Get started in desk­top pub­lish­ing with Affin­ity Pub­lisher

“A look at the ba­sics of Serif’s Affin­ity Pub­lisher – a pro-grade desk­top pub­lish­ing (DTP) app

Windows Help & Advice - - CONTENTS - Your guide Ian Even­den says…

Serif has been up­dat­ing its suite of pro-grade art and de­sign ap­pli­ca­tions for a while now, with the launch of Affin­ity De­signer in 2014, and Affin­ity Photo in 2015. We’ve been wait­ing for the re­lease of Affin­ity Pub­lisher for some time – now it’s here in the form of a free-to-down­load pub­lic beta from affin­ity.serif.com.

While Adobe is king in this par­tic­u­lar soft­ware sec­tor, its sub­scrip­tion pric­ing model may put you off – es­pe­cially if your liveli­hood doesn’t rely on us­ing its apps. Serif’s Affin­ity apps, by con­trast, are sold the old-fash­ioned way – as a one-off pay­ment for each ma­jor ver­sion – and they con­tain many of the fea­tures of Adobe’s soft­ware, and are of­ten also com­pat­i­ble with its files.

Note: since Affin­ity Pub­lisher is in beta, there’s a chance things might change as the soft­ware evolves – with that in mind, let’s get started!

Ian’s best tip! The ver­sion of Pub­lisher we’re us­ing doesn’t have ac­tive Per­sonas yet – later be­tas should do, though .

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