A professional vector graphic design software for macOS

Affinity Designer for Mac

Affinity Designer for Mac

  -  Trial
  • Latest Version

    Affinity Designer 2.4.2 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

  • User Rating

    Click to vote
  • Author / Product

    Serif / External Link

Affinity Designer for Mac is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on branding, concept art, print projects, icons, UI, UX, or web mock ups, Affinity Designer will revolutionise how you work, on macOS and Windows. Imagined by designers, created for professionals!



Features and Highlights

Design tools redefined
All the tools you need in a professional vector design app, from an incredible precise pen tool to a super smooth gradient tool. All carefully considered and meticulously developed, they just work—in precisely the way you want them to.

Built for your workflow
With core principles of performance, stability and lack of bloat, Affinity Designer for macOS has been meticulously crafted for a professional workflow.

Pixel perfect control
With real-time pixel preview in standard or retina resolution available with a single click, you can always see what you’re going to get. Can’t achieve the perfect result purely in vector? Just edit the pixels — the app has a full suite of raster tools too.

Non-destructive effects and adjustments
With a huge library of adjustment layers, effects and blend modes—combined with full support for masks and clipping layers—the tool offers the most advanced layer controls available in any vector based app.

Flexible workspaces… and workflows
With a focused, fully customisable workspace, including docked and floating UI modes, the app lets you work how you want. Add regular and custom 2D and isometric grids for flexible layouts, work on multiple designs at once, and use macOS features like Split Screen and Full Screen. Plus, with savable history, unlimited undo and non-destructive filters and adjustments you can always go back and change your mind.

Natural brushwork
Use Force Touch, stylus pressure, tilt and other controls for natural-looking artwork. Edit vector brush strokes as cleanly and easily as regular curves, and add raster brushwork—on its own or with vector art—to add depth and high quality organic textures. Rotate the canvas, blend colors, edit brush parameters, create your own brushes and nozzles, and import .abr brushes for complete control over your work.

Throw some shapes
The software delivers a comprehensive set of shape primitives with easy controls for adjusting geometry with corner settings and smart snapping indicators. A full set of Boolean geometry operations, non-destructive compound shapes, and full node editing means you can create beautiful complex geometry in no time.

Just your type
Add artistic text for headlines, text frames of any shape, or text that follows any vector path. Apply sophisticated styling and ligatures, previewing all your available fonts and style sets in on-screen panels. All the controls you need are built in, including leading, kerning, baseline shift, tab stops – and now in version 1.5 you can create text styles across your document.

New professional print controls
Affinity Designer features full professional print output. Pantone® support, end-to-end CMYK and ICC color management are just part of it. You can also open, edit and output PDF/X files, set overprint controls, use spot colors, and add bleed area, trim and crop marks.

Powerful export
In export mode you get a complete workspace dedicated to image export. Select areas, layers or objects to export, controlling each item’s output settings independently. For efficient web and UI design, you can automatically create new files whenever your design changes, in whatever resolution, file format and folder structure you wish.

Common Affinity fileformat
The app’s shared file format makes mixed discipline design as smooth and simple as it should be. Open any native Affinity file in any Affinity app on any platform and just keep working – with shared history, unlimited undo and seamless switching. And for export, the tool download takes all major file types in its stride.

Incredibly powerful artboards
In Designer app you can create an unlimited number of different design variants, sizes and screens – laying them out in one document to see them all at once. When you come to export you get full control over what artboards to output and with what settings, dramatically simplifying your workflow for responsive and app design.

Note: 10 days trial version. Requires 64-bit processor.

Also Available: Download Affinity Designer for Windows

  • Affinity Designer 2.4.2 Screenshots

    The images below have been resized. Click on them to view the screenshots in full size.

    Affinity Designer 2.4.2 Screenshot 1
  • Affinity Designer 2.4.2 Screenshot 2
  • Affinity Designer 2.4.2 Screenshot 3
  • Affinity Designer 2.4.2 Screenshot 4

What's new in this version:

