After five years of development Affinity Photo – professional photo editing software by Serif Labs – has been officially launched. Built exclusively for Mac, it offers sophisticated tools for a reasonable price (not subscription model), making it an excellent alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop CC. Throughout the beta testing, and now that it’s available, Affinity Photo has generated a lot of positive buzz and great customer ratings.
Not only does it offer a wide range of tools for editing, retouching and enhancing photos, it also increasing your work speed by displaying the changes live. Tony Brightman, Affinity’s Development Head comments:
The performance of the product is what we are most proud of. Whether it’s a 100 megapixel image or a complex composition with 1000s of layers, you can still pan and zoom at 60fps and see live views of all adjustments, brushes, blend modes and filters with no compromise.
Here’s the official promo showing Affinity in action :
It’s hard to even summarize all of Affinity’s features, but it needs to be mentioned it has a dedicated RAW editing workspace; can open/edit/save Photoshop files; as well as all standard formats; RGB, CMYK, Greyscale and LAB color spaces; and offers full 16 bit per channel editing.
And regarding the ‘Built for Mac’ aspect of Affinity (via itunes.apple.com):
- Takes full advantage of the latest OS X technologies including OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics
- Use the Force Touch trackpad to paint with pressure sensitivity
- Fully optimized for 64-bit and multi-core processors
- Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups – including the latest 5k iMac
- iCloud Drive support
Affinity Photo is available now from Mac App Store for a special introductory price $39.99 that’ll go up to $49.99 after July 23. More information about Affinity Photo can be found on the official websit here.