Several days ago, Serif, the company behind Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, announced the long awaited availability of Affinity Publisher. Having had a successful run in public beta for some time, and tons of feedback from testers, Affinity Publisher officially hits the scene with an incredible new feature - StudioLink, which allows users the ability to switch seamlessly between Affinity Publisher, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo. It's workflow bliss!
Having tried out the public beta, I was very impressed with what Affinity Publisher is capable of. And now, the StudioLink feature just makes it even sweeter. While Affinity Publisher already does have its own set of vector and image editing tools within it, to be able to switch over to the other two robust apps is a dream...and all it takes is a click on the other apps' icons within the Affinity Publisher layout...you never have to leave the app!
With Affinity Publisher, you get everything you would expect in a professional publishing app - advanced typography, master pages, tables, grids, etc. Whether you're creating books, magazines, brochures, or even posters, Affinity Publisher is up to the task, and can handle very large documents with ease.
The creative control you have with text and images is incredible in Affinity Publisher. Plus, you can import and export all major raster and vector files, including layered PSD, PDF, EPS formats.
Like the other two Affinity apps, which just had a stellar 1.7 update, I can't wait to see what the future holds for Affinity Publisher. Be sure to check back for a full review in coming weeks. But, in the meantime, be sure to check out more of what Affinity Publisher can do here.
Serif launched in 1987 and built up a reputation for quality and reliability based on an award-winning range of software for PC – low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages.
However, in addition to being locked into Windows, years of development meant the software was becoming bloated, hard to maintain and unable to exploit the capabilities of the latest hardware.
Instead, the focus of development switched to a next-generation suite of lean, super-fast apps for creative professionals using Mac, Windows and iPad. The change meant throwing away all the old code and starting from scratch and it took almost five years until Affinity Designer, the first Affinity app, was released in 2014.
Affinity Photo followed in 2015 and the launch of Affinity Publisher in 2019 means Serif now boasts a full creative suite of applications covering photo editing, graphic design and desktop publishing. Affinity apps have won some of the biggest awards in the industry, gained plaudits from reviewers, and been adopted by over a million customers worldwide.
Serif employs around 70 people at its HQ in Nottingham, UK.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles