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2.5 Features and Improvements

This post is the list of all new features and improvements included in the 2.5.0 release, and the next post is a list of the main bug fixes.

Features and improvements affecting all platforms

  • Variable Font support 
    You’re now able to use variable fonts in all Affinity apps, which opens up a new world of typographic design possibilities. Many variable fonts allow you to adjust their width and weight axes, and possibly italic, optical size and slant. These five axes are common enough that they’re defined by the OpenType specification. Other axes may also be adjustable and vary according to the installed font.
  • On desktop, click the Font Variations button on the context toolbar (or on the Character Panel)
  • On iPad, tap the arrow to the right of Bold/Italic/Underline/Strikethrough on the Text Panel and then tap Variations.

Tutorial on Variable Fonts 

 

  • QR Code Tool 
    You can now easily add QR codes to your documents using the new QR Code Tool on the shape tools flyout. These codes can then be scanned to perform actions such as visiting a web page of your choice.

Tutorial for QR Tool (in Publisher) 

Tutorial for QR Tool (in Photo) 

  • (Designer) Stroke Width Tool 
    Available alongside the Pencil Tool in Affinity Designer’s toolbar, the new Stroke Width Tool gives you an on-document way of editing the pressure profile of any curve.
    • While in the Stroke Width Tool, the positions of those points are shown along the curve, and you have the ability to change their width and position by dragging them.
    • You can also click to add a new pressure point or double-click to remove any pressure point on a curve.

Tutorial on Stroke Width Tool (in Designer) 

  • (Designer) Pencil Tool improvements 
    We have made some further improvements to the Pencil Tool, including a new curve-smoothing algorithm which gives better, smoother results overall. We have changed the ‘Auto-close’ method so that when you have that option checked in the context toolbar the curve only closes when you are near to the start point of the curve being drawn. You will now get an indicator when you are in range of the start position of the curve so you know when a curve will be auto-closed.
     
  • (Designer & Publisher) DWG polylines import improvements 
    We have made some improvements when importing polylines resulting in substantially simplified curves.
     
  • (Photo & Publisher) Improved RAW processing and support for 6 new camera models
    • FujiFilm X100VI
    • Leica SL3
    • Pentax KF (Ricoh)
    • Samsung Galaxy S23+
    • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
    • Sony ILCE-9M3 (A9 III) (improved)
       

In addition to those features on all platforms (above), these are the Windows and macOS features and improvements

  • (Windows) Native ARM64 support
    So we’re thrilled to announce that the entire Affinity suite is now optimised for the latest Windows hardware thanks to full native optimisation for devices with ARM64 chips. In fact, Affinity is the first creative software with end-to-end native ARM support.
    • Allows our applications to perform at their full potential on ARM64 devices.
    • machines with the new chip can expect a more responsive user experience with tasks like painting, pixel editing, filter effects, document rendering and more.
       
  • ‘Default preset’ for grid
    Within grid and axis settings, you can now set any of your grid settings to be the default so that when you create a new document, those settings will be applied.
    • You can set / clear default grids from the burger menu next to the grid preset drop-down
       
  • ‘Transform objects separately’ 
    set all objects in that selection to have that specific width or height value entered. 
     
  • Typography dialog turned into a panel
    As requested, we’ve now converted the typography dialog from a pop-up into a panel so you can easily dock it / keep it open should you wish.

Localised versions of the changes in 2.5 (and those in earlier releases) can be found here

As well as all those improvements above, listed below is a list of the fixed bugs in this release

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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This post covers the main bug fixes that are included in 2.5.0. The fixes are organised by operating system.

