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  1. Hi All, Mac user here and still working my through Affinity trial and wanted to ask those who moved from Adobe. What has replaced LR with regards to managing & tagging your photographs, and creating collections etc? I don't really use Photoshop that much, if at all, and the things I love about LR are: - I can manage and edit all my photos in a single program. 99.9% of the time, adjustment brushes are all I need - Not a deal breaker. - I can tag/key word my photos and create collections, making finding files a breeze - This is one thing I think I will miss, if I decide to move from LR. - I don't need to save anything - my work up to that point is remembered. If I quit the app, nothing needs to be saved. - Not a deal breaker. Affinity Photo so far has been impressive. The workflow is different for sure and would need some re-adjusting. The main pull for me is the price, and the fact I don't need to be constantly signed into something like Creative Cloud - That BS just rubs me the wrong way.
  2. Now we have Photo, Designer and Publisher, will Affinity resume development of a full blown Digital Asset Manager? By full blown, I mean something is at least as useful as Media Pro was. One that can manage many files types, such as pdf and txt documents.
  3. Hi guys, with the StudioLink launched, it would be awesome if there was an Affinity DAM. Complete suite?
  4. I would like to be able to make the selection of n images in the DAM( Think Aperture as a cataloging tool, but no editing, ) and would like to add a function there to open the current selection of images as *[ a stack ] in Affinity Photo. How? Can I call Affinity remote? Where the content of *[ ] could be anything that would benefit the user, such as: [ append selection to frontmost workspace ] [ open selected files individually ]
  5. So over the past few weeks I downloaded and test drove skylum's Luminar 3 ... and it was terrible. Slow (operations taking longer than 5 minutes), unresponsive, missing components ... it was really really bad. I remember reading that Serif is in the works of making the often requested DAM. I'm so glad they have made the decision to go this route. I think it would be a good time to start a new category in the forums specifically for this. Then move all appropriate threads into this area. Suggestions for Affinity (name here) I remember there being a poll about If the product should be made and what it should do. Personally, i'm interested in something that can compete with Capture One, outperform lightroom, and be reasonably priced.
  6. My username: Yes, I am an Adobe Certified Expert. This shows how enthusiastic I used to be about Adobe and its products. That's gone now, and I want to contribute to the Affinity series with the same enthusiasm that I put into Adobe products before. I have a big desire: I want Affinity to be a complement to the Lightroom product family. As a professional photographer, I work regularly with Lightroom because it allows me to effectively manage my images. But unfortunately this program cannot be integrated into an affinity workflow. So it's not really usable anymore. But I need a way to manage 500,000 images in an integrated production process. It's also a very good thing for Serif to show Adobe how to do it right. With the new Lightroom CC, Adobe has gone astray - the tool is completely unusable. What do professionals need? Quicker access to the images. Clean and fast indexing. Print function with exact image dimensions. GPS allocation and Exif analysis for filtering. Picture evaluations. and absolutely: Multi user support. What is rarely or never needed: Photo book creation. Websites. When designing the Lightroom database, Adobe probably had the lonely photo Wolf in mind, who takes pictures alone and also edits his pictures alone. In my experience it's only seldom like this. Usually there are small teams of 2-6 people who photograph a session together and then want to work on it together. But this is not possible in Lightroom and never will be. Dear Community. Please support my wish and tell me what functions you still want from Serif when a clone is developed into Lightroom. I am German, unfortunately my English is not very good. I hope my message is understandable.
  7. I guess I posted this in the wrong place so here it is again with emphasis. Please Please Please!!! Can Affinity come up with an Organizer to replace Lightroom. I just went to check my location tags in Lightroom 6 maps and the map is gone and they say you have to update to the latest version to get a functioning map. I'm getting sick and tired of Adobe and their licensing fees and not supporting their legacy apps. So Please Help Help Help!!!
