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What I really hate on Affinity Photo

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  1. Does not memorize last folder you saved an image to.
    After restart you have to dig through your folders again.
    Every other tool memorize the last used folders in the combo box in the save/open file dialog.
     
  2. Raw development cannot be easily stopped for exit.
    You have to exit raw developement first and afterwards to confirm again. This is annyoing.
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  3. You cannot save raw development progress.
     
  4. In raw development, only simple gradient layers. No radial or ellipse.
     
  5. GUI is slow.
    It is really slow and not always responsive.
    Sometime I have to choose my pen 3 times till it really gets selected. And window, canvas refresh... all is slow.
    Using GTX1050, having 16GB RAM on a i7 Intel 4x 2.2 GHz machine.
     
  6. Slices tool. No (magnet) alignment of slices available.
     
  7. No color/luminance range selection. Only poor color picking with tolerance. Does not work most of the times.
     

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@JeffreyWalther,

Your #4, yes there are Radial and Ellipse gradients. Look at the context toolbar when you have the gradient overlay tool selected. It's a drop-down menu. The context toolbar is very short, located just to the right of the Cancel button.


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Only point 1 bothers me a little. If you hate it so much why do you keep using it? There are many more expensive and slower alternatives.


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1 hour ago, AlainP said:

Only point 1 bothers me a little. If you hate it so much why do you keep using it? There are many more expensive and slower alternatives.

I mentioned it because even cheap or free tools have this feature.

Even me, if a write a new app in C#, this is one of the first features I implement when loading or saving a file! This is standard!
It is easy to remember the last used paths and store them somewhere.

Slower alternatives? Affinity is slow, there is barely no room to get worse. For example raw developent (processing) takes so long.

 

 

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1 hour ago, JeffreyWalther said:

Slower alternatives? Affinity is slow, there is barely no room to get worse. For example raw developent (processing) takes so long.

I don't know about the computer you use Affinity Photo on it, but I've been working for years with Lightroom and Photoshop, almost since they came out on Windows, and so many other RAW  software and Affinity has won. On my system the RAW dev. is equal or sometime faster that the other soft I worked with. And in the beta version, now that they have implemented hardware acceleration, RAW processing is almost twice as fast. The reason why I still use another software for RAW processing is that when I come back with a few hundred photos to work on..... Photos is really not the tool for it yet. I use On1 PhotoRaw and believe me it's much slower than Photos.

That is my last comment on this subject.


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4 hours ago, Ron P. said:

@JeffreyWalther,

Your #4, yes there are Radial and Ellipse gradients. Look at the context toolbar when you have the gradient overlay tool selected. It's a drop-down menu. The context toolbar is very short, located just to the right of the Cancel button.

Thanks for pointing out a point I forgot to mention above:

  • The interface should be cleaned up in places and
    tools should be in one place instead of being spread all over the place.
    Adobe Photoshop already has that and it's pretty annoying.

 

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44 minutes ago, JeffreyWalther said:

tools should be in one place instead of being spread all over the place.

Tools are on the toolbar on the left.

Properties of tools (such as the type of gradient) are in the context toolbar at the top of the window.

That is consistent and appropriate.

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4 hours ago, fde101 said:

Tools are on the toolbar on the left.

And some are on the Toolbar, so they are a bit spread out.

@JeffreyWalther: The icons you've highlighted on the lower right of your screenshot are not tools. They are icons that may happen to look like tools, but they simply add an overlay layer (and their icon represents the kind of overlay layer they add).


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3 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

They are icons that may happen to look like tools

That statement is really a solid indication on its own that the UI has room for improvement.

Nevertheless, I still think that popup is in the right spot on the context toolbar.

 

3 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

And some are on the Toolbar, so they are a bit spread out.

That should be fixed.

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On 10/6/2020 at 11:08 AM, JeffreyWalther said:

You cannot save raw development progress.

Hey Jeffrey,

AP is a pixel editor that added a single RAW file development persona
(only one!) because the purpose is to edit an image. Since a RAW is
unalterable it won't record or save in sidecar files the tweaks, for that
one needs a real converter.

There are things that bug me too after being a user for years. :40_rage:

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A "user for years" .... with only three posts on the forum....


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Salut d'un montréalais en Europe depuis 30 ans!

Ben oui, Alain, après avoir travaillé avec CS6 a part quelques semaines
d'adaptation à la suite de Sérif, je me suis remis au boulot content d'être
sorti du cercle d'adobe. Je me suis débrouillé tantôt tout seul tantôt avec
les tutoriels en ligne.

La pandémie ralentit tout, j'ai donc un peu de temps pour le forum. :P

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46 minutes ago, AlainP said:

A "user for years" .... with only three posts on the forum....

Sigh. A new low. Believe it or not, some people actually learn and produce without living their life on a forum.

I used Adobe for decades without a single post on the Adobe forums. But I did read a lot. And followed tutorials. I never had to post anything. Plenty of knowledge out there and plenty of features in Adobe CC. I believe @Nikon Shooter did the same.

But why are you questioning him and his honesty, Internet Judge Alain P. ? I often see many users here as member of a semi-religious cult rather than a user base of creatives. Question the product and the usual responses pop up. Some users here could use auto replies posted by first generation chat bot tech. Would probably save them for several hours a week. The replies doesn't help Serif or the product development by the way. 

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The sad thing is, fanboys don't realize, that these companies that fuel their passion, don't really give a damn about us. To me, defending a multi-national corporation like their your own family, is ridiculous. These organizations don't come to your house and help you when you're sick, they don't help you move, or drive you to the airport. They don't support you in any way. It's a business, not a friendship. As soon as you can no longer buy their product, you disappear to them.

 


I gave up using Designer - a "professional" vector drawing program without advanced or semi-advanced vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion.

Further... give up and please hire a professional, educated UX (user experience designer), Serif. Professional software companies used them for decades now. You must too.

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Salut @Nikon Shooter  !

@Jowday.....😁 his honesty... semi-religious cult wow... ????   He's just whining every time he posts something that's all there is. 


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On 10/6/2020 at 7:22 PM, JeffreyWalther said:

Thanks for pointing out a point I forgot to mention above:

  • The interface should be cleaned up in places and
    tools should be in one place instead of being spread all over the place.
    Adobe Photoshop already has that and it's pretty annoying.

 

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I really don't see how removing the current placement and moving those settings there would improve the UI in the slightest. The upper toolbar has always been a standard used for showing specific custom settings that are relevant to the selected tool in question. You completely undermine the very idea of having this bar by doing this change. I can also have my gripes with certain aspects of the Affinity UI, but this part is in fact very consistent across not just Affinity, but other similar programs as well. To be perfectly frank, your idea is "all over the place".

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On 10/6/2020 at 11:08 AM, JeffreyWalther said:
  1. Does not memorize last folder you saved an image to.
    After restart you have to dig through your folders again.
    Every other tool memorize the last used folders in the combo box in the save/open file dialog.

This, together with the madness that is the use of "Export" instead of "Save As", which completely destroys my workflow,  is the main reason why, after extensively trying this software, and also liking a lot of his features, I will not buy it for now, and I will stick with Photoshop.

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