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Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.7.0.103)

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Status: Beta

Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

Mac App Store: Not submitted

Download DMG: Download

Auto-update: Available.

 

Hello,

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the latest beta of Affinity Photo 1.7 for macOS.

Photo 1.7 is a (very) significant change to the currently shipping 1.6 version, so, as ever, I would strongly urge users to avoid the 1.7 beta for critical work. This is especially true as this is only an early build of 1.7 - we will release many more builds before 1.7 ships. Things will be broken in this build - please use it to explore the new features and not for real work.

If this is your first time using a customer beta of an Affinity app, it’s worth noting that the beta will install as a separate app - alongside your store version. They will not interfere with each other at all and you can continue to use the store version for critical work without worry.

It’s also worth noting that we aren’t done yet - we are still working through reported bugs from previous releases and hope to fix as many as possible before the final release of 1.7.

With all that said, we hope that you will enjoy the new capabilities introduced in this release and we look forward to any and all feedback you give to us.

Many thanks (as always),

Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:

 

Changes This Build

 

- Fixed incorrect RGB / BGR / Red-major-order export of LUTS.
- Ability to either rasterise or rasterise and trim a layer. Previously recorded macros will trim.
- Fixed issues when parsing autofocus rectangles in RAW develop.
- Show which autofocus rectangles were in focus and which were selected by the camera (yellow, green respectively).
- Fixed inability to open photos from Apple Photos from file -> open. Now correctly asks for permission.
- Threshold adjustment will always present an intensity histogram.
- Improved histograms on curves and levels adjustments.
- Fixed LAB issues with edge detection filters.
- Switching between adjustments and filters will close any existing panels accordingly.
- Fixed incorrect ability to drag a locked layer when there is no layer selection.
- Fixed loading of 8/16bit images with linear RGB profiles.
- Can now double-click most sliders in adjustments UI to reset the individual parameter.
- Make it obvious which nozzle is selected in the brush editor UI.
- Other small fixes.

 

Changes In Previous Builds

 

- Improved Metal stability / performance with large documents.
- Fixed a number of dark mode issues.
- Fixed preview glitches in split preview mode for filters / develop.
- Fixed batch processor not obeying dimensions correctly.
- Improved Procedural Texture UI in light mode.
- Allow brush rotate / size key changes while dragging.
- Numerous text engine improvements.
- Fixed cursor issues with HSL and other adjustments.
- Fixed issues with some menu shortcut keys.
- Improved PDF export.
- Improved localisations.
- Numerous other small fixes.

 

- Fixed CMYK rendering when using Metal.
- Fixed loading of huge JPEG files.
- Added “Alpha Similarity” to Select Sampled Colour tool.
- Fixed a number of crash bugs in the adjustment panel.
- Fixed issues with some existing user documents crashing in 1.7.
- Assorted other fixes.

 

- Show the Curves / Levels histogram in the correct colour space.
- Fixed some GPU memory management issues.
- A further attempt to fix the HSL UI crash.
- Improve performance on Intel Iris Pro GPUs.
- Improved help.

- Numerous other small fixes.


- Fixed hardware acceleration issues on certain iMac devices.
- Fixed a number of brush bugs.
- Fixed hang in HDR merge with GPU enabled.
- Fixed HSL adjustment UI crash,
- Fixed Procedural Texture UI issues when switching from dark to light UI.
- Fixed Curves adjustment clamping issue when GPU is enabled.
- Fixed 3DLUT adjustments when GPU is enabled.
- Fixed issues with sub-brush UI.
- Numerous other small fixes.

- Added pixabay.com to Stock panel.

- New welcome screen graphics.
- New persona icon graphics.
- New splash screen.


Changes Since 1.6 Release


Performance

- The core processing engine in Affinity Photo has been rewritten to take advantage of the powerful discrete AMD GPUs in modern Mac hardware. It will now automatically use any compatible discrete GPU, alongside the Intel GPU support present in 1.6. Typically this improves compositing / editing performance by at least 1000%. Performance when using integrated Intel GPUs has also been massively improved.

- External GPUs (eGPU) are also supported - including hot-plug-and-unplug support.

- Multiple GPUs are supported - if you have more than 1 GPU (ie. Intel + AMD in MacBook Pro, or Intel + eGPU in other Macs) Photo will use them all, at the same time, to improve performance. There is no limit to the number of GPUs which can be used.


Brushes

- Photo 1.7 introduces a new “sub-brush” mechanism, developed in conjunction with Paolo Limoncelli (DAUB® Brushes). This exciting feature allows any brush to have a list of other brushes attached which will draw at the same time. Each sub-brush has a fully separate and customisable set of dynamics. You can control when the sub-brushes are drawn and how they blend with the main brush.

- The brush engine in Photo has been rewritten to use the new GPU architecture described above. With GPU support, even huge brushes with 1% spacing will perform well. All brushes / brush tools are accelerated.

- Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring. We have more symmetry features on the way - so stay tuned during the beta process.

- Wet edges and accumulation are now available on colour brushes and brushes with HSL variance.

- Brushes with multiple nozzle textures have always chosen the nozzle at random. In 1.7, the nozzle choice has a dynamic controller and ramp for greater control.

- All brush tools now support left and right arrow keys for rotation - a common feature request ;)


RAW

- The RAW processing engine in Photo has been rewritten - producing better results and improved performance. It also takes advantage of the GPU architecture changes described above.

- RAW files now load much more quickly - especially if you have a compatible GPU.

- Reimplemented support for XTrans sensors.

- The denoise algorithm has been rewritten. It produces better results and takes advantage of the new GPU architecture.

- Hot pixel removal is now automatically performed by the Serif Labs engine.

- Profiled lens correction are more stable, apply more quickly, and can be toggled in the Develop UI.

- The histogram in the Develop persona is now presented in the output colour space - as opposed to always being linear.


Filters

- New “Procedural Texture” filter with advanced presets support.

- New “Voronoi” filter.

- Denoise, Clarity and Shadows / Highlights filters have been rewritten (using technology from the Develop Persona).

- More filters are now available as Live Filters - including the new Procedural Texture filter.

- Live filters have been rewritten to improve performance - especially when multiple filters are used in a document.

- Improved Polar to Rectangular and Rectangular to Polar filters.


Adjustments

- The HSL adjustment layer has been rewritten. It now supports custom hue ranges, a new algorithm, new UI and picker controls.

- The Levels adjustment layer now supports output levels - a common feature request.

- The White Balance adjustment layer has been rewritten.

- The Selective Colour adjustment layer has been rewritten.

- PSD import / export of adjustments has been improved.

- The Vibrance adjustment layer has been rewritten.

- The Recolour adjustment layer has gained a lightness slider.


Tools

- The Crop tool has been rewritten - it now supports resolution changes, absolute pixel size and has a much improved preset mechanism.

- The Sponge Brush tool now gives more correct / pleasant results.

- A general tools overhaul has been performed - providing editing of grids, guides, page origin, across multiple tools (not just in the Move tool)


General

- “Alternate futures” for document history have been added. Traditionally, if you roll back the undo history then do something else all your changes after that point are lost. Photo will now display a small branch icon in the history tab when you do this. Pressing that button will cycle between all the different “futures” after that history entry - meaning you will never lose work you have done.

- HEIF images can now be loaded directly into Photo. If they contain a depth map, this will also be loaded as a second layer. Because depth maps are typically lower resolution than the main image, optional “smart” upsampling will be performed.

- A large number of new cameras are supported for RAW development (we will provide a list of the new supported cameras as soon as possible!).

- The batch process dialog now fully supports expressions for height and width - available constants are “w”, “h” and “dpi”.

- Photo now supports custom document presets - a popular feature request.

- A new blend mode - Linear Burn - has been added.

- New “Move inside / outside” commands have been added - useful for quick operations on clipping masks etc.

- The Hard Mix blend mode has been improved.

- New provider options have been added to the stock panel - support for Unsplash and Pexels. Both of these providers offer full-resolution stock imagery which is free to use.

- Metadata is now dynamically synchronised with your document - so if you resize then export, the values will be correct.

- Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features.

- Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes.

 - Numerous other bug fixes - too many to list!

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Thank You @Andy Somerfield 
Download in progress, will tell as soon as i integrate it to my actual work.

Blessings !


Never be the Same Again !
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 - VIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6  - Affinity Designer + Affinity Photo + Affinity Publisher + Snagit 2019 + Camtasia 2018 + Movavi Video Editor Business 15

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Thank you Serif, especially for this

- Ability to either rasterise or rasterise and trim a layer. Previously recorded macros will trim.

and this
- Can now double-click most sliders in adjustments UI to reset the individual parameter.

(But "most sliders" is a little bit advertising slang - its maybe the half of them, but i am sure the rest will follow :-))

Not happy with that:

- Switching between adjustments and filters will close any existing panels accordingly.

If i click an adjustment or filer, in 95% i want to see the corresponding panel (and BTEW on the place i last moved it). Well i can open via double-click on the layer-icon but i have to hit the icon and to do a doubelclick, instead just selecting the layer.


OSX 10.13.5  / iMac Retina 27" / AMD Radeon R9 M380 / Metall: on!

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Well !

Download went without issues and i even found it much faster and stable (less drop speed).
No install issues at all, i even corrected the coloring of quick project using beta 103 with the tone mapping from @Hanan Edwards which results i published here 

 

Will proceed with other test and see if i find something.
Blessings !


Never be the Same Again !
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 - VIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6  - Affinity Designer + Affinity Photo + Affinity Publisher + Snagit 2019 + Camtasia 2018 + Movavi Video Editor Business 15

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Is there a User Manual available,  new and specific to this new Beta?

