Amazing desktop publishing app! Fantastic! 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!
I had no experience with using any kind of publisher software... downloaded this and my project is nearly finished. The program has everything I need! It's convenient, easy to use, and the layout of program is incredibly easy to learn. I am blown away by how much this program offers for the price. It is more than worth it... highly recommended!
Great software... 5/5
I had written a very bad review abiout this software due to my files becoming "missing" - but this had to do with opening the files on a mac..then on a PC... the PC overwrote the location (dropbox) - and put a C: behind the file directory... so this is why. This is an incredibly fast and amazing piece of software... and my old review was a misinformed one. Keep up the great work devs.
May not work with your language 1/5
Several languages I tested are not rendered correctly. Thai doesn't render vowels/tone marks correctly. Hebrew is displayed backwards (left to right). Arabic is displayed backwards (left to right).
Mac download 1/5
So I purchased for my mac and for some reason I cant use the application after I purchased it. I went to trouble shoot on the affinity website and tried looking for a product code in my email inbox and spam folder and still have nothing. They charged my card asap and I expect to be able to use the application just as fast. I will update my rating when this is corrected.
Excellent App 5/5
Desktop publishing can be complex but this app has put a lot of thought into the user experience. Highly recommended.
Really want footnotes! 3/5
I had to switch fonts in my manuscript to get the pdf import to work but then it did. I really need a product with footnotes and captions would also be useful, but this is pretty close to what I need and price is good.
I didn't realize what I was missing until Publisher rounded out the team of apps. 5/5
I have come to love the entire Affinity suite of tools, and can't imagine not having all three apps, since they compliment, and work so seemlessly together. It is where I go first to accomplish everything I want to. I had used Adobe, and Macromedia, and Corel, and Microsoft; but it wasn't until Affinity's structure, workflow and apps that I really got it. I used to struggle with concepts, and I had difficulty comprehending artistic flows in the digital and vector worlds. I seemed dependent upon Corel to do it for me automatically; but try and modify and use a Corel drawing traced automatically; what a nightmare. Affinity gives me the tools to accomplish everything, and really understand why and how I'm doing it. Photoshop tutorials used to just baffle me; why are you doing that, and what the heck are you talking about. Since I jumped in to the Affinity line of Designer, Photo, and Publisher I feel more confident that I can figure out a solution to any task that I can readily take with me and utilize in an unlimited number of variations and scopes. And not to have to be bound by a binding and limiting subscription fee that holds your work hostage from you. I love the Affinity apps, workflow, and empowerment. Thank you.
Support more languages 2/5
this app is a great tool BUT it does not support the right to left languages??!!! Is this possible? many apps of $1 supports the right to left languages. I would give a 5 stars when they do.
Love These Apps 5/5
By Josh Rouwhorst
I just recently discovered Affinity's Designer and Photo before Publisher came out. I loved those so much I had to get this one too. The dev's and designers behind this have done a great job on all the products. I actually think these apps are a lot easier to learn and use than Adobe. And totally worth the money.
No templates 1/5
By I already have a nickname
I find this software unusable without templates. I need to get work done, and without any pre-made starting points I am looking at spending a couple of hours just to create something that would accurately replicate a basic Word document. I need to watch an hour of poorly made training videos and then try to figure out the counterintuitve, non-standerd design. I already wasted an hour going through the absurd processs of having the app recognize that I already own Photo and Designer. Why am I bouncing around from websites to the app store and back to the app where I have to restart?
Just put in 20 templates for commone things like a report; a two-fold brochure; a tri-fold brochure; a 2/3 1/3 layout; a resume; etc.
And find someone competent to do good instructional videos. The ones you have are terrible: they spend a long time on obvios, common user interface features, gloss over things that are peculiar to Publisher, and give zero real-world examples.
My time is better spent sticking with Word at this point, and that is strong criticism.
Almost there... 3/5
Talbles are still a bit buggy but better than the Betas.
The one major missing feature that keeps it from being a turely pro tool is a Collet For Output.
This would collet all linked images, fonts and extensions into one folder.
