Serif launches Affinity Version 2

Affinity Designer 2 is part of the new package from Serif
Affinity Designer 2 is part of the new package from Serif

Software company Serif has launched Version 2 of its Affinity creative suite.

Released by the British company last month, Affinity Version 2 is said to comprise reimagined versions of the three products, including “spectacular new features and a stunning new look”.

The package features Affinity Photo 2, which offers “ultra-powerful photo editing and raster painting”, Affinity Designer 2, offering “intuitive, imaginative vector graphic design and illustration”, and Affinity Publisher 2, a page layout software that features StudioLink, a way of using the editing tools from the two other Affinity products.

Ashley Hewson, managing director of Serif, said: “Setting new standards for creative software, Affinity V2 is by far the biggest, most exciting launch in the history of Serif.

“For the very first time we’re bringing the very latest, highest performing versions of all our products to the market at the same time, with some simply stunning features.

“At Serif, we know that we don’t work for ourselves – we work for the photo editors, the artists, the illustrators, the designers, all those people who rely on Affinity software as the engine to power their day.

“We have worked tirelessly to not only include many of the new features our customers have been asking for, but a whole host of usability and workflow improvements to make the apps more productive than ever. We think Affinity users both old and new are going to love it.”

Alongside the launch of Affinity Version 2 is Affinity Publisher 2 for iPad, which Serif said completes the core suite of apps available on macOS, Windows, and iPadOS.

“Our work to put full desktop-quality creative software onto iPad has led the world and set new industry standards for what users should expect from iPad apps. And now we’re the first to bring all the features you’d associate with desktop publishing to the iPad as well,” said Hewson.

“There’s genuinely never been anything like this before. The power and portability of Affinity Publisher 2 for iPad allows you to take page design and layout out of the confines of the office and into whatever space brings you most inspiration.”

Affinity V2 Universal Licence gives customers the option to buy a package containing Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2, and Affinity Publisher 2 for use on Mac, PC, and iPad for a single all-inclusive amount.

The Universal Licence will normally be available for £144.99, a £155.92 saving on buying all the apps on all operating systems individually. However, Serif is currently offering a 40% launch discount to make the whole V2 suite available for an £89.99 one-off cost with no subscription.

Hewson said the pricing structure makes Affinity “the only viable option for many of the brilliant and inspiring creative people around the world, who would otherwise not have access to the highest-quality tools”.

Users who do not require the full package will still be able to buy Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2, or Affinity Publisher 2 individually for Mac, PC, or iPad with the same 40% launch discount, Serif added.

All apps, including the V2 Universal Licence, are also available as a 30-day free trial.