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Portable or "no install" version of Affinity Designer

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Hi,

 

I'd like to see a portable or at least a "no install" version of Affinity Designer that stores it's settings and imported stuff inside it's own directory.

 

Reason for this is, I restore my Windows enviroment with a clean image from time to time to start fresh. Because Affinity Designer needs to be installed and saves it's settings in the user profile all changes since the clean image will be lost. I'd like my programs to be independent of Windows and preferable completely portable. Any chance this is happening?

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Phuturist,

 

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :)

 

No this is unlikely to happen as it goes against programming guidelines for a multi-user application and we won't want to support a different build it configuration where customisation is written to a location that low eights users don't have permission to do. Sorry. We come close to being portable already, as I understand that the software is registry independent, but does write appdata files for each user. You should probably backup your appdata regularly anyway too.

 

Hope we can be more positive with other suggestions.

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that is sad, it would be epic to have a portable version, for example to just have it on a USB and take it along with me. which means that no admin rights are required and whatnot.

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Phuturist,

 

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :)

 

No this is unlikely to happen as it goes against programming guidelines for a multi-user application and we won't want to support a different build it configuration where customisation is written to a location that low eights users don't have permission to do. Sorry. We come close to being portable already, as I understand that the software is registry independent, but does write appdata files for each user. You should probably backup your appdata regularly anyway too.

 

Hope we can be more positive with other suggestions.

 

Hi Patrick,

would you be so kind and explain to me why it is so important, apps to be multi-user and not single-user, because it is very nice idea to have portable apps.

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also if the application stores its data where it lies itself (like of on a USB stick) there should be rarely any problems with write permission because you usually only have a read but not write situation in the program files folder or in network drive situations.

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that is sad, it would be epic to have a portable version, for example to just have it on a USB and take it along with me. which means that no admin rights are required and whatnot.

 

It also opens the door to piracy and licence abuse.

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well when it seems that there's no online activation (nothing gets through my firewall until I say yes) the door to piracy already seems pretty open to me.

 

I'll unplug my PC from the network and try to install affinity designer on it later for a dead-safe confirmation but at least for me it lools like that there were no problems, I mean, when for example a denuvo protected game crashes face-first into my firewall it will immediately try to get its data through the browser, just as example.

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You think there are no piracy version of Affinity? You are wrong.

Just wanted to say the same :D haha

 

Guess at least that is proof for that the software is desireable ;)

How well does a cheap software have be so that someone cracks it, I think that is a homage to affinity ;)

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You think there are no piracy version of Affinity? You are wrong.

 

What has that got to do with anything? Are you seriously saying that because a shitty thing happens over there, we may as well accept it happening here too?

 

Besides, never having had the intention to pirate Photo, I've never tried to find pirated copies. The fact that you apprarently did is interesting in the context of this discussion...

 

If software companies could rely on users' conscience as a barrier to piracy, there'd be no need for software protection.

 

And we all know what the real World looks like there.

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On 2/6/2017 at 1:44 PM, Keith Reeder said:

Besides, never having had the intention to pirate Photo, I've never tried to find pirated copies. The fact that you apprarently did is interesting in the context of this discussion...


If software companies could rely on users' conscience as a barrier to piracy, there'd be no need for software protection.

REAPER is a popular digital audio workstation without DRM. People still pay for it because they get a lot of goodwill. That’s one example of how that model can work.

Just because Petar knows that there are pirated versions of Affinity Designer doesn’t mean he actively sought it out. I came across pirate-links while searching for a portable version of AD, via google. Not really relevant to the discussion.


I would love to be able to use AD as a portable app.

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