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Since Big Sur, Affinity Designer now feels like it is been used on a long outdated machine. Moving a single circle object on a blank artboard now lags like when I moved really large numbers ob objects at the same time. When saving AD needs about one second to save a single object on a blank canvas. Even when using the Pen Tool drawing a single stroke on a blank canvas it lags in displaying that stroke. Editing now has the responsiveness it had when working under really heavy loads.

Same behaviour under Big Sur 11.1 and 11.2.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016), 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3, AMD Radeon Pro 460, 1TB Apple NVME SSD

Affinity Suite 1.9.1 | Big Sur 11.2.1 | MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) | 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 1TB Apple NVME SSD | LG Ultrafine 5K

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Hi ed lazer,

Do you get this behaviour on a brand new document? If it is document specific could you attach a copy of the offending document(s) please? Lastly have you updated to 1.9.0 and does this improve anything for you?

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Hi Sean,

Thanks for the message. It is not document specific, I tried it on a few brand new documents and it is always the first stroke that has a delay. Then it occurs sporadically with the lags when drawing or moving objects. The saving delay has no reproducible pattern. It happens sometimes after small edits as well as after multiple edits. The strange thing, it does not become worse when working with large documents. 

No, I did not update to 1.9 yet. I am cautious now. waited almost two months with the big sur update and still experience the mentioned problems. Cant afford when it would become worse. Big sur seems to be a tough one for all the developers.

Affinity Suite 1.9.1 | Big Sur 11.2.1 | MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) | 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 1TB Apple NVME SSD | LG Ultrafine 5K

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8 minutes ago, ed lazer said:

Hi Sean,

Thanks for the message. It is not document specific, I tried it on a few brand new documents and it is always the first stroke that has a delay. Then it occurs sporadically with the lags when drawing or moving objects. The saving delay has no reproducible pattern. It happens sometimes after small edits as well as after multiple edits. The strange thing, it does not become worse when working with large documents. 

No, I did not update to 1.9 yet. I am cautious now. waited almost two months with the big sur update and still experience the mentioned problems. Cant afford when it would become worse. Big sur seems to be a tough one for all the developers.

Sorry, have to correct myself, just tested again, and it does become worse when working with larger files.

Affinity Suite 1.9.1 | Big Sur 11.2.1 | MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) | 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 1TB Apple NVME SSD | LG Ultrafine 5K

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5 hours ago, soloabner said:

I confirm this general bug in the stability of the program. I am writing from an iMac 2017 4K 21.5" with macOS 11.2.

Beta 1.9.0.23 did not have this problem.

I attach a test video.

Thank you soloabner, that shows exactly what I mean...

Affinity Suite 1.9.1 | Big Sur 11.2.1 | MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) | 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 1TB Apple NVME SSD | LG Ultrafine 5K

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On 2/5/2021 at 2:43 PM, Sean P said:

Hi ed lazer,

Do you get this behaviour on a brand new document? If it is document specific could you attach a copy of the offending document(s) please? Lastly have you updated to 1.9.0 and does this improve anything for you?

Updated today to 1.9.0 and the mentioned issue is gone. AD feels as responsive as it was before. The update solves the problem.

Affinity Suite 1.9.1 | Big Sur 11.2.1 | MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) | 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 | 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 1TB Apple NVME SSD | LG Ultrafine 5K

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