We’ve got some very exciting news to share today—we are going to be launching Affinity on Windows later in the year!
We have to be honest—we’ve been working on this for some time now, but because of the technical challenges involved we have been reluctant to commit to any definite schedule. However, development has gone a lot better than expected. We now have an Alpha build of Affinity Designer running on Windows which is very nearly feature complete—and we are expecting to be able to put that to a public beta in as little as 2-3 months time.Should you run a Windows set up and want to be one of the first to check it out you can put your name down for the free beta now—it’s open to everyone.
Even if you are exclusively a Mac user we hope you agree this is a positive step. With the Windows versions basically being replicas of what we have done on Mac, including 100% file compatibility, it should improve adoption and file sharing ability for everyone in the future. And importantly we’ve done this with an entirely separate team of Windows developers so it’s not compromising progress of the Mac versions (as it happens we’ve got a couple of great updates to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo for you in the works right now).
Head of Windows Development Mark Ingram using Designer on a Surface
Affinity Photo on Windows (still missing a couple of personas!)
We’ll be giving a peek at the Windows versions for the first time at this weekend’s Photography Show at the NEC here in the UK. We’d really like to see you if you’re there, but if not make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter as we’ll be sharing some footage of it over the weekend.
Obviously this is big news, and if you want to join the discussion about it the best place is on this forum thread—if you have any questions or want to let us know what you think we’d love to hear from you.
All the best,
The Affinity Team