Affinity Photo is a very powerful image editing tool. In some ways, I have found that it rivals the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop, in other ways, I find that borders on exceeding the abilities of Photoshop. Either way, if you are interested in image editing tools, Affinity Photo is a tool that you would want to explore.
Affinity Photo is especially interesting to people who have grown tired of Adobe’s subscription model and would like to pay a one-time, fixed fee for a powerful image editing tool. Many of these people have found Affinity Photo to be all that they had hoped it would be.
Though it was not all smooth sailing for v1 apps (bug fixes had been paused due to v2’s imminent launch. Affinity 2 is now out, and we hope that it will prove to be a worthy rival to Apple’s Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
You can install Affinity Photo on as many computers as you own as an individual, or on one multi-user computer, as a commercial entity.
In stark contrast, Adobe Photoshop and other Adobe Creative Cloud applications can be activated only on two computers at any given time – these could be Windows or Mac computers. The activation is controlled by the Creative Cloud application, by having the user sign in to their Adobe account. The applications that they then have access to, will depend on their subscription plan.
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Purchasing Affinity Photo
You can buy a license for Affinity Photo, or any of the other apps by visiting the website: affinity.serif.com. Create an account and make the purchase. You will then receive an email with your product key. You can also access this information in the My Account section.
Having purchased an Affinity product license gives you access to the application on one particular platform, either Mac or PC, not both. This means that if you buy Affinity Photo for Windows, your product key will work only on Windows PCs. The same applies to licenses for the Mac version. Be sure to make your purchase correctly, and you will have no problems.
An exception is if you purchase the Universal License which gives you the entire Affinity Suite of apps as a discounted one-time purchase.
Getting Your Product Key From The Affinity Photo Website
On the website, there is a section titled “Downloads & Product Keys“. You will now find your purchase listed here, with the Purchase Date, Product Name, Order Number, Email ID, and Product Key, among other details. There is also a prominent “Download” button.
Download the app, and install it with the details mentioned above. You can also follow the Affinity software installation guide.
Your Affinity Photo License
Each license gives you the right to install the product that you purchased (Affinity Photo for Windows, for example) on as many computers as you (the buyer) own and control. However, this is restricted to the platform for which you purchased the software.
With Affinity 2, a Universal License has been announced, which allows you to install all apps, on as many computers of either macOS or Windows as you have under your own control. The iPad app is also included in the Universal License.
As an Individual, if you want to run Affinity software on both a Mac and a Windows PC, you will have to buy two licenses. One each for Windows, and macOS. You will then be able to install it on as many Windows and macOS computers as you personally own and control.
Commercial enterprises must abide by an additional guideline. Each license can be used either by one individual on multiple computers that they own or by multiple individuals on one single shared computer.
You can get more information by reading the Affinity Software End User License Agreement (EULA).
Upgrading Affinity Apps to Version 2
Serif has just announced their brand-new Affinity 2 apps for desktop and iPad and Affinity 2 Universal License. Serif does not have a subscription model for their business, and the Affinity apps are all one-time purchases.
Affinity V2 desktop apps cost $69.99 each, while the iPad versions are $19.99. These are per OS.
In contrast, the new Affinity Universal License allows you to use all the apps on both windows and Mac computers and also gives you access to the iPad apps.
All the apps, as well as the Universal License (one-time payment), are currently available with a 40% discount for a limited-time, at launch.
If you already have Affinity V1 apps, there isn’t any upgrade pricing, so you may want to make the most of the 40% discount offer that is available at launch. There is also a 30-day trial that you can make use of before buying.
The v1 apps are no longer on sale, and will not receive any updates.
Quick Answers to Affinity License Questions:
- How much does Affinity Photo Cost?
Affinity Photo is available from the Affinity Website, Mac App Store, or Microsoft Store for $69.99. The iPad app costs $19.99. The Universal License is $169.99 as a one-time payment.
- Can I download and install Affinity Apps on two computers?
Yes, you can, as long as they’re the same operating system. Additionally, all the computers must be owned and controlled by you, and not be used by multiple users. The new Universal License allows you to install all the affinity V2 apps on any number of computers and iPads that you own and control
- Can Multiple Users use a single copy of Affinity Software?
Yes. However, if so, then each multi-user computer must have its own license.
- Can I use Affinity Photo On Mac and PC?
Yes, but you will need separate licenses for macOS and Windows. The new Universal License allows you to use apps on both OSes with a single license without a subscription.
- Is Affinity available on the Mac App Store?
Yes. The Affinity apps are available on the Mac App Store. Purchasing them allows you to install the app on every computer on which you are signed in to your Apple ID.
- Do I have to remain online to use Affinity Photo?
No, you do not have to remain online once you have installed and authorized the application
- Does Serif have a return or refund policy for Affinity products?
Serif provides a 14-day 100% refund policy. You will need to email [email protected] with your name, order number, and reason for the return. The refund will be authorized in 2-3 days. However, we suggest that you try out their apps before buying. After all, they do have a 30-day free trial.
Affinity Photo is an app that allows digital artists and photographers to create amazing works of art, while not costing as much as some other, more popular tools. If you don’t want to pay a monthly or yearly subscription, you should probably try out Affinity Photo.
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Published: February 1, 2022 | Last Updated: November 10, 2022