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pgb: We should all buy Affinity to further its development but to also avoid monopolies having a stranglehold even if we don't plan to use it.

John, no you just need to make a $50 investment in free enterprise. The fundamentals of PS are getting old now.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 13:01 UTC

We should all buy Affinity to further its development but to also avoid monopolies having a stranglehold even if we don't plan to use it.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 22:11 UTC as 87th comment | 5 replies

Finally an affordable way to do this -

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 17:04 UTC as 7th comment
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tinternaut: Had I given it any thought, I would have assumed there isn’t a big enough market for this class of device, this (relatively) cheap. Perhaps they’re assuming the YouTube stars* want to take their video to the next level? Or a cheaper, more disposable device for actual pros to use?

* I don’t give them a lot of thought, either.

Applications include, live streaming, lower budget TV, conferences, long form events, corporate theater, live music, sports and unfortunately more cooking shows. Anything where remote control of iris, colour matching, gain, shutter and not being subject to overheating is a must. Also servo zooms with constant aperture. There's almost no competition at this price point. BMD also make vision mixers and all the glue devices required.

Basically all the crud that the `film makers' can't and don't want to shoot / edit.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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urje: It's an ugly hack, but the issue described is no joke. My old 5S would crash whenever the battery was below 25% or so and I would open an app (which would cause a spike in power consumption). This happened especially in the morning, when the cold in my bedroom dropped battery strength even further. With a new battery it performs all the way down to 1% again.

Apparently this is an iPhone thing, so perhaps androids have their power supplies designed more robustly.

If the phone wasn't able to function reliably when displaying 25% then maybe Apple was overstating the battery level, it was really 5% ?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
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TomCak: It's not their product. I paid for it. Slowing down my $1000 iphone when I paid that money to get the fastest/best available at time of purchase is flat out wrong.

How would any user possibly think "My phone just got much slower, but I know it;s in my best interests. Thanks for looking out for me Apple"?

You know what if... If my phone were to break, explode, die, I'd happily purchase a new one. Until that point, Apple should leave their hands off of it and allow me to enjoy the performance of the product I paid for.

This will make me think thrice about buying an iPhone again.

My experience with aging batteries is the product works the same just for a shorter period between charges. Apple's really thinking different here or has used a battery not capable of meeting the load over a reasonable life span.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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kay bryan: Is the same thing true for three year old Ipads? Mine has slowed down drastically.

Others are reporting this too.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 00:42 UTC
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Steve Wilson: This article states "TeckFire pointed out that his iPhone 6s had become very slow, only to speed back up again after the battery was replaced". If this is the case, it has nothing to do with the phone being old, so why does this article repeatedly state Apple is slowing down old phones? My guess is that Apple hasn't changed their algorithm and they'll also slow down a new phone if there is an old, worn out battery in it. If TeckFire's statement is true, then this whole article should be re-written to say "Apple is slowing down iPhones as the battery gets old".

You mean a graceful `limp home' mode past the warranty period. Why should near new products need to limp anyway unless they are badly designed or overstated ?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 00:14 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: I think if they were really not trying to push customers towards upgrading, once the CPU slow-down is done the phone would advise the user and recommend that they replace the battery if the phone is more than, say, 18 months old.

I think the problem for Apple is that they have to replace a degraded battery within the warranty period. This slowing is designed to get them over the two year line so no cost to them. Of course this has the fringe benefit that users think they need to upgrade when it slows down. Apple employees don't say that the slowing is due to battery wear, pretty sleazy.

If they are honest the IOS should give the user the info that the phone will power down more often or the user can opt to slow the cpu down or a battery replacement. I've read that Apple won't replace the battery if it's still 80% good.

Bottom line is that the battery is too small to last a reasonable distance when used by heavy users. Apple has been banking, literally on people upgrading or limping past the warranty period.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)
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ThorstenMUC: A 140W CPU and 295W GPU combination in a (big) screen... silently cooled... I really wonder how long this potent hardware can work full-load, before it needs to throttle, to stay within the thermal envelope.
You either need high-performance (loud) fans or a decend sized case, with good ventilation, to allow this hardware to use it's full potential.

I wonder how the `mature approach' affects the components lifespan running them near the limit as a starting point. Good for business no doubt.
I have my fan profile set to full bore on my desktop when the cpu hits 50c. The box is tucked away under the desk so the noise isn't so much in your face.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 19:36 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (572 comments in total)
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Lea5: Oh so many Vista users complain here. Probably the same people who say my Photoshop 3 still works for me.

Guilty as well but I did buy Affinity for $A60 because they deserve the support and it has some great tools.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 19:31 UTC
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onlooker: Why is he making this "apology" without the cuffs on? Why is this weirdo being treated differently than any normal person would have been?

Don't waste the court's money, waste his.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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ZoranHR: I like Josh Homme’s work. In my ears,he is a person responsible for creating some really exceptional albums. Like a clockwork,just to mention one of them.
His collaborations with other musicians and bands (in roll of a producer) gave more often great than average results.

I must say I don’t like his behaviour. Not just after this event,but before as well. He needs to pay for what he has done to this innocent person!
But unlike the others,I would still go on their concert,just like I did two months ago. Have a good and non-hypocrite day everyone! :-)

You like his work, is he a plumber by trade ?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
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ozturert: 8K is coming because companies saw that they cannot increase sales with 4K :) "More, more, more" strategy...

360 really kills the art of editing and cinematography that is a huge part of the`film' look. Good for games though and technical applications.
I missed so much action or story when looking the `wrong way' with a 360 video.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 21:54 UTC
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FelixC2013: "General opinion seems to be that 8K is a long way off"

No, really? Only for the ill-informed. In order to do 8K, you need to be a technically superior engineering company. With Sharp/Astro and now Black Magic, they are showing they are innovators instead of followers. I would assume we will see many 8K systems coming out in the near future to support the 2020 Olympics.

The new UHD standard will upgrade the system for broadcast with 10bit, rec 2020 , HDR and HFR. If they didn't include interlacing then fast action sports and camera moves would have unacceptable judder if shot at 25/30p. When 1080p60 becomes widespread for broadcasting then interlacing will be obselete. UHD supports up to 120fps.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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The Name is Bond: 8K in the cinemas is a waste of time. 5K is the limit. I doubt even teens can see the difference. 1080 is already cinema quality of just a few years ago. HDR is far more impressive than 4K.

To my mind 8K is about cropping/correcting/shake-reduction.

There are very few cinema releases in 4k, 2K is the norm and even then all those pixels aren't used with standard aspect ratios. Ratio 2:39 is 2048 x 856 that uses less pixels than 16x9 1080 in a 2K DCI container.
Projected 35mm after optical printing would be lucky to reach HD res.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (299 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: "Once you’ve clicked the Develop button, your edits are baked into that pixel layer. Did you overcrank the contrast when you imported the raw file? Sorry, you can’t go back into the Develop persona and change just that attribute; you’d have to select the pixel layer in the Photo persona, switch to the Develop persona, and then apply a negative contrast value to compensate. If you made a lot of changes, like gradient overlays, you’ll need to start over."
Thanks for making that clear. Since my first real understanding of editing was with CNX2, with its ability to go back and easily redo any step, that's how I think sw should work. The fact that Affinity doesn't means it's off my list for consideration (and saved bookmarks).
Actually, I probably couldn't get my head around its use pf PS icons, rather than text-labeled titles for options, as most other editors use. Text labels let me look and easily choose what I want to do, even if I'm using an editor with which I'm not that familiar.

Yes, the raw developer needs to be able save the settings so you can continue fine tuning before developing it. Would that be hard to implement ?
Otherwise a great tool.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
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dgumshu: Is that a mirrorless with EVF? :-)

More competition for Nikon and Sony, oh And for the iPhone too. I wonder if they plan to release some tele photo and prime lens options.

No you view through the headlights.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 22:37 UTC
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LDunn1: I do like the shape of the wings on the 787, beautiful, it just looks right, in the same was as a Spitfire wing looks so pleasing, or concordes lines.

Yes, they are looking far more eagle like.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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Boissez: Wow. 10-bit 4K 60p and a useful compressed RAW format as well as nifty SD-card friendly formats for ENG. All in camera. Can't ask for more.

8b 422 is all mpeg2 DTV broadcasts.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
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