We are pleased to announce an update for the iPad release of Affinity Designer, version 1.8.4
Changes in this build
The changes in Affinity Designer for iPad 1.8.4 (over the last release Affinity Designer for iPad 1.8.3) are as follows:
Fixes & Improvements:
Preparations to our iPad apps to ready them for the release of iOS 14 later in the year
Support for Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad, including hover states for buttons, scrollable areas and cursors.
Make Hand Tool available for accessibility purposes (from a Preference item).
Fix for incorrect initial direction of curves drawn using Apple Pencil in vector mode.
Fix for inability to select specific brushes.
Improved font handling and support for custom user fonts.
Fix for undesirable shapes being created when dragging the start/end nodes of a shape on top of each other to close the shape.
Improved margin and bleed presets for documents.
Fix for incorrect rendering of grids past certain zoom levels.
Fix for EPS exporting with black bitmap areas.
Speculative fix for occasional lockups in Pencil Tool.
Document save performance improvements.
Text performance improvements.
Fix for 'Expand Strokes' failing to consider 'velocity' as a width controller.
Allow certain documents created on Windows to open correctly (if the document contained a saved reference to exporting as Windows GDI formats).
Assorted small bug fixes.
Earlier changes in 1.8 since 1.7 (including the new 1.8 features & improvements) are listed in some detail in this 1.8.0 update announcement and this 1.8.2 update announcement
UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (free for existing customers)
The software version can be seen on the corner of preferences screen.
Your Affinity iPad apps should update automatically next time you run them. However, you do need to be logged in with the same Apple ID you used to buy them.
If the automatic update does not happen for you, go to the iPad Store app and go to Updates. Once you’re there, tap near the top of the screen where it states 'Updates' and then hold, pull down and then release. This should manually refresh the updates page. However, don’t panic if the updates are not available for you yet—Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world and this can take up to 24 hours.
I just want to add to this thread that performance for me on Windows in both Designer and Photo has been unbelievably abysmal. The attached video shows what it looks like just panning the view around on a very small file with not a lot of elements. The amount of lag and stutter is insane. Any change I make with an adjustment layer in Photo lags for over a second sometimes. WHEN WILL THIS BE IMPROVED????
I've messed with all the performance and snapping settings with no change.
Intel i5 6600K
Gigabyte G1 GTX 1070 8GB
Running on an M.2 SSD
hooked up to a 60Hz 1080p monitor and a 144Hz 1440p monitor
I get better performance on my 2017 Macbook Pro! This is the only thing keeping me from loving this software and recommending it to people. Please do something.
We have made fixes/improvements to this area (Crash when trying to type into the Font Dropdown) of the program in the latest customer beta. If you would like to try these changes the beta software is available in the forum posts listed below.
The latest beta builds are downloadable from links at the top of each of these beta forum posts.
Affinity Photo 188.8.131.52 for Mac
Affinity Designer 184.108.40.206 for Mac
Affinity Publisher 220.127.116.119 for Mac
These betas install parallel, next to the release version (they do not overwrite your release) and so the fixes can be tried in the beta without affecting your normal workflow in the release version.
Once these programs have been through a full beta process the change will be released in a future free 1.8.2 update/patch to all customers.