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Attribute Ratings

  • Affinity Publisher is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.8

Affinity Publisher

98%
6 Ratings
8.9

Canva

89%
162 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

Canva

96%
6 Ratings

Usability

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3

Canva

93%
12 Ratings

Availability

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Performance

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.6

Affinity Publisher

86%
4 Ratings
6.4

Canva

64%
27 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Serif Europe

If you are looking to get started using a publishing / creation application, Affinity Publisher is the one to go for. With a quick learning curve on all the basic functions, you'll be flying in no time. And then there is a whole heap of great features to get into as you become more comfortable with the software. The only down side is if clients are using Adobe programs, there are sometimes problems working with imported layers, but this is minor compared to the ease of use and features.
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Canva

Suitable: SchoolUniversityMasterEntry and mid-JobsIn these scenarios the ease of creating designs, presentations, infographics, and the variety of resources it provides make it ideal for working with large teams, it should be noted that it includes a wide variety of fonts, as well as colors. Nonsuitable: Due to the lack of some vectors in the free versions, cant be used in more formal scenarios.
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Pros

Serif Europe

  • Supports just about any format you'll need for your project.
  • The variety of templates makes startign projects simple.
  • The program is just really powerful and fairly priced.
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Canva

  • Provides readily accessible approved fonts and colors for our university publications.
  • A great selection of templates to select from.
  • Lots of resources for design, like photos, clip art, backgrounds, and other design elements.
  • The ability to share your design with others at the university.
  • The ability to download your design as a png, pdf, jpg, svg, even MP4 video or gif.
  • Easy to edit and alter the design and not lose what you had by creating clones of previous designs and then make the changes.
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Cons

Serif Europe

  • Menu differences can be an impediment to new users from other softwares
  • Some functions are not in places I would expect
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Canva

  • Some pretty basic fonts are missing from the database, which proves to be annoying when trying to stay on brand
  • Pre-grouping sections of templates can be a hassle to figure out
  • Creating your own template from scratch can have it's hiccups, but that could be my lack of design experience.
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Pricing Details

Affinity Publisher

Starting Price

$24.99

Editions & Modules

Affinity Publisher editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Affinity Publisher$24.991

Footnotes

  1. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Canva

Starting Price

$12.95 per month

Editions & Modules

Canva editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Pro$12.951
Enterprise$30.002

Footnotes

  1. per month
  2. Per Month Per User

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

The ease of use makes Canva a powerful tool for manipulating images, creating original content, and testing ideas without requiring the involvement of graphic design or more time-intensive image editing software such as Photoshop. While it doesn't have the full functionality of a mature software, such as Photoshop, The speed and simplicity of Canva makes it a necessity in a business of any size
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Usability

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

It is super easy to use, but it could be limiting if you're on a small device. It is easier on a bigger device because you can resize graphics and text easier than with your fingers on a small device. I do think it's perfect and easy for non-designers who don't have any training. As long as you have a good eye for visuals, Canva is a wonderful substitute for graphics programs on-the-go.
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Reliability and Availability

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

I have yet to encounter Canva being offline in at least 6 years of using it regularly. They also announce well in advance if there may be upgrades to the code and the hours during which there may be issues accessing the service.
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Performance

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

I haven't ever had issues with a slow-loading site and there haven't been any lag issues within the software. There have been maybe a handful of times over the past six years where I have tried to upload a large image and it will slow down as it loads the last megabyte, but I have yet to have the system time out or require any interference by me
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Support Rating

Serif Europe

Our team typically uses other online resources instead of contacting developers/manufacturers for support. That being said, there is a forum and a growing, vibrant community of users available to answer questions and "make the switch." A simple "whatever function we used to use in Adobe InDesign," followed by "Affinity," usually gets us on the right track to an answer. YouTube and their forums are our team's go-to sources for help.
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Canva

Overall, Canva is easy to use, easy to train others to use, allows for creativity with a professional look without enormous associated costs. The mobile apps works almost as easily, but at a minimum allows for easy review and downloading in a pinch. Really, anyone can learn to use Canva quickly and will immediately benefit from the results.
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Implementation Rating

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

Remember to download the mobile app onto your phone for easy image manipulation on the go. Adding company colors, logos, and typefaces to your company account is an easy process. When images are uploaded, these can also be shared between accounts within a company, as can canvases you've created for easy editing among teams.
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Alternatives Considered

Serif Europe

Affinity Publisher is a more cost effective way to achieve the same goals as InDesign and Quark. I'm sure there are various differences that Affinity may lack, however we have yet to run into one that our business has needed, or even recognized. It has completely replaced any desktop publishing for our organization without issue.
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Canva

I have only tried Photoshop as an alternative to Canva and I don't know any other competitors. However, I don't know if Photoshop is a direct alternative to Canava because Canva is mostly tailored to people with no design skills, whereas Photoshop has more capabilities for mostly designers. Photoshop had a steep learning curve and a lot of functionality, some of which was complex for my needs. For quick images, Canva was more efficient than something more advanced such as Photoshop
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Scalability

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Canva

Very easy to add accounts and share content between them. Collaboration is also easy to manage and can be done on a project-by-project basis. The cloud-based software means it is incredibly fast to add a coworker and have them editing images within minutes. A live internet connection is required to access Canva so this is something to consider if expecting to use the software while on journeys without access to wifi etc
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Return on Investment

Serif Europe

  • I wish we could push it out to all staff but we can't quite afford the cost.
  • Amount of features can be overwhelming for first time users and take more time.
  • This program will save time once employees figure it out.
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Canva

  • As far as ROI is concerned, Canva has proven itself time and time again as having a positive impact for business.
  • Just yesterday, I had to prepare an hour-long presentation on the fly; the great reviews of the presentation and the materials (all made in Canva) only served to advertise for Canva and it proves that Canva is a smart investment.
  • I don't think in the time that I have been a Canva pro user that I can say that my ROI has been negatively impacted. Highest recommendation. The software more the casually pays for itself time and time again.
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