Andy Somerfield

Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.6.6 - Beta 6)

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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 sixth 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.

 

Thanks,

 

Affinity Photo Team :ph34r:

 

Changes this release

 

  • The Develop histogram updates fast again.
  • Fixed issues when loading old document snapshots.
  • Fix for uncomitted nudge transforms getting reverted when the user hits Escape.
  • Improved inpainting stability.
  • Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application.
  • Light UI tweaks and improvements,
  • Numerous vector import / export improvements.
  • Implement OpenType MarkToLigature rule.
  • Font handling improvements.
  • Localised macro and tone mapping presets.
  • Retain EXIF information when creating an image stack.
  • Fixed rotation / tilt input when using brushes.
  • Added new GPUs to Metal compute acceleration (Iris Pro devices).
  • More controls now automatically hide the tool when in use.
  • “Find in Layers” will now automatically make the layers panel visible.
  • Macro library now remembers expanded / collapsed state.
  • CMYK improvements when using Metal compute acceleration.
  • Fixed “Magic Mouse” issues.
  • Don’t prompt to save unmodified documents on exit.
  • Pressing tab will now show / hide the left / right studios correctly.
  • Fixed numerous adjustment in LAB mode when using Metal compute.
  • Circular maximum / minimum filters obey the channels tab properly.
  • Fixed 32bit ICC profile serialisation.
  • Fixed brush scatter not being random enough.
  • Upgraded EXIF parser database.
  • Pen Tool tweaked so that clicking on the start/end node forces it to become a cusp.
  • Develop fixes for rotated photos.
  • Fixed colour picket reticule lingering on the screen.
  • Background grey preference now applies when there are no documents loaded.
  • Fixed camera response function estimation.
  • All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys.
  • Improved handling of vertical panoramas.
  • Don’t crash when loading corrupt JPEG files.
  • Fixed crash when using a brush tool after frequency separation.
  • Scrubby zoom shortcut now works in freehand selection tool.
  • “Add” to selection can now move the selection in freehand selection tool.
  • HDR merge improvements.
  • Improved hint line for patch tool.
  • Warn when leaving tone mapping without committing / cancelling.
  • Attempting to refine an existing mask after a crop leads to brush offset issues.
  • Default language should honour the currently set decimal separator.
  • Don’t create Live Perspective filter layers with degenerate transforms.
  • Ability to parse colour profile from EXIF InteroperabilityIndex.
  • Fixed Multiply blend in 32bit RGB.
  • Always use minimum fitting in the crop tool.
  • Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra.
  • Updated LensFun correction database and engine.
  • Fixed retouch tool issues in 32bit mode.
  • Localisation improvements.
  • Help improvements.
  • Many other small improvements.
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Changes since last App Store release

 

  • Build with macOS High Sierra SDK, Xcode 9.
  • Fixed panorama stitching when using Core Image RAW.
  • Further Light UI improvements.
  • Fixed problems with full colour brushes.
  • PDF import improvements.
  • Text Styles improvements.
  • Documents which have no changes don’t require saving.
  • Fixed floating windows in full screen mode.
  • The visibility of the left / right studio is now saved per persona.
  • Fixed some DNG loading regressions.
  • Fixed drag behaviour in the Curves tool.
  • Develop now has button to rotate the image.
  • Fix issue where documents could get stuck when loading.
  • Node tool now allows rotation of nodes.
  • Fixed many localisation truncations.
  • Fixed Shadows & Highlights filter artefacts.
  • Live Halftone filter UI improvements.
  • Selection brush was not remembering size between uses.
  • HSL adjustment now contributes per-channel adjustments to exported LUT.
  • Mitigated Live Perspective crashes.
  • Liquify now behaves correctly on rotated images.
  • Fixed occasional layer corruption under extreme load.
  • Stopped Liquify slightly blurring images (with Metal Compute enabled).
  • Numerous adjustment now do not pollute the K channel in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled).
  • Fixed halftone filter in CMYK (with Metal Compute enabled).
  • Localisation improvements.
  • Numerous other small fixes and improvements.
  • Help improvements.

 

  • New “Live Halftone” filter.
  • Added noise reduction slider to “New HDR Merge” panel.
  • Added menu to layers panel with an “Auto-scroll” item (to quickly enable / disable).
  • Importing ASE files now supports spot colours.
  • Increased performance of Metal compute mode.
  • Increased the maximum size of the liquify brush tools.
  • Fixed some grid drag / drop issues.
  • Improved Metal compute acceleration of HDR merge.
  • Small SVG import improvements.
  • Further TIFF import improvements / fixes.
  • Better quality equirectangular projection previews if Metal compute enabled.
  • Fixed Diffuse Glow opacity slider.
  • “Always show brush crosshair” is more completely obeyed.
  • Fixed vignette artefacts.
  • Colour correction fixes for Metal view on AMD cards.
  • Fixed issues with the quick mask toolbar dropdown.
  • Fixed crashing on export / save.
  • Numerous other small fixes.
  • Improved localisation.

