Serif Affinity Photo


dangie

Link Posted 15/11/2016 - 23:32
Does anyone use Serif Affinity Photo? Up to now its only been available for Mac, but a beta version is now out for Windows. The reviews of it are extremely good.

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SteveLedger

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 01:09
Had a brief look, too old for a new learning curve. All my needs are amply satisfied with the software I already know how to use.

alfpics

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 06:49
I am having a 'play' with the Windows beta version - many folk are posting bugs and fixes on the forum and the serif folk seem to be responding very quickly. I am not a great expert with these things, but so far I quite like it; it has a lot of features built in like HDR/ focus-stack/ panoramic etc, although the amount of control within each is not as much as, say photomatix for HDR and Zerene for focus-stack etc. The RAW converter is a bit slow on opening a file, and folk have commented that its quality isn't as good as some out there (including ACDSee). However, once sorted from a cost point of view it should be excellent value!
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Last Edited by alfpics on 16/11/2016 - 06:49

dangie

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 10:59
I currently use Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 9. I only use Elements for its editing side not the organising. As my version of Elements is six versions old I was going to upgrade to Elements 15 but I'm now thinking that Affinity may be a better bet.
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stub

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 11:14
Ive just downloaded the free beta version... I'll comment at a later date when I get around to using it...
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Carol8345

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 11:50
I've downloaded and installed also, what he heck, worth a try
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dangie

Link Posted 16/11/2016 - 14:21
Just downloaded it myself. First impressions quite good.

The Tool Icons are quite small though. Not that easy for old eyes to see. Going onto the Affinity Beta Forum this has been mentioned quite a few times. Hopefully this is one thing Serif will attend to.
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autumnlight

Link Posted 17/11/2016 - 17:29

alfpics

Link Posted 17/11/2016 - 18:32
autumnlight wrote:
Is it a stand alone product?

Yep!! (However I don't think it has a browser)
Andy
Last Edited by alfpics on 17/11/2016 - 18:33

dangie

Link Posted 17/11/2016 - 18:48
alfpics wrote:
autumnlight wrote:
Is it a stand alone product?

Yep!! (However I don't think it has a browser)

That (I think) is correct. It's just an editing software. Twinned with Lightroom it should be quite good.
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wvbarnes

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 11:01
Hi all,

I'm a long standing Serif Plus programs user and Affinity Photo is a first beta for PC (slow and buggy) after the acclaimed Mac version.
Affinity Designer for the graphics fans came out fully this week on PC (29.99 for customers plus loads of extras) .
I personally will stick with the excellent Serif PhotoPlus until Affinity Photo has a full launch when I will see how cheap it is offered. They do no competitor for Lightroom workflow software yet. Very small firm in Nottingham with I believe four designers,

Sandy1

Link Posted 28/11/2016 - 15:21
I would be very interested in seeing more opinion on this but glad to see that first impressions seem to be pretty good. At 29.99 it might be a good option for me, as I have been looking for a cheaper alternative to Photoshop. I was considering one of these free options, but I am not sure if they will really give me all the features I need. I have had some success with GIMP, but Serif Affinity Plus looks a little more professional to me. Is that right?

wvbarnes

Link Posted 28/11/2016 - 16:14
Hi, The Affinity programs (May be the company name soon?) are all new and (annoyingly to me) Mac first then Windows later. Serif have chosen not to do a web designer in new range but on top of Designer will do Photo early next year for Windows and Publisher eventually..

The twenty odd year long Serif Plus range are end of line BUT all available including Serif PhotoPlus X8 I use at at 19.99 download http://www.serif.com/photoplus/ It has a full RAW studio and works with all Photoshop plugins including the now free Google Nik collection. I'm happy with it doing all i want. The new Affinity product https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/ looks much more a Pro Photoshop competitor from Mac feedback but I will wait and see what price they actually offer it to me as alongstanding customer (I guess 29.99 as opposed to 39.99 for Mac) when the Windows version gets out of beta.

Hope that helps

Sandy1 wrote:
I would be very interested in seeing more opinion on this but glad to see that first impressions seem to be pretty good. At 29.99 it might be a good option for me, as I have been looking for a cheaper alternative to Photoshop. I was considering one of these free options, but I am not sure if they will really give me all the features I need. I have had some success with GIMP, but Serif Affinity Plus looks a little more professional to me. Is that right?

dangie

Link Posted 28/11/2016 - 16:26
If anyone wants to have a look at what it can do and how it does it, there are plenty of very good videos here.

https://affinity.serif.com/forum/index.php?/topic/10119-in-house-affinity-photo-...
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BrianN

Link Posted 07/12/2016 - 15:58
I have been trying the beta version for windows and first impressions are very good. That is taking into account that it is still under development. The mac version costs 39 and the company say the finished windows version will retail for the same and have exactly the same spec.
There are still some bugs that need fixing but hopefully these will all have been addressed by the time the finished version goes on sale. If you are used to Photoshop then the learning curve is quite small. In fact in most respects its a lot more intuitive.
I would encourage anyone who doesn't want take out a monthly subscription for Photoshop CC to give it a try.
You can still buy Lightroom 6 outright, which I feel has better raw development and batch processing. The two together look a good prospect. It's much more capable than elements, being aimed at the pro market. The beta version is free so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.
Brian
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