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When I want to view images quickly I have always used Irfanview, which is great, except that in some situations, where I want to view an Affinity Photo file, outside of Affinity Photo, it cannot recognise it.  I was told by someone that Faststone can view Affinity files, but I have just tried and so far it refuses to recognise them.  Is there someway that I can get Faststone to do this, or is there another program I could use for the purpose?


Jafa - Just Another Fantastic Aucklander

(Jim)

Windows 10

Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123

Nik Collection

Amd processor 6 Core,  8 Mgs RAM

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Thanks, v_kyr -

Unfortunately, XnView MP is not free.  Have had a look at ACDSee and it seems that it may only show thumbnails, whilst I want to look at the images at 100% (and often above that).  Will keep researching, including having a closer look at AlternativeTo.


Jafa - Just Another Fantastic Aucklander

(Jim)

Windows 10

Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123

Nik Collection

Amd processor 6 Core,  8 Mgs RAM

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26 minutes ago, Jaffa said:

Unfortunately, XnView MP is not free.  Have had a look at ACDSee and it seems that it may only show thumbnails, whilst I want to look at the images at 100% (and often above that).  Will keep researching, including having a closer look at AlternativeTo.

XnViewMP is free for personal use, though not for commercial use.

Nothing will actually open .afphoto, .afdesign, or .afpub files except the Affinity products. However, Affinity will embed a thumbnail preview that some other programs can show, if enabled in the Affinity Preferences.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz
Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Designer 1.6..5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.257 Beta

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Hi Walt

Sounds great!  Have had a look through the Edit>Preferences and cannot yet see where/how to do this.  Can you give me a pointer or two please.  :)

If it is "Save thumbnails with documents", then that is already ticked.

Jim


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Windows 10

Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123

Nik Collection

Amd processor 6 Core,  8 Mgs RAM

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58 minutes ago, Jaffa said:

If it is "Save thumbnails with documents", then that is already ticked.

That's it. And some programs will show them.

I thought that XNViewMP did, but I'm not sure right now, as it doesn't seem to (any more?) for me.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz
Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Designer 1.6..5.123 and 1.7.0.258 Beta
Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.257 Beta

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On Mac XNViewMP shows fine for afdesign and afphoto files


iMac 27" Late 2015 Fully Loaded, iMac 27" Mid 2011 both running High Sierra 10.13.6 - Affinity Designer/Photo, Publisher Beta 1.7.0.140, Illustrator CC, Inkscape, Blender, Sketchup, Pepakura Designer, MTC, Pixelmator & Pixelmator Pro + more... XP-Pen Artist-12, - iPad2 iOS 9.35 B|  Instagram & Flickr - Affinity Designer (ADe) Tutorials - Affinity Photo (APh) Tutorials - Public Domain Images

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In Settings>General>General Tab      Make sure the first option, show all graphic formats is checked.  Then go to File list>Custom Filter and make sure the row that says Exclude has everything UNCHECKED.  Hope this helps. You should be seeing thumbnail previews for afdesign and afphoto files..if not, check in AD and AP to make sure you have the setting enabled to include thumbnails with your files.

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On 1/12/2019 at 2:39 AM, Pariah73 said:

Then go to File list>Custom Filter and make sure the row that says Exclude has everything UNCHECKED. 

It isn't strictly necessary to do that. It can be useful to limit the visibility of some file types, particularly those XNViewMP can't display much if any info about. The important thing is not to include any Affinity native file format extensions in the Extensions column (which is editable). So just make sure afphoto & afdesign are not included in that column & together with the General > Show all graphics formats option, you should be good to go.


Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Affinity Designer 1.6.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.6.11.85 & Affinity Designer 1.6..4.45 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.1.1

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2 hours ago, Pariah73 said:

in the exclude list is .svg  For me, I couldn't preview svg thumbnails until I had unchecked it

Instead of unchecking anything in the Exclude row, try double-clicking on the last item in that row, with the list of excluded file type extensions. That will highlight the text of the list, so you can edit it like any other line of text. Delete svg in the usual way & see if you can see svg file thumbnails. You may have to restart the app for this to take effect.

FWIW, below is how I have configured this on my Mac so I do see thumbnail previews of svg files.


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Affinity Photo 1.6.7 & Affinity Designer 1.6.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.6.11.85 & Affinity Designer 1.6..4.45 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.1.1

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I did that, but it didn't 'remember' the setting no matter how hard i tried. My solution worked for me so I suggested it.  Now there's two :D

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