Affinity Designer 4.5/5

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Affinity Designer

By Serif Labs (Serif (Europe) Ltd.)
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

4/12/2017 | Version : 1.5.5 | Size : 246.9 MB
Stability and bug fixes

12/2/2016 | Version : 1.5.4 | Size : 245.9 MB
Added support for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
Introduced 32bit document format and OCIO support
Miscellaneous improvements and fixes

Other recently added features and improvements:
- Symbols. Create multiple instances of an object and edit any of them in realtime with changes reflected in all instances
- Text Styles
- Assets Panel. Store commonly used design elements and drag them onto your documents
- Constraints. Specify how your design elements should interact and construct mockups which change size dynamically
- Colour Picker Tool
- Improved Export Persona
- Improved Snapping with automatic gap & span snapping and geometry snapping
- Measurement tool
- Improved PSD/PDF/SVG compatibility
- Automatically generate a palette from an image

11/16/2016 | Version : 1.5.3 | Size : 244.8 MB
Added support for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
Introduced 32bit document format and OCIO support
Miscellaneous improvements and fixes

Other recently added features and improvements:
- Symbols. Create multiple instances of an object and edit any of them in realtime with changes reflected in all instances
- Text Styles
- Assets Panel. Store commonly used design elements and drag them onto your documents
- Constraints. Specify how your design elements should interact and construct mockups which change size dynamically
- Colour Picker Tool
- Improved Export Persona
- Improved Snapping with automatic gap & span snapping and geometry snapping
- Measurement tool
- Improved PSD/PDF/SVG compatibility
- Automatically generate a palette from an image
- Numerous other fixes and improvements


** Apple Design Award Winner 2015 **

Professional Graphic Design Software for the Mac.
Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionize how you work.

It takes full advantage of macOS technologies such as OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch, Core Graphics and is fully optimized for 64-bit and multi-core processors to squeeze every ounce of available performance from your hardware – so it’s seriously fast. Whether it’s a 100 megapixel image or the most complex vector drawing with thousands of curves, you still pan and zoom at 60fps, move objects in correct z-order and see live views of all adjustments, brushes and effects as you’re working with no compromise.

Experience the best PSD import engine out there – making it easy to collaborate with other creative professionals. Along with support for PSD, PDF, SVG, AI (PDF Stream), Freehand and EPS files you get all the flexibility you need so whether you switch to Affinity Designer for all your work, or just elements of what you do, it’s completely painless.

With professional color model support, full 16-bit per channel editing, real-time pixel preview, image slices, masks, adjustment layers and tablet support, Affinity Designer is a serious tool for creative professionals.

Real-time performance
• Panning and zooming is always live at 60fps
• Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments
• Optimized for documents of any complexity, zoom to over 1,000,000% for absolute precision
• Live pixel and retina view of vector artwork, wireframe view, split screen mode
• Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design

Perfect color and output
• Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB and Grayscale color models
• Full 16-bit per channel editing
• End-to-end ICC color management
• Advanced Lanczos 3 image resampling plus Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbor methods

Truly multi-discipline
• Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to
• Live effects, blend modes, image adjustments, and raster and vector masks for any part of your design
• Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviors for the best of both worlds
• The best pen tool, node tool, curve editing, geometry operations, and smart shape tools available
• Flexible text handling including comprehensive support for OpenType
• High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork. Create your own brushes too.
• Optimized workspaces give focus to design disciplines including web graphics, UI/UX, print, and concept art


Overall :
#29 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#50 : Top Paid Mac Applications

Categories :
#2 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Graphics & Design]
#3 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Graphics & Design]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Productivity , Graphics & Design

Comments and Ratings for Affinity Designer

a great replacement for InkScape (1.5.4)
1/23/2017 5:48:00 PM 5/5 By leetheguy
I’ve been a die hard fan of InkScape for years. The Mac version is not well ported and doesn’t feel native at all. I found that while the controls are great on other systems, they make it almost unusable on a Mac where your fingers expect things to work differently. Many of the systems, tools, and keyboard commands are familiar enough that getting started with Affinity was a breeze. And while there are a few things I really miss from InkScape (like snapping control points), there are many other things that I consider to be huge evolutionary improvements (like layers and masks). Great tool all around and well worth the low price point.

