Nearly abandonware. 2/5
Serif seems to have a massive management problem. The developers on the forums have promised very basic features for years, with no delivery. Things like perspective warp, deformation, even a reasonable masking and composite shapes editing UX - all absent from the program.
Visiting the forums does nothing; if you ask where a feature is, a "dedicated user" will be happy to tell you your feature is not important and lecture you about how software development works. I've been doing software development for 20 years - promising a feature and not having it for years on end and telling your users their voices don't matter is NOT how you grow a company or legitimize a product.
If you're already on Adobe products, stick with them. Hopefully a viable competitor will come around at some point. Serif is not it.
This is better than Adobe Illustrator 5/5
By 'Dan taylor'
if you do not use plugins for illustrator, you must move to this. price, performance--much much better because of metal support I think--, tools, everything is better once you get used to this(it took me about 2 days to get used to some differences).
I do wish there are more shortcuts support like converting between sharp and curve, but I know there will be more updates comming.
Please add RTL to this amazing useful app.
Make a video editing app! 5/5
Please. Just take all my money.
Do not fall in 5 star reviews.
It's completly useless if you want to open Adobe Illustrator or eps files. I have thousands of AI files which I keep to keep revising and also use lot of AI templates to use for my designing job. Thought this would be good alternative of AI since I am not a fan of subscription model, always prefer to buy with one time payment. DO NOT BUY THIS if you want to modify AI files (even you saved them as PDF compatible). It's not like switching from Microsoft Word to Apple Pages.
Just Right 5/5
Many years of Illustrator and Inkscape, and was looking for a tool that gave me 99% of Illustrator, with the affordability of Inkscape. Affinity Designer is it. The interface is by far the most intuitive I've ever come across. You can easily discern what a too is for based on the tooltips and icons. That's very difficult to do, and they did it. In less than a day I was incredibly productive. Kudos to Serif Labs!
Not just a replacment for Illustrator, an improvement over Illustrator 5/5
I was forced into getting Affinity Designer when I updated my OS and my version of Illustrator was no longer supported. I couldn't fork out the outrageous monthly fee Adobe is now charging so I decided to look elsewhere.
After doing some googling I saw a lot of good things about Affinity so I decided to try it out. The price certainly can’t be beat if it really is equal to Illustrator. You can buy Affinity outright for what Illustrator will run you in two months.
After looking at some tutorials and trying it out I have come to realize that this really is an amazing program. There is, of course, some pain in the transition if you are used to Illustrator and all the little ways you do things with it, but you can work though that easily enough (most things are pretty close to the same, even key commands) and man it is worth it! I’ve found most of the changes in workflow are more intuitive and easier than AI once you get them down and it’s super fast because it is so much less bloated.
At this point I would choose Affinity over AI even if it wasn’t just for the savings.
Never looking back.
Missing Key Features 1/5
Things Affinity Designer CANNOT do:
- place things (other than text) on a path - you can actually paste objects into a text field around a path, but it's terrible and you can't control the spacing, etc. aka, useless
- convert raster to vector (Illustrator did this 15 years ago - so you need to pay $10/mo for VectorMagic or some other sub-par tool to do this before working on anything as a vector that you drew on paper first)
- alter the number of sides, points, etc. with complex shape tools, like the star tool
Affinity Designer is like 80% of the way there with most things, but because it's missing some key features like this, it is basically worthless for any actual work.
Overall amazing, but some real problematic bugs… 3/5
Love love love this app. Love the no subscription, no BS philosophy.
So why only 3 stars?
There are a few outsanding bugs that can be deal breakers depending on the work you're doing… For example the way the "divide" feature add a bazillion extra point instead of sticking to the simple shapes you're intersecting.
Granted, Sketch doesn't even have the feature… But Illustrator spits out a couple simple shapes as expected. So you get a final SVG export of 994 bytes in AI and 73KB in Designer 😓
As long as I have to jump back into AI for certain type of work, I can't give this app ***** (which is a REAL bummer)
Better than Adobe - A FANTASTIC Software 5/5
Before buying this software, I had two options: renting Illustrator and Photoshop from Adobe (monthly) or pirating it somehow and not recieving any updates. With Affinity, I am getting great updates and have access to a tremendous amount of third party brushes, tools, and graphics. Based off of Affinity's forum and their customer service, I can see that they truly care about their customers and aim to provide the best support for all of their products.
