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I just downloaded and installed a trial version of photo and designer and tried to continue working on a project which I started with Adobe products. My first impressions made me seriously thinking about changing to Affinity. However, when it came to export some graphics for the web I couldn't find a preview function. At the end I found others asking for this essential basic function in this forum.

Is it really true that people are asking for a preview and there didn't happen anything since June 2015? Will this problem ever be solved and if so: when?

Thank you in advance

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I'm shocked that such an important feature is not yet implemented since 2015. I need this feature badly, like many other of your users. Please give us a date when we can expect this feature or I have to look for an alternative to solve this issue.

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I'd also like to add my vote for implementing a live preview when exporting. As others have stated, as a web dev it is very important to be able to see a live preview along with the estimated file size when choosing a compression level. I'm surprised Affinity Photo doesn't have this functionality, when most of the other image editors I use (although inferior to Affinity Photo in most other ways) all include.

Hopefully we see this implemented sooner rather than later.

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They are great programs but something as basic as preview is a big disappointment. I just bought the licenses and I have been disappointed. I will have to continue using other programs to save images for the web. Even Gimp has this option.

The worst thing is to verify that this option is in process since 2015. 

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I recently bought all Affinity Apps because I want to switch away from Adobe. Since then, I've stumbled across several things that I still miss. Unfortunately, the lack of an export preview is now a real problem. I can’t really use Affinity Photo for work anymore until at least a basic export preview is implemented (and have to pay for another year of Adobe CC :(). I very much hope that an export preview will come very soon. 

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+1 from me as well.

I came across this product recently, and really interested. Just tried the trial version, and found this "problem" immediately which bugged me out. Simply Googling the problem and here I am now.


As a web developer, I use image preview A LOT when exporting images. I hope this feature update can be implemented as soon as early 2020... Can't imagine this basic yet important feature has been missing since 2015... 

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I just bought Affinity Photo in order to replace Photoshop Elements in my web design flow.

I am also EXTREMELY underwhelmed by the absence of an export preview function. Now I still have to use PSE and Affinity Photo is 
essentially useless.

I am sort of regretting my purchase ...

Could you please make this preview feature request very high priority?

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On 1/10/2020 at 11:09 PM, frimipiso said:

I just bought Affinity Photo in order to replace Photoshop Elements in my web design flow.

I am also EXTREMELY underwhelmed by the absence of an export preview function. Now I still have to use PSE and Affinity Photo is essentially useless.

I am sort of regretting my purchase ...

Sorry, but isn't it always better to check before buying what the thing/program actually does? This can be found on the forum, possibly with a trial version.


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22 hours ago, Pšenda said:

Sorry, but isn't it always better to check before buying what the thing/program actually does? This can be found on the forum, possibly with a trial version.

You're right, but it's something basic for a professional program, even Gimp has this option.

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1 hour ago, J-MGK said:
You're right, but it's something basic for a professional program, even Gimp has this option.

You're right, there are dozens of them (for example, I use FastStone Image Viewer).
Therefore, missing Export Preview for most users is probably not such a problem, because it is quite easy to work around.


Affinity Store: Affinity Suite (ADe, APh, APu) 1.7.3.481.
Windows 10 Pro, Version 1909, Build 18363.476.
Dell Latitude E5570, i5-6440HQ 2.60 GHz, 8 GB, Intel HD Graphics 530, 1920 x 1080.
Dell OptiPlex 7060, i5-8500 3.00 GHz, 16 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630, Dell P2417H 1920 x 1080.

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7 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

...is probably not such a problem, because it is quite easy to work around.

We did not pay to have to use a freeware workaround.
It´s not exactly rocket science we are talking about...and they had more than 4 years of time.

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6 minutes ago, Fritz_H said:

We did not pay to have to use a freeware workaround.

I don't know about you, but I didn't pay for it. At the time of purchase, I knew that Affinity didn't offer this feature.
And because it is not important for me (I can easily replace this feature), I bought the entire Affinity Suite to my full satisfaction.


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Windows 10 Pro, Version 1909, Build 18363.476.
Dell Latitude E5570, i5-6440HQ 2.60 GHz, 8 GB, Intel HD Graphics 530, 1920 x 1080.
Dell OptiPlex 7060, i5-8500 3.00 GHz, 16 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630, Dell P2417H 1920 x 1080.

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1 hour ago, Pšenda said:

You're right, there are dozens of them (for example, I use FastStone Image Viewer).
Therefore, missing Export Preview for most users is probably not such a problem, because it is quite easy to work around.

It slows the workflow. The solution is not to use several programs for basic functions. I see that for many it is a problem.

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Wouldn’t this feature request be less cluttered if only people who have an interest in export preview would discuss here? 

Edited by DennisF

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