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  1. Thanks to both of you for the replies. I'm happy that I can download and install Affinity Photo to a second computer that I own and isn't used for any commercial activity. However, I cannot find how to do the download and installation. The instructions that I found simply don't work in this case. I do not have the original order invoice after all this time but do have the order number, product key, password, and user name from when i originally purchased and installed Affinity Photo on my first computer. If anyone can point me in the right direction of download and install Affinity Photo on my second computer I would be grateful.
  2. I've been using Affinity Photo on the same computer for a couple of years and would like to install it on a second computer, thus having two to use. I did a search on the subject but it didn't find anything. Both computers are Win 10. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. Thanks for this info. Is this way of development different than what other programs use or do they all or most of them do it this way? My debate adversaries seem to be saying this is a deficient way of development compared to numerous other companies programs. And is "RGB space" a file that is then developed after a Raw file is converted to this, or a file extension, or??. Sorry for my lack of knowledge in this.
  4. Thanks for the replies and feedback It seems that the 3 - 4 people I debated with in the other forum are correct in all, or almost all, of what they claimed about AP deficiencies. However, I still wonder about the claim that Raw files are changed to RGB files in the Develop Persona or upon exit from it. My files are DNG files going it to the Develop Persona and after it finishes it indicates they are DNG (modified) files, and upon export almost any file type can be chosen to save them, but with no mention anywhere of RGB files that I can find. If anyone can clarify this I would be grateful.
  5. On another, general, photography forum I have been having a spirited debate with 3 or 4 posters who insist Affinity Photo is only adequate for low level amateur Raw users (and I am in that category) and is inadequate for high level amateur and professional users, and very few of these high end users use Affinity. They take this position because of faults and inadequacies they perceive in the Develop Persona that they consider "fatal flaws". I do not have the necessary knowledge and ability about editing programs in general or Affinity Photo, although I do use it, to effectively debate these individuals, who appear to be very advanced in their processing/editing skills and are certainly very, very articulate in expressing their criticisms and opinions. In very general terms they have 3 criticisms of the Develop Persona: They claim: 1. It is forced destructive, 2. It does not have HSL and although that is available in the Photo Persona it is "too late" to be used effectively there, 3. It cannot do highlight reconstruction. Below is a quote from one of these posts, "it" referring to Affinity Photo: "In my comments I was careful to say; "It's a great raster editor and a terrific price but it has multiple raw processing flaws that I consider show stoppers." Please note the text I just made bold. I further clarified my comments; My comments apply to Affinity's raw Develop Persona only." "I said Affinity's raw processing is forced destructive. I was then and I remain correct. The term destructive carries two meaning for us when talking about an image processing workflow. We obviously do not want to lose our camera original by overwriting it. Affinity is fine in that regard. However we also use the term destructive if the software does not save out work such that we are forced to repeat or do the work over should we want to make a revision. Affinity's Raw Develop Persona in that context is forced destructive. Any work you do in the Raw Develop Persona with a raw file is discarded when you convert the raw file to an RGB image and move to the Photo Persona. Discarding your work is destructive of your work." "I said Affinity's Raw Develop Persona lacks an HSL adjustment. I am correct. Having an HSL adjustment available in the Photo Persona is no consolation because by then it's too late. An HSL adjustment tool is needed in the Raw Develop Persona." "I also noted that in the Raw Develop Persona Affinity does not attempt highlight reconstruction. And I am correct about that as well." (end quote) They further make the point, as they perceive it, that either in the Develop Persona or when a file is transferred to the Photo Persona the file is changed from Raw to RGB (as noted in the above quote), I don't know which, and the latter is much inferior to editing a Raw file, data and detail being lost, etc. I can't find it listed anywhere during the conversion or editing process in Affinity that this occurs but perhaps I don't know where to look. They also stress that, as they see it. any changes to the processing done in the Develop Persona cannot be done later and the process must be restarted from the beginning to make changes after the file is transferred from the Develop Persona. A link to one of these thread is: https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-605390-9.html, this discussion being mainly in pages 9, 10, and 11, and https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-605064-1.html#10398297. I'm wanderer2, Mike. I hope that some members of this forum can affirm for me what parts of the argument by the posters sited above are conrrect, if any, and what are not, if any, and how the ones that are not can best be rebutted. As I indicated above I am way over my head in the discussion and need help. Thanks for any info and input. Mike
