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Vector drawing and illustration for OS X

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Affinity Designer review by Pep J.
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"better than illustrator!"

What do you like best?

The best things about this program are:

-It's great for professional and amateur use in graphic design, vector illustration, logos, etc.

- A clean and visually cool interface, very easy to use and intuitive.

- lots of tools and with constant updates. Much better than illustrator.

- For $ 50 you have one of the best vector editing programs with constant updates.

- Open freehand old files without problems (for those who still have files that can not be recovered).

- There is for pc and mac.

- It does not occupy any space in the memory of the computer.

- It's the same or easier than an illustrator, there will be no problem moving from one program to another.

Definitely very good for everything that the program offers and above all compared to others in its category.

What do you dislike?

- You still need to polish some details and put some more tools.

- Sometimes it gives some problems to the printers when not having said program.

- Thankfully they update often and they are improving these failures.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this program to any graphic designer or illustrator, who starts on the subject or is professional, for vector drawing, overcoming in many things to an illustrator starting with the price and ending with the ease and agility of its use.

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I was a Macromedia Freehand user for a long time until Adobe bought it and disappeared, since then I used an illustrator but I had the problem that I could not open the old files of Macromedia Freehand until I found this program and I opened them without problems. There are also tools that make its use much easier than in an illustrator.

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Affinity Designer review by Andrea G.
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"Here comes the new standard"

What do you like best?

It's a young company, with a well defined direction and a LOT of drive.

It's refusing to subjugate to Adobe's trend of making everything a subscription, so, once you pay for the software, it's YOURS. And you still get any update for—like—2 years, after that!

As a program, I think it already surpasses the actual standard for vector design, Adobe Illustrator.

It does all sorts of things that Illustrator, does some things more, and does it faster and, often, better.

It's the future, and people are finally starting to notice.

What do you dislike?

The only thing missing is the ability to trace an image, like Illustrator does, but it's not that big of a deal, since: a) Almost no professional uses that option, b) there are lots of free programs that can do it, both locally and in the cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do yourself a favor and try this magnificent piece of software. You'll forget Adobe in a heartbeat.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to pay for Adobe Creative Cloud's expensive subscription, even though we only really used 3-4 programs that came with it. If you compare it to the ~50$ one-time policy of Affinity, there really is no competition.

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Affinity Designer review by User in Graphic Design
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"Buen programa para la edicion del dibujo vectorial casi superando illustrator"

What do you like best?

este programa es genial para uso profesional y amateur en diseño gráfico. Interfaz perfecta y visualmente genial, muy facil de usar e intuitiva, sirve para edición vectorial con gran cantidad de herramientas y cada vez van mejorandolo. No tienen nada que envidiar al programa adober illustrator.

El precio es muy muy bueno por todo lo que ofrece el programa y sobretodo comparado con otros de su categoria. Y una cosa muy importante para los que hace tiempo que se dedican al tema y tienen archivos antiguos de freehand, este programa los abre sin problemas!

What do you dislike?

no me gustan algunas cosa, Aún faltan pulir algunos detalles y meter algunas herramientas mas, a veces da algunos problemas a las imprentas al no tener dicho programa.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Para los que empiecen en el diseño y para freelance recomiendo mucho este programa ya que por el precio que cuesta puedes hacer casi cualquier cosa como otros programas mas caros. Es muy facil de usar y se actualiza cada poco tiempo mejorando muchas cosas cada vez. Al final será uno de los mejores programas vectoriales y sino tiempo al tiempo!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

El problema mas importante que me ha solucionado este programa es que me ha permitido abrir archivos antiguos de freehand que era imposible abrir con adobe illustrator por su restrición de eliminar de una vez por todas todo lo que sea freehand. Hay muchos diseñadores que tenian archivos de trabajos antiguos que por culpa de illustrator los perdieron, con este se pueden abrir sin problemas. Otra cosa es la gran fluidez a la hora de crear vectores.

Affinity Designer review by Jie F.
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"The Adobe Illustrator Killer"

What do you like best?

Everything just works! The program is intuitive and innovate. Its low impact requirements make it a must have for any machine. ITS NOT ON A SUBSCRIPTION MODEL! One affordable price and its yours forever! It takes everything that makes sense from Illustrator and nothing that doesnt. The learning curving is incredibly low the how powerful it is. Its update schedule is robust and frequent.

What do you dislike?

The have yet to put puppet warp in the software (its in Affinity Photo) and we have been asking for 3 years. The devs have assured us that they are working on it and they are taking the time to do it right. Thats all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It you have any doubts, Google people whom have switched. The software and the results speaks for itself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast iteration

Full accepts Adobe .Psd and illustration files

Small learning curve so anyone can pick it up and get to work fast

Powerful Export Tools

Affinity Designer review by Devin G.
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"This is a great replacement for Adobe Illustrator"

What do you like best?

What I like best about this program is the fact that the workflow (like Affinity Photo) is very awesome. It's a learning curve, but once you get it, it's all muscle memory. The amazing thing about this plugin as well is that you can open Illustrator files in tact and edit them seamlessly with the plugin. The selection system of the program is very easy to use and not as direct as Illustrator. It allows you to select elements more easily with click drag functions. Another thing I love about Affinity Designer is the pathfinder functions and the easy font kerning hotkeys it has. It makes things a lot easier to adjust in the long run

What do you dislike?

The only thing I say that I dislike about this program is that it's sometimes freezes first when you open. I have a very stable OS and plenty of RAM to run it, but for some reason, it freezes on open. I don't mind it much since after the first few mins of working on a file, it goes away. Serif is actively working on this issue as well too so don't let that be a drawback to install the program. I'm running WIndows too and the Windows port is Fairly new

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time and learn the program. They have a book on how to do things in Affinity so if all else fails, grab that. It's not free but worth the purchase

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this program to create all my Icons, Graphic art, and many other things personally. The main thing that I use this program for is for clients. The logos are up to par with Illustrator as well

Affinity Designer review by Alexandru D.
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"The best replacement for Adobe Illustrator"

What do you like best?

I like that there was almost no learning curve while switching from Adobe software. Pricing is affordable and I love that there is no subscription based. I love it. It works as you expect, it has all the features that vector and graphic works requires. It has also artboards. Synced with iCloud. I love that the interface is customisable on a deep level.

