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I am new to Affinity, only discovering it recently, and I'm currently only running a trial to see if I can use this to replace my Adobe Subscription. I stumbled across a youtube video that says the Version 2.0, when released, would be a re-purchase in order to get the update. I wanted to know what version Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are currently on, and if they have a release date for the 2.0 version? I want to plan out the best time to purchase these apps. If the 2.0 release is years away I plan to purchase it now, but if it is only months away I want to wait.

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Version before release is 1.7 (yet only Beta), I would certainly not waiting to 2.0.

 

If you look at this roadmap, it is very long, and it's a long time to complete.

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2 hours ago, Janh2 said:

if it is only months away I want to wait

The retail release of version 1.7 is apparently many weeks away, and there have been strong indications that there will be at least a version 1.8 (and probably also a 1.9, and perhaps even a 1.10 and 1.11) before version 2.0 is released. It therefore seems very unlikely that version 2.0 is less than a year away.

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29 minutes ago, Janh2 said:

when available. 

I think we could make bets :-) I'm betting 2022.

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Having in mind that they need to update from 1.5 to 1.6 or from 1.6 to 1.7 almost a year... version 2.0 is far, far away in the future.

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If 2.0 is years away I guess my final switch from PS to Affinity is also years away.

Maybe GIMP could be the solution.

I have the impression the development of GIMP is finally speeding up to a very reasonable cycle.

Maybe it won't be Affinity but GIMP. But we'll see.

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Oh you will have to wait for years for version 2.0. No question about that. Quoting Serif - April 30th 2019, Facebook:

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On 1/24/2019 at 3:45 PM, Pšenda said:

I think we could make bets :-) I'm betting 2022.

I will refine my tip on 22.2.2022, ideal date for the release of version 2, or 2.22? :-) 

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2 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

I will refine my tip on 22.2.2022, ideal date for the release of version 2, or 2.22? :-) 

Or 2.20, or 2.0.2. ;-)

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1 minute ago, Alfred said:

Or 2.20, or 2.02. ;-)

No, no, it's already clear speculation :-)

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On 5/3/2019 at 3:58 PM, PNTX said:

If 2.0 is years away I guess my final switch from PS to Affinity is also years away.

Maybe GIMP could be the solution.

I have the impression the development of GIMP is finally speeding up to a very reasonable cycle.

Maybe it won't be Affinity but GIMP. But we'll see.

Seriously? You sound quite jaded. What features are you looking for exactly that 1.7 and 1.8 won't have but 2.0 will exactly? How on earth is GIMP a solution? What does GIMP have that you can't find in AP? There are work-around for nearly any difference. If you reply I, or someone here, might be able to help <3

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On 2/18/2020 at 4:11 AM, MCFC_4Heatons said:

Since i first started looking at Affinity as alternative to Adobe, I think there has been a lot of concentration on the mobile apps and the launch/development of Publisher. It seems like development of Designer has really slowed down?

Let me put it this way... wait for the features you are looking for to materialize in an update before making any purchase. Come back in four years for a status. 

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On 2/17/2020 at 9:11 PM, MCFC_4Heatons said:

It seems like development of Designer has really slowed down?

 

The list of changes/fixed/improvements for that beta isn't even comprehensive (lots of minor fixes/improvements never get enumerated) but it suggests to me that the pace of development has not slowed as much as it just takes progressively longer to make changes as the code becomes more complex.

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I recommend everyone to buy the software is a wonder also affinity team is constantly attending to errors and problems, especially I recommend buying it because you help the development team to continue with this great project, total, from here to come the version 2.0 you will have made more money or better customers.

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I thought these apps could be updated without additional fees. I'd better stay with Adobe CS apps for now.

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2 hours ago, Elise Kleve said:

I thought these apps could be updated without additional fees.

All version 1 updates are free. We are currently at version 1.8 & version 1.9 is being worked on. There may be other updates as well, like a version 1.10 & 1.11.

When version 2 is released (probably not for a year or more but no guarantees) they will be paid upgrades.

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On 12/28/2019 at 9:39 AM, PhukAdoubi said:

Seriously? You sound quite jaded. What features are you looking for exactly that 1.7 and 1.8 won't have but 2.0 will exactly? How on earth is GIMP a solution? What does GIMP have that you can't find in AP? There are work-around for nearly any difference. If you reply I, or someone here, might be able to help ❤️

I've actually learned gimp because affinity photo is to short in so many corners, especially when working on 3D content... Sorry not even anti-aliasing for all possible selection modes, not enough filters and generators, gimp rocks there and is so far ahead of affinity photo, that your question is a joke and just tells me you've probably never even used gimp. Gimp offers so much more than affinity photo, the only but very big contra to gimp is it's a pain to use. It also lacks some parts of AP/Photoshop, layer handling isn't great etc, but it does the job as long as the real tools as "creator" you need are at least available. But all in all I think it offers A LOT more than affinity photo, depends on what you use it for, clearly. They are talking about serif bringing quite some 3D texturing tools in upcoming versions which leads me to believe more noise generators (hopefully, no idea why this isn't included already since version 1.0! I mean noise functions are kinda freely available, well known, and that they are missing in AP is simply annoying). Then come color, distortion and all other kind of filters that are missing yet. But that at least gave me some hope for AP... Let's see when they stop bug fixing and start implementing actually new useful features for creators and not only for photo editors^^ I will certainly try Version 2 but if this still lacks all of that "creator" content/features/filters including the anti-aliasing everywhere where it's supposed to be, I'm surely not gonna buy any more affinity products...

And where's the webp support?

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On 5/1/2020 at 6:01 AM, Elise Kleve said:

I thought these apps could be updated without additional fees. I'd better stay with Adobe CS apps for now.

Yes you still don't have to pay every month and every version belongs to you! Don't see the logic in what you say!

And paying for new major version is kinda normal... Do you think you pay once and then they work their asses of for you until eternity? When do you start working for free for everyone else? I mean this question isn't even a joke, as everyone should be working for free, but that's a completely different topic now.

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On 8/6/2020 at 5:09 PM, oliiix said:

Don't see the logic in what you say!

I don't need logic. When you talk about business logic doesn't apply.

Anyway, what I was saying is that you can own Adobe CS apps forever compared to the current pricing of Affinity apps which requires payment to update to a major release.

On 8/6/2020 at 5:09 PM, oliiix said:

Yes you still don't have to pay every month and every version belongs to you!

I know. I am currently updating my copy of Affinity Publisher to 1.8.4.

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On 8/6/2020 at 10:04 AM, oliiix said:

And where's the webp support?

There is a lot of interest in this: 

Photoshop doesn’t have built-in export for WebP and requires a plugin to export to WebP, so at the moment I see no big difference in using a third party app in conjunction with Affinity to get WebP files. The post referenced above has brought a good case for WebP export in Affinity and it would be very interesting to see Adobe's reaction to such an export option in Affinity, I mean what's the worst that can happen? WebP never catches on and they remove the export option, but, what if Affinity become the vanguard for WebP export and WebP takes off - in part, because of Affinity.

I think it’s definitely worth the risk, and if Adobe adopted it “natively” too it would be a pretty much done deal, but, Affinity would always be the app that had the foresight to kickstart what would undoubtably be a dramatic change in web design and it’s usage.

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4 hours ago, Elise Kleve said:

I don't need logic. When you talk about business logic doesn't apply.

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4 hours ago, Elise Kleve said:

you can own Adobe CS apps forever

The point that @oliiix was making is that ownership is precisely what you don’t get with Adobe CS apps. It’s a perpetual rental model.

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On 8/6/2020 at 12:09 PM, oliiix said:

Yes you still don't have to pay every month and every version belongs to you! Don't see the logic in what you say!

And paying for new major version is kinda normal... Do you think you pay once and then they work their asses of for you until eternity? When do you start working for free for everyone else? I mean this question isn't even a joke, as everyone should be working for free, but that's a completely different topic now.

There was a time when Adobe offered a version of their apps for a one-time-purchase of a specific version of the software. One could buy the new upgrade each year or something similar, or stick with the older version. Some people still have some of these programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. As far as I know, at least.

Maybe that's why @Elise Kleve is still wondering if she should invest in the affinity suite, and transition from the CS Adobe programs.

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