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  1. Update: I decided to make a different folder on iCloud for my Affinity Designer files. The new directory is called Affinity Designer SRB, and I copied the same four subdirectories and their contents into the new directory. Then I checked my iPhone and iPad - all files immediately showed up in both directories. But not on the PC. There were two of the for subdirectories showing in the original Affinity Designer folder as before, and there are two in the new directory. One is the same and has the same two files in it - but the other is different - its one of the two that were missing from the Affinity Designer folder. The Udemy folder showed up - and now has 58 of the 75 files in it that it should. iCloud is again saying it has files to download (13 right this second) - but that still wouldn't be all of the 75 files that should be in the Udemy subdirectory. No idea what's going on - but it certainly doesn't look like an Affinity problem.
  2. I duplicated a complex set of shapes (a house) and attempted to use the add function on the duplicate. Designer immediately crashed and disappeared. Version 1.8.0 on the first iPad Pro 12.9”. I closed all other apps and the crash still occurs. update: 1.8.2 still crashes. Screen recording attached. Hit the “add” button; boom. IMG_3264.MP4
  3. i disabled Photos and bookmarks and stopped all of the iCloud processes, then restarted iCloud. That didn't help. Then I rebooted my PC and made sure Photos and bookmarks were still disabled. No change. The only thing I notice is that iCloud Drive seems stuck on downloading 13 files. It went from 83 to 13 quickly, but hasn't changed in a couple of hours. The Udemy directory that I'm missing has 75 files in it, and I can manually download them because the Udemy directory does show up on the iCloud Drive page if I open it in Chrome, so I don't think there's anything wrong with those files. No idea what the 13 files it can'y download are.
  4. I'm having an odd problem - I'm not sure if it's iCloud itself or something related to Designer. Here's the issue: I took a Udemy class on my iPad. I created a subfolder under the iCloud Drive\Affinity Designer called Udemy [so iCloud Drive\Affinity Designer\Udemy] and stored all of my files in there. That worked fine on my iPad, and I could see and work with the files on my Mac just fine. On my PC, however, the iCloud Drive\Affinity Designer folder is there, with a couple of other subdirectories that I created from my PC (those also appear on my iPad and my Mac), but the iCloud Drive\Affinity Designer\Udemy folder has never shown up on my PC, even after a couple of days. I stopped all of my iCloud processes and then started up iCloud on the PC again, and it appears to be downloading files (the Apple Photo process is very busy), but the folder stall hasn't shown up. But here's the odd thing - if I go in and add a new directory from the PC called Udemy under Affinity Designer, the name magically and immediately changes to Udemy 2. To me, that says the PC knows that the Udemy subdirectory exists, it just refuses to show it in file explorer. If I open Designer on my PC and look at the iCloud Drive/Affinity Designer directory, it doesn't see the Udemy subdirectory either. Anybody have any ideas about what's going on?
  5. I duplicated a complex set of shapes (a house) and attempted to use the add function on the duplicate. Designer immediately crashed and disappeared. Version 1.8.0 on the first iPad Pro 12.9”. I closed all other apps and the crash still occurs.75 GB free.
  6. So you don't see any difference between 1.8 and 1.7.3?
  7. Since Apple Photos doesn’t support layers, I would be shocked if it worked otherwise. of course, you have the alternative of using the Share command to save a new jpg back to Apple Photos and the Save command to save the Affinity layers file to, for example, iCloud.
  8. I’m pretty sure Affinity does continue to work on their interface to Apple Photos, as they did not claim to have fixed in in their release notes for version 1.8.1. Serif has also stated that Apple is not being overly helpful by not documenting changes that they made in Version 13. Although I haven’t tested them yet, they’ve also released at least a couple of beta versions of version 8.2.
  9. Just out of curiosity, did you check and see whether Affinity stored one or more files on your Mac, as you described in an earlier post?
  10. This is NOT what I’m getting. If I right click on an image in Apple Photos and click on Edit With Affinity Photo, I can make complex changes in Affinity. If I click File->Save without having flattened the document, Affinity prompts my to Save as Flattened. If I do, and then quit Affinity, the edited picture shows up in Apple Photos. If I try to edit it there, I still have the option to Revert to Original. in summary, the Edit in extension works if you first flatten the image, then save it, then quit Affinity. The edit with method works and prompts you to save as flattened before you quit. the File->Share->Add to photos adds a new image to Apple Photos, just as it always did. if there’s a disadvantage to having to flatten your image before you save it back to Apple Photos, I don’t see what it is.
  11. I can confirm that this is exactly what happens on my MacBook Air. Except for the ON1 part; I don’t have that.
  12. I agree with John; here’s my more wordy version: I don’t have Lightroom, but I’ve seen LR’s radial filter used in a Simon Foster class on the Nik Collection on Udemy. The radial filter appeared to be an elliptical shape on top of a layer that one could use to control aspects of the layer such as exposure, etc. In Affinity, one could simply create an ellipse of the desired size with no stroke and a white-black gradient fill. Then rasterize the ellipse into a mask, and apply yer mask to any adjustment layer or group of layers that you desire. if you want to use the ellipse to affect color, then no need to convert it to a mask - just use a fill of the desired gradient and adjust the blend mode and opacity as desired. Olivio Sariikas recently released a YouTube video titled “Free Glorious Light Pack” that demonstrates that technique.
