Thanks Hank , I'll go to the link, download it and try it.Finally!!!!!!
Thanks Hank , I'll go to the link, download it and try it.
Even though their - trying too hard to be trendy - Affinity Designer's beta's black hole black interface pained my poor eyes terribly.
''We will be starting a free public beta before the end of August. ''
finally (ˈfaɪnəlɪ) adv
After a long time, typically when there has been difficulty and delay it finally arrives...
Or in this case hasn't..
Anyway, can any marketing expert explain how Serif's DrawPlus, and PagePlus can go from billy no mates to something achingly desirable just by changing its name to Affinity Designer?
In addition, the price point at which Affinity places itself makes it very attractive to firms already using rivals such as Adobe and/or Corel. For many. For some it'll be a case of ''we'd be stupid NOT to use it at that price''.I jumped the gun and got excited, but you can sign up to get news on the Beta relase.
They actually rebuilt the programmes from the ground up. What I like about them; compared to Adobe, only rival worth mentioning; is that there is no bloat in the programmes.
Illustrator has a lot of bloat - tools added that nobody really uses. Pop up information and difficult navigation for easy tasks.
Photoshop has a lot of bloat - I can't navigate the tool panel in PS anymore, it's a complete mess. And has a lot of bloat added to it.
InDesign - which I am most familiar with - has a lot of bloat. There's still Flash export, there's HTML export, there's interactivity, Web Overlays, defunct interactive and loads loads more.
Yet, the core of the programme, what it was designed to do hasn't been updated in years!
What you're getting with Affinity is a streamlined, built from the ground up software to do what it needs to do.
I know for a fact that Adobe's model for expanding the functions in their programmes goes a little something like this:
They go into big corporations and bandy around key words that they want to hear. Because if a big corporation, e.g, a global newspaper, buys the software, that's a mega-bucks deal.
So they bandy around words they want to hear. Like, do you want us to concentrate on making footnotes span columns, or we could work on making your InDesign files a live online fully functioning all juggling singing dancing interactive wonder!
Remember, they talk to the head guys, not the people on ground level, using the software. So if someone says to you, I can improve your car by putting new tires on it, or I can put a jet engine on it and send you to the moon, you'd pick the latter option, every time. Although, new tires would be a much more practical improvement.
Affinity software is quite cheap - for now. They don't have a subscription model - you buy it and use it and update it as you go along. Seems pretty sweet.
You can actually buy their entire suite of Designer, Photo, and Publisher for about £150 flat fee - which compared to a monthly subscription of Adobe which costs upwards of £600 a year.
So yes - it's very interesting software - rebuilt and reimagined to do all the things we wished Adobe to do for over a decade.
Finally it's here - a competitor. And I, for one, am excited!
The Affinity license are locked to specific platforms though, which seems a tad anti-consumer. If you use both Win and Mac you'll need two licenses. Still not gonna break the bank but it's a bit annoying, and I know some people found out the hard way that their license was non-transferable.Given the Affinity range is Windows and Mac based, some design studios may well have a designer use both Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer in the same way some let designers use either Illustrator or Freehand when the latter was in it heyday.
Well, Freehand shared the 'industry standard' tag for a few years along with Illustrator. Which is why vacancies for graphic designers in the mid-'90's would often ask for Freehand experience a lot more than say, CorelDraw. Files formats are a lot less important these days esp. with PDF becoming an ISO open standard and most photo editing packages able to open and save PSD files.The Affinity license are locked to specific platforms though, which seems a tad anti-consumer. If you use both Win and Mac you'll need two licenses. Still not gonna break the bank but it's a bit annoying, and I know some people found out the hard way that their license was non-transferable.
I agree wholeheartedly with your point though, the end result should be left entirely up to the designer or illustrator, it should not be dictated by the industry-standard software. Things do seem to be shifting in the industry with designers having more choice for pipelines now. Adobe are even playing nice with things like Sketch and Zeplin, letting you import artboards into XD and export to Zeplin. I think the main reason to stick with an industry-standard package is because in the design industry files are often shared across designers and from one studio to another, so everyone being able to open and work on them makes sense. But I definitely welcome a more open approach to design.
In an inquisitive heart, Pulled up a question I've found the Cintiq, But there are many models, Which is your favorite one? ( need a professional view, I saw you've a nice portfolio)So I preferably use Photoshop for drawing and digital painting with a Cintiq. How does Affinity compare for that type of work?