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Mac new OS Catalina and not able to save on a harddrive anymore.

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After updating my mac to Catalina my three programs od Affinity give the same error if I want to save my file on a USB Hard drive.

Failed to save document:/volumes/Porsche2/test/Untiteld.afpub

Save failed. Access was denied.


Do you wish to save the document to a new file?

I have all the permissions opend and gave all read and write rights to all.


I still have the same problem. Who can HELP me



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Hi Nanne Van Vondelen,

Welcome to the forums :)

Does this happen to all files or is it just one? if its just the one please could you try saving it with a different name? Could you also please try creating a new folder on your USB and save to that?



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Had the same trouble with Affinity Photo and Mac OS 10.12.6. After FocusStacking and long session of dust removal, I could not save nor export. Tried all available drives, always "lack of permissions".

At the end I redid it with two different apps (HeliconFocus and Pixelmator). After that went well, I thought I could risk the loss and quit AP. The usual request was if I want to save, I ticked Yes, didn't change the location and left the "no title" - and it saved! It's usable. After restarting AP, I could also export again.

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