[writing] Affinity Publisher launch sale

Dom

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#1
Affinity Publisher is now out and can be purchased at a 20% discount. https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/


All its siblings are also similarly discounted including the iOS apps.
You can also buy it on the MacOS appstore (or get the Mac app direct from Affinity).

It's a very viable replacement for InDesign (and Designer and Photos are similar for Illustrator and Photoshop).
Designer and Photos have also just been updated to v1.7


Each of the desktop OS apps are £38.99 at the moment.
 
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Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#2
I have them all and once we have accurate DriveThru and Lulu templates I can see this cleaning up in our hobby.
After Serif Pageplus was a truly excellent lower cost high functionality product..
My InDesign 5.5 just isn't going to work on the next Mac OS update.
I recommend, and I *have* used it for work product since launch.
 

First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
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#3
I have them all and once we have accurate DriveThru and Lulu templates I can see this cleaning up in our hobby.
After Serif Pageplus was a truly excellent lower cost high functionality product..
My InDesign 5.5 just isn't going to work on the next Mac OS update.
I recommend, and I *have* used it for work product since launch.
This man, the Guv, speaks truth. I'd love to see the templates, then I retire, then we write bobbins and drink beer.

You've got to have a plan.
 

Dom

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#4
To be honest, the templates should be easy to build as all they are are dimensions, margins and bleed settings.
 
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MartinP

Rune Priest
#7
Is it as idiot-user-friendly as Page Plus used to be? I recall using an early version of Page Plus to put together my MSc dissertation, not something I would want to try with InDesign (I had v1 which was a bit meh) or Scribus (which I haven't got to grips with at all).

As a know-nothing user I was able to use Page Plus to put together newspaper front pages for my superhero game - that's the sort of ease of use I'm hoping for.
 
#8
I'm very tempted to jump ship from Adobe, I have an annual subscription and they've just told me they are going to charge me £40 just to renew it, never mind the monthly subscription.

I suppose my big questions are:

1. Does it do pdf 1x straight out of the box flawlessly?
2. Does it convert indesign files without much fuss?
3. how adobe-like is it?
4. Is there a demo version?
 

Dom

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#9
1. yes
2. No. It will pretty flawlessly import a PDF multi page file as @Loz has attested.
3. I had no issues using it and the tutorials are good.
4. I think so. Have a look at affinity.serif.com
 

Dom

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#10
Is it as idiot-user-friendly as Page Plus used to be? I recall using an early version of Page Plus to put together my MSc dissertation, not something I would want to try with InDesign (I had v1 which was a bit meh) or Scribus (which I haven't got to grips with at all).

As a know-nothing user I was able to use Page Plus to put together newspaper front pages for my superhero game - that's the sort of ease of use I'm hoping for.
It’s frame based so simple enough. The tutorial videos are good.
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#12
I found it both simple and also rather like InDesign. But file compatibility with InDesign won't work. But @Dom intrigues me with his talk of going via pdf. I think that is what he means.

Time for @dr_mitch to decry us all for not using LaTex. Followed by @Ezio telling us if we don't use vi we aren't real people.
 
#13
Serif provide free trials of both their other apps, but current there are no such links on the Publisher page. I imagine they will appear in time.

At some point I want to have a proper look at all their apps (I have photo for Mac and iPad) because if the curriculums at school aren’t tied to the Adobe apps then these could work out to be far more cost effective options, especially if their educational licenses are sensible.

- Neil.
 

Dom

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#14
But file compatibility with InDesign won't work. But @Dom intrigues me with his talk of going via pdf. I think that is what he means.
They did a lot of work so you can import a standards-compliant PDF and retain the editability. The page should look okay and you should be able to edit and pull elements off it. However, this is a limited sample that I've looked at. It won't be a perfect document.
 
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