacros' file. The only way I can get my saved macros to work in 'Affinity Photo' is to import them in to the 'Library' which can see the 'named.afmacros' file! Has anyone else reported this problem.
  6. I have Affinity software (Photo, Designer & Publisher) on both Mac and Windows and the ability to 'Tile' or quickly 'Arrange' open tabbed document windows is not available in the Affinity software on any platform. Other software has had this feature for many years (or decades)! It's about time this facility was added to all Affinity software. It's now 2 years since I broached the subject for this useful and time saving facility. Unfortunately with every update to date I have been disappointed.
  7. Hi Chris, Thanks for the info. I used the first method and I can confirm the bug in windows Affinity Photo has gone. No darkening of the image and the canvas+pixels now rotate. Thank You.
  8. Hi Folks just downloaded the latest update 1.8.4.693 and installed it as administrator. For me the problem still remains! My solution is still valid, don't rotate any image files in the 'Develop' persona just do it in the 'Photo' persona. In the 'Develop' persona the image is still rotated in a darkened state, but the image/document (Canvas) is left in its original orientation giving me a cropped squared image. Hope this feed back helps.
  9. One of the things I really miss in Affinity software is the ability to quickly arrange open documents, yes I know you can Float and Dock them, but wouldn't it be nice to have the option to arrange tabbed 2up Vertical or Horizontal, or even 3Up, 4 up etc. What about adding the option to 'Tile' tabbed windows that would be a start! As it is now I have to float the windows, move them around and resize them to suite, which is tedious! It is like going back in time! Maybe I have been spoilt by other software that offers this facility; but I think it's time Affinity had this feature, especially since most people now have bigger monitor/displays and can make use of such a useful feature.
  10. Being able to save different workspaces for different needs is a really useful feature. The Adobe Software CS/CC has offered this sort of thing with pre-sets for Photography, Typography, Painting and the ability for the user to create Custom workspaces. I regularly use the facility on Photoshop & InDesign when writing tutorials for the classes I teach at college. It would be a fantastic feature to add to all the 'Affinity' software because it allows the end user to work in a way that meets their own requirements. Reading the comments above seems to suggest that this sort of thing is already built-in but hidden. If other software providers offer this facility is it not time that Affinity made the feature available in their own software, even if it means adding another few options to the existing Window menu >>>>>> New Workspace > Reset Workspace > Delete Workspace. It's not much to ask for, is it? I would also like to see other developments in Affinity software to make it more intuitive to use, such as adding greater control to the Warp/Mesh tool to make it more like Photoshops 'Free Transform' tool with ability to change option by using a right click inside the transform to Scale, Distort, Perspective, Warp etc. Or the ability to access more than one RAW file at time in the 'Develop Persona' and then be able to copy/sync develop settings to a whole batch of images just as can be done in 'Adobe Camera Raw' or 'Lightroom'. While I have all the Affinity software, I still end up working with Adobe Software just because I can get things done quicker as it is more intuitive. I really hope that the Affinity software gets better and better with each incarnation, I would hope the development team takes on board the comments from all who have invested in their work. I admit I also need to spend a bit more time using the Affinity software, which will probably happen in my retirement. Just like the comment above I have a love hate relationship with Affinity Photo, I inform people about the software but always say its missing the little extra bits that make Photoshop easier and quicker to use.
  11. At least the Mac version does not have this bug.
  12. Noticed that the Develop Persona rotate feature messes things up for both Raw Files and Jpeg files when using the rotate option buttons! I have tried this on several RAW file formats (Olympus, Canon, Nikon) and also JPEGS. In addition the preview image becomes darker, I would expect the whole image/document and the canvas to rotate in sync as it does in every other piece of software I have (Photoshop ACR, Lightroom, On1 Photo Raw 2020, RawTherapee, Corel Aftershot Pro3 and Corel Paintshop, DxO). The reason for so many software packages is that as a photographer and as tutor of digital imaging, I need to know the available alternatives to advise learners! The work around for me if I want to use the Affinity Photo RAW processing options is to NOT rotate any image in the 'Develop Persona' and just rotate it in 'Photo Persona'. Hopefully, this bug will be sorted out by the next update.
  13. Just playing with Affinity Photo 1.5.0.45 windows version software, (I have also be playing with the Mac Beta) to see what is similar to the competition. While exploring the interface and looking for keyboards shortcuts that deal with brush size and hardness I came a cross a possible bug. It is great to note the right/left square bracket keys are used to change brush size (something I use all the time in PS) Unfortunately, changing the hardness using the mouse keyboard combination as described in the built in help " Right mouse button press+Alt+drag (up/down)" does not appear to work! Tried several painting and retouch tools but the mouse+keyboard+ drag combination just does not work! Would it not be easier to just use the right/left square bracket keys utilising the 'shift' or even the 'Alt' key as the modifier to change the hardness? Just like to say thanks for giving us an alternative to 'Adobe' software, keep up with the good work. But one big area of improvement would be to give the Affinity software a facility similar to 'Adobe Bridge' for file management and help with workflow speed. Plus RAW file handling need to be vastly improved, with the ability to save the processing options in XMP sidefiles for each Raw file. The ability to process multiple RAW files as in 'ACR would be a big step forward'. I realise this will take time, but the sooner these are implemented into Affinity photo, the better it will be for all users! One other thing, where is the menu option (or preference option) to check for software updates?
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