Affinity Designer 2.4.2
- Bug fixes and stability improvements


Affinity Designer 2.4.1
- Compatibility and stability improvements


Affinity Designer 2.4.0
- Layer States – new States Panel allows you to capture the current layer visibility across your document and create queries based on various criteria to make a selection or toggle visibility of layers
- DWG and DXF export – outlines created in Affinity can now be easily exported for use in various CAD applications as well as utilities for things such as vinyl cutters, plotters and CNC tools
- Set selection box – choose default selection box from the ‘cycle selection box’ choices
- Double-click an object while in Node Tool to switch to the Move Tool
- Ability to lock ‘Behind’, ‘Inside’ and ‘On Top’ insertion targets
- Spacebar modifier allows you to toggle ‘Lock Children’ behavior on/off while moving an object
- Space Horizontal / Vertical now considers key object – using even space distribution on a multiple selection will now behave differently if you have a key object nominated
- Size / Rotate objects to same – three new choices have been added in Alignment Options to make all items in your current selection adopt the same width, height or rotation
- Filename available as variable in Export Persona
- 32-bit HDR PNG support added
- Many more improvements and bug fixes


Affinity Designer 2.3.1
- Bug fixes and stability improvements


Affinity Designer 2.3.0
- Spiral Tool – embellish your designs with different types of spirals, including Linear, Decaying, Semi-circular, Fibonacci, and Plotted
- Pixel grid – especially useful when designing icons and other UI work, you can choose to expose a pixel grid when zoomed in beyond a certain threshold
- Create and place password-protected PDFs
- Move Data Entry improvements
- Ability to change Asset Panel background color
- 'Keep selected' preference now available in Pencil Tool
- Many more improvements and bug fixes


Affinity Designer 2.2.1
Bug fixes which affected all platforms:
- PDF export fails when document is set to Euroscale Coated V2
- Swatches panel >When using a Bitmap fill with the Vector Brush, the fill bucket stays white but the brush will use the selected bitmap fill
- Updated Help files

Bug fixes which affected Desktop (Windows and macOS):
Affinity apps potentially affected by the latest exploit in Google's WebP Library:
- CTRL running up one app with another open crashes the open app
- Unable to correctly set colour profile in Document Setup > Colour
- Certain ICC Color profiles were not showing in Document Setup/Convert or Soft Proof
- User file crashing on opening

Bugs fixed which specifically affected macOS:
- Opening TIFF using ISO Coated V2 300% profile applied
- Changing the profile under Settings > Colour is not retained if an externally installed profile is selected
- After upgrading Backspace is not functional until assigned on Mac
- Send To shows in Settings > Shortcuts but not listed in File menu
- Deleting Artboard and selecting Keep Objects doesn't retain layers
- Bugs fixed which specifically affected iPad:
- Live docs can disappear from the iPad apps. (potentially fix, but still not replicated internally)
- Text Labels Missing: Text panel > Character options > Positioning


Affinity Designer 2.2.0
Features and improvements affecting all platforms:
OCIO v2 support added in Photo:
- Custom text variables in Publisher
- Additional keyboard shortcuts for pixel brush tools
- Alt-click new layer automatically adds selection to that new layer
- Cross-references added in Publisher
- ‘Hide effects’ and ‘greyscale’ view mode options in Publisher and Designer
- Change guide colour
- Long press tool shortcuts
- Custom date formats available in Publisher
- All supported image files now available from File -> Open in Publisher
- ‘Find and Replace’ now includes scope and result count in Publisher
- Go to previously viewed spread in Publisher
- ‘Create symbol’ option added to Layer menu in Designer
- Additional options when creating indexes in Publisher
- Update table format from selection in Publisher
- Improved resistance to data loss when network connectivity is lost
- Files are locked while they are being edited to avoid simultaneous edits by 2 users

In addition to those features on all platforms above, these are the Windows and macOS features and improvements:
- MacOS Sonoma Support
- Object creation data entry
- Move data entry
- ‘Delete Node’ added to right-click menu
- ‘Select All on Current Layer’ option now available
- Grid presets and favourite fonts now sync between apps on device
- Data merge in Publisher now allows fields to set URLs, file locations, emails and anchors

In addition to those features on all platforms above, these are the iPad features and improvements:
- Decimal place accuracy preferences added
- ‘Prefer to keep selection’ preference added

