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  1. Hi Sima. Many thanks for your well written reply and explanation. I did some tests based on what you said about the "date taken" field in the EXIF data. You are completely right. This remains in tact from the original file, no matter how heavily worked on that image is, or even if a tiny fragment remains in the final artwork. It seems I can't convince Serif to overwrite the "date taken" stamp with the current date when exporting an image, as that seems to be the issue I'm seeing with Windows Explorer. An option in Preferences would be good but I won't hold my breath. :-) Instead I will try to remember to always start with a new canvas and copy photos into it. That will ensure it's never given a "date taken" and therefore every new export will show the correct date/time in Windows Explorer.
  2. When I save from Photo as a .afphoto file via "Save as..." it shows the current date in Windows Explorer. Then when I save the same image from "Export" it saves using the old date from the original file created 7 months ago. I have no 3rd party software that changes file dates. My Win10 updates and anti-virus are up to date. If I can duplicate this on a second Win10 machine will someone at Serif investigate it?
  3. Hi. The date of an exported file shown in Windows Explorer does not reflect the date or time it was saved. For example, I opened a file I created 7 months ago, resized it, then exported to a brand new file name. It's not overwriting an old file, it's a new one. In Windows Explorer the date next to the file name is from 7 months ago. I know there is some technical explanation why this happens and you might blame Windows, but in the real, practical world when designers are listing their folders' contents by date, they like to see the newest files at the top or bottom making it very easy to pick out the file(s) they just saved. If there are 30 or 100 files in the folder it's a pain having to hunt for the file you just saved because the date is wrong. I'm using Photo on Windows 10. Thanks. Gary.
  4. Exactly, Patrick. Photo should not change the menus if there's no pen installed. Window's Tablet PC Settings tells me "No pen or touch input is available for this display" (for both of my displays). I would be surprised if it wasn't possible to programmatically obtain that information from Windows.
  5. I launched Tablet PC Settings using the method you prescribed. It worked, and now the sub menus show up on the correct side. Thank you! I still say it's wrong for Photo to operate this way when a pen/tablet isn't installed and no other applications behave this way. Thank you for taking the time to reply with good instructions.
  6. Hi @Sima, Thanks for your reply. I don't use a pen, but I did try out a Wacom tablet many months ago, long before I installed Affinity Photo. Photoshop and other apps don't have this problem of displaying menus on the wrong side, it's only Photo that does. That's why I think something is wrong with Photo. Also, the sub menus appear on the right for all of the menus until we get to Filters and View. I don't have either of the settings you referenced in Control Panel or Settings. I've taken a screenshot and those options are not available because I don't have a pen installed.
  7. Sub menus from the Filters and View menus are popping up on the left of the parent menu instead of the right. This is frustrating and is a significant usability issue. There is no obstruction that would prevent the sub menu appearing on the right, so I can't explain why it renders on the left. See screenshot. Affinity Photo on Windows 10, version 1703, build 15063.632. Graphics card: Geforce 960GT. Primary monitor: 2560x1440 Secondary monitor: 1920x1200 Photo is running as a maximised window on the primary monitor only.
  8. Yes, you're right Owen. You were the first to suggest a working alternative to duplicate a document. Thank you.
  9. Hi Toltec. I'm still counting 5 clicks to duplicate a document. Document menu (Not sure if you have to click this on a Mac, but you do on Windows) Add snapshot OK Select name of snapshot New document from snapshot I've assigned Alt+S to add snapshot (as you suggested) which brings it down to 4 steps, or 6 if we include Flatten. I won't knit pick that it's still 2 more steps than PS. I'm grateful that you've shown me how to achieve the closest equivalent of PS's duplicate function and I'll use that. If Serif decide to duplicate the duplicate function of PS in the future then all the better, but it's no longer the hurdle for me that it was before I posted the question. I'm trying to work in tabbed mode now since the implementation of windowed mode is horrific to be honest. When I add "new document from snapshot", or create a new document from New, it zooms in to the image rather than give me a 100% view as default. I work a lot with web graphics so images are usually small. Am I missing a preference option not to "zoom image to fill screen"? Thanks.
  10. Hi Toltec. I'm still counting 5 mouse clicks to duplicate an image in Photo using Snapshots, without flattening. The "new layer from snapshot" isn't the same as Photoshop's "flatten image" which merges ALL layers into just 1 layer which is what I want. Now that I've turned my back on Adobe CC, I need to adapt if I'm to make the most from the alternative software such as Affinity Photo. (Tricky when your muscles have learnt what to do automatically after 20 years on the same software!) But if something isn't as efficient or effective as what I'm used to I will submit requests to the developers. It doesn't hurt, they just ignore it if they don't like it. I spent 2 days researching alternative software to the Adobe CC suite. Turns out there's lots of options that are either free or under $100 and you actually keep the software forever! Remember those days! LOL! I'm looking forward to Affinity Publisher but I get the feeling a solid Windows release is 2 years away. The Mac version will probably be released sooner to make an attack on the Mac dominated DTP industry.
  11. This conversation has gone a long way off topic. Thank you to everyone who responded to my original questions. A few are now resolved while others have resulted in new feature requests, namely: "Duplicate" function from the Document menu Multiple enhancements to working with windowed images (Photo really sucks in windowed mode) Different types of pixel dithering for exporting GIF/PNG images
  12. Not quite. Photoshop has had a duplicate function for 20 years and back then desktops had a tiny fraction of the memory they have today. If a computer has sufficient memory then Photo(shop) loads the entire image into RAM. For example, an image for a magazine DPS with many layers might require 0.4GB of RAM. This is small considering today's basic home computer has 4GB of RAM and a designer's computer is likely to have 16GB. So duplicating even a very high resolution image in memory is a very trivial task and requires no paging - unlike 20 years ago when I remember waiting 10 minutes to load magazine covers into Photoshop while the hard disk thrashed away.
