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Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher


What is Affinity Publisher?

Affinity Publisher replaces the former PagePlus desktop publishing application, from Serif Europe headquartered in Nottingham.

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Affinity Publisher



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  • No setup fee


  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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What is Affinity Publisher?

Affinity Publisher Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
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August 29, 2023

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Brian Keary | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Affinity Publisher to create all kinds of items to print. For example, I create business card templates for clients. They then in turn take that to the publisher of their choice and get their cards made. Letterheads and envelopes are also big sellers. I don't honestly know where I would be without it.
  • drag and drop functionality to create faster
  • Ability to save in multiple formats
  • Costs way less then the others
  • Help is a little lacking in some areas.
It works better than the competitors and costs way less
John Bergmann, MSM | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Assemble page layouts for signage, manuals, ads, other published materials. Large manuals are of particular significance as the file handling of attachments allows the users to port the working file around the network.
  • Master page templates
  • File and resource handling
  • Compatibility with other software files
  • Menu differences can be an impediment to new users from other softwares
  • Some functions are not in places I would expect
For the price and function, this suite should be the go-to for organizations large and small. Serif has executed a competent product [that] can replace the function of the Adobe systems for most users at a fraction of the cost. The knowledge base, particularly the video side, is incredibly useful and complete.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use it to create complex documents with flowed text boxes and images. I'm relatively new to it and use it as an individual person mostly for things like course syllabi where I like to have text flow around images or graphics.
  • Easy to place and control fixed items like images or graphics.
  • Easy to create linked boxes of flowed text.
  • Nice control over alignment with global grid so text in different boxes looks right.
  • Handy to switch personas to Affinity Photo or Designer for editing components
  • Easy to add a table of contents.
  • Complex interface takes a while to get comfortable with (training book helps with this).
  • The actual page being worked on is crowded in the interface (but fine if you have a second monitor).
  • I find the color selector non-intuitive and it seems to not remember previous choices.
I think it's good for newletter-type layouts with multiple text boxes and mixed images and graphics and text. It is not good for mixed text and mathematics.
Paul Gully | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Affinity Publisher extensively for a lot of our document design, both for customers and ourselves. All our booklets and printed design work are done / completed using Publisher, as well as a lot of the design process for social media graphics and assets. It's easy to use with great features; enabling us to complete projects a lot quicker. It also works great for us as an alternative to the equivalent Adobe products in most situations.
  • Quick start up and get going on projects.
  • Great tools and features.
  • Works well with all file types.
  • How it handles opening some file types.
  • Full compatibility with Adobe files would be fantastic (maybe not possible though).
  • Auto resizing of picture frames if you adjust the spread size would be amazing.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Affinity Publisher is a powerhouse of a program. It is used by our technology department for some mock-ups and detailed outlines. It's also used by a few of our secretaries when they need to make detailed diagrams. We use a lot of the layouts to avoid spending time and effort with a custom project -- they're great to jump start projects.
  • 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.
  • The learning curve takes a bit to get comfortable.
  • If you're used to InDesign, you'll need some Publisher tutorials to get going.
  • More people probably use adobe still, so you may encounter compatibility issues if switching between products while working with others.
Honestly, I thought our department would use this more for creating documentation for our staff and doing some mock-ups and layouts to envision future projects. I also run the social media for us, and I didn't expect to come to rely on Publisher for some of my social media layouts. There are other apps and subscription services that can streamline some social media posts, but with a bit of usage I've come to like using Publisher, as well.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our design team uses Affinity Publisher in place of Adobe InDesign. It helps us to build out print design campaigns as part of our broader marketing efforts for our clients. We are all in on the cost-effectiveness of Affinity's tools versus Adobe's, with a more than comparable feature set.
  • Affinity Publisher has to be number one. You can do ~99% of what you can do with Adobe's InDesign, for $50/user lifetime (even cheaper if you buy in bulk), as opposed to a recurring charge from Adobe every month.
  • Affinity Publisher helps us do all of our print design work for our clients, including seminar stands, marketing flyers, and even billboards.
  • Affinity Publisher is very similar in look and feels to Adobe products, which was suitable for our transition to using it. The downside is it uses different terminology for some of the tools/functions. These were minor gripes from our design team, and usually, a quick Google would help them to do what they were trying to accomplish. I'm sure there are probably copyright/legal reasons why, but worth mentioning, no doubt.
  • I think Affinity Publisher will come with time and is to be expected, but the amount of web articles/YouTube videos, while growing, is still a fraction compared to Adobe's products. That being said, there is a very passionate community of users behind Affinity's product line that makes up for quantity, with quality. There have been rare instances where we couldn't find a resolution when seeking help online about this product.
We had a few small growing pains in the transition from Adobe InDesign, but Finance is happy about the cost savings, and now we're fully on board with Affinity Publisher. We use it for all of our print design work, save for a single designer who pays for their own version of Sketch because that is their tool of choice. Other software (also made by Affinity) is better for working on web graphics (Affinity Designer) or photo manipulation (Affinity Photo). Still, for print, this is a no brainer for our org for several reasons mentioned above.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Affinity Publisher for a variety of tasks, most commonly a weekly print material for our Sunday services. Affinity Publisher has completely replaced InDesign for us, and we love it! It creates an opportunity for us to save money monthly vs Adobe Cloud, and we're able to accomplish the same goals as easily across the board.
  • Content Layout
  • Large scale documents
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Tool crossover from other Affinity products
Affinity Publisher really shines by allowing our organization to create large (in pages) documents that are easy to layout, adjust content, and eventually print via ourselves or an outside source. We love Affinity's cost and the ability to interwork with other Affinity programs. The only issues we wish weren't present is Affinity Publisher cannot currently open InDesign files from our previous Adobe CC use.
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