(A) Bug fixes which affected all platforms 

  • SVG rectangle with width="100%" height="100%" is imported incorrectly as 1x1    AF-1899
  • Time can be lost from XMP-Photoshop:DateCreated on export if IPTC:DateCreated is also present    AF-3028
  • Importing PSD file can fail to load and cause high RAM usage    AF-2621
  • Paragraph > Spacing > Leading can be set to a negative value   
  • Export Preview does not correctly display results when using Rasterise : Nothing setting    AF-2284
  • Eight digit SVG hex values not being parsed correctly    AF-2152
  • Exporting to PDF with Tagging enabled fails when a text object is visually cropped with a vector mask, inside a group that is visually cropped with a vector mask    AF-2112
  • First point on a vector stroke when using the pencil or vector brush is in the wrong direction    AF-339
  • Select options in Photo Persona are offset based on bleed    AF-1973
  • Cut and pasting Anchors creates a new Anchor, breaking Cross References to the original Anchor or Paragraph    AF-1911
  • Strokes with a pressure profile are expanded with wrong width (affecting SVG, PDF, EPS exports)    AF-727
  • Expand Stroke on a rotated Curve with pressure applied causes curve to disappear, though remains in the Layers Studio    AF-726
  • Expand stroke fails on curve with stroke pressure applied    AF-294
  • Expand stroke fails on specific curve with pressure    AF-3080
  • Expanding specific curve gets its stroke and fill colours swapped    AF-3079

(B) Bug fixes which affected Desktop (Windows and macOS)

  • Linked multi-page PDF files default to Page 1 when re-loading the document, changing passthrough policy subsequently causes an app crash    AF-2662
  • Customer .docx file placed within a text frame in a new doc gives "Failed to Save" message.    AF-2158
  • Tables: Update from Selection on Default format enables 'Delete' causing app to crash when deleting format    AF-2142
  • Editing a TOC heading and updating TOC creates a new anchor incorrectly    AF-1912
  • Changing the Grid settings in the Develop Persona drastically reduces the image exposure    AF-1166
  • Expand stroke doesn't work well with curves with pressure    AF-728
  • Mitre value seems to incorrectly affect curves with pressure and a Round Join    AF-3081
  • PDF 'page information' resets per chapter when exporting .afbook    AF-3049
  • URL Hyperlinks created with hidden characters selected fail to open target or add %00 to URL    AF-3033
  • Preflight status of book chapters does not update correctly when checked via Books panel preferences    
  • Error exporting PDF with file hyperlinks    
  • Hyperlinks within Footnotes/Endnotes imported from MS Word/Google Docs not importing correctly    AF-2962
  • App crashes on launch if cs.json is empty    AF-2879
  • Expand Stroke fails on curves that have a large 'step' in the Pressure Profile    AF-2772
  • User file- changing the zoom level renders the incorrect page view on a placed embedded resource    AF-2685
  • [User File] Placing .xlsx causes app to hang and never recover    AF-2374
  • Character Panel: Colour controls all spam the history steps.    AF-2360
  • Running Headers last on page can display incorrect headers if paragraphs run onto new pages    
  • Numbering on imported docx file not correct    
  • Blur Tool: blur effect quite subtle if Metal compute acceleration is enabled    AF-2268
  • Flowing text into a new frame changes formatting    AF-2236
  • Develop Persona- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C Lens profile not identified in the lens panel    AF-2132
  • Files can export to certain formats without effects    
  • Hide / Show Others is not in Publisher's Layer Menu    AF-2083
  • HEIC files with transparency import with a solid black fill in place of the transparency    AF-2036
  • Resource Manager panel doesn't always update automatically    
  • Running headers and paragraph style that is used in more than one paragraph in a row.    AF-1940
  • Find & Replace- Searching for words with an Anchor/note/index marker inserted will fail to find the word with 'match whole word' enabled    AF-1928
  • Table Format's text style appears blank if the original style has been renamed    
  • Importing a multi level list into Pub with various text styles    AF-1832
  • Hyperlink panel displays the same/first anchor for all if multiple are setup    AF-1647
  • Export persona > Document name and Document filename are empty for newly saved documents    AF-1496
  • Importing IDML and flowing text to new frame applies text scaling unexpectedly    AF-1342
  • Flowing Story text is scaled unexpectedly after changing the documents DPI    AF-1288
  • Expand stroke fails on text layer outline creating an empty curve layer - File specific    AF-1231
  • New Stack with images using 'bottom right' metadata orientation are stacked upside down    AF-996
  • Text Style Editor has had many corrections as part of a refactoring, including:
    • Text Style Editor: Optical Alignment Add button adds both an empty entry along with default list.    AF-2882
    • Text Style Editor: Slight difference between Position & Transform ordering compared to Paragraph Panel    AF-2856
    • Text Style Editor: Deleting a Shear or Scale value will set it to 'No Change' but doesn't remove the value from the style    AF-2347
    • Text styles Panel doesn't show the text stroke outline unless you've also set the fill colour on MacOS    AF-2186
    • Text Styles Panel not displaying decorations correctly with CMYK values    
    • Text Style Editor: Initial Word Style Settings doesn't show 'special' characters    
    • Text Style Editor: Initial Words end characters cannot be set to 'No Change' after modifying    
    • Text Style Editor: Bullet List font cannot be removed (or added) by checking 'Use Selected Font'    
    • Text Style Editor: Desired Word (and Letter) Spacing is not capped by Minimum and Maximum Word (and Letter) Spacing options    
    • Text Style Editor: Caps to Small Caps/Petite Caps shows as Normal Caps in Style Settings    
    • Text Style Editor: Stylistic Sets and Character Variants are not capped to the font max    
    • Text Style Editor: Shouldn't each Stylistic Set be a On/Off/No Change value rather than a number    