I'm very interested in learning how to work the new HSL filter functions.

Thank You,

Chaplain Mark

Edited by Chaplain Mark
needed to zero in on my specific needs today

'Tis better to have a camera and not need one than to need a camera and not have one.

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In pursuit of photographic excellence.

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Auto-update dosen't work! (1.7.0.103) - It crashes the program before installation!

 

Best regards

Puck


(iMac 2017, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB, MacOS 10.14.X)

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Hi,

- Fixed inability to open photos from Apple Photos from file -> open. Now correctly asks for permission.

Sorry but does not work... for me 

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7 hours ago, Puck said:

Auto-update dosen't work! (1.7.0.103) - It crashes the program before installation!

It did not crash here. What version of macOS are you using?


Affinity Photo 1.7.1, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, Affinity Publisher 1.7.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.143 & Affinity Designer 1.7.1.1 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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May I ask, if I download the beta of both Photo and Designer, will it overwrite the version I already have on the Mac, or will it be a separate app? 

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The betas are independent of the retail versions & of each other, if that is what you are asking about. So you can install both the beta & retail version of each of those two apps & run them individually or concurrently. For example, I currently have five Affinity apps open on my Mac: both the customer beta & retail versions of Photo & of Designer, plus the public Publisher beta.

Not bad for a Mac with just 8 GB of RAM. :)


Affinity Photo 1.7.1, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, Affinity Publisher 1.7.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.143 & Affinity Designer 1.7.1.1 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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Hi!
What about this? The famous “resize image panel” to get simple and effective “á la Photoshop”. I think more info about the change will be OK. Info about the original and the calculated result for the new file that will be saved.

 


Graphic designer from Bilbao (Spain) FreeHand forever. Affinity Designer rocks! - Diseñador gráfico de Bilbao (España). FreeHand forever. Affinity Designer ¡mola!

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When I click select and move curve point, AP most of time lags before updating/rendering the change. Same with moving points using arrow keys. This is an embedded document, so maybe that adds to the issue.

2018-11-27 18-32-56.2018-11-27 18_34_18.gif

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Looks good so far.

One Bug has appeared where the color wheel in the HSL modul disappears at random points and i only see a black circle but it still works. It goes back to normal when I go to a different app and than back to Affinity Photo (Affinity is in full screen)

Otherwise performance with the new GPU support is definitely improved on my Imac with files that include several live filter layers.

Best regards Johannes 

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On 11/26/2018 at 1:52 PM, R C-R said:

It did not crash here. What version of macOS are you using?

Hi, in this case I used MacOS 10.13.4 High Sierra.

 


(iMac 2017, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB, MacOS 10.14.X)

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28 minutes ago, PatriotArcher said:

When will the store 1.7 version be available?

Questions like this one get asked a lot & the answer from the staff is always the same: "When it is ready."

That is because they really don't know how long it will take to make it bug free enough to make it suitable for production work.


Affinity Photo 1.7.1, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, Affinity Publisher 1.7.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.143 & Affinity Designer 1.7.1.1 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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3 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Questions like this one get asked a lot & the answer from the staff is always the same: "When it is ready."

That is because they really don't know how long it will take to make it bug free enough to make it suitable for production work.

Ok, Thanks

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3 hours ago, Bonev said:

When can we expect photo update in the App Store?

The App store release will coincide with the Microsoft store release will coincide with the Affinity store release. We have not said when that will be, other than when the features and functionality are ready. 


Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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Hi, great update.

Please, please please add auto-crop after straightening images. It's frustrating remove empty triangles by hand. Or at least add snapping point where the image intersect the canvas after straightening. Thanks 

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50 minutes ago, Gladany said:

Please, please please add auto-crop after straightening images. It's frustrating remove empty triangles by hand.

Please NEVER do this! Is may make sense for a special use case, but not generally.

Perhaps I need a certain image size and don’t want these „triangles“ cropped, but retouched.

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1 hour ago, mac_heibu said:

Please NEVER do this! Is may make sense for a special use case, but not generally.

 Perhaps I need a certain image size and don’t want these „triangles“ cropped, but retouched.

Actually, it makes sense in a lot of cases, but granted not all of them.  This should be a checkbox on the context toolbar, probably off by default, to indicate if it should crop or not.

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Yes. Everytimes there is more than one use case — introduce a checkbox! In no Time we will have an application, which drowns us in tons of checkboxes and buttons. :)

My credo instead: Less buttons, more creativity! :) 

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18 minutes ago, mac_heibu said:

In no Time we will have an application, which drowns us in tons of checkboxes and buttons. :)

That reminds me of an old image that once appeared on several sites many years ago, showing an Internet Explorer browser window configured with so many add on menu bars that there was only room left on the screen to display one line of web page content at a time. xD


Affinity Photo 1.7.1, Affinity Designer 1.7.1, Affinity Publisher 1.7.1; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.1.143 & Affinity Designer 1.7.1.1 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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