If you're on about the serif suite of software (drawplus etc), that software had/has been around for around 20 years, it was due an 'update'... I remember older versions being given away for free on magazines from when I was still in high school so I doubt they're in it for the short haul.However, the two main reasons that I would discourage anyone from investing time in learning this app are: Serif have already abandoned development on a previous suite of design apps and I wouldn't be surprised if this also happens in the future with the Affinity suite.
Um tell that to the people that make a living using free software like blender or one of the many free video editing suites... now yes many of these are financially supported via donations etc but you don't have to pay to use them.If we want good software, we need to pay for it. Lastly, if an individual is not making enough money so that the cost of Adobe subscription is pretty insignificant, then maybe they're in the wrong game.
I agree, it is still lacking some greatly needed featres. Not being able to distort or warp text for example is something I need quite often.I'm very new here and keenly aware of the pitfalls of contradicting a mod. However, after trying to integrate Affinity Designer into a professional workflow for more than two years, I have come to the humble opinion that it is a steaming pile of poo.
Firstly, it lacks some very fundamental vector tools. Of these, the most glaring is the omission of any kind of vector distort tools. This means that trying to impose any type of 2D graphic into a photo or other 3D environment is at best horrendously time-consuming - at worst impossible. It also lacks other basic tools like a knife tool.
Personally, I'm back with Adobe now and the time I save by using it more than compensates for the increased price. Yes, it's more expensive, but at least it's still being developed and is fit for purpose. I guess we get what we pay for.
I agree, it is still lacking some greatly needed featres. Not being able to distort or warp text for example is something I need quite often.
Each to their own. I've found I'm able to cut Adobe out for the vast majority of my work but others may need to use tools and features I'll never touch. To me it feels very dated to use, there's often so many fiddly steps needed to do something simple such as change a gradient. 99% of my work is digital nowdays and I think there's a lot more freedom with the tools you use in that field. Ironically I still have to maintain an active monthly subscription with Adobe though because so many other designers and studios are using it.