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On 7/25/2022 at 4:54 PM, dcr said:

For perspective, another company whose software I use (infrequently, mind you) hasn't released an update in nine years.  And the next version has been "coming soon" for six years.  On the flip side, if you ask them a question on their forums, they typically respond within a day or two.

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It was the "new" license model of Adobe that made me look into Affinity Photo. After a short time of trying out I found a lot of workflow improvements over PS and consequently changed to that new product. And this was not a bad decision. The other Apps I purchased mainly in order to support Serif because I hardly need and use them. However, nothing is perfect, and so I, too, have some wishes towards Serif regarding AP as the focus:

1. Stay with your actual license model and ask for extra money on updates when needed. On machines in production use, internet is a risk and costs performance. As we all are forced by leading companies to change hardware from time to time, it is convenient to keep internet on the "old" hardware separated.

2. Solve annoying bugs in acceptable time and reduce number of beta versions in return if that helps

3. Look more into workflow subjects (e.g. macro) than into new (Pro) features. Increase that intelligent little things that make it smart and fast to use

4. A DAM from Serif would be nice but is not the urgent thing. There are products like AcdSee in the market which are sufficient in their features and ultra fast when using two screens for photo work.

BTW: I am not a Pro, but working speed is a must for me. Its often that I have appr. 2000 shots per Event on my storage card with resulting 50 to 100 photos to develop and process. And then its a real difference if you need 5 hours for that or 5 days. At present that is my most important feature of AP when I compare to other products.

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On 7/27/2022 at 12:06 PM, debraspicher said:

Regardless, management would have to be clueless to change to sub-only model given the major appeal of the suite was that we didn't have to go all-in. A non-starter. As long as the applications are independently highly usable, then I think that they can still appeal to clients that aren't keen on Adobe.

I am one who came to Affinity because of the Adobe subscription model. I don't mind paying for worthwhile upgrades every now and then.

 

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Affinity Designer's strengths lie in the pen. You can really draw what you want very comfortably in Affinity Designer. The weaknesses lie in the export quality of PNG, which does not meet professional requirements. This is a big problem when fine lines and round shapes, typography are exported pixelated and not smooth enough.

Hopefully the export quality and the anti-aliasing function will be improved in Affinity 2.0. The subscription model is out of the question for me!

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17 hours ago, Designer1 said:

Affinity Designer's strengths lie in the pen. You can really draw what you want very comfortably in Affinity Designer. The weaknesses lie in the export quality of PNG, which does not meet professional requirements. This is a big problem when fine lines and round shapes, typography are exported pixelated and not smooth enough.

Hopefully the export quality and the anti-aliasing function will be improved in Affinity 2.0. The subscription model is out of the question for me!

I dont know if its that issue but i have found that if i uncheck embed ICC profile and embed metadata in Export -> More... exported image has better quality.

its few months ago when i test it so dont know if its apply anymore. 

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4 hours ago, Danielcz said:

I dont know if its that issue but i have found that if i uncheck embed ICC profile and embed metadata in Export -> More... exported image has better quality.

its few months ago when i test it so dont know if its apply anymore. 

Thank you for the tip. I will try it out and deactivate the ICC profile during export.

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23 hours ago, Designer1 said:

Affinity Designer's strengths lie in the pen. You can really draw what you want very comfortably in Affinity Designer. The weaknesses lie in the export quality of PNG, which does not meet professional requirements. This is a big problem when fine lines and round shapes, typography are exported pixelated and not smooth enough.

Hopefully the export quality and the anti-aliasing function will be improved in Affinity 2.0. The subscription model is out of the question for me!

I have no idea what you're talking about as far as PNGs, but I'm curious. Link to/start a new thread? I'm aware that without hinting, vectors can be "less smooth", but that's also true for AI. So what are the differences in AP/AD?

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10 minutes ago, debraspicher said:

I have no idea what you're talking about as far as PNGs, but I'm curious. Link to/start a new thread? I'm aware that without hinting, vectors can be "less smooth", but that's also true for AI. So what are the differences in AP/AD?

I've personally seen Affinity Photo remove small details like single strands of hair if the subject is small enough in the frame, even at 100% export quality JPEG. Nothing major at all and you'd never notice unless zooming way in and comparing original versus edit, but still it's a loss of detail.

I don't know if this is perfectly normal for all programs and I know it's not a PNG in my example, but similar with loss of quality.

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19 hours ago, debraspicher said:

I have no idea what you're talking about as far as PNGs, but I'm curious. Link to/start a new thread? I'm aware that without hinting, vectors can be "less smooth", but that's also true for AI. So what are the differences in AP/AD?

@debraspicherIf you have suggestions on how to improve export quality of PNG, that would be really helpful. I've tried several settings, unfortunately I don't see any way to achieve export quality with smooth outlines like Illustrator. Incidentally, the font outlines in Affinity Designer are not rendered as smoothly as in Illustrator.

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