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    hifred got a reaction from Gregory Chalenko in nudge, rotation, zoom, clone etc.   
    Workaround suggestions like these don't make sense in the feature request section...
    How is that of equal value or even better than having Nudge inside the Crop tool? Using the rectangle tool to crop...
    isn't obvious to the user one needs to configure the tool each time (remove fill, set line width)  there's no access to preset aspect ratios there's no crop overlays (golden ratio, rule of thirds...) From Photoshop I also miss modifier keys to lock the current aspect ratio in unconstrained mode (shift) and for scaling the crop rectangle from the selection
    center (alt). Both modifiers may get combined. When working with shapes or editing selections I miss these modifier options as well.
     
    @ developers: While writing I noticed how incredibly slow the Crop tool is on Windows 10 – compared to my six years old Photoshop CS6.  When using the rotate handle I get very jittery updates even on simple jpgs. Doing the same on much larger RAW files in PS works smooth as butter, without the slightest delay. In my old Photoshop I may freely spin the image in circles at interactive framerate – there's no way to do the same in APhoto. I have recorded two samples, the Photoshop sample even looks way too slow, recorded at 30 frames/second...

    Crop Tool performance APhoto
    Crop Tool performance Photoshop CS6
    Please work on performance on Windows.
    At this point my more than half a decade old Photoshop runs in circles around Affinity Photo in all areas I have checked.
    Machine specs: Win10, i76850K, 32GB RAM, GTX1070
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in Choppy performance Issues with PC Photo   
    Here's a thread where someone posted a sample-file.
    I'd be impressed when your machine switched over to to Tone Mapping within reasonable time.
     
    What I want to do regularly doesn't currently work in APhoto – I want to have 20 or more files with embedded RAWs open – what causes no hickups in Photoshop (CS6).

    When testing Aphoto I encounter a lot of latency, redraw issues, effects visibly rendering one chunk of the image after the other, many tools which need a noticeable
    delay before they start doing something, Layer and Mask thumbnails not refreshing in realtime. Until recently also the Crop tool was extremely slow and could even get stuck and overtaken by the cursor– but it has been improved in the 1.7 Beta.
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    hifred got a reaction from Cronoxyd in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    There's countless threads in this forum where people ask for a DAM. Serif confirms that there's some plans, but so far they didn't reveal what they are working on. Reading the requests brought up by users I see that they ask for very different things: Some want a straightforward viewer app, others even request complex database driven software with nifty filtering options to handle huge asset collections. The term DAM unfortunately isn't very clearly defined. Hence my question:

     Do you need a DAM-program by Serif? And what should it be like?
    [Edit: Unfortunately I can not do anything about the terrible Poll formatting. Maybe staff can add an empty line between the questions?]
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    This is just silly and de-railing the discussion. I'm out.
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    Here is what I disliked about your post. I criticized repeated, demonstrably wrong marketing promises by Serif. You keep talking these false announcements down and ridicule the criticism ('he he, actually not too bad with brand-new hardware – just imagine how the software would fly with Hardware Acceleration'). And you are also bold enough to start criticizing me and my judgement. You effectively try turning things around and to totally side-track the discussion. That's a discourse method I generally don't accept.

    And yes – your statement, that  intimate code insight is required to judge whether Affinity can fully support Smart Objects remains nonsensical. I won't start explaining – but you might read my first post again and ask yourself why I picked these two samples.

    [Edit: Now I see that you even draw (here utterly irrelevant) Adobe marketing in. You might consider a career as a political advisor – you're good at this.]
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    hifred got a reaction from PatrickM in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    Here is what I disliked about your post. I criticized repeated, demonstrably wrong marketing promises by Serif. You keep talking these false announcements down and ridicule the criticism ('he he, actually not too bad with brand-new hardware – just imagine how the software would fly with Hardware Acceleration'). And you are also bold enough to start criticizing me and my judgement. You effectively try turning things around and to totally side-track the discussion. That's a discourse method I generally don't accept.

