You're prob referring to Affinity Designer which is the AI equivalent. Haven't played around too much with Designer but am finding Photo to be excellent so far. My main issue atm is the exporting to PSD is a problem when and if I need to send layered artwork to clients - it doesn't behave well. As an example it flattens the text layers. If they could fix/improve conversion thing and have some sort of ability to work with smart objects I'd swap everything in a heartbeat.
If you are contemplating it, remember you can get it through the App store not to mention getting the 20% off iTunes cards is available almost all year round to redeem on it.
Still, been chatting a bit about that too.
I'm hearing similar things but I also hear that the Affinity people have this "roadmap" of things to address and they're on it from feedback and are quick to update issues/niggles people are having.
Considering how long Adobe have been in the game I think Affinity have done pretty well and they could be a serious contender.
One basic function I could do with Affinity Photo today that I do quite a lot for various purposes:
1) Take screengrab.
2) Open Affinity, create new document, paste screengrab into new doc.
3) Using Marquee tool, create a rectangle around a part of the screen grab.
4) Cntrl C (or Edit > Copy).
5) Open new document... this is when it topped working like Photoshop...
In Photoshop, this new document would default to the size of the area I've just copied, the area highlighted by the Marquee tool. Unfortunately looks like in Affinity the "copy" step doesn't recognise the Marquee tool area, and simply either copies the whole area, or copies nothing.
End result the new document is the same size as the original screen grab, and pasting pastes the entire screen grab.
If anyone can get it working otherwise let me know.