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  1. Hi, I had just purchased the Affinity Photo from Apple Store and viewed the tutorial video about how to edit the photos by ways of frequency separation.  With reason unknown, whenever I attempted to do some healing or cloning actions on the low frequency layer, no effect could be seen after I click and drag on the selected area.  As well as the inpainting brush, the selected area would not turn red as it performed on the high frequency layer.    Grateful if you could enlighten me how to manage that kind of skills or pointing out what had I done wrong, many thanks 

    1. Patrick Connor

      Patrick Connor

      This is the status area. Question are meant to be posted on the forums where anyone can see and answer. This status post will probably be deleted, so please post again in the forum. 

    2. Hwrocco
  2. Status: Beta Release Purpose: Improvements, Fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not Submitted Download: Here To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. This beta is an iteration of the current App Store release and should be used in preference to the App Store release, if you are affected by any of the issues listed below. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes in this release All new shadows / highlights algorithm for Develop. Significant Photoshop plugin support improvements (courtesy of Affinity Windows team). Fixed Depth of Field blur progress / slowness issues. Fixed sporadic hanging when opening many image files at once. Restored ability of marquee tools to snap. Fixed crashing bug when exporting certain large PSDs. Fixed a number of UI memory leaks. Added special case PSD import code for “SketchClub” PSD files (they should fix this!). Fixed PSD export of Fill layers. Fixed UI labels on macOS versions prior to Mavericks. SVG import can now handle gradients with missing x1 or y1 values. Assorted PDF export improvements. Localisation improvements. Assorted other small fixes.
  3. Affinity Photo 1.6.6 is now released on the Mac App Store. Thank you for your help with this Beta Status: Beta Release Purpose: Fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Submitted Download: Here To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes since last App Store release HEIC support for Photos extensions. Fix for flicker in new OpenGL and Metal views when zooming with an active quick mask. PDF loading UI tweaks. Decimal separators are now taken from the OS locale - not the app locale. Fixed an issue which prevented some TIFF files from loading properly. Fixed arrow key issues in curves tool. Fixed perspective tool crash when applied to an empty layer. Small performance improvements. When soloing a mask (or any node with a built in mask), 32bit preview exposure and gamma are ignored. Added “Unlock All” and “Show All” to Layer menu. Fixed colour noise application in Edit -> Fill. Added presets for iPhone 8, iPhone X. Fixed incorrect grid scale for non-retina machines. Pasting pieces of pixel layers now pastes them in the right place. Fixed “rotation” brush dynamic. Dragging from Photos app can now create a new document. Fixed some studio glitches. Make the selection refinement preview more like the result of applying and hide the reference layers if the output is a new layer / new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement preview for when the reference image is an “Image Layer”. New layer output from refined transformed mask in a transformed group had wrong transform. The reference image for selection refinement of a mask is the parent node for an enclosure child mask and the previous siblings for a main child list mask. When refining a mask in a group with filter effects we don’t want to include the filter effects in the reference image. Refine Selection - undo doesn't work when used for a second time. Refine Selection - undo then brushing results in lag. Fixed some brush previews being invisible. Fixed some blurry text in the UI. Fixed issues where some images in a focus merge would be discarded. Resetting studio layout should reset the hide status as well. Support for properties in Affinity Photo from the stroke flyout. Fixed numerous Photos extension issues. Avoid some beach-balls when inpainting. Avoid spurious colours in the extracted selection when outputting to a new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement brushing offset bug. Improved reliability of applying object styles. The Develop histogram updates fast again. Fixed issues when loading old document snapshots. Fix for uncomitted nudge transforms getting reverted when the user hits Escape. Improved inpainting stability. Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application. Numerous vector import / export improvements. Implement OpenType MarkToLigature rule. Font handling improvements. Localised macro and tone mapping presets. Retain EXIF information when creating an image stack. Fixed rotation / tilt input when using brushes. Added new GPUs to Metal compute acceleration (Iris Pro devices). More controls now automatically hide the tool when in use. “Find in Layers” will now automatically make the layers panel visible. Macro library now remembers expanded / collapsed state. CMYK improvements when using Metal compute acceleration. Fixed “Magic Mouse” issues. Don’t prompt to save unmodified documents on exit. Pressing tab will now show / hide the left / right studios correctly. Fixed numerous adjustment in LAB mode when using Metal compute. Circular maximum / minimum filters obey the channels tab properly. Fixed 32bit ICC profile serialisation. Fixed brush scatter not being random enough. Upgraded EXIF parser database. Pen Tool tweaked so that clicking on the start/end node forces it to become a cusp. Develop fixes for rotated photos. Fixed colour picket reticule lingering on the screen. Background grey preference now applies when there are no documents loaded. Fixed camera response function estimation. All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys. Improved handling of vertical panoramas. Don’t crash when loading corrupt JPEG files. Fixed crash when using a brush tool after frequency separation. Scrubby zoom shortcut now works in freehand selection tool. “Add” to selection can now move the selection in freehand selection tool. HDR merge improvements. Improved hint line for patch tool. Warn when leaving tone mapping without committing / cancelling. Attempting to refine an existing mask after a crop leads to brush offset issues. Default language should honour the currently set decimal separator. Don’t create Live Perspective filter layers with degenerate transforms. Ability to parse colour profile from EXIF InteroperabilityIndex. Fixed Multiply blend in 32bit RGB. Always use minimum fitting in the crop tool. Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra. Updated LensFun correction database and engine. Fixed retouch tool issues in 32bit mode. Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9. Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW. Fixed problems with full colour brushes. PDF import improvements. Text Styles improvements. Documents which have no changes don’t require saving. Fixed floating windows in full screen mode. The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona. Fixed some DNG loading regressions. Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool. Develop now has button to rotate the image. Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading. Node tool now allows rotation of nodes. Fixed many localisation truncations. Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts. Live Halftone filter UI improvements. Selection brush was not remembering size between uses. HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled). Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). New “Live Halftone” filter. Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel. Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable). Importing ASE files now supports spot colours. Increased performance of Metal compute mode. Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. Fixed some grid drag / drop issues. Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge. Small SVG import improvements. Further TIFF import improvements / fixes. Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled. Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider. “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed. Fixed vignette artefacts. Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards. Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown. Fixed crashing on export / save. Selection refinement performance improvements. Show progress when committing a refined selection. Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. Improved PDF / vector export. Remember Align To settings between sessions. Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly. Export panel also support tags correctly. Improved RAW support - more cameras etc. Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. Improved TIFF loading correctness. Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later). The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available. Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). Fixed some flickering issues with sliders. Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes. Improved drag & drop in the Library page. Metal compute acceleration. Metal display acceleration. Custom brush wet edges. Outlier stacking mode. Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug. Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line. Improved Photoshop Plugin support. Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change. Fixed B&C macro arguments issues. Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn. Fixed artefacts with Live Filters. Improved Live Filters performance Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned. Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files. First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface) Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Align to key items (first/last selected) Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle). Transform panel uses the rotation centre Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Help improvements Localisation improvements.
  4. Sir,

    I have been working in photo shop for ten years and I am strongly considering

    Affinity Photo as an alternative. 

    Question: Is it possible to open a jpeg image directly into develop persona, first?

                     Currently, I always open jpeg images directly into camera raw within PS.

     Thanking you, in advance, for your response.

     

    Paul Broderick                         

                     

