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Unbelievable mystery, the issue with the download URLs.
But it could be so easy - 2 examples:

Why do you have a problem with providing a corresponding URL to the resource downloads of the Workbook?
You are a Software Development Company !
What is the problem?
 

There are a lot of people who bought the Workbook and they are complete frustrated regarding this download issue.
PLEASE  HELP !!!

 

And please: only complete URLs - no fragments.
Thank you very much in advance (maybe for a new thread with only this information?)...

 

Hardy


 

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There are a lot of people who bought the Workbook and they are complete frustrated regarding this download issue.

PLEASE  HELP !!!

 

And please: only complete URLs - no fragments.

Thank you very much in advance (maybe for a new thread with only this information?)...

Private message sent, links not given out on the forum.

 

Each of the resources mentioned on pages in the book (like the one in your screenshot) are found in the zip file downloaded by using the links at the start of each chapter.

Use these 10 links. ~type no more and no less than these shortcut links exactly as they appear on those pages

 

From Page: 69

Link: https://affin.co/coreskills (downloads as coreskills.zip)

 

From Page: 126

Link: https://affin.co/p?????? (downloads as p?????.zip)

 

From Page: 150

Link: https://affin.co/s?????? (downloads as s??????.zip)

 

From Page: 184

Link: https://affin.co/w?????? (downloads as w??????.zip)

 

From Page: 234

Link: https://affin.co/w?????? (downloads as w??????.zip)

 

From Page: 262

Link: https://affin.co/f?????? (downloads as f??????.zip)

 

From Page: 306

Link: https://affin.co/l?????? (downloads as l??????.zip)

 

From Page: 338

Link: https://affin.co/l?????? (downloads as l??????.zip)

 

From Page: 362

Link: https://affin.co/t?????? (downloads as t??????.zip)

 

From Page: 414

Link: https://affin.co/t?????? (downloads as t??????.zip)

 

These links are reserved for those who bought the book and not given out on the forums. I've left the coreskills one there as it has no copyright/licensing issues and to prove my point (again)!


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Why do you have a problem with providing a corresponding URL to the resource downloads of the Workbook?

tl;dr version:

 

For the same reason Amazon does not post complete URL's to downloads of the books it sells, Shutterstock doesn't post them for full resolution downloads of the artwork they sell, etc.


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To be honest: I also find it very difficult to download these resources as it is. I had no clue at all how to get these ressources until i searched in the forums here.

 

I don't get your argument as why you don't include full links in the book. Saying that it's for book owners only doesn't really cut it, as only book owners see these links anyway.

And if you'd argue that these links can be easily shared: well, so can one, once he reconstructed these links.

 

If you wanna be on a safer side about the downloads, make it with a restricted download area with a personalized login.

 

It's really unnecessary hassle for honest buyers and destroys some of the good experience with this helpful book.

Just my two cents. 

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I don't get your argument as why you don't include full links in the book.

Do you understand that copyright restrictions placed on some of the content by its owners may require this? Serif/Affinity does not own all the distribution rights to everything that can be downloaded, so this may be the only way they can offer these resources. This is similar to the license restrictions often placed on software & other content, which prohibits piecemeal distribution.


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Thanks for your answer, R C-R.

 

I totally understand that they might have copyright issues to handle and that they can't open up these links to the public. Completely reasonable. But still: It's literally the same "security level" for these links on a technical point of view, so I still don't see why full links are inferior for protecting the artworks from unauthorized access than weirdly torn apart links.

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I totally understand that they might have copyright issues to handle and that they can't open up these links to the public. Completely reasonable. But still: It's literally the same "security level" for these links on a technical point of view, so I still don't see why full links are inferior for protecting the artworks from unauthorized access than weirdly torn apart links.

Be that as it may, all that matters is what the copyright holders require, for whatever reason they decide is in their best interests. What you or I or Serif/Affinity thinks is irrelevant.

 

Besides, from a practical standpoint it is faster & easier to download a zipped archive of each of the chapter files & unzip them than downloading them one at a time & unzipping each one individually.


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Of course. That's true. But then I'd question if it was the right deal they made by acquiring these particular artworks for this kind of useage.

 

To your second paragraph: just to be clear: I'm not questioning the download per chapter part of this but that in the book is only the last part of the link visible. for example: coreskills instead of https://affin.co/coreskills. besides that I haven't even seen any instructions where the https://affin.co/ part is mentioned. (but maybe I just missed it)

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Of course. That's true. But then I'd question if it was the right deal they made by acquiring these particular artworks for this kind of useage.

 

To your second paragraph: just to be clear: I'm not questioning the download per chapter part of this but that in the book is only the last part of the link visible. for example: coreskills instead of https://affin.co/coreskills. besides that I haven't even seen any instructions where the https://affin.co/ part is mentioned. (but maybe I just missed it)

 

You didn't miss it, this very oversight was addressed in the German version of the book (following the confusion on this for the English version), and this would be changed for any second run of the English book.

