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    hifred got a reaction from DenisG in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    Thanks for your vote and opinion @Polygonius
    Your comparison with Lighroom as a catalog based program where you first have to import your files into a database is maybe not ideal: That importing process may get perceived as a needless complication indeed.
    There's other DAM however, which work pretty much like Bridge or XNView and let you quickly browse whatever files you have on disk. From here you could send the file directly to Affinity Photo / Designer / Publisher. But those who need RAW files could use that same tool also for editing large amounts of RAWs in ways which are utterly impossible with Affinity Photo, due to its software architecture.

    Having a browsing Persona inside Photo/Designer/Publisher as suggested here is frankly what I considered a very poor solution. It meant having to have the respective editing app open to browse suitable assets! Even having clones of that browsing module sitting in all three Affintity apps would be very unelegant, programmatically.
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    Thanks to all who already voted! It was great if all the  +140 other people who already watched that Poll cast their vote as well. 
    You all have an opinion on this, right? :o)
     
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    hifred reacted to Frozen Death Knight in Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.7.0.135 - Gold Master Seed)   
    Thanks for letting me know (had no idea that holding down both did that). However, it's not really much of an option for me who uses a tablet to draw, as you said (also doesn't help that just holding down R click to add to selection doesn't work).
    I can do some specific Wacom settings to make it function, but it seems a little bit backwards having to hold down both the L and R mouse buttons to do what one modifier key could do. Same could really be said about holding down alt+L click+R click to change brush size and hardness/softness with the Brush tool. These controls are not really made for pen and tablet use.
     
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    hifred reacted to Hansha in Why does Dodge and Burn tools don't work on masks?   
    The debate is silly and futile. I completely agree with rui_mac ... Masking in AP is horrible and illogical and it is the main reason many people can not switch to AP despite its many advantages and their wish to do so.
    The developers are going the wrong route here anyway. They try to make some magic masks for hobby user to remove birds from sky and cars from selfies. Completely useless for serious work ... And those insulting automatic hair masking examples that can be sold only to someone who never did work on hair with low contrast relation to the background ...
    The odd thing is the blur and sharpen tool work so I gather there is little technical reason for other tools not to edit it in edit mode. Should simply become a grayscale layer in this mode - that would fix it ...
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in Incredibly slow performance   
    That's should not be a reason to make modern machines unresponsive. Here's a folder view with a few of my Photoshop files, none of them is slow or makes PS unresponsive. There's really no need to defend bad performance, it doesn't help anybody and surely not Serif.

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    hifred got a reaction from Chris B in Yay!!!   
    Nice!
    Yes thanks, I have seen dmstraker's later post, where he mentioned this. I personally think overdragging to Undo would fell even more direct. One usually already knows while dragging that one has messed up – that way one could undo without even releasing the knob. Also a lot of retouchers work with tablets / pen displays – and the doubleclick event generally sucks with a pen.  A similarly pen-friendly implementation is btw. overdragging to remove nodes in graphs (like in curves). So, if you still have a line left on your notepad... :o)
     

    Node removal by overdragging in Photoshop. The gif drops a few frames, but I guess you get the sense.
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    hifred reacted to Chris B in Yay!!!   
    I've just had a chat with one of the developers about this and we like the idea. I'll log this as an improvement request.
    As an FYI, if you double click the node to reset to its default value, you can double click it again to set it back to the custom value you previously had. This is only on Windows so another improvement request will be going in for macOS.
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    And here's  my consistent take on it:  This Photoshop comparison totally doesn't fly.
    Photoshop in terms of RAW handling is just as powerful as Lightroom (uses the same engine) and lets you work with whole folders of RAWs in parallel. Photoshop together with ACR and Bridge offers an awesome DAM + RAW Editor experience for those who prefer managing their assets without a database.
     
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    hifred got a reaction from casterle in Affinity Photo feature roadmap   
    I'm speaking of all of us. I have spent years teaching (3D) software and can confidenly state that everyone interacts with complex software in unique ways. I'm not even talking about chosen general methods and sequence of action within a certain procedure – I'm only speaking about command-input methods chosen.

     Even those who call themselfes hardcore keyboard shortcut guys will spot themselfes using the Menu for certain actions, those who swear that they can't live without custom RMB menus will constantly use some GUI buttons or rather drag and drop stuff. There's no two similar editing sessions, but people will always lean towards an input method.

    As a software maker one is well advised to offer all methods which make sense. The Drag and Drop method used in Photoshop for moving and dropping copies of anything available in the Layer stack is extremely consistant, easy to learn and memorize and the least abstract concept of all*. Trying to force people into a certain workflow will not work – in particular when they have successful background in other applications with more versatile input schemes.

    *I know, @Steps was talking about the RMB context menu entry
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    hifred reacted to casterle in AP: Text Convert to Curves - Missing?   
    I agree, they do change. What I don't understand is why..
    Why do I have to change tools to have access to Convert to Curves? There's room on the Text Tool toolbar - in fact the toolbars are identical between using the Text Tool and the Move Tool except for the controls that are hidden when the Text Tool is selected. 
    Perhaps it's this way for historical reasons, but to avoid confusion (and provide convenience) it should be changed (IMHO, of course ).
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    hifred got a reaction from Aammppaa in Beta 1.7.0.251 Layer / Mask thumbnail size   
    @Mark IngramIt's a step in a good direction to show bigger thumbnails. But it was still required to have them in document aspect ratio. The current implementation isn't as readable as it could be –  it is even  is misleading – as it suggests the user that the document is actually square but cropped in some way. This really needs to get fixed. Also the Mask should never display a checker pattern,, but always appear in greyscale.