    And yes – your statement, that  intimate code insight is required to judge whether Affinity can fully support Smart Objects remains nonsensical. I won't start explaining – but you might read my first post again and ask yourself why I picked these two samples.

    [Edit: Now I see that you even draw (here utterly irrelevant) Adobe marketing in. You might consider a career as a political advisor – you're good at this.]
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    hifred reacted to nezumi in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    Oh oh, such bad marketing by Serif. Lets see the real PRO marketing by Adobe, shall we?
    Some examples:
    Over the years I have seen tons of official videos made to promote new release, in which they were listing literally ALL new features, but person in video was calling them "MY 11 FAVORITE NEW FEATURES". These  happened to be ALL 11 new features. Very pro! No cheap manipulation for "ordinary people" there - simply all new features became his favorites, thats all...
    At the end of the video they say something like "These - and many more - new features..." even if there was nothing else in the release. So pro, really impressive marketing. No one will ever notice.
    Comments under the video? Turned off. A coincidence for sure.

    I checked now their latest big release to see what revolutionary, new features they have added and how they are promoting it.
    Still same (VERY PRO!!!) tactics - listing bloody EVERYTHING as a NEW FEATURE so it looks like they added lot of stuff. I especially like these new, revolutionary features in Photoshop:
    - "Preference setting to auto-show the home screen" - Mind blowing. this will change how PRO's are working!
    - "New Shortcuts" - WOW! I might be going back to Adobe for that revolutionary "feature"
    - "Animated GIF support" - for all you TRUE PROs out there who are making... animated GIFs frame by frame in 2020... Not some amateurs - as we all know Photoshop is targeting PRO folks! "What are you working on, mate?" "Animated GIF's for Sony... Serious business". Happens all the time in the industry! (btw - funniest part is that Photoshop had Animated GIF support ages ago, then they get rid of it and now bringing it back as "new feature").
    - "Improved New Document dialog performance". - That is the killer! Now you click "New Document" and... New Document dialog shows up. Quote: "almost instantaneously". Respect Adobe.

    I dont want to go one by one, but let me list just the last fantastic, new, revolutionary and extremely PRO FEATURE added to the latest Photoshop. Ladies and Gentleman, Adobe gives you:

    "What's new screen within the app"

    I wonder if they listed "What's new screen within the app" on that screen too... Adobe inception.

    Ow, and @Jowday - you said
     
    Literally in the latest Illustrator they added "Path simplification. Easy and quick editing of complex paths by reducing the number of anchor points". Which is almost the same thing
    BTW, that was one of THREE new features in Illustrator... THREE features in new release. You want to know two others? In that PRO software by industry leading developers? "Auto spell-check" and "Background save and export". Another groundbreaking release by Adobe. How did they listed it? OF COURSE using their (so much better then Serif!) marketing skills as "Top new features". Once again ALL (three...) features made to the top of the list. Bravo!

    OK, enough of that PRO stuff, time to make some money with my amateur package. If only I had PRO Photoshop again, I could use some new feature.. like a shortcut or "whats new" screen... Eh...
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    @walt.farrellJust to confirm: I have read the announcement and clicked the Smart Object tickbox in Settings. I have also read the more cautious statement near the checkbox.
    I imported two sample files with Smart Objects 1.8 could not handle altogether and there will likely be more. I also figured out that a simple Fill Layer from PS got rasterized...
    For me as a customer who has bought all three products but doesn't use them it happened for the second time in relative short sequence that widely published marketing announcements were made, which simply aren't accurate.
    Version 1.7x should bring a  performance breakthrough on Windows, but in reality the program still doesn't use the Video card and a lot of long standing performance-bottlenecks I experienced (and reported) remained in place. Now I got a victim of a clickbait again (I read the 'universal Smart Objects support' announcement in a German magazine) and I found out equally quickly, that statements made aren't accurate.
    I am not criticizing the programmers, but rather the marketing department. On should be very cautious with announcements that don't hold water. It's just silly. The suite is a great success, one should not endanger the project with invalid promises.
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    hifred reacted to nezumi in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    Come on man, this sounds like people who AFTER something happened say "I knew it all the time" Photoshop background has absolutely nothing to do with it - programming does. I got 20+ years of Photoshop under my belt, yet I have no clue if it is actually possible to reverse engineer that smart objects and to what extent. You don't know either unless you are a programmer. I agree that announcing it now as major, fully fleshed feature is misleading if it works like you said.

