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Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.10.4 (inc 1.10.3)

Patrick Connor

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We are pleased to announce an update for the MacOS release of Affinity Photo, version 1.10.4 (replacing 1.10.3)

(Note: 1.10.2 was an iPad only release)
The detailed changes in Affinity Photo for MacOS 1.10.4 over the release build Affinity Photo for macOS 1.10.1 are as follows:

Fixes & Improvements:

  • Optimised for new ProMotion 120hz screen, M1 Pro and M1 Max
  • Architecture changes when Metal compute acceleration is enabled to better support M1 Pro and M1 Max
  • Improved performance of the Infer LUT function.
  • Improved overlay paint / erase brushes in develop.
  • Fixed GPU instability introduced in last beta.
  • Fixed gradient midpoints when hardware acceleration is enabled.
  • Fixed crashes in the 32bit colour chooser.
  • Fixed issues with toggling “edit selection as layer”.
  • Fixed lighting filter UI issues.
  • Fixed spurious brush hardness when changing tools.
  • Fixed issues when refining and outputting as a new layer + mask.
  • Fixed refine selection shortcut not being persisted properly.
  • Fixed astrophotography stacking crash.
  • Performance improvements for all integrated GPUs. The benchmark version has been changed to 11020, as results are no longer comparable to results from previous builds.
  • Fixed artefacts when using the legacy shadows & highlights filter.
  • Further fixes to the patch tool in LAB mode.
  • Improve panorama stitching when source images have unusual metadata.
  • Improvements to aligning layers by stars.
  • Improvements to astro-stacking when images contain large stars.
  • Fixed incorrect import of linear burn blend mode from PSD files.
  • Fixed issues with certain DNG files in the develop persona.
  • Fixes crashes opening certain EXR files.
  • Improved export quality when document contains certain live filters.
  • Fixed crashes with pattern layers.
  • Fixed saturation blend mode issues in 16bit RGB.
  • Fixed crash on Monterey editing embedded documents
  • Screen and UI corruption (in 1.10.3) on some desktops
  • Assorted other fixes and improvements.
  • Help & localisation improvements.

The improvements in 1.10 since 1.9 are listed in some detail in this 1.10.0 Photo macOS update announcement

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 Photo > 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 Photo 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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The 1.10.3 desktop release builds have now been replaced with 1.10.4 release builds to fix a few issues that have come to light shortly after release. This announcement post has been repurposed to include these minor changes. On the Affinity Store 1.10.4 should be available now (from your account and the link in each announcement, and on auto-update very soon). 1.10.4 builds will be rolling out on the Mac App Store and Microsoft store over the next 24-48 hours as normal.

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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On 10/29/2021 at 8:45 AM, Patrick Connor said:

1.10.4 builds will be rolling out on the Mac App Store and Microsoft store over the next 24-48 hours as normal.

FWIW, for me after waiting for 30+ hours the U.S. Mac App Store was still not showing the 1.10.4 updates for AD or AP in the Updates section of the MAS app, even after signing out of & back into my account.

Instead, for each of them in the Updates section it showed version 1.0.3 with the usual "Open" button. However, when I clicked on the app icon instead of the "Open" button to show the app's info page, there it did show an "Update" button, & that worked.

So if you bought the apps from the U.S. Mac App Store & the updates are still not showing up for you, you might try this trick. It might work for other country's store too, but since the U.S. store is usually one of the first to see the rollout, you might have to wait longer.

Affinity Photo 1.10.5, Affinity Designer 1.10.5, Affinity Publisher 1.10.5;  2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer 1.10.5 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.0.2

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