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  1. A portable command line utility to extract a sensibly-sized preview from proprietary Affinity* files would be helpful for many users and many software products which handle or manage files produced with Affinity software. Under Windows, the shell thumbnail handler installed by Designer etc. works, but produces only small thumbnails. The longest edge is apparently limited 512 pixels, which is probably a limitation in Windows thumbnail handlers. I would like to see at least a screen-sized preview (say, 1920px) of my Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo files in other applications.
  2. Yes. Your point? I'm a software developer and I use WIC codecs in my software for years. As far as I'm aware, Serif does not provide WIC codecs for their proprietary file formats. Correct me if I'm wrong. They apparently provide thumbnail handlers for shell integration, but that's not the same thing.
  3. The problem is not the import of RAW files into AP, it's the display of thumbnails of AP files in Windows Explorer and other applications which use the Windows shell functions to extract thumbnails and previews from files. WIC Codecs (like the FPV codecs) enable applications to access files in a uniform and standardized way. In most cases, this means extracting / developing RAW files. If Affinity Photo and Designer would offer a WIC codec (which they really should, this is standard for over 10 years now) all applications which use WIC could at least extract a preview for the Photo/Designer fi
  4. Thanks, carl123 I've tried to learn a bit more about AP and how it handles metadata embedded in files. It looks like the EXIF panel in AP shows only a subset of the metadata in the NEF file (even in the "All" setting). No headlines, keywords, titles etc. No legacy IPTC, maker notes or other relevant data. To me It seems that AP ignores the associated XMP metadata record (in a standard XMP sidecar file) when I imports a NEF RAW file. And when I later export the NEF to JPEG after editing in AP, only a subset of the metadata embedded in the NEF makes it into the JPEG. Keywords etc. a
  5. Thanks, Chris. Good point! It seems that AP keeps the files locked and then the AP thumbnail handler shell extension cannot access the files and so Windows Explorer and other applications fail too. Serif should have a look at that.
  6. Windows 10, 64-bit When I create an .afphoto file from scratch and save it, I can see a preview for it in Windows Explorer. Preview tab also works. When I import a NEF file, develop it and save it, no thumbnail is displayed in Windows Explorer (just a large afphoto icon). Preview tab fails to display anything. I checked and it seems that the thumbnail handler installed by your product does not work correct in all cases.
  7. How do I edit IPTC, EXIF, GPS and XMP data in Affinity Photo? Sorry if this has been asked before. I just bought it and try to process some of my files. All my files (NEF, PSD, TIFF, DNG and JPG formats) have clean and proper embedded metadata (legacy IPTC (IIM), EXIF, GPS and XMP either embedded or in sidecar files). How does AP deal with that? Where can I edit or at least view this data? Can AP edit XMP and other metadata?
  8. Ben, thank you very much for giving us some details and background info. I'm really not interested in the inner workings of your file format. It's perfectly valid for you to keep your file format proprietary so you can change it whenever you need to. I fully understand that. What I would like to see is a standard/documented way to extract a thumbnail/preview image for .afdesign and .afphoto files. Like it exists for PSD files, DNG files, TIFF files, MP3 files etc. Or maybe a shell extension for WIndows which allows Windows to pull a preview from your files. This would not only
  9. Adobe Bridge is no DAM ;) Bridge is basically a better file system browser. There are many of these around already, for Windows, Mac and Linux. Do you know some real DAM software, e.g. products offered by companies like Canto, FotoWare, Extensis, Asset Bank, Widen, Daminion etc.? I think Adobe has a high-price DAM for enterprise-level users as well. The feature set of a real DAM by far exceeds what Bridge does. Or what Lr does in that department. I develop a DAM software myself (which I of course did not mention it in the list above) and about 50% of my users use Lr, DxO, C1, Silk
  10. I have no plans to edit your files. But being able to see a preview for them in Windows Explorer and in my DAM would be very welcome. We already discuss this in the community for my software. Does your file format support some kind of embedded preview? Maybe you can supply a shell extension like Adobe does so we can access the preview using the standard Windows API functions for previews. As of you plans for developing your own DAM: Great. But I would very much prefer, not only as a DAM developer but also as a user of your software, that you at least document if and how you store metadat
  11. Hi, I'm the developer of a renowned DAM software for Windows. I also use the awesome Affinity Designer personally. My software supports over 100 file formats so far. I would like to add extended support for files created with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo to my software. Is there any documentation available for the .afdesign and .afphoto file formats? I'm especially interested in ways to render a suitable preview / thumbnail of your files, and in reading and writing metadata.
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