Affin­ity De­signer

Fea­ture-packed graph­ics edit­ing. $30.99 | AFFIN­ITY.SERIF.COM

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Affin­ity De­signer for iOS looks a lot like the Mac ver­sion with which it shares most of its code, yet feels to­tally at home on the touch­screen. We tested it on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and it worked beau­ti­fully. Graph­ics apps of­ten come set to low res­o­lu­tions with sim­ple demo files to flat­ter their speed. Affin­ity’s sam­ple draw­ings stack thou­sands of el­e­ments, and you can scroll and zoom around them as fast as your fin­gers will move. Zoom is prac­ti­cally in­fi­nite, never max­ing out when you’re try­ing to nail fine de­tail. Vec­tor apps don’t get any more re­spon­sive than this.

Vec­tor draw­ing is a spe­cial­ist skill, and Affin­ity De­signer doesn’t pre­tend oth­er­wise. It can be daunt­ing at first, and Serif’s video tu­to­ri­als aren’t an ideal sub­sti­tute for a full writ­ten man­ual. Web and UI de­sign­ers may favour light­weight, fo­cused apps like Sketch, but Affin­ity of­fers plenty to en­tice them. Be­sides smart shape edit­ing, layer man­age­ment, align­ment, snap­ping, and ty­po­graphic con­trols, there’s full sup­port for ex­port­ing slices, and you get a large set of ready­made iOS UI graph­ics. This is more than an app, it’s an in­spi­ra­tion.

Adam Banks

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