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  1. Affinity Photo does not correctly interpret 16-bit floating point TIFF unfortunately. Only 16-bit integer TIFs are able to be developed. Contrary, iOS applications like Preview and Photos do read 16-bit floating point TIFF properly, which is how I know that the file is being written correctly. Add 16-bit floating point TIFF support to Affinity Photo desktop and iOS, please. Thank you!
  2. I tried to download the iPad related videos from https://affinity.serif.com/tutorials/photo/ipad but did not find how to do it. Is this possible or not? Thank you.
  3. Great tutorials. Very useful. Thank you very much! Continue your tutorials please.
  4. Dear Paul, Print manager (first screenshot in all my screenshots) is a part of editing software e.g. Affinity Photo, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painshop etc. It is developed by the editor developers. And there is printer driver with its GUI, developed by the printer manufacturer (the second screenshot). Printer drivers developed by Canon or EPSON for work properly on both macOS and Windows: otherwise no one person would purchase these printers. The problem is how the print manager embedded into the editing software (Affinity photo in the case under focus) interacts with the printer driver. And there is no matter what the file format. As I showed above, TIF files are printed properly from Photoshop under Windows. Again, the same steo-by-step screenshots showing the print manager of Photoshop (Windows) and then -- the GUI of the printer driver launched from the Photoshop print manager. The image is centered very well: In contrast, the printer manager of Affinity Photo, when launching the Canon printer driver, does not interact with the printer driver correct thus non-aligning image at centre (I do not repeat these screenshots because they are above). That is, answerinf your question: printing TIF file from another Windiows (or macOS or BSD or any other operating system) application will depend on how this application interacts with the printer driver. If Affinity Photo for Windows interacts with Canon or EPSON printer driver in right way, the image will be centered. Surely, Canon and EPSON are two leading families of pro-grade printers for professional HQ printing. Any image editing software considered seruious should interact with these two printer driver families correct. At least on Windows and macOS (because EPSON and Canon produces their printer deriers for only these two opetating systems). The task becomes easier because Canon printer drivers have the same interior for all the Canon printer family; the same is true for EPSON printers. If I am alone who found this issue with printing, no one person tried to print something serious at studio from Affinity Photo for Windows. Otherwise they would stop the printing then sending a complaint due to the impossibility to center printed images relative to page borders. NO ONE PERSON, Paul. This means that all photograohers still print from Photoshop or Paintshop... Thank you for attention to this problem -- Dmitri
  5. Yes, I use affinity Photo for Windows. Meanwhile Canon & EPSON printer drivers have similar interface on macOS and Windows. From your screenshot, I realize the same big problem: no the possibility to choose physical size of printed image, but only the scaling per cent...
  6. > Sorry to ask a probably dumb question, but where have you found this Print Assistant? If you mean Affinity Photo print manager; it is accessed from File => Print, or Ctrl + P as well as in any other image editor: If you mean the small window of Canon IJ Print Assistant (Screenshot 2) -- is launched after sending the image to print via Affinity Photo print manager, -- it is a GUI (Graphic User Interface) of any pro-grade Canon printer provided on a CD with the printer. In my preliminary screenshot Canon IJ Print Assistant comes with Russian interface, but one can install any of other ten or more languages accessed on the printer CD. > I work with some models of new documents as empty layout with a soft proofing layer, and place an image in it. It is a bit old fashioned, and not realy fast, but I must admit, it works fine. Of course I would prefer a convenient Print Assistant. Yes, theoretically, we can go avoid this problem as you say. But in this case we should prepare a pattern of desired size, re-calculate the image size and so on. But as you say in the end, this is not a good way to do things. This is more suitable to such freeware editors as GIMP wherein you pay nothing for no obligation from the side of the software developer. And also, do forgive about competition with Photoshop. Because I believe in Affinity Photo as a COMPLETE REPLACEMENT of Photoshop for mass people in the closest future, everything of printing needs shuld be done without manual computation and via Affinity Photo print manager. Thank you, Dmitri
  7. Dear Paul, The aforementioned problem with Affinity Photo print manager does not depend on the method defining paper size. I tried different ways with the same bad result. See two following step-by-step screenshots where I predefined A4 paper size, for example. So... setting up A4 paper We obtain... the same non-aligned form: I did not check this issue on EPSON pro-grade printers just because having no EPSONs in the use. But all that has been said above is true for Canon pro-grade printers. Supposedly, the problem is hidden in that fact that Affinity Photo print manager does not properly export information from the printer drivers. Developers of Affinity Photo should know better the source of this problem. But, surely, Affinity Photo MUST work properly with two leading pro-grade families: Canon and EPSON. Think: editing in Affinity Photo then printing from Photoshop thus purchasing Adobe license for only printing purposes... this way would not be considered as something healthy... This issue is important. Believe me. This is because, due to the above problem, Affinity Photo still remains an "editing only" software without a possibility of professional quality printing... Surely, this gap should be removed by a substantial upgrade of Affinity photo print manager. Otherwise how to compete with Photoshop without a possibility of normal printing? Sincerely -- Dmitri
