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Mac

Hardware

  • Mac Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini
  • Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better (from 2007)
  • 4GB RAM minimum
  • 1.04GB of available space; more during installation
  • 1280x768 display size or better
  • Supports regular, retina, and expanded gamut DCI-P3 displays

Operating System

  • 10.9 Mavericks
  • 10.10 Yosemite
  • 10.11 El Capitan
  • 10.12 Sierra
  • 10.13 High Sierra
  • 10.14 Mojave
  • 10.15 Catalina

Windows

Hardware

  • Windows-based PC (64 bit) with mouse or equivalent input device
  • DirectX 10-compatible Graphics Cards and above
  • 4GB RAM
  • 593MB of available space; more during installation
  • 1280x768 display size or better

Operating System

Affinity Store version
  • Windows® 10 (1607 Anniversary update or higher)
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1; Aero enabled)
Microsoft Store version
  • Windows® 10 (1607 Anniversary update or higher)

Overview

It’s Fast—Really Fast

  • Pan and zoom at 60fps
  • Stunning scroll speeds as you edit or preview
  • Objects respond immediately to transformation
  • Real-time gradients, effects, blend modes and adjustments
  • 64-bit multi-core optimisation and hardware acceleration

Beautiful By Design

  • Built from the ground up for page layout professionals
  • Stylish and uncluttered interface

Efficient Affinity File Format

  • Compact and fast native file format
  • Fully editable in Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo

Highly Customisable

  • Light or dark user interface
  • Create and save your own custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Create your own toolbars and toolbar layouts
  • Reorganise on-screen panels, float or dock as preferred
  • Tweak UI tool size and choose monochrome or coloured buttons
  • Search Preferences and set up Affinity Publisher to your taste
  • Work in pixels, points, picas and physical document units

Rich History

  • Instantly undo/redo over 8,000 History steps
  • Save History so you can undo steps later even on different computers
  • Undo actions performed in other Affinity suite apps
  • Cycle Futures feature prevents history loss after editing from undos
  • A seamless AutoSave protects against unexpected shutdowns

Naturally Easy to Use

  • Follows Industry conventions for the most popular shortcuts
  • Context toolbar displays options for the active tool only
  • Quickly hide all tools and panels for a bigger design preview
  • Work with multiple publications and multiple displays
  • Document presets or save your own custom document setups
  • Tailor tool behaviours and UI settings in Preferences

Professional Samples

  • Explore professional samples to trigger your imagination

Learning Made Easy

  • Access over 50 categorised video tutorials - every one shot in 4k!
  • Comprehensive in-app product Help
  • ‘At hand’ Hint Line for help with current actions

No Subscription—Free to Try, One Price to Buy

  • No subscription charges! Designed for pros, priced for all DTP users
  • Buy through Affinity.store website, Mac App Store or Windows Store
  • Updates available as we improve

Languages

  • English (US and UK)
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Russian

Page Layout Essentials

Easy Document Setup

  • Presets designed for different type of output, e.g. Print (Press Ready)
  • Choose number of pages on setup
  • Created pages are auto-linked to default master page
  • Arrange facing pages vertically/horizontally
  • Start facing pages on left or right
  • Set bleed on setup

Spread Setup

  • For current, specific or all spreads
  • Override document dimensions and margins
  • Scale content when resizing documents
  • Lanczos 3, Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbour resampling methods
  • Mixed spread orientations

Master Pages

  • Share page elements across many pages
  • Editing master page elements updates all pages simultaneously
  • Created pages are auto-linked to default master page
  • Edit frame content independently of master page
  • Detach text and picture frames from master to independently resize/format
  • Edit master page from any publication page
  • Hierarchical master-on-master page support
  • Multiple master pages per page

Sections

  • Split publications into logical ‘chapter’ sections
  • Create new sections from targeted pages
  • Different page numbering styles per section
  • Name sections for chapter identification on headers/footers
  • Control starting page number
  • Reference last page in section or at publication end

Page Navigation and Viewing

  • Ultra responsive page scrolling
  • Pages panel scrolls with page scrolling
  • Page locator
  • Instantly switch between favourite zoom levels
  • Zoom to Spread
  • Navigator Panel for pan/zoom control
  • Save favourite view settings in the Panel
  • Preview Mode

Text Frame Setup

  • Multi-column support
  • Dedicated Text Frame Panel for advanced frame setup
  • Control insets, gutter and vertical alignment
  • Variable column and gutter widths
  • Change column widths by dragging
  • Set same gutter values on ≥3-columns simultaneously
  • Link text frames to flow text through
  • Unlink/delete frames in frame sequence
  • Frame sequences intelligently reflow on frame deletion/detachment
  • Align to baseline grid

