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Affinity Designer for Windows - 1.7.2

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

Changes in this Build

The changes in Affinity Designer for Windows 1.7.2 (over the last release Affinity Designer 1.7.1) are as follows:

New Features and Improvements:

  • Added TGA export support
  • Improved font matching of unknown fonts when importing PDF
  • Re-enabled gutters
  • Changed "Edit all layers" to control whether we re-parent objects when dragging across artboards
  • Improved WMF import
  • Added missing Select menu to Export Persona.
  • Allow .icm profiles, as well as *.icc
  • Improvements to hyphenation rules


  • Fixed path text handles loading incorrectly
  • Fixed hang when breaking the curve of path text
  • Fixed crash copy and pasting text styles
  • Fixed import of ABR brush files to skip any corrupt brushes
  • Fixed text in shapes ignoring bounds when exporting selection
  • Fixed incorrect rendering of text when exporting a PDF with embedded PSD
  • Fixed PDF export of non-breaking hyphens
  • Changed selection of first letter in bulleted list to not include the bullet
  • Fixed failure to apply 'liga' near end of line
  • Fixed text justification failing to split ligatures
  • Fixed PDF export of text with ligatures to embed the font (as many browsers don't support ligatures unless the font is embedded)
  • Fixed bullet and number lists not allowing single characters
  • Fixed sporadic crash on user's file
  • Fixed export settings not getting saved
  • Fixed occasional crash when printing
  • Fixed soft hyphen in a word prevents it from being added to the spelling dictionary
  • Fixed crash when installing a new font.
  • Fixed new fonts failing to appear when several thousand fonts have been installed.
  • Fixed hang when pressing ESC to cancel Navigator panel Movement.
  • Fixed clipped Asset names in list view.
  • Fixed Styles missing labels when using grid view.
  • Fixed inability to assign Backspace key as a shortcut.
  • Fixed Studio panel group gets disconnected after switching Personas.
  • Fixed certain CMYK JPEG opening at 72 DPI
  • Fixed Drag and Drop of a file twice causing the file to remain locked
  • Restored TIFF 'fff' support
  • Fixed crashes when attempting to load truncated files
  • Fixed crash due to failure to load some colours in SVG
  • Fixed performance degradation when transforming objects with Lock Children enabled
  • Fixed crash when duplicating symbol with Appearance Panel visible
  • Fixed EXIF Color Space property not matching new ICC Profile when exporting
  • Fixed 32-bit images appearing darker for people with HDR monitors
  • Fixed Appearance panel negatively affecting performance
  • Fixed crash after escaping right-click menu in Crop Tool presets
  • Fixed changing DPI using Anchor to Page resizes document
  • Fixed pressing ESC during a colour pick operation hides the cursor over menu items
  • Fixed pressing ESC whilst dragging an asset out will stop any further assets from being added
  • Fixed Effects panel negatively affecting performance
  • Fixed wrong document dimensions when switching document units
  • Fixed crash importing PDF with empty paths

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 Designer Bugs on Windows 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 Help > About Affinity Designer).

If you’ve purchased from the Affinity Store— each time you start the Affinity Store software it will check for updates and offer any available update. The latest update will install over the top of any earlier version, with no need to uninstall. 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 Designer for Windows) can be downloaded from this link (that installer is NOT for Windows Store purchases and needs a product key).

If you’ve purchased from the Microsoft Store— Microsoft Store updates are done automatically by the operating system (each time you start the application). If this does not happen for you, open the Windows Store app and click the three dots in the top right corner of the app and then go to Downloads and Updates. Click Get Updates. This should hopefully force the update to show.

Patrick Connor
Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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Since this bug show up from time to time, can anyone confirm that this update keep panel settings?

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CPU: AMD FX 8350 Wraith - MOBO: Asus Sabertooth 990fx r2.0 - RAM: 8GB DDR3 2133Mhz - GPU: ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250 1GB
SSD: Samsung Evo 850 256GB - HDD: 2x WD Black 640GB - PSU: XFX TS450 - OS: Win10

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