Affinity 1.10 updates available now

Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher have received another free update—superpowering their performance and making some tasks up to 10 times quicker.

Available now, our 1.10 update provides a remarkably smoother, faster workflow and pretty outstanding speed increases, whether you’re using Affinity on Mac, Windows PC or iPad.

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Serif, says: “We’re proud that the Affinity apps already offer class-leading speeds in many tasks, and for our latest update, we wanted to take a step back and really see what further levels of performance we could achieve.

“It’s turned out that some of those optimisations have had a huge impact, particularly on very large complex documents.”

Large documents, even with thousands of pages and images, are taken to a whole new level of performance

A complete rewrite of memory management in Affinity Publisher enables huge documents, even with thousands of pages and many gigabytes’ worth of linked images, to offer instant loading times, smooth live editing and super-fast scroll, pan and zoom across the whole document.

“We’ve been excited to see the scale of some of the projects our customers are creating in Affinity Publisher, and knew we could do better to ensure the app remained fast when pushed to the limits.

“We completely reimagined our memory-handling architecture, and the result is that there’s really no limit to the size of document you can work on while maintaining that stunning performance.”

Documents with hundreds of thousands of layers now render up to 10 times faster than before

The rendering engine in Affinity Designer has received a lot of attention and the app is now capable of rendering highly-complex documents—potentially with hundreds of thousands of objects—up to 10 times faster than before.

“While it’s quite rare for anyone to create designs with hundreds of thousands of objects, although some people do, we are seeing many examples of PDFs being imported into Designer—for example, that were generated in a CAD app or similar—which can easily have that number.

“While this incredible improvement is particularly noticeable on huge documents, even with less-complex projects, everything feels a lot smoother and snappier than before.”

Affinity Photo has also received extensive performance tweaks, most importantly, in adding some new logic to the method of blending layers together while retaining non-destructive editing, a key attribute which sets Affinity Photo apart from the competition.

The new approach gives customers some options to ensure editing speed remains slick even after building up a complex stack of hundreds of pixel and vector layers, and filter effects, while still maintaining the full layer stack.

On top of these fundamental performance improvements, IDML import in Affinity Publisher is up to four times faster, text flow speeds are nearly doubled, and there have been a whole host of other tweaks and stability improvements across the suite in 1.10.


Affinity 1.10 is available to buy now from affinity.serif.com. Existing users can download the update free from their Affinity account.


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