Placeholder Text

  • Autofit to frame (non-editable) or normal text behaviour
  • Use your own custom filler text
  • Language specific

Adding Text to Text Frames

  • Place external file directly into new or existing text frame
  • Import Word DOCX and RTF files
  • Copy/paste from InDesign, Word, RTF and most other text editors
  • Paste as unformatted text
  • Scale or reflow text directly from text frame
  • Vertically align frame text
  • AutoFlow creates new ‘framed’ pages from overflowing frame text
  • Fit text frame to contained text
  • Create text frames from shapes

Artistic Text

  • Perfect for a front page headline or chapter title
  • Text always scales
  • Takes layer effects (blurs, shadows and glows)

Text-on-a-Path

  • Type text along a custom curve
  • Control start and end points
  • Set text on both or either side of lines
  • Convert shapes to text paths
  • Control all the normal text attributes including baseline

Placing Content

  • Place images (PNG, JPG, TIFF, SVG)
  • Place PDF
  • Place Microsoft® Word® DOCX, RTF and plain text
  • Place Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher documents
  • Place Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • Import multiple images into Place Images panel then place click-by-click
  • Choose page to view for placed multi-page PDFs/Affinity documents

Preview and Place Stock Imagery

  • Search for Stock images within Affinity Publisher
  • Royalty free providers (Unsplash, Pexels and more)

Picture Frames

  • Picture Frame Rectangle and Ellipse tools
  • Intelligent image fitting to frame (Scale to Max/Min Fit)
  • Create from shapes (geometric or pen drawn)
  • Use presets or customize your own frames
  • Size picture frame to content
  • On-page pan, zoom and rotate controls

Tables

  • Present data in tabular form
  • Add, remove and resize columns and rows directly from table
  • Autofit/distribute rows and columns
  • Comprehensive cell formatting and merging
  • Create custom table formats
  • Save any table for later use
  • Align to baseline grid

Pinned Objects

  • Pinned objects move as text reflows
  • Intelligent pinning to nearest text
  • Float or inline (as character)
  • Position by eye or via Pinning Panel (for precision)
  • Float in relation to pin, frame, column, margin or page edge
  • Inline objects set relative to baseline, ascender, descender

Text wrapping

  • Flow frame text around picture frames, text frames, images and tables
  • Change distance to text (separate directions or uniformly)
  • Edit the wrap outline to tailor wrapping

Interactive links for digital publishing

  • Hyperlinks (to page, web address, file or email)
  • Create in-document anchors for hyperlinks to target
  • Table of contents and Index entries automatically hyperlink

Fields

  • Insert document information (Author, Title, Date/Time)
  • Add document statistics
  • Section fields for headers and footers
  • Continued on/from text frame references

Table of Contents

  • Dedicated Panel for TOC management
  • Multiple Tables of Contents
  • Create for document or section
  • Choose text styles to generate content
  • Create different text style sets

Index

  • Generate index from inserted index marks
  • Dedicated Panel for index management
  • Find and index additional matching words from panel
  • Create cross references

Professional Typography

Pro Font Support

  • Create elegant text with OpenType, True Type and Type 1 fonts
  • Use OpenType features (ligatures, swashes, stylistic alternates and sets)
  • Insert placeholder text while constructing designs
  • Insert special characters and symbols
  • Copy and paste style between objects
  • Font fallbacks

Live Font Previews

  • Fonts are previewed instantly while creating or customising text
  • Access fonts by collection for efficiency
  • Browse recent, used or favourite fonts (previously set as favourites)

Live OpenType Feature Previews

  • Typography panel shows live feature previews
  • Easily select the right Stylistic Set every time
  • Preview Ligatures, Contextual Alternates, Swashes and more

Glyph Browser

  • Quickly insert special characters into your text
  • Display in glyph or Unicode order
  • Browser will track current font selection
  • Filter by font subset, e.g. Cyrillic
  • Search by glyph name, glyph index or Unicode value

Character and Paragraph Panels

  • Style text with on-screen panels you can dock, move, and resize
  • Adjust kerning, tracking, shear, baseline and other character attributes
  • Easily set leading, indents, tab stops and justification
  • Multi-language auto-hyphenation
  • Optical character alignment (hanging punctuation)
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Initial words formatting
  • Add decorations (paragraph rules)

Text Ruler

  • Visually set tabs and indents
  • Displays above any selected text frame
  • Use alongside Paragraph Panel
  • Reposition ruler vertically onto ‘target’ paragraphs