  13. I’ve given this subject some thought, and I’m in the DAM-only (option 2) camp. These are my basic requirements for a DAM: It should support hierarchical user-defined keyword tags. I do NOT require that the software automatically recognizes people. I would rather define my own people tags In my own hierarchy - it can be family based or place/experience based (I.e. “friends from college”, etc.) I find it easier to just define my own people tags and tag people myself, instead of filling in just the ones that the program doesn’t recognize or gets wrong. It would be cool if a person could be a member of multiple groups, but that’s not a deal breaker. I also do NOT require that location tags be tied to a map. Right now I am using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements Organizer that comes with Photoshop Elements. Right now I am using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements Organizer that comes with Photoshop Elements. At one point, Adobe switched from Google maps that created a Country/state/town/location tag system to a different mapping system. The new system started over and created its own Country/state/town/location tag system. Thereafter, there were two separate tags for locations such as USA/New York/New York/Madison Square Garden. I would just as soon create my own Country/state/town/location tag hierarchy. Keyword tags should be stored with the photo in EXIF data. The use of a database should not be required. However, if there’s just no getting around it for whatever reason (speed of searches, etc.), then perhaps the DAM could recreate it knowing only the root directory where all photos are stored. Of course, this might take awhile. The user should be able to define his own file structure independent of the tag hierarchy . That file structure should be visible to Windows Explorer or the MacOS file viewer. One should be able to move files from within the DAM, and should be able to create, rename, and delete folders. Complex search functions using tags, dates, and other EXIF data should be supported. One should be able to save complex searches. The ability to identify byte for byte identical photos would be nice. It should be fast to display thumbnails arranged by date, file hierarchy, or tag hierarchy, and one should be able to open Affinity or other image editing programs directly from the DAM. I’ve read through all 8 pages of comments on this topic, and one thing I haven’t seen addressed much is the question of what you would be willing to pay for your preferred alternative. It certainly could be that Adobe was forced to go to the subscription model because it just couldn’t charge enough for perpetual licenses to cover the cost of ongoing development and support. So if you want Affinity to make a Lightroom clone, are you willing to pay what it would cost? Plus, many of the other products mentioned here are free. They’re developed by a core team of highly talented highly motivated and highly committed people - but at some point, it seems to me that everybody has to make money somehow. In any event, if one of the free products meets your needs, how much are you willing to pay Affinity to provide the same product? As for myself, I already feel for the difficult situation Affinity is already in, trying to maintain and develop three major software platforms on three ever-changing operation systems (iOS, MacOS, and Windows) to support ever-changing raw formats on who knows how many cameras. I can’t imagine they’re going to add a fourth product on the spur of the moment, especially if the market leader is subscription based for $$$, and if it has competitors that offer similar functionality for $0. The second option seems like the only practical possibility in the near them - that is, the next couple of years. Allow me one other observation. There are some on these forums who seem upset that Affinity is not yet developed to the point that you feel you can ditch your CC subscription. You’re talking about a piece of software with a one time price of $50, vs hundreds of dollars a year. I think the fact that you’re upset at Serif is absurd. Thanks for the opportunity to consider this...
  14. SO stranger and stranger.... 1. Apple DNG files work fine. 2. The DNG files I'm having trouble with came from a class on the NIK Collection on Udemy. I don't know what kind of camera created them. But if you open a directory with any of those files in it, the Windows 10 file Explorer crashes. a. If you try to restart the file explorer, it's still pointing at the same directory, so it crashes again. b. I can start the file explorer with a command line command "explorer.exe /". The "/" moves the directory up a level, so the file explorer will remain up (unless you point it back at a directory that contains a "bad" DNG file. c. However, it I try to run explorer from the normal icon after step (b) above, it still crashes. d. If I try to open one of the DNG files with Affinity (production version 1.7.3), the Open dialog box will show the directory with the files, but if I select one of the DNG files, Affinity crashes. e. If I try to open one of the DNG files with Photoshop Elements 2019, the Open dialog box will show the directory with the files, but if I select one of the DNG files, Photoshop Elements crashes. f. To fix the problem with the file explorer, I had to resort to DOS commands to move the DNG files to a different directory (Boy, that was a memory exercise). g. I tried the suggestion above to convert the files using the Adobe DNG file converter (version 12.1). The converter said it completed all files, but all error symptoms remained. Since my iPhone is the only camera that makes DNG files that I will commonly deal with, I'm just going to delete the DNG files from my Windows 10 machine and deal with them on my Mac, where they work correctly. However, there is clearly a problem with Windows 10 and some DNG files.
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