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Affinity Photo for iPad - 1.6.5

Patrick Connor

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We are pleased to announce the App Store release of Affinity Photo for iPad, version 1.6.5

The change-list is as follows:


- Build with iOS11 SDK, Xcode 9.
- Dropping images into an open document now works in iOS11.
- Dropping files into the welcome screen will now import them on iOS11.
- iOS11 will now generate thumbnails and previews for Affinity documents.
- New Stack now supports RAW files.
- New HDR, Focus Merge, Stack, Panorama now support dropping of source images in iOS11.
- New “Rotate” menu items when developing RAW.
- New “Lock Children” switch in the Transform Studio (so you can move a layer but not the mask, etc.)
- Ability to embed documents using drag and drop.
- Ability to import brushes using drag and drop.
- Ability to drag & drop of multiple files into the home screen.
- Ability to “Save a Copy” from the home screen.
- Ability to drag from export panel to Files application.


- Photo library browser updates more sensibly when external changes occur.

- Hide built in fonts which are not suitable for the current language.
- Font family should use the localised name.
- Vector export improvements.
- Popups can now be dismissed by interacting with the canvas (painting, for example). A single tap still dismisses.
- Guides are now visible when using the crop tool.
- HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT.
- PDF import improvements.
- Mitigated Live Perspective crashes.
- Placing RAW files is now more robust.
- Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images.
- Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images.
- Made the tutorial video player more stable.
- Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK.


- Fixed EXIF data when creating an image stack.
- Fixed delete button on adjustments UI.
- Fixed ISO metadata value issue.
- Fixed some CMYK issues.
- Fixed issue where you can get stuck in a numeric input popup.
- Fixed layers page sometimes not scrolling to the end.

- Fixed a couple of truncated localised strings.
- Fixed occasional lockup when loading files.
- Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load.
- Fixed issue where the size of the selection brush was getting reset each time the tool was started.
- Fixed halftone filter in CMYK.


- Localisation improvements.
- Numerous other small fixes and improvements.
- Help improvements.


Please do not post bugs or problems using this version of the software here, instead make a new thread in the Bugs on iPad section 

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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Metadata in  metadata studio is still wrong.  The file size before import 3264x4795 px (in the front page when AP is started.)  But in metadata it is still shown as 1920x1280 px. Also, ISO is still missing.  It seems like nothing has changed. 

Same same if I import a raw file.  ISO is visible on top left of screen where it show raw and some metadata, but missing in studio.

Okay, did more testing, if I develop a new raw file, iso is in metadata. But file size is still showing 1920x1280.

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The hottest photo retouching and compositing app on the iPad gets hotter! Nice to see this extensive update introduced so close to the iOS 11 update! I dropped Photoshop after more than 20 years after trying Affinity Photo on the iPad and Mac. Adobe still makes great software (still using After Effects regularly), but I like the approach Affinity took on the iPad vs. Adobe. Also, I'm saving a whole lot in monthly subscripiton fees. 


Hoping to see Designer on the iPad soon!

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Hello Affinity team!

I'm working on Affinity Photo on a brand new iPad Pro 12.9 and it seems really a great porting from PC/Mac to iOS,

but form me it still misses some very important features, that I hope you will implement soon :


1) First of all : BRUSH CURSOR HOVERING. This is a fundamental feature for me.
I need at least to see the brush shape outline while I draw, like I can do with a setting in Procreate


2) Support for multitasking side-by-side windows in iOS 11 with drag and drop

3) When transforming objects/layers, the chance to see and position/snap the "Rotation centre" in order perform rotation around a pivot point


Thanks a lot and have a nice day.


Marco (mkdm)

P.S. Are you planning to do also a porting of Designer for iOS ?

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6 hours ago, mkdm said:

P.S. Are you planning to do also a porting of Designer for iOS ?



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I just processed family photo shoot completely with Affinity for iPad. Overall, I was very pleased. It took me a little while to get my workflow determined. One negative I found was that image names were not brought over into the app. I would like to see image names preserved as images are loaded into the app. Otherwise, very pleased.


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