(C) Bugs fixed which specifically affected Windows

  • RAW files have Artefacts when opened in 2.4    AF-2178
  • Buttons disappearing from preflight panel    AF-2643
  • Crash whilst dragging Mask and adjustment layers in layer stack    
  • Crash when changing between Light and Dark UI with stroke panel and unselected curve on page    
  • Resource Manager - Locate in Document remains active with no documents open    
  • Clear User Data dialog does not fit on screen for smaller displays    AF-2217
  • intel builds on arm failing to render documents (OpenCL enabled)    AF-2173
  • Crash - adding pages from files and specifying a section to add    
  • 'New from Clipboard' fails with SVG code on the clipboard    AF-854
  • Clicking in blank area of Pressure Profile changes second node    
  • Changing Colour Studio view from Sliders changes colour mode settings applied in Slider view    AF-2423
  • Layers panel: layer drop zones broken    AF-2394
  • Edit Text Style dialog does not always fit on screen & cannot be resized, hiding OK / Cancel options    AF-2351
  • Text Style Editor: Outline stroke style doesn't have the ability to set 'No change' on Windows.    
  • LAB/Greyscale values are showing with decimals on Windows    AF-2327
  • Can't adjust the values in Transform panel using 'click + drag' gesture on the field label for 2 node straight open curves    AF-2213
  • Initial Words gets forced on after disabling with the Paragraph Panel visible   
  • User File - Relinking a multi-page PDF resource fails to generate the interpret page view    AF-2049
  • WIN Publisher When export to PDF the UI progress bar freezes but the PDF is exported    AF-1961
  • Undoing/Redoing setting pdf passthrough causes a hang    
  • Email Hyperlinks with multiple email addresses (CC & BCC) fail to validate / export    AF-1736
  • Overprint is not enabled when creating a Global Colour, and disables when edited    AF-1322
  • Placed file names are not truncated on the Context Toolbar    AF-2832
  • View transform is broken when one app hands off to the other    
  • Cannot reapply the highlighted text style to multiple paragraphs   
  • Select all layers keyboard shortcut not set by default    AF-2715
  • HEIC loses Date Created data after Batch Job    AF-2625
  • Right click on Masked layer's icon on parent layer does not select mask layer    
  • Library Panel: Search is case-sensitive on Windows    
  • Grid and Axis manager always uses 3 decimal point values when adjusting using slider, regardless of UI setting    AF-2450
  • Using a keyboard shortcut for Geometry > Add results in a compound shape as if ctrl + add was clicked.    AF-2444
  • CTRL modifier for boolean Add now makes compounds    AF-2432
  • Colour Studio in Slider view offers 16bit / Percentage options for HSL and LAB incorrectly    AF-2424
  • Show Column Guides and Show Pixel Selection toggles are missing in the pixel persona    AF-2391
  • Can't print multiple artboards with bleed    AF-2358
  • Pressing Esc whilst dragging on Transform panel controls causes the controls to start reacting to mouseover    
  • Brush Previews are drawn within the Colour Picker Loupe when using the ALT modifier with Brush Tools    
  • Can't undo live filter or adjustment layer creation    AF-2265
  • Grids fail to instantly update on document when modified    AF-2224
  • Edit > Copy Merged is incorrect for Portuguese    AF-2188
  • Pixel and Pixel Grid gridlines are thicker in v2.4 (compared to 2.3)    AF-2167
  • Closing an open document should take you to the next open document to its right   
  • Difficulty dragging a layer to the top of the stack (compared to V1)    AF-2144
  • Mouse Scrolling the Angle field in FX does not visually update changes on canvas when cursor is over the Angle value itself    AF-2121
  • Multiple panels show clipping in various languages    
  • [German] Stock Panel shows clipping for Pixabay    
  • Stroke Well in Colour Studio cannot be clicked in the centre of the icon    AF-2070
  • 'Search' fields do not offer a right click context menu    
  • Sony ILCE-7CM2 Tint slider is at -100%    AF-2045
  • Arrowhead Styles for Strokes cannot be selected in Decorations    AF-1982
  • Certain fonts are causing names to be truncated in Text styles fonts list    
  • Export Palette option is not greyed out in Swatches Studio menu with a Pantone Palette selected    
  • Layers Panel- Shift selecting multiple layers after using the Select > Select Bottom/Top command does not function    AF-1820
  • New Tab Stop field loses focus when number is changed using arrow keys on keyboard    AF-1805
  • Windows When inserting a Cross-Reference the Search from start files is not active    AF-1747
  • Chinese and Japanese characters fail to show on 'finger tooltip'    AF-1744
  • Export Persona: you can lose the Variable and Description fields in the Token flyout  
  • Undesired Colour Conversion when using 'Performed by Printer'    AF-1633
  • Overprint Swatches when Show as List enabled do not visually clip the ellipse used to denote the Overprint state    AF-1323
  • Adjustment panel thumbnail previews are clipped    AF-415
  • Gradient outline still present on Panel tabs    AF-2892
  • Text Style Editor: Scrollers on Alternates page have a different max value on macOS than Windows    
  • Delete Pages: Wording discrepancy between macOS and Windows   
  • Menu Edit > Fill...: pressing Enter to validate choice/close dialog no longer works    AF-2232
  • Colour flyout slightly clipped on Windows   
  • Swatch names are not truncated    
  • 'Font Style' and 'Font Traits' language inconsistency between studio panels    AF-804
  • New Document dialog: No X to close documents in List View on Windows    

