I’m done with Lightroom and Photoshop; Adobe doesn’t seem to use much quality control with their patches, and recent updates have rendered Lightroom almost unusable in my computing environment — even with extensive troubleshooting, including uninstalling and reinstalling their products. Their customer support was dismissive and condescending in dealing with paying customers, and their follow-up attempts to fix the performance problem via product updates has failed.
Years ago, Photoshop was it. There was no other choice. That’s still the case if you use their very advanced features (fortunately my needs are far more simple). Lightroom wasn’t necessarily the best product for managing your photo library, but Adobe kept it compelling by adding features that made it very difficult to say no to their product as the competition grew.
But now? Now there are serious (and far less expensive!) competitors for both, and I’ve gone with Affinity Photo as my Photoshop replacement. The image above is the very first that I’ve post-processed within Affinity, and I’m pleased with the results.
My Adobe subscription has been cancelled and all their products have been forcibly removed from my systems. The king is dead; long live the king!
Update: This post is generating all sorts of comments both online and offline, so I will add some additional detail:
- Affinity Photo is a pixel editor; their non-subscription full desktop/laptop version is selling currently for $39.99; you can find the URL for Affinity Photo here.
- Adobe Photoshop (a pixel editor) and Lightroom (an image manager) are bundled together or with additional packages as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite; their annual (billed-monthly) subscription only desktop/laptop version is currently available for $120-$240 per year, depending on the Creative Cloud package you select; the URL for Adobe products can be found here.
Affinity Photo is NOT a photo image manager with editing tools, like Adobe Lightroom is. Affinity Photo is truly intended to be a Photoshop replacement, which is serious overkill for most casual photographers. If your post-processing needs don’t require the horsepower of Affinity Photo, then a different package may be better suited to you.
Affinity Photo is available for the MacOS, Windows, and iOS platforms. Details are as follows:
- MacOS: Affinity Photo was first released back in July 2015 by Serif to the Mac platform (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra), and they have been making rapid strides in creating a pixel editor that can go toe-to-toe with Adobe Photoshop, both in terms of feature set and performance.
- Windows: Affinity Photo was released to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10 back in December 2016. Like the Mac version, the Windows version is very fast and stable.
- iOS: Affinity Photo for iPad was released to iOS on June 5, 2017. It is intended to only be used on a few of the latest iPad models (my own iPad Mini 4 is not recent enough), and wowed the audience at Apple’s WWDC keynote presentation on the new second generation iPad Pro, introduced on the same date. Early user feedback is indicating that the iOS version was rushed and needs lots of development work before it will be as stable and polished as the two desktop versions. However, if this is your preferred platform of choice, Serif is offering it at a super discount — so now may be the time to buy it, then just wait for it to be updated to the point that it’s stable before using it.
As I get more familiar with Affinity Photo, I’ll share additional info about it.