  8. Could you please add a DAM to Affinity Photo? Or at least develop a program similar to Lightroom or Aperture? If your looking for ideas please look at Apertures filing system. I have found it to be the most robust filing system as far as flexibility for storing images and sorting images. There are many neat features on it and I found it a lot more user friendly than Lightroom. It's editing capabilities are outdated, but it's DAM features are second to none. Sincerely JT
  9. Omprakash Selvaraj

    A true Lightroom Photoshop combo replacement

    Affinity Photo 1.7 beta completely replaced my Photoshop needs. I would like to have a Digital Asset Management software like Lightroom from Affinity. This will enable culling and then taking them to Affinity Photo for more detailed work. So how to do image management until we get another gem from Affinity? Nikon View NX-i does the job for basic image management. View NXi + Affinity Photo is a true replacement of subscription based Adobe Photography CC plan. Right Click The Image you want to take to Affinity Photo. Register If you have not registered before. Another way to take your image to Affinity Photo.
  10. It would be nice if you release a codec so we can preview the .afphoto files in the operating system. Maybe you can take this a step further and release this for developers so they can include it in the DAM systems. I would love if someday I can preview the .afphoto files in Capture One
  11. There's countless threads in this forum where people ask for a DAM. Serif confirms that there's some plans, but so far they didn't reveal what they are working on. Reading the requests brought up by users I see that they ask for very different things: Some want a straightforward viewer app, others even request complex database driven software with nifty filtering options to handle huge asset collections. The term DAM unfortunately isn't very clearly defined. Hence my question: Do you need a DAM-program by Serif? And what should it be like? [Edit: Unfortunately I can not do anything about the terrible Poll formatting. Maybe staff can add an empty line between the questions?]
  12. I haven't posted much here for a while as the current MAS version meets my editing needs quite nicely - thanks to all for your great work. However, it seems like a lifetime ago that we were assured that a DAM was coming. Is this still the case or has it been dropped?
  13. I have recently started to clean-up my photo directories by using Photo Supreme DAM software. However, I have a lot of afphoto files that I'm not quite sure a smart way of categorizing/tagging. My initial thought was to store the afphoto files in the same collection as the RAW files. How do y'all categorize/tag .afphoto files in your DAM software?
  14. Hi all, I found out something rather interesting today Adobe Bridge is free. There is a catch unless you have opened a raw file in photoshop it will not let you edit in its own built in copy of adobe camera raw. But it does give you access to keywording collections and the asset management that tends to be missing in alternatives to adobe products. That and "open in" and right near the top of that list i find Affinity Photo and also Adobes DNG converter. It's not lightroom with its catalog but its not bad pretty much all the library functions are implemented. I've been using an old version of lightroom for asset management. i'm pretty sure that Bridge makes a good free alternative to manage photos with affinity photo doing the image processing. download it and have a play.
  15. Just wondering is there a photo organizing software on the table that can replace Lightroom yes or no. If yes how long if no whynot
  16. With Aperture dying and with Lightroom now being rental software only (I will not even get into the hot mess that Apple's Photos is), I was wondering whether there are any plans to implement image management into Affinity photos. That would be great! Lars
  17. I'd love to see an Affinity DAM offering so add my voice to the chorus for one. But I know it takes a while to develop a good product so I'm asking what other people are using in the meantime. What I'm doing now is using LR5 on a Mac for DAM, color balance, and light weight retouching, and jumping right into Affinity Photo to do anything else. I have close to 1Tb of images and while I don't need immediate access to everything its nice to search metadata when I need to find an old image. Fast and accurate rendering, bulk metadata update, decent search are high up on the list of needs. So with all that in mind, what are other people using? Are you happy with what you're using and what other products have you tried? Thanks in advance for all replies and suggestions. I did look for this topic but did not find a thread, so apologies if there is one and please let me know where it is.
