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  1. Same here. The app takes almost half a minute to launch since the latest app update. I had hoped that maybe the most recent macOS update would fix this, but no joy. Affinity 1.9.1 I did restart the Mac a number of times Doesn't matter if I launch Affinity by double-clicking on an Affinity file, or just launch the app via Alfred. It's slow either way I tried what @kai2 suggested, but in my case Affinity already had Full Disc Access
  2. Sigh. That was definitely not the answer I was looking for, but I'm glad to see it was discussed here on the forum already. I already figured I might have to uninstall and reinstall the app to avoid having to close over 60 images manually, but it really seems like a super nuclear option, just to close out a bunch of files πŸ˜…
  3. @DM1 What's the size of your files when you test this? Mine are usually between 80-350MB. Just wondering if file size makes the upload time out in the background.
  4. Follow-up I did some more checking into Dropbox app itself (not Files app), and it seems that if you don't launch it manually, it'll simply never update the files. I know that iOS 13 has become much more aggressive about killing apps in the background so many background processes don't finish properly anymore (and since private API's aren't allowed, devs are stuck with an app that seemingly doesn't work); maybe Dropbox app is also crashing in the background and not completing the upload, not sure. Just weird that the content updates just fine on iPad's Dropbox app and Files app when pushed from the Mac, and Affinity can read fine from those apps on iPad but does't seem to be able to write to Dropbox app on iPad.
  5. I have the same issue as @gangusCat – can't really pinpoint when it started. Probably somewhen in the past weeks. Maybe this will help shed some light on the issue: Regular Workflow I tweak my RAW images in LR on my Mac (10.14, not ready to upgrade to Catalina with all of its bugs yet). I export the images from LR as 16bit TIF files to a folder in Dropbox. On iPad (iPad Pro 12.9", 2018 Model, 512GB, current public iOS 13.2 release), I open Affinity Photo β†’ + β†’ Open from Cloud. I select the photo I want to work on, it loads and opens in Affinity Photo. I make my edits, then use < to go back to the overview where I see all the images I'm currently editing as little squares. I tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) and tap Save. Until about a month ago, the changes I made on my iPad would now be saved back to the file in Dropbox. I just had to wait for a few minutes until the iPad had uploaded the change, then could continue edit the file on the Mac. Recently, though, while I can still load files into the iPad app, changes are *not* being saved back to Dropbox via the workflow mentioned above. Saving to Photos What still works is opening the file in Affinity β†’ tapping the documents icon β†’ Export β†’ Share and then saving the image to the native Apple Photos app. Save a Copy This also no longer works reliably, at least in conjunction with Dropbox. When my regular workflow fails (virtually all the time now), I try Affinity β†’ tapping the documents icon β†’ Save a Copy β†’ Save β†’ (Dropbox folder) β†’ Save. Once I tapped Save for the last time and I'm being returned to viewing my image in Affinity, I switch to Files app on my iPad to check if the file is actually being uploaded. Quite often, it is not. Sometimes it takes until the next day for the image to be synced, often times it doesn't sync at all and I have to try "Save a copy" multiple times until something finally happens. I'm quite confused as to what might have changed that broke the workflow that has been working fine for me for a few months. The issue started before the iOS 13.2 update, so I can't blame it on recent changes there. I didn't run iOS betas either this year, so there can't be any cruft from buggy iOS beta on my device either. From the release notes, it seems the last Affinity update was about a month ago (1.7.3), so I wonder if *that* might have got its wires crossed somewhere? All my apps are up-to-date (there are no updates for Dropbox or Affinity that are pending). I'm happy to provide more infos to help troubleshoot this as I am relying heavily on the iPad app for my image editing and right now, with the inability to save files back to Dropbox, it's quite worrying and cumbersome for me.
  6. There sure is I think this might be what you mean: Change persona to "Selection" (highlight at the very top). I like to select the Freehand Selection Tool (but maybe one of the others might work better for you) β†’ left sidebar. And then I set it to "Magnetic" (personal preference for my landscape photography; sth. else might work better for you). Hope this is useful to you!
  7. Hey Cecil, Thanks for chiming in. Which "redo" do you mean, where can I find it? I usually use two-finger tap to undo, and three-finger tap to redo. So far, the three-finger tap hasn't worked either (or it's my iPad Pro acting up again). Should "redo" get me back into the mode where I can continue editing my selection?
