After completing our biggest public beta ever, we officially launched the fluid publishing powerhouse that is Affinity Publisher at our latest Affinity Live event earlier this week.
From magazines, books, brochures, posters, reports and stationery to other creations, this incredibly smooth, intuitive app gives users the power to combine images, graphics and text to make spectacular layouts ready for publication.
But that’s not all. The launch of Affinity Publisher has also unlocked a unique and unbelievably fluid new way of working thanks to the game-changing StudioLink feature.
The first technology of its kind, StudioLink allows owners of our vector design app Affinity Designer and image editor Affinity Photo to use them right there in an Affinity Publisher layout, simply by clicking the relevant product icon.
While Affinity Publisher has its own impressive selection of built-in vector and photo editing tools, StudioLink gives users the power to edit graphics and images in a layout using a full array of professional tools, without the need to switch to a different app. The result is a massive streamlining of the creative workflow and something which is completely revolutionising the way creative professionals work.
To top it all off, it was also revealed that the pioneering iPad versions of Affinity Designer and Photo have been updated to handle Affinity Publisher documents. While Publisher itself will come to iPad later, owners of Affinity Designer and Photo on iPad can open, edit and export Publisher documents, on the move, right now.
“It’s the most fluid workflow ever conceived in a creative suite of applications, and we think it’s a game changer – it’s the reason we called our apps Affinity.”
Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson made these announcements during his keynote address at the launch event.
“For too long, millions of creative professionals have found their workflow hindered by incompatible file types, apps which don’t work properly together, and awkward workarounds which cost valuable time,” he said.
“Affinity Publisher with StudioLink takes all that pain away by allowing you to instantly switch to the advanced photo editing features of Affinity Photo and precise vector tools of Affinity Designer without ever leaving the app. It’s the most fluid workflow ever conceived in a creative suite of applications, and we think it’s a game changer – it’s the reason we called our apps Affinity.”
From creating simple text-based documents to posters and flyers, or complex brochures and books combining words, images and graphics, the meticulously-engineered features of Affinity Publisher means it runs like a dream, even on the most content-heavy documents.
With essentials like Master Pages, facing-page spreads, grids, tables, advanced typography, text flow and full professional print output, Affinity Publisher delivers all the requirements for a modern-day layout app, tailored to exploit the power of the very latest hardware.
Other key features include:
- OpenType support and glyph browser
- Text decorations and drop capitals
- Linked text frames with advanced flow options
- Text wrapping with fine padding control
- Artistic text including text on a path
- Baseline grid and text frame rulers
- Place PSD, AI, PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG or Affinity files
- Correct and enhance images with non-destructive adjustment layers
- Incredibly smooth gradient and transparency controls
- Auto generated indexes and table of contents
- RegEx search and replace
- Customisable keyboard shortcuts
- Saveable undo history
- Super smooth pan and zoom at 60fps
- End-to-end CMYK and spot colour support
- PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 output for professional print
Affinity Publisher’s enormous flexibility means it can import and export all major raster and vector files, including layered PSD, PDF, EPS formats. It can also output print-ready documents in the latest PDF/X formats, including hyperlink support for documents shared online.
Available with a 20% discount for a limited period, you can get started on Affinity Publisher today for just £38.99. And as with all Affinity apps, there is no subscription.