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  1. Hello everybody. This is the first time I am sharing images I have made with Affinity Photo. I make my living as a photographic artist primarily doing nature and landscape work, shooting in HDR. I had a computer crash a while ago and was forced to upgrade to a newer Mac. I used to use Photoshop CS5, but that program would not work on the newer Mac. Affinity Photo appeared to have a lot of the same tools and abilities as CS5 with some variations. Plus it was cheaper than going to Creative Cloud. It took me a couple of months to get used to the way AP operated, but now I have a couple of finished images to show here. Since I sell my work through stock agencies I can only post links to where I have my work for sale. I hope that won't be a problem. Thanks for taking a look. https://www.roomtheagency.com/photo/144896/ https://www.roomtheagency.com/photo/141796/
  2. I know that I am pretty late for this discussion, but I also was looking for a way to add keywords to my finished images. I just purchased APh a few weeks ago and I am still learning how to use it. It took me 3 years to perfect my techniques with Photoshop CS5, but when I upgraded my Mac from Lion OS to High Sierra the old PSCS5 no longer worked. That was when I found APh. Aph seems to have a lot of CS5's tools, although the way they are controlled is a little different. I will eventually learn them like I did with CS5. However, since I make my living as a photographic artist I upload my artwork to many stock photo sites for sale and they require good metadata. In CS5 there was an XMP panel where I could add the title description and keywords, but just as was mentioned in your discussions, it seems that only a description can be entered using APh. I have found that I can use my Mac's "Get Info" tool to add keywords, which in Mac are simply called Tags. But not all of the stock sites I upload to recognize those Mac based tags, which forces me to re-enter them manually at the upload site. I think it would be a good idea to add some kind of XMP or EXIF ability for adding keywords in a program update in the future. When I studied the contents of my old CS5 program folders there was an XMP plugin. Perhaps there is a way to add this ability to APh as some kind of Plugin.
  3. Hopefully APh tech support is reading this discussion and will add JPF support as a future update.
  4. I'll check into this GraphicConverter. But on the matter of opening a feature request, I thought that is what this thread was about. When I emailed APh support about this issue they sent me a link to this part of the forum and told me to post about it, which I have done. Is there another posting I need to make?
  5. When I was having problems with CS5 on High Sierra the first thing I did was contact Adobe directly. I chatted on-line with one of their technicians for almost an hour trying to find out why CS5 was crashing on High Sierra. They also recommended installing Java, which I did, but it did not fix it. I sent them one of the error reports and their techs told me that it is definitely an OS compatibility problem with High Sierra. The techs also told me that CS5 and CS6 were never fully tested on Apple OS above Yosemite specifically because Adobe is no longer supporting CS5 or CS6 that originally came with perpetual licenses. Adobe wants everyone to switch over to Creative Cloud. I don't like using programs that require a monthly payment. Plus I live in a remote area of Arizona where internet connections are not stable or high speed. My maximum connection speed is only 1.50 MB per second, which is just above dial-up. My Service provider told me that the infrastructure just does not exist in my area for high speed broadband. And since I make my living as a nature and landscape photographer I sometimes have to go into remote areas where there is no internet or cellular service. One time I was on the north rim of the Grand Canyon for a week with zero cellular and no internet. So running programs that require constant internet connections, such as CC, are not practical or desirable for me.
  6. One of the things I did before purchasing Affinity was check the OS requirements and it did say it is compatible with High Sierra. So far I have not had any problems with it other than the lack of JPF support. There have been 2 recent updates for High Sierra. It is now up to 10.13.4 OS. The updates are supposed to improve stability. The only issues I have had with High Sierra so far are iMovie quitting during a video edits. I make sure to send the error report to Apple since iMovie is an Apple product.
  7. That is only partly true as far as Adobe. Adobe could have built CS5 to be compatible with newer Apple OS but they did not because they want users to switch over to Creative Cloud. I will not pay $10 a month to rent the use of a program. I have other programs that were made back when I was using the Lion OS and they installed without any problems on High Sierra OS. All I had to do with them was check for updates. VLC and HandBrake installed and ran fine on High Sierra without updates, which meant their programs were made to operate on many Apple OS. Adobe could have done the same if they wanted to.
  8. It's possible. Have to wait and see if APh adds support in the future. The only reason I used it was because Jpeg2000 had the ability to compress TIFs to half size yet still preserved all their quality through Lossless compression. PNG also has lossless compression, but PNG does not support LAB Color, which is why I went with Jpeg2000. I did not anticipate Adobe not making Photoshop CS5 obsolete.
  9. When I tried to convert using ColorSync I was trying to convert the JPF back into a TIF. ColorSync ended up converting it to RGB 8 bit. Many of my JPFs are in LAB 16 bit color. However, I did not check to see if ColorSync would convert it to another variation of JPEG2000 which could preserve the original color data. I will experiment and see what happens. Worst case scenario is that I will have to wait until Affinity adds JPEG2000 support that includes the variants. It is possible that the JPF variant is owned by Adobe. They can be sticklers when it comes to their patents.
