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This build has been superseded by 1.7.1 announced here

We are pleased to announce a major update for the MacOS release of Affinity Photo, version 1.7.0

The changes in Affinity Photo for MacOS 1.7.0 over the last Affinity Photo patch 1.6.7 (1.6.11 PK) are as follows:

CHANGES SINCE LAST VERSION

EDR

  • Added support for EDR displays to Photo. When editing a 32bit document, enabling EDR will switch macOS into a mode whereby it will increase the backlight intensity and darken screen content - increasing the dynamic range available when rendering content.

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.
  • 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.
  • Allow Ctrl key to be held when typing numbers in a brush tool (will change flow instead of opacity).
  • Fixed ABR brush import (would ignore "random" controllers).

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.
  • Develop now respects the output profile when previewing.
  • Added support for CR3 RAW when using the Core Image engine.
  • Show which autofocus rectangles were in focus and which were selected by the camera (yellow, green respectively).
  • 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!).
  • Automatically fall back to Core Image for cameras which are not supported by Serif Labs.

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.
  • Added round dot type to the halftone filter.
  • New “Lens Correction” filter - apply lens correction from the built-in lens database.
  • Bilateral blur accuracy improvements.

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 Panel- added option for transparent background for thumbnails.
  • Layers Panel- added multiple thumbnail size options.
  • Layers Panel- added ability to tag layers with a colour - including PSD round-trip.
  • Allow Panel an empty group from the Layer menu.
  • New “Duplicate Selection” item in Layer menu (old behaviour). Duplicate now duplicate the whole layer ignoring pixel selection.
  • Alt / Option is now used to make a pixel selection from layer luminance. You can now also hold shift to add the result to the current 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.

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

  • Grouped tool shortcuts now default to needing the shift key held to cycle (option in preferences).
  • 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.
  • Allow brush rotate / size key changes while dragging.
  • 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)
  • Patch tool now supports arrow keys for rotate / scale.
  • All brush tools can now be axis constrained once brush has started - not just the pixel tool.

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.
  • The History page now has an “advanced” mode - which shows thumbnails and time info.

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.
  • Added a button in general preferences to open a folder from which Photo will read LensFun-style XML files - if users wish to add / experiment with their own lens profiles.
  • Support 16bit CMYK TIFF import.

General

  • New ability to control how macros are scaled / aligned when playing back.
  • Added an “Assets” panel to Photo.
  • New cube setup mode for grids.
  • Add “Fill with Primary / Secondary” to the Edit menu for fast access.
  • The batch process dialog now fully supports expressions for height and width - available constants are “w”, “h” and “dpi”.
  • “Lock guides” added to menus.
  • Support for drag dropping .afstyles into Photo.
  • Support for drag dropping .afpalette into Photo.
  • 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, Pexels and Pixabay. All of these providers offer full-resolution stock imagery which is free to use.
  • Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features.
  • Significant stability improvements when working on non-local files (network shares, USB drives, etc.).
  • Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes.
  • Huge macro and batch processing improvements
  • New welcome screen layout and all new samples.
  •  Numerous other bug fixes - too many to list!

 

This thread is for commenting on this announcement. Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Photo Bugs on MacOS section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.

UPDATING TO THIS VERSION (Free for existing customers)

For purchases from the Mac App Store: These are done automatically (next time you run after it is available in the store). In the Mac app store, go to the updates panel and press CMD+R they might appear. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world, sometimes taking up to 72 hours.

For purchases from the Affinity Store: Each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option "Check for Updates", or it can be downloaded from here (that link is NOT for Mac app store purchases). Alternatively you can log into the affinity store here and find the order in your account and use the download button in there.

 


Patrick Connor
Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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You've got a great product. I am anxious to install the update but it isn't posted to the Apple Store yet? When might I expect to see it show up? Thanks!

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On 6/5/2019 at 5:23 PM, Skitterbug said:

am anxious to install the update but it isn't posted to the Apple Store yet? When might I expect to see it show up? Thanks!

To avoid pressure on their servers they tend to roll it out over 24 hours.

ALSO In the Mac App Store go to the updates tab and press CMD+R (as this is basically a Safari window and may need refreshing) Mine turned up instantly :) 


Patrick Connor
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Congrats!!!


