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Affinity Photo 1.8.3 Permission Denied Too Many Fonts Bug

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Affinity Photo & Designer 1.8.3 (App Store installed)

macOS Mojave 10.14.6

On my MBP either program was unable to open any editable file from anywhere on the file system nor could it save a new file that was created, resulting in a warning of "Permission Denied."

However, on my Mac Pro, everything worked just fine. After some research someone said it was related to the number of fonts installed on the system. I confirmed this case by reducing the number of fonts to match my Mac Pro on my MBP. 

MBP had 2,800 fonts and the MP had 2,300 enabled. 

Also, an interesting side note, Publisher which I've purchase direct instead of the App Store had no problems with 2,800 fonts.

No other program is affected by the number of fonts enabled, this bug should be fixed.


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Hey Brad Studio,

Publisher is handling a lot more fonts because it is not restricted by the Mac App Store sandboxing. 

Sandboxed apps can only deal with X amount of fonts before permissions start to get denied.

For more info, see this post from Andy (a developer):


As annoying as this is, there is no bug to fix.


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