  18. I have been searching endless, and in vain, to find the perfect Digital Asset Management solution. I am a massive fan of Serif products and have been from way before Affinity, but I am in desperate need of this promised product. In addition to already existing great products (PhotoMechanic for speed of ingesting files, Clarifai for auto tagging, Photos / Apeture (though discontinued) for Asset organisation, etc) there are some other features I would hope for create stacks of images - each stack to have a right click function of 'create focus merge, create HDR merge, create panorama' straight into Affinity Photo Auto tagging / keywords. this has come a long way in recent years and would save SOOO much time - i would also be willing to pay a SMALL monthly subscription for such a service. Structured keywords - with ready made structures And should Serif be short on Beta testers - pick me (please)
  19. First of all: This is my first post, so Hello to all of you. I'm neither a pro designer nor a pro photographer. I'm a software developer that likes good design and that owns a DSLR. Serif’s tools Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo ended my search for good tools in their respective field. Whenever I have to draw an icon, I do so in Affinity Designer. If I need to do compositions, I do so in Affinity Photo. I love well designed things because it is my strong believe that these things make the lifes of the users easier. And better. If it is in the Affinity price range, I will buy Affinity Publisher, not only to support Serif’s great work but als because I'm sure it will fullfill my needs for designing documents. Initially, I collected the thoughts in this post to send them to Serif by mail but then I found that this Forum would be the better place to post it. It is an open secret that Serif also looked into the field of digital asset management. Apple having pulled the plug on Aperture, Adobe having killed the boxed version of Lightroom, I sense there is a void that many people want to be filled. I have high hopes in Serif’s solution. For me, a Lightroom and Aperture successor has to combine two important functions: Management of files on disk Non-destructive image manipulation function I hope that Serif’s solution will cover both: Editing as required by photographers (stripped down to their needs, not a complete Affinty Photo clone) combined with powerful metadata management. In this post, I'll focus on one specific part of metadata management: Faces. Lightroom’s faces support is alien. Faces are a kind of special keywords, but they are no real metadata class. Aperture was better in that it handled faces as a metadata class on its own. Still both tools did not get it right (in my opinion). Do you want to mark faces in images? I don’t. I want to mark people in the picture. Having a neural network that finds faces is a good start but it does not solve my requirement. Imagine you took pictures of a wedding. One of the picture is the bride walking down the aisle. We see her from behind. Her in a white dress, buttons perfectly lined up from the neck down. Flowers in the background. If you are thinking “faces”, you would not mark her in that image. Wouldn't you want to mark her? I surely would. So, here are a few things you might want to consider when implementing a “faces” metadata handling: You need to have a great import from Lightroom. This includes import of faces. The Aperture importer that Lightroom has is terrible, it does not know about faces, it simply imports them as keywords, loosing all position information. I wrote my own importer but I would prefer not to have to do that again for my next DAM. It's not about faces. It's about people. For some this might include animals. Think about someone that does tons of riding competitions. These people like to keep track of the horses, too. “People” might not be a perfect name but it is better than “faces”. Make your AI work on people, not faces. I know it's hard but todays machine learning knows to detect arms, legs, etc. Use that information. Stress the I in AI. Your AI detected my daughter with 95% confidence? Your AI sees a 51% similarity between the boy next to her and one of my colleages I have 5 images of but only 49% similarity with my son that is in 4000 pictures my daughter is in, too? It doesn't take too much intelligence to decide that the 51%-colleague should be 99%-son. Don’t handle images separately, use information gained from other images: Which persons tend to be in one image? There are lots of simple rules you could follow: One possible matching person has been confirmed in a picture taken a few minutes before or after? Guess who's this boy in the red sweater, who's the girl in the pink dress, I confirmed in 50 other pictures? If you detect the left arm with the same sweater in the picture taken a minute before, it is quite licely that it is the same person. Use the location data of images: 50% of all pictures of this person are within 100m of this picture's location - it's more likely that it is her than the other person you never took a picture of within 100km around that position. How likely is it that the same person is in one picture twice? Let aside framed pictures in the background and mirrors, if I label a person, use this information to reevaluate the confidence score of all other persons detected in the same image. If I have to add a person manually, don’t make me drag a rectangle around the face. Just let me click the person/face, then rerun your person detection AI with that information. If your AI was 30% confident there is a face and it gets told it is 100% a person, why not use the size information the AI had? Worst case? The rectangle is too big/small and I will have to resize it. 99% case: One click, person is detected correctly. Don’t make it a rectangle. Detect the outline. (See this paper - especially figure 5a/c) Let me repeat: Don't limit it to faces. People do not always look into the camera. I do tag pictures where you only see a hand or foot of a person. (Think about martial arts: Just a foot breaking a stone. I want to label that foot because I care who mastered it.) It's people, not keywords. Marking a person means that this person is visible in the image. Attaching a keyword means that this image is related to the keyword. (I tag all images that are related to one of my children with a keyword of their name. This will make it easy to export all images they might want to take when they move out. On the other hand, I want to have a simple way to search for images one of the children can be seen in.) So far for my thoughts on faces/people. I know I'm not the photo pro that uses Lightroom to make a living but given the price tags your other applications had, I guess lots of hobby or family shooters are looking in your direction right now. Bye, Daniel PS: Regarding the Lightroom import: Please do import the edits, too. I know it is not possible to match it 100% but 90% (or 75%) would be enough for my needs.
