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  1. Just a smidgety little one. Draw a shape. Transform panel, click on another transform point. New point gets bigger, but top left default point stays white. New point doesn't get white. Not the end of the world. Not even Brexit.
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    Ruler/Measure Tool

    If you're using regular sizes, you can set a grid and snapping (so no need to measure). Otherwise a non-snapped grid will still let you get a quick approximate measurement. You can also set guides and snap to these. Guides also show absolute position (needs a bit of subtraction). When I'm doing frequent same sizes, I'll sometimes set up a bunch of rectangles for each size and then snap to these. Or sometimes a 'square wave' with the pen tool (good for rescaling). Rectangles are also a good way to transfer a measure from one place to another. You can even rotate a rectangle (and hold down shift for snapped 15' increments). If you go to the Transform tab it will show you the position/size of selected rectangle (including after you have released it). You can set/change the rectangle size from here too.
  3. This is similar to File/New From Clipboard (after Alt-PrtScn), which creates a lighter document.
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    Beta update?

    What will happen somewhere along the way is code ageing, where complexity increases such that new features and fixes get harder and hence slower. When this happens depends on a number of factors such as: key programmer stability (don't want to lose people who understand how it all really works!), time pressure (like when pre-announcements are made), code complexity (fancy algorithms, etc) , code architecture (eg clean modularity), quality rigour (testing begins with specification, not code complete), and so on. Go slow to go fast is often a wise move, but such choices are not always in the hands of the programmers. I am, by the way, in awe of what the Serif folks have produced. This is non-trivial coding, folks!
  5. Attached is my complete set of notes about blend modes, now spread across 52 pages of A4. These are significantly updated from the previous revision, with lots more 'recipes' and organisation of these under main topics, hopefully to make them more usable. Enjoy. Blend modes notes V5.pdf
  6. Stitch a panorama (I had about a dozen images). Then when you're looking at it (before hitting Apply), the horizontal scroll bar only shift the view port only a bit, and not across the whole image. You have to use the Hand tool to drag the image sideways.
  7. In Photoshop the Fill Opacity has particular effects in the 'Special 8' blend modes as well as its use in 'Effects'. I can see it working in Effects, but not as PS-style Fill Opacity. Am I missing something?
  8. I queried a little while ago about the loss of the very useful HSV checkbox in the HSL panel, but the conversation faded into inconclusiveness. (No conclusion here either). So here's the question again: Why was HSV removed? Do you think we could have it back again? Many thanks!!
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    Reboot: Whither HSV?

    Thanks, Chris. Just an extra thought: You could have a checkbox in Preferences for 'PSD compatibility'. If this is on, HSV (and other incompatible options) are not offered. If it is off (for people who are not concerned about compatibility) then AP can offer HSV and more of Serif's excellent innovations! Tx
  10. When you double-click the sliders in layer fx to get them to return to default, they do so, but then immediately snap back to their adjusted position. Like they were attached with elastic bands.
  11. Hmm. Tried this again but working ok. Looks like non-normal twisted undergarments scenario.
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    Reboot: Whither HSV?

    Hi Chris, From my understanding, HSV differences: Hue seems identical. Decreasing saturation: Goes to a different form of monochrome -- appears to be more perceptual, so for example yellow becomes lighter. Seems the same as B&W adjustment plus opacity change. Increasing saturation: A different form of saturation. Decreases non-dominant colours more radically. Don't know how this is done without HSV.. Decreasing luminosity: Seems the same. Increasing luminosity: Removes black rather than adding white. Seems the same as Channel Mixer, CMYK, Black, reduce black. The HSV features are convenient and useful when, as with all features, once you understand them. I found the HSL format an easy and accessible way to use these extended features. Yes, most features can be obtained elsewhere (except increasing saturation), though these need additional keystrokes and more advanced understanding of the product. I get the desire to be compatible with PS and PSD files, though it seems very limiting for the potential of AP to go 'above and beyond' PS. You've already got excellent ways of exceeding PS, such as with Blend Ranges vs Blend If. Hope this helps. Dave
  13. In Control Panel / System / Display, you can set 'Scale and layout' to such as (for my 40" 4K display) 150%. Much of AP respects this, giving decent-sized text. However, when you do file access, such as opening or exporting files, it is displayed at the equivalent of 100%. For us visually challenged folks, this required stressful nose-to-screen squinting.
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    Myopic distress in file access dialogue