What do you dislike?

The conversion from AI when importing, sometimes (!), does not import, but it is not an issue I cannot work without it. There is no major issue while working with Affinity or something that can hold you switching from Adobe or other vectorial software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the app, you won't regret. It is so easy to switch from Adobe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All vector design, prepress and graphic editing is done used with Affinity. I am working almost 2 years with the app, it works fantastic. Exporting is really great, all formats are available. RGB/CMYK. It has profiles to save when exporting. All the marketing materials for my agency, clients and extra projects are done with Affinity. Exporting for printing and PDF compatibility is what printing houses expect.

Affinity Designer review by Nick D.
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"A Home Run From Serif, Affinity Designer Blew My Expectations Out of the Water."

What do you like best?

I bought this software after using Adobe Illustrator for about three years. Prior to switching to Illustrator, I had used Serif vector design products (Drawplus SE Pro and Drawplus X4) which offered very basic functionality in comparison.

I bought Affinity Design expecting a tradeoff, no monthly subscription fees, for reduced options.

I was expecting Affinity Designer to be an evolved version of DrawPlus X4, and after buying the software it quickly became apparent that this is not the case. I honestly feel that in several areas, Affinity Designer is actually BETTER that illustrator, the UI is well laid out and very user friendly and although there are differences, no anyone will experience in Illustrator will pick up Affinity Designer very quickly and without much effort.

What do you dislike?

The fact that I did not ditch my Illustrator subscription earlier and buy this awesome software when it came out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is perfect for small agencies, and at the price of under two months Illustrator CC subs, it offers exceptional value for money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I get the same benefits as I did from my Illustrator CC subscription for a one of cost of less than two months subscription fees.

Affinity Designer review by William W.
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"Really impressive"

What do you like best?

Basically this design app does absolutely everything I need and a whole lot more. Loads of very powerful tools for designing websites and producing mockups. Support for multiple artboards and the different persona's offer a very well organised way of working.

What do you dislike?

I can't honestly think of anything I don't like about the app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have found the video tutorials hosted on YouTube and Vimeo really useful. They have taught me a lot about the app. It was really useful to see the app being demonstrated within a real design agency and getting an insight into what actual users create with the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Previously I was using VectorDesign and Pixelmator. VectorDesigner became 'vapourware' a few years ago and Pixelmator was replaced with a new app called 'Pixelmator Pro'. I found myself in the market for a powerful design app. I purposely did not want to invest into Adobe products, because I dislike their 'rental' model and I prefer to support indie developers.

Affinity Designer review by Brittani L.
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"Great Program for Creating or Editing Vector Files"

What do you like best?

I love the ease of creating vector drawings and editing what I've drawn without distorting the quality of the image. Converting files to different formats such as.JPG, PDF, .PNG, etc, while also maintaining or changing the DPI of the image. Affinity Designer also has several paint brush filters that are free upon downloading the program and allows you to create your own filters. Many downloadable filters and fonts online are compatible Designer and extremely useful for art projects.

What do you dislike?

Like any program, there will be differences in the interface that take some exploring and researching to get the full experience of its features. If there were more tutorial videos and Q&A posts on how to make using Designer easier for new users. Improvements I would like to see would be with the paint bucket fill tool, there are no explanations on how to improve technical issues I've had with it. As well as the erase tool, which doesn't include a smart erase that will completely erase specific colors in a specified area.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Affinity Designer is a great tool for designers looking for a cheap program to create all of their graphic designing needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems I've had prior to Affinity Designer was the difficulty of maintaining vector files between programs. Benefits would include the ease of editing and converting file formats. Benefits of Designer is the compatibility with fonts and filters that are easy to use to create vector projects.

Affinity Designer review by Ryan D.
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"A fast, intuitive, and simple program"

What do you like best?

I love how simple the user interface is compared to other design programs. In addition, the Affinity is incredibly snappy in every single situation.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that there's not much addition integration with the Adobe Ecosystem. I believe you should be able to work hand-in-hand in case Adobe's software has a feature that Affinity has yet to add.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although the interface is simple enough, it's still a good idea to look up some tutorials so you get a firm understanding of the program's workflow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can design whatever I need with ease due to the shear speed of the program. It also allows you to use vector shapes, brushes, and text, making it like a perfect combination of Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator.

Affinity Designer review by Jan P.
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"Essential for the freelancer"

What do you like best?

The main reason that I use Affinity designer is the pricing tag.

It is better than Adobe Illustrator in this regard, and slightly faster in other particular aspects, for example, batch exporting is beautifully made.

What do you dislike?

A reason to dislike Affinity might also be in its lack of features compared to Illustrator, but these features are so obscure and small that only a few portion of their possible customers would reject Affinity Designer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you are not using features only available on Illustrator or InkScape which I cannot honestly mention any from the top of my head. So that's good. The initial commitment for Affinity Designer might be slightly more, but since is not a monthly cost you can see how affordable the tool is in the next month alone. This is a major win-win if you are buying multiple licenses if you have multiple co-workers or employees.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Batch exporting the graphics of my clients in multiple sizes with different names is what I do. And Affinity Designer helps me export them easily. Much better than Illustrator's "Assets Export" feature. I also like the ability to move in different "Personas" or Workflow tools, so that your windows don't get cluttered.

Affinity Designer review by Michael C.
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"All the benefits of Adobe, with no subscription model!"

What do you like best?

In a niche dominated by Adobe, newbie Affinity is creating awesome products that DON'T require a subscription. Affinity designer is a vector image building software, but it also allows you to edit illustrator vector files as well as pixel files. If you are familiar with Illustrator, you will pick up Designer's tools very simply. There are pens tools, shape tools, text tools and many more. They also allow you to export many different file formats including illustrator files, if you are collaborating with someone who is an Adobe user.

What do you dislike?

While Affinity Designer is a great image and vector editor, there are some features that Adobe still leads in. LiveTrace and the Warp tool are two things that Illustrator have but Designer does not, so if you have a raster image you want to convert to vector, it will be tough in Affinity designer without tracing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you just need to create and edit vectors, give Designer a shot - for more advanced workflows, Adobe may still be superior and worth the subscription.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to purchase a software and get away from subscription based models.

Affinity Designer review by Anton L.
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"Unstable and has only basic features"

What do you like best?

The program is a redesigned version of Serif DrawPlus that looked dated in the end. Designer looks better. Perhaps it sports a little more clumsy interface though.

What do you dislike?

Affinity Designer has been rebuild from scratch but after year of development is has disappointingly few advanced features. There is no precision tools, no really useful perspective tools, no mesh gradient, no knife tool and no shape building tools. It is all very basic.

It is very cheap compared to Adobe Illustrator but it also very basic. Since free Inkscape can do whatever a professional designer wants, value for money is not great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare it with other tools like Inkscape and Illustrator and CorelDRAW before making a decision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I don't use it anymore. If you want a cheap tool for digital painting it could be a good tool, but I could not solve my business problem without a more complete feature set. I tried to use it for graphic designs for illustrations, logos, posters and occasionally icons.

It is cheap - but cheap is expensive if you have to do all by hand. Then there is no point in digital anyway.

Affinity Designer review by Jenny H.
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"A great option for those abandoning Adobe"

What do you like best?

I chose Affinity Designer because I was already paying out for a Adobe Photoshop subscription which is my primary go to tool, but I needed a vector program for the odd time I needed to create a vector illustration. I knew I wouldn't be using it a lot so I really couldn't justify the hike in the price that I would see in adding Adobe Illustrator to be subscription. I chose Affinity because it was a one hit fee that wasn't expensive and appeared to integrate well with what I knew of Illustrator. So far I've been very satisfied with the results. It does exactly what I need it to do and works similar to illustrator and integrates with Photoshop nicely so I don't have problems exporting vectors and them not playing nice with other programs. Problem solved!

What do you dislike?

I've spent 11 + years getting to know Adobe Illustrator so making the switch to Affinity was a little painful. It feels the same but there are some minor differences that catch me out from time to time and make life a little frustrating. For the most part this is when I'm creating and editing paths with the pen tool. There's a weird double click thing that happens that ends a path and I don't even realise I'm doing it until it's done. Similarly selecting points on a path can be a little cumbersome and strange sometimes but again this is likely because I know Illustrator so well, and likely wouldn't have a problem if I had made the switch sooner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Illustrator and are happy to go through the slight learning curve with making the switch then Affinity Designer is for you. The software is very similar to Illustrator and that in a way is what makes it a little frustrating because you can jump right in and it all feels really familiar and then suddenly your wondering why you can't adjust that bezier curve like you normally do. As I said - just a learning curve and worth it in my opinion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main problem I'm solving by using Affinity Designer is not losing an extra £10+ a month for a program I honestly won't be using that much. I would have loved to add Illustrator to my subscription but it just isn't worth it given how much I'll be using it. I love that Affinity Designer are out there for people who are on a budget and need an excellent alternative option. The UI and usability is familiar and straightforward and there's really nothing I miss about Illustrator other than the aforementioned ways of using the pen tool that are simply my learning errors!

Affinity Designer review by Jacques M.
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"Best designer tool for your buck!"

What do you like best?

It a very versatile software, great to create graphic design elements, illustrations, website. I really like the gradient and the transparent tool. Effects are really easy to use and non-destructives. The blur is very painful in illustrator, but in Affinity Designer it so smooth. Very light and fast. The ui is very clear, everything seems in place.

What do you dislike?

- Need more perspective tools, preferably non-destructive alternatives.

- Better snapping guide, I still prefer the illustrator smart guide.

- I Feel like the character and paragraph can be improve, they are not difficult to use but I feel like there should be some improvement.

- I think the icons of the tool palette could be simplify, like in Adobe tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't think you can find a better software for that price that does as much as Affinity Designer. It very cheap, and you don't have monthly fees like Adobe charge you. With the persona mode you also have access to pixel design, like you would have in photoshop or other pictures software. I waiting for the indesign version of Affinity to see if a complete switch could be made to affinity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create illustration far more quickly in affinity. Illustrator is a great tool, but I found that the gradient, effect panel, layering of the project in Affinity are far more intuitive. I think I can say I save around 1/3 of the time on a big illustration.

Affinity Designer review by Liz A.
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"Fantastic Adobe Ai CC Alternative!"

What do you like best?

Like Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer is easy and clear to use, is a single price (as opposed to Adobe's monthly fee), and is perfect for freelance designers, students, and the like!

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything to dislike yet! The concept of "nodes" instead of "points" takes a little getting used to, but it makes a lot more sense to me than in Adobe Illustrator.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should absolutely give it a go! If you are a freelancer, a student, a small business owner, or a casual user, you will love this software!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All my benefits are similar to what I would have had with Illustrator, except that it's much less stress-free to use.

Affinity Designer review by Collin K.
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"'Illustrator Killer' is an understatement"

What do you like best?

To start off i'll just say that I am a graphic designer and web developer so using vector based design programs is an every day kinda thing. Aside from a web browser, Illustrator had been my most used program. When i first tried Affinity Designer, I was very skeptical to say the least. A design program that can do everything Illustrator does and for a fraction of the price for a lifelong license? That is a lot to live up to. After spending a few weeks switching back and forth between Illustrator and Affinity for projects I came to realization that my projects done in Affinity all had less time involved. Since then i have converted over to Affinity Designer for all my projects saving time and money - lots and lots of money.

Affinity Designer is just plain better than Illustrator. Not only is Affinity Designer much more intuitive but I think it looks better, feels better, and makes me work faster. Something that took 5 steps to do in Illustrator takes 2 in Affinity Designer. Affinity takes just enough elements from Illustrator to make it feel familiar but adds new features and a better work flow to make it far superior to it's competitors.

The team at Affinity did a fantastic job of creating something that was immensely powerful but not overwhelming to the operator. In the past it felt that with the Adobe CC they would push out new features but wouldn't take the time to make them easy to use or understand which ultimately just made Illustrator more cluttered and less efficient.

To me what makes Affinity Designer even more amazing is its price point. What you would typically spend on Adobe's CC for a single month you can spend on Affinity Designer for a lifetime license.

Thank you Affinity for ending the Adobe monopoly!

What do you dislike?

