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Affinity Designer Customer Beta ( - RC2)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Designer

Mac App Store: Submitted

Download: Download


Auto-update: Not available



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 no longer considered to be an incremental update to the 1.9.3 version recently released to all customers. As such, we strongly recommend that you do not use this beta for real work as data could be lost and the files you save are not guaranteed to open in previous / future versions of Affinity Designer.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Many thanks!


Changes This Time

- Added 'Select Parent', 'Select Top' and 'Select Bottom' for helping with selecting commonly required elements. This is super-useful for large documents where using the layers panel is very difficult
- Tweaked a recently introduced rendering issue with clips and blend modes

Changes Since 1.9.3

- Potentially huge performance improvements for large documents. We've spent a long time looking at this and have improved performance many-fold for large documents and improved scalability. If you have particular documents that still appear 'too slow' then feel free to share them with me and I'll do my best to look into them :)
- Memory handling improvements

- Support for Emojis in text tools! 😁👌🏻
- Further performance improvements to general operations
- Misc text performance improvements
- SVG import and export tweaks
- Fixed PDF Export group opacity potentially being applied twice
- Fixed potential crash when quitting with layers still on the clipboard
- Fix for Trotec Job Control incompatibility
- Improvements to noise rendering when used on colours
- Fix for inserting an embedded document, which was incorrectly favouring an in-memory version of the document if you were trying to add it again
- Fix for a potential deadlock most often noticed while painting with a pixel brush
- Fix for documents being offered to the clipboard in RGB8 format even when the document is CMYK, for example
- Fix for SVG export failing to correctly deal with stretched text when the user selects 'flatten transforms'
- Fix for SVG import not functioning correctly with whitespace between the keyword "translate" and the following opening bracket
- Fix for a potential deadlock when opening files with many (potentially large) images
- Many text tweaks - particularly relating to how pinned objects are handled when opened from a Publisher document
- Potential view drawing speed improvement
- Localisation improvements
- Help improvements

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