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Affinity Publisher for macOS - 1.8.3

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We are pleased to announce an update for the macOS release of Affinity Publisher, version 1.8.3

Changes in this build

The changes in Affinity Publisher for macOS 1.8.3 (made since the last release Affinity Publisher on macOS 1.8.2) are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:


  • Fix for autosave/recover not working on anything but new documents.
  • Fixed issues with live filters making layers disappear
  • Fix for embedded documents not rendering at specific zoom levels
  • Fix for crash and incorrect placement moving a group into or out of a Picture Frame
  • Boolean Operation fixes
  • Fixed possible crash saving documents containing embedded documents if there was a colourspace mismatch
  • Via Layer Panel, linked documents were being opened as embedded and edits were not being committed to the linked file
  • Shift-Invert selection behaviour with the Move Tool was broken
  • Resource Manager 'Collect' could collect multiple copies of the same placed image
  • (Mac) In the New Document dialog, 'Show in Finder' wasn't working for top level folder
  • (Win) Font Manager could be launched with Resource Manager
  • (Win) Fixed crash cycling through justification options in a table
  • (Win) Fixed crash opening empty (0 Kb) files
  • (Win) Floating (undocked) panels were collapsing too small and clipping content
  • (Win) Create artboard missing from New Document dialog in Designer Persona

Page Management

  • Fixes for page operations that required spreads to be split
  • Page objects could be incorrectly rescaled when master page was resized


  • Filler text is now copied to clipboard as the expanded text rather than as '<FillerText>'
  • Unpinning a node can scale it incorrectly
  • Fixed crash copying mixture of filler text and regular TextTool
  • Fixed changing text capitalization without a selection causing a crash.
  • Text > Upper Case could crash if the selected text was already Upper Case
  • Copy-paste Arabic text from .docx comes as Chinese in Publisher
  • (Win) Some lines weren't correctly indented when using right align and right indent


  • Empty (0 Kb) files could crash the import process


  • PDF Export was not honouring  gradient map's colour space
  • PDF Export images downsampling to the wrong DPI under certain circumstances
  • PDF Export was failing with placed documents in LAB colourspace
  • PDF Export of placed images makes more effort to preserve their colour space
  • PDF Export fix for export of objects  with empty clipping paths

Earlier changes and fixes in 1.8 since 1.7 (including the new 1.8 features) are listed in some detail in this 1.8.1 update announcement. and the 1.8.2 update announcement


UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (Free for existing customers)

The software version can be seen on the splash screen and the About dialog (in application menu, Affinity Publisher > About).

If you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store— updates are done automatically next time you run your software after it is available in the Mac App Store. If this does not happen for you, open the Mac App Store app and go to the Updates page and then Store > Reload page or press CMD+R. This should hopefully force the update to show. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world which can mean it may take up to 72 hours for your update to be available.

If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store— each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer to download and install any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option Check for Updates. You can download the latest installer by logging into the affinity store here and find the order in your account and use the "download" button in there. Alternatively, this new release (and previous versions of Affinity Publisher for macOS) can be downloaded from this link (that installer is NOT for Mac App Store purchases and needs a product key).

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your previous self."  W. L. Sheldon


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6 hours ago, ruedy33 said:

I have an iMac (middle of 2011) with OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, does the new update also work for me?

Thanks Rudolf



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