Affinity has updated its trio of professional creative applications, with Affinity Publisher 1.8, Affinity Designer 1.8 and the product of most interest to photographers, Affinity Photo 1.8.
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Affinity Photo 1.8 brings some key compatibility updates, notably improved support for the native Photoshop PSD file format and the ability to work with PDS smart objects, maintaining full resolution and editability.
And thanks to a collaboration between Affinity and DxO software, Affinity Photo 1.8 is now fully compatible with the DxO Nik Collection 2.5 plug-in suite, just updated.
Affinity Photo can be used independently as a powerful Photoshop alternative sold for a single low-cost fee rather than as an ongoing subscription. It's already one of the best photo editing software applications you can get, and this latest version makes it easier to use it alongside other programs.
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Affinity Photo also available in an iPad edition sold separately, which we rate as one of the best photo editing apps for mobile devices – this gets the option to customise keyboard shortcuts in the latest update.
The Affinity family
Affinity Photo is part of the Affinity creative family, sharing a common file format with Affinity Designer, Affinity’s vector drawing illustration program, and Affinity Publisher, the company’s most recent product and a direct rival to Adobe InDesign – the version 1.8 update brings the ability to open InDesign documents directly.
Affinity Publisher 1.8 also uses the company’s StudioLink technology to make Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo tools directly available in an Affinity Publisher layout.
Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher work together or independently and are sold separate. For existing users, the new v1.8 versions are a free update.