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  1. Excellent point! Conversely, unguarded moments are just that, moments, which do not necessarily reveal the overall personality - a laugh at a joke is also an unguarded moment but does not reveal a complete personality. I would not base such a decision as you postulate on a static photograph, neither of them. To that extent, both photographs are lies. It is only with hindsight (and, sometimes, popular belief or perception) that we match the image to the personality. As you state, a privately abrasive personality might provide the right public personality for the time (and be completely unsuitable for different circumstances requiring intelligent diplomacy). Alas, too true. As an individual, I can understand that great or terrible people are so in the context of being human (which both inspires and horrifies). As a herd, we expect our leaders to be superhuman (which, in context, often means being less than human as well as greater). What was that quote? Often attributed to Bismarck, but known earlier in various forms (e.g. John Godfrey Saxe, according to Wikiquote): "Laws... like, sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made". Feel free to substitute government for law. Possibly my opinion is somewhat different because my original background is in science, where the idea "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" [1] appreciates that new knowledge so often develops as innovation based on past knowledge. [1] (Isaac Newton, derived from an earlier form attributed to Bernard of Chartres, derived from the Greek mythology of Cedalion on the shoulders of the blinded Orion) Even portrait photography can be seen as a derivation or simulacrum of performance art by the subject. To me, properly acknowledged/attributed derivative art in no way detracts from the original, which still exists in its own right. It is like an annotated literary work - the annotations can add value or insight or modify our understanding of the original work, and do it well or poorly, but they do not intrinsically change the original. An annotated spoof of the Mona Lisa does not detract from the original art. Also sprach Zarathustra played on a piano accordion can be hilarious or can be an honest attempt (or sometimes both), but does not detract from the work itself. These variations, including colouring back and white art, good and bad, add to our information and understanding - as you say "Who would gainsay the notion that more information is better than less?" I'll finish with two thoughts: A quote attributed to Churchill: "Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse." And lastly, some tongue-in-cheek controversy in a quote (well, paraphrasing due to time passed and my poor memory) from a personal source who would probably prefer to remain unattributed: "Black and white photography is the melodrama of the photography world. It adds drama and emotion, but that does not always make it more truthful."
  2. Warning: conclusions based on minimal testing. Fusion is better for motion graphics and video effects (a powerful particle system, for starters) support for images e.g. PNG, but no support for SVG or PSD, according to https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=72250 Synfig Studio is better for character animation (character as in perople/animals/anthropomorphic objects, not fonts/letters). SVG import (possibly not all SVG files), PNG import, PSD but no support for layers. (Moho [Anime Studio] or Toon Boom Harmony are more polished, but a little expensive for the hobbyist animator DragonBones seems like a good character rigging system for feeding into a game system or game programming. No real lipsync capability, not great for animating multiple characters together. haven't really looked at it
  3. I've never really liked that darker photograph - while it is more famous, I've always thought it showed Churchill as more brutish rather than determined. Maybe due to the elements of anger and disapproval at Karsh's rude plucking of the cigar from Churchill's lips. The photograph GabrielM has chosen, also by Karsh (who really was a superb portrait photographer), with more light and more detail to his jacket and vest, is (in my opinion) a more sympathetic treatment, still showing determination but revealing a hint of some of the intelligence and (often barbed) wit Churchill was also known for. GabrielM's colouring also helps brings out that more human perspective, showing him as merely human rather than as historical or mythical "giant" - a great person perhaps, a badly behaved person perhaps, but as human as the rest of us. I suspect that's why the colouring of historical photographs is popular - it makes the subjects more human and we can relate to them, rather than seeing them as distant historical icons or mannequins - it helps us to see them as a record of people rather than "art". Perhaps the two photographs together reveal a better portrait of the real Winston Churchill than only the one?
  4. If this is particularly important to you, definitely go for the Surface Book 2. I love the iPad Pro as a fantastic solution for lightweight portability, and with iOS 11 it is making in-roads on inter-app communication, but (in my opinion) it still doesn't match the overall flexibility, power, and general utility of a full OS (MacOS or Windows). More from reading and some limited in-shop previews than personal experience: I suspect the i7 is a minor advantage in speed but not a huge advantage for 2D work and non-gaming applications. The extra memory may add to speed and responsiveness, especially when working with very large multi-layered projects (the more you can run in-memory before swapping to disk, the better). If portability is extremely important, I'd say consider the Surface Pro, but from what I've read/seen, the Surface Book's screen is sufficiently superior to tip the balance for design work.