Theres nothing to really dislike about Affinity Designer. The only thing I dislike is that more people are making the switch and using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At the price of Affinity, even if you don't like you'll still be paying less than what you would for Adobe CC

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My bottom line is happier as i'm not forced to hand over monthly checks to Adobe anymore. I use Affinity Designer on about 80% of my projects.

Affinity Designer review by Sheldon M.
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"Fantastic program!"

What do you like best?

I love that I can have most of the tools that Adobe InDesign and Illustrator give you, built into one easy to use program. If you have learned on the Adobe CC, you will easily pick up on Affinity Designer! Another great perk is that it is a one time fee vs. month to month.

What do you dislike?

It could be a little more powerful. I sometimes feel limited by its ability to illustrate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get it!!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Freelance design work. SO MANY BENEFITS. I could go on and on but honestly, it is a no brainer. Get Affinity Designer and only signup for Adobe CC when you really need it!!!!!

Affinity Designer review by Albert K.
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"Affinity Designer is a step forward in Graphic Design"

What do you like best?

In a fast driven society we need fast software that we can relate to. When Graphic Design industry started to be the center of visual communications Adobe offer the best alternative for Photography Editing and Aldus Freehand was the best app for vector illustration. Today Adobe products still alive for their reputation but in reality the software is outdated and slow and on top of that is based on subscription membership. Serif offerings as Affinity Designer is over the top high end creativity software for vector illustration that doesn't need a subscription membership and it's not expensive either. Affinity Designer is better than Adobe Illustrator and it also got you covered with adobe formats in case you need to work on old projects too. If you want to work with the best tool of this era. Affinity Designer is the only honest option.

What do you dislike?

The only flaw (but not for long) is that you don't have a mobile companion yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do the switch and start amazing yourself... again!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Aside from illustration and Graphic Design Affinity Designer is the perfect tool for today's needs in app development and website creation. Problems with UI/UX and working mock up are things of the past with all unique features that let's you edit multiple graphics at one and see how will look on the final product before release it.

Affinity Designer review by Wayne B.
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"Great Illustrator. I prefer this over adobe. "

What do you like best?

I have been very please with this software. Full range of features. Is on par with other leading products. Plus this one does not have a monthly fee. Easy to learn to use. Company offers many tutorials on there site for learning how to use the software

What do you dislike?

I have not had any issues. I have been nothing but please with this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a very cost effective solution. I prefer it over adobe in many ways.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this product for creating templates and layouts for a number of different projects. I have found it easy to use and cost effective.

Affinity Designer review by James R.
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"Not An Illustrator Killer...But It Doesn't Have To Be"

What do you like best?

I've used Adobe Illustrator for over 10 years, but ever since they opted for subscription based payments, it's been on my list of things to get away from.

Enter Affinity Designer. This app does a great job, at a great amount of things. While the toolbar isn't completely intuitive, it's not difficult to learn. I think for myself, coming from Adobe after all these years made the switch a bit more difficult than if someone came into the app brand new. It's easy to create vector designs that are exported without issue, and it even has raster based functions so you can keep all aspects of your design in one program and under your control. I've been using Affinity Designer professionally for over 6 months now, and since switching, I haven't felt any need to go back to Illustrator, which says a lot.

What do you dislike?

Some of the tools are not as evident as they are in AI (Adobe Illustrator). I'm used to being able to delete plot points on a pen line and having it break, but that's not the case in AD (Affinity Designer). You have to manually break a point first, with a separate tool. This creates an extra step in the process, that while not a deal breaker, is a bit annoying. Other issues like not being to sample colors within certain tools is also not user friendly. I have to go out to the main color picker, copy the color code, and then enter my tool of choice (ie, gradient tool) and apply it there instead of sampling directly in the tool panel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work through the issues, and after some time you will come to love the app. It takes a little getting used to, but it does offer a lot in terms of functionality and quality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this program to create vector logos, and recently I've been using it to create full website mockups. The vector elements make it easy to change and resize things, unlike Photoshop. I can also put in raster photos and then crop them as needed, directly in the vector program. So even though some of the tools have things I don't like, I have found that the benefits have increased my productivity a bit, and my ability to output high quality files and examples easily comes in very handy.

Affinity Designer review by Dave Y.
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"My absolute favorite vector design app"

What do you like best?

For years I have struggled with both the learning curve and cost of Adobe Illustrator. I've tried other "alternatives" and none ever wowed me enough to sway me from the necessary evil that was AI. Then came Affinity Designer. It's intuitive, well-supported, FAST (and without feature bloat), and it has completely replaced Illustrator in my workflow. It has even replaced a few of the functions that I would normally use Photoshop for. And the price is right - super affordable!

What do you dislike?

Honestly, nothing. It does everything that I need it to as far as vector design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy it. Minimal investment and awesome feature set.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a web developer & designer. I usually design in-browser, but obviously have custom elements that I need to design in a separate app. I've used Affinity Designer for icons, logos, banners, etc.

Affinity Designer review by hannah d.
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"Versatile easy to use design software"

What do you like best?

The Affinity designer allows you to create beautiful designs with little hassle. I love the user friendly icons that are easy to navigate and give you the opportunity to focus on actual creating. The formats are versatile and there are many outlets you can create from.

What do you dislike?

When I am zooming in and out of certain images it takes a bit to come into focus. You have to be patient with it to get settled down before moving to the next step.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great product for someone that is starting out and dabbling in graphic design. The easy to use program will get you well on your way to creating beautiful pieces.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I love the transparent feature and that all of the images are created in vector format. The clarity of work has helped me to focus on the designs I am creating. Seeing what the finished design will look like on the preview is very helpful to modify while in the program.

Affinity Designer review by User in Human Resources
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"Affinity Designer"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer is a perfect platform for vector creation, a £50 one off price a lifetime of updates this is very close to being a 100% viable alternative to Illustrator in fact a number of studios have already moved from Adobe to Affinity, I think that once the eagerly awaited ipad version is released then I may even make the switch myself

What do you dislike?

having to wait for the ipad app is the only thing thats holding it back from perfection

Recommendations to others considering the product

This and Affinity Photo are the potential Adobe killers we just need Affinity's Indesign replacement to seal the deal

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At a price of around £50 with free updates against Adobe's £500+ yearly subscription fee is a no brainer for our budgeting dept

Affinity Designer review by Holly B.
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"Simple and Powerful"

What do you like best?

