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