It’s serious let down. Compared to drawplus. (1.5.4)
1/15/2017 9:13:00 AM 2/5 By htadkins
We dont have an eraser? Straight line tool? Perspective? Keyframe, and stop frame animation is gone? I’ve had 3 of your programs, and this one is THE WORST. One of the least productive programs I’ve encountered from your company. Ever, and that’s about 7 years.... Since youve cancelled drawlplus, I was hoping to see some productive things (Without watching a 30 minute tutorial)…. Effects like the ones in drawplus (You’re Magna Opus). How about a skew function? Perspective?? More icons for navigation?. Im sorry. This feels like a knock off only worse. Drawplus at least set itself apart. Especially with the instant effects. I cant just make something plastic, or Lava in under a second, and then add shadowing effects on here. This is something like an expensive decked out version of free paint. It’s nice, but it’s a whole lot more work than drawplus. You need to bring back all of those vector effects. It’s the reason I got this. So. Im at a loss as to why I now have this app. I can do everything here with AI, and PS. I can’t believe Apple has this as an editors choice. My time in a vector program is not best spent being re directed to your youtube tutorials. This is a simple drawing vector program. Please make it one. Especially if it’s going to be priced at 50$ range. The only effect on here that’s nice is transparent bubbles, and curving pre selected shapes. Which isn’t really that great of a feature. I want to see a major update..

Mondern Vector as it should be (1.5.4)
1/11/2017 2:48:00 PM 5/5 By cekuhnen
I run my own designstudio and teach in dustrial design product and graphic design. We made the switch to Affinity. Their products are what I consider modern and give me the tools and workflows I want to use. Light weight, clean UI, productive workflows, fast, richt tool set. It offers great pen tools, normal and live booleans, text styles for tpographic needs, and a nice pixel layer to add pixel based painting details to your vector work. Best their vector and bitmap app uses the same file! NOTE: There are currently no deformationt tools. My students made the transition as well and find the UI more clear, less confusing, and the workflow to be faster and more productive than the competition.

Amazing Graphic Design Software! (1.5.4)
12/30/2016 7:34:00 PM 5/5 By jmedina509
This is a must have design software for beginner or professional. I find this application to be user friendly.

Vector design made easy! (1.5.4)
12/27/2016 11:07:00 AM 5/5 By BriVester
After using the program for quite a while and being a member of the forums, it’s time I give my review to this software made by Serif Labs. Affinity Designer is a relieving breath of fresh air. After the unfriendly control of operations in Adobe Illustrator, Serif finds easier solutions for Designer. Operations such as clipping, transforming, masking, booleaning, and effects, are all right there on the interfaced in an organized layout. I espececially love this program for its layer managerment. It is possible to add layers in layers for organizational purposes. On top of that, it is clear that Serif really cares about their customers. Every minor update (until 2) is free, it is very affordable, and there is no monthly subscription, and there is no catch. They care. The staff on the forums are very nice and are really determined in helping people. Designer even introduces pixel editing and masking on vector objects. For operations that cannot be done with vector tools, they can be done with pixel tools. Something that might reflect on this software negatively is that there are currently common vector features such as calligriphic line styles and arrowheads not yet available. However, there are new features including that one on its roadmap planned for a free future version, so the priorities are in good hands. Something I personally don’t like about Designer is that it is not made for vector-style free drawing. The Pencil Tool lacks functionalities such as line continuation and steadiness. Vector is really my field, and there are many key features it can do that bitmap applications cannot. That’s why I would rather a very particulate vector line art tool that can draw freely and create very clean strokes. My workaround isn’t so bad however. I use the pixel tools to draw my art, and then I trace that art with the vector pen tool. It is just more time consuming working with the pen. Designer is a great program, and it is my new favorite out there. You get so much for its price, and the support is great (the best I’ve seen in a long time). I recommend this to all vector users or those who want to learn vector.

