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Sorry if I've missed a post about this -- I did look!

 

Is there no easy way to access your iPad Photo files in the desktop version of the app? I see all my recent files when I launch the iOS app, but don't see a way to access them on the Mac without exporting to a specific iCloud/Dropbox location from iOS first. Surely the pount of Apple's iOS/MacOS integration is that this stuff should be accessible from either platform?

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The iCloud service is Apples recommend method of sharing files between Mac's and iPads as this offers synchronisation between the devices, you can connect your iPad directly to your Mac and then use the File transfer option within iTunes to synchronise files between the devices.

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Really? Plug it in to transfer files? That's… disappointing. I have literally never plugged my iPad into my laptop, and I'm not about to start now. Would it not at least be possible to specify that the iOS version stores files on something like Dropbox, so the files are automatically synched to a shared location?

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Hi Jim_Campbell,

Currently there's no direct access to the files stored inside the app (Welcome Screen). You have to "export" them to an iCloud folder (or any other third party cloud service) using the Save A Copy command from the Document menu (on top) and then access tehm through the corresponding cloud folder on your desktop.

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I've tried using Air Drop and find that's reasonable if flattened.  I have used Icloud Drive too and that's easy also (but no adjustment layers saved in psd).  I would like to have access to my Ipad Affinity on my Macbook--plan to save on external drives--transitioning from Adobe CC (Lightroom and Photoshop) and still trying to establish a workflow (and deciding on a DAM perhaps).

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I believe my question is somewhat similar so I did not want to start a new thread.

 

I have a 32Gb iPad but want to use this tool for photo editing. My only concern is if I will be able to export a RAW file with the history of edits applied from my iPad to a cloud service other than iCloud. In other words, can I keep the working files in the cloud vice the internal storage of the tablet?

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Hi micnik,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Affinity Photo doesn't support side car files (.XMP) nor DNG's with embedded xmp metadata. This means you can't keep adjustments you have made to the RAW in Develop Persona editable as other DAM softwares like Lightroom (Affinity Photo is  a RAW converter/developer and photo editing app not a DAM software). Currently the only way to keep all you edits is saving the file/project as an .afphoto file (our native format). You can do this going to menu document on top the the interface and selecting Save a Copy, to save a copy of the file as an afphoto file to iCloud or other cloud service you might be using as long as it's fully integrated with IOS. To change to another cloud service other than iCloud, tap Locations (on the top left of the interface) in the next screen (after the Save a Copy screen) and select or enable the service you are using.

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Is there a limit to the number of layers going from Photo on iPad to Photoshop on desktop? Going through iCloud, directly exporting from Photo on iPad. Even when the layers are visible in Photo, they don't show up in PS. Wondering if too many layers created this problem. 

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6 hours ago, AnneX said:

Is there a limit to the number of layers going from Photo on iPad to Photoshop on desktop? Going through iCloud, directly exporting from Photo on iPad. Even when the layers are visible in Photo, they don't show up in PS. Wondering if too many layers created this problem. 

What format are you exporting in? If you export as PSD or a TIFF the layers should be there, but not if you export as JPG or PNG.


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Yes, I understand flattened file formats so exporting as PSD. I've found that if layers are not visible in Photo, they don't show up at all in Photoshop. But I had a case where layers were made visible in Photo and did not appear at all in PS. When I reduced the number of layers by deleting some in Photo, then all others showed up, hence my question.

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On 3/10/2020 at 7:55 PM, AnneX said:

Yes, I understand flattened file formats so exporting as PSD. I've found that if layers are not visible in Photo, they don't show up at all in Photoshop. But I had a case where layers were made visible in Photo and did not appear at all in PS. When I reduced the number of layers by deleting some in Photo, then all others showed up, hence my question.

Sounds like a bug that just hasn't reached testing in a way that you've been able to witness.  Hopefully a fix soon.  

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Can I point the MacOS (Desktop version) of Aff.Photo to the Affinity folder I have in iCloud so that both apps (iPad and Desktop Ver.) display the same saved work upon opening the app?  THANKS!!!

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1 hour ago, VitoEmmanuel said:

Can I point the MacOS (Desktop version) of Aff.Photo to the Affinity folder I have in iCloud so that both apps (iPad and Desktop Ver.) display the same saved work upon opening the app?  THANKS!!!

Yes you can.


Affinity Photo 1.8, Designer 1.8, Publisher 1.8 on MACOS Catalina and Windows 10.
Affinity Photo 1.8, Designer 1.8 on iPad Pro 9.7" iPadOS 14 beta.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/affinityforipad/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityPhoto/

 

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I'm not sure why I can't find this option in preferences, also cannot find an answer online.  You wouldn't happen to be able to tell me how this is done, would you?

 

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On 6/24/2020 at 4:48 PM, VitoEmmanuel said:

I'm not sure why I can't find this option in preferences, also cannot find an answer online.  You wouldn't happen to be able to tell me how this is done, would you?

 

Ok on reading your request again, whilst you can access an iCloud folder structure containing Affinity files and transfer between the two devices you must ensure you don’t have the file open on your desktop to be able to modify that file on your iPad, and conversely you cannot have the file open in the iPad on the home screen or edit screen and modify it on your desktop. You must in both cases save (and close) the .afphoto file outside of the Affinity application.


Affinity Photo 1.8, Designer 1.8, Publisher 1.8 on MACOS Catalina and Windows 10.
Affinity Photo 1.8, Designer 1.8 on iPad Pro 9.7" iPadOS 14 beta.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/affinityforipad/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffinityPhoto/

 

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