Affinity releases major Photo, Designer updates suited for new Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR

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Serif's Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have received updates to version 1.7 today, receiving enhanced GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support, and a new memory management system.




The new updates were released Tuesday during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. The updates allow users to take advantage of a Mac's discrete GPU, multiple GPU, and Thunderbolt 3 eGPUs. Serif states that the enhancements made now allow for 10 times faster performance compared to the previous version.

Support for HDR & EDR displays has been added, including support for the new Apple Pro Display XDR.




"This allows photographers to see new levels of the detail captured in RAW files," Serif claims "Designers can push colour intensity in graphics far further than was possible before."

"Using Affinity Photo with an HDR monitor offers a simply stunning experience," says Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson. "It's amazing the detail and dynamic range the latest SLR cameras capture when shooting in RAW, and Affinity Photo now offers the opportunity to actually see all that depth while editing on an HDR monitor."

In this batch of updates, Affinity Photo has an improved RAW processing engine designed to load files faster, a rewritten brush engine and new brushes, a symmetry mode, and improved batch processing.

Designer has received new isometric controls, an overhauled vector tool system, and vector shape limitations have been lifted to allow for an unlimited number of strokes and fills.

While most of these updates were desktop-centric, Serif has also updated the iPad versions of Designer and Photo as well. Both apps have received performance updates, a refreshed UI that has been designed to work well with the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini.




The new 1.7 versions of both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are currently on sale in both the App Store and on Affinity's store, with a 20% discount ($39.99 for desktop, $15.99 for iPad) with no subscription fees. Existing users can download updated versions for free.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 392member
    And this is why we support indie developers! They are quick to not only update to Apple's latest and greatest hardware but generally take advantage of all the SDKs in the latest OS as well, not to mention they are so much cheaper than anything Adobe has to offer! Serif and Pixelmator are two of the best graphic app based companies on the Mac platform these days.
    tmaycornchipgregoriusmcat52racerhomie3
  • Reply 2 of 7
    tmaytmay Posts: 3,940member
    Serif's Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have received updates to version 1.7 today, receiving enhanced GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support, and a new memory management system.




    The new updates were released Tuesday during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference. The updates allow users to take advantage of a Mac's discrete GPU, multiple GPU, and Thunderbolt 3 eGPUs. Serif states that the enhancements made now allow for 10 times faster performance compared to the previous version.

    Support for HDR & EDR displays has been added, including support for the new Apple Pro Display XDR.




    "This allows photographers to see new levels of the detail captured in RAW files," Serif claims "Designers can push colour intensity in graphics far further than was possible before."

    "Using Affinity Photo with an HDR monitor offers a simply stunning experience," says Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson. "It's amazing the detail and dynamic range the latest SLR cameras capture when shooting in RAW, and Affinity Photo now offers the opportunity to actually see all that depth while editing on an HDR monitor."

    In this batch of updates, Affinity Photo has an improved RAW processing engine designed to load files faster, a rewritten brush engine and new brushes, a symmetry mode, and improved batch processing.

    Designer has received new isometric controls, an overhauled vector tool system, and vector shape limitations have been lifted to allow for an unlimited number of strokes and fills.

    While most of these updates were desktop-centric, Serif has also updated the iPad versions of Designer and Photo as well. Both apps have received performance updates, a refreshed UI that has been designed to work well with the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini.




    The new 1.7 versions of both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are currently on sale in both the App Store and on Affinity's store, with a 20% discount ($39.99 for desktop, $15.99 for iPad) with no subscription fees. Existing users can download updated versions for free.
    I received a discount as a Publisher Beta tester, and my guess it is in reality a pre-order discount of 20% for anyone. Not an InDesign replacement, but will be good enough for a wide range of people.

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/


    gregoriusm
  • Reply 3 of 7
    philotechphilotech Posts: 104member
    tmay said:

    I received a discount as a Publisher Beta tester, and my guess it is in reality a pre-order discount of 20% for anyone. Not an InDesign replacement, but will be good enough for a wide range of people.

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/


    Actually, as a beta tester you get a 30% discount. The difference between the special beta tester discount and the standard pre-order discount is explained in the email you receive as a beta tester.
    edited June 5
  • Reply 4 of 7
    tmaytmay Posts: 3,940member
    philotech said:
    tmay said:

    I received a discount as a Publisher Beta tester, and my guess it is in reality a pre-order discount of 20% for anyone. Not an InDesign replacement, but will be good enough for a wide range of people.

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/


    Actually, as a beta tester you get a 30% discount. The difference between the special beta tester discount and the standard pre-order discount is explained in the email you receive as a beta tester.
    You are correct. I went back and checked my preorde.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    jingojingo Posts: 93member
    There's many things I really like about Affinity Designer, and I would love to switch to it from Illustrator. But the absence of pattern fills is a total show-stopper for me. A real shame, and I can't imagine why this fundamental feature is still missing from what is otherwise a great product.
    edited June 6
  • Reply 6 of 7
    bigtdsbigtds Posts: 132member
    jingo said:
    There's many things I really like about Affinity Designer, and I would love to switch to it from Illustrator. But the absence of pattern fills is a total show-stopper for me. A real shame, and I can't imagine why this fundamental feature is still missing from what is otherwise a great product.
    There seems to be plenty of examples when doing a search. I found this tutorial which may help. It just doesn't seem that straight forward.
    https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-patterns-in-affinity-designer--cms-31947
  • Reply 7 of 7
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 331member
    What's up with the terrible photoshoped black background on the graphics?
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