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    Work with RAM.

    From my experience with AP and Lightroom 6, if you load pictures with 25-40 MB size (preferrably RAW), anything below 16 MB will get unstable at one point or the other. I‘ve retrofitted my Win10 to 16GB some time ago. I found that with 8 GB plus a SSD before, the programs struggled and memory-managed muddled through for a while, but always failed earlier or later. RAM was permanently exchanged with the SSD, which was no fun as well. With 16 GB, RAM usage goes up to about 12GB fast, but then tends to stay in that range. I think that 16GB should be the minimum for serious work on digital fotos. Afterthought: I stuck with Win 7 for quite some time, but am happy to have made the switch to Win 10. The OS is superior to an aged (and often clogged) Win 7 by all means.
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    Export problem

    For file management on the iPad I suggest the „Documents“-App from readdle.
  3. Hello, doesn’t this move the issue just from AP / picture roll to Documents ? The picture roll albums are showing in Documents itself, but cannot be accessed from the „open cloud“ option in AP. Moving the pics to Documents is a manual step in itself, still without an automatic sync back to the original source. Or do I miss something ? Besides I agree that Documents is a superb App that even with iOS12 is still doing a better job than the proprietary „files“ solution of iOS. I bought a video tutorial for AP some time ago and use Documents to stream the sessions - just one of the many faces of this App. The readdle apps in general are worth using them, but Documents is really a Swiss knife for the iPad.
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    image export quality

    Hello Jeremyloo, your workflow is what you do, but it causes an early loss of information. I can not go into real detail but I will discuss just one issue related to the JPEG format as an example of what happens during JPEG conversion. => The camera sensor will provide appr. 14 brightness steps between the darkest and the brightest , some sensors even more. This information is conserved in the lossless formats like RAW or TIFF. When you enter into processing the picture, you have this information available to push the photo (brighten up dark areas, for example). JPEG cuts this back to only 8 steps ! This is in the format definition of JPEG, so every converter will reduce the brightness information to this level of 8 steps (=1 byte of information). The converters will try to balance the picture while processing, but the result will always be a picture that is much „flatter“ than before. This it irreversible and one of the information reductions that makes JPEG-files much smaller than the same picture lossless. Even when you go back to TIFF later, the information lost is gone forever. So please inform yourself about this issue. I would propose a workflow that uses Lightroom for the import, catalog and first processing like lens correction using the profiles. Then export the result in a lossless format (which includes choosing the same picture dimension in pixels as the original picture), and proceed with this in the next step using AP to do the detail work. Exporting the result into a format that is easier to handle day-by-day should be the last step. Because 1) you still have the lossless picture with all your work done to the picture as „digital negative“ to copy more „prints“ and 2) information lost in compacting the picture is gone forever. Sure AP can process JPEG as well, but is is like driving a Porsche only in the 1st gear.
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    Focus Stacking with Lumix DMC FZ1000

    Sounds interesting. I have just looked it up on the app store (iOS), and it is offered there as well. Maybe I give it a try.
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    image export quality

    Hello, my question was regarding JPEG degradation as well. As DM1 tells it is a known „feature“ of the JPEG format that it will apply the fractal compression scheme every time it is opened and saved back (even without changes). I assume that as long as you start with a JPEG, degradation will take place, even when the result is exported to a lossless format like TIFF. JPEG is a picture format dating back long long ago, when memory was expensive and compression was needed to be performed by the tiny processors of a camera of that days. It gained detail by more pixels and more MBs to share, but in its heart it did not evolve. When you take pictures in JPEG, there is no way later to push them to quality because too much detail is lost before it was written to the SD-card the very first time. No way you can start the process with another picture format ? If you want to really work on the pictures, any RAW-format Is the best starting point.
  7. Hello, I would suggest the same. As long as you still have the old iPad, nothing can go wrong. It is more critical if the old one is discarded at once. From my understanding, it is important to export all the „pending“ work from the app before. As long as it is only within the app (no copy on iCloud-drive or similar), it can get lost when the app is closing unexpectedly. Even when not planning to switch devices, exporting often is good practice. So first save everything from within of the app to a server/service, then do the iCloud-Backup (or a local one using iTunes to a PC or Mac), and then move to the new iPad and install yourself there. ICloud will copy itself, a local iTunes-BU has to be installed manually. More details can be found on the apple support pages.
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    Focus Stacking with Lumix DMC FZ1000

    Hello Peter, do you calculate how many shots you will need, and what the steps should be ? Or is it more driven by experience ? The results are stunning, however.
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    Focus Stacking with Lumix DMC FZ1000

    Hello, Peter, hope I have as much patience one day. I really like the detail your pictures are showing front to rear. This view was taken with much less shots (about10), with a FZ1000 and the Panasonic App as well. AP did not even start to sweat while stitching it together. The JPEG was reduced in size and quality for the upload.
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    I need a new iPad

    If screen size does not matter, it would be the pro/11, because of the pencil/2nd gen. From my experience pro/10.5, this will be ok for occasional use. If you want to do things more serious, I would take the larger model. On the smaller screen the AP-tools cover a more-than-comfortable area of the screen. WiFi-only is ok, mobile is fine if you work out of house/office. My use-case is to do my vacation pics while still on holiday. This is why I chose the smaller ipad for mobility. Off the road you need memory (the more the better, serves as a backup as well) and the mobile data. Yes, now we are talking serious money ...
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    image export quality

    Hello, do you import a JPEG, modify it and export it again ? Or do you process a RAW, and export the result as JPEG ?
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    Affinity Designer on iPad PDF Help File

    Hello Dave, very very helpful !!! Any chance to find the same ressource for Photo as well ? A quick reference without interrupting the workflow would be great. Have a happy new year !
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    Crashes when developing RAW files

    Hello, I have a thread open with a topic similar to this To me it seems we are all reporting the same issue. My observation is that the app freezes, but is internally still working on the adjustment, and unfreezes itself after waiting some minutes. In my case this semi-crash happened repetitively when adjusting clarity, and sometimes when adjusting shadows.
  14. Hello, I scratched .... ... with the new pano, created from the same raw pictures, adjustment worked until ... .. I tried to adjust „clarity“. Then the app froze. With some try-and-error I found that the app recovers itself after appr. 3-4 min. So it seems that this modification results in a time-consuming / processor intensive job that leads to a blockade of the apps GUI. A similar problem resulted once (not always) when adjusting „shadows“. With „clarity“ the Problem could be reproduced on every try. Conclusion: Maybe the issue should be reviewed by a developer, that can analyse the internal working with more detail. If the app is working on something time-consuming, a dialogue would be good, like it occurs when rendering a panorama is under way. When the user knows what’s going on it is time to pour a cup of tea and let things run its course. I wish everybody a happy, healthy and productive new year !
  15. Hello Paul, thank you for your effort. I think I have enough to play with. Have a happy new year !