Luckily, I bought Designer, Photo, and Publisher while they were all 50% off due to COVID-19, so instead of paying a little over $150, which I would have considered someday, I paid roughly $75 for all 3. I hope Affinity is making a profit as Apple does take 30% of App Store Sales but if more people switch to Affinity's platform, they will continue to thrive and bring down Adobe.
I am a beginner when it comes to graphic design but with Designer, I was able to make an amazing cartoon with just a few tutorials and my own trial & error. This is an amazing software and is worth much more thn the $50 they sell it for.
Switch to Affinity now.
awkward to use 1/5
My experience with this non-intuitive non-artistic mess is in stark contrast to the glowing description of the app. I found the UI structure to be awkward and somewhat obscure. It's obvious that a lot of effort went into writing the app, but what's the point of having powreful design features if access to them is so obscure that completing simple tasks can be hopelessly confusing. I wasted the better part of a day trying to find a workflow rhythm but only found discord.
the layer manager needs some work. Layers can get unintentionally nested far too easy.
Longtime Illustrator user here, quite impressed... 4/5
Illustrator has become so bloated - and pricey- over the years. I don't do as much high-end "serious" work these days as I did in the 2000-2015 timeframe, so I felt I had the option to try something different. I've been using Designer for just over three months now and I've really come to enjoy it. It's lacking a few things that I hope make it to future versions, but I can honestly say that it does 90-95% of anything I need it to do. The biggest thing was just un-learning/re-learning old habits, interface muscle memory, etc. But that was just a couple of weeks of hunkering down. I love how fast it loads and how nimble it seems. And so many functions seem "live" and non-modal (is that the right description), you just do them from the menu/palette. Everything seems to snap together nicely (I do a lot of clean, crisp and precise technical/architectural/floorplan type of work, so I can't really comment on any of the looser, more free-form "artsy" features, but for the specific type of work/style I do, I don't feel like I'm missing much by switching over. I look forward to future versions/improvements/additions. This feels like an application that some peopel really pour over and put some thought into, and I really like that. Once I realized that I wasn't legally/morally obligated to stick with Adobe my entire life, things kinda open up and you discover little gems like Affinity Designer.
SImply junk for any serious work. 1/5
I know, it's tempting. Looks so similair to illsutrator, sooooo many features seem identical. Until you use it and realize a long list of key features are not in place. Want to align to a key object, too bad. Need to be able to lock an object and not worry about it moving. Again too bad, they've included a random backdoor feature that allows you edit locked items without locking them. Almost led to a disasterous error with a big print job.
Do you need dxf file support? Too bad even though it's massively importnat if you want to use this for any technichal drawing work.
This software COULD have been an amazing replacement for illustrator. But it's soooo far off if you're trying to do any semi-professional work.
Also reading through the forums, their responses to the complaints ussually seem to revolve around "planning to add this feature some day" response. Note: these are 2-3 year old posts often.
do not update 1/5
The latest version came with plenty of bugs. Artboard move objects, and some others. So I guess it is necessary to wait for a working update and freeze it for the next two years?
Not Perfect, But Perfect Enough 5/5
By Your Standard Customer
Been trying to get by with PS Elements (I'm not a professional designer), but it doesn't handle CMYK, which we need. Not about to pay the price of Adobe apps.
This app has a learning curve, some missing things which irritate me, but I'd rather use this than the alternative. Also, it's nice that I can easily switch between Designer & Photo.
Slow and unoptimized. Bad performance 1/5
Can't even add a couple SVGs to to an open document without it hanging/loading for 20 minutes
1.8.1 is quite buggy 3/5
Affinity series are not crazy expensive like Adobe CC, they carry out most task no problem and perform better, love them.
* Stroke expand misbehaver.
* Can't change from move tool to other tools after going back from other app.
* Crash when inputing or editing font name.
Affinity Designer 1.8.1 5/5
I have all three of their products (Photo, Designer & Publisher) on macOS, Windows and the former two also on iOS. They integrate very well. So far, there has been nothing I could not do with a little research. These programs are very well designed and far more capable than my needs. I like them more the more I use them. There in no need for Adobe's products for me.
