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    dmstraker got a reaction from nezumi in 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!
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    dmstraker got a reaction from R C-R in Blend modes notes (52 A4 pages)   
    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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from nezumi in 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!
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    dmstraker got a reaction from R C-R in Blend modes notes (52 A4 pages)   
    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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from R C-R in Blend modes notes (52 A4 pages)   
    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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from Alfred in 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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from TEcHNOpls in 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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from TEcHNOpls in 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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from TEcHNOpls in 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
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    dmstraker reacted to Mark Ingram in Myopic distress in file access dialogue   
    I imagine that's because that version of PS isn't high DPI aware.
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    dmstraker reacted to Chris B in Gradient adjustment not available in mask when using Gradient Tool   
    Morning Dave,
    I had a chat with dev on Friday about this and they have agreed to look at this again. Hopefully we can work this out so it suits everyone  
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    dmstraker got a reaction from PaulAffinity in 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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    dmstraker got a reaction from Chris B in Gradient adjustment not available in mask when using Gradient Tool   
    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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    dmstraker reacted to Chris B in Myopic distress in file access dialogue   
    It just happened...


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    dmstraker got a reaction from R C-R in Blend modes notes (52 A4 pages)   
    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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from emmrecs01 in 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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    dmstraker got a reaction from R C-R in Blend modes notes (52 A4 pages)   
    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
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    dmstraker got a reaction from Burny in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    Quick mask (Q) (don't exit) New Mask Layer boom (crashes)
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    dmstraker reacted to Gnobelix in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    the same here
     
    Cheers
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    dmstraker reacted to Chris B in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    Oops. I'll let dev know  Thanks Dave.
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    dmstraker got a reaction from Burny in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    Quick mask (Q) (don't exit) New Mask Layer boom (crashes)
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    dmstraker got a reaction from Burny in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    Quick mask (Q) (don't exit) New Mask Layer boom (crashes)
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    dmstraker got a reaction from Burny in Quick mask plus mask = boom   
    Quick mask (Q) (don't exit) New Mask Layer boom (crashes)
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    dmstraker got a reaction from walt.farrell in File/Place gotcha (easy fix)   
    Nice workaround -- thanks, Walt!
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    dmstraker got a reaction from TEcHNOpls in Info crosshairs left behind   
    That looks like an ad absurdum argument. When there is value in things remaining, then of course they should remain. But in the case of the info panel, there is no value in the crosshairs remaining when the info panel is dismissed. To get rid of it, the user has to re-initiate the panel and change the selection. In this case, it simply makes sense to hide the crosshairs when the panel is dismissed.
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