  13. It still doesn't do it. Why no drag n' drop between windows? :-(
  14. Using "Save as" to create a new file and then opening up the original file to work with both doesn't provide a solution that's as simple as a "duplicate image" function from the menu. I don't want folders full of unwanted files because Photo doesn't have a quick in-memory option to duplicate an image. The snapshot solution is better than saving a new file, but still more of an effort than picking "duplicate" from the menu. Hopefully the feature request from @owenr will get a positive response from Serif.
  15. Please add a choice of dither types when exporting GIF and PNG 8-bit images. As most web designers know, to get the best out of limited palettes you need to use the most appropriate dithering algorithm. Photo doesn't provide any choice, but it would be extremely useful to web designers who care about optimising their images for both file size and quality. If it can be implemented at the same time as a LIVE PREVIEW of the export settings then that would be mega cool. Thanks.
  16. Please enhance the UI. Poor usability working with windowed images. Many professional users have large hi-res monitors and feel constrained to viewing just one image at a time in a tab. Working with images in free floating windows is much more productive for many people, but Affinity Photo's handling of windowed images is woeful. Sorry, but here's why. Opening or creating a new image put it in a tab - always. There is no option to permanently default to windowed documents Windows are always huge, even if the image is 200x200 pixels the window is as big as my 4K monitor! There are no options or shortcuts to automatically resize the window to fit the image. (There's an option in Photoshop to always resize the window to the image when double clicking on the magnify icon - very handy) The corners of Photo's windows are very difficult to grab in order to manually resize them. New or opened images are zoomed in to fill the screen. Why? The default should be 100%.Dragging a tab to become a window retains this unrequested and unnecessary level of zoom. Small scroll bars in each window that lets you scroll so far that it pushes the image out of view. I don't understand the purpose of that. The scroll bars never fill with width of the window. In all other apps, at 100% zoom the bars are 100% of the width/height of the window. Photo defies this age old logic. See attached screenshot. Alt+Tab is supposed to jump to the next application or display thumbs of all apps running. But when working with windowed images, Alt+Tab jump to the next image (very frustrating if you just want to jump between apps) and displays thumbs of all of the images currently opened. Photo needs an option to tell Windows 10 to treat all windows as part of the same application so there's only 1 Photo window ever shown when Alt+Tab or Windows+Tab is used. A status bar for each window to show the image's size in pixels (or other preferred unit) would be very handy. Minimising Photo and then maximising it causes all windows to be redrawn (slowly) and placed into a different depth order. The image I was last working on is no longer at the top of the windows. All of the above is hampering my productivity. After using Photoshop for 20 years I'm stuck in my ways, but a tabbed view is crazy if you need to work with many images at once and have sight of them constantly. It's not to everyone's taste, sure, but at least give users a choice and have the windowed choice working nicely without the usability issues I've described above. Thank you.
  17. Oh. :-( I don't think it's too much to ask from the universe to always show the date a file was last modified as the default "Date" shown by Explorer. If I update a Word doc or even a .txt file in Notepad the date in the Date column always changes. It's illogical that it doesn't do that for image files.
  18. @Sima, thanks for the explanation. Perhaps the issue with the displayed "Date" in Explorer is a Windows quirk, but as you've explained it's possible for Affinity to get around this by updating the EXIF metadata each time a file is saved. I always sort my file by date so the most recently worked on files are always at the top, which makes my life easier. Having to hunt through files looking for one by name creates unnecessary frustration. It's the small things that can make a big difference to a user. :-)
  19. Thank you Owen, I was about to post the same request! As a Photoshop user of 20 years, the duplicate function is indispensable to me and I feel rather lost without it. Such a simple function and so useful without having to save temporary copies of files or use up to 7 mouse clicks in Photo if you also want to flatten the image at the same time.
  20. Thanks Toltec. It must be a Windows 10 issue for Affinity then. I'll probably spend some time in the feature request and bug section of this forum. :-) I don't know how responsive Affinity are to requests. I just want all the simple stuff to work first, all the clever effects and features they might be working on are very much secondary for me. (Of course I realise I'm just 1 voice among a million users!)
  21. That would be a terrible solution if it worked, but it makes no difference when I try that. The date is still the original one, even a file I saved yesterday and just exported again now is still showing yesterday's date and time. It has to be a bug.
  22. Thanks. That's 5 clicks to create a duplicate or 7 if you include flattening it. This compares to 3 or 4 in Photoshop. I use this duplicate function all the time. It won't even let me create a Macro to simplify this process - "Cannot record Add Snapshot" it says.
  23. I'm referring to the time stamp shown by Windows Explorer. You know, next to the file name and size there's "Date Modified". It never updates when I export a new version of a file from Affinity Photo.
  24. Toltec, thank you for your reply. I know how to change an image from tabbed to windowed, but I want Affinity to change the default behaviour so it no longer tabs every image I open or create. i.e. Windowed only. Unfortunately Ctrl+0 does not resize the window to fit the image, that only resets the zoom. Afinity's windowed mode is stupid in that it creates massive windows for small images. It's like wearing a shirt 10 sizes too big! Display size of image - I press V but no pixels size info is displayed anywhere on the screen. Ideally I'd like the size displayed constantly, such as in the window's title bar or even a status bar. Maybe I need to file a feature request. Duplicate image - I meant I want to create a duplicate of the current document in its entirety, not just 1 layer. I still can't work out how to do this. Thanks.
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