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Affinity Designer Editor's Review

So far, graphic designers and print media professionals working with Macs had to stick to pricey apps like Adobe Illustrator or resort to less capable third party software for vector art and illustration. However, with the availability of Affinity Designer from Serif, they now have a viable alternative. Currently in beta, this vector art creation app can be downloaded and tried for free. This is in fact Serif’s first native OS X design software which targets the Illustrator or CorelDraw users.

It supports Macs with 64 bit Intel CPUs and OS X 10.7 or later editions. Affinity Designer is equipped with a fully customizable and sleek UI that offers seamless integration with workflow features of OS X, like iCloud.  

You can access regular vector design tools in Affinity Designer’s UI. There are tools like vector brushes, text and node etc. The default UI opens in Windowed mode but that can be changed to suit your usage needs. It supports Adobe AI, EPS and PDF files and so compatibility with other apps will not be a problem.

Affinity Designer’s real-time pixel preview offers ace designers pixel precise control over artwork. As it is, the tool does come with some raster tools including smudge, lasso and selection brush. This actually makes working more flexible for design professionals. The vector tools offered by the app are joy to use and you can use stylus tablets too. Those into print media will like the app’s support for CMYK mode and 16-bit channel. It also supports LAB color and RGB mode.

If you want to add a creative touch to vector artwork, use the app’s customizable shapes and vector brushes. The inclusion of smart-snapping indicators and Boolean geometry operations make workflow simpler. You can choose to export individual objects and layers in this app.

Positive Points:
•    Customizable workspace.
•    Support for enough file formats.
•    Raster tools allow flexibility.
•    Support or CMYK, 16 bit color.

Negative Points:
•    Nothing as such.

Conclusion:
Serif’s first Mac specific offering to tackle a behemoth like Adobe Illustrator looks promising though it is too early to compare the two apps, given the offering is still in beta phase. The app UI is customizable and you get a lot of vector and raster tools to create artwork. Importing files from Illustrator and other apps is possible. Its support for CMYK color mode makes the app suited for print media professionals as well.

Rating: 4/5







Affinity Designer Publisher's Description

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionise how you work.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Professional graphic design software for the Mac.

Publisher: Serif | License: Trial | Price: 49.99
Version: 1.0 Beta | Size: 107 KB | Platform: Mac OS X
Released Date: 14-11-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: Affinity Designer

Author Url: https://affinity.serif.com/
Program Info Url: https://affinity.serif.com/
Download Url: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/affinity-designer-trial/download/Affinity+Designer+Trial.dmg
Screenshot Url: https://affinity.serif.com/

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