Checking your work

  • Spell checking on the fly, or on demand, and customise the dictionary
  • Check against any dictionary installed
  • Autocorrect (uses replacement and abbreviation lists)

Text Styles

  • Ensure text appears consistent
  • Apply character and paragraph styles
  • Pre-supplied styles
  • Easily update styles cross-document
  • Design from scratch or from text selection
  • Style hierarchies
  • Style groups
  • Multi-level numbering schemas
  • Import styles from target document
  • Delete unused styles
  • Delete all styles and create your own

Find and Replace

  • Fonts, traits, attributes or text formatting
  • Character or paragraph styles
  • Search for ‘No style’
  • Special characters
  • Regular expressions support (Locale Aware)
  • Locate found text on page

Management

Resource Management

  • Missing resource alert on document load
  • Linked/embedded placed image policy at document setup
  • Dedicated Resource Manager for image/document management
  • Displays placed image or document status
  • Convert resources from embedded to linked (and vice versa)
  • Linked image use offers much reduced file sizes
  • Relative resource links are honoured

Layer Management

  • Each page has its own layers
  • Organise using layers, groups and layer naming
  • Isolate, rename, lock and hide layers with easy shortcuts
  • Unlock all locked objects simultaneously
  • Show all hidden objects simultaneously
  • Limit the effect of adjustments by drag and drop

Font Management

  • Missing font alert on document load
  • Dedicated Font Manager for your document’s fonts
  • Displays fonts used and font status
  • Show and replace missing fonts
  • Locate any fonts used

Design Aids

Powerful Snapping

  • Snap text frames, picture frames, shapes and curves
  • Snap to grids, baseline grids, guides, column guides, canvas edges, margins, gaps and more
  • Snapping candidate control (last six selected or layer based)
  • Dynamic alignment works smoothly on snapping candidates
  • Save favourite snapping settings as new presets
  • Exclude objects from snapping

Ruler, Ruler Guides and Column Guides

  • Switch on vertical/horizontal rulers that use document measurement units
  • Spread (ruler) origin repositioned from ruler intersection
  • Create ruler guides in any measurement unit or by percentage
  • Reposition guides from ruler area when using multiple tools
  • Multi-column guides with gutter control

Baseline Grids

  • Vertically align text baselines for more appealing layouts
  • For entire document or specific frames or tables
  • Control grid positioning relative to spread/page/margin
  • Precision object snapping to grid
  • Display grid only at a configurable zoom level
  • Set grid colour

Layout Grids

  • Create standard square and rectangular grids
  • Change grid colour and opacity
  • Snap to grid for accurate layout

Constraints

  • Scale and/or anchor objects in relation to the containing shape or picture frame
  • Select object edges to be constrained
  • Dedicated Constraints Panel for scale/anchor control
  • Max/min fit for fixed aspect ratios

Page Rotation

  • Maps to popular graphics tablet and keyboard controls

Misc Design Aids

  • Inter-object measurement guides
  • Switch on pasteboard for off-page storage

Assets for easy access to stored page elements

  • Dedicated panel for asset storage
  • Store text frames, picture frames, and tables
  • Store any object to a custom subcategory
  • Easy drag and drop onto the page
  • Import/export assets

Supporting Vector Design Tools and Operations

Pen and Node Tool

  • Instinctively and quickly create what you want in a few clicks
  • Change node types on the fly without interrupting your flow
  • Switch between Pen and Node tools with a key press
  • Multi-node selection, alignment and transform
  • Apply pressure, scaling, drawing, mitre and line end settings for organic strokes
  • Create custom saveable pressure profiles
  • Arrowheads

Tool and Mode Switching

  • One tool flexibly selects, moves, rotates, scales, and skews
  • Switch to the Move tool any time with a key press
  • Toggle between popular tools and temporarily change modes
  • Intuitively edit objects within groups without ungrouping
  • Optionally move parent objects without their child layers

Editable Shapes

  • Regular shapes are naturally smart with unique editing nodes
  • Easily customise shapes, achieve neat results with snapping geometry
  • Create perfect squares and circles by constraining primitives
  • Apply special and rounded corners as absolute or % values
  • Customise cogs, stars, arrows, pies, and 14 other smart shapes
  • Presets for shapes or save your own shapes

Live Gradient Fills and Transparencies

  • Draw gradients live in your design, instantly and smoothly
  • Apply colour and transparency gradients to fills and outlines
  • Easily adjust the nodes and rates of change for gradients
  • Use solid, linear, elliptical, radial, conical gradients and apply bitmaps
  • Aspect ratio control (bitmap fill/transparency only)
  • Linear and radial gradients respond to object scaling/shearing with skewed fill handle editing

