I’m not enjoying this forum like I used to and I’ve decided to withdraw from it for a while.
For me Topaz was all about visual effects and imagery, and here was the place where new effects were introduced and developed. It was an exciting place to be. But I’m finding it’s not like that any more.
It seems now that it’s all about getting AI apps to work, the same ones over and over again, where very little is new. Problems always begin with the installer which, with each iteration, rarely, works first time, and then all the bits that we got working last time have gone astray and have to be retested. It’s really frustrating. My enjoyment comes from the definitive images I am able to produce using Topaz products, and here used to be the place where we could try out new ideas and help develop them into something novel. This novelty side of Topaz appears to have disappeared .
For me Topaz was synonymous with visual manipulation and the AI stuff holds very little excitement, especially the endless reiteration, though I understand it is the professional market that Topaz is trying to tap into, but it is not my bucket. I like to make pictures, I’m not a pixel peeker.
I’ll continue to post images using Topaz’s image apps over in Jack Torcello’s excellent Facebook forum, and in the meantime I’ll keep an eye on things here and hope that Topaz get back to making visually interesting stuff that I can get enthusiastic about.