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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Adobe announced Affinity and Procreate aren’t worried about Photoshop on the iPad

Adobe announced 

its plans to bring a full Photoshop app to the iPad this week, and the news was received with mixed reactions. While some people are looking forward to having a more robust version of Photoshop on their Apple tablets, others were unmoved by the news, having already adopted other editing tools for the iPad. Apps including the Affinity suite and Procreate have already established themselves as reliable (if not better) Photoshop alternatives, and, most importantly, they can be bought through a one-time purchase rather than a subscription. While developers say they welcome the competition, history indicates that their reliance on one-off purchases could mean they’ll struggle to survive in the long term.


Affinity Photo and Designer offer many of the same core tools as Photoshop, and they can open PSD files and synchronize them between their iPad and desktop apps. Both are available for a one-time cost of $20, a more affordable alternative to the desktop version of Photoshop, which is available through a Creative Cloud subscription plan that starts at $10 a month. “Obviously Adobe have the vast majority of the creative professional market, so for them to promote workflows like this can only be a good thing for us, and validates what we have been doing with Affinity,” Ashley Hewson, managing director at Serif, which makes Affinity Photo and Designer, tells The Verge.

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