Biggest-ever Affinity updates
Speed, power and extensive new features, GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support and a new memory management system ensure the Aﬃnity suite continues to be at the cutting edge of modern creative software. The 1.7 versions of Aﬃnity Designer and Aﬃnity Photo have both been launched simultaneously on Mac, Windows and iPad
Aﬃnity Designer and Photo today receive their biggest ever updates, adding marketleading performance improvements, bestever usability and an extensive list of new features. The latest versions underline Serif’s commitment to pushing the limits of performance that users can expect from their hardware. It’s the same approach that made Aﬃnity apps the first fullyfeatured creative desktop apps to make the leap to iPad.
Today’s v1.7 upgrades mean Mac users can now enjoy endtoend Metal compute acceleration to take full advantage of the Mac’s discrete GPU, making all raster layer and brush operations up to 10 times faster than ever before. Additionally, the apps now support multiple GPUs—whether internal or with external units connected— multiplying the performance gains further.
Aﬃnity Photo and Aﬃnity Designer are now fully optimised for multiple GPUs, including external eGPUs. Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “It’s really important that we are leading the way in exploiting the latest technologies available to us and our customers. GPU compute acceleration is something we have worked tirelessly on for the last couple of years as it is certainly the future in achieving phenomenal speeds, even when working on massive, deepcolour projects. We’re pleased to say that for Aﬃnity customers on Mac the future is now here.”
Serif is working on hardware acceleration for its Windows version too, although that will be delivered in a future update. But that hasn’t stopped them achieving big performance increases—today’s updates introduce a rewritten memory management system resulting in 3x or 4x speed improvements across many tasks on Windows machines.
- Dial and Pen support for Microsoft Surface devices has also been significantly upgraded, giving users new ways to interact with the apps.
- Dial and Pen support has been improved substantially on Surface devices
- And in a marketfirst for photo editing and graphic design apps, Aﬃnity Photo and Designer now come with full support for the latest HDR / EDR monitors. This allows photographers to see new levels of the detail captured in RAW files, while 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 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.
“But this isn’t just for highend photography. As more and more graphic content is being consumed on HDR displays, it will start to become important that designers are using an app which can both work in a 32bit colour space and render the results on an HDR monitor. Aﬃnity Designer is the first professional graphic design application to do both.”
- Support for HDR & EDR displays has been added, including support for the new Apple Pro Display XDR
- Users of Aﬃnity on iPad aren’t left out either. There are further performance optimisations and a refreshed, compact UI which both gives more real estate for working, but also to allow for the ultimate experience on the new 7.9inch screen iPad mini.
“The new iPad mini is an incredible device, especially now it supports Apple Pencil,” says Ashley Hewson. “It’s pretty cool that you can work on highend photo compositions or full design projects with thousands of objects on such a small device”
As well as these device specific improvements, there are plenty of new features and improvements which have been added all of them available on the Mac, Windows and iPad versions from today.
- Much improved RAW processing engine oﬀering significantly faster loading of files, a new demosaicing algorithm, more eﬀective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space
- Rewritten brush engine adding allnew multibrushes, a symmetry mode (up to 32way) and onthefly nozzle rotation with shortcut
- Batch processing is improved, a new assets panel is available for quick drag and drop of commonly used elements, and the layers panel has had a complete
- New isometric controls allowing you to work directly on any isometric plane or fit existing elements to a plane with a single
- Vector shapes can now possess an unlimited number of strokes and fills, with complete freedom to interleave diﬀerent attributes and control how they are blended together. Arrowheads have been added to the stroke panel too.
- Improvements to almost all vector tools, including lasso selection of nodes, the pencil tool adding a sculpt mode, a new point transform tool as well as huge improvements to guides, grids and
“This update isn’t only about the big new features and performance gains—we’ve also made literally thousands of little tweaks and improvements to both apps based on all the feedback we get from our customers every day. It’s a lot of these little enhancements which add up to mean both Aﬃnity Photo and Aﬃnity Designer are more productive than ever before.”
Get it Now!
The new 1.7 versions of both Aﬃnity Photo and Aﬃnity Designer are available now with a 20% discount ($39.99 desktop, $15.99 iPad) with no subscription. Existing users can download the updated versions free.