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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..



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  :ph34r:


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

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Friendly reminder—if you find any issues with the beta, please post them as a separate post here.

If you wish to open existing 1.7 files in the 1.8 beta, I would encourage you to work on a copy of the file as once that file is saved in 1.8, it will not open in the 1.7 retail version again.

Thanks for your support :11_blush:

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For anybody wondering if this build is compatible with StudioLink & the build of the Affinity Publisher beta, it is. :)

So now all we Mac beta testers need is a Affinity Designer beta build that also works with StudioLink & whatever is the current Publisher beta build & we can test all of the Publisher beta's personas.

Affinity Photo 1.7.3, Affinity Designer 1.7.3, Affinity Publisher 1.7.3; macOS Mojave 10.14.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 13.1.2

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With the new unified toolbar, which leads to a more cramped row of tools, it would be nice if individual buttons for the various Personas could become available in the Customize Tools panel. For instance, i don't use raw processing and so far never have had the desire to use the Tone Mapping or Export persona. I could therefore save some space by omitting these buttons.

Affinity Photo/Affinity Designer/Affinity Publisher | macOS 10.15 Catalina on MBP13 2013 | macOS 10.14 Mojave on MBP13 2017

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14 hours ago, Andy Somerfield said:

Renamed EXIF panel to Metadata and added support for user-editable fields, including IPTC).

Many will be happy with this. :)

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The "Edit in Affinity Photo Beta" and "Edit with Affinity Photo Beta" (on Catalina)  discussion regarding Affinity Photo beta is now here. Feel free to follow it if you wish (auto-follow is not automatic on split posts [and not open for discussion here])

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Thanks I now can use Affinity once again. It’s been a nuisance not being to be able to use Affinity. But we’ll done and glad this is now resolved.

once again thanks

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Quick question: Should I leave the beta version in my Download folder or move it to the Applications folder? It seems to run from the download folder just fine.


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I recently purchased a camera that is unsupported by AP and see that it IS being supported on this Beta.  I don't see this Beta even being supported through Windows, not to mention that it seems to lack some features of retail version, so my real question is when are we going to see these file formats supported in an update or do I need to either look to finding a Windows Beta or a new editing software?

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Ho @resultsphotography, welcome to the forums!


17 hours ago, resultsphotography said:

I don't see this Beta even being supported through Windows,

You are in the "Photo Beta on Mac" section of the forum.


For the Windows version betas, you should be looking here: 


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