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Affinity Photo for macOS - 1.7.2

Patrick Connor

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We are pleased to announce a major update for the MacOS release of Affinity Photo, version 1.7.2

Changes in this build

The changes in Affinity Photo for MacOS 1.7.2 over the recent release Affinity Photo 1.7.1 are as follows:

New features and Improvements

  • Added “Remove Black Matte” and “Remove White Matte” filters.
  • Added TGA export.
  • Added align and distribute toolbar button groups to Photo.
  • Lens correction database improvements.
  • Improvements to compositing performance with Metal compute enabled.
  • Improved the performance of median, blur brush with Metal compute.
  • Improved LAB colour conversions.
  • Selection refinement - performance and stability improvements.
  • Inpainting performance improvements.
  • Improved SVG loading.
  • Develop performance improved.
  • Metadata mining improvements.
  • Allow .jxr files to be dragged in.
  • Notarised for Catalina.
  • Make Apple Sidecar work properly.
  • Shadows and highlights filter can now use either the 1.6 or 1.7 method.
  • Added keyboard nudge support to the crop tool.
  • Pantone palettes are now sorted alphabetically.
  • “D” key resets fills to black & white.
  • Import 16-bit half float JPEG-XR files properly.
  • Added a warning when deleting a global colour.
  • General improvement to filter responsiveness.
  • Improved clone brush responsiveness and fixed a couple of crashes.
  • Flood fill too can now sample from layers beneath etc. Also supports blend modes.
  • Flood select tool can now sample from all layers.
  • Assorted metadata improvements.
  • Made flood select work on placed images.
  • Saving a JPEG will now replace the EXIF::Subject field with the document title.
  • Assorted text improvements and fixes.
  • Text performance improvements.
  • Absolute (Kelvin) white balance can be stored in develop presets.
  • Improve robustness of ABR import.


  • Fixed issue rasterising groups which contain live filters.
  • Fixed a crash when using the colour picker tool on a Touch Bar laptop.
  • Fixed double click always opening a new document.
  • Fixed crop tool drag-to-crop behaviour (again).
  • Numerous fixes for live filter rendering - especially when grouped.
  • Fixed S&H filter background colour on old macOS.
  • Fixed crashes when saving batch jobs as .afphoto.
  • Japanese IME input fixes.
  • Renamed “Absolute size” to “Resample” in the crop tool.
  • Fixed some DNGs importing incorrectly.
  • Fixed develop crop not rounding to whole pixels.
  • Fixed PSD import when file has a solid white background layer.
  • Resize document fixes.
  • Cancelling a crop will now preserve the “drag to set crop” state properly.
  • Restore support for .fff files.
  • Prevent access to tone mapping / develop when recording a macro (the result would never be recorded).
  • Fixed crash when printing documents on older versions of macOS.
  • Fixed sporadic tile issues when painting with Metal compute enabled.
  • Fixed crash when reentering export dialog under certain conditions.
  • Fixed crashes when pasting screenshots into the app.
  • Fixed some crashes on GPUs with 32GB of VRAM (!).
  • Fixed vibrance slider in tone mapping.
  • Fixed Lightroom data being stripped from Capture One XMP output.
  • Fixed loss of legacy HSL adjustment HSV state after a save.
  • Fixed batch job crashes when saving to .afphoto.
  • Fixed clone brush issues when sampling from current layer & below.
  • Fixed healing brush bugs.
  • Fixed badly placed stepper buttons in tone mapping UI.
  • Fixed crash when starting app in a folder containing weird characters.
  • Fixed yellow colour cast on certain DNG files.
  • Fixed 360 degree images losing metadata on export.
  • Brush barrel rotation is no longer inverted when using Wacom stylus.
  • Help tweaks.
  • Localisation tweaks.

Earlier changes and fixes in 1.7.x since 1.6 (including the new 1.7 features) are listed in some detail in this earlier update announcement.

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)

The software version can be seen on the splash screen and the About dialog (in application menu, Affinity Photo > About).

If you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store— updates are done automatically next time you run your software after it is available in the Mac App Store. If this does not happen for you, open the Mac App Store app and go to the Updates page and then Store > Reload page or press CMD+R. This should hopefully force the update to show. Apple sometimes phase roll outs around the world which can mean it may take up to 72 hours for your update to be available.

If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store— each time you start the software it will check for updates and offer to download and install any available update, or in the application main menu there is an option Check for Updates. You can download the latest installer by logging into the affinity store here and find the order in your account and use the "download" button in there. Alternatively, this new release (and previous versions of Affinity Photo for macOS) can be downloaded from this link (that installer is NOT for Mac app store purchases and needs a product key).

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your previous self."  W. L. Sheldon


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Please do not report bugs in this announcement thread. 

All bugs in Affinity Photo for macOS need to go here https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/77-photo-bugs-found-on-macos/ 

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your previous self."  W. L. Sheldon


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