** Apple Design Award Winner **
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.
• 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
• 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
- Improved brush smoothing. Any painting tools should now have better smoothing by default.
- Transparent TGA import support.
- Fix for failures when using compound objects inside groups with Constraints set on them.
- Fix for deleting a node of a bitmap fill causing crash.
- Fix for combo boxes causing crashes for certain users on High Sierra.
- Fix for exporting JPEG automatically choosing to export clips as paths which is a poor default and causes confusion.
- Fix for text objects being created outside the hierarchy of the artboard they were supposed to be created in.
- Fix for rotated text bounding boxes being incorrect and for disappearing text following Power-Duplicate.
- Fixed sporadic hanging when opening many image files at once.
- Fixed crashing bug when exporting certain large PSDs.
- Fixed a number of UI memory leaks.
- Added special case PSD import code for “SketchClub” PSD files (they should fix this!).
- Fixed PSD export of Fill layers.
- Fixed UI labels on macOS versions prior to Mavericks.
- Assorted PDF export improvements.
- Paste and file-drop of PDF format files will now honour the DPI, as per File->Place.
- Fix for marching ants not showing on a rotated canvas.
- Numerous other fixes and stability improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
A software with a bright future
I really like Affinity Designer (AD), because it is a very nice alternative to the standard software being used. It is fast, relatively reliable and you can do most of the things that you would expect from these software. In addition, when combined with the Affinity Photo, and the future Affinity Publisher, it would be a nice suite to perform complex tasks.
However, AD is not perfect. There are tools missing. (i) When you select an item, and right click, the scale command (and transform each) are missing. This is important. (ii) You cannot add arrows to lines. (iii) No magic wand. When you have multiple vectors and text, how are you supposed to select all the lines at the same time in complex scenarios without clicking for 20 mins? (iv) Printing window is very poor, nothing close to other software. (v) There is no line segment tool with rotation selection. (vi) No shaper tool. (vii) No measure tool.
Things that could be better: When you have many panels on the right side, it is not the best user experience. There are ways that have been proven to work. Just copy them. Also please try to minimize bugs. I am sure it get a lot better. Well done so far.
Continue to be impressed
I have been using Affinity designer for some time now. I don’t often write reviews, but this is the second I’ve written for AD because it really is a game changer.
My first impressions were good, and I said so in a review earlier this year, but after considerable use producing magazine ads with AD I really love it. It is so much easier to use than Illustrator, which like a lot of Adobe products is resting on its laurels and showing its age now. I have not opened Illustrator for months. I wish Adobe would bring InDesign into the 21st Century as well. Another example of Adobe resting on its laurels. For example: if I am trying to decide on a font for a strap line, I have to leave InDesign and type the words into AD so I can see the words change in real time, something InDesign - incredibly - still can’t do. It is rumoured that Serif are producing a DTP app - if it is as good as AD, then watch out InDesign.
As a graphic designer for the last 30 odd years, I have finally found a replacement for my beloved Freehand. Having already replaced Photoshop with Affinity Photo, and found it a handsome replacement for the aforementioned, my next natural stop was Affinity Designer.
I don’t often get to use new software as time is money and generally have little of either to try out or trial new products in my workflow. But this experience was seamless. Just a small learning curve to get used to where everything is and the inevitable terminology differences in places, and I can confidently go about my clients work.
The fact that it can open Illustrator and most old Freehand files is the icing on the cake.
There are a couple of tweaks that would make it even better for me personally, but I’m a very happy bunny with this programme… it’s been a long tme coming, but it was worth the wait.
- Serif (Europe) Ltd.
- 247.9 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+
- © 2017 Serif (Europe) Ltd
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