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Affinity Publisher cannot be opened (at all!) with Mac Sonoma 14.0 OS

Tanya Y.

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 Hi there,

I've just upgraded to Sonoma 14.0 and Affinity Publisher just cannot open. Every time when I try to launch it, just crashes.

What is going on and is there a way to be resolved? I have a digital products business which is completely based on the use of Publisher and all my work is just stuck now.

I see here and there in the forum that Publisher is not prepared to work with Sonoma, but if (I hope not) is true then there had to be some announcement! 😑

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Probably this Known Issue: 


-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.3, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.3.1

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Thank you walt.farrell, I just tried the workaournd from this thread and it worked. I was so anxious before, so I've missed it when was searching in the forum...

Although dark UI mode is very harsh to me eyes it's still some temporary solution and it would let me work for a while. Hope the Affinity team will find a solution soon ❤️


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The issue "[macOS Sonoma] - V1 Changing User interface settings on Intel Mac can crash app and then prevent run up" (REF: AF-481) has been fixed by the developers in internal build "". The Affinity Store and Mac App Store releases of Affinity v1.10.6 were found to not start when running in light UI. The update to Version 1.10.8 addresses only this specific issue, allowing the V1 range of Affinity software to work on Sonoma in both Light and Dark UI.

This fix is planned for inclusion in the next customer release of Affinity Photo, Publisher and Designer on macOS, 1.10.8 on the Affinity Store and Mac App Store.

This build is not yet available but we are trying to release this fix as soon as possible. When released this build will be announced in the announcements forum.

If you are already experiencing this problem in the Affinity store build, you will need to download the installer from the Downloads section your account on the Affinity Store, as the crash comes before the software can display any available updates.

If you still experience this problem once you are using build version 1.10.8 (or later) please reply to this thread including @Serif Info Bot to notify us.

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