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Affinity Photo Customer Beta - 1.6.4 (Beta 3)

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Status: Beta Release

Purpose: New features, fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

Mac App Store: Not Submitted

Download: Here


This is the third beta of a substantial change to our codebase and as much as we have tried to ensure the quality of the code, it should be considered to be not suitable for production use. This means that you should not attempt to use it for commercial purposes or for any other activity that may be adversely affected by the application failing. In addition it is definitely worth noting that files created in Affinity 1.6 may not open in 1.5 so always make a copy of your important documents before opening them in 1.6 to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite them and are unable to open them in your 1.5 version.


To use this beta, simply download the file from the link given above and double-click on the file to open the installer. Follow the instructions to install the beta version. The beta sits alongside the Mac App Store version and will not interfere with it.




Affinity Photo Team :ph34r:


Changes this release


  • Selection refinement performance improvements.
  • Show progress when committing a refined selection.
  • Handle layers with 0 width / height more correctly.
  • Improved PDF / vector export.
  • Remember Align To settings between sessions.
  • Opening and saving document will now support macOS filesystem tags correctly.
  • Export panel also support tags correctly.
  • Improved RAW support - more cameras etc.
  • Further efforts to reduce the size of the application binary.
  • Improved TIFF loading correctness.
  • Fixed some “Effects” brushes looking wrong on masks / adjustments.
  • Prevent Tone Map being macro recorded (proper support for it will be reintroduced later).
  • The “Undo” brush should do nothing on masks / adjustments.
  • Fixed crash when using File -> New Batch Job in light UI mode.
  • Fixed crash when loading a document with an OCIO space which is no longer available.
  • Support malformed 8bit grayscale TIFFs (which were loading as sRGB).
  • Fixed some scroll bar panel issues in light UI.
  • Fixed Ctrl-reset startup crash in light UI.
  • Fixed some flickering issues with sliders.
  • Removed “Set as Default” for Pantone palettes.
  • Improved drag & drop in the Library page.
  • Numerous other small fixes.
  • Localisation improvements (especially Russian).


Changes since last App Store release


  • Metal compute acceleration.
  • Significant improvements to light UI.
  • Metal display acceleration.
  • Custom brush wet edges.
  • Outlier stacking mode.
  • Fixed Export LUT Red/Blue swapping bug.
  • Fixed inability to hold shift and click in brush tools to create a straight line.
  • Improved Photoshop Plugin support.
  • Fixed bad / crashing macros cause by recording a 32bit preview mode change.
  • Fixed B&C macro arguments issues.
  • Fixed info panel samplers not being drawn.
  • Fixed artefacts with Live Filters.
  • Improved Live Filters performance
  • Pasting pixel data should always past pixel-aligned.
  • Fixed inability to load Procreate PSD files.
  • Localisation improvements.
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements


  • First and foremost, the 1.6 version is mainly about: Light UI! (go to Preferences->User Interface)
  • Improved view pan/zoom performance and new pixel-differencing pixel shader
  • Improved performance with large documents
  • New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites
  • New Glyph browser
  • Stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools
  • Align to key items (first/last selected)
  • Text frame vertical alignment options
  • Fit frame to text (double-click on bottom centre handle).
  • Transform panel uses the rotation centre
  • Scale/shear can now be performed about rotation centre
  • Double-click now resets shape handles and rotate/shear handles
  • Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
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It's not a bug, but ... the localization could be revised. The english version is ok. And there are still grid lines when using live vignette filter and live shadows/highlights filer. And the app crashes when saving. iMac, El Capitan.

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Best wishes


iMac 2017, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB, MacOS Monterey 12.6.2 (21G320)

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I have been able to export by selecting an alternative Preset for .jpeg. As well as with .png 8 setting. Probably, the default Preset(s) is/are a little bit corrupt.

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The export crashes are all caused by one unfortunate mistake. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing and will try to rectify it as soon as possible.

Thanks again,


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On 7/29/2017 at 11:51 AM, malte said:

Crashes every time I try to export an image. Mac OS X 10.12.6.

I'm having the same problem on 10.11.6 tried .png and .jpeg bombs every time.

Seems ok saving page as a slice in export persona - 


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A bit of a list for the current beta (3).




32-bit features

When stitching 32-bit images the colour / gamma information gets messed up. Also there is no OCIO support in the stitcher, so it'd be hard to see what you're looking at once the colour flattening bug is solved.






16-bit half-float

It's one of the cornerstones of the ACES spec that some facilities require. So an input / output would be great.

For input it should be recognised as 16-bit half-float and be treated as such, not as 32-bit float.


It would still be in a 32-bit float space inside of Affinity but properly imported and exported.

I'm coming across this now more often with ACES work. Some game texture artists use this format in their pipeline as well. So it's a broader group that has a need for it. 



OCIO implementation

An option to read the colour space from the EXR would be great and more reliable than do it by filename. Also have an option to set it during file export. This could be simplified with the OCIO settings file I suggested before. Setup once, fire and forget. It would also solve the current issue with EXR export crashes when a space isn't specified in the filename.



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I was amazed that the iPad version had a stacking mode (Outlier) that version 1.5.2 of the Mac Desktop didn't yet have!  I created a 7 image stack in beta 1.6.4 (Beta 3) and it crashed when I exported to jpg format using the same root name as the original file.  However when I added .jpg to the root file name (e.g. Filename.jpg) it did not crash.  Shouldnt the app be able to distinguish between an existing .afphoto file and a .jpg?

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