  5. @jstnhllmn I notice guide and grid improvement (mentioned in the 5th post) and text styles (mentioned later on the first page of the thread) have also been removed from the roadmap as they were implemented and released as the Grid and Axis Manager, the Guide Manager, and the Text Style panel. I have not been completely through the rest of the thread to see what else has disappeared from the roadmap after implementation, although I see @Raskolnikov lists some of the original items in this post. Pantone and spot colours, artboards, custom shortcut keys, and others - all done and removed from the original roadmap list. Although, as users, we are all hungry for more features that match our individual desires, it is worth contemplating occasionally that a lot of progress has already been made (and is being made).
  6. See the very first post in this thread, down towards the end under the heading Usability: -Replicate/Blend That post also has the roadmap dot point objectives (the objections are in all the posts afterwards ). Some of the roadmap objectives (e.g. symbols) have already been reached and consequently removed from the roadmap.
  7. Miguel (@MEB) has gathered together many of the third-party tutorials (mostly available as static web pages) in a great list here: http://www.miguelboto.com/affinity/designer/third-party-tutorials/ (although I don't think he has had time to add all the newer Frankentoon Toon Lab tutorials or the paid "Advanced Illustration" ebooks (ebooklets?) in the Frankentoon Store). I get the impression the "manuals" in Resources are mostly the application help files extracted to PDF format, although I think there are one or two good starter guides from other users also published to PDF (although these are for Photo rather than Designer, if I recall correctly). You can also access the same help directly from Designer or online here: https://affinity.help/designer/en-US.lproj/index.html The printed workbook is excellent quality and worth the price - great introductions to the tools and concepts, and sample project-based application of the tools.
  8. Like @toltec, my reply was meant to assuage your worry over the delay, and urge you to be patient for a few more hours to get an official answer. Licensing is an area best answered by Serif. As users we can offer guesses, but they are not definitive answers. My guess would be that you can simply install on the new computers, using your existing licences, and uninstall from the old machines. However, I am neither Serif nor a licensing lawyer and this is merely a guess on my part. I could be completely wrong. I was intending to be informative and helpful as a fellow user assuring you that there is reason you have not yet seen a response, and I am hurt that you would consider my reply antagonistic and combative. As an Australian not far off the elderly category myself, I regard New Zealanders as friendly relatives and elderly as experienced, in their own specific fields if not in mine. My hopes for a rapid official response to your first issue.
  9. I believe Serif is a small company (80 people, I don't think they have 24-hour forum support) running on UK time. Might be worth waiting until they get into work.
  10. Well, yes, because they've all been 1.6.x betas or releases - the third number is basically bug fixes, as I understand it. A fair proportion of users would insist bugs being fixed in existing features is just as important as new features. Lots of refactoring and new feature developments have also been happening in preparation for 1.7 and future releases (changing a lot of the infrastructure code while keeping all the current features sounds like it was quite the Herculean task), but has not been ready for public release yet. Rotating groups of selected points is demonstrated in one of the sneak peak videos for the upcoming 1.7 generation of releases (including betas and bug fixes). A thread worth reading in its entirety for exciting developments and insightful backstory, even if 1.7 is not ready yet.
  11. I think it was in the Sherlock Holmes stories that this is mentioned as a mark of genius: clear ideas, obvious to hindsight but not to foresight. Thank you for sharing!
  12. Ah, now I understand. Canvas/image area only, no controls, panels, or tools. Nope, don't think you can currently do that, but might be worth submitting it in the Feature Request part of the forum. I suspect it will need new app-specific code rather than existing iOS or Affinity Photo features.
  13. See this thread:
  14. HDMI monitor, cable, and Lightning Digital AV adapter? https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD826AM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter See the reply on https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8202375 for a little bit more background on how it works.
  15. Try turning your iPad completely off and on again (especially if you have recently installed the iOS 11.2.6 update). According to a DM from another forum member, doing that made the Affinity update available to them. (Feel free to jump in and claim credit, you know who you are, as I'm hesitant to name a private communication.)