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Affinity Photo Windows Customer Beta - 1.9.0.767


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Click here to download the latest beta

Status: Customer Beta
Purpose: New features, performance, fixes
Requirements: A valid product key (for Affinity Store purchases), or an installation of the full retail version from the Microsoft Store

As this is a beta it is considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing, including the total loss of any documents. We hope you enjoy the latest build, and as always, if you've got any problems, please don't hesitate to post a new thread in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks once again for your continued feedback. 

If you have a general question about the software, please head over to the Questions Forum, or if you have any suggestions, please head over to the Feature Requests forum.

Fixes

  • Improved hardware acceleration
  • Fixed crash when right clicking a spare channel alpha, and creating a mask layer
  • Fixed drag and drop to place deselecting the new layer
  • Added Duplicate spare channel
  • Fixed hang when font combo contains fonts we can't render and can't find a valid match for
  • Fixed Layer panel Auto-Scroll option not being remembered
  • Fixed AltGr+Tab breaking shortcuts 
  • Added Convert to Text Path menu item 
  • Added Studio Presets and associated Manager (View | Studio Presets)

1.9.0.734 release notes

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Hello Mark!

Very excited about the next build.

Anyways, I found one bug while using the Studio Presets. The main view of the design closes automatically when I choose a newly saved preset. I've attached a video below.

I use Windows 10 Home version 1909. CPU: intel core i7 10510U with 8 GB of RAM and nvidia MX350 Graphic Card.

Regards.

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Wasn't able to find a way to save over one of my presets after it had been saved in the Studio Presets Manager. Had to delete and save it again. Will that be added later?

Also, it would be nice if you were able to just quickly switch between presets without having to press Okay every time you select one. Maybe add that as a checkbox option in the Studio Presets Manager?

EDIT: Found more problems. You don't have Add Presets... in the Studio Presets Manager as a button, which makes it a bit inconvenient when using the feature.

I also found two bugs. If you have the Studio Presets Manager open when you save your presets with Add Presets..., then the manager doesn't update the list. It will not update until you close the manager and reopen it. You can also open up more than one Studio Presets Manager panel, which will show two completely different lists since one of them hasn't updated properly. This is possible even without replicating the first bug, however.

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3 hours ago, Chris J said:

Thanks for the Studio Presets feedback. I wondered about adding a Replace option too. So i will look at that. The dialog was supposed to be modal so thanks for that too.

 

Not sure why it's closed the document when switching. I will investigate.

You're welcome! ^^

While we are on the topic of the Studio Presets Manager, it would be nice if you could change the order of the presets in the manager. Just realised that you can't drag and drop an item in the list. Then it would be extra sweet if you could export/import your presets elsewhere so you can add them to another PC with Affinity installed. Would make things a lot easier to save your settings in case of some error causing you to reset your program/-s than having to manually recreate everything again.

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Forgot to add sticky settings to that feedback. I use some specific settings for some tools that support sticky settings that get remembered on start-up, so having Studio Presets remember the sticky settings would be another fantastic feature! You would even be allowed to customise your sticky settings based on individual presets, thus making it extra convenient when doing very specific types of work. ^^

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4 hours ago, Frozen Death Knight said:

Forgot to add sticky settings to that feedback. I use some specific settings for some tools that support sticky settings that get remembered on start-up, so having Studio Presets remember the sticky settings would be another fantastic feature! You would even be allowed to customise your sticky settings based on individual presets, thus making it extra convenient when doing very specific types of work. ^^

That might be more difficult as the workspace layout is unrelated to sticky settings...

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6 hours ago, Mark Ingram said:

That might be more difficult as the workspace layout is unrelated to sticky settings...

Oh. Well, it's at least something that would be nice if you could export/import the settings in some way as a file. Doesn't have to be tied to Studio Presets if it means that it overcomplicates things for development. 

The reason I want to be able to export/import as many user preferences as possible is because it has happened on multiple occassions that my settings have randomly resetted without me realising what triggered it, so being able to quickly restore them by saving this stuff externally would be much appreciated. ^^

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Same with me that when I choose a  saved studio preset it closes the displayed file.  File show in layer  but cannot be reloaded.

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression"

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On 10/1/2020 at 3:19 PM, Robert Laskey said:

I also wish the presets manager gets a dock-able button on the toolbar like other tools. It is easier that way than digging into menus.

Yeah! There is actually a lot of space in the UI next to the current Personas which you can customise at your leisure. I was actually kind of hoping that when Affinity got symmetry painting that that UI space would be used to expose symmetry up there just next to.the Snapping buttons. Would be nice if the presets were at least a bit more exposed considering how useful they are. ^-^

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@Chris J Had some more time to test the Beta again and I think I found another bug, or at least an inconsistent element regarding Studio Presets. Studio Presets do not actually affect the placement of the toolbar with all the tool icons when it is undocked from its regular place on the left side of the Affinity window. I was trying to create two identical presets that would work on two separate screens; my main screen and my Cintiq screen. So far I have managed to get all the regular panels to move, but I still have to manually move the normal toolbar despite it having a lot of the same panel like qualities like being able to get docked and undocked.

I don't really expect the toolbar contents to necessarily change if it is considered a "sticky setting" that was previously mentioned in this discussion, but I at least would appreciate if it was possible to take the toolbar position into account when finalising the design of Studio Presets.

As a sidenote, would it be possible to add an option to have Studio Presets affect the entire Affinity window as well? For instance, going back to my previous example of my Cintiq and main screen when dual screening, it would be nice if you could add an option to take into account your entire window position for certain presets while ignoring it for others. This way your entire canvas moves to the screen you want to work with with zero needs to move anything in place. Might be wishful thinking, but I just wanted to throw the idea out there at least. ^^

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10 hours ago, Frozen Death Knight said:

I think I found another bug, or at least an inconsistent element regarding Studio Presets. Studio Presets do not actually affect the placement of the toolbar with all the tool icons when it is undocked from its regular place on the left side of the Affinity window.

The Tools are not part of the Studio. Note that they are activated by View > Show Tools, not View > Studio. It certainly would be useful if the positioning of all the UI elements could be saved, but as the function is named Studio Presets, it's not surprising (and in my opinion not a bug) that it only handles the Studio panels.

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 1:15 PM, walt.farrell said:

The Tools are not part of the Studio. Note that they are activated by View > Show Tools, not View > Studio. It certainly would be useful if the positioning of all the UI elements could be saved, but as the function is named Studio Presets, it's not surprising (and in my opinion not a bug) that it only handles the Studio panels.

 

Sure, but one thing that should also be considered is that unless the devs want to create another presets manager just to handle the toolbar and such, it would be more practical if down the line that the current Studio Presets is able to handle things like the main program window location and the toolbar location. Extra bonus points if it could even save what your toolbar looks like by having it specialised towards very specific types of work (i.e. painting tools only, photo retouching only, etc.).

Then when the devs decide to ship Affinity with some presets already packaged in for convenience they can custom tailor whatever user experience they desire to cater to different types of users.

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Hi everyone,

I believe I have fixed the document disappearing in the next beta. 
 

Regarding what’s included in the Presets; the Top toolbar and Tools customisations are included, however the position of the floating tools window is not currently saved in the same file. As Walt says, the tool panel when floating is not actually a studio panel. 

In the next beta I have added shortcut keys for presets 1-9 (Ctrl+Shift). But I won’t be adding reordering or import/export right now (that’s not to say we won’t in the future).

Thanks for all the suggestions, we have been discussing them all internally.

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