    To be completely honest I would put resources in making native alternative to smart objects instead of trying to figured out how Adobe did it.
     
    I just upgraded my PC so it indeed vastly improved . Imagine that performance we have now is all without even using GPU acceleration. I dont do big format using Photo, but on the very same computer, 2 years ago, performance of Designer was so much better from Illustrator that I could do things in Designer that were basically impossible on illustrator. That is partly why I switched. Plus - for years updates of Illustrator are basically a bad joke.
     
    OK then, so they went little overboard with advertisement but hey, its a good start. I would use words like "partial" or "experimental". It does not sound as good, but certainly is better to be accurate to avoid misdirection.
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    hifred got a reaction from PatrickM in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    This sure would appear more honest. All image editors who have somewhat decent Photoshop background know right away that this promise is wrong – I at least knew, without even trying. Considering the size of the Photoshop user-base this  should be quite a few advanced users (easily 6 or 7 digits) who know, that what they just read is merely hollow marketing blurb.

    I have even checked "vastly improved 1.7 performance on Windows" (wrong) and also tried 1.8 support for all Smart Objects"(wrong too). While I sympathized with Affinity from day one, I can not deny that such experiences do impact my inclination to try things out a third time (although I'm a licensed customer). What Affinity marketing does seems totally detached from what sane developers, who without any doubt do work at Serif would state. It's rather marketing folks (who obviously have no idea what they are saying) that drive advanced users away.
    Yes. I did not do a lot of tests, but Smart Objects which were created as an encapsulated sub-set of a file seem to work. Any Smart Objects that encapsulate non Photoshop-native data seem to get disregarded. I could not try if Smart Objects that contain externally referenced files do work, as my CS6 doesn't support this yet. Someone with CC had to test this.
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    hifred got a reaction from GDPR-365024 in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    @walt.farrellJust to confirm: I have read the announcement and clicked the Smart Object tickbox in Settings. I have also read the more cautious statement near the checkbox.
    I imported two sample files with Smart Objects 1.8 could not handle altogether and there will likely be more. I also figured out that a simple Fill Layer from PS got rasterized...
    For me as a customer who has bought all three products but doesn't use them it happened for the second time in relative short sequence that widely published marketing announcements were made, which simply aren't accurate.
    Version 1.7x should bring a  performance breakthrough on Windows, but in reality the program still doesn't use the Video card and a lot of long standing performance-bottlenecks I experienced (and reported) remained in place. Now I got a victim of a clickbait again (I read the 'universal Smart Objects support' announcement in a German magazine) and I found out equally quickly, that statements made aren't accurate.
    I am not criticizing the programmers, but rather the marketing department. On should be very cautious with announcements that don't hold water. It's just silly. The suite is a great success, one should not endanger the project with invalid promises.
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    hifred reacted to Patrick Connor in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    It was only because the rest of the replies made more sense if your post was at the top. The rest did not belong there. 
    The problem comes when people post in the announcement thread about what the software cannot do that the thread gets sidetracked. It's not a rebuke at all, just a bit of house keeping.
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    hifred got a reaction from PatrickM in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    @walt.farrellJust to confirm: I have read the announcement and clicked the Smart Object tickbox in Settings. I have also read the more cautious statement near the checkbox.
    I imported two sample files with Smart Objects 1.8 could not handle altogether and there will likely be more. I also figured out that a simple Fill Layer from PS got rasterized...
    For me as a customer who has bought all three products but doesn't use them it happened for the second time in relative short sequence that widely published marketing announcements were made, which simply aren't accurate.
    Version 1.7x should bring a  performance breakthrough on Windows, but in reality the program still doesn't use the Video card and a lot of long standing performance-bottlenecks I experienced (and reported) remained in place. Now I got a victim of a clickbait again (I read the 'universal Smart Objects support' announcement in a German magazine) and I found out equally quickly, that statements made aren't accurate.
    I am not criticizing the programmers, but rather the marketing department. On should be very cautious with announcements that don't hold water. It's just silly. The suite is a great success, one should not endanger the project with invalid promises.
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    hifred got a reaction from GDPR-365024 in PSD smart object support in Photo 1.8.0 (split)   
    I do not consider my comment a bug report. I reported two completely unsupported forms of Smart Objects. Supporting embedded RAW in Smart Objects in my understanding is fundamentally incompatible with the way Affinity Photo works right now.
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    hifred got a reaction from Ian_L in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    Also editing RAWs with Photoshop / ACR in conjunction with Bridge is actually very elegant and slim...
    The whole prodedure of editing RAW inside Affinity Photo is totally geared towards editing one file at a time. All operations are performed on an embedded file, which as soon as you press the "Develop" button loses its RAW characteristics. There no way to sync editing operations on  20 or 30 RAW files at once with Affinity Photo – a daily demand for many photographers. What works instantly elsewhere would take forever and very likely make your system unresponsive. Even if your machine could handle this load –  as there's no sidecars and no database there no way to transfer settings from one image to the next. 

