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I just bought Affinity Designer and I'm trying to use mockups that were created in Photoshop but the problem I encounter is I can't edit the Smart Objects so basically, if the smart object have some text I can't edit it or move it around etc,... my question is if Affinity Designer is capable of editing smart objects imported from PhotoShop.

 

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Hi luisameglio,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

No, currently Affinity isn't able to edit Photoshop Smart objects. They will be rasterised on import.

PSD is a poorly documented (proprietary) format and as such third party software are not able to fully support it.

We do try to provide the best support available but at this point there's still no way to work with Photoshop's smart objects in Affinity.

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At some point, but we have a lot of other features on our roadmap which also need to be done.

 

A lot of the outstanding PSD import/export features are going to be quite big jobs, so they will get done as time allows.


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Hello! Where is the separated mode from the windows in designer menu? I can not find it!

 

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Separated mode is only available in the Mac versions. For Windows it is not needed.


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On 6/4/2017 at 8:16 AM, MEB said:

Hi luisameglio,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

No, currently Affinity isn't able to edit Photoshop Smart objects. They will be rasterised on import.

PSD is a poorly documented (proprietary) format and as such third party software are not able to fully support it.

We do try to provide the best support available but at this point there's still no way to work with Photoshop's smart objects in Affinity.

 

THis is the only thing missing in order for me not to go back into photoshop!!!!


 
 
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On 6/4/2017 at 1:16 PM, MEB said:

Hi luisameglio,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

No, currently Affinity isn't able to edit Photoshop Smart objects. They will be rasterised on import.

PSD is a poorly documented (proprietary) format and as such third party software are not able to fully support it.

We do try to provide the best support available but at this point there's still no way to work with Photoshop's smart objects in Affinity.

Hi MEB

I respect the validity of your comment about PSDs. However is there any plans to bring the functionality of smart objects to Affinity?  It's a very powerful and useful feature. 

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:o


 
 
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On 7/7/2019 at 1:49 AM, ashf said:

Surprisingly an online image editor Photopea can read/edit Smart Objects.(Not just as single raster layer)
So why not on Affinity?
https://www.photopea.com/

@MEB - valid point. Any response?  And if you "struggle" to read PSD files, then why not create your own smart objects functionality, allowing 3rd party developers to create templates and mockups in .afdesign format. 

Cheers,

Helmar

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Hi Helmar,
We never said we wouldn't try to add support for smart objects or that it wasn't possible, quite the contrary, however we are limited in time and resources (programers/coders). Things are being implemented as soon as we can/as soon as they are ready.

Regarding our own solution have you checked embedded documents? Check this video for reference/context. It's old but still applies.

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Hi MEB,

I know my response won't be appropriate, but the subject is more than 4 years old now, so I'm not sure where "time" comes in. WRT resources, can you put a handle on it in terms of man-hours and Euros? If you can, and if getting the right programmers is not a problem, then why not crowdfund the baby? I am sure the money will come in fast, so that you can allocate resources to it.

You know, where's a will, there's a way, and even if you charge 30 Euros for this feature alone, it will be taken up in a heartbeat, because it allows lots of PS users to finally cancel their subscription.

Re: embedded objects. No, not yet. Will check out the video right away.

Cheers,

Helmar

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Hi Helmar,
A considerable amount of requests were created as soon as the first release (1.0) come out - so yes you will find a quite few (old ones) that aren't yet in the program. This doesn't mean we haven't been working on the apps all these years, moving on according to what we planned as well as adding user's requested features whenever possible.

Since then we expanded and/or implemented various (other) new features, advanced with cross platform expansion (Windows, iOS) and recently completed the suite with Publisher. These things were necessary to keep expanding the user base and ultimately funding further development (as you probably know all minor updates are free so we get no money from them). New platforms and new users help us sustain grow until v2 of all apps come in.

Work on third party file formats/support - like smart objects or editable text export support just to name a couple - or any non-planned major features usually require quite some time/resources (besides heavy testing) and as such it's not always possible to pick tasks like these at will without compromising the balance of the whole development. We have been getting/hiring new programers for quite a while now however that's not as easy as it may seems and even when we do hire there's always a considerable period of time required to get acquainted to the code, workflows and the rest of the team.

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One problem with Adobe  smart objects is that they encompass a variety of different functionalities. Some of these can be replicated in Photo, albeit in a different way. For example Live Filters and Live Ajustments allow you to return to a filter/adjustment to alter the parameters. Another is, as @MEB said, embedded objects.

Another problem is that Adobe  controls the code for smart objects. There is nothing to stop them altering this code should they wish to thwart the competition. This could generate a Red Queen situation. Perhaps they do not perceive photopea as enough of a challenge.

John

 


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23 minutes ago, John Rostron said:

Another problem is that Adobe  controls the code for smart objects. There is nothing to stop them altering this code should they wish to thwart the competition.

Common practice, Affinity pretty much does the same with their file formats here.


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14 minutes ago, v_kyr said:

Common practice, Affinity pretty much does the same with their file formats here.

I don't think Serif has changed the native Affinity file format (there is only one of those) for any reason other than when it has been necessary to support some new feature or function that has to be encoded on a per file basis. It is one of the things that makes it harder to add requested features than many people think.


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The point is more, most vendors do keep their file formats completely proprietary, so does Affinity here and so does Adobe with certain of their file formats too.


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I thought just have Affinity read Smart Objects as a nested layer(or an embedded affinity file) helps users big time for now.
I'm not expecting full compatibility to read/write Smart Objects right now(though from a long term perspective, it might be nice)

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Biggest point about Smart Object is that Affinity rasterize it to single layer.
if a Smart Object layer is small, it will be unusable sometimes because of low resolution.
Most of case I need Smart Object compatibility is for that clients send me a psd file that has Smart Objects.
 

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