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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 1.8.3 version currently available in the store 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 Since 1.8.3

- Fix for incorrect rendering of grids in OpenGL past certain zoom levels.
- Fix for poor functioning of 'Force Touch' trackpads in pressure-sensitive tools.
- Speculative fix for occasional lockups in Pencil Tool.
- Added option in preferences to re-enable the old behaviour for deleting objects (we used to previously favour empty selections).
- Added ability to show folders as icons in the layers panel.
- Added option to always show folders as “small” in the layers panel.
- Improved dragging behaviour in the layers panel (make it easier to drag child items around within their container without affecting parenting).
- PDF import performance improvements.
- Document save performance improvements.
- Text performance improvements.
- Assorted small bug fixes.
- Help 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 Designer customers, please follow this release notification thread

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :)

58 minutes ago, DaveRx said:

No shape builder tool yet.

This is a beta build of a minor patch. So the current release is becoming 1.8.4.n . As such it's purpose is essentially to fix issues that effect 1.8.3 

New features like Shape Builder are unlikely to appear except in a major update , say releases like 1.9.0, or 1.10.0 or 2.0.0 That is not a strict rule but it is a fairly good indication that you should not expect to see new features in this minor patch.

Matt and the other software developers have been doing parallel development of the next release and 1.9 should include some new features, though we are not in a position to say what those are yet.  

This thread is not the right place for this conversation, though as a new member I chose to reply here to your first post rather than split it off. To other readers, feel free to quote me but do it in other threads not here

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

Latest releases on each platform 


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