I just purchased and downloaded Affinity Designer last night. I attempted to open a .ai file with it, and was met with an error regarding permissions. I also tried to save an Affinity project (.afdesigner), which was met with a permissions error as well. The error reads:
I am only able to read/save files in my newly created Affinity Designer iCloud storage, which is not the workflow I will be adopting.
Before anyone flags this as a duplicate or writes this off, know that I have:
Tried saving to/reading from multiple directories within my home directory, not limited to my Documents folder. (eg: ` ~/`, `~/Pictures`, `~/Downloads`)
Used CleanMyMac3 to repair my disk permissions (multiple times)
Manually reset permissions on my home folder recursively to all subdirectories and files (Right click > get info > Permissions & Sharing)
Manually reset permissions on my home folder via terminal
Ran First Aid via Disk Utility
Restarted my computer (between each step)
Cleared Affinity Designer's data by holding down Ctrl while booting
Uninstalled and re-installed Affinity Designer
I've read that this is related to Apple's sandboxing. Regardless, it seems insane that the program can't interface with my hard drive. My email client, writing apps, and video games downloaded from the app store can, without any issues ever. Why can't Affinity? Also, if this is an App Store issue that is reoccuring, why not make a standalone version... I'd prefer that anyway....
Double bummer because I was so thrilled to be replacing Illustrator with an allegedly superior project at the cost of only $50. Hoping someone can help me.