(D) Bugs fixed which specifically affected macOS

  • Velocity Brush width changes fail to export to PDF or expand stroke    AF-3074
  • Character Panel: All fonts, selecting a Font Book Collection with Variable fonts will crash Affinity    AF-2922
  • Incorrect lens being detected, Panasonic instead of Sony    AF-2822
  • [Crash Report] macOS apps crash whilst in the background (ie not in use) with relation to "Affinity::CloudServices"    AF-2698
  • Colour modes in Colour Studio Slider view incorrectly share display settings, causing incorrect colour values to be shown    AF-2421
  • Text Style Editor: Setting Outline Stroke style to No Change doesn't appear to fully revert the values.    
  • Activate button is clipped along its bottom edge    
  • Crash when dropping Promised files into a document    AF-2264
  • Clear User Data dialog does not fit on screen for smaller displays    
  • Chinese and Japanese characters fail to show on 'finger tooltip'    AF-2237
  • .CR2/CR3 images import with desaturated/washed out colours when switching between RAW engines    
  • Certain RAW images render in black and white when developed on macOS    AF-2179
  • Crash clicking Regular Expressions with the layer name text field active    AF-2139
  • Show Column Guides and Show Pixel Selection toggles are missing in the pixel persona    AF-2119
  • Procedural Texture- 'rgbtoi' function canvas rendering inconsistent with metal enabled    AF-1963
  • 'Characters Including Spaces' only shows as 'Characters' in the Status bar    AF-1958
  • Layers Release option in context menu becomes greyed out when you have more than 30 objects selected    
  • Trash Can icon on Anchor Panel is too small on macOS    
  • Placing any multiple page PDF and setting duplicate to display a different page will always show page 1 when saved and reopened    AF-1726
  • Edit Text Style - Position & Transform baseline jumps to negative value    AF-1691
  • Copy To Category missing from Brush context menu.    AF-1666
  • MS Word doc with page range index references aren't supported    AF-1618
  • Mac Apps crash when an image is dragged and dropped from a Zip file    AF-1162
  • Document Setup missing from File menu in Pixel Persona    AF-839
  • CMYK Color sliders in colour chooser inconsistent    AF-657
  • Importing Images using EPSON Standard RGB - Gamma 1.8 Profile causes an app crash  AF-2655
  • Crash when selecting Smart Selection Brush tool on a specific document 
  • Document crashes app after using File > Close  

