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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


PLEASE NOTE: This build is identical to except it should have operational toolbar buttons in macOS Big Sur. If you are not using Big Sur, you do not need to update (but there is no harm in doing so) :) 



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

- Fix for toolbar buttons not working properly in macOS Big Sur.


Changes Since

- Fix for undesirable shapes being created when dragging the start/end nodes of a shape on top of each other to close the shape. (hi @abn5x!!!)
- macOS Big Sur operation and visual style improvements.
- Improved margin and bleed presets for documents.

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.
- Fix for 'Expand Strokes' failing to consider 'velocity' as a width controller.
- Fix for focus issues when tabbing between text entry fields in the Colour panel with Text objects selected.
- Fix for operation of Command+Right-Click on an object to show the tree hierarchy of the selected node.
- Allow certain documents created on Windows to open correctly (if the document contained a saved reference to exporting as Windows GDI formats).
- 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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Just out of curiosity, is it possible to show what the Big Sur visual style improvements actually mean? 

Affinity Photo - Affinity Designer - Affinity Publisher | macOS 10.15 Catalina on 8GB MBP13 2013 | macOS 10.15 Catalina on 16GB MBP13 2017

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1 hour ago, RNKLN said:

Just out of curiosity, is it possible to show what the Big Sur visual style improvements actually mean? 

The toolbar is the appropriate size to better fit in with Big Sur and the keyline that separates the toolbar and context toolbar has been removed to match other Big Sur apps.

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25 minutes ago, MattP said:

other Bug Sur apps

Don’t tell us you’ve already identified major problems with the new OS!! :o


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Posted (edited)

Running the latest Big Sur Developer Beta (20A5323I) - looking good so far, except I can't open any Files from 1.8.3 Catalina...

...nevermind. After a reboot, things went back to normal.


Edited by Ralf Stockmann

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