Mac image editors: Download the free Affinity Photo beta, we think you’ll like it

“We have been trying out the Affinity Photo Beta over the last few days and we are impressed,” writes. “It looks and feels like Photoshop, but it’s built with new fast code and will be an outright purchase when launched.”

“Affinity are a company based in Nottingham, England. You may have already heard about them as they were runner up in Apple’s Best of 2014 Apps with Affinity Designer,” writes. “Designer is a $50 vector graphic application that has had rave reviews and has already had many converts from Adobe’s Illustrator.”

“Back to Affinity Photo Beta and as the name suggests, the application is in a free beta test period at the moment. Not everything works, we have had a few oddities with opening PSD files, but it is a very slick application,” writes. “We are all rather excited about Affinity Photo and if Designer is a benchmark to go by, it will probably end up on the App Store for a one-off payment of $50. In the meantime we suggest you download the beta and put it through its paces. We think you’ll like it.”

More info and screenshots in the full article here.

More info about downloading Affinity Photo beta for Mac here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sleep tight, Shantanu.

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New Mac-based Photoshop rival ‘Affinity Photo’ is now a free beta – February 9, 2015


  1. Agreed.
    I have no intention of paying monthly payments on any app.
    I’m on CS5 will be indefinitely until an alternative can be found.

    Here’s hoping this Sheriff can take form the rich and give to the poor…..

  2. I can’t find the system requirements for Affinity Photo on the Affinity website, but they are probably similar to those for Affinity Designer, which requires OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) or newer and an Intel 64-bit processor.

    1. I found this in the Help of the app.

      The minimum system requirements are as follows:
      Intel processor with 64-bit support.
      Mac OS X Lion (10.7.5) and above.
      2GB RAM
      ???MB of available hard-disk space*
      1280 x 768 display
      * additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).

  3. Wow, I’ve been a heavy Photoshop user since 1991 and this has some real potential.
    I see they are heavy on video tutorials with their designer app. If they do the same with photo they may have a real and profitable future.
    Remember, photographers are visual people. We love video tutorials.

    1. Pixelmator is a very nice app, but it isn’t Photoshop. Based on a few minutes of exploring Affinity Photo on my Retina MBP, I’d say that it might be able to seriously claim status as a pro-level replacement for Adobe’s over-priced subscription ware.

  4. I’ve been a Photoshop user for years, and currently use CS6. I love it, and hate the idea of “renting” my software from Adobe. I’ve been playing with Affinity Photo, and have been very impressed with what it can do, at a fraction of the price of Photoshop, and with the knowledge that I can own it.

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