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Affinity update adds key new tools and a world first

The Affinity creative suite gets exciting new features in another free update available now.

Affinity version 2.5 is the first update to be released since the company was acquired by Canva in March and represents a continued commitment to add key new features to photo editing software Affinity Photo, graphic design software Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher, for page layout.

Affinity CEO Ashley Hewson says: “From variable font support and a new Stroke Width tool, to our world-leading new optimisation for Windows users, Affinity 2.5 introduces yet another batch of new features and fixes to improve workflow.

“Continual updates remain at the heart of the Affinity ethos and we are already working hard on the next set of additions.”

The ability to use variable fonts in all Affinity apps opens up a new world of typographic design possibilities. As well as providing predefined font styles, such as light, bold and condensed, variable fonts give users fine control of text design.

Available alongside the Pencil Tool in Affinity Designer’s toolbar, the new Stroke Width Tool gives users an on-document way of editing the pressure profile of any curve. Further improvements to the Pencil Tool include a new curve-smoothing algorithm which gives better, smoother results overall.

In all apps, a new QR Code Tool is now available from the shapes flyout in the toolbar, making it easy to add a QR code to documents.

Affinity today becomes the first creative suite to be fully optimised for Windows PCs with the very latest Snapdragon X Elite chip. Users of the new devices will notice incredible speed improvements whether working on simple edits or complex multilayered documents.

Affinity lead developer Andy Somerfield says: “Since the inception of Affinity, we’ve been fixated on performance, wanting to produce the fastest, smoothest creative experience possible. The new Snapdragon X Elite range allows Affinity to perform at its full potential, and we’re now seeing speeds on much smaller, lightweight devices that were previously only possible with high-end desktop PCs.”

Affinity 2.5 is free to download for existing Affinity customers.



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About Affinity

Affinity stemmed from a vision to empower designers to produce high quality content in an effective and affordable way. In 10 years, the Affinity suite of creative products – Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher – has become renowned for delivering powerful experiences for professionals.

Today, more than three million users around the world trust Affinity to create everything from complex multi-layered graphics to detailed technical diagrams, art and illustration, logos, mockups, documents, magazines and much more.

Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher have been lauded for their lightning-fast performance and seamless cross-platform compatibility across macOS, Windows and iPadOS. Affinity has won a number of industry awards, including an Apple Design Award, Apple App of the Year for Mac and iPad and the Microsoft Application Developer of the Year.

Developed by UK company Serif, in March 2024 Affinity was acquired by Canva, the online visual communications and collaboration platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design.

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