  5. Hi RuralKat, A median tool (and median brush tool) are available in Photo! Thanks, Andy.
  6. Status: Beta Release Purpose: Fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not Submitted Download: Here This is the eighth beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.6 may not open in 1.5 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.6 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.5 version. To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this release Fix for flicker in new OpenGL and Metal views when zooming with an active quick mask. PDF loading UI tweaks. Decimal separators are now taken from the OS locale - not the app locale. Fixed an issue which prevented some TIFF files from loading properly. Fixed arrow key issues in curves tool. Fixed perspective tool crash when applied to an empty layer. Small performance improvements. When soloing a mask (or any node with a built in mask), 32bit preview exposure and gamma are ignored. Added “Unlock All” and “Show All” to Layer menu. Fixed colour noise application in Edit -> Fill. Help improvements, Added presets for iPhone 8, iPhone X. Localisation improvements. Changes since last App Store release Fixed incorrect grid scale for non-retina machines. Pasting pieces of pixel layers now pastes them in the right place. Fixed “rotation” brush dynamic. Dragging from Photos app can now create a new document. Fixed some studio glitches. Make the selection refinement preview more like the result of applying and hide the reference layers if the output is a new layer / new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement preview for when the reference image is an “Image Layer”. New layer output from refined transformed mask in a transformed group had wrong transform. The reference image for selection refinement of a mask is the parent node for an enclosure child mask and the previous siblings for a main child list mask. When refining a mask in a group with filter effects we don’t want to include the filter effects in the reference image. Refine Selection - undo doesn't work when used for a second time. Refine Selection - undo then brushing results in lag. Fixed some brush previews being invisible. Fixed some blurry text in the UI. Fixed issues where some images in a focus merge would be discarded. Resetting studio layout should reset the hide status as well. Support for properties in Affinity Photo from the stroke flyout. Fixed numerous Photos extension issues. Avoid some beach-balls when inpainting. Avoid spurious colours in the extracted selection when outputting to a new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement brushing offset bug. Improved reliability of applying object styles. Numerous other small bug fixes. Help improvements, Localisation improvements. The Develop histogram updates fast again. Fixed issues when loading old document snapshots. Fix for uncomitted nudge transforms getting reverted when the user hits Escape. Improved inpainting stability. Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application. Numerous vector import / export improvements. Implement OpenType MarkToLigature rule. Font handling improvements. Localised macro and tone mapping presets. Retain EXIF information when creating an image stack. Fixed rotation / tilt input when using brushes. Added new GPUs to Metal compute acceleration (Iris Pro devices). More controls now automatically hide the tool when in use. “Find in Layers” will now automatically make the layers panel visible. Macro library now remembers expanded / collapsed state. CMYK improvements when using Metal compute acceleration. Fixed “Magic Mouse” issues. Don’t prompt to save unmodified documents on exit. Pressing tab will now show / hide the left / right studios correctly. Fixed numerous adjustment in LAB mode when using Metal compute. Circular maximum / minimum filters obey the channels tab properly. Fixed 32bit ICC profile serialisation. Fixed brush scatter not being random enough. Upgraded EXIF parser database. Pen Tool tweaked so that clicking on the start/end node forces it to become a cusp. Develop fixes for rotated photos. Fixed colour picket reticule lingering on the screen. Background grey preference now applies when there are no documents loaded. Fixed camera response function estimation. All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys. Improved handling of vertical panoramas. Don’t crash when loading corrupt JPEG files. Fixed crash when using a brush tool after frequency separation. Scrubby zoom shortcut now works in freehand selection tool. “Add” to selection can now move the selection in freehand selection tool. HDR merge improvements. Improved hint line for patch tool. Warn when leaving tone mapping without committing / cancelling. Attempting to refine an existing mask after a crop leads to brush offset issues. Default language should honour the currently set decimal separator. Don’t create Live Perspective filter layers with degenerate transforms. Ability to parse colour profile from EXIF InteroperabilityIndex. Fixed Multiply blend in 32bit RGB. Always use minimum fitting in the crop tool. Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra. Updated LensFun correction database and engine. Fixed retouch tool issues in 32bit mode. Localisation improvements. Help improvements. Many other small improvements. Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9. Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW. Fixed problems with full colour brushes. PDF import improvements. Text Styles improvements. Documents which have no changes don’t require saving. Fixed floating windows in full screen mode. The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona. Fixed some DNG loading regressions. Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool. Develop now has button to rotate the image. Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading. Node tool now allows rotation of nodes. Fixed many localisation truncations. Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts. Live Halftone filter UI improvements. Selection brush was not remembering size between uses. HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled). Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Localisation improvements. Numerous other small fixes and improvements. Help improvements. New “Live Halftone” filter. Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel. Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable). Importing ASE files now supports spot colours. Increased performance of Metal compute mode. Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. Fixed some grid drag / drop issues. Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge. Small SVG import improvements. Further TIFF import improvements / fixes. Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled. Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider. “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed. Fixed vignette artefacts. Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards. Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown. Fixed crashing on export / save. Numerous other small fixes. Improved localisation. Selection refinement performance improvements. Show progress when committing a refined selection. Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. Improved PDF / vector export. Remember Align To settings between sessions. Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly. Export panel also support tags correctly. Improved RAW support - more cameras etc. Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. Improved TIFF loading correctness. Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later). The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available. Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). Fixed some flickering issues with sliders. Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes. Improved drag & drop in the Library page. Numerous other small fixes. Localisation improvements (especially Russian). Metal compute acceleration. Metal display acceleration. Custom brush wet edges. Outlier stacking mode. Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug. Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line. Improved Photoshop Plugin support. Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change. Fixed B&C macro arguments issues. Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn. Fixed artefacts with Live Filters. Improved Live Filters performance Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned. Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files. Localisation improvements. Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface) Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Align to key items (first/last selected) Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle). Transform panel uses the rotation centre Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
  7. Status: Beta Release Purpose: New features, fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not Submitted Download: Here This is the seventh beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.6 may not open in 1.5 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.6 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.5 version. To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this release Fixed incorrect grid scale for non-retina machines. Pasting pieces of pixel layers now pastes them in the right place. Fixed “rotation” brush dynamic. Dragging from Photos app can now create a new document. Fixed some studio glitches. Make the selection refinement preview more like the result of applying and hide the reference layers if the output is a new layer / new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement preview for when the reference image is an “Image Layer”. New layer output from refined transformed mask in a transformed group had wrong transform. The reference image for selection refinement of a mask is the parent node for an enclosure child mask and the previous siblings for a main child list mask. When refining a mask in a group with filter effects we don’t want to include the filter effects in the reference image. Refine Selection - undo doesn't work when used for a second time. Refine Selection - undo then brushing results in lag. Fixed some brush previews being invisible. Tweaked some inactive colours in light UI mode. Fixed some blurry text in the UI. Fixed font issues when switching between light / dark UI. Fixed issues where some images in a focus merge would be discarded. Resetting studio layout should reset the hide status as well. Support for properties in Affinity Photo from the stroke flyout. Fixed numerous Photos extension issues. Avoid some beach-balls when inpainting. Avoid spurious colours in the extracted selection when outputting to a new layer with mask. Fix selection refinement brushing offset bug. Improved reliability of applying object styles. Numerous other small bug fixes. Help improvements, Localisation improvements. Changes since last App Store release The Develop histogram updates fast again. Fixed issues when loading old document snapshots. Fix for uncomitted nudge transforms getting reverted when the user hits Escape. Improved inpainting stability. Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application. Numerous vector import / export improvements. Implement OpenType MarkToLigature rule. Font handling improvements. Localised macro and tone mapping presets. Retain EXIF information when creating an image stack. Fixed rotation / tilt input when using brushes. Added new GPUs to Metal compute acceleration (Iris Pro devices). More controls now automatically hide the tool when in use. “Find in Layers” will now automatically make the layers panel visible. Macro library now remembers expanded / collapsed state. CMYK improvements when using Metal compute acceleration. Fixed “Magic Mouse” issues. Don’t prompt to save unmodified documents on exit. Pressing tab will now show / hide the left / right studios correctly. Fixed numerous adjustment in LAB mode when using Metal compute. Circular maximum / minimum filters obey the channels tab properly. Fixed 32bit ICC profile serialisation. Fixed brush scatter not being random enough. Upgraded EXIF parser database. Pen Tool tweaked so that clicking on the start/end node forces it to become a cusp. Develop fixes for rotated photos. Fixed colour picket reticule lingering on the screen. Background grey preference now applies when there are no documents loaded. Fixed camera response function estimation. All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys. Improved handling of vertical panoramas. Don’t crash when loading corrupt JPEG files. Fixed crash when using a brush tool after frequency separation. Scrubby zoom shortcut now works in freehand selection tool. “Add” to selection can now move the selection in freehand selection tool. HDR merge improvements. Improved hint line for patch tool. Warn when leaving tone mapping without committing / cancelling. Attempting to refine an existing mask after a crop leads to brush offset issues. Default language should honour the currently set decimal separator. Don’t create Live Perspective filter layers with degenerate transforms. Ability to parse colour profile from EXIF InteroperabilityIndex. Fixed Multiply blend in 32bit RGB. Always use minimum fitting in the crop tool. Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra. Updated LensFun correction database and engine. Fixed retouch tool issues in 32bit mode. Localisation improvements. Help improvements. Many other small improvements. Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9. Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW. Fixed problems with full colour brushes. PDF import improvements. Text Styles improvements. Documents which have no changes don’t require saving. Fixed floating windows in full screen mode. The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona. Fixed some DNG loading regressions. Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool. Develop now has button to rotate the image. Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading. Node tool now allows rotation of nodes. Fixed many localisation truncations. Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts. Live Halftone filter UI improvements. Selection brush was not remembering size between uses. HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled). Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Localisation improvements. Numerous other small fixes and improvements. Help improvements. New “Live Halftone” filter. Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel. Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable). Importing ASE files now supports spot colours. Increased performance of Metal compute mode. Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. Fixed some grid drag / drop issues. Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge. Small SVG import improvements. Further TIFF import improvements / fixes. Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled. Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider. “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed. Fixed vignette artefacts. Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards. Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown. Fixed crashing on export / save. Numerous other small fixes. Improved localisation. Selection refinement performance improvements. Show progress when committing a refined selection. Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. Improved PDF / vector export. Remember Align To settings between sessions. Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly. Export panel also support tags correctly. Improved RAW support - more cameras etc. Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. Improved TIFF loading correctness. Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later). The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. Fixed crash when using File -> New Batch Job in light UI mode. Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available. Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). Fixed some flickering issues with sliders. Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes. Improved drag & drop in the Library page. Numerous other small fixes. Localisation improvements (especially Russian). Metal compute acceleration. Metal display acceleration. Custom brush wet edges. Outlier stacking mode. Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug. Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line. Improved Photoshop Plugin support. Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change. Fixed B&C macro arguments issues. Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn. Fixed artefacts with Live Filters. Improved Live Filters performance Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned. Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files. Localisation improvements. Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface) Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Align to key items (first/last selected) Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle). Transform panel uses the rotation centre Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
  8. Status: Beta Release Purpose: New features, fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not Submitted Download: Here This is the sixth beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.6 may not open in 1.5 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.6 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.5 version. To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this release The Develop histogram updates fast again. Fixed issues when loading old document snapshots. Fix for uncomitted nudge transforms getting reverted when the user hits Escape. Improved inpainting stability. Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application. Light UI tweaks and improvements, Numerous vector import / export improvements. Implement OpenType MarkToLigature rule. Font handling improvements. Localised macro and tone mapping presets. Retain EXIF information when creating an image stack. Fixed rotation / tilt input when using brushes. Added new GPUs to Metal compute acceleration (Iris Pro devices). More controls now automatically hide the tool when in use. “Find in Layers” will now automatically make the layers panel visible. Macro library now remembers expanded / collapsed state. CMYK improvements when using Metal compute acceleration. Fixed “Magic Mouse” issues. Don’t prompt to save unmodified documents on exit. Pressing tab will now show / hide the left / right studios correctly. Fixed numerous adjustment in LAB mode when using Metal compute. Circular maximum / minimum filters obey the channels tab properly. Fixed 32bit ICC profile serialisation. Fixed brush scatter not being random enough. Upgraded EXIF parser database. Pen Tool tweaked so that clicking on the start/end node forces it to become a cusp. Develop fixes for rotated photos. Fixed colour picket reticule lingering on the screen. Background grey preference now applies when there are no documents loaded. Fixed camera response function estimation. All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys. Improved handling of vertical panoramas. Don’t crash when loading corrupt JPEG files. Fixed crash when using a brush tool after frequency separation. Scrubby zoom shortcut now works in freehand selection tool. “Add” to selection can now move the selection in freehand selection tool. HDR merge improvements. Improved hint line for patch tool. Warn when leaving tone mapping without committing / cancelling. Attempting to refine an existing mask after a crop leads to brush offset issues. Default language should honour the currently set decimal separator. Don’t create Live Perspective filter layers with degenerate transforms. Ability to parse colour profile from EXIF InteroperabilityIndex. Fixed Multiply blend in 32bit RGB. Always use minimum fitting in the crop tool. Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra. Updated LensFun correction database and engine. Fixed retouch tool issues in 32bit mode. Localisation improvements. Help improvements. Many other small improvements. Changes since last App Store release Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9. Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW. Further Light UI improvements. Fixed problems with full colour brushes. PDF import improvements. Text Styles improvements. Documents which have no changes don’t require saving. Fixed floating windows in full screen mode. The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona. Fixed some DNG loading regressions. Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool. Develop now has button to rotate the image. Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading. Node tool now allows rotation of nodes. Fixed many localisation truncations. Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts. Live Halftone filter UI improvements. Selection brush was not remembering size between uses. HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled). Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Localisation improvements. Numerous other small fixes and improvements. Help improvements. New “Live Halftone” filter. Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel. Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable). Importing ASE files now supports spot colours. Increased performance of Metal compute mode. Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. Fixed some grid drag / drop issues. Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge. Small SVG import improvements. Further TIFF import improvements / fixes. Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled. Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider. “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed. Fixed vignette artefacts. Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards. Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown. Fixed crashing on export / save. Numerous other small fixes. Improved localisation. Selection refinement performance improvements. Show progress when committing a refined selection. Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. Improved PDF / vector export. Remember Align To settings between sessions. Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly. Export panel also support tags correctly. Improved RAW support - more cameras etc. Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. Improved TIFF loading correctness. Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later). The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. Fixed crash when using File -> New Batch Job in light UI mode. Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available. Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). Fixed some scroll bar panel issues in light UI. Fixed Ctrl-reset startup crash in light UI. Fixed some flickering issues with sliders. Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes. Improved drag & drop in the Library page. Numerous other small fixes. Localisation improvements (especially Russian). Metal compute acceleration. Significant improvements to light UI. Metal display acceleration. Custom brush wet edges. Outlier stacking mode. Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug. Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line. Improved Photoshop Plugin support. Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change. Fixed B&C macro arguments issues. Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn. Fixed artefacts with Live Filters. Improved Live Filters performance Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned. Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files. Localisation improvements. Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface) Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Align to key items (first/last selected) Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle). Transform panel uses the rotation centre Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
  9. Status: Beta Release. Purpose: Fixes, improvements, features. Requirements: TestFlight Acceptance. App Store: RELEASED. 1.6.5.61 is now live on the App Store and this beta is no longer available Hi Guys, The second beta of 1.6.5 has been deployed on TestFlight. The changes are detailed below. You can download the App Store version at any time to stop using the beta - and download the TestFlight build at any time to go back to the beta. 1.6.5 seeks to adopt and fully support iOS11 - alongside numerous other fixes, improvements and new features. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this version. - Ability to embed documents using drag and drop. - Ability to import brushes using drag and drop. - Ability to drag & drop of multiple files into the home screen. - Ability to “Save a Copy” from the home screen. - Ability to drag from export panel to Files application. - Photo library browser updates more sensibly when external changes occur. - Hide built in fonts which are not suitable for the current language. - Font family should use the localised name. - Vector export improvements. - Fixed EXIF data when creating an image stack. - Fixed delete button on adjustments UI. - Fixed ISO metadata value issue. - Fixed some CMYK issues. - Fixed issue where you can get stuck in a numeric input popup. - Fixed layers page sometimes not scrolling to the end. - Numerous other small fixes and improvements. - Help improvements. - Localisation improvements. Changes since last App Store release. - Build with iOS11 SDK, Xcode 9. - New Stack now supports RAW files. - New HDR, Focus Merge, Stack, Panorama now support dropping of source images in iOS11. - Dropping images into an open document now works in iOS11. - Dropping files into the welcome screen will now import them on iOS11. - iOS11 will now generate thumbnails and previews for Affinity documents. - Popups can now be dismissed by interacting with the canvas (painting, for example). A single tap still dismisses. - New “Rotate” menu items when developing RAW. - New “Lock Children” switch in the Transform Studio (so you can move a layer but not the mask, etc.) - Guides are now visible when using the crop tool. - HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. - PDF import improvements. - Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. - Placing RAW files is now more robust. - Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images. - Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. - Made the tutorial video player more stable. - Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK. - Fixed a couple of truncated localised strings. - Fixed occasional lockup when loading files. - Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. - Fixed issue where the size of the selection brush was getting reset each time the tool was started. - Fixed halftone filter in CMYK. - Localisation improvements. - Numerous other small fixes and improvements. - Help improvements.
