– Graphic Design Software
Affinity Designer sneaks into the No1 Spot?
It has been a while now that freelancers and other individuals that work in the world of creating images and other visual material have been anticipating an affordable alternative to Adobe’s although excellent, but costly suite of graphic design and photography software.
For me at least, it looks like a true alternative has finally arrived!
Affinity – Imagined by designers, created for Mac.
I know I may have said this somewhere before, but once you have used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, you will find it very hard to accept any other software. Because of the relative ease of use, flexibility and intuitiveness, you will become spoilt, anything else will need to be special.
Over the years my interpretation of the term ‘ease of use’ has come to mean; ‘ease of use’ – relative to basic knowledge or experience with a specific product or tool.
Now, when you read the words “Imagined by designers, created for Mac.” you hope, or at least you expect that this offering from Serif, the company responsible for Affinity Designer to fit into your armoury of software, accommodating nuances and all, and all with minimal fuss.
And it does…
To begin with, the look and feel of the software has a familiar Mac ‘flavour’, or should I say…(take a look for yourself – you’ll know what I mean).
Unlike the previous Adobe alternative software I have tried out, Affinity Designer does not suffer that ‘jittery’, temperamental experience found with the other design software contenders for the smaller budget. Of course I will need to take it through a more thorough trial – perhaps to avoid any bias, explore how Affinity Designer naturally fits into a workflow and copes with daily demands over a period of time.
This will be for another post.
Now, in terms of vector graphic design software Affinity Designer works and feels, in a way familiar to most designers that use digital technology. But the thing I found about Affinity Designer is the way in which it so readily handles both vector and raster images.
“Straight Out The Box – It’s fast. Really fast”
In an ‘on-the-spot’ real live situation, I was able to use Affinity to perform various tasks with little fuss, and that is using it for the very first time. Of course there were a few hang ups working out where certain tools and features were placed – however, the resolve was always close at hand and easily found in the appropriate menu tab.
So, without burdening your decision with the pros, why not take this for a spin yourself. You can try it out for free and if it fits, its one-time purchase will not hurt your pockets.
Now I am going to let you in on something a little more ‘underground’, another software contender for the smaller budget. Although I haven’t taken it for spin myself, at least not as yet, the reviews and demonstration I have seen look very promising. Take a look here: Designer Software for the smaller budget.