Professional (1.5.4)
12/21/2016 11:37:00 PM 5/5 By John From Earth
The Affinity team knows what’s needed in professional-level design programs and delivers. Recommend to every one.

Incredible. (1.5.4)
12/12/2016 10:04:00 PM 5/5 By Anti anti-contrarian
Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are simply amazing. Very fast and responsive applications. At $50 a piece, they are a bargain. I'm cheering Affinity to change the graphic designer industry.

Draw Spirographic Kaleidoscopic Patterns (1.5.4)
12/8/2016 9:56:00 AM 5/5 By ShahBokhari
Hi, Affinity Designer is one of a kind app for designer. I’m personally totally into it. We would like a new feature in this app that will allow us to draw Spirographic Kaleidoscopic Patterns using the already existing grid manager tool set in Affinity Designer app. Example app for this would be “Amaziograph” that do the amazing Spirographic Kaleidoscopic Patterns drawing on iPad. So, please please bring and make this feature available in the next update. Thank You so much to Affinity Team.

Good Illustrator Replacement (1.5.4)
12/2/2016 11:43:00 AM 4/5 By 3D0G
I have been using this app for about four months. It does most of what I want, even if the interface is a little strange (compared to my many years of Illustrator). I agree with the prior comment about the need for arrows on lines. One of the primary uses is to sketch something and then point to features with labels. Arrows is definitely a needed feature. Once you get used to the interface - it’s a steep learning curve in my opinion, you can accomplish what you want. I like that. One area I would like to see changes is in the dialog box that defines a geometric shape, say a rectangle. When you want to manually resize an object, and you click into a dimensions field, the field is not automatically highlighted - you are simply inserting a cursor. This means you have to blank the information already contained in it, and type new information. It would be helpful if the act of clicking in the field selected ALL the text in that field, and a second click if needed would insert just the cursor, so with one click you could just start typing the new value. Would speed up my work considerably. Color is a little bit quirky - you don’t go back to your last tab selection (say swatches) when you re-click on the object. It would be nice if that were a preference setting. All in all, this is a good program, and solves the problem of getting decent illustration software without paying the pirates at Adobe. While it’s quite good, it is not as good as Illustrator, but for the cost it is a very good value. I hope the owners continue to upgrade this program.

I want to love this app, but… (1.5.4)
12/1/2016 4:28:00 PM 3/5 By Kat634
Affinity really, really needs to offer an alternative to the dark User Interface. I cannot fathom why so many developers have jumped on the dark UI bandwagon. Affinity’s UI makes the app difficult and unpleasant to work with. My eyesight is good, BTW, but I just can’t stand to use it. Compare this to the Adobe CS apps: CS through CS6 are much more user friendly.

12/1/2016 9:21:00 AM 3/5 By crackerjack2012b
This is a great software that (I hope) will put Illustrator out of business (I also bought you photo software, and I hope that you will put Photoshop out of business too). However lots of people have asked you repeatedly for years to include the arrowhead function, so that adding them to a line becomes easy and quick. You’ve done so many upgrades, and added new features .. all surely more difficult than adding the arrowheads one. Maybe it’s already there and I can’t find it? You do not even have the word in the help system :-( Could you at least explain us why you do not want to add it? Maybe there’s a copyright on it and Adobe will sue you if you include it in the software? Please add the feature in your next release, we’ll pay for it if you need money. Thanks

Poor sales handling. (1.5.4)
12/1/2016 12:38:00 AM 4/5 By meitnik
Never ever heard of a software company offering a 20% discount for workbook and not offering any confirmation a discount was applied. And you are not given the full price before the discount. I wrote to sales and to support; have not heard back from them. So much for dealing with Affinity. The discount ends today. If I cant get a clear answer from them, I am asking for a full refund on both their apps; they can ban me from ever buying the apps. I will return to Adobe.

