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  1. The status 'Ex User' was written after I finally stopped using the software. Didn’t - and don’t - plan to use the forum more either. This is a rare Sunday evening exeption. I wouldn’t waste time with Vectorstyler either - unstable, incredibly buggy early beta software disguised as release candidate number SIXTEEN. S I X T E E N!! I tried it, believe me. I found so many bugs in a few days in the core program itself and in output files. I voiced a lot of concerns in here but I sure as hell also posted a lot of bug reports and features requests. So quit talking about whining. I participated! I had too much patience with Affinity though thanks to twelve months of lockdown boredom but a career move finally got me moving towards a better place. I will have SIX user experience designers and several professional networks at my disposal. That is SIX user experience designers and several professional networks more than Serif. No further comments. The forum and waiting is all yours.
  2. Well well well, this thread (and many others) goes on and on and on. This week I finally made a career move away from my last few hands on tasks in Illustrator and InDesign to project management and project work in large and huge projects full time. Good stuff. For me Affinity was a fruitless wait since 2014. Also it was unbearable to see software developed like it is. The year is 2021. Not 1995. Just imagine that these tools will not come to Affinity at all or in a form you don't like. Imagine if Affinity still rasterizes so much more than professional products. Imagine if all current issues and usability issues will not be resolved. Imagine spending the same amount of time on workarounds for years. How long will and can you wait? There is no such thing as a free lunch. But time has a value.
  3. Serif should simply hire a user experience designer that handles all these usability issues across features and apps - including this observation.
  4. I have a feeling that the Nikon software stores an embedded JPG preview plus a color profile / color settings that is used by Nikon software and the embedded jpg is read by XnView (some RAW viewers show the embedded JPG preview, not the RAW data) while Affinity simple reads the RAW data and renders the image using the white balance from the RAW data - actually renders the RAW data from scratch. Just a hunch - but the somewhat natural colors in Affinity Photo substantiates my theory, I think. Some info from XnView: https://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewtopic.php?t=6100 You will loose some of the niceties from manufacturers like Nikon when using third party software. Adobe added color profiles almost identical to those found in Nikon cameras to Photoshop and Lightroom but it is still not the same or as much as what you get from using Nikon software with Nikon cameras and scanners. Manufacturers can store a lot in the RAW files besides the image data and metadata. Unfortunately their own software is often far from perfect.
  5. Well, hope has its limits and time is precious. I know Serif will work - and work hard - to fix some bugs, make changes and add features. Usability improvements though... serious changes... it is not just added tasks. Somebody (up high) needs to open their eyes, somebody (developers) has to handle the responsibility and ownership over UI to others (specialists), business networking and user tests has to take place (enter user experience designers). What really baffles me is that a downright crazy program behavior like this with customers complaining about it still exist. The obvious issue was not a) identified by Serif itself b) resolved years ago. That does not leave much space for hope.
  6. THIS! It is issue in itself shows that Serif cannot really be interested in reaching a mature and professional audience. Many workflows are crippled by bad usability in Photo but this issue is insane. It was reported for years and never fixed. It just cannot be a major issue to fix, but it is a huuuuge annoyance in any kind of workflow with web images etc. Further these usability issues are rarely fixed. With no user experience designer involved in the Affinity apps ... do not expect a fix either.
  7. They usually do - but there is no UX in Photo. No user experience designer. Just a chaotic interface with very little focus on workflows. If at all. But while some bugs are ironed out all the usability issues are not, year after year after year. And that in itself is proof that Serif will never reach true professionals. And that they probably do not intend to.
  8. Still? Now both dialogs are showing CMYK values in percent on this machine and 8-bit if I select that. Instantly (have to hide and show the dialog without the option first of course).
  9. Bingo. Sad but true. On the positive side I found the price tag on my professional software quite acceptable now. And love that professional software even more.
  10. Try to keep it in percentage and see what happens. My color chooser suddenly changed to percentage as well after I changed the unit to percent. But not immediately.
  11. This is a usability issue - one of many - in Affinity. Inconsistent layouts or/and missing feedback. Sliders above (47) shows 8-bit values - fields below (18) percentage. In the color panel you can select 8-bit or percent as a display unit - if you know where to look that is. Some labels or tool tips would help at least.
  12. I hope the fix for this is scheduled for 1.9.2 - crippling the pen tool in exactly Affinity Designer is a self-destructive business move.
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