  10. Andy, who would I contact to join iOS Affinity Designer beta. Thanks.

  11. Status: Beta Release Purpose: New features, fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not Submitted Download: Here This is the fifth beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.6 may not open in 1.5 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.6 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.5 version. To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this release Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9. Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW. Further Light UI improvements. Fixed problems with full colour brushes. PDF import improvements. Text Styles improvements. Documents which have no changes don’t require saving. Fixed floating windows in full screen mode. The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona. Fixed some DNG loading regressions. Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool. Develop now has button to rotate the image. Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading. Node tool now allows rotation of nodes. Fixed many localisation truncations. Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts. Live Halftone filter UI improvements. Selection brush was not remembering size between uses. HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled). Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled). Localisation improvements. Numerous other small fixes and improvements. Help improvements. Changes since last App Store release New “Live Halftone” filter. Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel. Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable). Importing ASE files now supports spot colours. Increased performance of Metal compute mode. Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. Fixed some grid drag / drop issues. Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge. Small SVG import improvements. Further TIFF import improvements / fixes. Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled. Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider. “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed. Fixed vignette artefacts. Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards. Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown. Fixed crashing on export / save. Numerous other small fixes. Improved localisation. Selection refinement performance improvements. Show progress when committing a refined selection. Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. Improved PDF / vector export. Remember Align To settings between sessions. Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly. Export panel also support tags correctly. Improved RAW support - more cameras etc. Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. Improved TIFF loading correctness. Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later). The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. Fixed crash when using File -> New Batch Job in light UI mode. Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available. Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). Fixed some scroll bar panel issues in light UI. Fixed Ctrl-reset startup crash in light UI. Fixed some flickering issues with sliders. Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes. Improved drag & drop in the Library page. Numerous other small fixes. Localisation improvements (especially Russian). Metal compute acceleration. Significant improvements to light UI. Metal display acceleration. Custom brush wet edges. Outlier stacking mode. Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug. Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line. Improved Photoshop Plugin support. Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change. Fixed B&C macro arguments issues. Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn. Fixed artefacts with Live Filters. Improved Live Filters performance Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned. Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files. Localisation improvements. Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface) Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader Improved performance with large documents New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites New Glyph browser Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools Align to key items (first/last selected) Text frame vertical alignment options Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle). Transform panel uses the rotation centre Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
  12. Status: Beta Release. Purpose: Fixes, improvements, features. Requirements: TestFlight Acceptance. App Store: RELEASED. 1.6.5.61 is now live on the App Store and this beta is no longer available Hi Guys, The first beta of 1.6.5 has been deployed on TestFlight. The changes are detailed below. You can download the App Store version at any time to stop using the beta - and download the TestFlight build at any time to go back to the beta. 1.6.5 seeks to adopt and fully support iOS11 - alongside numerous other fixes, improvements and new features. Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this version - Build with iOS11 SDK, Xcode 9. - New Stack now supports RAW files. - New HDR, Focus Merge, Stack, Panorama now support dropping of source images in iOS11. - Dropping images into an open document now works in iOS11. - Dropping files into the welcome screen will now import them on iOS11. - iOS11 will now generate thumbnails and previews for Affinity documents. - Popups can now be dismissed by interacting with the canvas (painting, for example). A single tap still dismisses. - New “Rotate” menu items when developing RAW. - New “Lock Children” switch in the Transform Studio (so you can move a layer but not the mask, etc.) - Guides are now visible when using the crop tool. - HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT. - PDF import improvements. - Mitigated Live Perspective crashes. - Placing RAW files is now more robust. - Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images. - Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images. - Made the tutorial video player more stable. - Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK. - Fixed a couple of truncated localised strings. - Fixed occasional lockup when loading files. - Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load. - Fixed issue where the size of the selection brush was getting reset each time the tool was started. - Fixed halftone filter in CMYK. - Localisation improvements. - Numerous other small fixes and improvements. - Help improvements.
  13. Interesting.. All changes for Metal are shared between iOS and macOS - build .50 / .51 will drop for macOS tomorrow (or Thursday if stuff goes wrong). Maybe we should re-run these metrics then? Cheers, A
