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Affinity Photo Customer Beta ( - RC2)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Features, improvements and fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

App Store: Not submitted

Download link: Download



We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the fifth build of Affinity Photo 1.10.0 for iOS.

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 1.9.2 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.

Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:


Changes Since Last Beta


- Fixed blend mode issues in the compositor.
- Fixed text input issues.
- Further attempt to fix odd behaviour when using pop up menu controls.
- Fixed issues with merge down / visible / selected.
- Fixed crashes when pasting between documents with different colour formats.
- Fixed curves / levels / channel mixer adjustments which affect alpha when placed as an enclosure.
- Assorted other tiny fixes.
- Localisation improvements.
- Help improvements.


Changes Since 1.9.2


- Avoid spurious brush previews when painting with certain brushes.
- Fix issue where context bar controls wouldn't update properly when selecting from a popup menu.
- Further patch tool fixes in LAB colour mode.
- Obey the document colour space when putting PDF data on the pasteboard.
- Fixed a sporadic deadlock issue when hardware acceleration is enabled.

- 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 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 Apply Image when used on masks.
- Fixed TIFF DPI issues.
- Fixed numerous sharpen brush tool issues.
- Fixed issues when pasting pixel layers into larger documents.

- Added support for emoji 😃👌😻.
- Added the ability to load ACM lens profiles.
- Added the ability to create a pattern layer from the current selection.
- Added GPU acceleration for blending ranges (in Advanced Blending).
- Added a new "median" mode to the frequency separation filter.

- 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.
- The gradient map adjustment now has a GPU implementation.
- Serif Labs RAW engine improvements.
- Significant, performance improvements for documents with many layers.
- Significant performance improvements when converting documents between ICC profiles / pixel formats.
- Significant performance improvements in low-memory situations, reducing use of the swap file.
- Significant performance improvements for documents which contain flattened, opaque layers (usually the result of merge visible).
- Performance and memory usage improvements when using placed images.
- Performance and memory usage improvements when using embedded documents.
- Panorama stitching performance improvements.
- PDF import and export improvements.
- Improve performance when manipulating the selected layer immediately after loading a document.

- Fixed issues opening some DNG files.
- Fixed Nikon D780 Raw loading when using Serif Labs engine.
- Fixed erratic behaviour with placed images.
- Fixed lockups when loading certain PSD documents with smart objects enabled.
- Fixed issue whereby LUTs would incorrectly report "Identity" as the description.
- Fixed performance issues with CMYK documents when GPU acceleration is enabled.

- Assorted small fixes.
- Localisation improvements.
- Help improvements.

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The only thing that is still there for me is the persistent guides. Once activated on any of the guides pages options, if you toggle show guides off and return to the Home Screen, on reopening, all guides are visible again. The show guides option state is not saved in the document so once set, guides can never be permanently made invisible which means they are a pain to use.


My dad always told me, a bad workman always blames their tools….

Just waiting for Ronny Pickering…..

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Issues affecting release builds should be reported in the bugs section please.

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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8 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

I think you should be using, and reporting bugs against, the retail release. That is where Serif expects to see testing and reports about new problems right now.

I thing we both misread Patrick’s reply. It’s not about beta vs non-beta, it’s about opening a new post for issues and keep this announcement thread clean. 

I’ve hided my misplaced posts, and will report the beta issues in the correct section when I have more time.

Sorry for starting this confusion (by trying to save some time on my side using links across sections)

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