(A) Bug fixes which affected all platforms:
- Attached IDML crashes Publisher on open
- Reset Visibility Options and Reset Snapping Options do not work
- Fields are not being included in the word count
- Between Items separator is missing the comma
- Multi-word text selection is lost if you use Capitalisation options
- With the Artistic Text Tool, status bar displays different text when point is over panel versus document view
- Newly placed content is immediately selected in the document view but not in Resource Manager
- Clicking master page text with the Move tool switches to the Text tool
- It was possible to apply kerning before the first letter of a frame, which then applies it after the letter
- Other minor fixes
- Translation Improvements
- Help file improvements
- (B) Bug fixes which affected Desktop (Windows and macOS):
- PDF Export isn't exporting the stroke on some curves/fonts correctly
- Lens correction for Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 F1.2 not being applied automatically
- User File - Nikon RAW Lens profile is applied, but does not correct as expected
- Transform origin can randomly jump into a different location
- Enable Transform Origin point doesn't reset to centre when creating new selections
- Margin Colour is not being reflected across dialogs when used with Artboards
- Pen/Node Tool's 'Show Orientation' checkbox is not remembered between app runs
- Vector Flood Fill - transform handles
- Boolean operations between (vector) masks & clipped objects and the parents they are nested to
- User File - Preflight from book panel crashes app
- Hang whilst attempting to save, if file hasn't fully loaded
- Pasting Master Page into Photo / Designer > Edit Detached - crash
- Crash when dragging the contents of duplicate symbols outside of a symbol.
- Attached file crashes Affinity Publisher on open
- Exchanging an .Afpub between devices which contains embedded PDF files set to passthrough will reset the policy to linked with the files missing
- IDML file crashing V2 Publisher on opening
- Using Swatches for Cell Border colour in Edit Table Format crashes app
- Crash exporting to PDF when using a specific font
- User File - Crash on load, possible corrupt pixel data?
- Develop Persona - Last used preset shown but not applied, requires returning to default before you are then able to apply this preset
- Layer order affects object selection
- Develop Persona - Last used preset shown in list but not applied
- Styles/Afphoto is display incorrect fill colours in 2.1
- Multi Page PDFs with Bleed fail to display correctly when placed
- Objects move unexpectedly when grouped
- Bookmarks are created at the end of the selected text, rather than the start - causing unexpected positioning when selecting bookmark
- User .afpackage - Importing file claims 0 missing, though 90+ images are marked as missing after opening
- Find and Replace - Replace All with singular characters reduces multiple repeats to singular, different results with multiple Replace clicks
- Placed source document dimensions are incorrectly updated after updating the placement policy in the destination document
- App doesn't warn about Recursive document placement when dragging a file in or using Resource Manager
- Copy a text selection with Index Marks fails to create the topic when pasted into a new document
- PDF Passthrough Incorrectly Flags Text as Object of a Different Colourspace
- Placed Passthrough PDFs with a Min/Max Content Page box add an unnecessary mask layer to remove crop marks on export
- Setting Min/Max content Page boxes on placed Passthrough PDF files can incorrectly offset/crop the contents
- Deleting note in attached file causes app to crash
- Running header field - changing case causes crash
- Data merge with Inline picture frames fails to generate with filled content
- Page re-numbering using Books panel not working
- Placing RAW file on Master A and opening in Develop crashes app, no crash on other Master pages
- 2 node Curve moves position when Transform >Length is changed on a multi-page document
- Linked documents not rendering correctly

