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I'm a retired book paginator (who still freelances quite a bit). I've been using InDesign since version 1 and only just discovered Affinity a few weeks ago. After trying out Publisher for a few hours I was immensely impressed--especially when I opened a PDF and it was completely editable--so I bought it right away. I'm going to do the same with Photo, which will be replacing a very old version of Photoshop that is a bit wonky running in High Sierra.

It's so interesting watching this suite of applications grow and mature and I'm enjoying being a part of it. You've come a long way since Serif Page Plus (which I once had on a Windows PC so many moons ago)!!!

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Hello everyone..... I'm Wayne and have been using Page Plus for over 24 years. Started doing Newsletters for a Flying Model club in Jamaica and then moved to Atlanta (USA) 22 years ago. I'm still flying model airplanes but moved over to Turbine Jet models 2 years ago. My real business is embroidery, which I still have www.sewbusy.com   but my passion is flying.

I still do flyers for club competition events, and I recently tried out the Affinity Publisher  (for Windows). It was a very easy transition for me. I'm very happy with the software and I'm sure I will expand with the other software available here.

THANKS for great programs over these many years! Here is an example of a flyer  I did for the NATIONAL Event for 2020. I used a template from my old Page Plus X7
Wayne

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Hi I'm Tolgan,

I have been working in video game industry since 2004 as 3d artist, and currently try out Affinity photo for personal projects.

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Hello,

I am an amateur Photographer and full time Software Developer from Ontario Canada. I just recently purchased Affinity Photo to use along side Capture One. I replaced Lightroom with Capture One a while ago and want to replace my use of Photoshop with Affinity Photo as well. I have no questions yet but I am sure I will.

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Hi Everyone !

I'm Cindy aka Ydnic, I'm currently a 2nd year student of BSc in Computer Science. On my free time, I use AP/AD since several months now,and until now I didn't really think about registering on the forum.
I'm happy to fix my mistake.
Glad to be here
 

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Hello !

Long time Lightroom and PS Elements user here !     Won a copy of Affinity Photo and the Affinity Workbook in a competition so here I am.

Been a bit of a hobby photographer for years but in the last couple of years Ive not picked the camera up as much as I should. Trying to kick start myself back into it so some nice shiny new software and a learning curve should help !

:) 

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18 hours ago, Chocolate Hobnob said:

Hello !

Long time Lightroom and PS Elements user here !     Won a copy of Affinity Photo and the Affinity Workbook in a competition so here I am.

Been a bit of a hobby photographer for years but in the last couple of years Ive not picked the camera up as much as I should. Trying to kick start myself back into it so some nice shiny new software and a learning curve should help !

:) 

congratulations on winning and getting an AP package and workbook. AP is a great software. I am a hobbyist and have used various applications for a variety of purposes like general photographs, extreme macros, panoramas etc. AP is capable for all this with great results. Most of the free photoshop tutorials are 90% applicable. Some work arounds and UI differences are there which one can figure out with a little effort. AP tutorials are also available and they are very good.

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Hello everyone!

I signed up for Affinity last year but more recently been peeking around the forum. I do follow the hashtag on instagram and have been amazed at a lot of the creations.  I am digital artist. I have used Photoshop before, however I am not a fan of the cloud. Prior to affinity, I used alot of open source programs.  I do a lot of digital art and I have both photo and designer. I find that the programs do exactly what I need. i am excited to be apart

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Hello everyone! 

My name is Jishnu Vediyoor and I am a designer and filmmaker from India. I came to know about affinity around two years back but was using photoshop all the time because it was used in all the workstations I had. recently I purchased both photo and designer. 

I use Adobe software for my office use and affinity for personal works. Affinity is very easy to handle and comfortable. I am sure affinity is one day going to replace adobe. it might take some time, but sure it will be like that one day! kudos to all who works behind! 

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Hello to everyone. My name is Thomas J Herring from Portland Oregon in the USA. I’ve used the Adobe products off and on since the mid nineties, I think. It’s been so long that I’ve forgot. Anyway I had to use the Adobe cloud system and realized I wasn’t making enough money to justify using it but like a lot of users, I was stuck. Then Adobe decided to cut me off because my MacBook and IPad were 2008 and 2014 and outdated. A found Affinity when I stumbled onto J Cristina’s YouTube channel about cutting the chord to Adobe. I checked you out and went for it. I have all three Affinity software programs to go on my new MacBook Air and IPad.

What a change! I’m still experimenting on them. For now I’m working on the Designer program. It runs circles around Illustrator! I bought the Photo and Designer books and use the videos to help me figure things out. So far I love this. Thank you and and keep up the great work. I hope to do step by step artwork on YouTube someday using your product. Just do me a favor and don’t mess up a good thing by following Adobe business practice. What you have could go a long ways. I even downloaded Devinci Resolve for my animation work. If everything goes well I’m never going back to Adobe again.

 

TJ Herring 

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On 1/1/2020 at 8:33 AM, janmathias said:

Hi,

After having used Photoshop I got tired of the ever increasing subscription costs I thought it is time to find a substitute. Here I am and will start a new learning process again. It is never too late - even for a 71 year old. :-)

I started using Affinity at 71! 

 

 

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Hi all, 

I have used PagePlus since version 1 and currently use version X9  and have a couple of thousand files made with them.

I have a few questions that I need to know the answers for before I commit to changing over to the Affinity versions and I will post them , hopefully, in the relevant sections.

 

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Hello

I've just purchased Affinity after a long break (20yrs) from Serif. I left Serif because I moved to Apple and Mac was not supported sat that time. I invented in Creative Suite but the 64bit OS does not support it and the regular subscription for casual use of Adobe products is unreasonable. Let's hope I find the transition easy!.

I'm an Olympus user and format all shots to 8x5 landscape (hence Oly85). I'm a "happy snapper" and do it it for fun.


16" MacBookPro Catalina, Affinity Photo 1.8

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Hi,

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.. 

📷

Jose

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affinity photo is a great software. one can do advanced editing and many things can be done with the integerated filters and other standard workflows using layers,masks and other tools. photoshop tutorials are 90 percent usable,only some intusive adaptation is required.

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Still have my 10-12lb (5 kilo) boxes of the Adobe Master suites - only because buying its entirety was the best price (down the line when it was time to upgrade... I remember up front prices of $2799 and upgrade prices nearly ½ that in a year or 18 moths time! lol - I think I still have through 4 or 4.5 in their respective boxes. (I should also mention I've got FCP from v4 4.5 5 6 & 7 if I remember correctly, finally FCPX came in a significantly smaller case/box ((With a LOT less info)). I sometimes miss the 'books' to markup and highlight and learn a different way. Then again, I'm 50. lol.

To the Affinity team,

My hats off to you for all you've done - especially for mobile. as a macOS user as well, I enjoy a few of your apps cross platform (all possible actually ;)) - and each is definitely a 'replacement' for me, my business and family needs - and our charity events. My photography hobby, turned habit, turned part-time 'gig' has actually started to 'pay' - to the extent I purchased the new Canon 1DX3 and the Lumix GH5 from Panasonic along with a Pro Mavic drone for this summer's weddings, reunions, and events.... much thanks for Affinity! I've completely transitioned to design and publishing and so very close to my picture workflow. 

Unfortunately I rely heavily on the production side of the CC suite, making it still an impossibility to eliminate Adobe... right now;)

I have incredible faith in Affinity's team & hope they are able to mimic the CC suite's major apps in production; Premier, After Effects (I know, industry standard, yada, yada but rules are meant to be broken and Motion's not AE's successor... it'll come from a development crew like Affinity, a team who develops after listening to users' needs, wants, & ultimately, somehow builds an incredibly powerful 'pay-one-price' app (read: no subscription so support these folks even if you're a CC subscriber especially if you're a CC user, as it's as powerful, even more so in most cases on my iPad Pro 12.9v3 than the Adobe counterparts.)

IF you're (Affinity) able to do the same magic with video, motion & sound effects and wave editing (audio/video mastering for stereo to 11.2 and beyond mixing), a companion app to AffPhoto possibly for iOS and iPadOS w/macOS's continuity with possibly gradually added capabilities & features (matching the device, w/iOS concentrating on the camera/in field fast edits/posts, iPadOS adding speed, batch, more layers, faster rendering, and of course, the MBP power, thermals, integration w/GPU) ...all the necessities for a pro workflow and organization both for still and motion. I'm ready to spend a hundred bucks for each, and Adobe Audition - easily the most overlooked app in the CC suite is ubiquitous to radio stations the world over *(many are still using old copies of Cool Edit Pro ((owned by Syntrilium before Adobe's buy out)) thank God they've continued it's refinement, its truly the pinnacle of wave editing, mixing, mastering, analyzing, and even basic, 2-channel voice over music 30 second commercials, there's not a comparison on the market, in fact - I've seen XP machines running 1.5! 3.01 is commonplace! it'd be ((seemingly)) an incredibly easy coding project to build what the radio stations and podcast networks desire for their actual needs - we truly aren't doing anything different than the days of Otari 2-tracks and the God-Send of the Otari 4-track 1" tape!!!!)

Audition is an incredibly powerful program and every, I mean every single radio station owns a plethora of copies or is leasing CC copies per workstation. As a programmer, Ive got a license on my desk in my office! One in each (of 6) studios (recording call ins for edit etc), and one in each production room. News room, 3 copies. News, Anchor and producer. GM, SM and OM have copies, as well as the engineer! That's at least 20 copies as I'm sure I'm missing some - or for 3.01, some $6,000 for licenses. Monthly, $300/$3600 year. Not. Bad. Cash!