There’s a reason Adobe has had this feature, it’s invaluable for sending projects off to a printer or client.
Add it soon so we can finally dump Adobe deamon for good.
Many kinks as might be expected in 1st release 2/5
I have been impressed with this app since the initial Beta. The many complex features and improvements made over such a short period have been amazing. That said, there remain many frustrating bugs, many of which you have to expect from the the first non-Beta release. So, 2-stars may seem harsh -- but I'm leaving room for when, and I am convinced I will be, giving it 5 stars.
Years Without Support for Right-to-Left Text 1/5
I can't beleive Serif Labs still ignoring our cries to support for Right-to-Left languages (Arabic/ Hebrew) after years of software developing. The apps are top notch and can replace all alternatives for photo editing, but I have to stick to these alternatives because the apps still lack the language support which is a basic feature that more 90% of the apps on the planet support.
I apologize. I will keep the rating to 1 star until this issue is fixed.
Serif, if you are listening the comments here (not the 2000 thread on your forums), please add this feature
Cant import Adobe files! Rubbish 1/5
Be warned, this software is incompatible with InDesign Files.
This software is unable to import adobe in design files!!! Everything else might work great, but i can't import my Adobe files.
Apaprently, you have to convert your in design files to pdf to import them, so if I have to buy a copy of InDeesign to convert my files, why not just use in design?
Like a mercedes without tires, what a foolish oversight by affinity.
Yep, 5! 5/5
As a beta tester, I award 5 stars for the first version. It is very capable even with some things missing. All of your apps keep getting better with each release. Totally love the integration with your other apps. I got them on day 1 and use them all on a daily basis incljuding iPad versions. Very happy to be subscription free for several years. Thanks for making everything so good - much love to the entire team :)
By Abundant Grace
If you ever wasted time switching between a publisher type program, photo editor and vector editor you have got to try this app with the other two apps linked. I have all three programs and they flow like water one into the other. This is a major game-changer!
Being a big fan of Affinty apps, I had been using the Publisher program in beta form for some time now, which had the link to the other programs disabled. While I have really enjoyed the Publisher program by itself, the link to the other programs makes this an incredibly powerful creative tool. Add edits, paint on the doc, create vector images and adjust them...all within the same document. This app has completely changed my workflow!
Add the low cost and no subscription needed aspect of these programs and it is really a no brainer.
Other favorite features:
-Typography handling. Open type features are easily available and previewable!
-Different layers on each page.
- Linking or embedding of images with a resource manager to manage how each image is handled.
- High performance. Blending modes and brushes are previewed on the page before committing to any action.
- Fantastic snapping and alignment tools.
This is it. 5/5
All the Affinity apps are amazing, and Publisher is the final piece in the great triumvirate. If you're looking to cast off the shackles of Adobe, the Affinity apps are what you're looking for. They're faster, more intuitive, and ready for serious pro-level work. (And play too!)
The Next Generation! 5/5
Been a long time user of InDesign and a user of the Affinity apps since their public beta of Designer.
I've been waiting for years for something to rival and hopefully surpass InDesign. Finally Affinity Publisher has been released. This app is amazing, what it may lack in number of features when compared to InDesign it more than makes up for in speed and workflow.
After using Publisher, I can't ever imagine going back to InDesign. Daily I use Designer and Photo, which have replaced Illustrator and Photoshop for me both at work and in my personal use. I can safely say, without a doubt, Publisher will be replacing InDesign for me also.
I can't wait to see what Affinity does next with these apps. This is truly a giangantic leap forward in technology for a creative like myself. Affinity has shown they care about the product, and their customers more than making greedy investors happy. I can't recommend Publisher and the other Affinity apps enough!
The toughest area for Serif to enter. A commendable start. 4/5
When Affinity started out with Designer I perfectly understood taking on Adobe in this area. Adobe Illustrator is one of the absolute worst drawing programs ever made so trying to compete with it made sense. Page layout is not like that. A mature 35 year old field with two good products is a challenge and I was skeptical when it was announced but after using the beta I can at least say they are off to a good start. Perhaps this is why the company took roughly an entire year longer than they planned to get this third Affinity app out.