     
    Interestingly Alpha Channels show the correct aspect ratio:


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    hifred got a reaction from patriciamelvill in Brushes too pixelated - DESIGNER   
    I do understand this notion - however we are still looking at the 1.x version, right :o) Even Photoshop in version xx changed how Ctrl+Z works, quite recently...
    Of all those users who don't post in the forums - what scenario would you consider more likely: Relatively inexperienced users running into what happened to Patricia (neither being aware of the cause, nor of the recently introduced fix in Preferences).
    Or experienced users who use a lot of keyboard shortcuts and even like the concept of stacked hotkeys - who at the same time get just mad about little behaviour change, which they may get rid of with one little checkmark in Preferences?
    My personal preference is that software makers remain open for change - even on long established conventions :o)
     
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    hifred got a reaction from Bri-Toon in Brushes too pixelated - DESIGNER   
    @Mark IngramThe actual reason also here (in Designer) is very likely an accidental tool-change by pressing the B-key twice. I suggest implementing the Shift-protection for accidental tool change suite wide. Further, I think you should consider inverting the default behaviour – one should have to check a box if one dislikes having to press Shift. I doubt that you will find a lot of users who will freak out. The OP didn't even want to use the tool cycle mechanism – obviously she wasn't even aware of that option: Patricia only wanted to pick a tool – the fact that it was already active before her tea break made the operation fail.

    Please have someone  analyze such error patterns. One only needs to read this forum regularly and runs into them, pretty much on a daily basis.
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    hifred got a reaction from Mark Ingram in Trapped by stuck tool states + more UX-shortcomings   
    Hi @Mark Ingram Here I have piled up and explained a few other UX issues.
    They all, without a question fall into the "changing the default behaviour of the application is a thing which we rarely want to do" realm :o) It took some time to collect and maybe you find some of this not too foolish after all... 
    I'd be happy if you / the UX guys had a look, before the the thread gets burried in this ever growing feature-requests-thread.
     
     
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    hifred got a reaction from Jowday in Trapped by stuck tool states + more UX-shortcomings   
    Well, this is a matter of definition. I only wrote about malfunctions in existing features.
    I consider standard-tools which  bring users to a point that they can no more track down the issue themselfes defective – as the present tool-behaviour does not offer the slightest advantage, in any context.
     
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    hifred reacted to Five Photos in Affinity, we need clarification: are you or aren’t you working on a DAM?   
    Hey guys,
     
    We desperately need some clarification. For the past two years it was mentioned several times here in these forums that you are working on a DAM. However, we haven’t really seen an update on that topic in the past weeks and months. And in your Twitter feed you mentioned a couple of times now that you are currently not developing a DAM. So which is true?
     
    With the recent changes from Adobe with their Lightroom software and with Apple still not improving Photos really, it would be a great time to put a great DAM out there right now. Many, many photographers are looking for a new solution to this old and essential problem. Also, MacPhun just announced a DAM for their Luminar app. 
     
    In any case, we just need to know if we should wait for a DAM to be released by you guys or if we should look for other alternatives. Thank you!
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    hifred got a reaction from Bri-Toon in Brushes too pixelated - DESIGNER   
    @Mark IngramThe actual reason also here (in Designer) is very likely an accidental tool-change by pressing the B-key twice. I suggest implementing the Shift-protection for accidental tool change suite wide. Further, I think you should consider inverting the default behaviour – one should have to check a box if one dislikes having to press Shift. I doubt that you will find a lot of users who will freak out. The OP didn't even want to use the tool cycle mechanism – obviously she wasn't even aware of that option: Patricia only wanted to pick a tool – the fact that it was already active before her tea break made the operation fail.

    Please have someone  analyze such error patterns. One only needs to read this forum regularly and runs into them, pretty much on a daily basis.
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    hifred reacted to MEB in Bug? Painting on Fill layer   
    Hi hifred,
    When you ⌥ (option/alt) - click a layer it isolates it as it does for other object types (other than adjustments/filters/masks), not exactly a bug but i see the conflict here.
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    hifred reacted to Medical Officer Bones in Preview for export persona   
    This has been requested many times before I realize, but I am going to reiterate it one more time.
    As it stands, the export persona is pretty much useless, because it doesn't allow for a real-time preview of the rendered asset(s) to check the quality before export. Therefore, I don't use Photo's export option, and instead export a full quality PNG and optimize in external software.
    There are a number of other issues with the export (jpeg quality<->file size, inability to set >256 colour PNG output, lack of dithering options and resample options), but this is really the major one. I don't understand why this wasn't implemented in the first place, but hopefully it will be at some point.
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    hifred reacted to anon2 in Bug? Painting on Fill layer   
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    hifred got a reaction from cosmical in [Poll] Do you need a DAM? And what should it be like?   
    This has been discussed before, earlier in this thread.
    A few users would prefer an inbuilt option, but Serif already stated that the DAM will be a standalone product. To me this makes a lot of sense.
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    hifred reacted to myclay in Back to Basic Product Needs   
    I agree with the macros being limited thus far.

    @walt.farrell
    while technically true, It appears that its sometimes quoted and linked to outside reviews on Twitter, Facebook and other official Affinity accounts.
    an example how it looks like on Facebook;

     
     
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    hifred got a reaction from anon2 in Multiple shapes on same layer   
    Thank you. Sorry for misreading – the screenshot helped.
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    hifred reacted to anon2 in Multiple shapes on same layer   
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    hifred got a reaction from walt.farrell in Moving between Affinity Photo and Lightroom   
    Walt, while I have not tested this myself, this seems not at all unrealistic. Here's a Lightroom migration guide by a competitor.
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