Serif launched Affinity Designer in October 2014, Affinity Photo in July 2015 and, most recently, Affinity Publisher in June 2019. I downloaded Affinity Publisher, which costs $49.99 (one‐time cost, not a subscription). I was really impressed with the performance and features, especially since it’s their first version.
Although I have not spent a lot of time using and testing Affinity Publisher, my initial reaction is that it’s a great option for anyone using either Microsoft Publisher or a non Creative Cloud version of InDesign. There are many factors that determine what professional publishing application is best for your work flow. You may have certain plug‐ins or previous documents created in InDesign, for example, that would make switching applications difficult. But I think for some people it would be another strong option to consider.
Since we prefer PDFs for print production, I spent time exporting PDFs and testing them. So far, I have not encountered any issues, but more testing with longer documents still needs to take place.
Most of our customers are using Adobe InDesign, which is definitely the standard for creative professionals. But if you’re using another application for publishing, you should take a look at Affinity Publisher. They offer a free trial version as well https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/ so, get into it and see what you think. And be sure to let me know whether your evaluation is thumbs up or thumbs down.