Following the launch of a Mac version in summer 2015, Serif has announced the availability of Affinity Photo for Windows beta. This version of the software has been in development for several months, and though the final Windows version hasn't yet been released, anyone can download the beta now and try it out for free. As with any beta application, however, users should expect to encounter bugs.

Affinity Photo is an image editing program from Serif that was originally launched only for macOS. The company bills its software as a much cheaper but no less robust alternative to Adobe Photoshop. The Windows beta was scheduled to launch earlier this summer, but was delayed for reasons that are unclear. Those who download the beta will be the first users to try the following features, which will be available in Affinity Photo version 1.5 for Mac next month:

  • HDR merge
  • Focus stacking
  • Macros
  • Tone mapping
  • Batch processing
  • 360 degree image editing

Though the beta version is free, Serif plans to offer the finalized Affinity Photo for Windows at the same $49.99 USD price point as the Mac version. Beta users who encounter bugs are encouraged to report them in the software's related forum.