  10. That was actually one of the first things I tried, as shown in a screenshot provided. I tried to use the "Open With" and then selected Affinity in the drop down menu. When selected in this way the program did open but it displayed the "unsupported file" error. As I concluded, the JPF variant is simply not readable with APh.
  11. Here is the smallest JPF I have. It is just under 8 MB and was originally an 8 bit RGB PNG before I compressed it into a JPF using Photoshop CS5. As I mentioned in the original posting the logic board in my old MacBook Pro failed and was unrepairable due to its age. My newer MacBook running on High Sierra is not compatible with CS5 which is why I decided to try Affinity. Let me know if you can do anything with this JPF because all I get is the "Unsupported File Type" error when I try to force Affinity to open it. And I would appreciate it if this image were not distributed beyond this forum because I do have a JPG version for sale through stock photo agencies. AlternativePower-MS.jpf
  12. Still does not work. I'm including 2 screenshots. First screenshot shows the search as you pointed to. As you can see the search will show the JPF files but they will not highlight in order to be opened. In the next screen shot I attempted to change the file extension from JPF to JP2 because it said in the program specs that JP2 is supposed to be readable. But that did not work either. When I attempted to open the same file with the extension renamed to JP2 the program popped up and error that the file I was trying to open is not supported. I did try to convert a JPF into a TIF using two utilities. One is called ColorSync and the other is the Preview App that is built into my Mac. Both programs did convert the JPF into TIF, but they degraded the original quality. The original JPF was in LAB 16 bit color. When converted by the utilities the result was RGB 8 bit. That is an unacceptable loss in color data. I will have to wait and see if Affinity adds JPF support in the future or try to find a program that can convert my old JPFs without losing color depth data.
  13. Mine does not have that ability. The dialog display window is not like what yours shows. Are you using a Mac or a Windows PC? I do know that programs on Macs might not operate identical to those on Windows. The dialog window on mine does not show what yours is showing.
  14. I just tried to open the file and it will not read it. Here is a screenshot of what the dialog window shows me. As you can see the JPF file will not highlight and the open button will not highlight or allow me to click it. I tried renaming the extension to JP2 and all I got was an error stating an unsupported file type. Perhaps it is because my JPF files are in the LAB color mode and not sRGB.
  15. Yes, I saw that in AP's specifications that it will read JP2 and JPK. But mine are JPF, which is another variation of JPEG2000 and AP will not read it. I have several hundred images in JPF.
  16. Sorry for the late reply, I did not get any notification that there had been any replies to my post. Yes, TIF is lossless, but switching from one color format to another, such as from LAB to RGB, might result in some loss of color data. I do not think the utility called ColorSync supports LAB color. I will have to check to make sure. All I know is that AP does not recognize my JPF files.
  17. Hello, I am new here so I suppose the best thing to do is introduce myself and let you all know what my topic is about. To begin, I am a professional landscape and nature photographer. I create HDR composites that I sell through stock agencies and also in local art galleries in Sedona and Jerome AZ. For many years I used Photoshop CS5, and it did what I needed done as far as image manipulation and editing. But a short time ago my old MacBook running Lion OSX failed. The GPU in the logic board burned out and I got the white screen of death. I wanted to get it fixed but the parts were no longer available, which forced me to buy a newer Mac running High Sierra 10.13.3. PS CS5 does not work well on High Sierra. It would not update and it often crashed with errors. Adobe technicians told me that CS5 had never been tested on High Sierra and probably would not work. They advised me to get creative cloud, but I told them I was not going to rent a program. I only buy programs with perpetual license. I found Affinity Photo while searching for CS5 alternatives. I have been testing Affinity for the last couple of days and so far I am impressed. It has many of CS5's capabilities, but the controls will take me some time to get used to. I will probably end up buying the program when the trial period is over. But there is one thing that does need improvement with Affinity. It need support for the JPEG2000 format. I have several hundred images stored in that format and Affinity cannot open them. I use the JPF format to archive my master copies after all editing is finished. I put them in a folder with the original camera raw copy. The reason I used this format is because it supports LAB 16 bit color, just like a TIF, but has lossless compression and has half the size of a TIF. This format is also being used in some video applications. Since Photoshop supports JPEG2000 I think Affinity should consider supporting it as well if your company wants to compete with Adobe on their level. I can use another program called ColorSync to convert my old JPF files back to TIF but that might degrade their quality. So if you are considering adding JPF support to Affinity please let me know. And if you're interested in seeing some of the work I do here is a link to one of my portfolios. The images on this site are being marketed through Getty Images. My HDR lightning composites are my biggest sellers. http://www.roomtheagency.com/profile/555/ Thanks for listening.
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