 

  • 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).

 

  • 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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HI MartinsRibeiro

 

If you have a specific issue to report we would prefer it if you create a separate thread in this forum, this prevents reports being lost among others

 

Thanks


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Can now drop photos from the Photos app into the application.

All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys.

 

Lovely. :)

 

(Among others … ^_^)

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Hello,

  • Enable “Edit in” from Photos app in High Sierra. .... sorry I don’t see how it works ...:$ I send a picture from Photo with edit in Affinity photo beta ... do some modifs ... and then save ... and nothing in Photo . Something wrong ?

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Thanks for the video Depa. I thought you were using the Affinity Photo extension which does send the image back to Apple Photos (select the image in Apple Photos click the Edit button on the top right of the interface, then click the tree dots button (extensions) and select Edit in Affinity Photo).

 

Regarding the Image ▸ Edit With menu command in Apple Photos, i'm currently checking it.

 

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Metal compute acceleration on my MacBook Pro Retina (2016 - 4Gb GPU) seems slower than with that not checked.  Anyone else's experience with this?

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see last beta https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/46073-affinity-photo-customer-beta-165-beta-5/&do=findComment&comment=230647

 

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11 hours ago, Andy Somerfield said:

 

  • ......
  • All spline editors (including Curves) can now be nudged using arrow keys.
  • ......

actually not really impressed after 3 years, at this pace workflow will be good in 10 years :226_penguin::210_bear:

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The major lag that I'm experiencing with active selections is much better with the 1.6 series now than in the 1.5 series, i.e. it doesn't completely stall the entire system any more, but it's still quite significant. I suspect it might be related to drawing of the marching ants animation (OS X 10.9.5, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB, late 2008 aluminium unibody MacBook with external screen).

 

Finally being able to nudge points in the Curves dialog with the cursor keys really is a godsend, though unless I just haven't found the right combination of modifier keys, it's apparently still not possible to select and move multiple points at the same time or type in numeric values – that's still one of the major things I'm missing in Curves. Moreover, being able to move points in larger increments when a modifier like shift is pressed while nudging would also be very helpful.

 

One bug in the nudging feature: Pressing the right arrow key with a control point will make it jump to the very left of the curve widget instead of moving it right by a pixel as one would expect. Goes equally for Curves adjustment layers and blend curves in the layer blend settings.

 

And some nitpicky UI stuff: The baselines of the text in the controls at the bottom of the Adjustment Layer settings popup window (Curves, Levels, White Balance etc.) are all over the place and the cogwheel icon is not centered on the blend mode popup. The same goes for the top controls of the Layers panel, lots of different heights, slightly offset text baselines and text not being vertically centered in its container. And in Light UI mode, the background gradient in the curves widget is a tad strong, not sure if it is even needed at all. Just thought I'd mention it because I was happy to see that lots of these small UI things seem to have been cleaned up since the 1.5 release 

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This one is for Steve … :)

 

It’s nice to see the light UI develop! Well, here is a basic observation regarding the main framework of the light UI. I have noticed that some of the background greys have changed since the last iteration. But I still have a problem with the visual hierarchies, and I hope you will see this as well. I believe the background of the main toolbar in standard mode is too dark. Have a look at my illustration below. It should make clear that it would be beneficial to brighten the main toolbar background in standard mode, up to the point, where it conforms to the grey value of the main toolbar in full screen mode.

 

Furthermore, I would suggest that you care for the inactive state of Affinity Photo as well. It looks a bit heterogenous at the moment, compared to the standard macOS interface.

 

Hope that makes sense … :)

Cheers, Alex

 

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On 12/10/2017 at 9:44 AM, A_B_C said:

This one is for Steve … :)

 

It’s nice to see the light UI develop! Well, here is a basic observation regarding the main framework of the light UI. I have noticed that some of the background greys have changed since the last iteration. But I still have a problem with the visual hierarchies, and I hope you will see this as well. I believe the background of the main toolbar in standard mode is too dark. Have a look at my illustration below. It should make clear that it would be beneficial to brighten the main toolbar background in standard mode, up to the point, where it conforms to the grey value of the main toolbar in full screen mode.

 

Furthermore, I would suggest that you care for the inactive state of Affinity Photo as well. It looks a bit heterogenous at the moment, compared to the standard macOS interface.

 

Hope that makes sense … :)

Cheers, Alex

 

Toolbars-Active.thumb.png.effaf4d461d1e9ad7104d703641c8f13.png

 

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Thanks A_B_C. Makes perfect sense. Thanks again for the suggestions. I'll see what I can do :-)

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How about a slight change to zoom in/out?

 

Right now I can only set keyboard shortcuts. If you use a pen with two buttons, slide up/down with the upper button pressed (usually set to middle mouse button) for zooming while working feels a lot more natural than leaving your tool (especially a senile tool that forgets its state) to go to the zoom tool for natural scrubby zoom. Especially for paint work where keyboard shortcuts are too jumpy this would help.

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