Serif boosts its Photoshop competitor, Affinity Photo, with new update

Affinity Photo
In a market where Adobe rules the roost, Serif and its lineup of Affinity programs has made quite the statement. Serif’s suite isn’t as large as Adobe’s, nor as prominent in terms of market share, but it’s gaining a massive following thanks to its pay-once-have-forever methodology, a concept Adobe has strayed away from with its Creative Cloud.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, Serif further increased the capabilities of its programs with a version 1.6 release of its Adobe Photoshop CC competitor, Affinity Photo for desktop. The update brings along a slew of changes both visible and under the hood.

Behind the scenes, Serif has integrated new support for Apple’s Metal 2 technology, meaning Affinity Photo can use hardware acceleration to process images and edits faster and smoother. This particularly comes into play when working with multiple images or editing RAW photographs.

On the surface, Affinity Photo has gained a new light UI mode. When turned on, the Affinity Photo app will have a light gray frame and interface. This is in contrast to its traditional black-and-gray experience.

Panning and zooming should also be a great deal smoother in version 1.6, likely due in part to its more capable hardware acceleration. Live filters and grids also see a boost in performance, for more accurate previews and edits.

In the virtual reality department, Serif has added 360-degree image roll correction, a welcomed feature considering how easy it is to accidentally tilt a VR camera when taking photos.

Alongside the update, Serif is also including a collection of bonus content valued at more than $100. Included are 99 custom high-resolution textures, a pack of 50 cloud overlays, and a set of image styles, light leaks, and distortions you can use to add a little visual flair to your photos.

If you already own Affinity Photo, this update is entirely free, as Serif claims all updates will be. If you haven’t purchased Affinity Photo, you can do so now for $50 on Affinity’s online store or through Apple’s Mac App Store. It’s available for both MacOS and Windows.

There’a also a free trial available in the event you want to take Affinity Photo for a spin before you drop any dough on it.

Smart Home

Picture this: The Aura packs thousands of photos in a single frame (for a price)

Are you one of those people who miss the good old days of flipping through photo albums to see each and every favorite photo? If so, you might love the Aura digital photo frame. We tested the device and came away impressed.

Get your Sagan on with 60 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Flickr just expanded Pro tools — but free users may have to delete some photos

If you have more than 1,000 photos on a free Flickr account, you might want to decide which to delete . Flickr announced some changes following an acquisition by SmugMug, including a new way to calculate the free account storage limit.
Product Review

Why get anything bigger? The new Mac Mini is all the desktop you need

Apple’s new Mac Mini doesn’t look much different from its predecessor, and it’s more expensive. Yet the changes under the hood make a case for its consideration as your new Mac. Can this entry-level machine hold its own?
Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.

Apple will fix these iPhone X, 13-inch MacBook Pro issues for free

Apple launched free repair programs for the iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar. Some iPhone X units are suffering from unresponsive touchscreens, while a specific batch of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is prone to drive failure.

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…

One of these monitors will look great next to your new MacBook Pro

Apple doesn't make its beloved Cinema Display monitors anymore, which makes finding the best monitor for the MacBook Pro more difficult. In this guide, we break down some of our favorites and offer something for every size and budget.

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.

The best Apple Watch deals for November 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

The best MacBook deals for November 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.

The best iPad deals for November 2018

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for November 2018.

The best iPhone deals for November 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for November 2018.