Is there a way to tag or “star” photos in FileLoupe?
Sadly, no tagging or starring. Nothing like the starring or rating photos in Lightroom. FileLoupe is not a digital asset manager (DAM). You can flag photos but that is only for making a temporary group with very limited available actions. There is almost nothing you can do to a photo that will “stick”. It really is intended just as a viewer.
For those interested, the Affinity products will be on sale on Black Friday. Here is the email I received:
It’s almost time…
Our Black Friday Event returns soon, with 30% off EVERYTHING, including all apps, add-ons, workbooks and more.
It’s the perfect time to top-up your Affinity collection, so set yourself a reminder so you don’t miss out.
Just came here to say the very same thing .
Just bought all the Affinity apps and their workbooks and feel like they are worth it at their “full” prices. If they go on sale, I don’t know how one could resist.
I found the learning curve for Affinity Photo for the Mac and I find the learning curve to be rather outrageous ie needlessly complicated.
It’s really interesting how different people find software. I found the opposite and affinity pretty much clicked when I picked it up.
One key feature for me is that affinity outputs SVGs which Photoshop no longer does.
It truly is. I tried to get my $ back from Apple. LOL! Are you aware of any guides or manuals that might be available, preferably in book form? I use to read manuals cover to cover. Now practically no one writes them and they are usually online which I find harder to find info.
You can find all the workbooks here for Affinity apps. The Affinity Store – Award-winning Apps, Resources & More
Essentially what @wiredfractal said. I also find searching online for particular issues mostly yields some helpful results or how to do something.
They also have a huge library of “how-to” video content right on the Affinity site.
There are two less positive additional remarks that I forgot to mention about my use cases:
- Launching the apps on Mac takes ages. About 10 times longer than on iPad or Windows and can be as long as 30 seconds or more.
- The apps use about 2 - 3 times the memory on Mac than they on Windows or apps like Sketch and Pixelmator.
Wow, 30 seconds? They fire up for me in 3-4 seconds each. Is there something that triggers the long launch times, in your experience? Is it just when opening a huge file?
8 seconds, extra time for me to click ‘allow’ for little snitch
When launching it a second time it is faster, but after a reboot of the Mac it is really dramatic. Both on Intel and M1 Pro, with Intel being the worst.
Hope its not a hijack to ask how Affinity is v Pixelmator?
Pixelmator Pro is not bad. Very Mac-like. Good for beginner. Much prefer the Affinity apps. Lots more room to grow and much broader ecosystem with available Designer and Publisher apps.
That’s what I found too. Coming from Photoshop, I found Affinity to be a better set of tools.
The other wrinkle that I experienced is that I’d played with Pixelmator, and when they released Pro it wasn’t a “here’s a bunch of extra features” - it was “here’s a whole new app to learn”. Many things didn’t work the same way at all, so I felt like I was starting over. Affinity was the more stable option for me.
When I was using Lightroom, I almost never took a RAW photo into PhotoShop for further edits. Affinity Photo flips that a bit and seems to encourage me to clean up the exposure and possibly make a few other changes to my RAW photos, but then “develop” the photo and move on to the main event, the Photo Persona where most editing is intended to take place.
I split my time roughly evenly between Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro. Both are great apps and productive in different ways. If you need a robust photo-editing workflow and/or are looking for a drop-in Photoshop replacement, you should definitely choose Affinity. For design, and quick photo tasks, Pixelmator is faster and feels nicer. Pixelmator also has better ML-based tools (and it’s very fun how quickly they work on Apple Silicon.)