I've seen their video here https://affinity.serif.com/fr/designer/ and just bought it...
Doctor, am I a compulsive buyer?
I bought it without watching the video, id say you're slightly less compulsive than I am
Phew! My wife feels reassured ;-)
I just watched it and want to buy it as well. Goodbye PS & Ai?
Not there yet.
This is exactly the thing that holds me back. Sketch has taken over a lot of my work, but it's hard to imagine not having Photoshop and Illustrator on my machine to open files coming, all my old work, etc.
I mean it really depends on what you're using Photoshop and Illustrator for at this point. Most features are covered, plus quite a few features unique to Designer and Photo.
Affinity Designer seems to perfectly fit to my usage (basic print/t-shirt design stuff) and PS & Ai are too expensive...
For now, I keep Sketch for full UX/UI work.
Has anyone had any long experience using Affinity Designer? Would you rate it? How does it compare to Photoshop / Sketch?
I wouldn't say I had a long experience with Affinity but I gave Affinity Photo a try and I was really impressed. I still use Sketch for UI design but I no longer need Photoshop for any kind of photo editing. I'm guessing Affinity Designer would be a similar experience to using Adobe Illustrator. These prices are a steal though!
I've used it for about 6 months, on and off. I thought they made a lot of very intuitive improvements and simplified a lot of things. I see it as a viable alternative to Illustrator, but I still prefer sketch for interface design. Seeing this promotion, I actually was hoping Affinity Photo was also half price!
I've been using it for about a year. At first I used it only sometimes, but now I have fully switched off of Photoshop and Illustrator—haven't opened either of them in over a month. I really, really love Affinity. It's extremely fast and intuitive, and very sturdy and stable—definitely leagues ahead of Sketch in that regard. Best of all, it's a real native Mac app. Going back to CC feels even jankier now. In many ways, Affinity feels like the way I wish Photoshop or Illustrator worked.
I literally just bought this yesterday -- Ask DN: Affinity Designer (2016 Edition) ...so far so good, but I'd like to find some videos / tutorials to help aid my learning. :)
Finally bought it! :)
This post made me buy Affinity Designer since I have been looking out for it for quite some time now. :)
TBH I really fell in love with Designer over the past couple months. The split "personas" letting you switch cleanly between vector/pixel spaces in the same design was great for me. In terms of features and general feel, I think it fits right in the middle between Sketch and PS/AI, if that makes sense.
I never fully allowed myself to rethink my process enough for Sketch to really be exciting for me.
Also, one major perk is that Affinity Designer can export a PSD or an AI from the same document, which for my job is crucial. We work with an international design team and not all designers have the ability to use Affinity Designer, so exporting to the de facto company standard (PSD or AI) is a must. Delivering a .sketch file to our team in Taiwan, for instance, would be a total no-go.
Edit: Also, dark UI > light UI. ;)
Right on time! Cha-ching!