I'm Jose, an enthusiast/amateur street photographer that completed 20+ years of Army service almost a decade ago. Due to my wear and tear, photography became a hobby/therapy. After trying many cameras, Fujfilm X-Series became the best to use with a high proficiency level. As a Google user, I became familiar with the Nik Collection; however, it needed to be used as a filter option for Photoshop. Without any other option, I ended up getting the yearly subscription every year so I could employ basic features such as Camera RAW and the whole Nik Collection.
When I saw that DxO had Photo Lab 2 integrated with the Nik Collection, I purchased it; however, I realized later that the RAW Files of my Fujifilm cameras were not supported by the App. Later, I upgraded to Photo Lab 3 Essentials assuming that I was going to be able to process Fuji RAW files, I was wrong.
Yesterday, in a product upgrade message from Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO into my E-Mail box, I saw that Affinity 1.8 (Sefif) was compatible with their program. This was the first time that Affinity Serif crossed my sight. I employed the remainder of the day, afternoon, and early night to read about Affinity and the different programs.
At the end of the night, I bought Affinity Photo 1.8 and several creative resources, and a manual. After fulfilling all the requirements, I had the platform ready to be used. This morning, I post-processed my first photo with the program and I was very pleased with the results.
Earlier, I upgraded Nik Collection to the 2.5 version but I could put the plug ins into Affinity Photo 1.8. Last night, I ran into this site while I was pondering; however, now I have the software.
If everything works out, maybe in the future I could be adding the Designer and Publisher part of the package. Take care..