Affinity Designer 5/5

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Affinity Designer

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By Serif Labs (Serif (Europe) Ltd.)

** 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

Release Notes

30/11/2017 | Version : 1.6 | Size : 232.7 MB
• New light user interface option
• New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools
• Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra
• New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites
• New Glyph browser
• Improved view pan/zoom performance
• Improved performance with large documents
• Align to key items
• Text frame vertical alignment options
• Fit frame to text
• Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients
• Added 'Unlock All' and 'Show All' commands
• Numerous bug fixes and other improvements

12/04/2017 | Version : 1.5.5 | Size : 246.9 MB
Stability and bug fixes

02/12/2016 | 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


Overall :
#5 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#8 : Top Paid Mac Applications

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

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Productivity , Graphics & Design

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Affinity Designer

Fantastic! (1.5.5)
09/06/2017 10:36:47 5/5 By Drew LG
I am a professional designer of 28 years and fed up being held to ransom by Adobe. This is a great tool and easily replaces the massively overated Illlustrator and Photoshop in a professional environment And a pleasure to use Drew

Love it (1.5.5)
03/06/2017 18:29:53 5/5 By Plustechjack
I create all my design work with this. Love it.

It is good but it needs one important feature! (1.5.5)
21/05/2017 12:55:57 4/5 By tomasznowicki
I love the application but you have to add the ability to view bleed in the production view. At the moment it is hard to tell how the bleed looks with the content - because you have to export the file with bleed to see it. It is time wasting. Cmon Affinity! You can do it!!

NO AUTO-TRACE or DISTORT/WARP Features! (1.5.4)
10/03/2017 06:46:34 2/5 By Pyroboy
I bought Affinity Designer because it was touted as such a slick, feature-laden, professional piece of software, and I thought, surely to be a true competitor of Illustrator, it had to have a feature to convert pixel images to vectors. The short answer is NO. It does not. And in fact, Serif Labs has said this feature is years from being introduced even though their user base is screaming for it. This is a deal breaker for me, but I already bought the app. It is especially sad the Serif Labs is thumbing their nose at their users. I’m also astounded that a basic feature like Distort or Warp is completely left out. The know it’s missing. Users are complaining, but they say, “Look at our roadmap” from two freaking years ago! Quick to integrate TouchBar support, but can’t manage other tools users are demanding. Pfft! Let me know when Affinity Designer gets its big boy pants on!

Solid SVG Workflow (1.5.4)
19/02/2017 10:58:05 5/5 By MarkBTomlinson
Ver 1.54 The application keeps on improving and is a joy to use. There are a few crucial things still missing IMO one of the oddest is the lack of perspective skewing or scalling, it is on the their road map I just wish it was in the app :) Ver 1.4.1 The program started off very well and set a high bar to keep aiming at and I have to say it achieves it with each release. It is for me the best way to edit and create SVG files on the Mac period. It is fast nice looking and solid in use. The only thing I wish is it was available on Windows too and that is coming soon. For vector art this really is a great and price beating software tool. Update: 1.1.2 The software is becomming more and more useful as I find out more that it can do. I would recomend looking for their tutorials as they really demonstrate some of the power of this amazing program. Not an Illustrator replacement for professional users yet maybe, but for the rest of us it does everything I need and at a price that makes Illustrator look ridiculous. One of the main things I am looking for is a simple but solid workflow for PSD files containg shapes to export as SVG file which Photoshop sadly doesn’t support. I imported an old PSD vetored file and it was read perfectly and the export to SVG renders perfectly. This is reason enough for me. The UI is really nice and customisable you aren’t tied to the windowed interface shown in the images you can have the tradition floating ui too, which I prefer. First impressions are highly favourable and at this price I have to recommend it.

Best Design Software (1.5.4)
27/01/2017 01:06:00 5/5 By malvernsoul
Well engineered product from a UK company and probably last a lifetime. No subscription or prohibitive license fees. Recent design awards speak for themselves. Easy to learn at own pace. Good to see Windows version on roadmap

One Page Only (1.5.4)
26/01/2017 09:18:00 4/5 By Magee99
I used to use the fantastic Page Plus on a PC, but now use Affinity Designer on my mac. It is easy to use, very intuitive and has lots of great functions. It is easy to use to create artwork for export to print ready PDF (with bleed, crop and calibration marks), or other file types. My one complaint is that you can only create a 1 page document - so for front and back you need two files (which is ok) but if you are dealing with a booklet, this program isn’t for you.

Well made, well thought out (1.5.4)
23/01/2017 14:16:00 5/5 By SkyMook
What a lovely app. Nice help. Easy to use, but powerful the more you dig down. Takes the pain out of vector. I am not a designer, but I do need to make diagrams, and screen mockups. Worth every penny.

Superb Vector & BMP Graphics App (1.5.4)
07/01/2017 04:14:00 5/5 By Aceholecole
After years of working with Adobe Products, I tried out Affinity Photo, and was amazed at the breadth of the app. When Affinity Designer was released, I invested in this and have not been disappointed. This App is intuitive, easy to learn, has excellent video instruction, can easily transfer between Photo & Designer, has all of the professional tools that should be expected, and the tools and output formats are all there. Easy to learn, responsive and with the latest update including 360d, I can see that this app will be the go to. How they do this at the price I do not know, 2 months equivalent subscription to Adobe, and you have the power to do what you need, and free updates. I can only say that this is absolutely brilliant as is and I cannot wait for the updates and improvements. Excellent work from the Serif team.

Looks Good But I find it a bit unstable (1.5.4)
28/12/2016 13:47:00 3/5 By Copper Eye
OK - I have been subscribing to Adobe CC and I find that I mainly use Lightroom and Photoshop as Im a Photographer. I have used InDesign for designing Wedding Albums but I have now got specialist software from my album supplier. I do a little webdesign (based on wordpress) so I dip in and out of Illustrator. I don’t use Muse or Dreamweaver. I was looking for a replacement to Illustrator so was really keen to look at this. There was an offer on for £29.99 so I thought why not it could save me more that that in one month! The software: 1, looks good 2, has a learning curve as you would expect if you use Illustrator 3, is quick However I had some custom buttons to develop and I found that the software kept crashing and I had to start again this happened a few times and I have decided to go back to Illustrator. If it fails on gradients what chance is there for the rest

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