Affinity Designer is the best Illustrator-type app I've ever used! (1.5.4)
11/30/2016 12:39:00 AM 5/5 By Tierbot
Affinity Designer is amazingly fast and is able to edit large vector images that Illustrator can't even open! It is easy to use - relatively intuitive. There's an option in preferences to allocate maximum memory and hard drive usage, which I appreciate, and the default isn't anywhere near the maximum option (which is good for those who don't go through the preferences). Loading images, editing images, saving, and exporting are all amazingly quick and smooth.

Great alternative to Adobe (1.5.4)
11/29/2016 2:08:00 AM 5/5 By Essdee351
I used to use the Serif Photo and Layout and such software on the PC. I am also a veteran of various iterations of Photoshop and Illustrator, though a novice. I got Affinity Designer and Photo when I switched to mac and have found it very easy to pick up. Their training videos (free) and those for free on YouTube got me up to speed quickly and easily. My uses are mainly for marketing purposes, and I find both apps to be fast, stable and easy to use. These are also both more complicated and more powerful than the Serif PC programs. Anyway, I would say that my uses are rather basic to intermediate at most, and even as aan occasional user, I can get what needs to be done in short order and with beautiful results. If you are a pro, then there may be scripts and things you can run in the Adobe products, or you may work for an Adobe shop. But these apps really merit a look — easy to use, powerful, and very, very affordable, I am completely happy. Also, Serif is a great company with excellent customer service. This is not a paid review and I am not in any way affiliated with Serif, the makers of this great sofware. I just love the idea of serious competition for Adobe, whose pricing is rather high.

Great product/poor support. (1.5.3)
11/22/2016 6:53:00 PM 3/5 By brianstudio
Coming from 3 generations of Illustrator, I can say that this is the closest replacement I have seen. It has many functions that are native to Illustrator and easy to crossover. With that being said, I will say that the huge drawback is the unresponsive customer support forum. You get no real assistance to questions that fall outside the HELP menu, unless you buy the manual. This happens to be a mojor source of frustration for me: unresponsive customer support for an otherwise, awesome product.

LOVE IT (1.5.3)
11/22/2016 2:41:00 PM 5/5 By Metalpain
Very easy to use with a great price!

Illustrator substitution for the price of 2 month's subscription! (1.5.3)
11/19/2016 2:32:00 AM 5/5 By Groovy Amusement
As a user of Illustrator since Illustrator 88, I can report I am very happy with this app. And the price is about the same as month’s worth of Illustrator subscription. Amazing offer on great software.

At last a very valuable graphic design application (1.5.3)
11/18/2016 2:24:00 AM 5/5 By mavalosdittel
Having worked with Corel Draw for 20 years, for the first time I found an application that could make me switch to macOS for designing purposes.

Great app with great support (1.5.3)
11/15/2016 8:14:00 PM 5/5 By vests
Affinity Designer is a capable application and continues to get great updates. Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo used in conjunction are my go-to photo and graphics editing applications. Cross application and cross platform support makes this workflow easy. The extensive output formats and options ensure that this app can be used for many kinds of projects. This update fixes the font selection bug introduced in the last update.

This is HUGE for me. (1.5.1)
11/1/2016 8:37:00 PM 5/5 By Turbojacket
After seeing Adobe’s model of “subscription only” pricing structures for the creative suite, I began searching until I ran across Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. They are smooth, dynamic, and take full advantage of the Macintosh’s core services. Adobe is a gangly beast now. It’s legacy code makes it chug through the simplest of things on large documents. I’m in the process of making Affinity products my main deisgn software. Let’s get Affinity Publisher going so I can finally ditch Adobe!

Does NOT OPEN AI FILES!! (1.5.1)
10/30/2016 3:30:00 PM 1/5 By Didi Chan
This program is a joke. I have been working with other designers who are sending me mock ups to change and everything I try to open an ai file this program says it’s “corrupted”. Once? fine. EVERY TIME? I’m not buying it. BUT I can open eps files but then it’s not vectorized…DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!! The most BASIC and NEEDED function is not supported. when you go to their forum, you find out (way too late) that this problem has been going on for YEARS NOW since 2010 to be exact and it’s still not fixed. I will be requesting a refund to go towards a REAL designer program.

