By Serif Labs
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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.
• 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
What's New in Version 1.5.5
Stability and bug fixes
WARNING—You’ll be a “second-class” customer!
[This is essentially the same review I gave for Affinity Photo. The issues are identical.]
Serif (the publisher of the Affinity line) claims they have no way of registering Apple customers, so they don’t. If you buy something directly from them, you’re registered. Of course, they only sell the Windows versions of the apps on their site, as well as an over-priced book you may or may not want. I put in a support request, got the usual “2 working days” automated response, and never heard anything back. Apparently their triage decision tree includes simply ignoring Apple users. I haven’t been able to even successfully register for their forums.
Affinity Designer is a good app with great functionality, but the service for Apple customers is seriously lacking. It appears the only reason Serif is in the Apple Store is to avoid the security warnings that come with unvetted apps upon installation on a Mac. I sent copies of my receipts for purchasing both apps (Photo and Designer), but that didn’t even garner a response to my ticket (still open 10 days later). I’m not saying “don’t buy,” simply that you should be warned. If you want support, buy the Windows version, or sit in the back of the bus.
Good program stricken by bugs
I’ve been a supporter of AD/AP since early beta, and have been waiting years for AP (the mythical Affinity Publisher). Ultimately, I’m very grateful for the software.
That said, I literally can’t go a single session using AD or AP without encountering bugs. It’s mind-blowing how many bugs there are. This is my third time writing a review just like this over the past couple weeks, and each prior time, I've chosen at the last second to delete the review. I keep telling myself I just need to learn it more (coming from Sketch/PS/AI/AE/ID for design), that it’s just different, that making software is hard, and not to be too critical.
The fact remains: using this software entails overcoming bugs. Sometimes the bugs are subtle enough that you can miss them (e.g. rotating a layer and its static unit FX parameters shift a few pixels, not noticing missing shadows on PDF export, etc). Sometimes they’re in your face.
1-2 years ago, I accepted that the product was new and needed time. At this point, too many bugs have survived too many release cycles to warrant giving 5 stars. The bugs aren’t just annoying, they waste time, cause stress, and risk professional work being released with undiscovered flaws.
My needs for a powerful vector app arent such that I can justify paying a monthly subscription for Adobe Illustrator, but I do often need something like it. Now, I haven’t used Affinity Designer extensively yet, but it suits my needs great so far. I’ve yet to run into a problem where I wished I had Illustrator instead. In fact, it’s similar enough to Adobe’s app that there isnt much of a learning curve if you know Illustrator. Honestly, I think Affinity is under-charging for Designer… It’s a STEAL at $50. So Affinity, how about an iPad Pro version? This is miles better than Autodesk Graphic...
- Category: Graphics & Design
- Updated: Mar 22, 2017
- Version: 1.5.5
- Size: 259 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Serif (Europe) Ltd.
- © 2017 Serif (Europe) Ltd
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor