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First off, I have seen the posts confirming that the affinity team will be working on a DAM which excites me very much! (can I pre-order? ;)) anyways I'm assuming that the project is in the early stages if started at all, but I wanted to ask for these now so that they could be considered in the core of the design. My requests are founded on my reading of this article: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/archival-photo-backup.htm

 

Things I would like to see specifically in the Affinity DAM (and which I think are a must for a truly PRO DAM):

  • Strong Compatibility with different file types and the ability to convert between them losslessly (is that a word?) as different formats eventually go extinct
  • Support for creating and tracking multiple copies of the library for redundancy purposes - Ideally I'd like to have multiple external hard drives with no special connection like raid and put copies on each
  • The ability to split a library across multiple storage pieces (ie split a 300 gb library accross 50 gb blu ray discs and then the merging of the library back to one volume)
  • Strong Checksum Support for error detection
  • Parity/Recovery Files to recover from an error (and in extreme cases this is where redundancy matters most)
  • Finally a way to access the files in case ( I hope it never happens ) Affinity goes away.

Thanks!

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Ability to handle fonts as well

Ability to do face recognition (on photos and in movies too?)

Ability to autotag based on image metadata

Ability to handle 4K video

 

Ability to handle PDFs?

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I have a pretty good DAM on Windows : imatch5   photools.exe     .  It's super flexible and feature rich and at the same time it makes it  too complicated to use, too much checkboxes and buttons I forgot how to use constantly.        

 

Imo it's a problem with any modern software.  To make  something  you have to push this button and that , make sure some checkbox in some window behind a window, behind a window is checked in.   It's like  damn matryoshka doll.    You have to  be a software expert instead of being an expert in art  you are doing.    It really should be as simple as a brush, a palette and an easel .      

 

 

So please make the DAM simple and still not being as a useless toy as mac Photo.    And not one more Lightroom please.  Looks like it does everything except what I need. 

 

a. Ability to just drag'n'drop without export

b. Have  a quick, off-line  on map appearance , with rotation , schematic map, etc

c. simple and super quick ,hot key keywords appointing , pretty much like Photo.   With automatic smart suggestions  etc . Could be million innovations here over Lightroom.

d. easy category/keywords  sub tree  with super quick search interface,   Scripted/automatic  categories based on chosen parameters. 

e. ability to see 3d files like fbx. blend. max. ma.  obj   and show their thumbnails  + corel Painter riff 

 

And most important thing. Be super quick thumbnails / preview scroller  So I could browse through hundreds items like  watching a movie , 25 frames per second .

 

I know, it's  probably  impossible and never come true based on all those countless DAM applications. Should be a reason why all them are so slow and inconvenient.   

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