The guys over at Serif this week released a new app in beta that has been designed as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Called Affinity Photo, the new software has specifically been designed to take some of the market share away from Adobe, including several features that have specifically been designed to outclass Photoshop.

One of the biggest of these features is the speed of the app, which is a lot faster than Adobe Photoshop which Serif say is due to the fact that Photoshop still has a 25-year-old architecture, whereas Serif have been able to design Affinity Photo with the latest technology.

But that is not all, the software also includes support for CMYK color, Raw processing, LAB color, 16-bit editing, 64-bit Photoshop plug-ins and ICC color management.

The ability to add plug-ins will also be big for the software, and Serif has already stated that they are in talks with major vendors in order to create some new plugins for the software.

The app was first launched in its beta format for Mac on February 9th, but Serif’s head of Affinity development, Tony Brightman has stated the company plan to make it the go-to photo editor and creative work tool for everyone.

“We want as many people as possible to use the free Affinity Photo beta for their photo editing and creative raster work—feedback from the public beta will make the differences that really matter in a professional setting. You can download and install Affinity Photo on your Mac, enjoy getting your hands dirty with some editing, then join the conversation on our forums.”

To do so Serif is seeking to collect feedback from the public beta version to make Affinity Photo better, which can be done via the companies forums.

Currently the beta for Affinity Photo is only compatible with Mac, which needs to be running on at least OS X Lion 10.7.5 or up, and have an Intel 64-bit processor at least. The app also comes in French, German and Spanish.

Once the full version of the app launches it will be available for around $49.99 from the Apple App Store, and will feature updates for the next two years for free.

That makes it an amazing option to those who don’t want to fork out a subscription fee.

You can find out more about Affinity Photo and sign up for the beta at the source link below.

Source: Affinity Photo

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