Affinity Photo Editor originated as a Mac application and is considered the next best Photoshop alternative, that is if we consider price a major factor. Microsoft has decided to use this fact to their advantage to get creators to switch from macOS to Windows by introducing innovative apps to the Windows Store — the latest one being Affinity.
So far, the company’s attempts have been a success and in the past year, we have seen tons of apps launched with an official Windows version. Serif has been reportedly working on the Windows version of the app for at least a year and made its efforts official in March 2016. Now, the Affinity Photo Editor has been optimized for Windows and can be downloaded for free as a public beta. It will also be augmented for Microsoft Surface Studio and Surface Dial.
The Affinity Photo app possesses some notable features including RAW processing, panorama stitching, 16-bit editing, focus stacking, tone mapping, ICC color management, batch processing, 360-degree photos and Pantone support. Moreover, it provides enhanced accessibility to novices or less than professional photographers, allowing them to adjust white balance, shadows, highlights, exposure and clarity to improve their shots and doing so with ease. The toolbox comes bundled with a preset, background eraser, paint mixer, healing brush, clone stamp, and warping tools.
Apart from being feature rich, the Windows version of the app is expected to be available at quite a reasonable price tag of £39.99, US$49.99, or AU$79.99. As stated above, you can try it now completely free by taking part in the public beta. The beta is compatible with the 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8 and 10.
You can download Affinity Photo Editor for free from Serif.
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