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Number of layers managed by Affinity Photo on Ipad Pro

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Hello to all!

I've got an iPad Pro 10,5" (iOS 12) with the Apple Pencil and I'm going to interest deeply in this app, that seems to be a very complete app that works as Photoshop on my PC (and to use in pair with it switching between the two software with the same PSD file).

Unfortunately in the App Store there are a lot of negative comments reporting crashes, works not saved and other issues. However I read that those comments was posted a few time ago, so (before to purchase it) I'm wondering how is the current situation with this software after have been updated. Is it reliable for professional illustration work? Or do it risk to make me to waste working time?

Another very important question is: how many layers Affinity Photo can mange in a file? Some apps like Procreate have limits on the number of layers based on the canvas size, while other apps (like Medi Bang) seems to be much much more generous, allowing to import PSD files with a lot of layers correctly. How is the situation with Affinity Photo?

Thanks for the kind attention!

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The PSD file has a limit of 8000 objects and grouped objects are counted as 2 objects and how this is calculated Affinity Photo will not export any layers after the 7999 one

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Oh, well, 7999 layers... I think it should be enough for my need. ^_^

Wonderful news, thank you!

And what about the app reliability (crashes and other issues) at the current step?

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As a user of both Photo and Designer (iOS), I have found the latest releases to be very stable. Having said that, like all things computer, it pays to save changes regularly to ensure that if there is some sort of crash, you will still be able to fall back to a recent copy. I don't usually deal with huge files so that may be a factor causing issues for some people. Also, there are still a few frustrating 'bugs' that Serif need to work out (e.g.selecting objects with Apple Pencil to move them often results in transforming them, but zooming in on the object usually fixes this). Serif will get there eventually.

All in all it’s a reasonably small investment and well worth trying. :)


IPad Pro 10.5/512GB iOS 12.4. Affinity Photo 1.7.2.153 Affinity Design 1.7.2.6 Publisher for iPad ?

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Thank you DM1 for your reply. Given your experience I'll give a try to this app for sure! also because as far as I know is the only one on iPad that can manage the CMYK color mode (I work for printed stuff)….

About to save often the work is a good habit for sure, although some apps (like Procreate) saves automatically when accidentally crashes. Or at least, when this happen and then I open it to back to work I find my file exactly as I left when the app crashes. I have no idea how this works, but should be helpful to implement such feature also in Affinity Photo.

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Affinity Photo also has this 'auto save' feature you mention and you can set the interval in Setup to as low as every minute if you wish. I just like to have a seperate  'backup' file that is stored outside of the apps 'sandbox'. I come from a pc/Microsoft background where crashes were frequent, so I am extra cautious. Apple is refreshingly stable. No 'blue screen of death' scenarios. :D

 

Affinity Spotlight also has some good articles relating to Photo and Designer on iPad. Sample here: https://affinityspotlight.com/article/eastern-masters-skin-retouching-with-mark-ivkovic/


IPad Pro 10.5/512GB iOS 12.4. Affinity Photo 1.7.2.153 Affinity Design 1.7.2.6 Publisher for iPad ?

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