Power Duplicate

  • Duplicate objects and repeat transforms all in one go
  • Create geometric patterns or repeating, scaling, rotating designs

Aligning and Distributing

  • Align to left, centre, right, top, middle, bottom
  • Works to selection bounds, spread (artboard), margins, first/last selected
  • Automatically distribute objects horizontally or vertically
  • Distribute to your choice of spacing
  • Alignment handles for precise alignment of a selection to a position on page
  • Change object Z-order

Transforms

  • Accurately position and scale objects to specific values
  • Use functions like +50% to scale objects relatively
  • Apply transforms about an anchor point selected in the Transform panel
  • Rotate using dedicated lollipop or from outside corner handles
  • Transform Panel is aware of object’s custom transform origin (anchor point will override)
  • Set a custom centre of rotation
  • Reposition objects by their custom transform origin
  • Skew using on-screen controls or the Transform panel
  • Flip objects with handy buttons

Boolean Geometry

  • Join, intersect, subtract, intersect, divide and combine shape outlines
  • Boolean operations are editable (Compound Shapes) without using Undo

Clipping

  • Add artwork within shapes and layers using Insert Inside and Paste Inside
  • Clip to object below with Move Inside and Move Outside
  • Also Insert Behind and Insert Above the current layer

Styles

  • Save combinations of fill, line and effects settings for reuse
  • Apply styles for design consistency, e.g. your favourite letterpress
  • Optionally scale styles with objects
  • Search for styles by style name

Textured Noise

  • Add noise to object fills and outlines, also as a gradient

Program Defaults

  • Apply your preferred object settings as defaults

StudioLink for Designer and Photo Interworking

With Designer Persona

Corner Tool

  • Neatly round and soften corners on shapes and lines
  • For single corners/nodes, a selection, or all nodes at once

Vector Paint Brushes

  • Access Texture and Image brush categories
  • Texture brushes include Pen, Paint, Watercolour and Pastel styles
  • Complete editability of an already applied stroke’s width, colour and opacity
  • Stroke stabilisation for perfectly smooth brush strokes
  • See a live preview at the brush tip before you apply your stroke
  • Create custom brushes using your own textures

Pencil Tool

  • Draw lines with an intuitive balance of accuracy and smoothing
  • Adjust weight automatically based on velocity, pressure, or use fixed width
  • Use stabiliser for super smooth pencil strokes
  • Sculpt mode for repeating and continuing strokes

Symbols

  • Simultaneous and automatic editing of repeating design elements
  • Create and store symbols in Symbols Panel
  • Replicate symbols as individual symbol instances
  • Synchronisation across instances by default
  • Switch off synchronisation for isolated edits
  • Edit distinct object properties independently of each other

With Photo Persona

Raster Paint Brushes

  • Introduce raster texture and shading to your page
  • Many brush categories (natural media, sprays, grunge and more)
  • Stroke stabilisation for perfectly smooth brush strokes
  • Retouch images with Dodge, Burn, Smudge and Sharpen brush tools
  • See a live preview at the brush tip before you apply your stroke
  • Control size, pressure, and speed interactivity with live brush settings

Pixel Selections

  • Confine edits to selected regions only
  • Adjustments and effects are masked to selection
  • Use regular shapes, pixel-width regions, freehand lasso, and selection brush
  • Select regions based on colour and tonal ranges
  • Grow, shrink, feather, smooth and outline selection

Refine Selections

  • Select fine detail like hair and fur with advanced refining
  • Set refinement border width, smoothness, mode, and feather size
  • Output refinement as a selection, mask, new layer, or new layer with mask

Professional image filters

  • Full access to non-destructive Live filters
  • Enhance your photos
  • Blur, sharpen, distort or add colour effects

Custom Brushes

  • Create completely custom vector and raster brushes using your own textures
  • Choose behaviour for pressure and velocity variance, corners, repeating areas and many other controls

Professional Colour, Compatibility, and Output

Professional Colour

  • True end-to-end CMYK for professional workflows
  • RGB, RGB Hex, LAB, CMYK and Greyscale colour models
  • PANTONE® colour swatches
  • ICC colour management profiles supported
  • Seamlessly jump between colour modes
  • Lock to prevent colour mode switching

Pantone® Colour Matching

  • PANTONE® Goe
  • PANTONE® GoeBridge
  • PANTONE®+ Solid
  • PANTONE®+ CMYK
  • PANTONE®+ Color Bridge
  • PANTONE®+ Metallic, Neon, and Pastels
  • Coated and uncoated variants