Changing the DPI of a document causes single pages to inherit size of selection in "Show Dimensions of:"
- Crash inserting a page before Page 1
- Users V1 file crashing on open
- DOCX - numbering/bullets and list levels not matching word when placed
- Show on startup checkbox is present on Account dialog on Windows but not Mac
- New Document dialog: Category title inconsistencies
- Switching accounts without linking can leave the app licensed to the wrong account
- No licence-expired message shown when 90 day trial PKs expire
- Alt/OPT + Modifier key no longer invokes when assigned to Increase/Decrease Brush size Shortcuts
- Library Panel: Inconsistencies with Renaming, Deleting and Editing macros
- LAB swatches in ASE do not import
- Grouping one object doesn't add the layer to the group
- Maximum/Minimum Content Page boxes on placed .AF files no longer display content outside of the canvas area
- Select same / object hidden object toggle issue
- Transform Origin with multiple Group selections cause the Origin to become offset after the first rotation, further transforms of the origin point do not work as expected
- User file - sections of curve not recognised by Node Tool until new nodes are added to object
- Inserting Endnotes in TOC deletes text
- Endnotes title not included in TOC
- OK button remains greyed out after entering valid email address
- User file - V1.4 PDF set to passthrough shows incorrectly in the export dialog, when exporting is converted to interpret (as expected?) but moves to the top of the page incorrectly
- PDF bleed differs when exporting using the Books panel
- Swedish double right quotation marks aren't kept on same line as enclosing word
- Table Format Editor does not show Fill Tint, Border Stroke Colour / Width, Frame Fill & Frame Stroke Colour / Width
- On Paragraph panel, text that explains when there are no tab stops is truncated (macOS) or not shown (Windows)
- Adding footnote from cell of inline table does not correctly assign space for footnote within the text frame
- When an anchor targeted by a cross-ref is renamed, the cross-ref's name on the Cross-References panel does not update
- Filter by [No Style] currently filters by all styles
- Impossible to move a layer above a picture frame if the frame is at the top of the stack
- Hit areas when moving Picture Frames via the layers tab aren't correct
- Space incorrectly gets added to text on clipboard if you double click a word to highlight
- Font drop down does not use Dark UI version
- In Develop Persona, the Develop Assistant's tooltip has been incorrectly named Assistant Settings (Mac) and Assistant Preferences (Win)
- German UI - Stroke flyout - text overlapping icons
- Other minor desktop fixes
- (C) Bugs fixed which specifically affected Windows:
- Copying of settings from Release to Beta isn't working on Windows
- Crash double-clicking colour swatch with custom Windows scaling
- 'Add Pages from File' does not relinquish control of source file, even after closing new destination document
- Pressing Enter to select Parent Index topic crashes app
- Updating linked pdf placed multiple times can cause a hang
- App freezes when shift+click twice in a blank space with Art text or frame selected.
- Cannot Drag-drop a brush from Brush panel into Sub Brushes
- Live Noise Reduction with AMD GPU, Hardware Acceleration and HDR enabled causes rendering issues
- Device Independent Bitmap paste is empty if copied from Affinity
- Decrease shortcut fails in AZERTY layout
- Placing an image and then undocking Layers panel and applying a Curve Adjustment will crash the app
- Settings > Autocorrect auto selects the first character typed, meaning further characters overwrite and you cannot type a full word
- Table Stroke via the Context toolbar doesn't work first time
- Studiolink- MSI install - Non default folder
- Index - Incorrect out of date message and doesnt refresh correctly
- Scrolling Mouse Wheel in Hex Colour field does not set Fill colour for selected object
- In Export window when Include bleed is enabled, the With Bleed sizing text is truncated
- Shift modifier to synchronise colour sliders stops functioning when sliders reach '100%'
- When the - key is assigned to a shortcut the shortcut does not work in v2.1
- when trying to assign the numeric key pad + key a = is assigned instead
- Selecting a Studio Panel name also selects an option within the studio behind it, when the studio swap causes a change in height
- Colour input method from the Context Toolbar well is not retained after restarting the app
- Size Limit dropdown is not being reflected between session instances
- Brush Panel: Move/Copy to Category doesn't show leading _ in category names
- Unable to resize Arrowheads with mousehweel
- Resource Manager: There is very little space to display the image name
- Using the Transparent Swatch as a Matte option causes the next Matte colour selection to fail to apply, but subsequent changes work
- Layer identifiers get stuck when changing the UI Style
- Unable to rename layer by clicking away
- Unable to set Matte to white using sliders for formats that don't support transparency
- Preserve Luminosity does not function with hardware acceleration turned off
- Layers panel scrolls when dragging layer outside of panel.
- Corner type not updated when starting with TL corner
- Dragging a swatch using the Vector Flood Fill tool fails to preview on Windows
- Insert Hyperlink dialog fails to show all text styles until you view the Text Styles Panel
- Opacity cannot be changed using context toolbar fill selection if a PANTONE swatch is used
- Drag and dropping image onto canvas places file on 'active' page, rather than 'visible' page
- The image contains insufficient metadata
- Export preview is zoomable using +/-
- Large delay when editing a table formats stroke
- Considerable delay when switching tabs
- "OK" isn't disabled if no valid cross reference exists in the Insert Cross Reference dialog
- Index panel Using separator results in several characters being inserted.
- Switching between documents is very slow
- Data merge - Esc closes the progress bar but not the process
- Vector Formats are zoomable in Export Preview using +/- or CTRL + 1-4
- Other minor Windows specific fixes
- (D) Bugs fixed which specifically affected macOS:
- Dragging RGB Hex label causes app hang with Lock Colourspace is disabled
- Apps should offer Save As after simultaneous edit
- App lock when closing file
- App occasionally crashes when you press Return within Insert Cross-Reference dialog's Filter text field
- Colour & Stroke options on the Context Toolbar has a hitbox which is too small
- Application (running) doesn't maximize when we click the icon on the dock
- Unable to Manually Enter a Width Value in the Stroke Panel
- If you switch the index language to one we don't have translations for all the separators are empty
- Text Selection when scrolling across multiple pages
- An Above Below cross reference to a pinned object always says 'below'
- Cross references displayed as paragraph numbers may unexpectedly display 0
- Float to view loses Window
- Attempting to re-arrange toolbar can lead to app's window frame moving
- Vector Flood - "Add bitmap from file" button looks different
- Unable to deactivate through CTRL-run up if another affinity app is running
- Rename Layer/artboard dialogs not fully translated
- CTRL run-up > Clear user data pop-up > Deactivate button > Text has low contrast
- Localisation - Strokes Panel - Mac
- On Text Frame panel, tooltips on various stroke-related controls are incorrect or inconsistent
- Preflight panel may not display page number containing a placed PDF that has issues and inappropriately show Fix button

