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Affinity Publisher has finally launched

10 months ago from , Freelancer

Great to see this finally launched. Being able to use the Design & Photo personas directly in Publisher via StudioLink is amazing

The Affinity Live keynote is worth watching as it does go in to a lot of the underlying technologies and new features: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/live/

9 comments

  • Matt KMatt K, 10 months ago

    StudioLink is a game-changer.

    Back in the day I had to use Quark 4.2, which didn't support transparency in any way. To do a drop-shadow or an overlay you had to edit the image in Photoshop, save it out as a flattened TIFF and import into Quark. Tweaking the layout meant long round-trips, especially as being the most junior designer in the studio I had the ropiest old Mac imaginable.

    After this, switching to InDesign was like a gift from the Design Gods – it was possible to add transparency and shadows directly in the document! And import PSDs!

    StudioLink is the next step in this evolution. Being able to edit images and vectors directly on the page will both save time and concentration, leading to a much more fluid workflow.

    6 points
  • BAKA .kidBAKA .kid, 10 months ago

    Preordered, used the beta, love it.

    Cant wait to see how it evolves as the other apps have as well.

    So long adobe.

    EDIT - IPAD PUBLISHER!!!! come on 2020

    2 points
  • Darrell Estabrook, 10 months ago

    The new tie-in of their Designer and Photo apps through the new StudioLink is amazing. I was In Publisher and switched to Photo instantly to do some editing. Adobe has always had behemoth-sized apps that really brought down workflow speed. Can't wait to see how this company develops.

    2 points
  • Paul Bunyar, 10 months ago

    Affinity is doing some great work. At work I will be stuck with Adobe.

    I know everyone probably has a wish list for Affinity. Mine would be to not make Designer more like Sketch/XD, but make a separate Sketch/XD like app. I would also like a Dreamweaver replacement as well as a chart app that could replace the clunky old chart function in Adobe Illustrator.

    I do plan to purchase Publisher soon and get a personal start at unsubscribing to my design life.

    1 point
    • Matt KMatt K, 10 months ago

      Managed to get Affinity Photo for the whole organisation. Lots of people needed image editing tools, but the company couldn't afford to spend thousands a month on CC subscriptions.

      When I told them volume licenses were about £12/year, they were like "Why are we even having this conversation? Just buy it for everyone!"

      1 point
      • Mauricio Paim, 9 months ago

        I am always happy to hear this sort of story. Here at my company we had to pay Sketch + Invision for a team of 50 people, it was fucking expensive. We migrated to free Figma, I got a raise.

        2 points
      • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, 9 months ago

        I can only imagine their roadmap must include a sketch competitor too.

        Taking on Adobe they have the opportunity to challenge an incumbent ripe for disruption. But taking on Bohemian Coding (and Figma) is another thing.

        They're lean, and at the top of their game.

        0 points
    • Arthur Simon, 9 months ago

      My personal wishlist for Affinity is a Lightroom Classic replacement.

      I have Sketch but I don't mind an Affinity version for it.

      1 point
  • monaalexandra -monaalexandra -, 9 months ago

    Watched the live event. I'm completely in aw, especially because of the StudioLink. We have discussed this amongst the team and really want to give it a try. Maybe we can make a switch to Affinity. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    1 point