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  1. Try this
  2. Nobody these days should need to learn the OS. Other than basic mousing and filing. That to me is the biggest drawback. I remember the first time I loaded Linux, it asked me a few (simple) questions but I just did not know the answers then. With Windows it asked my name and country, which I knew For websites, I use Xara which is good for quick, visual websites, especially when they need to be responsive. Just drag and drop. I have started using Wordpress and Elementor but I have no interest in learning hand coding. I just don't do enough website stuff and can't learn everything. As for your other point. books or online training courses (videos) are no good. It must be a physical course with a teacher and an exam to get a certificate to be of any use when job seeking. I did take the City and Guilds course and a lot of people there needed one-on-one help and wanted that gilt edged certificate. I have helped a few people (including family) with Linux systems. For home users who just want to browse or write the odd letter it is the best choice IMHO.
  3. Fair enough. By training, I mean a school of some sort. In the UK there are some "officially recognised) training courses, run by the government. The European Computer Driving Licence and City and Guilds. They mainly teach basic computing, Microsoft Office plus accounting software like Sage. They give recognised qualifications that anybody can use when applying for a job in any company. Any company can (and does) send staff there for training. It is all very professional. There is also a local college that teaches things like basic computing and Photoshop courses. For a local business, that sort of back-up is needed to get staff trained. A small taxi company (for example) does not have the resources to learn or teach computing yet they need to do correspondence and accounts. They certainly don't want to become geeks who can install, learn and teach Linux to their employees. You can also find dozens of local and national companies that will supply, install and maintain PC systems, often leased. Printing companies can find loads of suppliers and training for Mac systems and high end software. Mainly Adobe. There is, as far as I know, absolutely none of the above for Linux. Or for that matter, Affinity software
  4. You have had you say. Who has stopped you? I have merely pointed out that (in my opinion) Linux is of no use to a professional, and have clearly stated why. Yet you are trying to shut me up with insults, like "fool" and "troll". This is a debate forum about Affinity, it is not a Linux support or preaching website. Anybody has the right to answer any statement you or any "Linux professional" makes with their point of view without being called a fool. If you disagree, state your case, not throw insults, I am very open minded and willing to change my mind about Linux being of use professionally, I am a Linux user too. and would love to ditch Windows and move to Linux. But after 10 years of using Linux, I just can't find any professional quality software to do what I want. Please prove me wrong! I do photography and create training/instructional videos and occasionally websites, so would need a choice of professional quality photo editing software, green screen software, video production software and internet software. I am not interested in free, unsupported software and am willing to pay. In fact I prefer to pay. But unless Linux can do what it want, it is of no use to my profession(s). You state "Linux professional" so why not you and tonyrh state your professions and how you use Linux for it. I would love to hear your say but can we avoid personal insults, like adults please? Calling someone a fool or a troll because they have a different opinion to you is trolling. Stating a different opinion is debate! I am particularly interested in how graphic arts professionals, video producers and web site designers can use Linux. p.s, What is wrong with geeks ? I'm a geek and proud of it.
  5. Mac or PC? For a pc, If you do a simple Google search you get this, mac licensing is different because it is sold through the mac store. Log in and the terms should be there.
  6. Well, at the time I needed a Photoshop equivalent (gimp wasn't really good enough), a green screen software program. an internet design program and a printer driver that worked for both of my printers. A Canon A3 and a Mitsubishi dye sub printer. Basically I was taking photos in a studio, I needed to change the backgrounds, proof the end pictures for the customer and finally, load them to a website. I could't get any of the software then and ten years later, still can't. Although I'm not sure if there is a good Linux website design program for responsive websites with widgets these days ?
  7. If you watch the following videos it will help you, but there is an issue because the lady's dress is the same colour as the wall. So you will need to do a bit of manual masking.
  8. You have to click on a layer to select it before you can rename it, so is there any benefit to a shortcut ? Just double click on the name and select it and rename it.
  9. Good points 1. So, why not make a commercial version ? If Linux wants to be seen as "professional" it needs professional companies providing professional software. This is my main argument against Linux. I tried to use Linux professionally 10 years ago but was stumped by a total lack of professional software. Nothing seems to have changed in 10 years. Unlike Serif, Wine is already well established in Linux and could potentially have a much bigger impact and bigger market than Serif. 2. Sure, but licensing can be sorted at a price. What software company would turn down a few thousand extra sales ? 3. Agreed. 100%, but as I said, there are thousands of software programs that would become available. It's the chicken and egg thing, maybe if enough professional software companies saw that their software was being used on Linux systems (under emulation) that would encourage them to produce a native version. Especially if at the beginning, peripheral apps would not have to be developed as native versions.
  10. Bummer, I know.
  11. Why do Linux users always resort to personal insults? Is the average user base under 10 or something? Adults (mostly) present an argument. Well, OK, maybe "mostly" is an exaggeration Seriously though, that sort of childish behaviour does not help your case to have Linux users and the Linux platform treated seriously.
  12. Well, according to the Wine website "Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, That to me sounds like .. Wine is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Would you not expect it to run a Windows application like (oh. lets say Affinity Photo) on Linux ? What am I missing here?
  13. If the pictures are being exported, there is no need to even apply a black border. Create a transparent border with the Canvas resize option, in the file Export options, click More and set the Matte to black. Affinity remembers that for the currents session and fills the transparent border with black..
  14. Why is it that Linux users always preach about how wonderful and professional Linux is, yet expect a small company like Serif to make up for the fact it is just not true. My point, Linux has Wine, a product that is supposed to allow Windows products to run on Linux. It obviously doesn't work. So, dear Linux users, why not get the writers of Wine to up their game and make it work. Serif would be happy to sell you a Windows version of Affinity Designer, Photo or Publisher (eventually). That way they could concentrate on improving existing software, rather than wasting all that Linux development time with all the financial risk involved. And in theory, as Mac OS is based or Unix, as is Linux, why not? If Macintosh can get a Unix based software to work mainstream, why not Wine. If the Wine developers made a professional version that actually worked, think of the potential market base for them. Much wider than for Serif applications because literally thousand of cheap, professional (and shareware and free) programs would then be available for all Linux users. Question is, would Linux users pay for Wine? I would pay for it. Or are most Linux users too "Cheap" ? I don't know about Windows licensing but as Wine exists, it is solvable, obviously. After all, the basic Linux OS is free, so $50 (e.g.) for Wine would still make it a cheap system, without the current limits.
  15. There is a plug-in for GIMP called Gimp Animation Package which gives the ability to create GIF animations from Gimp layers.