  6. I think you are correct on this. Upon exploring the merged file more in FastStone and attempting a simple edit, the resulting file was changed to JPEG. I don't understand why all of the merged DNG properties would be displayed, as well as what was obviously the appearance of the merged HDR file, and it would not edit that file but rather an embedded JPEG file. It makes no sense to me but , as I explained in the OP, my knowledge of all of this rudimentary. On a different note, after attempting to use RawTherapy for the first time and FastStone for the first time in years, I was struck by how counter intuitive and difficult to use they both were, at least to my weak brain. Thank goodness for Affinity! I'm still not sure now how to go about processing these 120 mb in camera merged HDR files but I'll keep investigating as I very much would like to do that. Thanks to all for their help. Mike
  7. As best I can tell in this case FastStone is working with a DNG 121 MB file. Since each of the three files used in the merge was about 40 MB I believe it is the merged file. But, I am not an expert in using these programs and haven't used FastStone in several years and don't recall much about using it at this point. But when I look at the image in FastStone and look at the listed file properties DNG and 121 MB are what it says. Thanks again for your help.
  8. According to posts on the Pentax Forum RawTherapee is the preferred program for these purposes, being more capable than the Pentax utility. At least that's whats been said about PSR processing. Why it can't import an in camera merged HDR file is a mystery to me.
  9. I know that processing of Pixel Shift Resolution files can't be done by some editing programs and I downloaded RawTherapee (free) because it's recommended on the Pentax Forum for that purpose. However I've found that Affinity can process PSR files and never used RawTherapee. I was not aware that the same situation exists with the K-1 in camera HDR. As an experiment I uploaded one of the in camera HDR files into each of the four editing programs I have in my computer, Affinity, Photoshop Elements 14, RawTherapee, and FastStone. Just as in Affinity, the uploaded file's image was not the HDR image, but apparently one of the three files used in the HDR merge, in both Elements and RawTherapee. In FastStone however the image was the merged HDR one! I find it ironic that the only one of the four programs that did this was the free, more basic and limited one. Perhaps I can upload my HDR files to FastStone first, do some basic processing, and then move the files to Affinity for more processing. I haven't had time to try that yet but will do so soon.
  10. That may be true. If the three images are not imbedded in the merged file how could Affinity find and extract one of the three, which it appears to me is happening, although I am not certain of that. I do recall some discussion in the Pentax Forum if, after the merged HDR file was created, all three images that went into it could be individually extracted but I don't recall what the conclusion was, or if there was one. I tried to go into the Layers Panel as you suggested but have not used layers yet and didn't know what I was doing. I didn't find any files. Thanks again for trying to help me. Mike
  11. I apologize for not being able to make this more clear. Yes, the camera outputs a single merged image of three exposures - it does this automatically, I don't have to take multiple exposures as one does for HDR processing in a computer. So I have a single, already merged file but when I upload it to Affinity the merged photo isn't shown but rather another image that looks quite different and is apparently one of the three files the camera used for the merge. I have not been able to find a way to upload the merged files the camera did into Affinity for processing. Thanks for your input.
  12. That isn't the case with the K-1 which can do an in camera merge of 3 Raw files ( I assume JPEG also although I've never done that). My problem is that on import of one of these merged files Affinity only recognizes one of them so I can't process the merged, HDR file the camera produced. It may be that I will not be able to use Affinity for editing these files.
  13. The files in question come out of the camera as DNG. The camera uses two cards, one is used for raw, one for jpg, and these are the raw files. I usually export files from Affinity as Tiff. I hope this answers your question (I'm a dunce on this sort of stuff, being an old guy who has barely gotten out of the film age). Thanks for the reply. Mike
  14. I shoot landscapes with a Pentax K-1 which has an in camera HDR function, merging 3 images. When I import one of these files the imported image appears to be one of the three RAW files and not the merged one. I've looked in the Workbook and done a search for this but couldn't find anything. I only recently started using Affinity. My OS is Win 10. Is there a way to import the merged file? Thanks for any help.
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