AnilAgrawal

Adobe Photoshop & InDesign Alternatives

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Hi,

 

I am very excited about Affinity Photo & Design software!

 

I have the following questions (I am not a designer and I don't use/know Adobe Photoshop or InDesign software):

 

1. I have Adobe Photoshop format (.PSD) files from designers. Which software - Affinity Photo or Affinity Design - would I need to read those files and be able to edit them?

 

2. I have Adobe InDesign format files from designers. Which software - Affinity Photo or Affinity Design - would I need to read those files and be able to edit them?

 

3. I know that Affinity Photo and Designer are both relatively very cheap, but wondering if there is any promotional discount available if I were to buy one or both the software?

 

Thank you,

Anil

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Hello Anil,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

1. Although both programs are able to import PSD files, only Affinity Photo is the most adequate to manipulate images/photos and possess similar features as Photoshop.

 

2. Neither Photo nor Designer are able to open InDesign files. Only Affinity Publisher (not released yet - public beta planned for the end of this year) will be able to do it (but not immediately on its release/launch).

 

3. We do some casual discounts from time to time but there's no specific discount for buying both apps simultaneously.

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Thanks, MEB!

 

Can I get any discount at this point? I guess I have 14 days to try both of them. I will start with Affinity Photo and buy that one first.

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Not sure why we see people that say I am not a photoshop user or etc... something Adobe, and they ask simple question, I always scratch my head on these posts. 

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Hi @MEB,

 

I had purchased Affinity Photo for MAC and then purchased it for iPad as well.

 

Is there any discount for Affinity Photo customers to buy Affinity Designer for MAC?

 

Please let me know as soon as you can.

 

Thank you!

Anil

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2 minutes ago, AnilAgrawal said:

Is there any discount for Affinity Photo customers to buy Affinity Designer for MAC?

No there is not, other than the same promotional discounts available to anyone when they offer a promotion. There may be a limited time promotional discount when version 1.6 is released, but there is no guarantee that there will be.

 

Previous promotional discounts for the desktop apps have been 20% off the retail price, about $10 for buyers in the U.S.


Affinity Photo 1.6.6; Affinity Designer 1.6.0; AP for iPad 1.6.2 (but no supported iPad -- yet!)

macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM 

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On 17/03/2016 at 1:46 AM, MEB said:

2. Neither Photo nor Designer are able to open InDesign files. Only Affinity Publisher (not released yet - public beta planned for the end of this year) will be able to do it (but not immediately on its release/launch).

MEB, are you aware, that you just spilled a potential timeframe for the Publisher beta?

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21 minutes ago, Jens Krebs said:

 "potential timeframe" for the Publisher beta?

 

I think I first saw that mentioned in a 2015 post. 

 

Just saying :D

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True. We were a little optimistic regarding Publisher's release date (Beta) but there were also a few situations that affected the initial plans. In any case there's no point in releasing something the dev team isn't happy with just to make it available sooner. It would end disappointing everyone, both the devs/Serif and the users. We will get there.

 

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Upps ... didn't see the post date. Hopes. Crushed.

Still agree with everyone: rather do it right than fast.

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Just thought I'd check on progress of the release of Publisher. Having been a user (and still a user of PagePlus) I was keen to be on the look out for Serif going Mac. So naturally bought Designer (I'm definitely not one) and Photo as soon as they were released. I'd love to say I use them all the time but I've played with them and marvelled at other people's stuff. Even bought the Designer Handbook too, but to be honest, haven't had a chance to open it yet.

Was so excited in 2014 when I saw Designer, Photo and Publisher so am patiently waiting for Publisher's release. 

Ah well, what's another year? I'm just getting older, that's all.

Best of luck to the team and I'll wait patiently.

Peter

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Hi Peter,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
Thanks for your words and support. Affinity Publisher is still under development. We were a little optimistic regarding its release date and due to some adjustments to our plans (Photo and Designer for iPad), Light UI interface and other non-planned additions to Photo and Designer it end up delayed a little more. There's still no eta but it's progressing well. We will announce it here in the forums and on social media as soon as the Beta becomes available.

 

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Welll...   ok..

i also think dont bring anything out only to be faster..    but...

Pleeaasse...  get it out fast..      :D.

my company is counting on you, and the decision to throw out photoshop and the reason we´ve allready bought about 120 licences of affinity photo is based on the assumption, we will be able to change our whole adobe product line including indesign...

soo...   im a patient..   a little..  

greetings.

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On 20. Oktober 2017 at 6:28 PM, Tia Lapis said:

Publisher pushed back *AGAIN*? This is getting ridiculous 8(

 

No(thing has changed), Serif still claims "We’ll be asking you to help us perfect Affinity Publisher when we publish it in beta in 2017”.

 

And since November: no asking about help anymore, but the message “Affinity Publisher Available 2018”.

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I just find it very hopeful Affinity Publisher is IN development. I've fallen in love with both Designer and Photo, even though I do have to get used to it after decades of Adobe's software.

 

Next step ... Affinity PDF :P

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If you really are ready to dump InDesign, then why not use Serif Page Plus in the interim. This is now deemed a legacy product, but you can be seen to be supporting Serif. Note that PP has its own support forum.


Windows 10, Affinity Photo 1.6.1 and Designer 1.6.0, (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

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I have just renewed my InDesign subscription for another year ... hopefully for the last time.

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On 21.10.2017 at 8:30 PM, John Rostron said:

If you really are ready to dump InDesign, then why not use Serif Page Plus in the interim. This is now deemed a legacy product, but you can be seen to be supporting Serif. Note that PP has its own support forum.

AFAIK Serif Page Plus is only available on PCs, many (if not most) of the Adobe users are Mac users. So this can be a problem. 

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