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Affinity Photo Customer Beta ( - RC1)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Features, improvements and fixes.

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

Mac App Store: Not submitted

Download ZIP: Download

Auto-update: Available



We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the fourth build of Affinity Photo 1.10.0 for macOS.

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 an incremental update to the 1.9.3 version recently released to all customers (although it still installs parallel to the released version, as described above). We recommend that you use this beta in preference to the store version if you are affected by any of the issues listed below.

The changes in the 1.9.4 betas have been rolled into 1.10.

Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:


Changes Since Previous Beta


- Allow OCIO display path to use EDR capability.
- Further patch tool fixes in LAB colour mode.
- Obey the document colour space when putting PDF data on the pasteboard.
- Show a message box on astro stacking completion, reporting light frames which could not be aligned.
- Fixed a sporadic deadlock issue when hardware acceleration is enabled.
- Assorted small fixes.
- Localisation improvements.
- Help improvements.


Changes Since 1.9.3


- Fixed potential crash when typing text.
- Fixed potential crash when rendering large panoramas.
- Fixed issues when loading small documents into separated mode (documents were rotated).
- Fixed live defringe bug when zooming.
- Improved defringe performance and increased maximum radius.
- Improve performance when multiple Info page samplers are placed on the document.
- Improve adjustment layer performance when hardware acceleration is disabled.

- Added CR3 support for Canon EOS 850D.
- Emoji improvements and fixes.
- Improved gradient fill noise rendering.
- Lens correction improvements for Canon / Tamron / Sigma lenses.

- Fixed crash when using monochrome FITS bayer pattern.
- Fixed issues when refining a selection and outputting as a new layer with mask.
- Fixed mesh warp issues.
- Fixed issue which was preventing accurate selection of pixel layers.
- Fixed crop tool issue where all presets were landscape.
- Fixed Apply Image when used on masks.
- Fixed TIFF DPI issues.
- Fixed numerous sharpen brush tool issues.
- Fixed crash when rearranging swatches.
- Fixed issues when pasting pixel layers into larger documents.

- Added support for emoji 😃👌😻.
- Added the ability to load ACM lens profiles.
- Assorted improvements to astro stacking, including the ability to edit the names of stacked images and the ability to stack images for different filters simultaneously. 
- Fixed issues opening some DNG files.

- Serif Labs RAW engine improvements.
- Assorted astro stacking improvements and fixes.
- Fixed Nikon D780 Raw loading when using Serif Labs engine.
- Attempted fix for occasional flickering of rendered document.
- Fixed crash when deleting a procedural texture constant while the cursor is still in the description text field.
- Fixed erratic behaviour with placed images.
- Fixed missing controls when procedural texture dialog is in non-English.
- Fixed crash when macro recording selected layer change in Japanese UI.
- Fixed lockups when loading certain PSD documents with smart objects enabled.
- Added the ability to open FITS files directly, with control over demosaicing.

- Performance and memory usage improvements when using placed images.
- Performance and memory usage improvements when using embedded documents.
- PDF import and export improvements.
- Significant performance improvements in low memory situations.

- Fixed small visual issues when switching back to templates from presets in the new document panel.
- Fixed gradient map adjustment rendering issues.
- Fixed expression input issues with decimal separators other than ".".
- Fixed issue whereby ISO speed was incorrectly reported for some images.

- Help improvements.

- Added support for Xtrans sensor images in astro stacking.
- Added GPU acceleration for blending ranges (in Advanced Blending).
- Further, significant, performance improvements for documents with many layers.
- Significant performance improvements when converting documents between ICC profiles / pixel formats.

- Fixed performance issues with previous build with certain GPUs.
- Fixed spare channel / mask editing.

- Assorted metadata panel tweaks.
- Further panorama stitching performance tweaks.

- Added a new "median" mode to the frequency separation filter.
- The gradient map adjustment now has a GPU implementation.

- Restored the GPU rendering improvements which were dropped towards the end of the 1.9.2 beta. The benchmark version is once again set to 1920.
- Improve performance when manipulating the selected layer immediately after loading a document.
- Significant performance improvements in low-memory situations, reducing use of the swap file.
- Panorama stitching performance improvements.
- Significant performance improvements for documents which contain flattened, opaque layers (usually the result of merge visible).
- Render EXIF exposure time as decimal if above 1.

- Fixed F-number always showing as "f/0" for Leica M-series cameras (and others).
- Fixed issue whereby LUTs would incorrectly report "Identity" as the description.
- Fixed potential crash when quitting with layers still on the clipboard.
- Fixed performance issues with CMYK documents when GPU acceleration is enabled.

- Assorted small fixes.
- Localisation improvements.

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- Fixed a sporadic deadlock issue when hardware acceleration is enabled.

I wonder if this is the cause of the stuck cursor/ui I have been seeing since 1.9 (and still in the previous beta sometimes).

Device: Apple M1 Ultra 64GB Ventura 13.0.1 Apple Studio Display

- Andrew

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MINOR but still a bug ...

Trying to Save a previously unsaved file with layers causes AP to hang with that forever busy spinning little wheel cursor which, interestingly, is not shown in this screen capture of the hung state. Thanks for AP!



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The font menu corruption problem is still in this RC.


iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020 i7 72GB) • AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT 16 GB • macOS Ventura
MacBook Pro, 13", M1 2020 • 16 GB • macOS Ventura
iPad Air 2022

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If you are looking for Affinity Photo Customer Beta ( - RC2), try this link.

All 3 1.10.6, & all 3 V21.1 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo 
1.10.6; Affinity Designer 1.10.6; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

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