What you need to know
- Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher just received a major update to version 1.9.
- The update includes GPU acceleration, which can bring a tenfold speed increase on supported systems.
- All of the Affinity apps are currently half price.
Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher all have major updates available that bring several new features and major performance improvements. The update brings all of the Affinity apps to version 1.9. The biggest change is that the Windows versions of the Affinity apps now support GPU acceleration. As a result, supported systems will see up to 10 times faster performance on pixel-based tasks.
GPU acceleration has been available on the macOS and iPad versions of the Affinity apps for some time but is now making its way to Windows 10. To take advantage of it, you have a PC with a Direct3D feature level 12.0 capable card.
The release notes (opens in new tab) are lengthy and go into more detail on every single feature, but here are some of the most important highlights:
As a reminder, all of the Affinity apps are on sale for 50 percent off right now. Also, if you prefer to try them out for free, they all have a free trial going on as well.
This photo editor delivers a professional level of tools and options without needing a subscription.
This graphic design program allows you to edit vector and raster designs and doesn't require a subscription.
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Good stuff. It would be nice if they could also extend that goodness to a Windows on ARM version.
They're waiting for WPF to be ported to ARM. That's ongoing but as with typical Microsoft, it could be a long time waiting.
I love Affinity. I bought Photo full price and then got Designer and Publisher on one of these 50% sales. It's so much more powerful than the price would indicate. I don't miss Adobe...or the subscription scheme.
I have these apps, but not the Store versions. Are there any differences or advantages either way?🤔
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