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Affinity Designer Windows Customer Beta -

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Status: Customer Beta
Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes
Requirements: A valid product key (for Affinity Store purchases), or an installation of the full retail version from the Microsoft Store

As this is a beta it is 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, including the total loss of any documents. We hope you enjoy the latest build, and as always, if you've got any problems, please don't hesitate to post a new thread in this forum and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks once again for your continued feedback. 

If you have a general question about the software, please head over to the Questions Forum, or if you have any suggestions, please head over to the Feature Requests forum.


  • Added support for HDR monitors (new HDR options in 32-bit Preview panel, now visible by default in Photo)
  • Fixed stroke phase failing to work when adjusting dashed line
  • Fixed creating palette from CMYK images imports as RGB
  • Fixed brush body option not reflecting the correct value
  • Fixed Flip/Rotate toolbar icons not correctly reflecting the state they're in
  • Updated Welcome Screen
  • Fixed 'Open folder in Explorer' not working with special characters
  • Fixed Expression trig functions to use degrees by default (same as 1.6) - in previous 1.7 patches, angles had become radians
  • Fixed failure to report errors when exporting single items
  • Improved handling of non-displayable characters (control and formatting characters could be presented due to copy+paste from web pages, etc.)
  • Fixed drag and drop not honouring the insertion target
  • Added support for TIFFs with old-style JPEG compression
  • Fixed colour picker clamping values in 32-bit documents
  • Fixed crash when converting documents to 32-bit
  • Select tool will share common options with related tools
  • Added option for continuing the selection when adding new curves in Pen tool
  • Renamed "Show Rotation Centre" => "Enable Transform Origin"
  • Added User Rotation Centre to Node tool transform mode
  • Changed "Add to Curves" mode, to clear other selected objects when closing a curve
  • Fixed Colour panel's Lab opponent sliders to go from 0 to 32768 rather than 32896
  • Fixed inability to create unbounded colour values on advanced colour dialog
  • Fixed Character Variants failing to show up in Typography panel
  • Changed default shortcuts for Precise Increase/Decrease Leading (to avoid conflicting with Windows default text editing shortcuts)
  • Fixed ability to switch to a tool in a different Persona by cycling tool shortcuts
  • Fixed poor quality app logo in menu bar
  • Use cornered curves for snapping bounds calculations
  • Point Transform tool now ignores logical groups for snapping purposes
  • Added support for 16-bit CMYK TIFF
  • Improved handling of document save failure during close (previously a failure to save during close would be ignored)
  • Removed Delete key from list of available keys for shortcuts (Delete is always delete)
  • Fixed Grid colours not being saved correctly
  • Fixed thumbnail viewer (thumbnail previews should now work again in Windows Explorer)
  • Fixed grid system failing to work in anything other than pixels
  • Fixed Add swatch from Fill as Global only works once
  • Renamed "Create Colour Chord" => "Add Chord to Swatch"
  • Fixed crash if paragraph panel undocked in non English and DPI is scaled
  • Fixed crash on Reset Studio with no document open
  • Fixed Layers panel drag indicator when not using small thumbnail sizes
  • Fixed crash converting colours of embedded document
  • Fixed crash opening a RAW file
  • Fixed Erase, Blur and Sharpen Brushes are missing Symmetry, Mirror and Lock options
  • Changed Lock Colourspace on the Colour Panel to be on by default
  • Fixed Shape preset thumbnails being clipped in Light UI
  • Improved Transform handle hit testing
  • Fixed errors caused by attempting to save a file to a destination with no available space
  • Artboard positions are now shown relative to the spread
  • Fixed Delete button on Appearance Panel sometimes disabled
  • Fixed View Mode to reset when switching documents
  • Fixed Point Transform panel to allow negative numbers for rotation
  • Changed Arrowheads to be grouped
  • Added missing Constraints panel min/max fit tooltips
  • Fixed asset thumbnails of some drag / drop files
  • Added ability to import TIFF assets
  • Asset names now use filenames by default
  • Fixed crash when deleting fills from the Appearance panel release notes


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