Adobe has long been the top dog in the photo editing game by way of their Photoshop and Lightroom software. However, Mac users may soon have a better alternative that will give current PS users a run for their money. This new software is called Affinity Photo, and the developers (notable for Affinity Designer) are currently accepting sign-ups for their free, open beta that will launch in the near future.
Judging by the teaser video, the interface appears to look very similar to Photoshop with some powerful features (highly/shadow recovery, content-aware, depth of field, artificial lighting, motion blur, fine detail selection) that will simplify many complicated tasks that photographers face with today's software. The unreleased software will support 16-bit, RAW, CMYK, LAB and can import/export PSD files so making the switch to Affinity Photo from a competitor should presumably be an easy transition.
As of now Affinity Photo is only planned for a Mac release, but the devs have stated a Windows version is possible in the extended future. As for the final release price, we can expect it to be sold for $49.99 via the Mac App Store and this flat-rate will include free updates for two years (far more affordable than Photoshop CC).
Check out the teaser trailer below and visit the Affinity website to put your name on the beta list before it closes up:
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