Just a very profitable suggestion (perhaps some selfishness on my end, as I've spent thousands on the darn thing lol. Point being, radio guys aren't mastering 7.2 Hollywood blockbusters on BluRay, nor are we producing any bands' records in 2 channel @ 44.1/16 bits... we aren't mic'ing drum kits or singers - not EQ'ing guitars and basses or vocals. We are simply recording our vocals, possibly a 'canned' music bed and even more rarely a few sound effects that could easily live on tracks three and four in a multi-track environment. 8-16-32-128-512 tracks (IE Logic X, Cubase, PT's), 110% completely unnecessary. As is spectral analyzation - even 'markers', and the 'bad' effects Adobe supplies as reverb, echo, compression, Hi/Lo pass, et al.

I'm convinced as an owner of Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher these folks are on a run with momentum. To take noting away from Adobe, as they made the right transition at the right time by moving a significant amount of staff to the mobile development area, while establishing excellent communication with their desktop counterparts. Possibly from their previous experience from their and just recently moving to mobile or a a newcomer, Affinity is David. Adobe, Goliath.

Spend the cash if you're even a more than casual hobbyist I tell folks on your product, as even Elements and whatever their video editing deal is called is just a castrated Premier Pro and LR classic w/o any PS options to speak of - at least that you're not able to replace with a $3 app on Apple or Windows or Linux

 

So again

Thanks for your diligence and incredible work/updates and passion for your product/apps. I and I know many appreciate everything you do and are doing. Please keep up the most excellent work and don't hesitate to increase pricing to continue the pay a price, not a subscription. IAP's are cool for extra additions to editors; say video transitions, photo filters, layering limits or output limits, etc. If its $89.99 up front and a 20 dollar bill to unlock it all for the first month (up to $49.99 after promotional period) w/options for Individual unlocks; ads, N/D filter, external recording marks, higher bitrate conversion or different codecs, etc @ $2-$9.99 each - I'd pay every dime - and if I could code, I'd be the first to write Handbrake that's Handbrake usable by those without a four year bachelors degree in computer engineering, programming, networking and administration. Lol! 
Radio guys/gals are as dumb as they come - calling for an engineer when a reboot's in order.

Writing a basic wave editing program that would replace Audition (and its bazillion headaches) world wide in radio - on Windows, OS X, macOS, iOS or iPadOS, even tvOS or watchOS w/the ability to control the presentations, etc. I've worked with Auditon since the Syntrillium days of Cool Edit Pro 1.0 on a 3 or 486 with RCS - and its come a long way - but in a way not conducive to anyone. Its overkill for who its being sold to and those that would use it are already entrenched in the Logic/Sony/ProTools/Cubasis plugins etc.

An incredible example of a 'Win' in this are is for mobile DJ'ing. Serato ($699) and Traktor ($649) along with some proprietary gear, like ProTools and AVID were the pricing schemes when Algoriddim release dJay on iOS. Couple years later, dJay2, then dJay Pro - now its just called dJay, as they had also built vJay. The current build is maybe 8-10 years old, nearly as old as iOS. It's capable of running up to four decks of sound with zero latency for scratching, MIDI setup, video files and effects that sound phenomenal. The pads are fillable with incredible sounding effects - even on a 75,000 watt rig, live! The effects built in, fader and ability to add cameras to the existing audio and video files, then mix them is Star Trek schtuff! Check their app, then check the DAWs (digital audio workstations available in iOS, Android is tough to program audio w/o latency) - then if you've a copy of Adobe's CC suite, check out Audition and its underlying power - capabilities, and then think what a dip shit at the radio station's gonna use it for! To get outta the prod room as quick as possible!

 

Good Luck and keep it up

 

Jaxx

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1 hour ago, petegeoff said:

I wonder if it's just me or are there others out in the world that didn't understand much or even any of this post!

IMHO, he like's the current Serif products and makes an extended case for more Adobe like apps.  He introduce himself differently than most, so what, he took the time.


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This is George Gibson and i completed my study from the University of South Alabama where i earned my Bachelor's degree in Nursing. My nursing education started in the year 2011. 
In March 2017 i joined the military and started my Army Nurse Corps career or ANC as a clinical assistant nurse position, At the Maxwell Air Base in Alabama. After a year of working, i quit from the Military clinical assistant nurse position for some personal family reasons. Now i joined a health care center in Alabama as a principal nurse to continue providing my health care experience.
You can reach me at gorgegibson441@gmail.com.


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Thought I would say hi  I am Mark I work for a printing company who specialise in the print and production of matchday programmes,  I have worked in the printing reprographics / pre-press industry for over 25years and have used most design programmes including freehand, illustrator, quarkxpress, pagemaker, pagemill, and indesign.

Due to the current situation thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get to grips with Affinity because I can see this being a Game changer for programme editors and designers who produce Matchday Programmes.

Look forward to playing around and producing a few designs over the coming weeks.

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I came across Affinity Photo whilst attempting to restore some old family photos that had been printed on "honeycombed" paper. After a bit of research I discovered that the FFT filter built into this app works well to remove the pattern.

 

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