AMITIAE - Wednesday 10 August 2016
A Visit to Nottingham and the Offices of Affinity Applications (Amended)
By Graham K. Rogers
Editing an Image in Affinity Photo
The offices are open-plan and there is an infectious enthusiasm among all those working there, with development upstairs and a smaller telephone support line section downstairs. Some remodelling is taking place with a smaller warehouse area planned: the move from boxed sets to online delivery has generated several changes in the way software is handled. This is a forward-looking company, not sitting on past successes.
Developers Working on Affinity Products
An interesting feature with all the applications is the way images are loaded onto the editing space, with tiles to represent the unloaded sections. Only the part of the image being used is shown in the editing panel, thus reducing memory-use considerably.
The first result of this strategy was Affinity Designer ($49.99 - 1,750 baht). The company produced this for the Mac to put a stake in the ground. In 2015 it won an Apple Design Award. At the same time, work on Affinity Photo was going well. I was so impressed with the beta version, that when Affinity Photo was released, I bought my copy ($49.99 - 1,750 baht) from the Mac App Store right away. This was Apple's best Mac App of 2015.
Currently, a version of Affinity Designer for Windows is in beta and Ashley (see photo at right) thinks it should be ready for release in a few months. Also coming soon is a Windows version of Affinity Photo which should be in beta in about 3 months. There is no specific timetable for the release of these (or other) products: when good and ready, I was told.
I was lucky to have a look at an early version of of Affinity Photo for the iPad. This was running on an iPad Pro and took full advantage of the Apple Pencil. Even in its pre-beta state, this was amazingly fast. Most of the features of the desktop version should be available.
It uses the same basic engines as in the desktop, so is a good example of the way the early development of these applications can be ported to other platforms: it is the User Interface that differs, not the underlying engines.
Because the app runs on Metal, it will not work on earlier iPads and will be suitable for the iPad Air 2 and above. From what I have already seen, this goes to the top of my must-have list.
Also in the pipeline is a version of Affinity Photo for Windows. This is the most popular Mac application of those the company produces, so putting this on to the more widely-used Windows platform is a smart move. Of his own preferences, I asked Ashley Hewson if he had a favorite from other developers. He told me he liked ProCreate because this was nice to use. It was so well written he had a good appreciation of the application and respect for what had been achieved
Editing an Image in Affinity Photo
I know some here in Thailand use Affinity Photo, but full details of all current output can be seen at affinity.serif.com, where free trial software is available, including the beta for the Windows version.
Premises of Serif Labs
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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