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  1. As a photographer (amateur) I have tens of thousands of RAW files and in my work flow one of the first things I do is review my photographs so that I can choose what to discard or mark as worthy to develop further. One of the most frustrating things I find and I know I'm not alone in this this is there are almost no file browsers / viewers / managers that are capable of displaying RAW files in a timely fashion. Most file browsers are woefully inadequate in this area, they either can't manage RAW files or are so painfully slow as to render a work flow unusable. Please, please, please, I don't want this file browser / viewer / manager to have editing capabilities or fancy gimmicks, just the ability to take a mass of very large RAW and affinity files and display them in number of formats, i.e. in grid form, film strip, etc etc very vey fast. The manager / viewer / browser needs to able to show histograms as well exif data etc. The ability to search and display files on a range of file parameters super quickly.
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    Fast RAW viewer

    Hi Walt, thanks for your reply Sorry I wasn't clear: I'm using MacOS I've tried the XnViewMP application and it doesn't really cut it for RAW files, yes it'll display them but painfully slow on my MacBook-Pro ... it's a decent spec (the best at the time of purchase) I got the hardware with high end photography in mind so even the graphics card was the highest spec at the time of purchase, .. I say this so I know it's not the hardware that's slow :-/ Update Awdt has come up with a good alternative Fast Raw Viewer it is very very quick and not too expensive. Thanks Reggie
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    Best file to save as

    Hi Fraser, I have made such a collage ... no expert mind I was asked by a friend to crate a collage of photos she took with alphabetical letters as her insperation .. that's the English alphabet, be interesting trying to get the letters Ö Ä Ü in photographic form .. now there's a project. Anyway..... I had a bunch of RAW files from her and used Affinity photo to create the collage; I found working in 32bit (HDR) colour format for each file made for a truely massive .afphoto best to export to 8 bit JPEG highest quality .. still big files .. or 16 bit Tiff files if you have the computer to handle the massive files. I worked in the highest resolution my computer could handle with the converted RAW filies into 16bit Tiff files then I created my collage .... we are talking a simply huge .afphoto file .. then when done I exported the final document as an 8bit jpeg file best quality. Thus the workflow was to maintian the highest resolution until the end export for printing .. that's another story .. Hope that helps and if there are any experts out there who want to give thier wisdom I'd be grateful :-D Reg.
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    Call for Camera Images

    3 RAW files: one PEF file (Pentax K3 full size) One DNG file (Pentax K3 Full size) one ARW file (Sony A580 Full size) Various lenses. Hope they help :-)
  5. Indeed so, the quote from my post was in fact a summary of someone else's post and not my words or opinion, however yes my post does in effect back up what you have quoted
  6. Me too, a menu option to close all would be great :-D
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    Close All

    +1 me too, Close all would be nice :-D
  8. Hi Affi, Welcome, and I wish you a happy new year. To paraphrase your post: You hope that Serif will increase the size of the affinity development teams to help speed up development, to include many more major features as well as improving the current functionality's robustness, reliability and usability. Version 3.0 you say? Can I ask what are you expecting in version 3? also when do you expect version 3? We are still on version 1.6.x and has 1.x versions bring significant change I can't really imagine what version 3.x would have. My opinion of increasing the size of development teams is that it helps in the short term but there is a point of demising returns on investment. Is this a sensible strategic business plan for Serif? I can't tell but I do know that the opposite is true. That is diminishing the team to a certain point would render it ineffective for new feature development too. The balance of team resource strength versus commercial achievement is a tricky one for the business to get; but of course this also depends on the actual level of funding the business has at its disposal; which might not methinks be as much for say Apple or Adobe. There is no harm in asking for features, in fact it is healthy but I also think we need to keep in mind the size of the company too. By the way what exactly do you want for RAW development? You say Massive RAW development; I'm just interested what that might be. Best regards Reggie
  9. Err isn't nichts German for nothing? just saying ...
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    Grass brush for AP - updated to v.0.2

    Great brushes, thank you :-D
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    @MEGraphicDesign Yes I'm looking forward to that too, the last I got from the team was yes it is in pipeline. Yes I too would like the software to be kind of along the lines of Bridge in the sense it doesn't have to maintain a database. Update: I've seen a post on another thread posted yesterday that confirms that the team are actively working on an asset management app.
  12. @Ben Hi Ben I can share your feelings fully and add my support to your sentiments: being a software developer for over 30 years for companies such as Motorola, Smiths Aerospace, Cardinal Health - Carefusion (Medical technology) etc.. people casually making sweeping disparaging remarks because of a single point of functionality (which might be important to them) is painfully and outrageously unfair, especially if it's on a Beta release. Like my fellow developers in the Affinity team, in all my time we have always been super careful about releases, the amount of testing and retesting in all phases of the development cycle is staggering. This is hard work especially if you have a small team (we can't all have the resources of Motorola, Apple, Microsoft, Adobe ... to name a few ). Software engineering is not just about coding, Architectures, Frameworks, design (yes it really is designed), their are standards to conform to, then there's unit testing, integration testing, system testing ... and oh talking of testing all this done for testing frameworks and tests too ... then there is the constant software configuration issues .. so yes I can understand your frustration and I think you are doing great work.
  13. Hi RJ21, I have used Affinity photo for a number of years now and I have never looked back as far as Affinity photos is concerned. I have recently purchased Designer too, there is a little cross over but they excel in different things so I say do it. The selection tools in both apps are very good if used correctly I find. The macro feature of Affinity Photo is excellent too, I use it frequently and have made many a macro to make life easier. Cheers Reggie
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    Non-destructive Add problem in AD 1.4.2

