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Affinity Photo Batch Processing Feedback

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Some Affinity Photo batch processing feedback:

1) If an item fails when running a batch process job, it creates a ‘Failed’ error message. However, as soon as the batch processing job completes, the panel returns to a blank state and all the messages disappear, including the failed error.

If it’s a short job with small files, then this error message can disappear too quickly— no longer displaying which one(s) failed.  When the files in the batch job are from various different folders, it can be particularly problematic, as it’s then a guessing game which one failed.

If it’s a longer job and you leave the machine processing the files, when you return later—after the job has completed—you don’t have a record if any have failed, just a blank Batch panel.

The Batch panel could do with a hamburger menu.  And in that hamburger menu an option to keep the results displayed in the Batch panel after the batch processing job completes—until perhaps either running another batch job, or closing Affinity Photo.

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2) If you set a batch processing job to run a macro on a bunch of files, and set it to save into the original location—so that it overwrites the files, it doesn’t appear to check whether it was actually able to write to the file.  Therefore, if a file is read-only, the Batch panel still displays the file with a green tick and a ‘Finished’ message, even though it was not possible to write to that file.

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3) It should be possible to access all the export presets (including user created ones) that are used in [File > Export], from inside the ‘New Batch Job’ settings.

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4) If you set a batch processing job to run a macro on a bunch of .tif files, and set it to save into the original location—so that it overwrites the files, it doesn’t allow you to actually overwrite the .tif files, as it saves them all as .tiff files instead.

5) The batch job settings should be sticky—at least until Affinity Photo is closed.  Although this has been discussed lots of times before.

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