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  1. You should select "Unconstrained" for this. No matter what default unit that is selected you can enter values in the size fields like this 100 px 20 in 1 cm 2 mm You don't have to use the same unit; you can enter 2 in in the first value field (width) and 200 pixels in the next (height) Photo will convert the value to the unit selected If you just enter a number the unit selected will be used The size of the crop selection is displayed in pixels next to the height field
  2. In Adobe CC this huge empty screen area is used for thumbnails of recently opened files. This approach could be mimicked. The welcome screen could also be modelled into something more useful. The current welcome screen is poorly thought out. As a welcome for new users perhaps useful a few times but for regular use of the programs pretty useless. For regular use the welcome screen should be much more user oriented with recently used files, recently used templates and perhaps a stream of new Affinity Spotlight articles + links for tutorials.
  3. But we will still not get export preview and JPG optimization.
  4. I think only Canon focus points are supported.
  5. This is annoying... Open a small image - fx web graphics - and Photo zooms in (fit to screen) Rotate the image - Photo zooms in and if you select view at 100% then Photo will fit it to screen when you rotate it again Imagine this 'feature' when working on icons and small pieces of info graphics for websites. I guess 2 people out of 7 billion people want it this way so you really treat the minorities with respect.
  6. Yep, also easy in Photoshop CC. You can set ratio for selections, crop to the selection and more. Affinity is ‘complex’ because Serif made a decision NOT to hire user experience designers and this is the result. Tons of usability issues. Look for an export preview fx - none. If you love meaningless time consuming workarounds Affinity is a gold mine though...
  7. I am beginning to think that Serif is afraid of vector features . I have never before seen a company avoid them so efficiently and thoroughly for years despite all the customer requests. The result? You just described it.
  8. Lots of work for a usability experience designer here - if only Serif had one... (!!!) @Stephen_H The lack of export preview and the lack of optimized JPG algorithms etc. etc. alone is pure madness and evidence of many saddening issues in Nottingham. I don't see what cutting edge features we got.
  9. Tell us what error message you get and perhaps exactly what you did Attach the file in question if at all possible "Doctor, I am not feeling well" is not enough 🙂
  10. It would be faster and logic if one could activate the colour chooser directly from the gradient stops just by double clicking the gradient stops.
  11. "Designer" is Nottingham-English for "draw everything vector yourself unassisted with the most basic tools", so yes.
  12. The brutal truth behind Photoshop 2021 is that in the modern world companies needs tools that helps them make more in less time. For entertainment of gadget junkies and couch potatoes more than anything (panem et circenses). Imagine the digital tools in 20 years time. "Jaw dropping stunning" landscape photos or landscapes that does not/no longer exist. Models that do not exist and look like nothing from the real world. We already have much of this. I am not looking for such features - but will probably have to use them. I like software assisting me - not replacing me. But Adobe invented and created a lot of their tools themselves from scratch since version 1 of Photoshop. Was - and is - the mother of many tools and concepts. Other companies - Serif especially - simply didn't do this. Didn't invent much - rather copied/built upon tons of existing stuff and established practices. Includes tons of libraries and open source code components. How many of the features in Photo do you REALLY think Serif made from scratch themselves? Getting as much as they can from open source libraries, Windows and OS X. (RAW demosaic fx). Probably smart in most cases. If the results are great. Not always. So... comparing the speed of development between Adobe and Serif is simply so amazingly ridiculous.
  13. Exactly. Designer is much more fun and appealing to work with (and this counts for a creative that wants to be creative) - you just meet the wall immediately if you have more advanced needs - or use the divide operator or a year ago expand stroke. The amount of manual work or workarounds is depressing. Working in Illustrator never was as fun but it has amazingly helpful features and results are equally amazing. CorelDRAW has the features too (CorelDRAW is for some reason rarely mentioned in here). I used it a lot as well because I liked working in it better and it too has amazing tools. Designer: zip zero nothing. Agreed. Lack of font manager! The concept of shared (and supported) code in the three apps but actual separation of the features into one of the apps is not a great design. Although perhaps not world class usability I would like to see features pop up in Designer if I have purchased Publisher as well. Opening the same file in different apps to get features doesn't appeal to me. It would be great if a font manager at least was available to customers who also own Publisher. But really - yes, the font manager should just included in Designer too. But that is also what baffles me: what is Designer meant to be? As I see it from Serifs own marketing ... a tool for artists. Not illustrators.
  14. Affinity Designer is a bitmap painting program with a few vector basic accessories more than the opposite. @GRAFKOM Until a vector miracle happens in Nottingham it is not much more than that.
  15. Yep, but be advised it is a roll back maneuver. With that profile you will see the colours your monitor is showing out of the box. That is rarely what creatives want - those colours are either not calibrated for anything, or else they are calibrated by the manufacturer for movies (punchy) or office work (neutral more cold colors). Further colors drift over time as the monitor gets older. Creatives therefore calibrate their monitor now and then to generate a monitor colour profile that results in colors more close to... lets call it an agreed target. I never can present my work or photos on office computers. Colors are always off - especially greens. If they were calibrated they would show the image closer to what I saw on my monitor. Or even very close. That being said you are probably fine with your setup now. Don't do anything if you don't experience issues. 🙂 In my case with a wide gamut monitor the sRGB profile would be wrong.
  16. Arh... kinda. They are indeed all based on Chromium content rendering engine. Monitor profile support is another story. Monitor profile support of images was not satisfactory for years, didn't work well several times. It worked perfectly in Opera the last 3-4 years though, then Microsoft Edge was released recently supporting it fully and behold... Google Chrome did too some months later. The monitor support from Chromium and Google only supported the correct display of images on a page. Not the entire browser and browser window. Opera did though and then the rest of them followed suit later with complete support. I know because I have a wide gamut monitor - I need total monitor profile support. Not just of images - but of anything - ANYTHING - in the browser window. Including the browser itself. I run fx Gravit Designer in a browser and it looked terrible in anything else than Opera for years. Then Microsoft Edge based on Chromium was released this year and Gravit was fully colour managed in Edge as well. And as by magic Google Chrome suddenly fully supported my profile as well some months later. So my gut feeling is that someone - possibly Microsoft, maybe even Opera 🙂 - contributed to complete monitor profile support recently. But correct rendering of images possibly worked better up till now. So it is not just a blessing inherited from the Chromium project that all browsers benefit from. I followed Google Chrome from the first public release - I had wide gamut monitor for just as long I guess. And now in 2020 my monitor profile is finally supported. It is shitty design and an ignorant approach from Google and Microsoft like this that makes me wonder why I did not use OS X instead that handles monitor profiles much better and did for long. But that is another long story.
  17. Maybe in preferences - maybe not. I have no.. ehm... preference. But there is another way, I always (since forever) toggled the visibility of the brush outline in Adobe Photoshop with the caps lock key: So, this feature with a custom keyboard shortcut for it would pretty much solve the issue. I would expect Affinity Photo to remember the last used setting so if I disable the outline I would have to enable it later. I think. Disabling/toggling is fast anyway if it does not. Shortcut should be configured here:
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