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  1. Status: Beta Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo Mac App Store: Not submitted Download ZIP: Download Auto-update: Not available. EDIT: Link fixed (was pointing to an old DMG, not the new ZIP). Apologies.. Hello, We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first beta of Affinity Photo 1.8 for macOS. Photo 1.8 is a significant change to the currently shipping 1.7 version, so, as ever, I would strongly urge users to avoid the 1.8 beta for critical work. This is a pre-release build of 1.8 - we will release more builds before 1.8 ships. Things will be broken in this build - please use it to explore the new features and not for real work. If this is your first time using a customer beta of an Affinity app, it’s worth noting that the beta will install as a separate app - alongside your store version. They will not interfere with each other at all and you can continue to use the store version for critical work without worry. It’s also worth noting that we aren’t done yet - we are still working through reported bugs from previous releases and hope to fix as many as possible before the final release of 1.8. We also plan to add more features prior to the 1.8 release. With all that said, we hope that you will enjoy the new capabilities introduced in this release and we look forward to any and all feedback you give to us. Many thanks (as always), Affinity Photo Team  Changes This Build - Overhauled the “File -> New” dialog - user templates are now supported. - Implemented unified toolbar for appropriately modern macOS versions. - Updated PANTONE palettes to include new Solid and Bridge sets. - Renamed EXIF panel to Metadata and added support for user-editable fields, including IPTC). - Added ability to read metadata from an XMP sidecar file (enable in Preferences). - Added native CR3 support to the SerifLabs RAW engine. - Added a new lens profile selector to Develop. - Reimplemented the HSL filter's HSV option. - Improved quality & file size of results when exporting JPEG. - Switching to a mask node will now automatically switch to the grey colour slider. - Improved lens correction of RAW files coming from lenses with fixed focal length. - Improved unsharp mask “threshold” slider. - Improved selection refinement performance & quality. - Improved the noise reduction filter result when applied to JPEGs. - Improved precision of Gaussian algorithm (to reduce banding). - Improved reporting of file load errors (could previously report file corruption incorrectly). - Improved performance of operations with large selections. - Improved memory use with alternate futures and when replacing image layers. - Improvements to Photoshop plugin support, notably for DxO plugins (but also for many others). - Fixed Styles to show styles that would normally be invisible. - Fixed crash when loading some corrupt JPEGs (valid image data, but corrupt following data). - Fixed deletion of brushes / styles / etc. not reducing disk usage correctly. - Fixed PSD export of hidden layers. - Fixed angle cursors when the view has been rotated. - Fixed “Create Palette” from CMYK images resulting in RGB colours. - Fixed Pixel Selection appears incorrectly when started near page edge. - Fixed rasterising a fill layer goes wrong after changing document size. - Fixed Marquee Selection not constraining to a square if you drag across the right diagonal. - Fixed mis-identification of some Tamron lenses mounted to Canon bodies. - Fixed failure to load some PSB files (and failing to report errors). - Fixed missing EXIF data for CRWs. - Fixed crash importing PSD files containing embedded colour profiles with unicode characters in their names. - Assorted other small fixes and improvements. - Localisation improvements. To be notified about all future Mac beta updates, please follow this beta notification thread To be notified when this update comes out of beta and is fully released to all Affinity Photo customers, please follow this release notification thread
  2. This beta has been superseded by the release of Affinity Photo for iPad 1.7.2 to the public. Check back on this forum for future betas. Status: Gold master Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes Requirements: TestFlight Acceptance App Store: Submitted Hello, We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final build of Affinity Photo 1.7.2 for iPad. If this is your first time using a customer beta of an Affinity app, it’s worth noting that the beta will install as a separate app - alongside your store version. They will not interfere with each other at all and you can continue to use the store version for critical work without worry. This beta is an incremental update to the 1.7.1 version recently released to all customers. We recommend that you use this beta in preference to the store version if you are affected by any of the issues listed below. Affinity Photo Team  Changes This Build - Improve robustness of ABR import. - Help tweaks. - Localisation tweaks. Changes Since 1.7.1 - Made flood select work on placed images. - Fixed issue whereby only half of available RAM would be used. - Fixed issue rasterising groups which contain live filters. - Fixed a couple of potential crashes when closing documents. - Fixed crash when trying to group an empty selection from the layers page. - Fixed sporadic infinitely spinning documents on the home screen. - Fixed crop tool drag-to-crop behaviour (again). - Assorted text fixes and improvements. - Help tweaks. - Localisation tweaks. - Numerous fixes for live filter rendering - especially when grouped. - Fixed crashes when saving batch jobs as .afphoto. - Fixed issue with pano / HDR / focus merge extensions whereby the host app would lock up. - Renamed “Absolute size” to “Resample” in the crop tool. - Fixed develop crop not rounding to whole pixels. - Fixed PSD import when file has a solid white background layer. - Lens correction database improvements. - Metadata mining improvements. - Added “Previous tool” as a pencil double tap shortcut. - Reinstated virtual trackpad support. - Added orientation toggle for spiral in crop tool. - Improved SVG loading. - Expose recent document on home screen. - Make Apple Sidecar work properly. - Develop performance tweaks. - Added TGA export. - Added the move tool to selections persona. - Added “Remove Black Matte” and “Remove White Matte” filters. - Shadows and highlights filter can now use either the 1.6 or 1.7 method. - Flood fill too can now sample from layers beneath etc. Also supports blend modes. - Flood select tool can now sample from all layers. - Added keyboard nudge support to the crop tool. - Improve LUT infer performance and add progress. - Different icon for beta builds. - Cancelling a crop will now preserve the “drag to set crop” state properly. - Stock panel doesn’t get too big in portrait mode. - General improvement to filter responsiveness. - Improved clone brush responsiveness and fixed a couple of crashes. - Assorted metadata improvements. - Saving a JPEG will now replace the EXIF::Subject field with the document title. - Restore support for .fff files. - Improved the performance of median, blur brush with Metal compute. - Fixed sporadic tile issues when painting with Metal compute enabled. - Fixed crashes when pasting screenshots into the app. - Fixed Lightroom data being stripped from Capture One XMP output. - Fixed loss of legacy HSL adjustment HSV state after a save. - Fixed inability to choose .LUT files. - Fixed batch job crashes when saving to .afphoto. - General performance improvements. - Implemented “Copy Merged”. - Implemented “Infer LUT”. - Added a refine selection button to the selection brush. - Inpainting performance improvements. - Selection refinement - performance and stability improvements. - Import 16bit half float JPEG-XR files properly. - Text performance improvements. - Improved LAB colour conversions. - Fixed healing brush bugs. - Fixed clone brush issues when sampling from current layer & below. - Fixed 360 degree images losing metadata on export. - Improved detection of pinch gesture etc.
  3. Hi, Photo contains some LUTs to help with colour blindness - both simulation and Daltonisation are included. They are available as presets for the LUT adjustment, in the Adjustments panel. If these would be useful for Designer / Publisher - perhaps more generally as some sort of View -> Preview mode, I am sure that can be arranged Hope this helps, A
  4. Andy Somerfield

