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It’s been in beta for a while, but Affinity Publisher has finally officially launched on Mac and Windows. The news comes fresh from the Affinity Live event, where Serif also revealed a ridiculously cool new feature: users will be able to swap between Designer, Photo and Publisher personas to instantly access the full range of each app’s tools. For the full story, read on.

As predicted, Serif is launching its desktop publishing app with a special introductory offer: right now you can get Affinity Publisher with 20% off. As with all Affinity apps, there’s no subscription, which means you can pick up Publisher for a one-off payment of $31.99/£38.99  (usually $39.99/£48.99). For more creative bargains, make sure you bookmark our Amazon Prime Day deals page. Alternatively, read on for more info about Affinity Publisher.

Affinity Publisher has its own impressive set of vector and photo editing tools built-in, but if you own Serif’s other creative apps – vector design tool Affinity Designer and image editor Affinity Photo (which both got a major upgradeearlier in the month) – you can unlock Publisher’s game-changing StudioLink technology. By clicking between the three different icons at the top of the interface, you’ll be able to access a full array of professional vector and photo image editing tools from within Affinity Publisher.

The desktop publishing app has launched on Mac (above) and Windows [image: Serif]

The desktop publishing app has launched on Mac (above) and Windows [image: Serif]

That means that for the first time, designers will be able to jump between publishing and image editing tasks from within the same app. Could this be the productivity feature that pushes Affinity apps to the front of the creative software race?

“Affinity Publisher with StudioLink… allows 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,” said managing director Ashley Hewson. “It’s the most fluid workflow ever conceived in a creative suite of applications, and we think it’s a game changer.”

iPad app integration

Serif's dedicated iPad apps can already handle Publisher documents [image: Serif]

Serif’s dedicated iPad apps can already handle Publisher documents [image: Serif]

As of now, Serif has updated the iPad versions of Affinity Designer and Photo to enable them to open, edit and export Publisher documents. We’ll have to wait a little longer for a dedicated iPad version of Affinity Publisher, however – a launch is pencilled in for next year. Serif has confirmed the iPad app will feature the same StudioLink technology as the desktop apps, which is very exciting news indeed.

Serif has impressed with its dedicated iPad apps, with Affinity Designer for iPadranking highly in our list of the best iPad apps for painting and drawing. We’re excited to see if Affinity Publisher for iPad will follow the same trend.

Affinity Publisher features

Publisher includes plenty of advanced layout features, including text on a path [image: Serif]

Publisher includes plenty of advanced layout features, including text on a path [image: Serif]

What else can we expect from Serif’s InDesign-botherer? There’s all the usual features you need in a publishing app – Master Pages, facing-page spreads, grids, tables, advanced typography, text flow and full professional print output – plus many more.

Affinity Publisher can import and export all major raster and vector files, including layered PSD, PDF, EPS formats. And it can output print-ready documents in the latest PDF/X formats, with hyperlink support for documents shared online. Serif also promises that it’ll run like a dream, even on the most content-heavy documents.

Find out more about the app (and pick up a copy with 20% off) on Serif’s Affinity Publisher page.

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Dario

Dario

Dario De Leonardis esiste nell’Internet dalla fine degli anni ‘90. È stato, in ordine sparso: hacker, grafico, web developer, brand designer, analista politico, edonista, spin doctor b-side dell’hinterland tarantino, UI designer, installatore software, attivista per i diritti di tutti quelli che non vogliono togliere diritti agli altri, tecnico informatico, ghost writer, organizzatore eventi, autore satirico, cattivo da fumetto, social media strategist/manager, communication expert e modello. Da curriculum accademico sarebbe critico letterario e teatrale ma si vergogna a dirlo. Ama il cinema d’azione indocinese e il progressive rock del nord-est europa. Tendenzialmente affronta i suoi problemi con il binge watching e il sarcasmo. Sa come si scrive una È maiuscola con l'accento e non con l'apostrofo usando le combinazioni ASCII. È fortemente convinto che una cosa si possa pubblicizzare e vendere anche se non esiste realmente e che un giorno le botnet sui social svilupperanno una coscienza propria e conquisteranno il mondo.

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