Affinity Publisher vs. Xara Designer Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Affinity Publisher
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Affinity Publisher replaces the former PagePlus desktop publishing application, from Serif Europe headquartered in Nottingham.
$24.99
Xara Designer Pro
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Xara, headquartered in Berlin, offers Designer Pro, a desktop publishing application.N/A
Pricing
Affinity PublisherXara Designer Pro
Editions & Modules
Affinity Publisher
$24.99
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Offerings
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Affinity PublisherXara Designer Pro
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Affinity PublisherXara Designer Pro
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User Ratings
Affinity PublisherXara Designer Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(7 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(2 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Affinity PublisherXara Designer Pro
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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Xara
Really great for on-the-fly images for social media, blog posts, websites. It is extremely easy to use and new employees do not need to spend any time with training since its really intuitive. Less appropriate for graphic design like removing backgrounds, etc.
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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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Xara
  • Graphic art
  • Social media imagery
  • blog post images
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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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Xara
  • load times
  • windows not opening
  • glitching when copying objects
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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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Xara
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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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Xara
I like both and use both but for different things. Canva, I think has more templates overall. Support is better with Xara and my templates are already built in Xara. Also, detail attention is better in Xara. I have built very meticulous charts in Xara and even mocked up product designs here.
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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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Xara
  • Less time on boarding interns
  • Easy to copy templates for uniformity across the brand
  • Quick downloads
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