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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 has become a go-to software for users looking to design documents with ease and efficiency. Users have extensively …
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Affinity Publisher



Entry-level set up fee?

  • 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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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Affinity Publisher has become a go-to software for users looking to design documents with ease and efficiency. Users have extensively utilized the software for a wide range of projects, including booklets, printed design work, and social media graphics. The software's intuitive interface allows users, even those who are relatively new to it, to create complex documents with flowed text boxes and images. One of its key strengths is its ability to handle large manuals with attachments, making it easy to share across a network. It has found particular use in assembling page layouts for signage, manuals, ads, and other published materials. Affinity Publisher has also been embraced by design teams who prefer it over Adobe InDesign for print design campaigns because it provides a cost-effective solution without compromising on powerful features. Additionally, departments such as technology and secretaries rely on the software for creating mock-ups, detailed diagrams, and layouts. Sunday service materials have also benefited from Affinity Publisher's capabilities as users can easily create weekly print materials without the need for Adobe InDesign, resulting in cost savings. Overall, users appreciate the opportunity to achieve their goals effortlessly and cost-effectively with Affinity Publisher.

Users have provided several recommendations for Affinity Publisher based on their experiences and preferences. Firstly, many users suggest trying the free trial of Affinity Publisher before making a purchase to explore its features and determine if it meets their specific needs. Additionally, users recommend considering Affinity Publisher as an alternative to subscription-based publishing software due to its affordable price compared to Adobe products. They appreciate that Affinity Publisher offers a one-time payment option with free updates. Lastly, some users suggest purchasing all three Affinity products, including Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, to have a complete set of design tools that work well together and provide a seamless workflow for their projects. In summary, users find that Affinity Publisher is a powerful and affordable option for desktop publishing software, offering professional tools with extensive documentation, an enjoyable interface, and an inspiring community.

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George Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Paul Gully | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
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