What do you think? Only for web design?
You definitely can use it instead of Illustrator, but I think Illustrator still is lightyears ahead of anyone when it comes to the overall toolset, and capabilities.
This is my take as well.
Would I recommend Affinity Designer? Absolutely. Am I personally going to switch? No way. I do use Affinity Designer for some things, sometimes, but Illustrator is my go-to for most vector design.
I'm one of those annoying people on the AD forum that keep complaining about how they're falling behind schedule and not paying attention to important features. I've been asking for Distort/Bend feature for 4 years. It's just not ready yet. And with every AI update it's just harder for them to keep up.
Switched to Affinity Photo and Design two years ago and no regret: Wsy more stable (for me)
You gan get a lot of mileage out of it as an Illustrator alternative, sure. I’d encourage you to just dive in and give the free trial a spin on your next project and see for yourself.
Of course you’ll hit limits with some specific and advanced needs. For example, I really needed the capability to select all shapes with same fill color recently. It’s not a feature that AD supports yet. Vast majority of the time, it has everything I need of standard pathfinder operations.
It’s also fun to discover tools and techniques in AD that are better than the ones of other tools. For example, the cloud tool in AD is freakin' sweet. Sure I could create same shapes in Illustrator but doing so seems needlessly complex in comparison.
If you are doing lots of Type, Pen and Pathfinder-type work a lot (such as drawing icons, doing print layouts, etc.) then yes, definitely.
If you rely on Illustrator tools like Gradient Meshes, then no.
Been using AD for web/ui/app design exclusively for a few years now, it's so under the radar and underrated. Bought for flat fee for $40, free updates, and it does some things better than Sketch (but other things worse). The fact that it does raster stuff is huge and a big differentiator. I use it for all vector logo work, too, however every great once in a while I go to illustrator for image tracing. If they marketed it as more of a UI tool versus exclusively an art tool I think it'd get more attention from the community
I officially use Affinity Photo as a replacement for Photoshop too, btw
On the iPad it's the only real choice for detailed vector work. On desktop I use both.
I tried Affinity Designer a few times since it was launched, never really made me feel complete.
My personal suggestion, please this is not be taken so seriously to a point where people start down voting me. Since I discovered Figma, I do everything there.
I used Illustrator a lot in the past, by changing to Figma it also changed my way of designing and the deliverables itself. I like that :)
Still, it's a damn joke there's a bug that won't allow you to work on an external display. And it's been reported years ago. Same with default brushes - reset to default isn't working.
For the price it's a great tool, but the snapping engine is clunky compared to Adobe Illustrator.
It depends I guess. In the same way, someone that uses Affinity Designer exclusively and has done since the beta was released would probably not like moving over to Illustrator. The question you need to ask is why the change?
Me personally, I never used Illustrator to its full potential but strangely I find AD more friendly and the learning curve easier. So for me, it's most definitely a replacement.