I love that Affinity Designer is affordable. Not only is it NO LESS powerful and useful than Illustrator, but it is also much cheaper. It has some better features too, but it's similar enough that the learning curve is very short. I taught myself everything I know about it (via experimenting and YouTube), and I would consider myself very adequate on the software now.

What do you dislike?

TO be completely honest, there is not too much I don't like. Usually when I think I don't like how a certain feature functions, I find out it's because I'm not doing something the easiest way.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it. There is a free trial, and then to purchase it's only $49.99. You have very little to lose.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am the Executive Director for a church, and am in charge of all design work (for the time being) due to the fact we are very small and working on a budget. With Affinity, I am able to quickly design series media, printed media, signage, marketing material, etc. all relatively easily. This allows us to not hire a graphic designer at this moment, while still getting the job done in a timely manner, and saving us money and resources that could be used to help people in need.

Affinity Designer review by Vladimir J.
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"Awesome tool for design"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer is a worthy competitor to Adobe Illustrator and compared to it, these are the advantages:

- It is really cheap! 50$ for a permanent license is a bargain

- Intuitive interface. Almost entire workflow is like in AI, but some features are done differently. Most shortcuts are same as in Illustrator, so switching to Affinity Designer is not a problem

- It has customizable grid with numerous options

- Image export is very detailed. You can export custom slices of your design, with transparent background with no problems. Those slices can be customized further, so you can export one slice in several file formats and dimensions.

- For the most part image editing is non-destructive

- Zoom offers magnifications up to 1.000.000x

- Customizeable UI

- Really great support for importing of PSD and AI files!

- Semi-responsive artboards! You can customize how to objects on artboard behave when you change artboard size. This is a really great feature when creating responsive design for the web and it saves a lot of time.

- Resource libraries - you can create your own resource libraries and reuse those objects even more.

What do you dislike?

From time to time it tends to slow down with larger files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for cheaper and better solution than Adobe Illustrator, don't look any further. For a price of a monthly CC you will get a program with permanent license that does most of the tasks even better than Illustrator!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Affinity Designer for the following:

- Graphic design

- Icon design

- Web design

- Prototyping and mockups

Affinity Designer review by David M.
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"Great Design Software without breaking the bank"

What do you like best?

Besides not having to pay a monthly subscription, I like powerful zoom features and responsiveness of the app when working on projects as they get larger. Also, I like the ability to switch between full view and outline view quickly.

What do you dislike?

It lacks some pre-sets for strokes and other things out of the box.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I don't often design for non-web related projects and this helps by not charging monthly subscriptions to work on them.

Affinity Designer review by Gerard G.
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"Such an awesome tool for such an affordable price!"

What do you like best?

I love that this tool has all the features of bigger and way more expensive options. I work in web design and I'm never let down whenever I need to work out a new graphic or edit something sent in by a client.

What do you dislike?

I honestly couldn't say that I dislike anything. I read that in a big design office it might be better to have the group management tools in Adobe suites and such, but as a freelancer, I do not need any of that overhead.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just get a trial and get to it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Anytime I can quickly and simply edit or create a graphic myself, it's money saved as I do not have to outsource this task.

Affinity Designer review by User
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"Affinity Designer: The Most Outstanding new graphic design program in years"

What do you like best?

Where to begin? Affinity Designer is a feature-rich, well designed, ergonomic working environment with insane flexibility when designing projects. It is lightweight but absurdly powerful, and it has an ever increasing community base that has transitioned from Adobe. Also, it's a $50 one time purchase!!!!

What do you dislike?

Not much! My "dislikes" are simply because the software is still in development. I'd like to see image trace for vectoring raster images, but I think that's a future deal. Also, please standardize menu locations and keyboard shortcuts as much as possible between Designer, Photo, and Publisher.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get Affinity Designer NOW! It is the most cutting edge design app there is right now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My workflow has benefited massively from Affinity Designer. I do all my graphic design, mockups, and other artwork inside AD. IT has sped up my workflow and improved the quality of my art by orders of magnitude. It's easy to learn, friendly to navigate, and cheap!

Affinity Designer review by David H.
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"Smart and light vector tool"

What do you like best?

Great control, well thought out interface, multiple artboards, and great price for something that rivals Adobe Illustrator.

What do you dislike?

Erratic Illustrator file import has caused trouble for me and there have been issues with a laggy system, but I think they have addressed that issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Switching from Illustrator is straightforward although you might have a small learning curve with combining shapes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this tool to do a wide range of jobs, like poster design, editorial layout and a bit of UI work.

Affinity Designer review by Laura P.
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"Great"

What do you like best?

Great alternative to Photoshop and Illustrator. Add the raster to vector is very great and the interface is really easy and intuitive. It does not take much to learn, especially for those who already use other softwares, and even the keyboard shortcuts are immediate. The software is very fast and it has never crashed like other softwares. In addition, it has many ways to export the files for compatibility.

What do you dislike?

I expect many more tutorial for it because I want to become an ace in that. I wish there will be even more effects, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. I hope they can also fix compatibility problems with Illustrator ( opening an .eps file, I cannot change colors).

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's very economic: you have to pay only once and then you get it forever.

It's very easy to use. If you know other vector or raster softwares, then you know this too!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's very cheap, because once you buy, future updates are included and you have not to pay anything else.

Affinity Designer review by User in Computer Software
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"As good as photoshop, but far less expensive"

What do you like best?

THE COST! And it's pretty simple to use. There are many tutorials to show you how some of the features can be used to edit photos, create vector graphics etc.

What do you dislike?

Some features are hard to find. For example, creating a transparent background was a little tougher than it should have been to do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

BUY IT. If you don't want to pay Adobe for their ridiculous membership fees then buy Affinity - it'll do everything you need at a one-time cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm able to create customized graphics and illustrations for websites, office stationery, logos etc.

Until I purchased this product I've been using free programs like Paint.NET and Inkscape, but I Affinity is worth the cost to replace both.

Affinity Designer review by Goncalo M.
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"Illustrator killer"

What do you like best?

