Software company Serif has released version 2 of its Affinity creative suite. This update brings several new features and refinements to the firm’s trio of graphic design and content production programs, which are priced more competitively than Adobe offers.
For designers and other creative professionals, Affinity Designer 2, Affinity Photo 2, and Affinity Publisher 2 offer new visual designs and functionalities. Nondestructive RAW development, compound masking, live mesh warping, and the capacity to save various visibility states of your layer stack are just a few new features added to the Affinity Photo 2 photo editing software.
Software for vector graphic design and illustration, Affinity Designer 2, now supports vector warping, DWG and DXF file imports, and an X-Ray View mode that reveals the composition of your creations. There are also a variety of additional resources available, including a knife tool for cutting forms, curves, or text, an interactive shape builder, and tools for measuring the line lengths, segments, distances, and areas of any objects to measure.
The publishing and page layout design program Affinity Publisher 2 from Serif has improved speed to assist manage huge documents and now has features like Books that let users mix several publisher projects as chapters to make one lengthy publication.
With the introduction of Affinity V2, the business has also closed a hole in its iPad range by introducing Affinity Publisher 2 iPad. The Affinity suite is now available on Macs, personal computers, and iPads. The iPad applications include almost all of the enhancements made to the desktop version, in addition to brand-new features such as a Quick Menu, Command Controller, Compact Mode, an all-new context bar, additional sliders, and a lot more.
Affinity is frequently seen as a more affordable alternative to Adobe’s line of creative applications. For instance, while the Affinity Designer V1 vector program is less capable than Adobe Illustrator, it still offers comparable features for a one-time fee of $59.99 (as opposed to Adobe’s $19.99 monthly subscription). Similar comparisons between Affinity Photo and Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign may be drawn, respectively.
Affinity Designer 2, Affinity Photo 2, and Affinity Publisher 2 are available in desktop versions for $69.99 (up from $59.99 on V1). In contrast, the iPad versions of the program are available for $19.99, which is the same price as the V1 software. The Affinity V2 Universal License, a set that includes all three Affinity programs, has also been made public by Serif. Serif is now providing a 40% launch discount, which reduces the cost of the Universal License from a one-time payment of $169.99 to $99.99.