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is there any way to set default directory to be currently working directory?

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It seems like I have to change directory each time I work on different file and I have a lot of directories/categories.

Its default in photoshop and many other apps not sure where to do it in Affinity.

Please advise. Thank you in advance.

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This has been asked before on the Feature requests for forums. It is a tricky one to respond to. Sometimes I  find that I want to Export to the same directory  that I loaded a file from and sometimes I want to save it in a different directory.  As far as I am aware, the 'default directory' is the  one you last used for the same purpose, so it will save to the last folder you saved to, and load from the last folder you loaded from.

John


Windows 10, Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and Designer 1.6.5.123, (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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3 hours ago, John Rostron said:

As far as I am aware, the 'default directory' is the  one you last used for the same purpose, so it will save to the last folder you saved to, and load from the last folder you loaded from.

With a few exceptions, for me in the Mac versions it seems there is only one default directory, that being the last one accessed. IOW, there is no separate default for opens or saves. The only (I think) exception is importing things like Styles, Assets, or Brushes categories -- that does not seem to change the default from the last directory used for an open or save.

Regarding this being tricky, I'm not sure how a "current working directory" default should work, even if it was an option. After all, it isn't unusual to have a document with placed or embedded files from different directories in it, so what would be the working directory for that document, or for any document that has not yet been saved? There also could be several documents open in the app at the same time, some new & not yet saved & others that had been saved with or without placed/embedded files, plus documents that are open in Affinity Designer after using the File > Edit In Designer menu option in a document initially opened in Affinity Photo (or visa versa).

At least on Macs, the current default directory in open & save dialogs is a dropdown menu, with the last several items on it being "Recent Places," so that sometimes includes the desired directory. Another trick that works on Macs is to have a few Finder windows in the background opened to the desired directories. If the Affinity (or any other) app's window(s) don't obscure the Finder ones, it is possible to (after a slight delay) drag the folder from the Finder window into the app open or save window to change the location to that folder. I don't know if there are similar workarounds in Windows.


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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My description of the Windows behaviour is based on my memory, which is not as reliable as it was, but I'm pretty sure that was the case. I do recall other programs offer a recently used list. This would be the ideal solution but it mght be depend on the Operating System.

John

 


Windows 10, Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and Designer 1.6.5.123, (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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