For years now I’ve been using other tools and lately I’ve been feeling the need to find a new one that simply works. Affinity Designer caught my eye since their beta version and luckily my expectations were met, even though it’s still only version 1. Affinity Designer is a great app, robust, reliable and above all user-friendly, making the re-learning almost instantaneous, be it for web designers like me, graphic designers or illustrators. I highly recommend Affinity Designer.

What do you dislike?

Even though Affinity Designer is a great app, I still think it has some features missing like: blend tool and actions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the app you are looking for to replace illustrator ;)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I said on a previous review, currently I am creating a full responsive email newsletter framework and along side with Coda, Affinity Designer has been a very powerful sidekick, allowing me to no only rapidly creating a modular wireframe and style guidelines but also exporting files in @2x and @3x for HIDPI support.

Affinity Designer review by User
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"Excellent!!! Love this software"

What do you like best?

Easy to use. Outstanding pricing for what you get and no stupid Adobe-like overpriced subscription fees. Ongoing, free upgrades. Great online community support for finding answers. Free bonus packs along the way.

Can't say enough about Affinity software. They did it right.

What do you dislike?

Would like to see more options for customization. Clicking and selecting gets a bit tedious for my habits. Wold like option to turn off non-destructive cropping in order to reduce file size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the switch. It isn't perfect - you'll have to make some adjustments - but the benefits are quickly realized compared to Adobe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design all marketing materials. We're rolling and moving them better than ever.

Affinity Designer review by User in Consumer Electronics
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"A Powerful Tool for Artists Starting Out"

What do you like best?

I'm an emerging illustrator, and I need tools that are powerful and competitive, but I can't afford Creative Cloud! So, I was delighted to find that Affinity Designer was a real competitor for Adobe Illustrator. I actually prefer the UI to Illustrator, and I love the updates that they seem to put a lot of thought into.

There are a few tools I miss, like being able to Live Trace images. But overall it does what it needs to do! Sometimes I use Adobe CC apps on my phone and export them to PSD format and then open those in Affinity Programs. It's not ideal, but I will keep Affinity in mind as I grow and hopefully as they grow too.

What do you dislike?

Honestly my biggest dislike of this program is the lack of a mobile app, but they're working on it. I would also really love for them to dip a toe into animation because of how intuitive they seem to make their UIs.

Hmm...Honestly...I don't know what to put here.

I'm going more and more mobile, so I CANNOT WAIT for the iPad Pro app, which they have been teasing for a looooong time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try! It's a one time purchase and it's so worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adobe Creative Cloud is incredibly expensive! Artists just starting out simply cannot afford it. When I was in college I loved it, especially the high range of apps I was able to explore and play with...but now that I'm out of school it's insane to keep paying for it.

Affinity Designer has empowered me and people like me to make quality, printable, SELLABLE work and that's something I will always admire. I think in the future if they were to keep expanding, I would be loyal for a long time, even though Adobe has more functionality.

Affinity Designer review by Rebekah T.
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"Affordable Adobe Alternative"

What do you like best?

This is a great alternative if you can't afford Adobe Illustrator. There are a lot of the same tools and functionality that makes it pretty easy to transition to Affinity Designer. There are also more tutorials becoming available to learn the program.

What do you dislike?

Like any new program, it takes time to get used to a different interface. I am still trying to learn some of the tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're on the fence about it, download a free trial from their website and give it a shot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am saving money by using Affinity Designer. It is a one time fee instead of a monthly subscription.

Affinity Designer review by Rita V.
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"Forget the competion, this is what you need!"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer is a software made from designers for designers, tired of paying an abusive amount of money on a tool. It has enough resources to work as a graphic designer and for a one-time payment! I am a huge fan!

What do you dislike?

The shortcuts were made for mac users, so some shortcuts are not so intuitive for windows users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was paying so much on monthly subscription, this costs me CAD$52. This tool is all I need, it's lightweight, it doesn't crash, it doesn't use all my ram, the file size is small. I can go on, and on...

Affinity Designer review by User
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"Slick easy to use interface with intuitive controls"

What do you like best?

I like the clear separation of vector and raster workflow within Affinity. Also the export tools work very well. Affinity has lots of great powerful features like reusable symbols that update everywhere when you edit one. And just the general workflow is smoother than Photoshop in my opinion.

I also appreciate that Affinity is not subscription software. I don't use it every week or even every month, so having a subscription based software just makes no sense.

What do you dislike?

The export tool doesn't do a file size estimate when exporting slices, only when exporting the whole canvas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Follow along with some of the online tutorials to get used to the workflow. If you're coming from Photoshop, give it some time to get used to it and I think you may like it even better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Affinity for designing websites and marketing collateral.

Affinity Designer review by User in Entertainment
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"New To the Program Affinity Designer"

What do you like best?

Unlike Adobe programs, you don't have to commit to a monthly or yearly subscription. There are some similarities to Adobes layout and workspace so it won't be impossible to learn and use. It is good for casual designing and budget friendly.

What do you dislike?

I am so used to using Adobe that It took me a while to get use to the interface. As of now, I can't see this program replacing Adobes suite as the industry standard, but if you work from home as a freelancer. I think you can make do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is budget-friendly. If you are a designer at a corporate company. I would stick to the tools of the trade (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) It is a great program for beginners and the casual designer who doesn't want to commit to a subscription with Adobe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using this program to create graphics for promotional items and personal projects. Mode Mirroring is awesome. It allows you to view your outline and vector view simultaneously.

Affinity Designer review by Neil J.
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"Adobe Killer"

What do you like best?

Software that's as powerful as Photoshop and Illustrator combined, at a minute fraction of the price and with a high level of compatibility. It's a wonder that this hasn't already killed Photoshop and Illustrator.

What do you dislike?

When exporting to Adobe formats, there can be some discrepancies with the exported file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You want the power of Photoshop and Illustrator, without the ridiculous cost of Adobe, without sacrificing on abilities? Use Affinity Designer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is our main design software. It's a tool that we use all day every day - in a professional capacity.

Affinity Designer review by Debbie G.
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"This is THE best alternative to Photoshop!"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer is hands down the best alternative to Photoshop! The user interface and the learning curve are very good, especially for non-designers such as myself. You can import the same file types easily that you can with Photoshop and best of all, the price is excellent! I'm still learning how to use all its features, but I've already done some projects that I couldn't have done without this great software!

