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  1. Yes, of course. Sorry. I should have named it in the original post. The app that this came from is the new ACDSee's new Mac workflow tool which they are calling Photo Studio. It is the successor to the ACDSee Pro 3 application and can be found here. What I have noticed is that many, but not all, tiffs from this app work this way, but all of the other 3rd party tools can load it properly.
  2. I have been testing a new workflow tool and noticed that some (but not all) of the tiffs it produces are treated by AP and APB as raw images. That is, when I create a tiff from that workflow tool and load it into AP and APB to do some additional processing, it opens in Develop Mode, specifies that the image is a raw (although the name shows it is a tiff) and then it can not properly display the image. I assume that it can not display the image properly because it is not a raw, but why is it loading a tiff as a raw? I assumed that the problem was with the image itself, but when I loaded the same image into my other software (PhotoLine, Elements, Luminar, ON1 and some others) the image loaded properly. It seems that AP and APB are both having problems with this image while my other non-OEM software is not. Perhaps the problem is the image itself, but then why can my other software open it properly? The image can be found here.
  3. I should have thought of the Zoom Tool but, of course, I forgot it was there as I had become used to using the Ctrl+ and Ctrl- keyboard shortcuts. Thank you.
  4. I am trying to find a way to display an image at the zoom ratio I wish rather than the values specified in the View menu. What I am trying to do is to compare two photos, one shot with and one shot without a 1.4x tele-converter. That means I need one zoomed to 100% and the other at 140% so they are the same size and cropped the same way. Of course 100% is not a problem but I have not found a way to zoom to 140% as the command-+ gives me 100% and then 150%. Is there any way to specify an exact zoom size?
  5. OK. That makes sense. Thank you.
  6. I have downloaded the latest MAS version of Affinity Photo and it shows, when started, that it is version 1.6.6. I have downloaded the latest Beta, but it will not start, going me the error (which I have seen in the past) that I must have the retail version to run the Beta. Usually when this happened I had to upgrade to the latest MAS version, but I have that now, and no one else seems to be reporting this issue. Given that, I must be doing something wrong, but what is it?
  7. Let me try to explain. I have always believed that jpgs are 8 bit files, period. If you want 16 bits you need to move to some other format like tiff, or psd or, of course, raw. However I noticed some posts on the internet yesterday that referenced 16 bit jpgs. Here is one that specifically says that jpgs can be saved as 16 bits so, out of curiosity, I decided to see if the poster had any idea what he or she was saying. AP is my editor of choice but I do also have PhotoLine on my system so I loaded an existing jpg image into it and checked the bit depth in the information screen. It showed the image as 8 bits: But the entry is a drop-down box and can be set to 16 or 32 bits. I am a really curious person so I set it to 16 bits and saved the image, again as a jpg (nor XR, not 2000). I then closed the current image and opened the new one and, sure enough, it showed 16 bits. I have attached the screen shot. I then loaded the file into AP to see if it would load. It did and I again saved it and then reloaded it in PhotoLine and it showed as an 8 bit image. Now I do not claim to know what all of this means. Perhaps the document size in PhotoLine does not imply a 16 bit image, but rather a 16 bit envelope around an 8 bit image. I do not know, and I do not know how to determine that with any certainty. I could load the image into a hex editor to see the binary, but since I do not know the format of a jpg that would be a useless exercise. Perhaps what I should have done is post this question on the PhotoLine forum.
  8. I thought that all jpgs were, by definition, 8 bit files. I am not referring to jpg-2000 images, but normal jpg images with the jpg suffix. But I found out today that I was wrong and you can save a jpg as a 16 bit file in some editors. I was curious as to whether or not Affinity Photo could open a 16 bit jpg and, sure enough, it can. But when that jpg is saved back to disk AP converts it to 8 bits. Hence my questions: 1) Does AP automatically convert a 16 bit jpg into an 8 bit format when it is opened? If so, why? 2) If not, why can I not save it back as a 16 bit jpg? Is there some option to allow me to do that? If so, where? And, perhaps most curious, 3) Since 16 bit jpgs can be created, why are they not more commonly used? Most of the complaints that I have seen about processing with jpgs is that they are only 8 bits, but if 16 bit jpgs can be used, that concern seems to disappear. I know I am missing something, but what exactly?
  9. I took a series of images of one of the flowers around my house and put them together using the APB Focus Stack functionality. The stacking process worked properly, but the result showed a halo around part of one of the flowers and I do not know why. There was no wind, so nothing should have been moving, and the individual photos that make up the stack show no halos. I have attached both the whole image and the crop showing the halo. I have highlighted the halo in yellow. I do not understand why the halo is there. You might have to view the crop image at full size to see the halo, but it is there.
  10. OK. But I am a bit surprised as this has now been a known issue for more than a year, but has still not been fixed.
  11. > So I have to wait Or you can use the Adobe raw converter to convert the files to dng for the meantime. APB should process those files without any trouble, and the dng converter is free.
  12. Topaz's new product, Studio, is available as a plugin and does not work with beta 5. PhotoLine calls every single Photoshop compatible plugin that I have tried and they all have run properly, but of course PhotoLine does not have to conform to the App Store restrictions, so their job is much easier.
  13. Affinity Photo deserves a very positive review as it has turned out to be much, much better than I expected when I first started using the Beta. The only negative things I can say about the editor are that it still is unable to properly call Photoshop plugins and there is no way to call an external application. Other than that the editor is simply wonderful and I have had no regrets abandoning Photoshop.
  14. dpReview has reviewed AP and you can find the review here.
  15. Thank you. That would be a big help.