Smart Colour Picker

  • Dedicated Tool for sampling colour in your Document View
  • Accurately pick colour using a magnifier over any part of your display
  • Point or colour averaged sampling
  • Sample from current or all layers
  • Grab in the source colour space including CMYK, RGB and LAB colour
  • Simple panel-based Colour Picker as alternative

Palettes and Swatches

  • Use colours and palettes based on all the available colour models
  • Automatically create palettes based on document colours
  • Import Adobe® Swatch Exchange (.ase) files
  • Create complementary, analogous and other colour chords
  • Generate palette from any image

Global Colours

  • Update objects when their base colour changes
  • Tint levels are retained when base colour updates
  • Use as solid colours or in gradients

16-bits per Channel Support

  • 16-bits per channel mode for accurate colour processing
  • Works on all supported hardware and operating systems without limits

Open

  • Affinity Photo (.afphoto)
  • Affinity Designer (.afdesign)
  • PDF

Import

  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • Adobe® Illustrator® AI (containing PDF stream)
  • EPS

Place

  • Microsoft® Word® DOCX, RTF or plain text
  • Affinity Photo (.afphoto)
  • Affinity Designer (.afdesign)
  • Affinity Publisher (.afpub)
  • Adobe® Illustrator® AI (containing PDF stream)
  • PDF
  • Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® FreeHand® (versions 9 to 11)
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • SVG
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)
  • Extensive RAW import library (auto-process on import)
  • DNG
  • HEIF with depth map (as separate layer)

Export

  • PDF
  • PNG
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • TIFF
  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • SVG
  • EPS
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)

PDF and PDF/X compatible

  • Save designs as PDF for sharing
  • Edit and save PDFs for round-trip app compatibility

Desktop Printing/Save as PDF

  • Tiled
  • N-up (ganged)
  • Book printing
  • Booklet printing

Professional Printing

  • Full CMYK handling and ICC profiles
  • Spot colours
  • Overprint controls
  • Trim, bleed and crop marks
  • Bleed preview with bleed setup directly from new document
  • K-only greyscale images on CMYK output
  • Create CMYK PDF/X files for pro printing
  • Compatible with PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4

Live Blend Modes, Adjustments and Effects

Non-Destructive Editing

  • Apply to any object, layer, group—whether vector or raster
  • See effects, blend modes and adjustments instantly with no lag
  • Completely finish designs without switching to another app
  • Edit any time—all effects, adjustments, and blend modes are non-destructive
  • Set blend modes for strokes, layers, objects and groups
  • Selectively recolour artwork and designs without laborious reworking

Live Adjustments

  • Levels
  • White Balance
  • HSL
  • Recolour
  • Black and White
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Posterise
  • Vibrance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • Threshold
  • Curves
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map
  • Selective Colour
  • Colour Balance
  • Invert
  • Soft Proof
  • 3D LUT (3D Look Up Table for complex adjustments)
  • Lens Filter
  • Split Toning

Live Effects

  • Gaussian Blur
  • Outer Shadow
  • Inner Shadow
  • Outer Glow
  • Inner Glow
  • Outline
  • 3D
  • Bevel/Emboss
  • Colour Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay

Live Blend Modes

  • Normal
  • Darken
  • Darker Colour
  • Multiply
  • Colour Burn
  • Linear Burn
  • Lighten
  • Lighter Colour
  • Screen
  • Colour Dodge
  • Add
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Pin Light
  • Linear Light
  • Hard Mix
  • Difference
  • Exclusion
  • Subtract
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Luminosity
  • Colour
  • Average
  • Negation
  • Reflect
  • Glow
  • Contrast Negate
  • Erase

Input Devices

OS X/macOS

  • Pressure-sensitive graphics tablet and pen
  • Force Touch and regular Trackpad
  • Touch Bar
  • Mac keyboards
  • Magic Trackpad and Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse and Magic Mouse 2
  • Generic multi-button and wheel mouse
  • Dictation offered by OS X

Windows

  • DirectX 11 and Direct 2D rendering with Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) fallback
  • Hardware accelerated for smooth panning/zooming and rendering
  • Optimised for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book (including support for detachable screen)
  • Surface Studio with Surface Pen/Surface Dial
  • Generic multi-button and wheel mouse
  • Wacom (and other WinTab devices) support
  • Uses Microsoft Concurrency Runtime to fully utilise/scale across modern CPUs
  • High DPI support across multiple monitors
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