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Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.8.4


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We are pleased to announce an update for the Windows release of Affinity Designer, version 1.8.4

Changes in this Build

The changes in Affinity Designer for Windows 1.8.4 (over the last release Affinity Designer for Windows 1.8.3) are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:

  • Fixed import of PSD files with extended blend modes
  • Fixed crash when making some selections
  • Changed mask thumbnails to use black, not transparent
  • Fixed OCIO transform being removed when the window is moved or minimised
  • Fixed Character Panel's Decorations colour box displaying in RGB 
  • Fixed Layer Effects Gradient Overlay sliders not working correctly
  • Fixed flickering brush preview with tablet input
  • Fixed spurious lines being drawn with tablet input
  • Fixed Alt+Drag colour picker getting stuck when using tablet input
  • Added user preference for whether to try to keep selections after deleting
  • Fixed  expand stroke failure on strokes that use velocity as a controller 
  • Fixed gradients not changing when Global Colour is modified
  • [Installer] Prevent installation into non-empty directory
  • Fixed setting artboard/spread origin from panel not accounting for artboard spread position
  • Fixed various issues with guide positions and artboard origins
  • Allow closing of curves for special case selection
  • Removed "Windows Ink" option, and replaced with high precision WinTab support
  • Fixed AI import incorrectly identifying as EPS when it was actually a PDF with extra data at the front
  • Fixed PDF import for documents with extra data at the front
  • Fixed PDF export for some Asian fonts that support many glyphs
  • Fixed Layers panel dropping of items of right of thumbnail in expanded parents
  • Fixed right-click context menu to disable Merge Down when attempting to merge a Pixel Layer into a shape
  • Fixed PDF import crash due to infinitely searching for fonts
  • Fixed HSL ring displaying incorrectly when returning to the adjustment 
  • Fixed being unable to drag afassets into the app 
  • Changed PDFs to open as restricted if we don't have permission to edit, copy or print them
  • Fixed PDF export accidentally outputting all RGB images at 16-bit
  • Fixed Guide positions to be displayed relative to current Artboard
  • Fixed layer blend modes not scrolling with arrow keys 
  • Improved performance of font loading (and tried to improve behaviour with font managers)
  • Improved PDF export support for 16-bit and 32-bit images
  • Fixed SVG import of elements with closepath not followed by move
  • Fixed SVG export of curves with large bounds
  • Fixed incorrect sheet colour in PSD export (following import)
  • Fixed incorrectly enabled control on Text Style decorations
  • Fixed click to select items with group crops
  • Fixed locked layers being selectable via Marquee selection
  • Fixed PDF import of certain unicode characters producing the wrong character
  • Fixed SVG import to ignore spurious quote marks in "url('#identifier')" references
  • Fixed SVG import to treat gradients with one stop as solid fills
  • Fixed SVG import having wrong default for gradientUnits
  • Fixed crash when importing an invalid SVG due to negative heights or widths
  • Fixed hand cursor getting stuck after panning 
  • Fixed crash when pressing V with Alignment flyout open
  • Fixed font names always displaying their English names
  • Fixed PDF export with embedded ICC profiles
  • Fixed SVG import of booleans
  • Fixed SVG import of documents with multiple <svg> elements
  • Fixed fill aspect ratio for Radial and Conical to be maintained unless the correction handle is visible
  • Fixed text edit handles to allow auto pan ability
  • Fixed changing tool while the Align Panel is open (if the next tool supports the alignment options, it will remain open, else it will close)
  • Fixed crash when dragging items in the Layers control
  • Improved performance of PDF import
  • Improved performance of text when rendering text
  • Fixed vector export of text occasionally filling characters
  • Fixed crash when closing floating document 
  • PDF Import - Import now allows creation of Artistic Text if 'Group lines of Text into Text Frames' is switched off
  • Fixed New Document dialog previous document selection highlight not being remembered
  • Fixed Ctrl+M with nodes selected to not bring up the curves dialog 
  • Fixed crash when docking a panel with the Brushes panel
  • Fixed crash with Appearance panel after using Ctrl+Z on vector brush input 
  • Fixed PNG export not displaying the size warning if the export dialog was previously closed with a different preset 
  • Help and Localisation improvements.

Earlier changes and fixes in 1.8 since 1.7 (including the new 1.8 features) are listed in some detail in this 1.8.0 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 Help > About Affinity Designer).

If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store— each time you start the Affinity Store software it will check for updates and offer any available update. The latest update will install over the top of any earlier version, with no need to uninstall. 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 Designer for Windows) can be downloaded from this link (that installer is NOT for Windows Store purchases and needs a product key).

If you’ve purchased from the Microsoft Store— Microsoft Store updates are done automatically by the operating system (each time you start the application). If this does not happen for you, open the Windows Store app and click the three dots in the top right corner of the app and then go to Downloads and Updates. Click Get Updates. This should hopefully force the update to show.

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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All Readers

This thread is solely for commenting on this announcement.

Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Designer Bugs on Windows section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.

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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Amang Abdul Rahman,

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) and thanks for the appreciation

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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This is an impressive list of fixes...and a lot of hard work!....Thank you..much appreciated...looking forward to testing the next one!:)

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3 minutes ago, thathairlesswookie said:

Please please please, shape builder.... 

 

On 8/3/2020 at 10:50 AM, Patrick Connor said:

All Readers

This thread is solely for commenting on this announcement.

Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Designer Bugs on Windows section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.

There are many threads about the absence of a Shape Builder Tool, so there is no real need to make a new thread on the subject.

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