Large Font size UI issues:
- Portuguese Stroke Panel & Preferences
- Clipped in RAM/Disk usage fields
- Multiple languages, Keyboard Shortcuts panel issues (overlapping buttons)
- Export conflicts dialog in Export Persona is clipped
- Layers Opacity % is clipped
- Channel Mixer dialog labels are cut off
- Buttons on Cross-References panel remain unexpectedly available after deselecting a cross-reference
- Incorrect display of assets in list mode on OSX
- When inserting a cross-reference and filtering the targets list, the list may not fully refresh until clicked
- After deselecting a cross-reference on the Cross-References panel, it's auto-selected next time the panel is opened
- Cross-References panel and fields do not indicate a cross-reference is invalid if its target has been deleted
- Acknowledging the duplicate style name warning dismisses the edit style menu
- Add Master Menu - Entering a Name and then switching between spread/page clears the name field
- Sort order icon on Hyperlinks panel is cropped
- UI menu inconsistencies for Edit in AppName
- Sub-brush editing very laggy
- On the Edit Table Format dialog, the Escape key is bound to Reset rather than Cancel
- Data Merge sources stored on a Cloud drive won't update if the cloud file isn't downloaded
- Swatches panel: Cannot change selected bitmap fill to another bitmap fill in the same swatch (M1 specific)
- Stroke join type renders randomly on M1 devices
- Vector Brush tool resetting brush size back to default when tool swapping tools
- Add-on file size isn't being hidden during download/install progress
- Many other macOS specific fixes

(E) Bugs fixed which specifically affected iPad:
- OCIO package file (.ocio) not selectable from Preferences, Colour, "Choose OCIO Package" dialog (file greyed out)
- Arrange, Transform and Alignment buttons can all be lit at the same time leading to a crash
- App crash when opening section manager for some files
- Sample files can occasionally have Preferences button incorrectly and cause crashes
- iPad doesn't deal with decimal accuracy properly
- Backgrounding then restoring Affinity app while loading, shows sign-in prompt even if licensed
- iPad Ruler Marks get incorrectly scaled with document zoom
- On Transform panel's Alignment Options, pop-up menu for alignment scope is disabled
- Gradient tool tip on iPad is incorrectly labelled "Fill"
- Place panel cannot be re-invoked if dismissed
- Spelling > Learn spelling learns the next word in the list and not the current selection
- Tapping the question mark in the bottom right corner does not add labels / tooltips to items in the context toolbar
- Filter Add-Ons by Text Search fails to reflect any downloads that are started/stopped
- Group option not present on Edit menu in Photo
- RAW file from a Panasonic DMC-GM5 shows wrong size in Metadata Studio 1920 x 1440 instead of 4608 x 3464
- On Text panel's Bullets and Numbering section, 'Tab stop' option's label is overset in fr and pt-BR
- Allignment options on ipad do not respect the document measurement units and always show px as default
- Rulers can be re-enabled with preview mode still enabled
- Guide marks are much harder to see on iPad ruler
- When applying a master to specified pages, the on-screen keyboard obscures the field in which you're typing page numbers
- Styles dropdown is offset slightly
- Selecting Preview Mode from menu doesn’t update toolbar button’s state
- Document > Guides > Margins > Values don't change until we release the drag with Uniform ON
- Show Anchors icon does not change when tapped
- Add the ability to tap through top menus
- Vector Brush tool resetting brush size back to default when tool swapping tools
- Swatches panel: Cannot change selected bitmap fill to another bitmap fill in the same swatch (M1 specific)
- Stroke join type renders randomly on M1 devices
- Add-on file size isn't being hidden during download/install progress
- Many other iPadOS specific fixes