I have been using InDesign since 2005 and moved to Quark two years ago for the first time. ID wasn’t a bad but I dislike it mainly due to the company that makes it. The good part about ID is its wide usage paved the way for a large number of third party extensions that Quark and Publisher might have a hard time catching up with. I can say that this is the main problem with Quark (most ID features have been copied at this point) and we will have to see how Publisher performs in this area since the shipping version has only just come out. Let’s cross our fingers for third party support to come pouring in. Custom workflows are essential for page layout.
From my working in Quark for a couple of years now there are some features that will keep me there. The main one, and it’s big, is how it works with projects. Projects are groups of related files, when I work in page layout I work with the same groupings of files every time I open them so why do I need to go into the Finder to hunt them out every time? I can see why working this way may have been a problem at first, more files open meant more ram being used but with 64gb in my computer I say put that ram to use! (even when I had computers with more ram I still had several ID files open at a time though.)
It would be mind blowing if in the age of prototyping tools like Sketch and XD Publisher added a prototyping persona (and they even added assets recent so the workflow is already partly there.) Since that type of work is layout work having it all in the same app makes more sense. I can see five personas; basic layout for books, illustration, photo editing (the three of which are there now) along with prototyping, and ebooks. Prototyping and ebooks are layout tools just like physical books so adding these personas is logical.
Affinity has also gotten major kudos for getting their fully featured apps on iPad before Adobe yet when it comes to Publisher it’s also MIA. Quark’s moving of the measurement tool bar to the side of the screen was a wonderfully use of large wide screens I hope Serif adds this to Publisher. Quark 2019 is focusing making a UI that is gradually working better with high density screens but Publisher follows Designer and Photos trend of just being too small for large screen retina. Barcode support built into the app would be nice (see layout tool Belight Printworks for a good implementation.) At the moment I make my barcode’s in that program and copy it over to Publisher. It gets the job down but I won’t understand why such an elegant barcode solution couldn’t also be in Publisher. One of the main things a person would do after completing a layout is but a barcode on it. There are ways to do this but why not make it as easy as Printworks? The standard versions of Quark and ID don’t do this either (although ID does have a pricey plug-in solution.)
There are a few positive things about Publisher that are superior though. When scrolling between spreads the pages panel scrolls with you! Shaweet! And because it uses the same file format as the Designer and Photo the integration is largely better than the competition. The first two Affinity apps sucked at layout. You may think that is an obvious thing to point out since they aren’t billed as layout tools but even very early versions of FreeHand doubled as an okay layout tool (I put together what was about a twenty page booklet in FreeHand once. Not a fun experience but possible.) I tried to design even the most basic book cover layout with the original two apps and the experience was pretty bad. Thank goodness we now have a tool for basic layouts but my guess is that most of my design work will be done in started with Photo and Designer but completed with Quark (and maybe InDesign.) I might use Publisher for basic layouts. So far I have been using it to design YouTube thumbnails on my videos. On the day Publisher was released Serif announced the release of Publisher on iPad that will come out next year. There is even a way to open Publisher apps on iPad now, apparently, but a more full editing experience is coming later. This is pretty neat since Adobe still hasn’t got Photoshop out but Photo has been able to work well for a while now. Good to see them keep leading in this area.
Come check out my work on Instagram at “kip v design” (no spaces) including my Addy Award winning book design for The Clash’s London Calling album! 🤘🏻
Finally the whole package. 5/5
I purchased Affinity Publisher today during the Live Keynote from Serif (I already owned Designer and Photo but seldom use them).
When they showed the real-time integration (called AffinityStudio I think) between the 3 apps I was blown away.
You can create a layout in Publisher, drop in photos and vector art created with the Serif apps, and manipulate the photos (layers, adjustments, line-widths, etc.) from directly within Publisher. And it uses almost no resources (compared to Adobe apps) so it's fast, fast, fast!
I'm definitely not explaining this well. This is the Adobe killer I've been waiting for.