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    SPP retaining file changes

    I know it is to do with the little icon that X3F on it but I sometime I get my changes to save and sometimes I fail.

    Can some kind soul explain how I correct an image and then retain the setting. I think I do something that modifies the linked file - but what and how, please?

    Tony

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    Re: SPP retaining file changes

    I'm not near my machine at the moment, and my memory is rather vague on the subject but IIRC there are two states for the x3f button (grey and coloured). Saving the current settings only works when the button is in one of the two states (but sadly I can't remember which).

    I also may be completely wrong, but I thought the settings saved were related to the SPP session, and not to the image itself - is this what you are trying to achieve?

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    Re: SPP retaining file changes

    Thanks. I asked on the DPR Sigma forum and I think I am OK now. I'll paste the main bits:-

    Referring to that little icon that you say appears grey (inactive) or blue (valid).

    It's pretty simple - every time you press that button when it is enabled, all of your current adjustments will save into the X3F file.

    The trick is, that button does not activate until you make changes it recognizes as different from the already saved X3F files. ONLY the top section changes (exposure, fill light, saturation etc. and I think color adjustment) will do that; noise or CA adjustments (for example) will not - even though they do get saved into the X3F file when save is successfully pressed. What I do is make noise changes, then adjust something like saturation one over, save, then you can move saturation back and save again.

    Yes that situation is a bug, and a long-standing one - hopefully fixed some day.

    One last aspect that may be confusing is that when you re-open an image if the adjustment is set to "custom" or "auto", you need to change the top three-position slider over to "X3F" to see the settings you previously saved for that file. Perhaps that is the point where you do not realize your settings are really there, you just need to move the slider back to X3F.

    At this stage you may not have created any tifs or jpgs. To create them you can pick a batch. That will bring up a selection box. You pick the top setting of X3F and not the other settings of auto or custom. This is in the Save As action from the top bar menu.

    Having said all that I have to confess I am posting this early in the morning and I have yet to try it again on my studio machine - but it does seem to work on my slow office PC.

    I will be back if there are still questions.

    Tony

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    Re: SPP retaining file changes

    I'm glad I attempted to respond; this is very informative, thanks. Especially the batch processing part - I hadn't worked out that it would do that!

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    Re: SPP retaining file changes

    I have been using the above technique this morning and it seems to work as suggested.

    Tony

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