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Affinity Designer 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 Designer, version 1.7.2

Changes in this build

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

New Features and Improvements:

  • Added TGA export.
  • Improved usability with Apple’s Sidecar for macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13.
  • Grid gutters reinstated.
  • ‘Edit all layers’ can now be used to allow/disable artboard object re-parenting during translation drag/object creation.
  • General performance improvements.
  • Text performance improvements.
  • Added a warning when deleting a global colour.
  • PDF export improvements.
  • Added ‘d’ default keystroke to restore objects to black and white colours.
  • Assorted small fixes and improvements.
  • Pantone palettes are now sorted alphabetically.
  • Improved LAB colour conversions.


  • Fix for bleed export options.
  • Fix for issues with constraints on children of constrained objects which are used as clips.
  • Fix for failure to load SVG colour '?none' causing import to stop.
  • Fix for pen tablet barrel rotation input turning the wrong way.
  • Fixed broken Japanese keyboard input.
  • Fixed printing CMYK documents on older versions of macOS.
  • Fixed crash when re-entering export dialog under certain conditions.
  • Fixed crashes when pasting screenshots into the app.
  • Fixed loss of legacy HSL adjustment HSV state after a save.
  • Import 16bit half float JPEG-XR files properly.
  • Fixed crash when starting app in a folder containing weird characters.
  • Help improvements.
  • Localisation improvements.

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 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 Designer > 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 Designer 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 Designer for macOS need to go here https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/forum/73-designer-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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