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JustGeorge

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  1. I've posted a feature request regarding "AP Windows Exporting to Current Directory". I don't think it's a bug, but just in case I'm posting a pointer to that topic. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/40726-ap-windows-exporting-to-current-directory/ Apologies if I'm being a nuisance. (Not really. ;) ) --JustGeorge
  2. I think this is a feature request, and not a bug report. (I'm posting a pointer to here in the "Bugs on Windows" forum. Apparently by default, AP Windows exports to the last used directory, not the current working directory. This can get very frustrating trying to find and move the errant file, as this is one of the two programs I use frequently that does this, so I forget in between sessions. (ViewNX 2 is the other, but I'm using it less-and-less as I use AP more.) I don't work from one single directory. I ingest from my cameras into date-based directories, based on file format (NEF, NRW and ORF). Scanned images are filed totally separately, based on subject matter. I'm using both Zoner Photo Studio 18 and FastStone as DAM programs. As an example: if yesterday I worked in /2015-11/NEF, and today work in /2016-08/ORF, saving the latter TIFF ends up in the 2015-11/NEF directory, if I forget to change it. (And that extra step can be a mild nuisance when I get really going :) .) Nikon ViewNX2 works like Photo; I have to remember to select the directory I want to save to. However: Zoner Photo Studio 18, FastStone, PaintShopPro x8, Paint.net, and Olympus Viewer 3 all save edits to the current directory. Even the new Topaz Studio does this. Qimage Ultimage saves files to a single default working directory, which is ok, since I know where to look. Saving to a default export directory would be an acceptable alternative, but obviously not my first choice. Hopefully this is something that can be implemented soon. --JustGeorge
  3. No, I am not working from one single directory. I ingest from my cameras into date-based directories, based on file format (NEF, NRW and ORF). Scanned images are filed totally separately, based on subject matter. I jump around a lot, so there is no single working directory. It would have thousands of files, multiple formats (TIFF & JPEG besides raw). Here's what happens: if yesterday I worked in 2015-11/NEF, and today work in 2016-08/ORF, saving the latter TIFF ends up in the 2015-11/NEF directory. Nikon ViewNX2 acts the same as Affinity Photo, i.e. saving to the last used directory, which is annoying. However: Zoner Photo Studio 18, FastStone, PaintShopPro x8, Paint.net, and Olympus Viewer 3 all save edits to the current directory. Even the new Topaz Studio. Qimage Ultimage saves files to a specific working directory, which is ok, since I know where to look. Yes, I'm not as organized as I'd like to be, but I've got a ton of catching up to do. Especially since I'm re-doing many that I'd previously over- or under-processed. I could live with the export directory being always the same. Otherwise, I'm going to have to go looking elsewhere for a different image processor. But I'm just getting familiar with AP, really like it, and don't want to abandon it. --JustGeorge
  4. AP Windows exports to the last used directory, not the current working directory. This can get very frustrating trying to find and move the errant file. Is there a setting I've not found? Or should this be a Bug Report or a Feature Request? --JustGeorge
  5. Sharkey, I don't know if this is what you're saying, but I too experience a lot of frustration in trying to use the program. My main issues are (1) the program's help file (search field often yields useless results); and (2) this forum (trying to find topics that are related primarily to Photo, especially AP for Windows). My problem: once I learn a procedure or technique, I may not use it again for a long time, and then can't find out how to do it again. I suspect many of the users on this forum have at least some background and/or familiarity with Adobe's various products, which sometimes makes it hard for me to decipher what they're saying. I think there are multiple terms for the same thing that I can't always decipher. I started out using AP as a replacement for PaintShop Pro x8, which was a replacement for Topaz photoFXlab. In the beginning I used it as a layered front end for the various Topaz plugins, gradually easing in to using more of the AP edit functions. While that background helped me some, there's still a lot that confuses me with AP. All of which usually results in not being able to know what it is I want to ask. I've been evaluating the new Topaz Studio, hoping that it would simplify my workflow, but I'm totally disappointed with it. So for me, I'll be sticking it out with AP, and try to figure out how to get the results I want without stumbling around so much. I have