It's a good day for Windows users as Affinity Photo (opens in new tab) has finally been released for them to buy. Following last month's beta launch of Affinity Photo for Windows (opens in new tab), the professional picture editing software has been finalised and boasts a huge update for Mac users, too.
Today's Windows launch also coincides with the release of Affinity 1.5, an upgrade which represents the single biggest step forwards for the app since it was launched over a year ago.
At the heart of Affinity Photo 1.5 is a focus on speed, power, and accuracy. Complete with non-destructive editing, RAW processing, and end-to-end colour management, not to mention tools that operate in real time, there's no waiting to see how your work looks.
The full range of powerful new features include:
- Macros to record and replay a set of commands
- Advanced HDR merge producing deep unbounded 32-bit images
- A full tone mapping workspace for both HDR and LDR images
- Focus stacking to achieve large depth of field from multiple images
- Full batch processing to process large folders of images in one go
- An all-new way to edit 360 degree images
- Direct PSD write-back
- 32-bit editing including OpenEXR import & export
- Automatic lens corrections based on profiles of thousands of lens & body combinations
The Windows version of Affinity Photo 1.5 matches the Mac release feature-for-feature. Users can expect it to go on sale across all platforms at a discount price of $39.99/ £29.99/ €39.99 until December 22. There's no subscription to sign up to, and Mac users who own the existing version can download the 1.5 update for free.
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Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity developer Serif, says: “There are two genuine reasons to celebrate today for professionals who want a powerful, high-end image editor.
“The launch of Affinity Photo for Windows means we’ve fulfilled our ambition to become a truly cross-platform presence, which was one of the core targets for us when we started developing Affinity apps over seven years ago.
“Almost all our back-end code was designed to work regardless of the operating system, which delivers 100% perfect file compatibility between the two platforms.
“And with the release of version 1.5, we’ve given Affinity Photo its biggest update yet, guaranteed to have enormous appeal to professional users on Mac or Windows.”
By sharing the same file format on all platforms, users can easily switch between them both as individuals or as part of a professional project where colleagues work on different systems.
The standard price of Affinity 1.5 is set at $49.99/ £39.99/ €49.99 complete with all the latest updates. As usual, there will be no ongoing subscription to sign up to.