    @MEB Wow quick response :-D No probs MEB as long as it's still logged. I feared it might have been a fix that has over time been unfixed by such things as the magic of software configuration management or some such machination of software development ... yep been there .... small team and a zillion demands with prioritisation always keeping lower impact issues under the radar. You are doing a great job, thank you.
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    Non-destructive Add problem in AD 1.4.2

    Hi @MEB and @sinbad Looks like we still have the same issue peeps. I was doing the same thing as Sinbad but for AD 1.6.1 Beta: That's December 2017 ... oh merry Christmas and a happy new year by the way :-D I have the same issue so I am glad I found Sinbad's report so we can at least keep these related issues together. I was following the beginners tutorial as Sinbad was and came up with the same issue .... Yes using the work around worked; that is, converting the nodes to Smooth nodes did work. Indeed a bit awkward and you wouldn't twig the solution by intuition either. However, still a bug? I'm happy to share files with full history saved if it helps. Regards Reggie
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    Tone Mapping Presets [FREE]

    Thank you :-D
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    Affinity Publisher - Sneak Preview

    Is it the developer in me that makes this so much more believable .. just saying ..
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    Introducing KAEV's Christmas Styles Sampler

    Thank you for your Christmas gift Eduardo :-D cheers
  19. Okay here is an example of a sketch taken from a photograph taken from within in the Art Deco building De La Warr Pavilion in Bex Hill ... link https://www.dlwp.com/ Hmm okay no file upload ... not working ... I'm getting upload skipped (Error500) Help!!!
  20. This post concerns Affinity Photo only (Mac installation) I would like to share with you lovely people some methods to create a pencil sketch from a photograph as an opener to more discussion and ideas. Firstly I must credit Affinity Jack for the first method, Ciao Jack :-D I'm assuming a Mac installation of Affinity Photo There are a number of ways to create a pencil line drawing effect from a photograph; here are two quick methods as recipes, the fist one I discovered on the web from Affinity Jack; here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srNqGqVBkxA , I have seen this method in other places so I don't know who created this originally. The second one is a method I developed myself by experimentation. First method (Gaussian Blur) 1. load the file. 2. If the file is not raw i.e already processed as an afphoto file or a jpg/tiff/png etc go to step 3. Make whatever raw file adjustments you need to do then press develop and proceed with step 3. 3. Duplicate the initial background pixel layer (Cmd J). 4. Make sure you have selected the new duplicate layer; then invert the layer (Cmd I) 5. Select the blend mode of the layer and set the blend mode as Colour Dodge; note the picture will go blank white or you my see a faint outline ... don't worry step 6 will make it it clear ... 6. With the duplicate layer selected choose from the main menu Layer -> New Live Filter Layer -> Gaussian Blur Filter then move the Radius slider slowly to the right to reveal a sketch outline. 7 Once you have your desired sketch effect, make sure you have the duplicated layer selected and press Cmd U to give you the HSL shift adjustment. Move the Saturation Shift slider fully to the left to give you a black and white pencil effect. Second method (Edge Detection) 1. load the file. 2. If the file is not raw i.e already processed as an afphoto file or a jpg/tiff/png etc go to step 3. Make whatever raw file adjustments you need to do then press develop and proceed with step 3. 3. Duplicate the initial background pixel layer (Cmd J). 4. Make sure you have selected the new duplicate layer; then select Filters -> Detect -> Detect Edges. 5. Invert the layer (Cmd I) 6. Now with the inverted layer selected press Cmd U to create a new HSL adjustment layer and move the Saturation Shift slider fully to the the left to create a black and white pencil sketch effect. I have created these as Affinity Macros too (for non Raw files of course) but doing them from scratch gives you access to modification of layers within the process to give you more creative scope. The main difference between these two methods is that the fist one uses a Gaussian blur effect which gives you scope to increase the thickness and intensity of the edges but naturally is more blurred of course. The second method using edge detection gives crisper edges; try experimenting with horizontal or vertical edge detection and using adjustments to layers as you go through the process ... go on .. it's fun :-D I have also been plying with using the sketch to create a watercolour effect too, much fun with the free watercolour brushes. I haven't got a good process yet with the watercolours but I'm experimenting and when I get a reasonable process I'll share it. Please join in with ideas and or developed processes if you like; I'm having fun anyway :)
  21. Awesome work TonyJ looks like you are having a load of fun :)