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Between 2014 and 2019, UK-based software company Serif released three creative applications, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher, which not only have a large user base but are serious competitors to similar software. Top dog Adobe offers apply.

Affinity 2 Apps

Affinity Photo is a photo editor that can compete with Photoshop. The Affinity Designer is intended for creative draftsmen and illustrators and is considered an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Affinity Publisher competes with Adobe InDesign. What all three applications have in common is that they have been sold on a lump-sum basis in recent years. First for Mac users, later in editions for iPad (excluding AffinityPublisher) and Windows computers.

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Also Affinity 2 without subscription

Serif today announced the next generation of creative apps, with major upgrades not only to Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher, but ultimately to the iPad.

Most important information: The new versions of all three applications will continue to be available separately for Mac, PC and iPad, will all be available to try in free trials and will be offered at a 40 percent discount during the market launch.

New Universal License

This discount also applies to the new “Affinity V2 Universal License”, which unlocks all the manufacturer’s applications for a one-time payment. The calculation is as follows: All V2 apps for all platforms cost 382 euros when purchased separately. The universal license is regularly offered for 199.99 euros. At market launch, it will be offered with a 40 percent discount for just 119.99 euros – as a one-time purchase, without a subscription.

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Affinity Designer 2 – This is new

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‎Affinity Designer 2
‎Affinity Designer 2
Developer: Serif Labs

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‎Affinity Designer 2 for iPad
‎Affinity Designer 2 for iPad
Developer: Serif Labs

Price: Free+
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Vector distortion

This customer-requested new addition gives you the ability to apply non-destructive distortion to any vector image or text. Simply select a fully configurable mesh or one of the Arc, Perspective, Fisheye and Twist presets. All deformations can be flexibly changed and viewed in real time – even with complex illustrations.

shape designer

Add and subtract shapes and segments intuitively and easily. Complex shapes can be created by simply dragging between segments. Was nothing? Then just subtract again by holding down a special key.

Messer

Split any shape, curve, or even text into fragments in an instant. With the stabilizer you can now work even more precisely and with the scissors you can easily split any curve by simply clicking on a node or a curve segment.

Measuring tool and area tool

Easily measure line lengths, segments, distances and areas of objects at the scale you specify. Use the measure tool to determine the distance between two points/objects and use the area tool to determine the perimeter, area or length of individual segments of closed shapes.

DXF/DWG Import

Import and edit AutoCAD and DXF files quickly and accurately, easily preserving the layer structure and scale of the original file.

With features such as Multilayer Import, Color Correction and Autoscaling, our apps offer premium import quality.

X-ray display mode

The new view mode allows you to look into the depths of your design and select individual curves or objects in complex images.

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Affinity photo 2 – This is new

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‎Affinity Photo 2
‎Affinity Photo 2
Developer: Serif Labs

Price: Free+
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‎Affinity Photo 2 for iPad
‎Affinity Photo 2 for iPad
Developer: Serif Labs

Price: Free+
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Non-destructive RAW development

Develop your RAW images in a non-destructive way. This allows you to change all development settings at any time – even after adding additional layers or customizations to your files. You can embed the images in your document files or link them externally to reduce the file size.

mounting masks

Combine multiple layers of masking in a non-destructive way using the Add, Subtract, Overlap, and XOR operators. These are masks that you can use non-destructively and assemble from individual parts.

Grid distortion in real time.

Want to match an image or file to the surface of an underlying template? This is exactly what is now possible – and absolutely non-destructive. All settings can therefore be changed at any time. This is especially useful for mockups where you want to place document files on surfaces such as book or magazine pages.

Normal Adjustment Function

Adjust lighting information in existing normal maps. This capability is extremely useful when working on textures and even allows editing lighting planes created in a 3D rendering app.

The living mask

Develop countless non-destructive workflow variations with the new Live Masks, which update automatically based on the properties of the underlying image.
shade range
Create a mask based on a specific color in your image. The mask can be provided with adjustments and effects and painted over directly.

band pass

Bandpass creates a mask that focuses on the contrast boundaries in an image. This is especially useful for retouching when you want to focus on different frequency planes, but also for creative effects.

luminance

Mask specific areas of lightness, such as some of the highlights or shadows (or anything in between), to target only those areas of adjustment.

Save state variants for layers

This powerful feature allows you to save different visibility configurations for your layer stack, allowing you to quickly compare different design choices or versions of your work.
Create either a manual layer state to save your currently set layer visibility, or a smart layer state where you can fine-tune whether to show or hide layers based on one or more of the following criteria: layer color highlight, layer type, layer name, and protection state.

Import/Export from JPG XL

Affinity Photo has always been at the forefront of editing wide color spaces and HDR images with full support for HDR displays. Now others can finally see what you see in Affinity Photo with the new export option for JPEG XL – a format that is becoming increasingly popular, especially in web browsers.

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Affinity Publisher 2 – This is new

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‎Affinity Publisher 2
‎Affinity Publisher 2
Developer: Serif Labs

Price: Free+
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‎Affinity Publisher 2 for iPad
‎Affinity Publisher 2 for iPad
Developer: Serif Labs

Price: Free+
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Books

Combine multiple Publisher documents as chapters into one long publication with automatic synchronization of page numbers, table of contents, index, and styles throughout the book. These options are perfect for team projects, allowing everyone to work on their parts in peace and quiet before all components are assembled. Only available in desktop versions.

Footnotes, Notes and Endnotes.

Quickly and easily add notes and references to texts – perfect for academic and scientific texts.

Post by AutoFlow

Create a single layout, which then automatically repeats in your document until all the desired images are included. Since you can freely define the number of repetitions for images, you can also create advanced templates that will allow you to create many variants in a few seconds in the future.

Ignore layer visibility for linked files

All layers can be shown or hidden in placed files – including PSD, PDF, DWG, DXF and other Affinity files – without breaking the link. Even if the source file is changed, your layer visibility settings are preserved.

Place DXF/DWG files

Easily insert DXF or DWG files into your Publisher documents.

stilpipette

Select the style of an object or piece of text on your page and apply it to other objects or pieces of text in an instant. (Only for desktop versions).

Performance

Large document handling has been completely overhauled and is now much faster – especially for documents with frequently placed files and images.

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Written by Kim Anderson

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