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Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.8.4

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We are pleased to announce an update for the MacOS release of Affinity Photo, version 1.8.4

Changes in this build

The changes in Affinity Photo for MacOS 1.8.4 over the release build Affinity Photo for macOS 1.8.3 are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:

  • Preparations to our macOS apps to ready them for the release of Big Sur later in the year
  • Mitigate blurring when converting to / from equirectangular projection.
  • PSD export will no longer clip layers to the page.
  • Fixed Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens identification.
  • Fixed corruption with certain batch jobs when Metal compute is enabled.
  • Fixed corruption in EPS export when Metal compute is enabled.
  • Fixed issue where pixel selection is not initially visible when loading a document.
  • Improved selective viewing of LAB document channels in the Channels panel.
  • Improvements for Force Touch Trackpad users.
  • Improved layers panel representation of empty groups.
  • Improvements to Canon EOS-1D Mk. III metadata import.
  • Improved reliability of Canon CR3 RAW loading.
  • Improved support for .fff RAW files.
  • Right click in the Move Tool will offer a tree of layers to select from.
  • Honour the monochrome flag in X3F files.
  • “Save document with history” will now show up as a recorded macro step.
  • Resetting the Voronoi filter now resets to the correct values.
  • Mask thumbnails now look the same in dark / light UI mode.
  • General layers panel tidying & drag improvements.
  • Fixed a crash when refining selection.
  • Fixed an issue where the history page could get out of step in Develop.
  • Fixed erroneous blend mode imports for PSD files.
  • Fixed potential hang when using “Move inside”.
  • Fixed issue with the Colour panel when switching away from a mask.
  • Fixed a crash in red-eye removal.
  • Integrated x3f-tools project, significantly improving support for X3F RAW.
  • 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.
  • PDF import performance improvements.
  • Document save performance improvements.
  • Detect Edges improved on 32bit documents.
  • Lens profile popup might report incorrect state.
  • RW2 files can cause a crash.
  • Text performance improvements.
  • Selection brush width is not remember after being changed using modifier keys.
  • Placing RAW files now produces Pixel layers, as opposed to Image layers.
  • Fixed reading of XP metadata under certain conditions.
  • Fix for Nikon D90 RAW loading issues.
  • Fixed High Pass filter when using LAB colour.
  • Assorted other small fixes.
  • Help and Localisation improvements

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

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11 hours ago, StephaneBosman said:

Does "Preparations to our macOS apps to ready them for the release of Big Sur later in the year" include the ARM code?

Yes. an update of our macOS releases will be available very soon that will run on for Apple silicon hardware as our current 1.9.0 Photo beta does already. 1.8.4 will run just fine on Big Sur and will even run on Apple silicon (in compatibility mode), but all subsequent releases will be "universal applications" that run natively on any mac hardware. 

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

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