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(Originally sent as an email on 26th Dec 2018)

Hi, 

It’s been another knockout year for us in 2018 and we thank you for helping to make that happen.
As the year draws to a close we wanted to give you a little round up of where we are now, and what you can look forward to in the coming months.


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It’s been a busy year 

Twelve months ago, we thought we’d be hard-pressed to have another year so packed full of activity and growth. But 2018 has been just as exciting, including
•    Rolling out multiple updates to Affinity Photo and Designer, including the first glimpses of what version 1.7 will bring to the desktop apps. The betas are available for download now if you want to give them a try – read more below…
•    The launch of Affinity Designer for iPad was the highlight of our very first Affinity Live! event in July (especially after England got knocked out of the football World Cup on the night). The response to our second iPad app has proved beyond any doubt that there is a substantial, and growing, demand for fully-loaded professional creative apps on iPad right now.
•    It’s always nice to be recognised for what we do, and after starting 2018 with Affinity Photo reigning supreme as iPad App of the Year, the year has brought us the App Creator of the Year award, at Microsoft Build, and a trophy for Best Software from PC Pro magazine.

 

But our main focus this year has been investing development into the core architecture of our apps. This has mostly been to support the upcoming Affinity Publisher launch (more on that later), but also research into technologies such as GPU compute acceleration.

While much of this work is behind the scenes, it’s crucial for us to continue developing new technologies and you’ll hopefully start to see some of the benefits of this work over the next 12 months.

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Growth in Affinity continues

It still feels incredible to us the way that Affinity apps are being adopted around the world. We announced in July that we had reached 1 million users, and as we write this, we have just passed 1.4 million worldwide. It’s pretty remarkable growth and we feel very humbled and thankful to be in this position.
We know this has only been possible because of the support given to us by customers like yourself, not just from simply buying our apps, but from giving us great reviews, spreading the word on social media and giving us fantastic feedback about how to make our apps better. Please accept our gratitude and thanks.
 

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Affinity Publisher update 

The beta of Affinity Publisher is coming on very nicely, with over 150,000 designers now taking part. We’re listening to all the feedback we are getting with thousands of fixes and improvements already made.
We were originally planning to launch Publisher before the end of this year (2018), but we have decided to take a little more time over it with the hope we can get a few more of the features you are asking for in for our initial launch.
If you’ve not yet signed up for the beta and want to try it out you can sign up here; https://affin.co./publisherbeta 
 

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1.7 versions are coming

The 1.7 versions of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are on their way. We’re packing in many new features and improvements into these updates so there’s lots to look forward to. We will be launching the desktop versions early next year with iPad versions coming shortly after. Naturally these will be free updates to anyone who already owns the 1.6 versions.
For more info on what’s coming, along with details if you want to take part in the beta, check out these articles:

Affinity Photo 1.7 beta; https://affin.co/photo17beta 

Affinity Designer 1.7 beta; https://affin.co/des17beta
 

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Get 20% off everything in the store 
To celebrate another great year, we’re offering 20% discount on everything in the Affinity Store over the Christmas period (Ends 6th Jan). That includes apps, the official Workbooks, Affinity brush packs offered in conjunction with leading designers, and our brand-new ‘Team Affinity’ T-shirts.

Visit the Store

We wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season and look forward to exciting times ahead.
The Affinity Team

 


Patrick Connor

Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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