  8. This is in addition to my previous posts on the current impossibility to use of Affinity Photo print manager for accurate printing: Affinity Photo print manager should be updated How Affinity Photo meets Canon pro printers Today I tried to print an image from Affinity Photo, again, but calculating the scaling per cent with Calculator. This could remove, temporarily, the problem that Affinity photo print manager does not provide the physical size of printed image, but only the scaling per cent. OK. Let us print an image with, I say, 51% of scaling. You can see Affinity photo print manager below. The image is shown well aligned with respect to the page borders: But, once you start printing so that Affinity photo calls the printer driver (Canon Pixma Pro-1 in this case, but the same is observed on other Canon printers), you see... the image is turned to the page corner. And there is no way how to change the image location... That is, I guess, Affinity Photo print manager, when connecting with printers, does not do it correctly... In practice this means that you cannot align printed image on page when printing from Affinity Photo. To be honest, this does not allow printing something at all... I see this problem on the Canon professional printers (such as Pixma Pro-1 or Prograf). Compare how this works in Photoshop. When launching PS print manager we can set up both physical size and scaling per cent, on your choice and without boring calculations to match desired height or width of the image: And then, PS print managers calls printer drivers in correct way so that the image is well aligned to the page borders: CONCLUSION. It is the third week as I use Affinity Photo (trying to migrate to it from Photoshop). I got much editing work in Affinity Photo already. I like it much more than Photoshop, and believe your project has great future. But still unable to print something without problems... Photography exists not only in the fileds of the internet (which is a short flash in the world history). Prints survive in centuries as those made by Bruegel and Duerer five centuries ago. I therefore hope that Affinity photo print manager will have been improved in the next stable release, to meet professional photo-artists who are de-facto print makers as well.
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    How Affinity Photo meets Canon pro-printers

    Thank you, Sean. I believe that the scaling and positioning will be updated in one of the next stable releases. Concerning the rasterization, I have undetstood. Thank you for explanation (it is only the sixteenth day as I had migrated from Photoshop...).
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    Affinity Photo: crash on the launch of PhotoWiz plugins

    I just tried 8-bit imafes in addition to 16-bit images on Windows. All the PhotoWiz 2017 apps do not crash Affinity Phoo. Except of Contrast Master, and only in the 2nd launch (in the 1st launch Contrast Master works well). So, there is no difference between 8-bit and 16 bit images on Windows.
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    Affinity Photo: crash on the launch of PhotoWiz plugins

    I tried the newest .10c version of photo Wix (and also PluginGalaxy and HyperTyle plugins of he same developer) with the 1.6.1.92-beta of Affinity Photo. All the PhotoWiz applications now work well, except of Contrast Master: when lanching Contrast Master from the newest Affinity Photo beta, in the 1st time it works well while when launching in the 2nd time the puzzled window as below appears. I will send this report to the PhotoWiz developer...
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    Affinity Photo: crash on the launch of PhotoWiz plugins

    Update: 22.11.2017, 22:11 I just contacted with the PhotoWiz developer. This problem has been removed in the newest .10c version of PhotoWiz that I just received from him. I have checked: this is true --- the found bug does not longer appear. All PhotoWiz users are welcome to update the plugin bundle with the newest version .10c. So, my report does not need any answer. It was not an Affinity Photo problem. Thank you!
  13. Apply any of PhotoWiz Plugins to any layer of an image in Affinity Photo. I say, let us launch Contrast Master: It launches well. Apply any changes on your own choice, then save the work and return back to Affinity Photo. Everything is OK. But only you launch this plugin again, in the 2nd time applied either to the same layer or to any other layer, we see the following error screen: Even in this case, Affinity Photo does not crash despite the PhotoWiz plugin does not work. Let us now launch the same PhotoWiz plugin once again, in the 3rd time. No matter that applied to the same layer or any other layer of the image. In this case, Affinity Photo crashes with the following report: This occurs with all plugins of PhotoWiz collection. Because all PhotoWiz plugins were launched/worked well in the 1st time, I suppose this problem is hidden in the current version of Affinity Photo. I used the latest release and the newest Beta version of Affinity Photo, with the same result. Trial version of PhotoWiz plugins can be downloaded from its home page You thus can try all these by your own. I would thank you very much for improvement of this bug, please.
