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Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.7.0.126)

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Status: Beta

Purpose: Features, improvements, fixes.
Requirements: TestFlight Acceptance.
App Store: Not submitted

 

Hello,

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

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 a pre-release build of 1.7 - we will release 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.

Please note that any 1.6 documents you load into this beta will subsequently fail to load back into 1.6 - please make copies first!

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.

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 Since 1.6 Release

Performance

- Second generation Metal hybrid compositor, now 100% shared code with macOS Photo 1.7. All Metal accelerated features are now significantly faster - sometimes by over 100%.
- We have tweaked a number of app features to work better on both new and old iPad hardware.

UI

- All UI has been reworked aiming to make the usable area of the canvas bigger and the controls less intrusive.
- A new “monochromatic iconography” switch has been added to preferences - it does the same as the desktop version.
- The small buttons on the content bar (without labels) are gone.

Brushes

- Significant improvements in brushing performance and responsiveness.
- 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.
- Symmetry (up to 32-way) is now supported - including on-canvas controls and optional mirroring.
- 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.
- ABR brush import has been improved - preserving controller options correctly.

RAW

- The denoise algorithm has been rewritten.
- Added support for CR3 RAW.
- Show which autofocus rectangles were in focus and which were selected by the camera (yellow, green respectively).

Filters

- 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.
- Added round dot type to the halftone filter.
- Bilateral blur accuracy improvements.
- New “Procedural Texture” filter with advanced presets support.
- New “List mode” - like adjustments.
- Ability to add Live Filters directly from the filters studio - avoiding rasterisation.

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.

Layers

- Layers page - added ability to tag layers with a colour - including PSD round-trip.
- New “Duplicate Selection” item in Layer menu (old behaviour). Duplicate now duplicate the whole layer ignoring pixel selection.
- Hide / Show / Show All Layers options in layers menu.
- Ability to either rasterise or rasterise and trim a layer. Previously recorded macros will trim.
- Allow adding an empty group from the Layer menu.

Selections

- Significant improvements to selection refinement.
- When using selection tools with no pixel selection, default to New / Add as appropriate.
- Added “Alpha Similarity” to Select Sampled Colour tool.

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.
- Added a “Reveal Canvas” checkbox to the crop tool - defaults to off.
- Added new “Transform object separately” mode into Move tool.
- A general tools overhaul has been performed - providing editing of grids, guides, page origin, across multiple tools (not just in the Move tool)
- All brush tools can now be axis constrained once brushing has started - not just the pixel tool.
- Preferences now has a spline for controlling pencil input pressure.
- Preferences now allows you to assign actions to a pencil barrel double tap.

History

- “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.
- Snapshots are now available from the history panel.

I/O

- 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.
- TIFF export now has user selectable compression method.
- Added support for 12bit TIFF files.
- Introduced new metadata mining - completely rewritten to improve performance, flexibility and correctness.
- Metadata is now dynamically synchronised with your document - so if you resize then export, the values will be correct.
- Added Focal Length to metadata summary view.
- Support 16bit CMYK TIFF import.

General

- Official support for iPad Air 3, iPad mini 5.
- The “Stock” panel is now available in Photo iPad. Tap to search and long-press-drag to drop content into your document.
- Added an “Assets” panel to Photo.
- The modifier keys on a hardware keyboard now work (alt, cmd, etc.). If you enable on-screen modifiers, a symbol has been added next to each one indicating which key it corresponds to.
- New ability to control how macros are scaled / aligned when playing back.
- Ability to create a document from the contents of the clipboard.
- Add “Fill with Primary / Secondary” to the Edit menu for fast access.
- “Lock guides” added to menus.
- A new blend mode - Linear Burn - has been added.
- The Hard Mix blend mode has been improved.
- Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features.
- Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes.
- Wonderful new samples.

- Numerous bug fixes - too many to list!

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TestFlight doesn’t currently show an Affinity Photo 1.7 build here. :(


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Thanks, Andy! Downloading now. :)


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Up and running now, but I’m getting “An unknown error occurred” when I try to download the samples. :(


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4 hours ago, Alfred said:

Up and running now, but I’m getting “An unknown error occurred” when I try to download the samples. :(

All samples loaded ok on my original 9.7” iPad Pro running IOS 12.3 beta Alfred.

Overall very much like the new features, seen a slow down at one point but ok after restarting app.

New document screen still has artboard icon but not text even though artboards are not supported.

Also my pet hate, the colour studio colour picker problem when using Apple Pencil persists,  once defect triggered after working ok for a few minutes it still stops working showing the black ring, works ok when using finger as usual.

Question, I forget,  where do we report bugs again, via TestFlight or here?


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2 hours ago, Paul Mudditt said:

All samples loaded ok on my original 9.7” iPad Pro running IOS 12.3 beta Alfred.

Thanks, Paul. I got there eventually, after powering off and back on again. I think I was simply bumping up against the limitations of the 2 GB memory in my iPad Air 2, not helped by a rather sluggish Internet connection.


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I suspect that 2 GB is fine as long as you don’t have two browsers and a dozen other apps all running at the same time! whistling.gif


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15 minutes ago, Alfred said:

Thanks, Paul. I got there eventually, after powering off and back on again. I think I was simply bumping up against the limitations of the 2 GB memory in my iPad Air 2, not helped by a rather sluggish Internet connection.

Yes the samples appear to be very large going by the time taken to download. A new style of sample files, very educational looking at how they were constructed.


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I just installed 1.7.0.126 on my 3rd gen iPad Pro. I made a selection and refined it. All went well until I tried some inpainting on the selected layer and everything went crazy. The first time I did this I totally lost the whole photo and was just left with a blank transparent layer. I was unable to get the photo back in any way. I closed the app and tried again. Same story. This time I was more careful but still ended up with a large rectangle of blank transparency in part of the photo. I use AP iPad all the time so I know what I'm doing with this particular adjustment. Big fail for me right off the bat. SO very glad it didn't replace my stable, current app!

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Hex Color support is still missing in action. (O.k. I admit that was more of a feature request :D). The samples did not load well on my iPad Pro also. but I guess its maybe because of higher demand then usually maybe. 

The Brushes feel very good, just a slight "lag" at the end of the stroke sometimes. (I record a Video after work).

Overall I am very impressed with the new features so far and cant wait to test it further later. Good Job again! :26_nerd:

 


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Thanks Chris, could you transfer existing bug reports or should we repost them?


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