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  1. So no shortcuts - just basic keyboard navigation. If I have to click the dropdown first then it's quicker just to carry on using the pen. Thanks Aammppaa
  2. After all these years I am really embarrassed asking this - but are there any keyboard shortcuts for scrolling through layer blend modes or shortcuts for choosing specific modes? I haven't managed to find any. But I can't believe that they aren't there somewhere ............
  3. I am delighted to hear it. On the face of it, it looked to be an excellent app. Every app is going to go wrong on some user at some point in time. In my case it deleted a bunch of files without moving them first to the trash so they became instantly irrecoverable. Hopefully just an isolated incident but it left me unwilling to try it further. It is good to hear positive feedback from a satisfied user.
  4. If you are happy with what Bridge is doing you can download Bridge Classic (the non web based version) for free. You don't need an Adobe subscription. I am using it this way. But be warned ..... Bridge cannot read Affinity Photo files either. It simply shows the Affinity icon. Otherwise you need to follow MEB's suggestion. I didn't know that XnViewMP could read Affinity thumbnails because I won't use it as it destroyed a bunch of my files. Fortunately I had them backed up but it didn't give me much faith in the app.
  5. If you are happy with what Bridge is doing you can download Bridge Classic (the non web based version) for free. You don't need an Adobe subscription. I am using it this way. But be warned ..... Bridge cannot read Affinity Photo files either. It simply shows the Affinity icon. I am not sure if anything can read afphoto format yet except the built in Affinity Media viewer - but that is just a viewer - not a manager. If anyone knows of an organiser/manager that can read AP files I'd love to hear. There is supposed be be a DAM in the pipeline - it's been rumoured almost from when AP first appeared but no positive news or predictions that I know of.
  6. If it's taking that long then something is wrong. That is not normal behaviour. I am surprised that one the gurus has not picked up on this post.
  7. As someone who is not in love with keyboard shortcuts I think this is an excellent suggestion!
  8. Yes I am sure a macro could be made to do this but as you so rightly point out they can't be assigned to shortcuts. Such a pity. Short cut assigned macros would be so marvellous for so many things. I asked for this when they were first introduced. Fingers crossed it will happen one day.
  9. I use an external I/O mapper which allows me to assign a short macro of several key presses to a single key. So I'd settle for a short string of multiple AP shortcuts if that would work ........ I had hoped to achieve this with a combination of the D, X and Shift X shortcuts ........ but I can't find one .........
  10. Hi Toltec I am well aware of the X key to swap colours. I know perfectly well how to set Black as a foreground colour. These are the starting points I have been trying to develop from. But these only get half way there. At present the best I can do is invoke the set fill white shortcut (D on my AP) which will always set the top colour well to white. I can then look at the wells. If the top is background then fine - my foreground colour will have been set black. If the top is foreground then hit X and the secondary black will become the foreground colour. That's fine ......... .......... but not really what I was looking for ........ ............ what I am really looking for is a keyboard shortcut(s) that will set Foreground or Primary colour to Black consistently every time from any pre-existing colour or foreground/background state without having to inspect and decide whether to hit X. Sorry it's very difficult to explain ........
  11. Thank you for your replies but I think either I haven't expressed my question clearly or I haven't understood your answers. I am well aware of the method for setting shortcuts in Properties>Misc that HVDB has shown above. This was my starting point. My difficulty is that this sets Fill which is not the same thing as Foreground or Background. Let me try and explain more clearly. The attached image shows two examples of a palette before and after invoking the keyboard shortcut to reset fill to White. The same shortcut you have shown above. This always sets the top circle to White. If you look at the top two palettes you will see that before invoking the keyboard shortcut the top red circle is foreground. This does not change - so after invoking the shortcut the foreground colour is set to White. If you look at the lower two palettes you will see that before invoking the shortcut the top red circle is now background. Once again this does does not change - so after invoking the same shortcut the foreground colour is now set to Black. Setting fill White with the shortcut functions does not change or set foreground/background status - simply sets the top circle to white regardless of its foreground background status. This is not what I want to do. I want a keyboard shortcut that will consistently set foreground to black (or white) in the same way every time. I have looked at Edit > Save Defaults but, unless I am mistaken, it saves Fill/Outline status not, as far as I can see, Foreground/Background status. Which unless I am being very obtuse takes me back to my original question. Any suggestions to set Foreground with a shortcut as opposed to setting Fill colour? Thanks for your input so far. David Mac
  12. When AP opens a new document the colours always default to White Foreground & Black Background. In the keyboard shortcuts is the possibility to set Fill & Outline to black and white but this is not the same thing as Foreground or Background. When the keyboard shortcut is invoked the top circle in the colour selector is always set to white regardless of whether it is foreground or background. You will always get black and white foreground and background but which is which is a lottery dependent entirely upon the relative foreground background status of the colour circles in the colour selector at the time the shortcut is invoked. So my question is can anybody think of a cunning wheeze or workaround to use the keyboard to set Foreground and Background to Black and White in a consistent manner such that one is always black and the other is always white? It's got me stumped .........
  13. Hi Toltec I've been playing with this is idea a bit and moved it forward slightly ...... er ........ I think .......... The problem is discontiguous layers where grouping will destroy order when ungrouped. Here's plan B. Multiple select the layers whose selections you want to combine (contiguous or discontiguous) and Duplicate. The duplicates will stay selected so then simply group them. It doesn't matter where in the stack the new group appears since all we need to do now is load it's selection and delete it. The original layers remain untouched. Its fairly quick and easy. "That's a very handsome nut you have there Sir .................................. What kind of sledgehammer can I help you with?"
  14. I have had this problem ever since macros were introduced and reported it long ago. I don't know if you are experiencing the same thing but it occurs only when I try to launch a macro by clicking with my Wacom pen. A mouse click works every time. Odd .........
  15. Same problem. I rely entirely on naming.