Affinity Designer 2.1.1
- Change log not available for this version


Affinity Designer 2.1.0
- Change log not available for this version


Affinity Designer 2.0.4
- Develop Persona: Enabling White Balance on non RAW files crashes Affinity Photo
- Fixed: "Register your licence" prompt appears on every run up when a Mac App Store user doesn't register the license on the Affinity Store
- App crash upon startup caused by a deleted "Recently Used" file on Catalina
- Fix gradual slow down after changing tools many times
- ‘Help’->’Visit Support Forums’ menu item goes to the forums again
- Fix for non-primary Persona menus having broken ‘Help’->’Tutorials’ links
- Some image resources are being replaced by others from the same document when copy/paste was originally used to insert them
- Fixed tint value in CR3 files
- Fix New Document sometimes showing Letter* instead of A4
- Improved timezone handling in Metadata panel
- Colour space selection not correctly represented in curves adjustments
- Saving files may reduce file size in some circumstances (example was a 2gb file with no embedded data)
- Editing an embedded PDF does not create a History step, meaning changes are lost when closing as no save prompt is shown
- Assorted stability fixes
- Help and Localisation updates
- Assorted other Licensing and Registration improvements


Affinity Designer 2.0.3
- New Document: Custom Document Preset order is not retained between app sessions
- Shape Builder Tool now has an additional option to delete open curves that were inside a newly created area, plus you can now hold Alt to delete areas while still in Add mode - more to come...
- Warp Group editing now supports the Shift modifier to lock node edits to an 8-axis grid. Also can be used with off-curve nodes to maintain their angle while dragging them
- DWG Import scaling improvements
- Saving to External Drive gives "Failed to Save" error on macOS Ventura
- Current DPI of selected layer does not show in V2
- Using the Select object/ transparency object selects all objects
- New clearer icons for stroke properties (cap, join, align)
- Fixed spurious future version error under certain circumstances
- Update for HEIF importer
- Colour Panel now remembers user preference for CMYK documents
- Export Panel UI fixes
- Pen tool tweaks and fixes
- Gradients on text strokes don't render unless the fill also has a gradient
- Fixed hang that could occur composing vertical centre aligned text
- OpenType handling does not respect lookup flags such as IgnoreMarks
- Resource Manager updates
- Fix for disappearing rulers
- Fixed various issues involving handling of placed document files
- Placed documents with bleed can fail to render the bleed correctly
- Many and various Layers Panel updates and fixes
- Ensure global colour edits update live
- Select Same Name should only select objects with user supplied names
- Help & localisation improvements.
- Licensing and Registration improvements and new help links


Affinity Designer 2.0.0
Vector Warp:
- This hugely powerful and highly requested addition allows you to apply a non-destructive warp over any vector artwork or text. Choose between a fully customisable mesh, or use presets including arcs, perspective, fisheye and twists. Editing a warp gives a super-fast live preview, even on complex illustrations, and gives a true vector end result.

Shape Builder Tool:
- Add and subtract shapes and segments in a much easier, more interactive way. Quickly create complex shapes by simply dragging between segments to combine or holding a modifier to subtract.

Knife Tool:
- Slice any shape, curve or text into component parts faster than ever. A stabiliser provides even greater precision and scissor functionality allows you to click on any node or segment of a curve and split it.

Measure Tool and Area Tool:
- Easily measure line lengths, segments, distances and areas of any objects to scale. The Measure Tool allows you to measure the distance between two points/objects, while the Area Tool allows you to determine the area, perimeter and any segment length of a closed shape.

