For a long time Adobe Photoshop was thought to be the only professional-level photo-editing software, but that has changed over the years. Both PC and Mac users can now choose from various applications that offer the same, or very similar, features.
The latest newcomer in this market is Affinity Photo - a graphic design tool that could become Photoshop's biggest competitor. Created by Serif, a company that is also responsible for a low-price but high-end Adobe Illustrator rival named Affinity Designer, the application has been launched yesterday in free beta.
According to the makers, Affinity Photo is better than Photoshop in a number of ways. First of all, it's fast. It was built on a new codebase, which allows the software to get the most out of modern hardware. It means that rendering images, applying effects, and working with high-res graphics with multiple layers will not slow down your computer as much as it does in Photoshop.
Affinity Photo is aimed at professionals and offers an array of top-class features. Those include end-to-end CMYK, 16-bits per channel editing, LAB colour, RAW processing, ICC colour management, and Photoshop PSD and 64-bit plug-in compatibility.
If you cannot wait to give it a try, head over to Serif's website where you can sign up for free public beta program. When the software launches in its final version in a couple of months, it will be available in the Mac App Store for approximately £39.99.