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Faulty instructions for adding free macros to Affinity Photo 1.5

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The download instructions for the free macro pack say "Just click the download button to get your free macro pack. To install, open the .afmacros file or alternatively import from your Library panel." If I try to open a .afmacros file, I get a 'Failed to open file' dialog that tells me, "The file is not an Affinity document."

 


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Hi Alfred

 

The text on the page with the download link has to cover both Mac and Windows platforms. On the Mac you are able to double click on an afmacros file to add it to the library. It would be too labourous to include specific instruction on this page. Obviously they way file association works is different on the different platforms but the Macro pack does include a quickstart PDF that details the installation better.


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Same here.

I can't import the free macro pack.

I'm able to create my own macro, export it and import it back with no issues.

The free macro pack instead doesn't work. Also, the extensions in the free macro pack is "afmacros", whereas from AP it seems it can only import "afmacro".

Of course, I can force it to open the "afmacros" files, but then again, no luck importing them.


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@vegasabel, did you read the included pdf file which explains the procedure for installing the macros in AP for Windows?  You can't simply click on the file; in Windows you have to Import the macros to the Library (which I always thought was a MAC-exclusive term?).


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Steffie,

 

Are you using the Import Macros (note the plural) item from the popup menu at the top of the Library panel? That is the menu that appears when you click on the four line "hamburger" menu icon opposite the the Library text in the panel.


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I'm having the same issue... I was able to record a macro, export it, but if I delete it and try to reimport (even after restarting Affinity), The open file dialog show an empty folder while my file manager clearly show the file with a .afmacro extension. Once I dismiss the file open dialog an error message is waiting underneath it that says "Unexpected Macro Format, Failed to load file ".   This is with no file ever selected.

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I'm having the same issue... I was able to record a macro, export it, but if I delete it and try to reimport (even after restarting Affinity), The open file dialog show an empty folder while my file manager clearly show the file with a .afmacro extension. Once I dismiss the file open dialog an error message is waiting underneath it that says "Unexpected Macro Format, Failed to load file ".   This is with no file ever selected.

 

The 'Import Macros...' option on the Library panel menu is only for importing collections of macros (*.afmacros). For single macros (*.afmacro without the s) you need to click on the 'Import' icon at the top right of the Macro panel.


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It might be good to mention that you cannot import the .afmacro files unless you have an open document.  I kept trying and nothing happened but as soon as I opened a new document, the icon turned white and It all worked perfectly.

 


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On 12/29/2016 at 3:13 AM, Alfred said:

 

The 'Import Macros...' option on the Library panel menu is only for importing collections of macros (*.afmacros). For single macros (*.afmacro without the s) you need to click on the 'Import' icon at the top right of the Macro panel.

I wish we could vote for answers, so this would float to the top of the list to responses, like stack overflow. i didn't know that I needed to look into the "Library" panel and not the "Macro" panel.  Confusing. Thanks for this!

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I have a similar problem with macros.

I downloaded the free Macro pack, unzipped it (see attached "files.jpg") and tried to install it via Library Panel. Then I got the message "Unexpected Macro Format" (see attached "unexpectedMacroformat.jpg"). I downloaded the files several times, but always with the same result. I tried to install the macro "Uplift - Epic Skies"  in the " Uplift Epic Skies Overlays", too. But no success.

Do you have an idea what I am doing wrong?

I tried to create a new category in the library panel (see attachement), but no success, too. Can there be a wrong setting by me anywhere?

I made a simple macro (black and white). That macro I could export (and import). But I could not add it to library (see attachment).

CreateNewCategory.jpg

add-to-library.jpg

unexpectedMacroformat.jpg

Files.jpg


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first i opened the Macro-View and tried to import, which does NOTHING (obviously) - you need to open the library-view and there you can import macros without issue (below "create new category")

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