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Affinity Photo for Windows - 1.8.0

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Congratulations on the release! However, you still haven't documented the changes to the brush tools where you are now able to switch the functionality of your alt+R click+L click drag command by just pressing alt+R click+L click that I mentioned in this thread some time ago:

I am also a bit surprised it got released before fixing the tablet bugs related to Windows Ink (Can't use any of the new shortcuts you added to the brushes yet.). Speaking of which, the support for Windows Ink was not documented either in the patch notes. It is a pretty significant feature improvement for tablet users, so it should be getting a mention at least.

The improvements to Smart Objects/Embedded Documents are great by the way! I really hope you add the ability to create them directly in the Layers panel using R click like it's done in Photoshop to make it even better in Affinity. : )

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Thank you for the great updates on v1.8. Expecially for the xmp support.

You write changes can be written back in xmp files. That´s great but maybe I am doing something wrong. I changed the metadata like star-Ratings, title, … but no updates in xmp files appear.

I found the switch in the Settings "Load Metadata from xmp files" but is there a switch for "Write Metadata in xmp-files"?

 

Best regards,

Joachim

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Hallelujah, this embedded object import from PSD ----- I've wanted this for so long and just tested it out and it worked fantastically! Though it took a minute to figure out I needed to turn on that setting in the preferences. 

Liked it so much I created a forum account just to post this, thank you!

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Very nice to see better metadata handling and Canon CR3. 🙂


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OMG I LOVE YOU GUYS! (AND GALS!!)

I have all products on both mac and pc and just tried the PSD smart objects and WAHOO!!  IT was worth the wait. Ya'll are the best! Can't wait to test some of the other new features. Thank you for all the hard work and such a fabulous product!

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With all this new stuff with PhotoShop features - PSD files, SmartObjects - and new support for NIK 2.5, is there then also great news about integration of the QImage Ultimate PS plugin so it can be used directly from Affinity 1.8, without having to export a TIFF file ??

Regards Johannes Elkjaer Madsen

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Do we have to enable Windows Ink for wacom pen pressure to work now, it's not in the change log? It used to work without windows ink now it doesn't. Windows ink introduces a whole lot of problems for me and I don't want to use it.

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2 hours ago, Sarper said:

Do we have to enable Windows Ink for wacom pen pressure to work now, it's not in the change log

Yes that is a significant change in this version, I will adjust the change logs for all the Windows releases.

If you want to make a post in the questions forum explaining why that's a problem for you we can reply about that there rather than this announcement thread


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It's great and thanks for informing us about this update.


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Posted by @tiffany111

Posted Wednesday at 03:38 AM

About plug-in support:  Is Luminar 4  a supported plug in ??

I use Luminar 4.1 and the plugin is recognized in Affinity 1.8.  I can send photos from Affinity into Luminar, edit, and round-trip back into Affinity.  There is some odd behavior suggesting to me that the support is not complete or 100%.  For example, some of the editing menus in Luminar that display metadata about the photo (most notable, the filename itself) are garbled.  Which suggests that possibly, not all data is being exchanged reliably between the two apps.  But when I make ordinary edits on a photo in Luminar and send it back to Affinity, it appears all the changes are retained.  

I would say that support appears to be promising, but not complete.  As is always the case with plugins, it's not clear whether the lack of compatibility issues lie with Affinity or the company that makes the plugin, and it's ALSO not clear if either company is working on the issue or prioritizing it.   Luminar is clearly prioritizing becoming a standalone application, and they really only promote full compatibility with the Adobe apps.  From one user to another, I'd say use Luminar as an Affinity plugin with caution, and definitely test thoroughly before using with any production quality photos.  

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Great release but why oh why does Affinity Photo revert to opening .txt files as the default choice for documents?

It's downright perplexing!

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Win 10, publisher, designer, photo, all on 1.8
Nothing loads. Reinstalled all. Not one of them won't load.
I miss 1.7.3 so much 😞

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The 1.8 betas have been my favorite so far. Excited for moving from betas as 1.8 has changes/fixes that are essential. I've not wanted to use production XD. Just so many wonderful (and needed!) changes. Keep up the good work, guys. My desktop is in pieces on my office floor right now while I remodel, but soon (hopefully!) I'll be back in business and can post more often.


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For those trying to use plugins with 1.8, here's my experience to date with plugins that were designed for Photoshop: 

Luminar 4.1:  works with minor glitches that I'm not sure have any impact on the data.  I use even on final quality photos, but with caution, paying attention to the output.  Note that Luminar does not promise that this plugin is Affinity compatible. 

GRFX Studio Pro:  Does not work at all...crashes the plugin and Affinity.  Advertises that it DOES work with Affinity.  AutoFX did not respond to 6 attempts at reaching out through phone calls and their online form for support.  GRFX Studio is actually a great plugin, but it only currently works in Photoshop and Corel Paintshop Pro.  

PictoPainting:  Works

Corel Particleshop:  Works.  This is great, means you can add those fancy Corel 'dynamic' brushes to Affinity.

 

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16 hours ago, timlt said:

GRFX Studio Pro:  Does not work at all...crashes the plugin and Affinity.  Advertises that it DOES work with Affinity.  AutoFX did not respond to 6 attempts at reaching out through phone calls and their online form for support.  GRFX Studio is actually a great plugin, but it only currently works in Photoshop and Corel Paintshop Pro.  

I've seen where they say their plugin works with us so I'll grab the trial and give it a poke. 

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