    So what could Serif do within the current system?
    They could make the RAW workspace non-destructive. As the RAW gets embedded inside the .afphoto one still couldn't exchange RAW file with settings with anyone else.
    They could give us batch processing inside the Develop workspace. That still would be prohibitively slow in comparison to programs which write settings into sidecar or database. Affinity first has to open up the RAW and turn it into a.afphoto, a process which even in 1.7 takes many seconds for just a single image. Synchronizing basic corrections therefore would take minutes of batch processing, while one may update common settings for whole folder of RAWs updates within a second elsewhere.
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    hifred got a reaction from Ian_L in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    There's countless threads in this forum where people ask for a DAM. Serif confirms that there's some plans, but so far they didn't reveal what they are working on. Reading the requests brought up by users I see that they ask for very different things: Some want a straightforward viewer app, others even request complex database driven software with nifty filtering options to handle huge asset collections. The term DAM unfortunately isn't very clearly defined. Hence my question:

     Do you need a DAM-program by Serif? And what should it be like?
    [Edit: Unfortunately I can not do anything about the terrible Poll formatting. Maybe staff can add an empty line between the questions?]
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    hifred got a reaction from MAffinity in context sensive RMB context menus please   
    RMB=Right Mouse button
    I see that one of the underlying principles in Affinity apps is what is called Context Toolbars (under the Menu bar). This probably works well for many users – but I have to admit that I prefer moving my mouse or pen even less, whenever it makes sense. Obviously I'm a heavy user of keyboard shortcuts – but there's a lot of options which don't really lend themselves for shortcuts.

    From Photoshop I'm super used to /spoiled from a wealth of context sensitive RMB menus: For every tool there's a matching RMB menu, which offers a drilldown of exactly the options required in this very second by that very tool.

    Affinity apps have context sensitive RMB menus in their dockable editors, but on the canvas there's only one generic RMB context menu – but (looking at Photo right now) most of your tools don't even offer an RMB option at all. When trying out Affinity I can not tell how many times I already right-clicked without any effect... Am I the only one who finds this painful?

    Please let me know – are there plans to add context sensitive RMB menus everywhere?


    Some samples of Photoshop's RMB menus: 

    Context Menu of Photoshop CS 6 Crop tool

    That's what you get inside the text tool...

