Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher version 2 launch

If you visited the Affinity user forums over the past few months, you know that after eight years, something new was coming. Over the course of those eight years since version 1 of the Affinity creative software suite was released, numerous updates with new features have seen the light of day without customers having been charged. But today, Serif, the company that develops and markets Affinity products, launches Version 2 of its award-winning Affinity creative suite and this time they’re asking for a — quite small — contribution. Affinity V2 is up for sale now with generous launch discounts. It incorporates reimagined versions of the three products, loaded with new features and a new look.

Alongside the launch of Affinity V2 comes the release of Affinity Publisher 2 iPad, completing the core suite of apps available on macOS, Windows and iPad. According to Serif’s Managing Director, it is the first time a truly professional, desktop-grade layout and page design app has made its way to iPad.

The new release also redefines the Affinity suite’s licensing plan. Although you will still be able to buy individual Affinity apps, a new Affinity V2 Universal Licence was announced giving customers an option to buy a package containing Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2 and Affinity Publisher 2 for use on Mac, PC and iPad — all for a single all-inclusive amount.

In times of COVID, a war at Europe’s front door, and the economical pain associated with it all, new buyers will be pleased to know that the Universal Licence will normally be available for £144.99 / USD$169.99 / EUR 199,99. However, Serif currently offers a 40% launch discount making the whole V2 suite available for £89.99 / USD$99.99 / EUR 119.99 one-off cost with no subscription.

Upgrade pricing being impossible — sales are generated mainly through app stores — the company hopes the 40% discount will make up for it.

Users who don’t require the full package will still be able to buy Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2 or Affinity Publisher 2 individually for Mac, PC or iPad with the same 40% launch discount. All products, including the V2 Universal Licence, are also available as a 30-day free trial.

The new versions will work with Macs running MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later, and on an iPad with iPadOS 15 at least. On PCs you’ll need Windows 10 May 2020 Update. For iPads, the new versions even support my old iPad Air 2!

Affinity Designer 2

New features include:

  • Vector Warp
  • Shape Builder Tool
  • Knife Tool
  • Area Tool
  • DWG/DXF Import
  • Multi Layer Import
  • Colour Override (import)
  • Auto-scale (import)
  • X-Ray View

Affinity Photo 2

New features include:

  • Non-destructive RAW Develop
  • Compound Masks
  • Live Mesh Warp
  • Normals Adjustment
  • Live Masks
    • Hue Range
    • Band-Pass
    • Luminosity
  • Saved Layer States
  • JPEG XL Import/Export

Affinity Publisher 2

  • Books (desktop only)
  • Footnotes, endnotes and sidenotes
  • Place Auto-flow
  • Linked File Layer Visibility Override
  • DWG/DXF Place
  • Style Picker Tool
  • Performance

New to iPad versions

  • Command Controller
  • Quick Menu
  • Compact Mode
  • iPadOS 16 Ready

Expect a review of the entire V2 suite here soon.

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