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  1. Patrick, Many thanks for this response. I suspect that the pre-launch beta phase involvement may be the problem as, if my memory serves me correctly (which it may not - it was more than 5 years ago) the beta test group got a big "thank you" from Affinity in the form of a free upgrade from the GM to the official release, and that is why there is no record of a purchase in my AP account. I am certain that the MAS search is correct in that one thing I do recall is advising friends to buy direct from Affinity because of the free trial period. That leaves the question of why the history of upgrades that has come to a halt? Perhaps the auto-upgrade is only active for consecutive versions? One complicating issue is that I had a severe disc corruption about 18 months ago and have not been able to rebuild a complete version history. I'll keep exploring but if all else fails will just buy the current release when the trial period ends.
  2. Thanks Will - yes your are correct. I was able to check purchases back to 2011 and AP is not amongt them which confirms my belief that it was a direct purchase from Affinity. Trouble is it doesn't show when I log to my account there.
  3. Walt, trouble is my Apple ID is the same but not the password and I don't have a record of it that far back.
  4. (Sorry - the "I did" is in reply to walt). Bruce - the nuclear option looks more attractive by the day. I've got 13 days left on my free trial so may try some conventional warfare first.
  5. Tried all that. Updates/Reload Page is inactive and 1.7 has no update activity either automatically on opening or through a menu link.
  6. I was an early adopter of AP and an active participant in the User Forum (ID billtils) but for reasons that were not directly related to the program have not used it since 1.7 Things have changed (including my computers) and all attempts to update to 1.8 have failed - the MAS doesn't recognise me and there is no autoupdate option when I open 1,7. I have downloaded 1.8 but it requires a key and I can't find it and all attempts to resolve this from the user forum have failed. I have been able to login to the user forum (as billtils) and to my Affinity account (billtils@mac.com) but AP itself does not show up in the downloads history. Can you please tell me what to do! Thanks
  7. I'm not complaining about or criticising what Serif have done in the last 3 or 4 years, with AP or with the other lines, but I would have been happier if they had just said when this was first discussed that a DAM was of interest but not a priority. The moment has passed.
  8. That could be anything from 13 to 25 months from now. It's almost certainly already too late for me and in that time frame "almost" can be deleted. Could attract others though.
  9. It's been "wait until next year" since day 1. I can understand that Serif devoted resources to other developments such as the iThingy version for sound commercial reasons, but would have preferred that they just drop the DAM and be done - and let us know that's where things are.
  10. I haven't posted much here for a while as the current MAS version meets my editing needs quite nicely - thanks to all for your great work. However, it seems like a lifetime ago that we were assured that a DAM was coming. Is this still the case or has it been dropped?
  11. Just curious about what is meant by "Gradient mask" here and how people use the AP version. There is a gradient mask tool in CaptureOne that I use a lot. It draws a gradient (obviously :rolleyes: ) by selecting a start point and then dragging to the desired end point. You can then apply any of the C1 editing tools to that segment of your image, I don't see that flexibility in the AP version (and yes, I will be 0.001% amazed if the issue is my understanding rather than the capability of the tool in AP).
  12. @R C-R Actually this is a Mac site (Affinity Photo on Mac Beta). It is AP that is now not Mac only, but there is a separate forum for the Windows version. I suppose if we go up a level, you would be correct that Affinity Beta Support in itself is not platform specific. However, there would not be much point in posting advice that involved the possible use of Apple Photos on the other Forum ;) .
  13. Ash, there are just two things that matter here: Firstly at present AP is an editing program (and a very, very good one) but does not have a library/Digital Asset Manager function; secondly there are many other programs that do work (and work well) in regard to the library function and can call AP as an external editor. Bottom line is if you have Apple Photos or any version of Lightroom (as examples - I don't use either of these, but this is a Mac site and if you have a Mac you have Photos free of charge and it seems you may have an older non-subscription version of LR) then go ahead and use that as your DAM and call AP for editing.
  14. That only applies to large enterprise installations. Single/small business users are another matter altogether. And my beef as a single user is the current price up/value for money down trend.
  15. Mike (and fde 101 and Traveling Man and lots of others ...) see post #17 above from vague-logic. That's the workflow that I use (as does at least one other significant contributor here) and it works very well indeed. Why not download the free trial and give it a run? The DAM is very flexible; it will work with referenced or managed libraries and can structure your files in a multi-layer folder system and/or by keywords. I was an early moaner about the lack of a DAM, but the ease of calling AP as external editor from CaptureOne means I have lost interest in that aspect. As an aside, I think that the prioritisation mentioned by Andy in post #19 makes a lot of sense. If I were to change anything in my personal set-up in the mid-term future it would be to move to a Windows platform as Apple seemingly relentlessly and blindly keep introducing new Macs that have fewer features of interest (no SD card reader, no magsafe power cord, 16GB max RAM on the latest MacBookPro) but a big jump in price. I'll take a serious look at the W version of AP when it is released.
  16. amazme1, what you say about LR being "the one exception" is not correct. Capture One Pro and ACDSee, to name but two, can do this (DAM + photo editor).
  17. At some point the use of [ and ] to change/select brush size stopped working in AP 1.3.5.2, but it only happens with some functions. It is OK in Quick Mask and in Blemish Removal - but curiously not in Inpainting or Healing ...
  18. Won't you get what you need using File > New and selecting Web from the dropdown? If the main issue is removing the EXIF data you can do it like this.
  19. csp, I totally agree - in principle at any rate! But - and it's a BIG "but" - replicating the structure of my large Aperture library elsewhere is nightmare inducing, and that's before I get to the task of what to do with originals and versions. However, something based on your last suggestion would be very nice to have!
  20. This is replicating what happens with MB and images in the Aperture library. When accessed in Aperture from MB they open as jpegs (or not at all ...) but if you place them in Apple's Picture folder (and use that as a referenced Aperture library), they open as RAWs (NEFs or whatever camera is appropriate). Guess it's an Apple thing ... I had similar issues when trying out other Aperture replacements and gave up.
  21. Welcome to the AP forum Christiano Like you, I use Aperture as my photo library (Digital Asset Manager). I use AP for all my serious editing, and access the Aperture library images in one of 3 ways: 1: Set AP as the external editor in Preferences > Export > External photo editor. Advantages - easy to use and you can return the edited image to Aperture by File > Share > Add to Aperture but this sends a thumbnail sized file. It is best simply to Save (File > Save or CMD + S). 2: Option 1 sends the Aperture file to AP as a TIFF or PSD (you set this in the same window as above). If you prefer to work with a RAW file you need to Export Original from Aperture then edit and return 3: You may be able to access the images in your Aperture library using Media Browser but they may be the thumbnails. If you save your downloaded images to Apple's Pictures folder you can set this up as a referenced library in Aperture and access the RAW files in Pictures directly from AP. The choice is yours - I have tried them all and have settled on option 1 and returning the edited file by CMD + S. The Affinity team are aware of the shortcomings and have posted that they will be fixing the problems (which it seems are OS X related). (Entschuldigungen für die Beantwortung in Englisch, aber dies möglicherweisebesser als einen online-Übersetzer zu verwenden!)
  22. @lekrul and others I posted on similar lines this morning. Everything works OK if I edit then export (from AP)/import (to Aperture). It usually works using the "share" function, but not always (seems to depend on what I do when editing, but not sure). The above applies whether the original in Aperture is a NEF or JPEG.
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