  20. Is the affinity team check the Internet to see what are saying about your softwares ? Because if you conduct the investigation, you would see taht the most wanted feature is a DAM. Everywhere in Facebook groups, forums ... it's THE thing that blocks systematically. This is understandable, amateur photographers as professionals use sensibly same workflow that begins with the classification and organization of their photos... it's impossible for a photographer to do without a DAM when he has thousands of photos. Currently no DAM software seems to be able to read Affinity files ... If you really want to explode the market, take out THE PROMISED DAM for years or make an agreement with other software like DarkTable ... You will shadow Adobe only when you'll have a LightRoom equivalent (the dam part of course), in the meantime, photographers monitor, test but do not seriously consider using your software, many will also forget you... I really think that's DAM should be a priority, what about you ?
  21. Greetings, I just found out that the "NeoFinder DAM Tool" now Supports Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer Files. Has anyone heard of this or tried this product? https://www.cdfinder.de Cheers!
  22. Anyone using digiKam for photo management on the Windows platform? Is there any way to have digiKam launch Affinity Photo for editing? The lack of a DAM component in Affinity is a source of frustration for me and it appears many others. digiKam seems like a good solution for DAM but I'm not finding an a way to integrate with Affinity photo. At this point all I'm trying to do is be able to launch Affinity from digiKam; seems like it should be easy???. Thanks.
  23. When it comes to organizing images in a DAM app can you please have a look at how Apples aperture organized them. They had Project, Album and Smart Albums. Then you could organize any of those items into folders. Also they allow a broad ranging choice of how to store the images, from within aperture library, an external folder on the HD or on an external HD, the options were limitless as well as automatically backing up the original images to a separate folder/drive. With work I will have multiple projects running dealing with between 2000 and 10000 images, Apertures organizing system made it a piece of cake to organize and categorize the images quickly and effectively so when it came time to make a movie out of the photos I did not need to pour through thousands of images as they were already organized in a way I could pull up the ones I needed straight away. I found lightrooms organizing system cumbersome and I had to go back and for between different projects (libraries), I want to see all my projects on the same screen as I tend to go back and forth between them quickly to compare. Can you also add editing capabilities for the basic edits like lightroom and aperture have and then link the photos into the Photo app for more advanced edits. For me aperture is the best DAM I have used and it is what made lightroom what it is today, it's a shame Apple discontinued it, but if you guys took on some of the organizing features that would be fantastic. Cheers JT
  24. Hey guys, We desperately need some clarification. For the past two years it was mentioned several times here in these forums that you are working on a DAM. However, we haven’t really seen an update on that topic in the past weeks and months. And in your Twitter feed you mentioned a couple of times now that you are currently not developing a DAM. So which is true? With the recent changes from Adobe with their Lightroom software and with Apple still not improving Photos really, it would be a great time to put a great DAM out there right now. Many, many photographers are looking for a new solution to this old and essential problem. Also, MacPhun just announced a DAM for their Luminar app. In any case, we just need to know if we should wait for a DAM to be released by you guys or if we should look for other alternatives. Thank you!
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