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Non-destructive RAW development (all RAW adjustments in separate sidecar file)

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Another +1 for having a database/sidecar option for raw adjustments.

I personally don't need sidecar files—I'm not a team player, so a database is cleaner for me. But the need for both is there, for sure. Most obvious scenario: Make many adjustments to an image. Client replies with, 'almost perfect but darks are too dark' or 'highlights are a little too blown out'.

Then you have to start from scratch, trying to remember what you did to get to almost perfect and that's just not cool.

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The concept of using a sidecar file or database is so foreign to the design of Affinity Photo that I would be very surprised if the developers ever wasted their time on trying to incorporate such a feature into Photo.

Sidecar/database is not the same thing as "non-destructive" and is almost certainly a better fit for the separate DAM software that Serif has indicated they are working on behind the scenes.

Photo simply is not the correct application for that...  a non-destructive option yes, but sidecar/database no.

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