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Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.9.1

Patrick Connor

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We are pleased to announce an update for the Windows release of Affinity Designer, version 1.9.1

The detailed changes in Affinity Designer for Windows 1.9.1 (over the last release Affinity Designer for Windows 1.9.0) are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:

  • Fixed Crashes and errors when using the My Account option
  • Fixed crash at start-up due to broken OpenCL drivers ( potential start-up crashes are detected, and hardware acceleration is prevented.)
  • Disabled hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon RX 5000 series and later cards (awaiting response to bug filed with AMD)
  • Fixed crash attempting to print a single artboard, which isn't the first artboard in the document
  • Fixed some documents failing to load (hanging)
  • Fixed JPEG and TIFF filter descriptions (was "Affinity Files")
  • Fixed performance problems when Paragraph Panel was visible
  • Fixed the inability to save some files originally opened as read only
  • Improved content syncing
  • Fixed scaled text frame increasing text size when grouped
  • Fixed Affinity registration showing in English for some supported locales
  • Fixed EMFs not rendering on non-RGBA documents
  • Fixed mirroring objects to transform individually based on tool settings
  • Improved performance of snapping by restricting inner bound snapping to objects with no more than two curves (i.e. single holes)
  • Fixed PDF passthrough failing to work on multi-page documents
  • Fixed TGA import to allow loading of large files
  • Fixed crash when loading specific CR3 file.
  • Fixed Studio Preset shortcuts not being restored after a subsequent launch
  • Fixed potential crash when a updating the layer editability
  • Fixed potential crash showing Product Key dialog
  • Fixed Copy As SVG preventing Affinity data being added to the clipboard
  • Fixed New from Clipboard of raster data from external applications, as it was always preferring EMF/WMF over raster data (ignoring the 'Prefer metafile over raster ...') general setting
  • Fixed asset dragging performance for some assets
  • Fixed being unable to apply styles with a single click in list mode
  • Fixed crash on shutdown while "My Account" content is still downloading
  • Improved PDF Import of text lists and numbers lists
  • Fixed PDF Import incorrectly identifying clips as redundant and removing them
  • Fixed copying of objects not copying their tag colour
  • Fixed Export Preview scaling issues.
  • Help and Localisation improvements
  • Performance improvements

Changes and fixes in 1.9 made since 1.8 (including the new 1.9 features) are listed in some detail in this 1.9.0 Designer Windows update announcement 

The 1.9 new features are explained by our team in this video

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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1 hour ago, Dave Vector said:

Please thank that team for me as well!

I will, as you say it's a "Team Effort" 

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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Thank you all in affinity team, this print crash was starting to get in my nerves lately. A lot of preview prints those days.

Ah it sad the openCL was disabled for AMD cards, I was hoping to use it in home with my 5500XT, but well not a big lose for me since I mostly work in office which is not getting any GPU upgrade anytime soon with those crazy GPU prices out there.

(Just wanted to add a side note here that may be of interest for AMD users because like me they probably don't know what card works and what does not, the only 7XXX card that support this is 7790 that is a newer CGN card. If you are like me and have anything else before that you are out of luck. You will need something from radeon 2XX and above.)

Current Workstation:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 1600AF - MOBO: Asus B450 - RAM: 16GB DDR4 2667Mhz - GPU: AMD Radeon 7790 1GB
SSD: Samsung Evo 850 256GB - HDD:  Toshiba P300 1TB, WD Blue 2.5" 5400rpm 1TB - PSU: XFX TS450 - OS: Win11

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