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Status: Beta

Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Designer

Mac App Store: Not submitted

Download: Download

Auto-update: Not available.



We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first beta of Affinity Designer 1.8 for macOS.

Affinity Designer 1.8 is a significant change to the currently shipping 1.7 version. Files edited in this version will not be backwards-compatible with the shipping 1.7 version. As such, we would not recommend using this 1.8 version for critical or production work at this stage. It is inevitable that there were will be a number of issues with 1.8 but we hope these will be minor and aim to resolve any issues very quickly, so please use it and explore the improvements, but also do keep in mind that you may find snags and we would appreciate your help with finding and reporting these to us.

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.

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!




  • Overhauled the “File -> New” dialog - user templates are now supported
  • Implemented unified toolbar for appropriately modern macOS versions
  • Improved the results of Expand Stroke
  • Improved the reliability of Boolean Geometry operations
  • Fixed issues with grids which appeared to jump while zooming and had issues with gutters
  • Improved dragging objects between artboards (takes into account "Edit All Layers" toggle)
  • Improved geometric add to allow a single shape so we can unite shapes to remove overlapping areas
  • Improved SVG export to not simplify structure, as some people require the original structure
  • Fixed Styles to show styles that would normally be invisible
  • Fixed selection of artboards and / or contents
  • Fixed EPS import sporadically failing to load objects
  • Fixed PDF export so embedding colour profile always converts image colour spaces to match the profile
  • Fixed crash when loading some corrupt JPEGs (valid image data, but corrupt following data)
  • Improved embedded document bounding boxes
  • Fixed deletion of brushes / styles / etc to actually remove the raster data (to reduce file size)
  • Fixed PSD export to include checks for empty rasterised layers
  • Fixed PSD export of hidden layers
  • Fixed angle cursors when the view has been rotated
  • Fixed Layer Effects not handling changes to document DPI when the dialog is open (using Points as a unit would continue to use the old DPI)
  • Fixed crash on vector export for specific arrangement of composites and clips
  • Added Remove Columns button on the context toolbar for Designer and Photo for text frames with columns for documents created in Publisher
  • Improved memory use with branching undo history and with replacing image nodes
  • Updated PANTONE Solid and Bridge Palettes
  • Fixed Create Palette from CMYK images results in RGB colours
  • Improved performance of operations with large selections and improved performance of making selections of large numbers of objects
  • Fixed selection problems with multiple objects of varying line weights
  • Improved PDF import support for DeviceN bitmaps based on LAB colour space
  • Improved PDF export of clashes between bitmaps with/without k-only
  • Fixed PDF export "Rasterise nothing" allowing through bitmaps with alpha channels
  • Fixed crash importing PSD files containing embedded colour profiles with unicode characters in their name
  • Improved performance of PDF import with groups containing more than 5,000 children
  • Fixed OpenType that could fail to apply 'liga' near end of line
  • Fixed Text Justification to split ligatures correctly
  • Improved PDF import matching of unknown fonts


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 Designer customers, please follow this release notification thread

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