    Computer color is broken

    Yes, use a linear colour profile for your document. These are available when you make a 32bit RGB document. Hope this helps, Andy.
  5. Andy Somerfield

    TARGA file please?

    Thanks guys, An interesting discussion - kirk23 - you make a good point about PNG optimising away colours when alpha is zero. This is a strong enough argument to justify the inclusion of TGA as an exportable format - so we will implement it. A .eb: Do not make ad hominem attacks on other users - it makes you look like a child and if you continue I will remove you from the forum.
  6. If you need a 1bit preview, you can add a posterise adjustment to a greyscale document and set the value to 2. This works for 2,3,4 bit etc too (just by setting the posterise number appropriately). Thanks, A
  7. I'll be honest here - we will never implement 1bit document support.. However, we would be happy to implement support for *exporting* 1bit TIFF etc. - would that be enough? Thanks, A
  8. JPEG-XR is on the shortish-term todo list - mainly because it does a good job of half float HDR stuff. JPEG2000 is dead (it was never really alive) and I'm waiting to see if anyone ends up caring about WEBP.. Thanks, A
  9. Andy Somerfield

    TARGA file please?

    All, I came across this thread again whilst browsing the feature requests forum today. I need to know more about the alpha problems people describe with PNG before we can decide whether or not to do TGA export. Essentially, it sounds like PNG is no good for you because we (everyone?) premultiplies alpha through the RGB channels when exporting it. If that's the case, we would happily add a switch to export straight alpha in PNG. If there is something more which PNG literally cannot provide then we will consider implementing TGA export. If not, you guys really should be asking whoever makes the software that you need TGA for to implement PNG / TIFF import. Our policy with I/O has generally been to import as many formats as we can, but only export formats which are currently widely used and not just less efficient duplicates of each other. TGA is a fairly rustic thing internally - both PNG and TIFF are supersets (feature wise, to my knowledge) and superior in pretty much every other way. Thanks, Andy.
  10. Andy Somerfield

    Nik Collection 1 Issues

    All, We have, this afternoon, managed to create a mitigation for the "Updating Fonts" message which macOS users have been experiencing when trying to use Nik Collection v1 plugins in Affinity Photo 1.7. This fix will be tested overnight and if it proves to be adequate, it will be made available in the GM preview build in the beta forum tomorrow. That build will be sent to the App Store and all customers will have it no later than 19th June. Thanks for your continued patience. Andy.
  11. Hi, This is by design - if you are not resampling - just changing the DPI - then just the DPI will be updated. Thanks, Andy.
  12. Hi, Thanks for the crash report - we believe we have fixed this issue in the beta - available in the beta section of this forum. Hope this helps and apologies for the inconvenience! Andy.
  13. All, NVidia cards are not completely off our radar - the ones out there just don't really work at the moment. We use the "compute" aspect of Metal - not the "render" (games) aspect - and support for this in both the hardware and drivers for NVidia cards is flakey at best. If we can ever get them to be stable, we will of course introduce support - but I wouldn't bank on it with the crop of Nvidia cards out there right now. If Apple ever start using newer Nvidia cards again in modern hardware, we would expect compute support to be at the same level as Intel / AMD cards. Thanks, Andy.
  14. Hi, Thanks for the crash report - we believe we have fixed this issue in the beta - available in the beta section of this forum. Hope this helps and apologies for the inconvenience! Andy.
  15. Andy Somerfield

    1.7.0 crashing when exporting

    Hi, I cannot reproduce this yet - are you using the Mac App Store version of Photo, or did you buy directly from our website? Andy.

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