DWG/DXF Import:
- Import and edit AutoCAD and DXF files quickly and accurately, maintaining the layer structure and scale of the original file
- With functions like Multi Layer Import, Colour Override and Auto-scale, import quality is second to none

X-Ray View:
- A new view mode shows the makeup of your work, which is particularly useful for selecting a specific curve or object within a complex artwork


Affinity Designer 1.10.5
- Various stability and performance improvements


Affinity Designer 1.10.4
- Fully optimized for macOS Monterey
- Additional optimizations for new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro with ProMotion display
- Various stability and performance improvements


Affinity Designer 1.10.3
- Fully optimized for macOS Monterey
- Additional optimizations for new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro with ProMotion display
- Various stability and performance improvements


Affinity Designer 1.10.1
Improved performance with:
- Heavily layered documents (faster rendering during panning and text reflow)
- Placed images
- Text
- Embedded documents
- Low-memory conditions
- New Selection options Parent, Top, & Bottom
- Improved IME text editing for Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages
- Improved SVG import/export
- Added support for most emoji

Resource Manager:
- New "Relink" option for missing resources
- Added "File Type" column
- EPS files can be linked
- Assorted other small fixes
- Help & localisation improvements


Affinity Designer 1.10.0
Improved performance with:
- Heavily layered documents (faster rendering during panning and text reflow)
- Placed images
- Text
- Embedded documents
- Low-memory conditions
- New Selection options Parent, Top, & Bottom
- Improved IME text editing for Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages
- Improved SVG import/export
- Added support for most emoji

Resource Manager:
- New "Relink" option for missing resources
- Added "File Type" column
- EPS files can be linked
- Assorted other small fixes
- Help & localisation improvements


Affinity Designer 1.9.3
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
- Compatibility and stability improvements


Affinity Designer 1.9.2
- Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves
- Select Same to efficiently match attributes such as fill color, stroke color, stroke weight, transparency, blend mode or shape type
- Select Object to select all objects of a certain type within your document to make editing even easier
- Studio presets for the UI layout to save your favourite workspace setups for different tasks
- Linked images and resource manager
- Divide blend mode
- PDF passthrough to ensure perfect representation of original PDF when exporting, without the need to have embedded fonts installed
- Package feature to collate your document alongside all used image and font resources into a folder
- Path text improvements
- Configurable margin guide colors
- Placed scale for all placed files, which allows scaling to be reset to 100%
- Curves numeric field controls
- Snap to pixel selection bounds
- Blend modes for mask layers
- Create brushes from current pixel selection
- Elliptical marquee automatically creates from center
- Content sync of store purchases
- Hierarchical control of antialiasing
- Many other improvements and fixes


Affinity Designer 1.9.1
- Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves
- Select Same to efficiently match attributes such as fill color, stroke color, stroke weight, transparency, blend mode or shape type
- Select Object to select all objects of a certain type within your document to make editing even easier
- Studio presets for the UI layout to save your favourite workspace setups for different tasks
- Linked images and resource manager
- Divide blend mode
- PDF passthrough to ensure perfect representation of original PDF when exporting, without the need to have embedded fonts installed
- Package feature to collate your document alongside all used image and font resources into a folder
- Path text improvements
- Configurable margin guide colors
- Placed scale for all placed files, which allows scaling to be reset to 100%
- Curves numeric field controls
- Snap to pixel selection bounds
- Blend modes for mask layers
- Create brushes from current pixel selection
- Elliptical marquee automatically creates from center
- Content sync of store purchases
- Hierarchical control of antialiasing
- Many other improvements and fixes


Affinity Designer 1.9.0
- Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves
- Select Same to efficiently match attributes such as fill color, stroke color, stroke weight, transparency, blend mode or shape type
- Select Object to select all objects of a certain type within your document to make editing even easier
- Studio presets for the UI layout to save your favourite workspace setups for different tasks
- Linked images and resource manager
- Divide blend mode
- PDF passthrough to ensure perfect representation of original PDF when exporting, without the need to have embedded fonts installed
- Package feature to collate your document alongside all used image and font resources into a folder
- Path text improvements
- Configurable margin guide colors
- Placed scale for all placed files, which allows scaling to be reset to 100%
- Curves numeric field controls
- Snap to pixel selection bounds
- Blend modes for mask layers
- Create brushes from current pixel selection
- Elliptical marquee automatically creates from center
- Content sync of store purchases
- Hierarchical control of antialiasing
- Many other improvements and fixes


Affinity Designer 1.8.6
- Fully compatible with Big Sur and fully optimised for Apple M1