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more basic how-to video tutorials, but I think over time, there will be more available. I'm just impatient as I want to learn now!

Recommendations to others considering the product

What's great is that you can try it out for two weeks, which I did. And that's what sold me on Affinity Designer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great graphics software so you'll be able to apply what you learn to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

Affinity Designer review by Lee Q.
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"Illustrator and Sketch Had a Lovechild Named Affinity Designer"

What do you like best?

This is one of the simplest vector art platforms I have used in a long time. It has become my go-to for creating artboards of vector graphics, logos, and website layouts. The simplicity and quick responsive actions are amazing with this application.

What do you dislike?

Certain fonts get mangled on the missing font mapper when you open a document that has fonts missing from the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It will not entirely replace Illustrator for certain things, but for web designers it is a dream to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been able to create fast wireframes and mockups of websites easily and effectively thus reducing the time I spend in the drawing software and increasing my productivity to deliver.

Affinity Designer review by Christophe H.
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"Amazing Design Software"

What do you like best?

Interface is great, the engine behind the software is very powerful, easy to export file, the product is very affordable with a pay once type of model.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact the software happens to crash sometimes - second thing is copy/paste of a png file which doesn't seem to work properly ( drag and drop of the file is easier ) - third thing is the layer scrolling down panel which can become annoying when you need to untick a layer box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product at a very Affordable price

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The learning curve with Affinity Designer has been faster and easier than a product like Photoshop which provides a clunky interface and a subscription model

Affinity Designer review by User
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"Very effective Illustrator alternative"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer is $50, opposed to the thousands of dollars you will have to pay to use Adobe Illustrator. Where Illustrator is clunky and counterintuitive, Affinity Designer is just as feature rich, but more intuitive.

What do you dislike?

If you are coming from Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer will have somewhat of a learning curve because there are some features that the two do not have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to create stellar graphics with Affinity Designer that I wouldn't be able to use only with Sketch.

Affinity Designer review by Adam R.
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"Designed for awesome"

What do you like best?

The way affinity Designer uses both raster and vector formats makes this product a good contender for a Photoshop replacemnt. The price point is way more than fair, and a lot of the features are super cool.

What do you dislike?

The User Interface is not familiar, and it isn't too clear what a lot of the icons mean. It took me a good couple hours to navigate around so I could actually start using the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The community is great, and the price is just too hard to ignore.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Photo editing as well as illustration creation. It's the best of Photoshop and illustrator.

Affinity Designer review by Stefan B.
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"Very compelling alternative to Illustrator, at a low price, although somehow incomplete and OSX only"

What do you like best?

Very powerful and quite complete vector illustration software. It is targeted as a direct Illustrator replacement and they have a low introduction price (20% discount in the App Store in October 2014). At €35 you get a professional, complete and usable illustration application, with no forced subscription and a perpetual, commercial license.

It leverages OSX technology and provides hardware-accelerated smooth panning and zooming.

It also integrates with many common formats: PSD, PDF, EPS and AI (with some limitations).

You can mix vector layers with pixel layers and when switching to the "Pixel persona" you get basic image editing brushes.

What do you dislike?

It is only for OSX.

For a first release, it does pretty well, but some things are missing (still): line patterns for curves (e.g. dashed or dash-dot lines), arrowheads for curves... The interface seems to hint on them being added in a future update.

With floating panels, it is clear OSX-like GUI, but current Apple products migrate to a single-window interface with docked panels, which I prefer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it some time. It seems a tremendous and strong contender in the graphics market and if you are running OSX, it has a very attractive price for what you get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've move away from Adobe Creative Suite, after the switch to an expensive enforced subscription scheme. When this product matures a bit (they promise a few years of free updates), it could replace Illustrator (or CorelDRAW). It has also support for image layers, but it is not a Photoshop replacement. For that, you have to wait for Affinity Image. And as an InDesign replacement, they also announced Affinity Layout. At this price point, the future looks bright.

Affinity Designer review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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"Excellent for those just starting in the editing/design field"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer has most of the bells and whistles included in Adobe Photoshop, but without being overwhelming to new users. The interface and tools have a familiar feel to them which is good if you are a regular Photoshop user who is trying this software for the first time.

What do you dislike?

The software forces you to save in it's own format unless you go through extra steps to save the file. This makes the workflow quite cumbersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this product for beginners in the design field. It would be a hard transition for anyone with experience using Photoshop or Illustrator to start using this product in place of the Adobe Suite.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software is great for anyone who needs to edit/design and stay within a budget. Much more affordable than the Adobe Suite with almost the same capabilities.

Affinity Designer review by John K.
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"Lighter on your system, not on its capabilities"

What do you like best?

It is easy to navigate and pretty intuitive to learn. Its not a Adobe Beast.

What do you dislike?

The user communities are smaller and it can take a few tries to export compatable formats.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it! Its great, just not well known.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less expensive design software

Affinity Designer review by Ricardo F.
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"Best vector app"

What do you like best?

How's remember how easy is use the Freehand, how light is too... This is not different, very easy to use, very light, accept the psd, ia, eps, etc files.

Not more headache problems with illustrator, this totally convert me to use this apps.

Just one time pay, with free upgrades.

Strong app for do everything you need with vectors.

What do you dislike?

Still grauwig, some tools don't have like the artboard or live trace, but the team behind this app already say is working on that.

Is not the same key short like the Illustrator, but the creator will send a option for the people configure like we want.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't have sure if this app is the right for you, need to try the trial version, that can give you the real potencial of this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Stop expend money every single mouth for just have a vector apps.

A lot of tutorials around web, and a lot more on product page.

Affinity Designer review by User in Higher Education
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"Outstanding Design Tool"

What do you like best?

Feature packed, intuitive & priced right

What do you dislike?

I used Sketch for a little while and ready liked the ability for 3rd party plugins and open source. I've heard Affinity might be doing this in the future, I sure hope they do!

Recommendations to others considering the product

BUY IT!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design a lot of user resources and videos and previously used the Adobe suite. I'm always on the hunt new and innovative tools and find that in Affinity Designer. AD is years ahead of Adobe in terms of functionality , speed and cost. My entire work flow has transitioned from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to just using Affinity Designer and I've never looked back.

