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I'm looking to replace Lightroom - it just isn't intuitive enough for me, and Aperture isn't around anymore.

However, I DO need the replacement to provide an image management capability within the workflow so I can break up various projects by date, job, location etc.  Can Affinity Photo provide this?   I've looked through the forums and haven't found an answer for that.  Thanks in advance...

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It's a RAW converter/developer and Photo editor comparable to Adobe Camera RAW + Photoshop.


It would be awfully nice though, to add something comparable to Bridge to it. The real one, not MiniBridge.

Makes it kind of complete. Food for thoughts maybe.

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And by the way - Aperture IS still around, as long as you bought it before they stopped further development. It's just that they are no longer developing it.


Which is a great disappointment, and a silly move by Apple....  But who am I to criticise Apple?  Hah...!


Affinity Photo is ALMOST there to take over from Photoshop for my usage - but I just need it to work properly with all my Photoshop plugins, from Topaz, to Nik, from Photomatix to OnOne, etc.


But Serif already know that, so I just hope they're working on it as we speak :)

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  • 6 months later...

As a Mac user who switched to Aperture after becoming frustrated with the non-intuitive operation of LR, I now use Aperture for my file organization & storage but Affinity Photo for all of my editing.  Aperture has a feature that allows you to select Affinity Photo as an external editor by going to Preferences & selecting the Export tab; under that you press the Choose button to select the External Photo Editor & pick Affinity Photo.  For the External File Format you can select Tiff (8 or 16 bits as you prefer).


Then when you want to edit an image from those stored in Aperture, you right-click on the image & select Edit with Affinity Photo App.  Affinity Photo will start with the image loaded & ready to be edited.  Then to return the edited image to Aperture for storage, select File > Save - a dialog will appear saying the image contains non-pixel elements - Select Save Flattened to flatten the image before sending it to Aperture.  That's it; the edited image will appear in Aperture alongside the original.


Hopefully Affinity will soon have its own storage & organization of images so it will no longer be necessary to involve Aperture in this DAM function.  But for now at least, I find this to be a very easy & straightforward way to use Aperture with Photo.

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