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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 Affinity Designer Beta for macOS.

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 1.8.1 version recently released to all customers (though it installs parallel to the release). We recommend that you use this beta in preference to the store version if you are affected by any of the issues listed below.

Many thanks!



Changes This Build

- Fix for PDF export issues relating to missing straight line segments.
- Allow PSD smart object import in Designer.
- Further expand stroke and boolean geometry fixes.
- Fix some symbol instability problems..
- Fix for some compound objects not allowing documents to be opened in 1.8.


Changes Since 1.8.1

- Fixes for many expand stroke and boolean geometry problems.
- Improvements to customisable shortcuts UI.
- Added ability to preview fonts on black or white background.
- New document panel - terminology and UI tweaks.
- New document panel - saves settings between uses.
- Reinstated double click functionality on zoom, view tools.
- Improved responsiveness when editing large blocks of text.
- Fixed blurred toolbar buttons on non-retina displays.
- Fixed mask bugs when resizing documents.


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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