Affinity Designer review by Arpad S.
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"Brand Designer"

What do you like best?

Different personas for different tasks. The shape manipulation tool placement is very good (in draw persona) and I really like the smooth gradients.

What do you dislike?

The pencil tool's accuracy could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

File format compatibility is still limited and vector precision could be better, other than these it's a great and affordable design software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design brand elements, mainly logos with the app.

Affinity Designer review by Manuel R.
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"Affordable replacement to Adobe Illustrator"

What do you like best?

When you compare it with the mammoth that is Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer is lightning fast, light and with a learning curve much friendlier.

What do you dislike?

It is still a new application and some needed features are still missing, but the team is hard at work and constantly improving it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With an affordable price and an easy learning curve this is the app that any new designer/illustrator should try first.

Affinity Designer review by Piero B.
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"Nice, but not yet perfect, alternative to Adobe Illustrator"

What do you like best?

Affinity Designer have a lot of features that I needed, most of all the edit capabilities of single shapes.

What do you dislike?

Arranging artboards is still clunky, also exporting options are not so easy to understande, you have to get used to them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Affinity Designer is the best solution for vector graphics if you don't wanna spend lot of money each month for a Adobe CC subscription

Affinity Designer review by User in Computer Software
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"Powerful tool at a great price"

What do you like best?

Actually what I find I really like about Affinity is that it has all the tools I used in Adobe Illustrator for a fraction of the price.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything yet that I don't like.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Affinity Designer makes it easy to design and layout any print layouts I need for my clients.

Affinity Designer review by ami m.
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"Impressed with Affinity"

What do you like best?

I learned on Adobe products, so I love how similar and user friendly this program is. I didn't feel like I needed to learn a whole new program

What do you dislike?

I have to "export" a file instead of "save as" to get a png or jpeg

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Need for a logo and other marketing materials

Affinity Designer review by Mansfield M.
Mansfield M.
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"Powerful but easy to use vector app."

What do you like best?

Quality and ease of use. All tools need to complete any project.

What do you dislike?

I'm still discovering new tools and haven't found anything to dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When transferring the vector art to printers, especially in cmyk eps files even minor adjustment can be made by the printer's art department. Affinity Designer gives me the confidence that the final product will turn out like I intended.

Affinity Designer review by User in Graphic Design
User in Graphic Design
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"Good alternative to Illustrator, but only for simplistic digital designs"

What do you like best?

The user interface is really nice to work with. It resembles Adobe Illustrator is the UI.

What do you dislike?

There are so many features that are hard to work with after using Illustrator. There are many extras Adobe has that you have to go the extra mile to achieve with Affinity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're just looking to make basic vector designs, basic logos, this will work just fine. Any in depth digital illustration needs better software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy logo design without paying the cost of Creative Cloud.

Affinity Designer review by Ermanno F.
Ermanno F.
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"The best Vector design program for Macintosh."

What do you like best?

The easy to use and the fastness of learning, plus the possibilities to work on pixel files.

What do you dislike?

Actually I'm happy about this program, with the new update there no more distance from Illustrator.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster production and affordable price.

Affinity Designer review by User in Writing and Editing
User in Writing and Editing
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"Powerful with beautiful interface. Alternative to Adobe products"

What do you like best?

Feature rich, smooth bug free interface, works well and does what I need

What do you dislike?

Kind of a compromise between two types of programs and once in a while you notice that. Usually though, the usefulness and quality of the product is surprising.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Much cheaper than Adobe products but still fits the bill, depending on your needs. RGB and CYMK conversion, vector, Adobe formats. Has a lot for a small pricetag

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Editing images, creating signs, vector based software

Affinity Designer review by Miciah S.
Miciah S.
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"Dump Adobe!"

What do you like best?

Great look and feel, and very easy for anyone who has used similar products before. Love single format!

What do you dislike?

Slightly confusing controls, and hunting for certain things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very powerful tool for the price that works with all the formats I need to throw at it!

Affinity Designer review by User in Marketing and Advertising
User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Good"

What do you like best?

Simple system, neat alternative to the usual software

What do you dislike?

Layout didn’t work for me - not organized in a way that worked for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a trial run first - it may be exactly what you’re looking for, or not. Objectively a good product but didn’t fit my needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Attempted to use as alternative to others such as photoshop

Affinity Designer review by User in Design
User in Design
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"Makes illustrator obsolete "

What do you like best?

The tool set and curve editor blows illustrator away. No more adobe subscriptions.

Amazing price/value

What do you dislike?

The implementation with Wacom is not the best. Menus could be more intuitive.

Wish the license worked on plane Mac without having to buy two licences

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Are able to get rid of the expense of a illustrator subscription.

Creating scaleable vector graphics with great results.

Affinity Designer review by Chris B.
Chris B.
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"Fine tool, but missing some important stuff"

What do you like best?

It's clean, designed for mac which is good

What do you dislike?

It's missing some feature used from photoshop/illustrator and checked against Sketch, i would prefer sketch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you check it out first, before buying.

I bought it, and after a while came to the conclussion Sketch was more my thing.

Affinity Designer review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Great and full software for vector design"

What do you like best?

I came over from Pixelmator, and this is pretty good for most vector design needs

What do you dislike?

I wish I could make animations in it, but I can’t. Also some importing and exporting formats cause problems, especially in Apple Motion

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I don’t really solve problems, just create things

Affinity Designer review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"better than illustrator"

What do you like best?

It offers controls easier than any other app available in the market for a similar work. Additionally, it can almost everything related to graphic designing.

What do you dislike?

not as good a community support as illustrator

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing graphics for my own vlogs.

Affinity Designer review by User
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"Best software of year"

What do you like best?

Graphic design i like most in affinity deaigner and also ease of use in this software.

What do you dislike?

Color pickup process is little hard in this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Logo designing for fiverr

Affinity Designer review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Excellent alternative to Illustrator"

What do you like best?

Great and simple UI with Pixel and vector based Editing

What do you dislike?

Workflow between after effects and Affinity isn't ideal

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Icon and vector graphic manipulation for digital media project and animated videos

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