Affinity Photo features

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Can we have some of the features in Affinity Photo in Photoshop?

I subscribe to CC and use lots of the tools, so this isn't one of those "OMG I'm gonna switch!" posts, but can we have some of these toys? Specifically live preview and editability of fills and blend modes.  I'm only a day into my trial period and I doubt I'll buy it, but some of these features are pretty nice.

There's also a tab that looks like it manages something like adjustment layers built into each "pixel" layer, which is kind of cool. 

It looks like they've borrowed plenty from you, are there any plans to implement some of these features for us?
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Honor M

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Greg Hopkins

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Hi, just curious why you would not buy Affinity at such a low price. I haven't tried Affinity, but there is plenty of buzz about the editor. I currently use LR 6 for most of my workflow. I am considering CC Photography as an upgrade. Is CC Photography worth it? Thanks.
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Honor M

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I guess, to be honest, I might for $50, if Adobe has no intention of making this stuff available, but I still need / want my CC subscription because of Audition and Illustrator and Premiere and After Affects and Bridge and Felix and you get the idea... It'd be annoying to have two photo editing / photo-illustration tools just so I could have some of these effects.

I can't say, on the photography bundle.  I do take photos, of course, but I'm mostly a digital artist.  I work mostly in vectors and photo-illustration and digital paint.  Lightroom doesn't really do me any good at all.
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I loved the gradient tool in Affinity. Something Adobe should look into this. I mean that tiny preview for a gradient is just not cutting edge anymore in 2017...

Other than that, it's pretty amazing how far the Affinity people have come in a short amount of time. Especially in terms of the UI. It's modern, quick and very cool. Photoshop, nevertheless, is still the industry standard and the integration into everything else (besides LR not reading PSB...) is marvelous. But that can also be read as "chained to a subscription based model".

I hope Adobe feels the breath of tools like Affinity ans steps up the game...
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Honor M

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In the very short time I've been testing it, it (Affinity Photo) has crashed twice - maybe all the slick live preview stuff is hard to keep stable, but yeah, I do hope Adobe is tasking developer teams with making sure Affinity doesn't get too far ahead of them.
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Question for Chris Cox or maybe someone else knows, does Photoshop plan on bringing in more floating point functionality or OCIO/ACES support? Are the current ICC profiles sufficient to work with in Photoshop and are there any recommendations for Camera RAW to ACES workflows? Currently I've tried using fnord's ocio photoshop plugin, however it would be nice to have the transforms as adjustment layers rather than a filter that applies to pixel layers. Affinity has OCIO support as well as  some 32 bit color editing that I'd love to see in Photoshop. :) 

I was reading the ACES Retrospective and Enhancements which had Lars Borg from Adobe as a contributor and it mentioned photoshop a few times and I wanted to know if there was any update in this area :)