2017 15" MacBook Pro 14,3 w/ Intel 4 Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, AMD 455 @ 2 GB, 512 GB SSD, macOS High Sierra

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Ok guys I must be as thick as two short planks but how the hell do you download the upgrade ? I have been onto the App Store it says Update and I click on it and nothing happens.

What am I doing wrong. is there another method ?

If so please tell me.

kindest regards

mark

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35 minutes ago, Patrick Connor said:

ALSO In the Mac App Store go to the updates tab and press CTRL+F5 or CMD+R (as this is basically a Safari window and may need refreshing) Mine turned up instantly :) 

Thanks a lot! I didn't know that :)


(iMac 2017, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB, MacOS 10.14.6 Mojave)

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1 hour ago, Redfreak said:

Ok guys I must be as thick as two short planks but how the hell do you download the upgrade ? I have been onto the App Store it says Update and I click on it and nothing happens.

What am I doing wrong. is there another method ?

If so please tell me.

kindest regards

mark

In App Store, go to 'Updates'. If it isn't showing, use Command-R (Cmd-R) and the Updates will update. Should be there by now. 

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Hi all should it be fine with Mojave? I'm still on Sierra with 1.6 Should I first upgrade the MacOS or the Affinity apps?

 

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What I don't see on the website, is, HOW do you download this update?  I have Affinity Photo ---1.67 --- and have launched, ,  but so far iit hasn't updated automatically, or asked me to update. All I see on the  Affinity website are buttons for purchasing Affinity or the update. Any suggestions? I am running Mac OS Mojave. Any advice would be appreciated!

 

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Thx for the hint on the App Store. Indeed, under the Updates tab, cmd+R did the trick and showed the update. Great!

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49 minutes ago, CH Trippe said:

What I don't see on the website, is, HOW do you download this update?. I have Affinity Photo ---1.67 --- and have launched, ,  but so far iit hasn't updated automatically, or asked me to update. All I see on the  Affinity website are buttons for purchasing Affinity or the update. Any suggestions?

1.6.7 is a Mac App Store release version, so from the post at the top of this thread

5 hours ago, Patrick Connor said:

For purchases from the Mac App Store: These are done automatically (next time you run after it is available in the store). In the Mac app store, go to the updates panel and press CMD+R they might appear. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world sometimes taking up to 24 hours.

 


Patrick Connor
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Just downloaded AP 1.7.0 and I am getting terrible colour problems with Fuji RAF RAW files. If I convert them to TIFFs before loading them into AP 1.7.0 they are fine. I am using late 2014 iMac running under High Sierra.

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@terryh  This is not the right place to report problems with the software. From the openinf post in this thread. Please repost your problem in the fright forum for QA staff to address.

17 hours ago, Patrick Connor said:

This thread is for commenting on this announcement. Please do not post bugs or problems that you find when using this version of the software in this thread, instead make a new thread in the Photo Bugs on MacOS section and questions about usage go in the Desktop Questions forum.

 


Patrick Connor
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3 hours ago, Spohr_Photography said:

Hi, is there a way to update to 1.7 without loosing my user configurations such as brushes, macros, keyboard shortcuts, etc.?

Yes,

For Affinity Store do the following:

  1. Go to "\Users\username\Library\Application Support\Affinity Photo Beta\" and copy all the files and folders inside there.
  2. Go to "\Users\username\Library\Application Support\Affinity Photo\" and paste the contents into there overwriting whatever was in there

For Mac App Store do the following:

  1. Go to "\Users\username\Library\Application Support\Affinity Photo Beta\" and copy all the files and folders inside there.
  2. Go to "\Users\username\Library\Containers\com.seriflabs.affinityphoto\Library\Application Support\" and paste the contents into there overwriting whatever was in there

When you next run up the application it should have all the same settings your beta had. However please note that if you had already made any changes to 1.7 (or had any content from 1.6) already there these WILL BE LOST! If you wish to keep that then export those out and reimport before doing the steps above.

Instructions here for Designer equivalent

 

 


Patrick Connor
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Wait! The Update from 1.6 to 1.7 was available via the Apple App Store and - I assume this - is free?!?! I bought it yesterday via the Serif page, because I was notified that the update was available. I also purchased the update for Designer. Does that mean I just threw 90€ out of the window or was this legit.

UPDATE: I reported this to Serif and they will refund my direct purchase. You guys are the best! Thank you very much!!!

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