    Extremely useful in Photoshop's Brush tool. No equivalent in APhoto.
     

    Also sorely missed: Further options in Free Transform via RMB
     
     
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    hifred got a reaction from MAffinity in Right click options.. more context-relevant please.   
    Yup. Many tools don't even have a RMB menu at all! I made a feature request already.
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    hifred got a reaction from tallrob in Affinity, we need clarification: are you or aren’t you working on a DAM?   
    I meant: Please refrain from private judgment on fellow users attitude and from assumptions, how statements might come across.
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    hifred got a reaction from IPv6 in Option to turn off the "Tool Toggle" to last brush.   
    That's really kind of funny... 
    This thread brought to my attention that Serif already uses a system to toggle between two tools – generally a super helpful feature – I even opened a feature request for this.
    Serif just happened to implement that tool-toggle a way that it either gets terribly in the way or doesn't get discovered at all. I dare calling the current implementation plain wrong – it doesn't do anything good and can not even get turned off – it really should get fixed asap.

    What I am used to from  quite a variety of programs (including Photoshop) is that one may temporarily call another tool by pressing and holding down a letter key. That way one may lay down a couple of brush-strokes while actually drawing a path: Press (and release) P to call the path tool and click to lay down anchor points. In order to access to the brush tool one would press (and hold!) the letter B. As soon as you let go the B-key one reverts to the Pen tool exactly in the position where one had left off – one may continue laying down points in that path.
    The greatest advantage of this implementation is that it can not get called by accident. There's simply no other reason to press and keep holding a (Non Modifier-Key) right now = it can not get in the way. The second great advantage is that this sort of toogle is broadly known and expected behaviour. Hooking this up should not conflict with anything, as you don't use this event yet (normal keys held down).

     
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    hifred got a reaction from random in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    There's countless threads in this forum where people ask for a DAM. Serif confirms that there's some plans, but so far they didn't reveal what they are working on. Reading the requests brought up by users I see that they ask for very different things: Some want a straightforward viewer app, others even request complex database driven software with nifty filtering options to handle huge asset collections. The term DAM unfortunately isn't very clearly defined. Hence my question:

     Do you need a DAM-program by Serif? And what should it be like?
    [Edit: Unfortunately I can not do anything about the terrible Poll formatting. Maybe staff can add an empty line between the questions?]
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    hifred got a reaction from Steps in "ALT" or "CTRL" - FAST Color Picker Shortcut + Fixed Position Option For Color Triangle   
    I would greatly appreciate if you stuck to the topic. Public assumptions on motivation and mental state of fellow users are not helpful.
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    hifred got a reaction from Steps in Buggy if you switch in Quick Mask mode to refine selection   
    I can confirm this bug.
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    hifred reacted to Patrick Connor in "ALT" or "CTRL" - FAST Color Picker Shortcut + Fixed Position Option For Color Triangle   
    This thread has been noted and I think has run it's course I am locking it. Please can all forum users avoid personal comments and speculation over motivation. Everyone here wants to improve the program and answer as best they can and for no other reason in my opinion.
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    hifred got a reaction from ForestHymn in "ALT" or "CTRL" - FAST Color Picker Shortcut + Fixed Position Option For Color Triangle   
    I agree. Immediate feedback on pressing the ALT Modifier is badly missing. 

    As the cursor doesn't change to a colour picker there's no way to understand that the mode-change has registered. One needs to start sampling to have that magnifying glass appear: But also here the feedback is poor, as it easily takes half a second or more, until the Loupe finally shows up. One nearly can feel the program think: "Hang on – the user has pressed ALT and now even keeps LMB held down – what was it again what I'm supposed to show?

    While speeding up that widget one might consider removing that distracting bevel-effect from the  picker. Giving the user a picker-experience which lets users judge the just sampled colour sure was more helpful than skeuomorphism. That's how things look in Photoshop CS6. 

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