  14. When printing a fine art image from, I say, your catalogue (targeting sales at a gallery etc.), you need to make the same size as mentioned in the catalogue. That is, if the artwork is mentionwd as 26.4 x 34.7 cm, you must print it only in this size. In Photoshop, its print manager manifests both per cent of the image scale and also the physical size of the scaled image. That is, for example: typing 26.4 cm in the Photoshop print manager, we get the desired size of the printed artwork. It is impossible to do in the cirrent version of Affinity photo :-( Yes, Affinity Photo print manager provides the possibility of scaling percentage. But no one person even a mathematics genius can guess how many per cents shoild be typed therein to produce, I say, the desired 35.7 cm or 21.4 cm. I maybe missed something important in Affinity Photo print manager, but it sems that the said above is unfortunately true :-( This is a serious gap in Affinity photo from the viewpoint of a professional. We print not travel photos at a Kodak Express, but photo-artworks targeting collectionners who like pay many hundreds of Pounds for each of the offprints (also, reproductions of Medieval engravings are considered). So, the printed size should match the same size as mentioned in the catalogue of artworks made by Duerer or Bruegel or a contemporary fine art photographer. I sure that this gap should be imprived in Affinity Photo print manager as soon as ppssible in the next release. Otherwise, those who migrated to Affinity Photo from Photoshop (migration to Affinity Photo is a very popular among professionals) may go back to Photoshop due to the impossibility of printing exact size from Affinity Photo. Thank you for your time. I hope on your help.
  15. This topic explains one important problem with printing from Affinity Photo. It is highly important for a professional photographer. So... When printing on from Protoshop, it takes the printer settings into account. Just one example. Printing on almost any high quality fine art paper is made by default with the 35-mm fields from both sides. A printer driver knows this, and sets up the printing fields when choosing a fine art paper. The instance that below shows printing on Canon Pixma Pro-1 from Photoshop, and you will see the same with the use of any Prograf printer as well. That is once you choose "fit" option in the printing window of Photoshop, it automatically fits the picture to within the 35- mm margins set up by the printer driver (see the screenshot). Also, you can set up the printed size of the picture manually by setting up the millimeters/inches in the printing window. I mean that, if your fine art picture is shown in your catalogue is defined as, I say, 26.7 cm x 38.4 cm, you can merely type one of the sizes in the Photoshop window, thus the printer will make exact the same size in print. Also, the Photoshop printing window shows the output resolution that this picture will be printed after the scaling (see the screenshot below). I typed all these important issues by red on the screenshot. Not currently in Affinity Photo ... See the second, third, and fourth screens that below. First. Affinity Photo does not fit the image to within the printer driver pre-defined margins: once you choose "fit to printable", Affinity Photo merely extends the image to the paper size (without taking the printer setting of 35-mm margins into account). In other word, the current version of Affinity Photo does not take the printer driver settings into account. See the second screenshot, please. One can try to fit the image to within the printer predefined margins. Or one can try to fint the image to the desired size, I say, trying to type somewhere 26.7 cm x 38.4 cm manually. It is impossible in the current version of Affinity Photo ... See the screenshot below. Of course, one can try to choose the needed percentage of scaling. But one can guess the percentage producing the required size, I say, 25.7 cm or something like this. I emphasized this issue by red and explained this problem by white words on the screenshot. Choosing percentage instead of exact size of the printed image is suitable to amateur person printing travel pictures rather than a professional photographer (who needs to get exact size of printed image, that is strongly required for sale options). So forth, the print resolution. In Photoshop printing window (see the first screenshot), the print resolution depends on the scale percentage. So, the protograopher can easy control the printing quality: aha... the resolution became lesser than 300 ppi... so we should set up a lesser size of the image. Not in the current version of Affinity Photo (see the screenshot that below). By choosing the option "rasterization" we see a resolution that does not change with the scaling of the image... That is, you can set up any resolution independent from the true output resolution of the scaled image. This is a puzzle and, if it is true then unacceptable for a professional fine art photographer (fine art images should only be printed with the true scaled resolution that gives the best high quality result on print). Conclusion. I purchased Affinity Photo because my wishes to replace my Photoshop CS6 (because I disilke Adobe subscription while Affinity Photo provides perpetual license). I also sincere believe in the Affinity Photo project as a Photoshop replacement. But now, with the above issues of the printing options (and also still incompatibility with DxO FilmPack that I reported recently), I still use, enforcedly, Photoshop. I believe that the Affinity Photo team likes to attract professional photographers (not only amateurs). In such case, the above issues should be improved somehow in the future releases of Affinity Photo. Thank you for your time! (I hope you read my report upto the end.)
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