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Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher

What Is Affinity Publisher?

Affinity Publisher is a page layout and design solution for Windows, macOS, and iPad that allows users to combine images, graphics, and text to create professional layouts and publications such as books, magazines, presentations, reports, and more.

Who Uses Affinity Publisher?

Affinity Publisher caters to businesses and individuals across industries.

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Reviews of Affinity Publisher

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.9

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
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5
76%
4
20%
3
4%
Rogelio
Rogelio
CEO in Panama
Verified LinkedIn User
Online Media, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Perfect choice for books and magazines design

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: I use this to design books and, as I am also the artist, I can switch easily and draw something related to the story and then jump back to my book and keep working.
This allows me to offer more services to my clients who are always consuming services on-demand, and also allows me to create a product on record time.

Pros:

Affinity Publisher allows you to create a whole set of text styles you can switch from master to master. So, on a single file you can have all different sections of a Magazine and all the different styles and you don't need to work them separately. If you have a one-man-army designer who does it all, this is the best tool as you can switch easily between Photo editing, to vector editing and back to document editing on a mouse-click. You also have the flexibility of a text processor like Word where you can create the table of contents, for example, but you can now add different styles to this so you can have an attractive table of contents. If you buy a set of brushes for Photo or Designer, you have them available also here.

Cons:

Basically nothing. But this isn't a software meant to be used alone without it's companions Photo and Designer.

Aleksandar
Aleksandar
CEO in Serbia
Verified LinkedIn User
Media Production, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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5.0 2 years ago

Comments: After a many years of Adobe Indesign QuarkXpress using, we switch to Affinity Suite. Our main products are magazines and catalogues, and other predominantly graphical creations. And we are absolutely happy with our Affinity solution for now. Excellent merge of DTP, photo and vector is came to you with full Affinity suite: Affinit Publisher + Affinity Photo + Affinity Designer. One must have trio.

Pros:

It is fast - build on game engine in core. You can work with one page document or hundreds of pages with a lot of images and different text styles, but speed will never drop down. It is stabile software and with excellent colour reproduction.

Cons:

Affinity Publisher lack of some usefull but not mandatory features. There are no classical character and paragraph styles, but there are no combined styles like QuarkXpress have. The are no good indexing and footnote/endnote manipulation.

Ann Katrin
Office Services in US
E-Learning, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Alternative to other publiishing softwares

3.0 last year

Pros:

Used it as an alternative to adobe products. worked fine, especially if you know what you are doing.

Cons:

Photo editing needs some expertise for sure. After the trial we decided the price point is not worth it as we could also use the original for around the same price.

Deb
Artist and Coach in US
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Exception Replacement for similar Adobe software.

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: The devs are great about helping with anything at all! They also promote addons (created by other users/contributors) at reasonable prices. So, if we need to add new brushes (for example) there are a lot to choose from. I've primarily used Adobe and GIMP before finding Affinity. I still use GIMP for quick or online graphics. But for Print I always use Affinity.

Pros:

Being a small office (Just myself) it was increasingly a concern that I was paying a monthly subscription fee and some months it wasn't worth the time at all. With Affinity I can work daily or skip a month and I've already paid for the software.

Cons:

The only inconvenience, is that Affinity software is separated. Publisher (is great for anything, especially Hard Print Quality, Pre-Flight tests, and even online publishing). But, because they are separate products most of us will need to buy all three (Photo, Publisher, and Designer). That said, it is still worth the value compared to the alternatives available.

Michal
Internal Communication Lead in Czechia
Telecommunications, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

An indispensable all-in-one design shop

5.0 last year

Comments: Streamlined and pleasant to use even for communication professionals (as opposed to a creative designers)

Pros:

It allows my team to quickly produce both digital and print creative, including company magazine, has a clear no-nonsense interface, is tightly integrated with Affinity Designer and Photo, allowing to use both programs without having to switch to another app window, and is much more affordable than alternatives

Cons:

My positive review is based on Affinity Publisher v1. We have already purchased a business version of v2 suite but have not been able to activate it so far due to a software glitch.

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