Serif is the creator of Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher. The software is a compelling suite of professional design tools. It’s an excellent alternative to some of the products in the subscription-based Adobe Creative Suite such as Photoshop. It’s grown in popularity significantly in recent years thanks to the one-off cost. And it’s particularly popular on Apple platforms thanks to full-fledged iPad support and best in class support for the latest Apple technologies such as the M1 chip.

Today Serif unveiled version 1.10 with numerous new features and changes. Some highlights include:

  • A complete rewrite of memory management in Affinity Publisher now enables huge documents, even with thousands of pages and many gigabytes’ worth of linked images, to offer instant loading times, smooth live editing and super-fast scroll, pan and zoom across the whole document. – Serif
  • The rendering engine in Affinity Designer has received a lot of attention and the app is now capable of rendering highly-complex documents – potentially with hundreds of thousands of objects – up to 10 times faster than before. – Serif
  • Affinity Photo has also received extensive performance tweaks, most importantly in adding greater efficiency when blending layers together, while retaining a non-destructive workflow – a key attribute which sets Affinity Photo apart from the competition. – Serif

We’re proud that the Affinity apps already offer class-leading speeds in many tasks, and for our latest update we wanted to take a step back and really see what further levels of performance we could achieve.

Andy Hewson, Managing Director of Serif

I admire the work the people at Serif do and have used their products for a few years now. They lead by example with regular and free updates and provide their products and services at a fair and reasonable price. Appreciably not all developers have the option to offer this business model but I think this is often used as a cover for corporate greed. Well done Serif!


Features and embedded images via Serif.

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