Affinity Designer 1.8.4
- Various stability and performance improvements


Affinity Designer 1.8.3
- Various stability and performance improvements


Affinity Designer 1.8.2
- Template support: save documents as template files to re-use time and time again. Share templates across all Affinity apps
- New document dialog: it’s now simpler than ever to find, create and manage document presets with customised, saveable presets and thumbnail previews
- 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
- Updated PANTONE© library: work with a seemingly endless range of colours, including updated PANTONE© Color Bridge and PANTONE© Formula Guide solid palettes (coated and uncoated)
- Lens correction improvements: benefit from manual lens correction override in the Develop Persona, take advantage of the newly added ‘recently used’ and ‘favourites’ lists, and enjoy improved lens correction of RAW files coming from fixed focal length lenses
- Big plugin support improvements: experience the power of a range of plugins in the app, including Nik collection by DxO
- Better metadata handling: new support 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
- PSD smart object support: any smart objects included in PSD files can now be imported into Affinity Photo as embedded documents, letting you easily edit layers within any smart object and maintain a non-destructive workflow.
- Canon CR3 RAW support: open and edit your highest quality photographs in Affinity Photo
- Apple keyboard shortcuts for text editing: use Apple default keyboard shortcuts for text editing and entry for an even more streamlined workflow
- Many other improvements and fixes


Affinity Designer 1.8.1
- Template support: save documents as template files to re-use time and time again. Share templates across all Affinity apps
- New document dialog: it’s now simpler than ever to find, create and manage document presets with customised, saveable presets and thumbnail previews
- 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
- Updated PANTONE© library: work with a seemingly endless range of colours, including updated PANTONE© Color Bridge and PANTONE© Formula Guide solid palettes (coated and uncoated)
- Lens correction improvements: benefit from manual lens correction override in the Develop Persona, take advantage of the newly added ‘recently used’ and ‘favourites’ lists, and enjoy improved lens correction of RAW files coming from fixed focal length lenses
- Big plugin support improvements: experience the power of a range of plugins in the app, including Nik collection by DxO
- Better metadata handling: new support 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
- PSD smart object support: any smart objects included in PSD files can now be imported into Affinity Photo as embedded documents, letting you easily edit layers within any smart object and maintain a non-destructive workflow.
- Canon CR3 RAW support: open and edit your highest quality photographs in Affinity Photo
- Apple keyboard shortcuts for text editing: use Apple default keyboard shortcuts for text editing and entry for an even more streamlined workflow
- Many other improvements and fixes


Affinity Designer 1.7.3
- Optimised for Sidecar
- Various bug fixes and stability improvements


Affinity Designer 1.7.2
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
- Compatibility and stability improvements.


Affinity Designer 1.7.1
- Support for multi-page Affinity Publisher documents
- Various stability and performance improvements
- HDR / EDR monitor support
- Arrowheads!
- Node tool now has transform mode for more freeform editing of nodes
- Pen tool now has a rubber band mode giving an accurate preview of how your next curve will look
- Node tool now allows for lasso selection of nodes
- New sculpt mode added to pencil enabling the manipulation of existing curves in a more natural way
- Alignment widgets have been added for much faster alignment operations
- Whole new isometric panel - allowing you to create and edit directly in any isometric plane
- All shape tools now allow you to save presets
- Add multiple strokes and fills to a single shape with the new appearance panel
- New point transform tool, allowing you to scale and rotate objects from any node
- Many grid improvements, including a new cube grid and column guides
- Many PSD import / export improvements
- Layers Panel now includes options for transparent backgrounds, different thumbnail sizes and colour tagging.
- Pixel persona now supports Sub Brushes, symmetry (up to 32-way) and on-the-fly nozzle rotation
- Alternate futures for document history have been added


Affinity Designer 1.7.0
- HDR / EDR monitor support
- Arrowheads!
- Node tool now has transform mode for more freeform editing of nodes
- Pen tool now has a rubber band mode giving an accurate preview of how your next curve will look
- Node tool now allows for lasso selection of nodes
- New sculpt mode added to pencil enabling the manipulation of existing curves in a more natural way
- Alignment widgets have been added for much faster alignment operations
- Whole new isometric panel - allowing you to create and edit directly in any isometric plane
- All shape tools now allow you to save presets
- Add multiple strokes and fills to a single shape with the new appearance panel
- New point transform tool, allowing you to scale and rotate objects from any node
- Many grid improvements, including a new cube grid and column guides
- Many PSD import / export improvements
- Layers Panel now includes options for transparent backgrounds, different thumbnail sizes and colour tagging.
- Pixel persona now supports Sub Brushes, symmetry (up to 32-way) and on-the-fly nozzle rotation
- Alternate futures for document history have been added