 

"https://affin.co/coreskills"looks much more like a URL than "affin.co/coreskills" and the latter was overlooked by many people. It should have been explained on Page 9 in the "Project Resources" section but the actual file access was not explicit, sorry


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Thanks for all the links posted on page 1 ... I was having difficulty in downloading the link on page 79, but after coming here I then realised that they are all included within the initial link for the chapter. I do feel like others though that the book is damn expensive and the links could have been more easily explained without the need to come on the forum and find out. Maybe next edition can include a CD with the stuff already on them as well. Why don't you print them at the beginning of the book or an appendix at the end to make it easier?

 AND printing it spiral bound would make it so much easier to actually work from, keeping it flat whilst working. You could do this in a tasteful way, without an exposed binder, but it would make it nicer when using the exercises, especially if, like me, you're working with it on the sofa next to you with a dog and a cat or two ...  :-)

 

Otherwise, so far so good. 

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18 minutes ago, StevenMSP said:

I type exactly "https://affin.co/w??????" and get the 404 file not found error.  Can you please explain how to get the files for me?  

 

Does your "??????" include a file extension, Steven? If so, it shouldn't do! For example, Patrick's link to ".../coreskills" gives me a download of the file named 'core_skills.zip', but if I try to go to ".../core_skills.zip" I get a 404 error.

 


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I replied in another thread but wanted to be sure my question is answered.

 

I tried putting resources' addresses in both Google search bar and the address bar at the top of the page,and neither worked.  I downloaded resources for Coreskills, Peak Country 1 & 2, HDR, London1 & 2, Then jumped ahead to do the compositing chapters and couldn't get resources,

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9 minutes ago, LLM said:

I replied in another thread but wanted to be sure my question is answered.

 

I replied to your other post a few minutes ago.


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Regarding Snow Queen project.  The image links worked well.  Thanks. 

I've also been able to download all  images for the other chapters.

I did and redid this image several times because my cloning looked terrible.  I finally did it my way.   When I placed the trees/mountain image, I left the selection on. Then I placed the trees  just above the woman's hair line and stretched the image to fit as much as possible to save having to edit a lot. 

Next I selected the mountain layer and alt + clicked the mask to extend it by painting over the trees that were above the selected outline of the woman. The only cloning was cleaning up the shoulder and a little on her forehead.  In the last generation, I didn't get the eye cleared on the mountain/lighten mode layer but I had done it earlier so I left it.  Still doesn't look bad, just different.

I am getting a lot out of the workbook and I look forward to working on the 'Discovery' project.

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I have tried and tried and tried to access the coreskills files. I usually get an 404 error mesage. Occasionally seemingly by accident I get a file but can never remember next time how I did it. It has quite spoiled the book for me. So much time wasted!

Simply entering https://affin/coreskills does not work for me. Nor does, for example, https://affin.co/london1.

Surely it must be possible to design a system that facilitates such a simple task? As it is I have given up on the book. A waste of money.

Malcolm Platt

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7 minutes ago, mlplatt said:

Simply entering https://affin/coreskills does not work for me. Nor does, for example, https://affin.co/london1

 

The first would not work as you left out the ".co". The second should work, if entered into the address bar of your browser (not into a search field, but the actual address bar). It certainly works for me (using Firefox), but there have been reports that Safari is somehow broken for these URLs. So if you're using Safari you might want to try a different browser.


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6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

... but there have been reports that Safari is somehow broken for these URLs. So if you're using Safari you might want to try a different browser.

I have no problems using Safari with these URL's. They just need to be entered correctly in the browser's URL field & then return pressed to download them. It seems some Safari users are picking the dropdown choice that is a search suggestion instead of pressing return.


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Sorry. My mistake in leaving out the co in https://affin/coreskills.But it was an error here on this Forum rather when I tried to download. To be clear I have usually managed to download the necessary project files but only after a long frustrating time messing about. I admit I am an idiot when it comes to computers. I have been using them on a daily basis since way before Windows came along but they still baffle me. My interest is in photographic images rather than the internet yet I seem to spend more time trying to download projects than actually working on them.

I usually use Firefox but in my frustration have also tried Oasis and Edge in attempts to download the WorkBook projects. All three with a singular lack of success.

I think Affinity Photo is great. I admire it immensely. But then I have always liked the Serif products and have used them for many years. The WorkBook however, as you will have gathered , tries my patience severely.

 

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With any of those browsers, just make sure you type the URL into the address bar exactly as it's printed, and then (as R C-R mentioned) press enter.


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22 minutes ago, mlplatt said:

Apologies. Oasis should read Opera.

There should be an ‘Edit’ link next to the ‘Quote’ link at the bottom of each of your posts (unless the thread has been locked).


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I am in Affinity Photo page 215 where the resources are pedestrian_and_object, etc.  I start off in the browser with affin.co/  then type in the resource name but I keep getting a 404 error.  Any suggestions?  Also it would be great to be able to download all the resources at the beginning of the book and much faster for the user.  Thanks  Betty

Edited by Betty
I figured it out

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