- Bug fixes and stability improvements.
- Compatibility and stability improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Long time Adobe Ilustrator & Corel Draw User, but worth the switch
I’ve been using Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator for years for graphic design and in the sign business. When Corel in it’s infinte wisdom decided to dump support for the MacOS by telling customers to switch to Windows to upgrade, I in turn dumped Corel and focused exclusively on Adobe products. However after Adobe abandon their CSx version license model in favor of an overpriced “Cash Grab“ CC Subscription model, I was forced to limp along with previous versions of Adobe Creative Suite with little to no support from Adobe. After much frustration I decided to try Affinity Designer as the cost the of the program was roughly two months of subscription fees from Adobe. I must say after using the product for a few weeks I am very impressed with what it can do. The hardest part is unlearning to do things the archaic Adobe way. Once you get past that and learn this program, you’ll see it’s much more intutive to a modern OS and you find yourself asking why you didn’t do this sooner.
Thus far the only thing I haven’t been able to do (but I assume there is a way in the program to it) is autotrace a JPG or other drawing format to create a rough vector drawing (aka digitizing). That in itself if the only thing I’ve seen I still need to load my older Adobe programs for, but again this program is great. My next step is to download and attempt to dump Adobe Photoshop in favor of Affinity Photo.
Affinity Designer does the job for me
I have been using Adobe software since the early 1990s. Thus far, the Affinity suite pretty much replicates what I was using Adobe software for. I primarily use either for book cover design and similar tasks. Affinity Designer has almost all the features that I expect. Affinity Designer has the usual facilities for supporting layers, embedded fonts, graphics, photograph inclusion, and drawing. It also exports to a variety of formats. Although the printer specifies Illustrator, they have had no problems with PDFs generated by Affinity Designer instead. Affinity Design has a handy file export feature which facilitates this. Fonts are subsetted and included in PDF files by default. The user can select PDF standard and resolution for rasterized images in the export popup window. Affinity Designer also generates EPS and Photoshop PSD files along with a range of vector graphic file formats. Adobe Illustrator also uses PDF files as an exchange medium. As PDF files preserve layers, there is little need for cutting and pasting between the two applications. This is facilitated by the PDF for export option in Affinity Designer which also supresses rasterization. My three wishes at the moment are: support for 600 DPI B&W rasterization in Affinity Designer, a trace feature in Affinity Photo, and release of the hinted at alternative to inDesign.
It still needs some key features before it can replace Adobe
It still needs some key features before it can replace Adobe -(1) it lacks the ability to replace fonts globaly in a file, so if you’re converting from Adobe, better take good care and look into every detail before sending to press. (2) cannot import EPS files properly - it rasterizes vectors without reason or ability to correct. (3) no “collection” ability for proper filing of your work with placed graphics and/or fonts used. - this is a necessity in the print design world. (4) Does not play nice with Font Suitcase, so if you had used a font and open the file later and that font is no longer loaded, it defaults, which goes back to the inability to replace globally.
Baing able to handle fonts is a HUGE factor in the graphic design industry - and should be in the top 3 things that should be addressed before I can increase my stars opinion or even consider it a viable application against Illustrator in the slightest.
To the apps defense, it does do a lot with several great features and is lightning fast, which set it apart from Adobe, making it well worth the price. I love the ability to export a PDF to a client or printer that auto flattens/outlines the fonts whereas it doesn't destruct the original working file. But, if you’re a power user as I am for print work, it needs better support for the print design side of things to fully replace Illustrator.
- Serif (Europe) Ltd.
- 406 MB
- Graphics & Design
OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 Serif (Europe) Ltd
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