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Score 9.3 out of 100

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Score 8.8 out of 100

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
9.1

Microsoft 365

91%
238 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

Microsoft 365

95%
6 Ratings

Usability

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8

Microsoft 365

88%
6 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

Affinity Publisher

86%
4 Ratings
8.3

Microsoft 365

83%
100 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Microsoft 365

94%
2 Ratings

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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Microsoft

When working with CSV data files, if you don't have a local software, it is a hassle to upload it to an online service. It takes too much time to upload it and to display it. If the file is too large, it cannot even be processed online. When you Excel on your local computer, everything becomes simple. The file is opened instantly. You can search and process the file as you want. The modifications are done instantly.
When you prepare a long document, it is much faster to work locally and the formatting is kept very well.
As the downside, it is not very well suited for collaboration. Some online competitors are much faster to use. Sharing, commenting and collaborative editing needs improvement.
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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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Microsoft

  • keeps me extremely organized. It is so easy to link calendars, emails, and documents.
  • keeps me well connected. It is so easy to send a quick message on teams or send an email to a group (for example, my particular team within the company).
  • easy to use. Everything is straightforward, making it easy to find an answer to a question. There is even a search option to figure out how to do something within Microsoft.
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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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Microsoft

  • I wish it was a little simpler to integrate things from one Microsoft Feature into another one. Perhaps I just don't know the tricks for that yet...after all these years of using it.
  • I didn't like how it defaulted to saving the document automatically with changes, like Google Docs, but it seems that has now changed, and is better now.
  • Generally, I really like how the suite works as is.
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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

Microsoft 365

Starting Price

$5 Per User Per Month

Editions & Modules

Microsoft 365 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Individual$5.841
Business Basic$5.002
Business Standard$12.503
Business Premium$20.004
Business - Apps$8.255
Enterprise - E3$32.006
Enterprise - E5$57.007
Enterprise - F3$10.008

Footnotes

  1. *Per Month
  2. Per User Per Month
  3. Per User Per Month
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Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

*When billed annually.

Likelihood to Renew

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

There are many features of Office that we cannot replicate in any other tool. Plus people know it already. It's not going away anytime soon.
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Usability

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

The interface of the different tools (this suite has MANY different tools) is usually simple to use and intuitive, and you can always re-arrange and add or remove the task you use most frequently from the menus and task bars.
Each tool / product includes a lot of features that may require a more intensive learning, but usually Office 365 tools are simple to learn from scratch, adding more knowledge as you required more advanced features
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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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Microsoft

Over the past 8 years of using Microsoft 365, I have noticed that they change vendors often. This always leads to a poor experience in the beginning, then levels out after some time for the company to get things worked out. As a customer, it is really frustrating because I don't have time when something isn't working to have them "look into my issue" and get back with me. They have even closed a ticket I specifically told them to keep open. Your applications are only as good as the support.
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Implementation Rating

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

Everything works and I use it all the time.
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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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Microsoft

Compared to Docs & Sheets, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Sheets offer more functionality. Notepad is almost always pre-installed on Microsoft Word-enabled computers. This alternative to Microsoft Word isn't as robust, but it's free. Microsoft Publisher is incompatible with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, or any other version of the Adobe Creative Suite. Microsoft 365 is a mashup of numerous well-known programs. We haven't tried any other products because they have the same features or compatibility as our office products.
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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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Microsoft

  • I don't have any ROI info because I am a technical staff who does not see those numbers. I will say that we are constantly using Teams/Outlook especially with the pandemic and digital collaboration has been made possible with Microsoft 365. As the work culture changes, our firm really leaned into this suite to adapt and change with it.
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