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We are pleased to announce a major update for the MacOS release of Affinity Designer, version 1.7.1

Changes in this build

The changes in Affinity Designer for MacOS 1.7.1 over the recent release Affinity Designer 1.7.0 are as follows:

  • Support for multi-page Affinity Publisher documents
  • Fixed sporadic crash with HSL range control
  • Removed limits to shadows highlights effects
  • Avoid over saturated shadows and washed out highlights
  • New curve for highlights filter applied to bounded pixel formats
  • Remap shadows and highlights slider ranges
  • Fix for incorrect Alt(Option) + drag cloning functionality in Move Tool
  • Fix for export dialog crashes and permissions prompt
  • Change default stroke miter limit to be 2.0
  • Improved brush performance on larger documents
  • Fix for Metal issues on some Intel GPUs and older operating systems
  • Fix for OS X Lion compatibility issues

Changes in 1.7.x Since 1.6.1

The changes in Affinity Designer for MacOS 1.7.1 over the last Affinity Designer patch 1.6.1 (1.6.5 PK) are as follows:

Tools

  • We've overhauled most of the core tools, adding subtle new features to make you more productive.
  • New Point Transform Tool allows you to scale and rotate objects from any node.
  • The Node Tool now contains a 'Transform Node' option which provides a containing box for the selected nodes and allows for more freeform editing of the nodes.
  • New 'Cube' grid setup mode (take a look in 'View' -> 'Grid and Axis Manager...').
  • Pen tool now has a 'rubber band' mode and also a mode to allow future curves to be added to the current object's curves (for example, the character 'a' is constructed of two curves in a single 'curve object' and this mode makes that construction simpler).
  • Node tool can now auto-snap nodes if you drag a node from one curve over the top of a node from another (selected) curve and pause, it will offer to snap to the same geometry as the node you're hovering over (ie,  modify the on and off-curve nodes to match). This is really useful for trying to reconstruct areas of one curve from another curve.
  • Node tool now allows for lasso selection of nodes by holding the Alt/Option key and dragging a selection lasso.
  • Pencil tool now offers a 'sculpt' mode that allows for extending or manipulating curves in a more natural way. More to come in this area soon.
  • Many tools now allow for 'Alignment widgets' which you can toggle the visibility of in the context toolbar. When enabled you can visually adjust the alignment or even, for example, 'align to centre, snapped to the left edge of this object' by simply click/dragging.
  • Fill tool correctly allows editing of skewed fill handles and newly-created skewed fills draw much nicer now.
  • Ruler origin can be edited by simply dragging the area where the rulers intersect each other - it can even be snapped onto objects in the document.
  • Guides can be edited in most tools by simply dragging a guide in the ruler area.
  • Grid setup is now more interactive: origin can be dragged, axis scale adjusted and angle adjusted on-document, complete with snapping to objects and angles in the document to help you reconstruct useful grids from finished artworks or sketches.
  • By enabling 'Edit in Plane' on the new Isometric Panel, tools can edit objects and appear to make those edits along the currently active plane - extremely useful for artists who enjoy working with any axonometric projections.
  • You can now drag the rotation centre point (when enabled on the context toolbar) while holding Ctrl and it will translate the object - this is actually very useful for positioning and snapping objects relative to others.
  • Shapes tools now have presets so you can create your own favourite shape setups and more easily use them again.
  • There are just far too many subtle tool changes to mention here, but hopefully you'll find the tools much improved :)

General

  • Arrowheads are now available in the Stroke Panel.
  • New Appearance Panel allows for multiple strokes and fills on a single shape.
  • HDR / EDR monitor support
  • New brushes, styles and assets are now shipped with the product.
  • Visible bleed (accessed from the View menu) so you can more easily design into the bleed area - a common feature request.
  • “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. Designer 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.
  • New 'Isometric Panel' makes it easy to setup and work with various axonometric projections within the application.
  • HEIF images can now be loaded directly into Designer. 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.
  • Designer now supports custom document presets - a popular feature request.
  • A new blend mode - Linear Burn - has been added.
  • Layers Panel now allows you to tag individual layers with a colour and display thumbnails with transparent backgrounds and at different sizes.
  • New “Move inside / outside” commands have been added - useful for quickly clipping/unclipping.
  • New "Merge curves/Separate curves" commands.
  • Grids now have an editable number of angle subdivisions.
  • The Hard Mix blend mode has been improved.
  • Numerous text improvements have been made - including new features such as bullets and numbering.
  • Significant PDF import / export improvements and fixes.
  • Improved Freehand import slightly - failing to read all of a file shouldn't force it to produce a 'failed to load' response, instead we just load the bits that we *could* read
  • New splash screen and Persona icons

Brushes

  • Designer 1.7 introduces a new “sub-brush” mechanism, developed in conjunction with Paolo Limoncelli (DAUB® Brushes). This exciting feature allows any raster 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.
  • 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 pixel brush tools now support left and right arrow keys for rotation - a common feature request.


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.

Misc

  •  There is currently new free content available to claim in the Welcome Screen

 

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 Designer 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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17 hours ago, Patrick Connor said:

Support for multi-page Affinity Publisher documents

Maybe I am missing something but when I open a multi-page Publisher document (1.7.1.399) in Designer 1.7.1 I just get to see the one page that was the last on display in Publisher.

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9 hours ago, Matthias said:

Maybe I am missing something but when I open a multi-page Publisher document (1.7.1.399) in Designer 1.7.1 I just get to see the one page that was the last on display in Publisher.

Do you not have a page chooser in the status bar at the bottom left? 

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36 minutes ago, MattP said:

Do you not have a page chooser in the status bar at the bottom left? 

That’s what I was missing! Yes, I have. Just didn’t see it (but didn’t see a description of it neither).

My bad, thank you Matt.

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@MattP

I'm running Designer 1.7.1 and the latest Publisher Beta (1.7.1.399), and I am seeing the page selector in Designer's lower left corner. Very cool.

However, there are some minor screen draw problems where pages are not entirely displayed. Zooming in/out typically clears up the problem. See attached video.  Video is not uploading at the moment. See screenshots below instead.

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good to see you are still around Patrick ! I'm using Affinity Designer as a retiree !

Hope you're all well there buddy

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5 hours ago, Karlos said:

good to see you are still around Patrick ! I'm using Affinity Designer as a retiree !

Hope you're all well there buddy

AAAAARRRGHG Karlos (still the Kommie?)

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) :) :) How wonderful to see you here . I am well thank you, and your post has cheered up an otherwise fairly bad day.

@Alfred, @MikeW look whose dropped by...


Patrick Connor
Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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29 minutes ago, Patrick Connor said:

AAAAARRRGHG Karlos (still the Kommie?)

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) :) :) How wonderful to see you here . I am well thank you, and your post has cheered up an otherwise fairly bad day.

@Alfred, @MikeW look who's dropped by...

Thanks for tagging me, Patrick!

/me waves to ‘Karlos the Kommie’


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