Very good, but… (EDITED) (1.5.1)
10/24/2016 10:26:00 PM 5/5 By ninscrapl
I really like this and can see how useful it will be for many graphic designers and illustrators. However, as a UI designer, it’s missing something that I just can’t live without: Multiple shadows and fills on a single shape. Sketch does this very well, and I wish Designer did the same. I wish they would have reimagined the way you apply effects to a shape rather than making it so much like Adobe Illustrator. In this software, you have to pretty much draw your inner shadows and glows in layers rather than being able to apply them all to a single shape. Serif, please take a look at how Sketch does this and then I think you’ll win over a lot more UI designers. Other than that complaint, this is definitely well-polished, great software and I’m glad to own it. Can’t wait to see some updates! UPDATE: I’ve recently learned that this feature is in the roadmap and will be coming soon. They also have additional features for UI designers in the works. Thakns!

Great value (1.5.1)
10/21/2016 3:12:00 AM 5/5 By wsdw63
This software is fabulous. Most users will find that it has essentially equivalent capabilities to Adobe Illustrator although sometimes one does things in a different way, it is in this users view more intuitive than Illustrator, and it comes at a great price.

Amazing app, amazing value (1.5.1)
10/17/2016 4:21:00 AM 5/5 By MostUnique99
Affinity Designer is simply amazing - beautiful UI, great user experience, helpful tutorials on their website, and GREAT value. I feel like this app is worth much more than its current price - but hey, I’m not complaining!

It’s Great Until You Find a Bug - And There Are Many (1.5.1)
10/14/2016 8:38:00 AM 5/5 By TheChexican
I have to say: this program has an amazing value proposition. A one-time fee nets you a professional grade vector illustration application without all the Adobe Creative Cloud bloatware baggage that comes with Illustrator, and the developers really acknowlege & listen to user feedback.

Best Illustrator Alternative (1.5.1)
10/12/2016 11:47:00 PM 5/5 By Cwg2696
Actually it is better than illustrator. Out of all my years of graphic design, this app KILLS the rest. Say goodbye to Adobe and monthly payments! Buy this app and you will not regret it. I promise.

Stellar Functionality, Great Support, & Fantastic Price (1.5.1)
10/12/2016 2:13:00 AM 5/5 By Distortion Brothers
I have been noting but pleased with Affinity Designer and also Affinity Photo. I recommend them highly to friends and coworkers.

Still learning 1.5.1 but so impressed learning is a joy (1.5.1)
10/11/2016 7:45:00 AM 5/5 By crabtrem8
I love the Affinity line. I started with Designer. I love working with this, so much so it is the only vector drawing package I will keep on my systems now. With 1.5.1 it is like going from a great high performance car, pick your favorite, and going to THE BEST high performance car. It is a dream. But best of all, it sparks a desire to create. Learning is so much fun. The Affinity Forums are great with feedback from some loyal and very competent users, plus staff. They are always proactive, and never faulter. I’ve seen them come up with some very nice solutions to the most complex of problems, to attacking the same old nooblie question like it was the most important question in the world. Try and get that from Adobe. My biggest advice is to make sure you get both Affinity Photo and Designer, they work flawlessly together, and they allow you to leverage the best of both applications, you instantly can jump from one app to the other. It is really nice. I am still refreshing some old processes and discovering the new. The added UI kit for FREE is amazing.

Worth every penny (1.5.1)
10/11/2016 2:21:00 AM 5/5 By Jere_
I use Affinity Designer all the time. Great for fast, professional looking visuals. I utilize the program primarily for iOS Game UI content.

Amazing! (1.5.1)
10/7/2016 7:40:00 PM 5/5 By Spamicles
This is a wonderful solution for those of us that can’t afford an Adobe/Illustrator subscription and have struggled with open source tools like GIMP and Inkscape. The software is easy to use, responsive, and very intuitive. It feels like it should cost a lot more than it does! If you have any doubts then check out the free trial from their website first. I promise you’ll love it!

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