Serif’s Affinity Photo for iPad received its first big update today, headlined by its support for native resolution on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The iPad-only release, which now clocks in at version 1.6.3, brings many new changes and features to the popular image editing app. Have a look at the full change log inside for the entire summation of the updates.
What’s new in Affinity Photo 1.6.3
- Native resolution support for 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- Portrait mode implementation
- New photo chooser, which supports multi-selection, RAW indication
- Improved performance with complicated documents
- Improved brush performance
- Canvas rotation now snaps to 90 degree increments when within 5 degrees
- Improved RAW metadata reliability and support
- Further HDR stability improvements
- Improved Apple Pencil and gestures support
- Undo and Redo buttons now available in full screen view
- Support pasting images from other apps
- Ability to duplicate open documents from the Home screen
- Panoramas can now be created from RAW files
- HDR Merge can now be performed on RAW files
- Panorama stability improvements
- Can now choose font face (not just font family)
- Inpainting improvements and stability fixes
- Improved iCloud folder support
- Improved performance in docks with lots of masks and adjustments
- Ability to turn off spelling red underlines
- Pixel tool improvements – erase and other alternate modes
- Preference option to limit touch to gestures
- Improved layers studio – you can now see adjustments without expanding a layer
- Additional tutorials, including Lighting, Quick Masking, Generating Edge Masks, and more
- Localization improvements
- Numerous other improvements and bug fix enhancements
Needless to say this is a fairly large update, and further signifies Serif’s commitment to the platform. I especially like the ability to use the app in portrait mode, native iPad Pro (10.5-inch) resolution, and the addition of more tutorials. Serif’s tutorials are excellent btw, and do a good job of walking new users through the basic concepts of the app. I also appreciate the new photo selector, which now lets you select multiple photos.
Affinity Photo is just one of the must-have apps for the iPad, and I’ve covered it several times in the past, including in this hands-on Friday 5 video where I stepped through some of its notable features:
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The app launched during WWDC 2017 with a $19.99 introductory price. Although the introductory period is supposed to be over, Affinity Photo is still available for just $19.99.
What are your thoughts about the 1.6.3 update?
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