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  1. No, I worded it poorly. I held down the mouse button and dragged but the level indicator changed to cross-hairs and all it was doing was dragging out the crop grid so it was cropping out a really thin horizontal section. In contrast, when I did it using the CTRL button the level indicator remained while I drew the line with it.
  2. I've just tried the straighten tool for the first time and could not get it to work to save my life. After clicking on "straighten" I would put the "level" on the image, click, and it would change to a crop tool. Finally, after reading about problems others were having with straighten, I tried holding CTRL down instead of clicking straighten, and it works that way. So my problem is solved, this is basically a FYI for the folks at Affinity and for others who might be having a problem with straighten. I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and version 1.7.3 of AP.
  3. I had to do some rearranging of my displays (still getting the multiple-display setup configured) and now AP is opening images on display 1. No idea why but thanks for your help.
  4. I should add that after deleting Window.xml, when I relaunch AP the main window is not maximized as I left it; it's smaller but still on display 1.
  5. For a year or so I was using AP with 3 displays; the main window on display 1 and the various palettes and things on the other monitors. I had to temporarily move to a situation where I had just one display. I've just moved back to using multiple displays and am having problems with how AP is functioning. When I first ran AP (after getting back to multiple monitors) it opened up partially on the second display and partially on display 1 so I moved it to display 1 and it has stayed there; no problem. The palettes open up on whichever monitor they were on when I closed AP, and in whatever position they were on the screen. But the images I open continue to open spread across both displays. How can I get them to open only on display 1, which is where the AP main window is? I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. This problem happens with AP ver 1.7.2 and 1.7.3. This is what I see on display 1 when I open an image.
  6. Yes, it appears that everything is fine. Thanks again.
  7. James, here's another piece of the puzzle that I just noticed. To get this screengrab, I've minimized the app, then put my cursor on the app's icon on the taskbar, which brings up the small version of the AP "window," right above the taskbar. Then I put my cursor on the small version, and that makes the large AP window come up and fill up the screen. At this point I haven't clicked on the "small version", I just have my cursor hovering on it. At this point, notice that the large image of the plant in the center of the screen is dark, unlike the smaller images in the presets on the left. This dark version of the image is what I was getting before I did the factory reset of the app. Then, when I click on that "small version" above the taskbar, the large image in AP turns light just like the preset images, as AP "un-minimizes". I don't know if this is something helpful or not but I wanted to let you know about it, in case it is. (By the way, the same thing happens if I minimize just an HDR image instead of the whole app.)
  8. Hi James. The factory reset of the app seems to have fixed the problem. In case the info helps you, I will tell you that minimizing the app did not help, and my specs are: Windows 8.1, Core i7-3770, 24GB RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated). Both RAW developing and creating new HDR images seem to be okay now. (If that changes, of course, I'll let you know.) Thanks again for figuring this out. (Also thanks for all your videos; they've really been indispensable for using AP.)
  9. Hi James. Yes, you are correct about both the change from RGB/32 to RGB/16 and the RAW development. The thing is, I've developed many RAW files in the past without that happening. (It's been a while since I did, so it was definitely in some prior version of AP.) So what's my next step? And thank you again.
  10. Hi James. Thanks for your in-depth reply, but no, I don't have an HDR-capable display. I'm attaching the 32-bit Preview Panel. As far as the doc profile, the "black scaled" is not a conscious choice; but after a little research it looks like images processed with Topaz DeNoise 6 have that profile indication. When I create a New HDR Merge with a file that was not processed in DeNoise 6, the image in AP does not have that "black scaled" designation, and the exported TIFF from that has the same faded appearance as before. The TIFFs I export after doing an HDR merge have the same faded appearance when viewed in Irfanview, FastStoneViewer, PS Elements 9, and also when loaded back into AP. Thanks again.
  11. Actually, looking at the official video on HDR from one exposure, he has the 32 bit preview panel set just like mine was originally (exposure 0, gamma 1, ICC Display Transform), and says that after getting the image the way he wants it, he just exports it. So I'm still wondering why I don't get an export that looks like my in-app image. Edit: Or am I supposed to set the gamma to 2 since I'm on a Windows machine? I just left all the default settings.
  12. No, the 32bit Preview is set to the defaults: exposure 0, gamma 1, and ICC Display Transform. However, after reading your post, I set gamma to 2, and now the image looks like my export. (I hadn't even looked at the 32bit preview before seeing your post; I'm just beginning to explore HDR on AP.) But changing from ICC Display Transform to Unmanaged or vice versa doesn't change anything. Of course, I didn't really want the original image to look like the export, I wanted the export to look like the original image. Looks like it's time for more exploration. Thanks for your help.
  13. Hi Dan. Yes, the monitor is profiled with an X-Rite. (Haven't seen any color anomalies except this one, though.) And the file is uploaded. Thanks.
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