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Affinity Publisher for macOS - 1.9.1

Patrick Connor

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We are pleased to announce an update for the macOS release of Affinity Publisher, version 1.9.1

Changes in this build

The detailed changes in Affinity Publisher for MacOS 1.9.1 over the release build Affinity Publisher for macOS 1.9.0 are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:


  • Fixed Crashes and errors when using the My Account option
  • Affinity registration showing in English for some supported locales
  • Fixed crash on open for a number of reported 1.8 / beta documents
  • Fixed intermittent crash on applying Master Page
  • (Mac) Fixed issue causing some UI icons to be rendered at incorrect sizes
  • (Mac) Fixed New Document dialog scheming on older macOS
  • (Mac) Fixed 'Monochromatic Iconography'
  • (Mac) Fixed toolbar height in separated mode
  • (Windows) Fixed inability to disable hardware acceleration, or a crash at startup if the hardware acceleration option hadn't been written to the settings file
  • (Windows) Fixes to mitigate issues with hardware acceleration on some systems

Document Loading

  • Fixed possible crash when opening files with iCloud based image resources
  • Fix for documents failing to load due to infinite loop with Constraints and certain document structures
  • Fixed potential hang while composing text in text frames with non-default Vertical Alignment
  • Fixed the inability to save some files originally opened as read only.


  • Text in scaled text frame could change size when grouped
  • Paragraph > Justification > Minimum, Desired and Maximum word spacing controls inoperative
  • Added Glyph Picker for Initial Words characters
  • Interactive > Go To Hyperlink can crash if no target
  • Fix for wrap settings on pinned objects not always updating correctly
  • Fixed scaling instability with inline text objects under certain circumstances
  • Objects inserted into Master Page text were not updating correctly on regular pages
  • Truncate long Find and Replace MRU menu entries to prevent UI overflow
  • Spelling applied through Paragraph style only takes effect after re-applying the style
  • Pressing delete whilst unlinking frames causes a crash
  • Fixed possible crash when inserting a TOC
  • (Windows) Fixed performance problems when Paragraph Panel was visible

Import / Export / Resources

  • Fixed blocking that could occur when placing especially large raster heavy PDF files
  • Updating a PDF via Resource Manager resets Interpret / Passthrough state
  • IDML Import - Fixed unlocking of layers coming from IDML Import
  • IDML Import - Fix for Text Styles not applied correctly with specific file
  • IDML Import - Fix for rotated items in Picture Frames
  • IDML Import - For failure to import some text items in Table cells
  • IDML Import - Fix for crash on import of specific file(s)
  • PDF Import - Improvements to how PDF Import handles text lists. Ambiguity between Roman numeral "c" and Latin letter "c" is handled better.
  • PDF Import - Fix for clipping paths being incorrectly identified as redundant and discarded in some circumstances
  • PDF Export - PDF set for Passthrough crops incorrectly
  • PDF Export - Fixed crash exporting file with Bookmarks
  • EPS Import - Fixed failure to detect colour space when the EPS only had shades
  • Fixed TGA import to allow loading of large files
  • Placed landscape afpub files could be treated as portrait under certain circumstances
  • Fix for performance problems when placing an asset which contains images
  • Updating images via Resource Manager was resetting scale
  • Resource Manager now sorts by page number
  • (Mac) Save As Package fails on macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or earlier
  • (Mac) Fixed Resource Manager on older macOS

Tools and Rendering

  • Transform Objects Separately was ignored for some operations
  • Align buttons were modifying master page content when used in "Edit Detached" mode
  • Fix for parts of some master page objects / paragraph decorations not showing in bleed on regular pages
  • Recent colours are now updated when changing a Table cell Fill or Stroke
  • Items contained on a master page's bleed area disappeared when zoomed in

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 Publisher macOS update announcement 

The 1.9 new features are explained by our team in this video and in more detail in links from this post

UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (Free for existing customers)

The software version can be seen on the splash screen and the About dialog (in application menu, Affinity Publisher > About).

If you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store— updates are done automatically next time you run your software after it is available in the Mac App Store. If this does not happen for you, open the Mac App Store app and go to the Updates page and then Store > Reload page or press CMD+R. This should hopefully force the update to show. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world which can mean it may take up to 72 hours for your update to be available.

If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store— each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer to download and install any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option Check for Updates. 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 Publisher for macOS) can be downloaded from this link (that installer is NOT for Mac App Store purchases and needs a product key).

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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