    It's also happening with my 4K (also NVidia: GForce GTX 650). Maybe Microsoft needs to keep up. Do you have a developer's moan zone you can post on? I'm less than a flea in the trillion dollar MS world. I updated the NVidia drivers, to no avail. And yet PS, even old CS6 handles it ok...
  15. Add adjustment. Alt-click to edit it. Select Gradient Tool from LH menu. Drag to draw gradient. Type on Context toolbar say 'Linear'. All well and good. But click on the Context toolbar colour patch and you are not able to edit the gradient.
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    Myopic distress in file access dialogue

    And full clip, dual screen:
  17. Thanks, @Chris B. It seems I draw the gradient, then rather than use the dialogue to change colours, I do it dynamically on the drawn gradient. Click on node, change colour. Neat and intuitive -- I get the idea. However the clicking away to get the full gradient dialogue now is counterintuitive. Can I suggest: Keep the improvement, so you can draw the gradient. When you click on the colour in the context toolbar, open at the 'colour' panel as now to allow node change, but also include a Gradient tab (and Swatches). Now when you click on Gradient, continue as if you've clicked away. This improves usability for people who are confused and don't get the extra step of clicking away and gives more flexibility.
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    Myopic distress in file access dialogue

    Are you certain only Affinity does this? Not 100%, but certainly in the upper decile. Can you provide a screenshot? Below Does it happen every time for you? Yup Does it affect the release? Release what? It is happening in 1.6.
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    HDR Merge hanging

    When I've an HDR Merge going on, I tend to head off to do other things. However, when I do this there's a tendency to come back later and the merge has frozen. Task Manager is then needed to kill AP. I'm guessing it's a memory-intensive activity (it clearly uses lots of processor cycles) and may be hitting the out-of-resource buffers. Still, it's pretty untidy just to hang.
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    HDR Merge hanging

    I also just had the same effect going to the tone mapping persona. I suspect it's simply untidy handling when AP runs out of windows resources or is left waiting. I've not had the same issues with any other programme. Is there some kind of vector you can hook when windows says 'no'? and then unreel rather than just sitting and waiting? Maybe some kind of timeout interrupt that says 'It's taking a long time -- do you want to give up or keep waiting'?
  21. I wanted to use a screen/window image, so did Alt-PrtScn. Then File/New from Clipboard. ...and it looks like the 'too white' effect we were getting with RAW import on the previous version. I then added Curves to compensate and tried to Merge and the Curves layer wouldn't disappear. Tried with other adjustments. Same effect. Tried with 1.6. Happens here too.
  22. Expand the canvas a bit Add fx Outline, Fill style: Any. Crop back to edge of outline. It's a nice effect but and option for a squared option to fill out the rectangular image frame would be good. A fill layer below kind of works but is not perfect. If you do a Edit/Matte just to fill in the corners, it flattens the outline, removing the gradient (bug?). The matte colour just goes on top of the outline like it wasn't there.
  23. Select Clone Brush Alt-click on image -- adds '+' Click Add Global Source -- Brings up Sources panel with current layer in Click on layer in Sources panel Click on dustbin in Sources panel -- layer deleted Click on eye in bottom left of Sources panel -- image disappears (shouldn't do this, I presume) Change Source: on top context text menu to Global Move mouse over image area -- goes all flickery! -- made up of squares from image. Also: Duplicating and deleting layers also leads to strangeness. Even pressing control sets it off. Source: on context menu sometimes gets greyed out. Restoring it to Current Layer seems to help. Looks like a bit of code has lost its way.
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    HDR Merge hanging

    Thanks, Jeff. Though as edit above, I left it for a while and it rebooted ok. I read that this gives time for the capacitors to fully discharge and so let voltages drop to fully zero. I have RAID on the desktop and backup to a Synology NAS system so I wouldn't lose much data (though the hassle of a dead system is counted in days, at least).
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    HDR Merge hanging

    I would check, but I've now got an unusable desktop system (writing this on portable) following the latest HDR crash. AP was hanging or crashing the computer every couple of merges (memory leak?). Five 42 Mpx RAW images (40Mb each). Not much else going on (browser open). Now, the computer won't boot. There's power and it all seems happy -- except nothing appears on either display. I've hard rebooted and fully power cycled several times. F8 at startup has no effect so I'm wondering if it's something to do with the monitor system. I've tried unplugging and plugging in monitor cables to no avail. But then pressing the power switch on the desktop results in an immediate power down, suggesting the system is stuck somewhere near the beginning of the boot sequence. The disk system is on RAID and reported health disks in a recent analysis. Any ideas? ---- Edit: I gave it a while for capacitors to discharge and tried again. Now the computer's working again. Phew!
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