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Author Topic: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available  (Read 1180 times)

rjbull

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FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:32 PM »
email from Serif, received 30th August 2018:

** Download the FREE Affinity Publisher beta!
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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.

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

We are still a few months away from the polished retail release, but we’d love for you to try it out and let us know what you think.
Download the FREE beta (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01)

The public beta is free and open to absolutely anyone – you just need a Mac or PC that meets the minimum system requirements (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01) .

What does Affinity Publisher 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.

It will have everything you would expect from a pro-end desktop publishing app including advanced typography controls, linked text frames, master pages, facing page spreads, dynamic photo frames, tables, baseline grids, linked resources and end-to-end CMYK.

And uniquely, Affinity Publisher will boast full integration with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. You will see buttons to switch to Photo and Designer within the app, though these won’t be activated until later in the beta period.

We’ve also produced some handy tutorial videos to get you started – you’ll find these on our website here (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01) .

What if I spot an issue?

An important thing to remember is this is 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 just yet.

We’re relying on beta users to let us know what works and what doesn’t, so we’d really appreciate you reporting any issues that you find. Also if there are any features you would like adding, please 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 for beta users to report issues, give feedback and make suggestions which can be found here (https://affin.co/publisherbetaforum) .
Download the FREE beta (https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01)

We totally understand that not everyone wants to take part in a beta, and many more of you are excited for the full app.

Rest assured we’ll bring you more information about the launch of Affinity Publisher as we get closer. We’re making good progress on the iPad version too, which is set to follow at a later date.

You can keep up to date with our progress, plus everything else we are working on by following us on our socials - Twitter (https://affin.co/TW) , Facebook (https://affin.co/FB) and Instagram (https://affin.co/inst) .

The Affinity Team

The latest news from Affinity!
https://affinity.ser...;mc=PUBBETALAUNCHE01 https://affin.co/FB https://affin.co/TW https://affin.co/inst

©2018 Serif, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 05:18 PM »
This looks nice. I've been casually following the release of Publisher for some time now.

Just keep in mind that if it's anything like their Designer and Photo products, this beta will have a 30-60 day kill-switch built in.

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 06:52 PM »
I downloaded it.  It wasn't too large... 270.67MB.  I figured it's my last resort before getting a sub to indesign as I've reached the point that I need it. 

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 07:40 PM »
I thought it was funny that the program is ~250 MB and the demo/example project is ~500 MB. :D

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 08:22 PM »
I hope that it's going to read InDesign files, it can't right now.

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 08:44 PM »
I hope that it's going to read InDesign files, it can't right now.
-cranioscopical (August 30, 2018, 08:22 PM)

I don't think that the old ones did.  It's also one of the reasons that I think that I'm going to end up just going with a subscription.  It doesn't even support PagePlus files right now.  They suggest exporting to PDF and then importing.  It's been reported to work fine, but I'm skeptical.

UPDATE: Looking on the forums, Chris_K from Affinity affirms "It's not possible yet, plans to be able to in the future".  Now, what comes of that is to be seen.

He also says when asked about a timeline, "I can't give any timelines for this. It's being worked and will be in an update when it is considered working and relatively stable. But I would be talking more than a few weeks in not months, It's not a simple thing to just implement."

But, reading on, more troubling is this response from him to someone else, "We will not be able to import indesign files on initial release but it is something we are looking to do in the future. For the print optoins my best advice is to go and explore what options we have available already and see if they suit your needs, they are all contained within our print dialog"

What does on release mean? On commercial release?  Or is he just talking about the beta?  Hmmm....

« Last Edit: August 30, 2018, 08:52 PM by wraith808 »

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 08:47 PM »
I hope that it's going to read InDesign files, it can't right now.
-cranioscopical (August 30, 2018, 08:22 PM)


It's a planned feature: https://forum.affini...t&comment=337084

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 10:56 AM »
They suggest exporting to PDF and then importing
I see that. I'll play around with some files and see how that flies. A three-cornered process is quite a stumbling block for me though.

The trouble with subscription services is that when the subscription ends you have no software. Adobe Creative Suites were expensive but the software lasts until advances in the field become 'must haves' and overwhelm the lack of updates. Having subscribed to Photoshop I've now dropped it and returned to my CS6 version - no problem for me, so far.

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 08:52 PM »
FWIW
I tried the InDesign to PDF to Publisher method. It went quite well. I tried a document with 41 layers. That was perfectly usable. I had expected to lose some otf font attributes but they remained intact.

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Re: FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 11:05 PM »
They suggest exporting to PDF and then importing
I see that. I'll play around with some files and see how that flies. A three-cornered process is quite a stumbling block for me though.

The trouble with subscription services is that when the subscription ends you have no software. Adobe Creative Suites were expensive but the software lasts until advances in the field become 'must haves' and overwhelm the lack of updates. Having subscribed to Photoshop I've now dropped it and returned to my CS6 version - no problem for me, so far.
-cranioscopical (August 31, 2018, 10:56 AM)

I've come to view it differently with things that are used for professional work.  That's an accepted expense for me for work.  Paying monthly, even if it's more expensive in the long run helps with the idea of a large expense coming when you don't expect it.  I just budget for it.  I'd prefer something like Jetbrains where after a certain amount of time subbing you get a perpetual license for whatever version of the software you're running if you have to quit your subscription.  But it's worked out for me so far.