Years without Arabic or Hebrew Support 1/5
I beleive people been requesting and demanding Arabic and Hebrew support since the first edition of Affinity products. But unfortunately the developers are as deaf as a rock to these requests. 95% of the softwares available support all languages and it is surprisingly that one of the top developers in the world are not including that support to their software. Keeping the rating for barely half a star until the support for Arabic and Hebrew is available.
great love the affinity line up..... but 5/5
Designer keeps on crashing after recent update
By J Blake
Price is the focus of a lot of reviews, but what really sets Affinity apart is speed. Adobe apps tend to be bloated and slow, whereas Affinity apps are very responsive. While Illustrator has more features, I have found that I don't miss them - Affinity has focused on the tools I use the most.
Worst update ever 2/5
Undo doesn't work anymore.
Some important bugs making it unusable.
I wish i never updated.
For now i am going back to Photoshop.
By Coded Games
I use this to design everything in my games. The latest update just made it even better.
Just missing autotrace 4/5
By Vladic (wally) David
Does what is says on the lid. Pretty much the best Adobe Illustrator replacement on the market so long as you take the time to learn the command keys and Affinity's language for tools. AND realize there is no autotrace - which is the biggest glaring hole.
I work in web and UI design and I'm constantly taking hand drawn icons and logos and auto tracing them to make svg's and sprites. I also manage a couple festival site with many sponsor logos that I just autotrace a lot of them because their logos are junk.
Another division of our company auto traces logos all day for large format billboards and signs. We just can't move to this as a true replacement until that feature is added. Until then, if your workflow required auto trace, stick with Illustrator.
New update has some issues 2/5
By Michael D. Harris
Undo (CMD Z) and Redo (SHIFT CMD Z) do not work for me now. This is a big pain point.
The main color wheel on the right side of the application is not gone. It only gives me access to sliders but I preferred the wheel.
I also like the previous New Document setup, though I do like the presets for different devices and screen sizes.
GREAT POTENTIAL (Even Love it more than Illustrator) -BUT DO NOT UPDATE from 1.73 to 1.80 1/5
DO NOT UPDATE FROM 1.73 TO 1.80
YOUR IMPORTANT FILES WILL BE STUCK IN LOADING MODE...
"LOADING 1 FILE"
AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO QUIT UNLESS YOU FORCE IT.
WAIT 'TILL ANOTHER VERSION FIXES THIS.
No "Select Similar" options. Great otherwise 3/5
By Word out!
Being able to select all objects with the same stroke weight/color, or same fill and stroke, is a must for professional use. I can't give a 5 star review until this feature is added. But when it is added the app deserves 5 stars for sure.
Wow. SO intuitive, with all the tools I need. 5/5
Inkscape hasnt been working since the last Apple update. Adobe is overly complicated. BUT THIS APP IS LEGIT. If you've used vector programs in the past, there's next to no learning curve. I've been using for an hour and have already knocked out 3 projects. Easy to navigate. Easy to use. Love it already.
Updated: Wow! 5/5
I’ve been using this program for a couple of years now and I totally stand by my initial review. Affinity Designer is totally worth the money and it’s always been a delight to use. Highly recommended.
I’ve been a Corel Draw user for decades because I can’t stand Adobe products. With my recent migration to the Mac, I need something that has the power and flexibility a professional designer requires. I got this app yesterday and in about 3-4 hours was able to put together a complex and professional-looking book cover that will be used for a published book in a couple of months. The experience had a certain elegance and grace that I have not found with other vector graphics programs on both the PC and the Mac. The user interface is so eminently sensible and intuitive. I only needed to use the Help a couple of times to access some of the more advanced features (texture fills, powerclips, etc). Even when I couldn’t figure things out on my own, I had multiple “Of course! That makes sense.” moments when I found where the features I was looking for resided. I can’t say enough good things about this app’s UI.
That having been said, I did notice that there are some features that I wish were there. For example, I’d really like to be able to do 3D effects on bitmaps, such as Sphere or Cylinder. Corel Draw provides these. But given the price difference between Core Draw and Affinity Designer, it’s not surprising that a few advanced features are missing. I gave this app 5 stars because I don’t consider these missing features a big hinderance to my work. I think if there was a “Pro” version that included these extra features and cost $100-$150, I would undoubtedly buy it or upgrade to it. Or if they’d add advanced features as in-app purchases, I’d buy them.