found that the AP video tutorials are a big help. I've watched many of them more than once, several of them many times. While they're good, they often cover multiple procedures/processes, not reflected in their titles. The PDF by dmstraker https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/37281-notes-on-in-house-affinity-photo-video-tutorials/has been extremely useful in finding help within those tutorials. (I can't remember, but I may have needed to run optical character recognition on the PDF to make it searchable.) Give it a look if you haven't already. It might help with figuring out what you want to ask about. A good manual, or better help manual and forum search capability, would go along way to alleviating some of my frustrations. FWIW, YMMV, all the usual disclaimers. --JustGeorge
  6. Is there a v.1.5.2 for Windows, not beta? If so, how do I get it? Thanks, --JustGeorge
  7. I might file the bug report. It definitely doesn't open in the last used category, but in the category at the top of the category list. Adding my new presets to the category that automatically opens would mean waiting for even more presets to finish loading before I could use the program. And each time I load another image, I have to wait for all of the presets to finish loading. I'm thinking I'll go thru and export the un-needed presets, delete the un-needed categories, leaving "my" default category, then import them later on. I'll ponder this some more before making any rash decisions. Thanks for the feedback Alex, --JustGeorge
  8. Is there any way to change the default Tone Mapping Persona presets without deleting the supplied presets? I've made a couple of presets to play around with. I've deleted the old Default category, created a new Default category and renamed that Default, but a different category always loads. The problem is that I have to wait for the other presets to load before I can open my preferred preset category; this takes a bit more time to load, especially knowing I'm going to open a different category as soon as I can. Other than deleting all of the other supplied preset categories, is there any way to make AP open my preferred "Default" category by, well, default? I'd like to eventually come back and play with the supplied presets, but if deleting them is my only option then so be it. Thanks in advance for any assistance, --JustGeorge
  9. I had a similar problem with TIFFs saved from Topaz photoFXlab (pfxl). I'm relatively new to using layers, started about 8 mos ago with pfxl, and immediately ran into a problem with saving TIFFs; they could not be viewed in neither Nikon View NX2 or FastStone (my wife's image viewer). The problem disappeared when manually saving in pfxl, selecting NONE for compression and de-selecting "Save Alpha Channel"; I'm almost positive that the alpha channel was the problem; after de-selecting, the TIFFs would be viewable in both FastStone and VNX2. There was no problem viewing the default TIFFs in IrfanView, XnView or the Windows photo app. Converting the TIFFs to JPEG, or saving from photoFXlab direct to JPEG, resulted in viewable images. From this, I deduced that there was some kind of a problem with the alpha channel relative to friendly relations with both FastStone & VNX2. (FWIW, images edited with Zoner Photo Studio 18 and saved to TIFF did not have a problem. I have no idea if that's relevant or not.) I tested a newer Nikon program (NX-D?), but it didn't work any better. This made me curious, so I just opened up Olympus OV3, and the TIFFs produced with Affinity Photo are NOT viewable by that program. Curiouser and curiouser. I just skimmed through Affinity's preferences and some of the other settings, but I don't see anything related to saving with or without the alpha channel, and my files saved to TIFF from Affinity are perfectly fine except for OV3, so I don't know if this means anything or not, but it may be worth looking into. I was disappointed with pfxl, but eventually ended up with Affinity Photo, so I guess I need to thank Topaz for that! :) Anyway this is all just anecdotal evidence, I probably know not whereof I speak, and maybe am only adding chaff to the discussion, but it is curious how some programs are compatible and others not. No guarantees that any of the above is relevant, pertinent or coherent. --George
  10. I looked at the plugin list, and Topaz ReMask 5 is listed as un-supported. Is there hope that it will be supported in the near future, or do I need to come up with a work-around workflow.
  11. Apparently this problem still needs to be resolved. ReMask 5 works for me in Zoner Photo Studio 18, PaintShop Pro x8, and Topaz's own photoFXlab, no transparency issues. Problem is with both JPEGs and TIFFs. As I've written in another forum, I have no talent or tablet for masking, the ReMask program makes me think I do! ;~) Hopefully this will be corrected soon.
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