Affinity Photo is a low cost but high quality photo editing tool for professionals. The software is said to have been developed on a new codebase, taking advantage of digital advancements in other to deliver a better user experience.
The software, currently available in its beta version at no cost, is is set to to rival Photoshop and other photo editing tools.
In a post by Creative Blog , the editing tool features pro photography adjustments including Frequency Separation editing, live blend modes, Inpainting, advanced retouching, 16-bits per channel editing, LAB colour, RAW processing, ICC colour management, Photoshop PSD and 64-bit plug-in compatibility.
According to the company, it was developed “For Mac photographers and bitmap artists. Affinity Photo offers high end photo editing to take images beyond professional adjustment and correction.”
The completed version once available on the Mac App Store will cost $50. This cost will cover all updates for two years; a bargain compared to Photoshop which costs over a $100 yearly.
If the software is as good as it’s being touted, we expect that there will be a widespread migration to the platform among Mac users, considering the fact that there is no recurrent expenditure for the first two years of purchase. However, it is restricted to Mac devices for now, thereby leaving out iOS and Windows devices.
Founded in 1987, Serif has been developing softwares for Windows devices, but in 2014 it developed the Affinity Designer, its first software for Mac.
The free beta version of Affinity Photo is currently available for Mac devices (OS X Lion 10.7.5 and Intel 64 Macs).