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Affinity Photo Customer Beta ( - RC1)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo for iPad From App Store

App Store:  Not submitted

Download link: Download



We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the sixth build of Affinity Photo 1.9.0 for iPad.

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 significantly different from the 1.8.4 version available for purchase - we strongly recommend that you do not use this beta for real work as data could be lost and the files you save are not guaranteed to open in previous / future versions of Affinity Photo.


Thanks again for your continued support!


Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:


Changes Since


- LUT adjustments can now be exported directly from the adjustments panel, and batch imported from files.
- Having a large number of LUT presets will no longer make application startup slow.
- Gradient map adjustments now support global colours.
- Added pattern layer sampling and mirroring controls to the layer options panel.
- Added ability to duplicate a spare channel.
- Added optional UI in the layer panel (from the menu at the top) to edit layer linkage (including drag & drop to link support).
- Added native CR3 support to the Serif Labs RAW engine.
- Export timelapse tweaks.

- Fixed "Geometry > Add" crash with no layer selected.
- Fixed numerous longstanding TIFF import issues.
- Fixed Serif Labs RAW engine.
- Fixed Tone Mapping crashes.
- Fixed crash when loading Apple ProRAW.

- Assorted other bug fixes.

- Help improvements.
- Localisation improvements.


Changes Since 1.8


- Added support for live liquify filter layers.
- Fixed issue with high pass live filter compositing.
- Fixed assorted compositor alpha issues.
- Fixed assorted compositor crashes.
- Added a preferences option to disable external displays.
- Added support for snapping to the pixel selection bounds.
- Fixed layout issues for the convert document controls on small iPads.
- Fixed crazy transform page bugs.
- Help improvements.


- Added export preview button (for raster types).
- Added Linked Layers - the ability to duplicate a layer and keep the contents of the layers linked. At present, only layer duplication is supported - UI to unlink and relink attributes of the layer will be made available in a subsequent beta.
- Added “Pattern Layers” - a fixed size bitmap layer which repeats across the entire document. You can paint on pattern layers and use all filters to manipulate them and see the resulting pattern in real time. They can be transformed non-destructively. After a pattern is added and a tool selected, a faint grey box indicates the "real" area of the pattern which can be edited.
- Added “Export Timelapse” - the ability to export a document which has undo steps as a video. Numerous options exist to control how the video is generated.
- Added a new “Combined” result to the benchmark - to test performance contexts where vector and raster content is used together. The benchmark version is still 1900 - so existing vector and raster scores from previous builds are still valid and comparable.
- Added per-layer antialiasing controls in the layer options window (it’s also hierarchical, which is nice).
- Added a registration page to the app - this allows users to login and auto-install content.
- Added support for 12bit grayscale TIFF files.
- Added JPEG-XR 101010 import support (useful for screen captures from Xbox, etc.)
- Added new splash screen.

- Improved appearance of popup dialogs.
- Reduced binary size.
- Default to black-to-white gradients in the gradient tool (more gradient tool improvements are coming for 1.9, at last).
- Filter effects now work properly with global colours.

- Added noise reduction and tone mapping options into the HDR merge dialog.
- Added curves adjustment to the tone mapping persona.
- Added “Duplicate spare channel” to right click menu.
- Merged assorted iOS14 fixes from 1.8.6.
- Fixed numerous bugs with brushes, introduced in the 1.9.0 betas.
- Fixed “Infer LUT”.
- Fixed assorted other GPU acceleration issues introduced in the 1.9.0 betas.

- Text on a path is now available in Photo.
- Assistant options are now available from preferences (so there is no need to open a document to access them).
- More filters now work on masks / adjustments / spare channels (Add Noise, Perlin Noise, etc.).
- Improved experience when editing a spare channel (view artefacts, histogram and navigator).
- Setting a blend mode on a sub-brush will now work properly - paving the way for import of PSD dual-brushes in a future build.
- Fixed issues when attempting to add layers to a spare channel (!).

- The “Serif Labs” RAW engine is now available on iPad.
- Added external display support for iPad (in the navigator panel, once the external display is connected).
- You can now single tap a spare channel in the Channels panel to edit it like a layer.
- A benchmarking tool has been added in the preferences dialog.
- Blend modes now work on “alpha only” layers (masks, adjustments, live filters, etc.).
- Added a new “Divide” blend mode.
- Added “Create from centre” for the elliptical marquee tool.
- Allowed snapping to the bounds of the pixel selection.
- Added ability to create brushes from the current pixel selection with one click.

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Please can users of this beta look at the My Account feature (top right of the main toolbar) even if you have already done so recently in another beta, as we are still making last minute changes

We have added the ability to link your Affinity app to your Affinity account through a new app registration process. This will have the advantages of you being able to stream any content you have purchased (or received for free from the Affinity store) directly to all your apps without having to manually install them. This is of particular use to customers who have more than one of our apps, or run our apps on different devices and operating systems as all your content will automatically be available across all of them.

If you register the beta app you will initially receive a free brush kit (the luminance brush kit) for testing purposes. This might be a kit you already have, but if you don’t you will get it for free. Over the next few weeks this will be expanded to include all of the store content you may already own.


There have been lots of behind the scene improvements and more of the purchasable and (historical) free claimable content is being added. PLEASE report anything you find using "My Account" IN THAT THREAD

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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