Affinity Publisher beta launched – try it free

It’s the final piece of the jigsaw for the Affinity trio of creative apps

From the earliest days of visualising the Affinity range, we planned an unrivalled trio of sleek, super-modern apps created to work with the latest technology—ultra-fast, with stunning power and completely stripped of bloat.

That vision comes a step closer to completion with the launch of our desktop publishing app Affinity Publisher in a free public beta.

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Affinity Publisher is the result of thousands of hours of development time dedicated by the multi-award-winning team at our UK headquarters.

And we’re inviting you to play an influential role in shaping the first retail release, expected around the end of the year.

Watch the video: Affinity Publisher beta

Can I get the beta?

The free public beta is open to anyone, as long as your computer meets the system requirements.

You can download and test the pre-release version of the app now, from our store or find out more about the app on our website

What does it do?

Affinity Publisher is an all-new app which we believe will revolutionise desktop publishing in the same way Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have shaken up professional photo editing and vector graphic design.

Key desktop publishing capabilities built into Affinity Publisher include:

  • Advanced typography
  • Linked text frames
  • Master pages
  • Facing page spreads
  • Dynamic photo frames
  • Tables
  • Baseline grids
  • Linked resources
  • End-to-end CMYK

We’ve also produced some tutorial videos to get you started—you’ll find these in the app.

I have Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, will they work together?

Uniquely, Affinity Publisher will boast full integration with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. That means if you own all three apps, you’ll be able to edit vector designs and images right there within one app, in a stunning new way.

Early users will see buttons to switch to Photo and Designer within Affinity Publisher, though these won’t be activated until later in the beta period.

End-to-end CMYK

Great, I have a project I need to finish!

Woooahh, there! This is still a beta, so there will still be bugs and areas of the app which are not yet fully polished. We definitely don’t recommend you use it for any important production work yet.

Uh-oh, I spotted a bug

We’re relying on beta users to let us know what works and what doesn’t. If there are bugs, or any features that you think need adding, let us know. Even if we don’t get them in before we release version 1, you can expect plenty of free updates to come, just like with our other apps.

We have set up a dedicated forum where beta users are encouraged to share your feedback, suggestions and requests, at affin.co/publisherbetaforum.

Can I get it on my iPad?

The beta version of Affinity Publisher is for Mac and Windows only. After launch, the app will follow later on iPad—as with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year.

And although the beta is available with English UI only, other languages will be available by the time of the retail launch.

Shut up and take my money!

We totally get that not everyone wants to take part in the beta period, and many more of you are excited to buy the full app.

Rest assured we’ll be bringing you more information about the launch of Affinity Publisher as it gets closer to going on sale. So keep an eye on Affinity Spotlight as well as our social media channels, or sign up for our newsletter.


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