This program is everything I’d hoped it would be and more. The UI is beyond great. So is the ease of use. Affinity Designer is much funner to use than any other vector program I’ve tried in the last 25 years. Highly recommended.
Theres a bug when I click on certain panels on the right side, just reset the app by holding control on opening and that still didn't fix the issue. When I click on some of the panels, especially after moving some around, a grey rectangle shows up on the far right and the panels display gets squeezed together in a way that makes it more difficult to navigate.
Practical Drawing and Object Manipulation 5/5
By Bob Kerstetter
Affinity Designer provides abundant varieties of pencils, pens and brushes, plus shapes and text. You can create your own tools. You can import lots of formats. You can do overlays and layers with levels of opacity. You can split and join vectors. You can do add, substract, xor and divide overlaying objects. You can export your work in lots of formats—pdf, svg and eps—png, jpeg, gif, psd and tiff—plus some others. The help system is good but could be a lot better. Affinity Designer runs very stable, at least on a MacBook Pro with Catalina.
Goodbye Adobe 5/5
Affinity Desinger has been great so far. Finally something as good as Illustrator and with one time purchase.
New Version Buggy 3/5
First of all, I loved the previous version of Designer. But with the update to 1.7, the program has become very buggy. It frequently locks up and I have to sit and wait for the color wheel to stop spinning. Granted, I have an older Mac that is running High Sierra, but if it is not compatible, why would you allow the app to update to the latest version? Also, be aware that you can NOT go back to a previous version unless you saved a copy somewhere. I HIGHLY recommend you do this! Affinity needs to make previous versions available on their website as they do for Windows users. It’s a great program, but it does not work on my computer anymore. I am very upset!
The New Standard 5/5
Like millions of others, I have ditched Adobe entirely over their crazy high prices and subscription based greed. This left me at ground zero for software I can rely on and produce with.
Afinity Designer is the new standard of illustration, graphic design and digital art. It is very good. They have competition, sure, but they are winning and so are we. The smoothness of this program is awesome to work on. This can only come from someone with their heart in designing software and an understanding of what Artists need. That is no small task. Afinity Designer has pulled it off.
So to evaluate any software fairly, I consider all the programs I use and have tried out as if they are all new to me. I create a fair and equal evaluation based on; Ability to do what I need, number of things I want in addition to need, human interface, number of crashes, glitches and the companies willingness to listen and correct those issues as the software evolves, imports, output quality, export options and ability, features, look and feel, ability to be productive artwork in a real world work flow and PRICE. Yes PRICE. Lets face it, Artist are underpaid professionals in most countries, grossly so in the USA. Art sells, attracts, pleases, decorates, is functional and ornates the world. The Artsit that creates all this rarely receives the rewards of their labor. Art is work.
I evaluate software on this criteria, as if I had no software to work on at all and was looking for the software I will use to produce proffesional art in the real competitive world.
Afinity is at the top. They have raised the bar and we the Graphic Artists win.
No wonder when you Google “Afinity Designer” the first thing you see is a paid ad for Adobe Photoshop. This alone is very telling. It screems; “NO, don’t look at their software. Stay with us.” They know the Afinity has caught up to them and has an advantage over them. Hope Afinity never gets bit by the greed snake.
FYI: Afinity Photo is sweet too. Like Designer, it carries has all the tools and ability to perform a Photographer needs and a price Photographers can afford. Wich at the end of a business day, is critical to survival in a very competitive world.
This is the first time that after ... how many years? ... I have given 5-stars, other than the usual 1-star rating, to this app. And this is because finally, after so many years of waiting, the grid and snapping axis tool is finally working! And it is impressive!
My main tool is Illustrator, but I was really looking forward to the axis tool in this app, but it was never working. The developers just put it a non-functional "teaser" and that was making me upset. But finally it is working, and it's impressive (provided it won't crash any time soon). Just this axis tool deserves a five-star rating... FINALLY!
Not for dabbling. Very unintuitive. 3/5
This program makes even the simplest task almost impossible. Cutting out a simple graphic with a circular selection requires diving into the manual and doing a google search. It's capable for sure, if you're a professional who uses it every day, but I am not sure why it has to be so cryptic.
