Affinity Photo coming to Windows, introducing new HDR merging, focus stacking and more in version 1.5


posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST


Affinity Photo is preparing for a large update. The version 1.5 update, expected to arrive in early autumn, includes numerous new features. The popular OS X photo editor received Apple's "App of the Year" award in 2015 but with version 1.5 it will finally be coming to Windows as well.

Among the new features is 32-bit advanced HDR merging, a new workspace when performing tone mapping, focus stacking, batch processing capabilities, macros for streamlining commands and an "all-new" method to edit 360 degree images.

To help build interest for the update and provide a sneak peek for users, Affinity has put together a video showing off some of the new features.

Affinity Photo already offers users non-destructive and comprehensive raw file editing, .PSD file support and real-time editing with live tools at 60 frames per second. Version 1.4 was released last December and added panorama photo stitching, haze removal, customizable shortcuts, split-toning and much more. It's clear that the Affinity team is dedicated to continuing to improve their app and making it a go-to choice for photographers on OS X (and soon on Windows too).

You can download a free trial of the software here. The app is available now for $50 and the version 1.5 update will come at no extra cost to existing users.