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Version 1.8

Welcome to Affinity 1.8

The 1.8 versions of the whole Affinity suite are here!

Check out some of the brand-new features and major improvements below, including IDML import and a new Preflight panel for Affinity Publisher, expand stroke improvements and a new Stock panel for Affinity Designer, PSD smart object import and lens correction improvements for Affinity Photo, and template support and new document dialogs for all the apps.

If you own the apps already, make sure you download the update today for free, otherwise head over to our homepage to learn more about our professional creative software.

IDML import

Import InDesign IDML files, including all text styles, master pages, guides, pinned objects and more, directly into Affinity Publisher for an even more seamless experience.

Import PSD smart objects

Any smart objects included in PSD files can now be imported as embedded documents, letting you easily edit layers within any smart object – even on iPad!

Template support

You can now save documents as template files (.aftemplate) to re-use time and time again. Templates can be shared across all apps, and if you use cloud storage (Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, etc.), you can easily access your templates on multiple devices too.

Live preflight checking

Customise the all new Preflight panel to receive live warnings for possible errors in your document, including poor image resolution, bleed hazards, overflowing text, spelling errors, missing images or font resources, and more.

Massive expand stroke improvements

Get incredibly accurate results with far fewer nodes than before.

Big plugin support improvements

Experience the power of a range of plugins in Affinity Photo, including support for Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO.

Document merge

Merge multiple documents together into a single Affinity Publisher file. Whether you’re combining whole documents or selecting page ranges to import, you can take advantage of text style mapping, index merging and master page control.

Canon CR3 RAW support

Open and edit your highest quality photographs in Affinity Photo.

Unified toolbar

Thanks to the integration of window controls and the app’s main toolbar, Mac users (Mojave and above) can now enjoy more usable document space on all apps.

macOS only

Smart master pages

Swap master pages quickly and easily in Affinity Publisher. Migrate edited content from any page to a new master page layout in a single click without losing any of your work in the process.

Collect resources

Organise all image resources into a single folder location and share with others in your network. Great for simply consolidating images linked from various locations.

New Stock panel

Quickly access royalty free images in Affinity Designer through the brand-new Stock panel.

Customisable keyboard shortcuts for iPad

If you use a keyboard attachment for iPad, you can now create your own shortcuts in Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.

Better metadata handling

New support in Affinity Photo for user-editable fields in image metadata, including the IPTC standard for copyright and other information. Plus, save and import metadata files (XMP), batch whole folders of images and tag with appropriate ownership info, and more.

Plus many other improvements and fixes…

New document dialog

It’s now simpler than ever to find, create and manage document presets on all of our desktop apps with customised saveable presets and thumbnail previews.

XLSX import

Import spreadsheet data into Affinity Publisher from Excel, Apple Numbers or LibreOffice in XLSX format as a standalone table or inline with your text frames.

Boolean operation improvements

With huge improvements to Boolean operations in Affinity Designer, you can now add, subtract and combine shapes to create custom designs better than ever before.

New Anchors panel

This addition to Affinity Publisher makes it easier than ever to manage anchors in your document and also gives you the ability to create new ones from selected text.

Text column dividing lines

Effortlessly add lines to separate columns in text frame settings in Affinity Publisher.

Updated PANTONE© library

Work with a seemingly endless range of colours on all apps and devices, including updated PANTONE© Color Bridge and PANTONE© Formula Guide solid palettes (coated and uncoated).

Lens correction improvements

Benefit from manual lens correction override in Affinity Photo’s Develop Persona and take advantage of the newly added ‘recently used’ and ‘favourites’ lists. Lens correction of RAW files coming from fixed focal length lenses has also been improved.

Apple keyboard shortcuts for text editing

Mac users can now use Apple default keyboard shortcuts for text editing and entry for an even more streamlined workflow.

macOS only

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