One of the useful features added to the iPad with the update to iOS 11 this week was drag-and-drop between the operating system's "Files" app and other applications on the tablet. And popular photo editor Affinity Photo has already updated its iPad app to take advantage of this really handy feature.

Now, if you want to edit a photograph in the Affinity Photo app, all you have to do is drag it from the files app into Affinity... that's it. No need to get the image onto your iPad in some other, more convoluted way—as long as it's accessible from your Files app (read: in a cloud-connected folder on your Apple computer) you can drag it into the app.

What's more, you can drag multiple files in at once for HDR merging, panorama creation, and focus stacking. Here's the description direct from Serif, the makers of Affinity Photo:

Thanks to iOS 11’s new Files app you can now drag and drop multiple images straight into Affinity Photo for iPad and start editing. This is tremendously useful when working with HDR merge, image stacking and panoramas and will provide an instant boost to your workflow. And if you ever receive images, or even PSD files, via email, you can now open and edit that file – with all layers intact – by simply dragging it in.

Affinity Photo made a big splash with their iPad release, calling it "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." As Serif builds more and more functionality into the app, they're hoping to close the gap between mobile and desktop editing. This represents a big step in that direction.

Learn more about Affinity Photo for iPad by clicking here. And if you're more of a desktop editor sort of person, don't forget to check out our review of Affinity Photo 1.5.2 posted this week!

Full Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for Desktop