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  1. @R C-R, yep that was me posting before my first cup of coffee had the chance to fully open my eyelids :-) The whacked out world of a night shifter sleeping late on his day off. @John Rostron, I will check out/submit a request on the Features Request forum. I thought that was where I first posted but going to the top of this thread I see I had it in the Questions forum. John Schnupp, N3CNL 1995 XLH 1200 +106,400 Georgia, VT 44.7675°N, 73.1592°W
  2. John, Yes I do have FITS Liberator that can open FITS files...but opening FITS files in FITS Liberator, then saving them as TIFF before opening with Affinity really isn't reducing the work flow. It does not matter if Affinity is open in the background or not, needing another program to convert from FITS to TIFF results and a longer workflow. What I, and many other astrophotographers, would like to see is Affinity be able to open the FITS files directly, thus eliminating the need to use another program (FITS Liberator or other) to do the initial conversion to TIFF. At this point I don't see that Affinity Photo/San Serif is likely to support TIFF so I'm pretty much stuck with needed to first convert my images with another program. I don't recall that there has ever been any comments from anyone at Affinity/San Serif on this topic so it's likely that they have no plans on supporting FITS. John Schnupp, N3CNL 1995 XLH 1200 +106,400 Georgia, VT 44.7675°N, 73.1592°W
  3. Affinity won't open FITS. I don't see how having Affinity open as my default program will help Affinity open FITS images. My astronomy camera only takes FITS so I need Affinity to be able to open FITS format. Once they are open, I a well aware that I can save them in any other format I wish. The whole issue is that Affinity wont open FITS.
  4. I started another topic before I knew about this one. This one seems dead as it was started nearly 2 years ago and received no replies. Here is the topic I started which has at least generated some additional comments. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/54243-fits-file-format/#comment-275227
  5. Checked that topic. It was from nearly two years ago (2/15/2016) and there are no responses, only the original post/question. I assume that topic is dead. This one has at least generated some responses and interest. I will copy my original comments there as well. I'm going to assume that Affinity probably will not be supporting FITS format any time soon..pity, I think think that Affinity Photo would have made a great alternative to the high priced options and could have generated some interest in the astrophotography community. I have been able to figure out some of the things required for creating astrophotography images such as combining different monochrome images into a single RGB. Here is my basic workflow. I was able to use my other program and convert my FITS images to TIFF (this is the part where having Affinifty Photo being able to read FITS would really help). From there I use Affinity Photo to add curves and levels adjustment layers. Did this to two separate images from different filters and combined into RGB for final image. Images were resized 50% for uploading here. Certainly need more work such as noise reduction, sharpening, color balance, alignment between layers, etc. A 10-day trial is certainly not enough time to get all the astrophotography aspects figured out but I think there is promise. For $49.99 it is a good deal. I've paid more for bottles of wine, that didn't last 10 days and were, quite literally, pissed away. Even though I am a beginner at astrophotography and a brand newbiee with Affinity Photo, I think it will be a worthwhile investment.
  6. Hello, I just downloaded the 10-day trial. I think that time may be a bit short but I'm working with it. My question is concerning supported file types. Does Affinity support FITS format? Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) is an open standard defining a digital file format useful for storage, transmission and processing of scientific and other images. FITS formatted files are probably the most commonly used file formats in astronomy. If this is not a supported type, what is the possibility that is might become a supported image file type? I ask because I do astrophotography and my cameras and capture software saves in FITS format. If Affinity can work directly with FITS format it would save me time from having to first uses another program convert from FITS to TIFF. I've attached one of my FITS files. Many people in the amateur astronomy and astrophotography community use PS. I use a very old CS2 version. I was considering something like CS5 or CS6 but those are now also old versions too. I don't like Adobes subscription and have been looking for other alternatives. I am liking what I see with Affinity. I think that this could easily be used in processing astrophotography images, especially for those already familiar with PS processing. With a few additions, such as supporting the FITS format, I think you might be able to attract astrophotography enthusiasts to Affinity Photo. Thanks. John Schnupp
  7. Thanks for the info. Was trying to figure out how to do this. Took me a bit to figure it out. Here is what I was able to come up with for picture based on my data from the Helix Nebula. I think I clipped the black point a bit and it does need some noise reduction. Also alignment between the layers is not perfect...but with only a 10-day trial it's not giving me a lot of time. Still, it looks like there is potential for Affinity to be used in astrophotography processing.
  8. I know it does not work. I was including the attachment in hopes that someone on the development team might check it out and comment if this would ever be a supported file type. In the end the above file would give me the attached TIFF (in another program). And with combining with images from other filters would get something like the jpeg (yes, it does need more work including noise reduction and some sharpening) Being able to do all the processing with one program would be very beneficial. TnRt_NGC 7293 HA+DARK+FLAT ARCSINH.TIF
  9. Hello, I just downloaded the 10-day trial. I think that time may be a bit short but I'm working with it. My question is concerning supported file types. Does Affinity support FITS format? Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) is an open standard defining a digital file format useful for storage, transmission and processing of scientific and other images. FITS formatted files are probably the most commonly used file formats in astronomy. If this is not a supported type, what is the possibility that is might become a supported image file type? I ask because I do astrophotography and my cameras and capture software saves in FITS format. If Affinity can work directly with FITS format it would save me time from having to first uses another program convert from FITS to TIFF. I've attached one of my FITS files. Many people in the amateur astronomy and astrophotography community use PS. I use a very old CS2 version. I was considering something like CS5 or CS6 but those are now also old versions too. I don't like Adobes subscription and have been looking for other alternatives. I am liking what I see with Affinity. I think that this could easily be used in processing astrophotography images, especially for those already familiar with PS processing. With a few additions, such as supporting the FITS format, I think you might be able to attract astrophotography enthusiasts to Affinity Photo. Thanks. John Schnupp 2017-09-12_23-09-44_Light_Ha_600s__-20C.fit
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