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Mac users - new Photoshop alternative - free beta available

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by WendyK, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    I saw an article today about a new Photoshop alternative for Mac users that is currently free in beta form. You just need to sign up with an email address and you get a download link. Once it launches it will be $50 in the App Store.

    article link: http://petapixel.com/2015/02/09/affinity-photo-new-pro-photoshop-alternative-mac-users-get-free/
    Here is a link to sign up for the beta: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/

    The article linked above has a number of videos that preview the software. I just downloaded it and will update when I have had a chance to try it out for more than 2 minutes. I did try to open an Olympus RAW file and it didn't work, so I think this is meant more for photo editing than RAW processing, at least in the beta version.
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  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I'm not a Mac user, but I will say that I am all for more competition and diversity on the marketplace. I wish all the best for a company that wants to compete.

    If you don't mind, I'll also piggy back this info on your thread as well. There is a Google Chrome based offline editor that I've started using and really like called Polarr. They also have a web based version as well.

    I worked over yesterday and it is pretty good. Supports all major RAW formats, it claims. Saw Olympus, Nikon, Canon in there for sure. Unknown about the Fuji X-Trans support.

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  3. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Very interesting, thank you. I need to download and experiment - I have so many years of "muscle memory" with Lightroom that I am a little cautious about going down a new road. The Petapixel writeup looks promising.
  4. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    Nice. Thanks for the info. I'm interested in a Photoshop alternative. I'll have to give it a try soon.
  5. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    Nice find! Thank you. will be trying this out tomorrow night after an upcoming shoot.
  6. briloop

    briloop Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    Mount Juliet, TN
    I signed up twice. Never received the the download link.
  7. plaatje

    plaatje Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Looks prommessing, thanks for the hint . . .
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