  8. Hey guys, Here's an issue I run into annoyingly often: I start with a selection. I use "Magnetic", but often times I actually have to trace the outline the object carefully with my Apple Pencil because the tree or mountain range doesn't have good contrast against the surrounding areas for Magnetic to work perfectly. So, I'm twisting and turning the image on my iPad Pro at a high resolution so I can work on that selection, but at some point I sometimes accidentally double-tap with the Pencil or tap somewhere where I didn't intend to tap and it "finishes" the selection – I get the marching ants. Of course, that's usually not what I wanted to select – I'm normally not done yet so I want to undo whatever I did last. Unfortunately, I can't. It seems that as soon as a selection is locked in (sorry, don't know the correct term), where the outline of the selection is those animated lines, undo isn't possible. I just want to go back a single action – whatever caused the selection to be finished should be undone so I can continue where I left off. I works great if I made a mistake in my outline and lift the Pencil – then I use the two finger tap to undo and start over. But with the selection locked in, I'm stuck, have to discard all the work that I've done and start over. Any tips?
  9. Thank you for the concise and helpful explanation, @Dan C, exactly what I needed, too!
  10. Just to clarify @Blende21 In my case, the app does fully crash. It does not freeze (become unresponsive). The app quits itself and returns me to the Home Screen from where I have to launch it again. As a result of the crash, a crash report is saved to Settings β†’ Privacy β†’ Analytics etc. :)
  11. I wanted to report the same problem. As of the last update to the iPad app, I can no longer open TIFF files to edit them. It doesn't matter if those files are 8bit or 16bit. Here's my workflow: Edit a RAW file quickly in Pixelmator Photo beta. Save TIFF file to Dropbox. Open TIFF file from Affinity Photo. At this point, the file usually would load into Development mode. After the last update, the Development persona opens and everything is black. I still see all the sliders, and for the heck of it, I tap the checkmark to develop the image I can't see. Now Affinity Photo *always* crashes. Once I reopen the app, I can see the image I just tried to load in the little preview, but when I tap to open it again loads into the all black Development persona and I can keep playing the crashing game To rule out sudden issues with the Pixelmator Photo beta (mind you, it did work just fine grabbing files from it before the last Affinity update), I created some TIFF files directly from Lightroom on the Mac. Same result. To rule out a corrupted app bundle (due to the update), I reinstalled Affinity Photo on iPad. Same result, the crashes continue. Current workaround for me: export to PSD instead of TIFF. Those files are opened just fine. I haven't noticed anything else being affected, I just can't work with TIFF files anymore. Sorry, forgot to add the tech specs: iPad Pro 9.7" (2017) iOS 12.1.2 (16D5024a)
  12. Hey John, Thanks so much for the explanation! You might be right: in James' video, there were only stars so the app didn't have to decide between foreground and sky, as is the case in my photo. I’m relieved, I already started to doubt my ability to click the same buttons as he did I’ll play around with this a bit more, thanks for getting me on the right track!
  13. Hey guys, I’ve been trying to follow along with James’ tutorial on YouTube on how to get pin sharp stars. Unfortunately, I am already failing right after the import: (macOS 10.13, Mac App Store version of Affinity Photo – my trial expired so I had to buy the app even though I wanted to test this first ) 1. I had my RAW images in Lightroom. 2. I exported them to a folder on my Desktop (.tif format). 3. I opened AP β†’ File β†’ New Stack. 4. I selected all my 56 photos, which were taken over the course of 10 minutes. If I select "Auto Align", I end up with one single layer at the end, and no stars. The trees are there, the castle is there, but no stars. It’s as if AP has "denoised" the sky and in the process removed the stars. If I do not select Auto Align (just for kicks), it doesn’t matter if I pick mean or media for the group – no stars in the sky, either. If I select Outlier or anything else, I get star trails (which I don’t want). Of course, my individual layers in the group have the stars, but how do I get them to show up in the "Live Stack Group"? I must be missing something super obvious – help?
  14. Thanks, MEB, that time line really helps! Looks like there will be two additional presents under the christmas tree for me this year. Thanks for putting the workbook together, I’ve looked through the reviews and your "Making of" blog post and I trust a company that puts so much care into their "support" materials. Consider me a new customer
  15. Thank you so much for the explanation, Stokberg. I’d thought as much, but it’s good to hear it confirmed.
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