Can it get any better? Probably not. 5/5
I used Corel and Adobe since 90s. Yes they still are relevant, but with the weight of all old features and subscription model they are just not as appealing. Unless you don't care. This Affinity as contrary, have been designed from ground up to the modern experience that beats competition at both simplicity and effectiveness. And oh the price IS right. And no annoying subscripotions. I don't know how I could be happier with it ...
Amazing Adobe Illustrator Replacement 5/5
Totally replaced overpriced Adobe subscription.
Affinity Designer, Photo and now Publisher are all amazing app for professional creatives, small business and hobbyist alike.
Serif Labs, you did an outstanding job! Thank you!
Vector drawing, NOT design 3/5
I purchased this thinking it would be a replacement for Illustrator, but it's missing so many basic features necessary for graphic design that it's just not. The more I read forum posts, the clearer it has become that it's mis-named. There have been feature requests for 3 years now for basic requirements like text wrapping, and the constant reply has been along the lines of, "Well, MAYBE that's basic for you, but..."
Even for a vector drawing program it lacks basic features. Not being able to export to DXF, the most common interchangeable vector format, makes it much more difficult to take designs and send them to fabricators for laser engraving, cutting, etc. Illustrator does this easily. The forum responses to that request have been just as dismissive for the last 3 years, despite many many posts about it.
Once I reframed my view of this as a vector drawing program and NOT a design program, I was less dissatisfied. I purchased Publisher, since that actually has the basic features required to do print design. I'll likely bump the star rating on this up if they either add features necessary for print design or rename it with an accurate name.
Even then, Affinity is a LONG way from being a true replacement for the Adobe apps and really only appropriate for hobbiests or early-career designers who can't afford better apps. If I go back to full-time design work these will probably get zero use. It's sad, because I'm excited for a more competitive market in this space.
Best Designer Software Available! 5/5
>>> We started using BETA Affinity Designer YEARS ago and haven’t looked back. I laugh when I think abou the TIME, MONEY, and FRUSTRATION wasted on Adobe. Affinity Designer is BEAUTIFUL, INTUITIVE, LOGICAL, FUNCTIONAL, and SIMPLE! Yes, it’s design software, so if you don’t understand the terminology (example: layers, stroke, vector, snapping, etc.) there will be a learning curve. Affinity actually addresses ALL of that in their workbook and on their VIMEO account. So, if you are starting out or if you have had your fill of Adobe complications … LOOK NO FURTHER! You have found the best design software out there. ***IF YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE “OTHER” AFFINITY PROGRAMS: The entire Affinity Suite is the best thing out there! If you haven’t experienced Affinity Publisher with the access to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, prepare to be amazed, no mesmerized! It’s inspiring! Who sits down and intuitively designs, creates, and publishes creativity without frustration? Someone using Affinity.
Good app, hopefully a monopoly buster 4/5
Adobe puts out good products wrapped in a blanket of greed. I'm glad to see a challenger finally step up. Shout out to Serif for the awesome work. I'm a casual Illustrator user. I skipped renewing this year and went with Affinity Designer. While not a drop in replacement, it's been a great experience.
Long-time Illustrator User. 5/5
Wow. This is surprisingly good!
By A real person reviewer
This is a great app for opening .AI files, making edits, and saving out in any format. I haven't been using it enough to judge it as an "illustration" app with all the bells and whistles. My needs are more limited. I typically want to reverse a company logo, or take out the background of a vector with a white background so I can alpha channel it, etc. Love this app based on my limited experience.
This has a very Mac-like UI. Very intuitive.
My name is Scot Walker. I live in Plano, TX. I'm not a bot or someone in India writing reviews.
Missing Export Formats 4/5
Great app that has a lot of potential but still has some way to go. To be competitive it needs to support modern image formats as WebP.
Was enjoying it... keeps crashing 3/5
I was really enjoying this app, I updated it a few days ago and now it keeps crashing... :( Please fix!
Export Bug 2/5
By William S. Curry
This app is amazing, it is far better than Illustrator. The only problem is there is an export bug. when i try to export as a pdf the file doesn't show all the shadow effects on the design. I wish this would be fixed because I cant finsih my designs.
Kicked Adobe to the Curb 5/5
Some of this fuctionality is way better than Illustrator. It feels like the beheamoth of Adobe is letting some of its features lag behind. Meanwhile, the cleancut, streamlined Affinity Designer is feature rich, and ready to take on Adobe.