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Affinity Windows Beta Release
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:14:41 AM »
Good news everyone.

Serif has just released the Windows Beta version of Affinity Photo. You can sign up and get it free for the beta period HERE

The Affinity release for Mac was awarded Apple's 'App of the Year' in 2015.

I've got mine, and I will edit this week's entry with it.  ;)


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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2016, 09:45:17 AM »
I tend to like the Serif software I currently use, so will give it a go - Cheers Howard
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2016, 10:12:19 AM »
I've just started mucking around with it. Loading plugins is a bit of a pain - I had to do the Topaz suite one at a time, and it doesn't understand Viveza from Nik, which is a bit of shame. It also doesn't recognise On1 or Franzis plugins.

And, horror of horrors, luminosity masking returned no results in the help search!
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2016, 10:33:14 AM »
Downloaded but cannot get it to run yet for some reason  - Ho hum
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2016, 09:10:10 AM »
Downloaded and running. But can't work out how it works. Managed to change a picture that looked ok, to one that was awful, but no idea how or how to get it back.

I'll try once more then if I can't make it work it will be taken off again.

I know it's beta, but it should be at a place that is at least user friendly - it's effectively a port from mac, so should only be ironing out quirks and minor bugs.
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2016, 10:40:01 AM »
Erm, it works pretty much the same way as Photoshop. Just did a quick HDR from three dull shots using the 'dramatic' tone map preset, lightened up the foreground shadows a bit with a 10% white brush on a neutral grey overlay layer, just as I would in PS, and added a vignette by adding a fuzzy selection of the outside of the image on a new layer, blending mode to multiply, just as I would do in PS.



There are a few weird bits where I need to read the manual - I still haven't located the gradient map dialogue for example. I've got all of the Topaz plugins working, and most of the Nik ones. To me the app looks a lot like Photoplus  X8 with a more up to date skin and a number of additional bells and whistles.

In addition the video guides look pretty impressive HERE
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2016, 01:57:05 PM »
Downloaded but cannot get it to run yet for some reason  - Ho hum

On the beta forum one other user has reported failure to start - it seems, so far, to be related to a .net framework glitch. I'll keep you posted and let you know if I see anything new on that.
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2016, 02:26:25 PM »
Had another quick play and not sure I'm a fan - perhaps just too used to photoshop - or at least LR!
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2016, 02:27:05 PM »
Downloaded but cannot get it to run yet for some reason  - Ho hum

On the beta forum one other user has reported failure to start - it seems, so far, to be related to a .net framework glitch. I'll keep you posted and let you know if I see anything new on that.

Cheers Howard, I expected it was a glitch of some sort , as every which way I have tried to get it to run has failed so far, while other reinstalled software functions OK.
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2016, 03:34:52 PM »
Tried again. Now uninstalled as I just can't get on with it.

Can't seem to load preloaded images into a stack, or HDR them. Just too many things that are bugging me -that and I simply don't have the time to play!
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2016, 05:44:59 PM »
Horses for courses Mark! I've never really got on with LR - I find it infuriating a lot of the time. PS I do like though, even if Adobe do keep mucking about with it. I shall miss that when my sub expires.
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2016, 11:13:51 PM »
I "upgraded" to CC not long ago (The trial is now either 7 or 14 days on PS CC) and I had a quick play this afternoon after I found liquify is face aware - and does work very well - if you are into that sort of thing!

But I agree, horses for courses - I didn't like LR until release 4 came out - and then it all clicked!
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2016, 01:46:20 PM »
Andy, there is a new version of the beta out now V1.0.5.37, maybe you can get that to install?
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2016, 03:36:53 PM »
Andy, there is a new version of the beta out now V1.0.a5.37, maybe you can get that to install?

Still not able to get the prog to run, but thanks for the info Howard.
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Re: Affinity Windows Beta Release
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2016, 08:06:18 AM »
Affinity has now been released for Windows - £29.99 or €39.99 until 22nd December. I've just bought my licence.
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