(E) Bugs fixed which specifically affected iPad

  • Appearance>Options>Colour Wheel causes a crash    AF-1696
  • Copy To Category missing from Brush context menu.    AF-2243
  • Layers Studio menu missing 'Release' and 'Mask to Below' commands    AF-1919
  • Korean Text does not get input/combined correctly on iPadOS    AF-1268
  • Thumbnail generation is delayed when using iPadOS 17, also affects menu for Live Doc    AF-466
  • pop-up dialogs from adjustments do not turn translucent when dragging the slider    AF-595
  • Chinese and Japanese characters fail to show on 'finger tooltip'    
  • Lessons tab name changes to Samples after opening settings when languages set to ENG (UK)    
  • White flash shows on loading the in-app iPad help    
  • Number Pad does not clear after object is deselected, panel is cleared or document closed    
  • Resource Manager Details page doesn't update automatically    
  • Crash after signing into Affinity ID and then closing the app soon after    
  • Able to set negative values on Corner Tool slider    
  • iPad edit / document menus conflict with brush settings    
  • Top ruler is missing when stage manager is active    
  • CMD + S shortcut doesn't work on the magic keyboard with Zhuyin input    
  • Importing Images using EPSON Standard RGB - Gamma 1.8 Profile causes an app crash  

Affinity Windows applications include the fixes in lists (A)+(B)+(C)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (B) Bug fixes affecting desktop Apps
    +
  • (C) those fixes affecting Windows

Affinity macOS applications include the fixes in lists (A)+(B)+(D)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (B) Bug fixes affecting desktop Apps
    +
  • (D) Bug fixes affecting macOS

Affinity iPad applications include the fixes in list (A)+(E)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (E) Bug fixes affecting iPads.

These list are just the highlights of the many (~200) fixes made during the recent 2.5.0 beta cycle, which are listed in full in this post .

If you have reported a bug and it is not yet fixed, please do not report it again. More fixes will be made in the forthcoming 2.6 beta cycle.

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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This post covers the main bug fixes that are included in 2.5.2. The fixes are organised by operating system.

(A) Bug fixes which affected all platforms 

  • Localization fixes

(B) Bug fixes which affected Desktop (Windows and macOS)

  • Users experiencing freezing, crashing, or text not displaying due to threading issues [AF-3191]
  • Crash duplicating text style [AF-3140]
  • Crash when attempting to select some specific fonts AF-3194
  • Variable Font - text style description not correct when a style is modified by a variable font style AF-2885
  • Fixed MAS/MS-Store receipt loading crash on startup [AF-3189] (fixed in 2.5.1)

(C) Bugs fixed which specifically affected Windows

  • Crashing during 'loading fonts' [AF-3190]
  • Some Non-ascii named fonts not appearing in app AF-3118
  • Users missing fonts after updating (if their Windows username contained non-ascii characters)  AF-3196
  • Font families are not being grouped correctly

(D) Bugs fixed which specifically affected macOS

  • Variable Fonts usage in text styles 
  • Crash went switching between Font Categories with variable fonts installed (fixed for some users) AF-3126
  • Crash when right clicking on a layer that's applied from a Master Page AF-3209
  • SF Pro font and other fonts not displaying text in files as Font style is missing when files are opened AF-3205

(E) Bugs fixed which specifically affected iPad

  • Text Caret cannot be moved left or right via keyboard arrow keys AF-3199  

Affinity Windows applications include the fixes in lists (A)+(B)+(C)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (B) Bug fixes affecting desktop Apps
    +
  • (C) those fixes affecting Windows

Affinity macOS applications include the fixes in lists (A)+(B)+(D)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (B) Bug fixes affecting desktop Apps
    +
  • (D) Bug fixes affecting macOS

Affinity iPad applications include the fixes in list (A)+(E)

  • (A) Bugs fixes affecting All Apps
    +
  • (E) Bug fixes affecting iPads.

If you have reported a bug and it is not yet fixed, please do not report it again. More fixes will be made in the forthcoming 2.6 beta cycle.

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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