  14. I have not looked at that macro specifically, obviously - but does it look correct when it is done? If not, we might have broken it. If so, yes, it has got faster Cheers, A
  15. NOTE This beta is now complete and 1.6.4 is now live on the App Store Status: Beta Release. Purpose: Fixes, improvements, features. Requirements: TestFlight Acceptance. App Store: Pending Hi Guys, The sixth beta of 1.6.4 has been deployed on TestFlight. The changes are detailed below. You can download the App Store version at any time to stop using the beta - and download the TestFlight build at any time to go back to the beta. The next build of Photo will go to the App Store (we have found the odd issue with this build which means we must build again) - we believe that what we currently have is a worthwhile update for general users. Once this is done, we will switch to Xcode9 - so we can beta iOS11 specific features (including extensive drag & drop support). Thanks, Affinity Photo Team Changes this version - Allow Focus Merge to use RAW sources. - ABR import now works even if you have PS Sketch installed. - The “Curves” adjustment now responds properly to dragging on the document to set node positions. - The “Curves” adjustment spline editor now presents an intensity histogram. - Develop now has the same crop tool options as the main crop tool. - Show adjustment groups, mask groups properly in the layers page - just like the desktop version. - Significant memory handling improvements when using Core Image RAW. - Fixed full-colour brushes and brushes with HSL dynamics. - Fixed selection “marching ants” flickering on zoom. - Fixed the grid becoming less visible on light areas of the document. - Brush tools now have a more natural pressure falloff. - Fixed “Channel Mixer” UI bugs - context toolbar was too big on 9.7” devices. - Fixed embedded document update issues. - Fixed issues where the text tool would cause the document to pan to a silly position. - Fixed snapping dialog oddities (saying “Custom” when the setting matches a preset, etc.) - Fixed drawing issues with colour buttons. - Photo library chooser will reload when external changes occur. - Don’t get stuck when the user has no internet connection and uses Interactive Introduction. - Fixed some truncated localised labels. - OpenType improvements. - Improved Metal memory management. - Selection brush fixes & improvements. - PDF export / import tweaks. - Help update. - Localisation improvements. - Numerous other tiny fixes / tweaks. Changes since last App Store release - Implemented “on-screen modifiers” (enable in preferences - adds an extra context bar group to many tool, simulating modifier keys). - Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools. - Switch between button menus (document, command menus for example) now only requires one press. - Allow “Place Image” to place original images from Photos. - Fixed blend mode issues introduced in last beta. - Fixed issue where photo library appeared empty after initially giving permission to use it. - Font size chooser dismisses on pressing return. - Missing fonts are consistently shown with a “?” prefix. - Some radial sliders were showing numbers as ellipsis. - Fixed black screen when opening documents in OCIO colour spaces. - Fixed mixer brush introducing too much black. - Improved adjustment previews. - Fixed vignette artefacts. - Numerous other small fixes. - Improved localisation. - Selection refinement performance improvements. - Show progress when committing a refined selection. - Fixed rendering of adjustment layers with blend modes. - Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. - Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly. - Improved PDF / vector export. - Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary. - Improved TIFF loading correctness. - Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments. - The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments. - Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB). - Swap the liquify pinch / punch icons. - When creating a document from the camera, metadata is now available. - Fixed UI for macros with many arguments. - Fixed tiny memory leaks. - Numerous other small fixes. - Localisation improvements. - Added "Export LUT" to document menu. - Added "Convert to Curves" to command menu. - HEIF/HEIC import support for iOS11. - Wet edges can now have a custom interpolation spline. - New pinch gesture support for grouping / ungrouping layers in the layers studio. - Passthrough blending is now supported for groups. - Fixed some invalidation issues when moving layers. - Fixed clone / heal brush tool origin marker issues. - Fixed aperture / FNumber metadata parsing. - Fixed pasteboard issues. - Improved interactive macro playback when the macro has many arguments. - Selection refinement stability / performance improvements. - Fixed HDR merge of portrait images. - Improved HDR merge of RAW images. - Icon improvements, especially in text studio. - Fixed numerous small memory leaks. - Move tool transform nodes can now be hit more reliably. - Fixed some Live Filter drawing artefacts. - Fixed some LUT R/B channel swap issues. - Styles page will remember list mode state correctly. - Localisation improvements. - Numerous other bug fixes. - Macro studio (import / playback for now, recording coming soon. Supports interactive playback.). - Significant improvements in performance for large / complex documents. - Selection marquee tools support extra-finger-constrain. - Improved reading of DPI from files. - Exposure adjustment now operates in stops, not % and has wider range. - Arrow tool has more options. - Fixed B&C adjustment in CMYK, LAB. - Lighting tool tweaks. - Paragraph leading UI improvements. - Improved loading of images from photo library. - Fixed a couple of UI memory leaks. - Fixed issue where a document failing to load would prevent subsequent loads (again). - Fixed painting onto masks / adjustments. - Numerous other small tweaks. - Photo library now shows all user albums / folders. - New option to dither gradients in preferences - defaults to “on”. - Significant pan / zoom smoothness improvements. - Directional lights in the lighting filter can now be directed using on-canvas handles. - Further fixes for the inpainting tool occasionally leaving red marks. - Fixes for liquify (and other tools) cancelling if you drag off the edge of the screen. - Smart selection brush improvements. - Selection refinement improvements. - Fixed welcome screen not reloading sometimes. - Avoided a (rare) deadlock case. - Fixed crashes when a font has no traits. - Adjustments / filters preview react to changes in canvas size. - Avoid crashes on app exit (which nobody will ever have noticed!) - Fixed issue where if a document fails to load it can prevent other documents from being opened in this session. - Further memory management improvements. - Localisation improvements. - Numerous small stability improvements.