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Testing Affinity Publisher (Mac) Auto-Update

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In the recent mac builds of Affinity Publisher beta ( builds 1.7.0.133 and 1.7.0.139) we have introduced an auto-update technology that we are expecting to roll out across the 1.7.0 release builds of the Affinity range. We are in the process of testing it thoroughly and as part of the process to check it works for all our customers we have created a new build 1.7.0.140 and made (small download size) updates to this build.

If you are running the Mac build of the Affinity Publisher Beta we would really appreciate you updating from 1.7.0.133 or 1.7.0.139 to this new build 1.7.0.140. 

Build 1.7.0.140 (deliberately) has no fixes and no new features over 1.7.0.139, it's just a higher version number solely to test auto-update. Therefore it has the same fixes as 1.7.0.139 over 1.7.0.133, but it gives us a chance to test updating from 2 different start points to a destination that is only available through auto-update.

After updating to 1.7.0.140 please reporting here on your experience, good or bad.

 

Thank You,

Patrick Connor
Head of Quality Assurance
Serif Europe Limited


Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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The update process is relatively straight forward but below is a quick guide to the app’s new update process which can be referred to.

 

Prompt on app run

When you launch the app, if an internet connection is available, it will automatically check if there are any later versions available and prompt you to update.

When a new update is available the below dialog will appear:

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To begin the downloading and installation of this update click on the "Install Update" button. If you do not wish to update at that particular moment click on “Remind Me Later” to dismiss this and then you can manual check for the update at a later time (see Manually check for updates).

Once you start the update process you should see the progress bar below appear:

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If you have the welcome screen open the progress bar may appear behind it.

Once the update has been downloaded and extracted you will be prompted to "Install and Relaunch". Clicking this button will close the app (so make sure you have anything you are working on saved) and install the update. Once installed it will relaunch the app.

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Depending on your security settings you may see the following Mac OS dialog appear: 

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(This is simply because by default Mac security queries anything that has not been downloaded directly from the Mac app store.)

Simply click on "Open" and Affinity Publisher should now open with the latest version installed! You can also verify this by checking for updates and it should say you already have the latest version installed:

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Manually check for updates

If you chose "Remind me later" you can instead manually ask the app to check if there are any updates available. To do this go to the Affinity Publisher Beta menu and select check for updates.

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From here the update process is the same as outlined in the above section

 

Auto-update in Preferences

By default the auto-update process is set to check for updates on a daily basis. The frequency of this check can be changed in the app’s preferences. To change the frequency go to Affinity Publisher beta menu > Preferences. From there you should see an option for Auto-Update.

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Inside here you will be presented with a drop down menu with various options. You can set the frequency of the update check to daily, weekly, monthly or to never automatically check if it is something you prefer to do manually

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Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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Just as you described in your 2nd post. All good


MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) Mac OS 10.12.6 || Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 10.14.5

Affinity Designer 1.6.1 | Affinity Photo 1.6.7 | Affinity Publisher beta 1.7.0.337 | Affinity Photo beta 1.7.0.127 | Affinity Designer Beta 1.7.0.12

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Is there a way I can just download it just once as I have it installed on two computers as my internet is slow. I use to before just copy  my download one over to my other computer.

Thanks

Don

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@huntmar85

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) 

Build 1.7.0.140 is not available as a whole download (deliberately)

If you already have 1.7.0.133 on both (mac) computers then this small update to 1.7.0.140 will be much smaller than downloading the whole of 1.7.0.139 or 1.7.0.140 once.

If you already have 1.7.0.139 then you can just ignore the 1.7.0.140 build altogether (just press "Skip this Version") when prompted.

If neither of these scenarios suits you just download the whole of 1.7.0.139 from here, and Skip the update to 1.7.0.140 as it's only purpose is update testing.


Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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4 minutes ago, DrM0lek said:

This was really missing. I hope this feature will also be added to the rest of the product line (not yet in Affinity Designer).

Well done!

Thanks, that is the idea. If you have the Mac App Store version then it already does this. Are you talking about Affinity Designer on Windows or from the Affinity Store directly?


Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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Worked fine and pretty fast.


Affinity Photo (1.6.7) / Affinity Designer (1.6.1) / Affinity Publisher beta (1.7.0.140) - iMac 5K 2017 / / macOS Mojave (10.14) / Macbook Retina 12" 2016 // macOS Mojave (10.14) 

Affinity Photo (1.6.7) / Affinity Designer (1.6.0.35) - iPad Pro 10.5 / / iOS 12.0

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