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Affinity Designer

By Serif Labs

Editors’ Choice

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** 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

What's New in Version 1.5.5

Stability and bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

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.

Incredibly intuitive and pure joy to use every day!

These Affinity apps represent the epitome of how truly well engineered applications should be made. It is readily apparent that an incredible amount of forethought, engineering, testing and refinement goes into every tiny detail. As a result, every interaction, button click, and visual feedback just feels right, natural and intuitive. I cannot remember how long it has been since I actually enjoyed using a piece of software, but it really is a pure joy to use these Affinity apps, big time! Take the pen tool for example, like most designers out there, this was always my least favorite tool to use, and consequently I almost never used it. However, in Designer, it is just the opposite, and for the first time ever, I am actually using the pen tool, and enjoying it to boot! The way it feels, interacts and provides feedback truly makes it a tool that is easy and pleasurable to use. The Affinity dev team has truly taken the Apple philosophy of design and engineering excellence to heart, and it comes through in every detail of these applications.

Not quite

Many of these applications (iDraw/Graphic is another, and there’s a handful of iPad vector apps) do the basics of Illustrator but then they just stop short of competing with it. I’ve been using Illustrator since 1998, and I refuse to enter a subscription plan so I want a contender. Affinity Designer is the closest AI “killer” so far. It’s very solid at drawing in vectors, and I’d even argue it does some things better than anyone else. Much like many of these apps though it falls short in the extras that Illustrator has that have become a necessary part of a designer’s workflow. Specifically for me are the missing Multiple Pages (you can only open Illustrator files one page at a time), Offset Path, Simplify Path/Add Points, and to a lesser degree some of the vector effects like Roughen, Pucker/Bloat, and Extrude. I’m happy to see they included Reset Bounding Box as so many others don’t include this important feature (iDraw doesn’t unless you add a plug-in) but the features I mentioned are just too important to my on-the-job workflow. I’d like to see these added, then I could say this is a true Illustrator “killer”, but until then it’s just another simple vector app for tinkering around.

Affinity Designer
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  • $49.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
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  • Version: 1.5.5
  • Size: 259 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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