eXtensions - Thursday 17 November 2016

Affinity Designer Available for Windows

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By Graham K. Rogers

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A week after Serif announced that its award-winning Affinity Photo was available for the Windows platform, they have made another of their well known Mac applications available for Windows: Affinity Designer.

Since its release for the Mac, this feature-rich vector design tool has been the one of the top design apps for Macs. It also won an Apple Design Award. It is a highly-thought of app for designers who use its powerful tools for art, print projects, logos and icons, as well as web graphics and more.

Like the Mac version this new Windows release uses the same core engine, so the interface and menu systems are identical. It is designed to work on 64 bit Windows 7 and above and is available with support for eight languages.

Affinity Designer on Windows
Affinity Designer on Windows

A video is available online that briefly demonstrates what users can expect from this new release. Serif outlined many of the features in a press release, including a list of some of the tools users will find:

  • A complete vector and pixel editing toolset
  • 10 million+ percent zoom
  • Non-destructive effects and adjustment layers
  • RGB, CMYK, LAB, Pantone and ICC colour management
  • Advanced typography, including text styles and text-on-a-path
  • Effortless PSD, SVG, EPS, PNG and PDF/X handling
  • Unlimited artboards with device pre-sets
  • Super smooth gradients and colour control
  • Standard and retina resolution pixel preview
  • Unlimited and saveable undo history
  • Incredibly powerful export capabilities
  • Symbols, including multiple versions and nested symbols
  • Constraints for pseudo-responsive design
  • Grids, guides and advanced snapping including pixel alignment
  • Fully customisable shortcuts.

Affinity Designer on Windows
Affinity Designer on Windows

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Serif says that "the Windows version shares exactly the same back-end code as our Mac version," adding "Not only does this mean perfect cross-platform file compatibility, it means the same memory management and rendering technology which give Affinity Designer its blistering speed."

Serif are making an offer for early purchase of Affinity Designer for Windows. it can be bought at a discount price until 24 November for $39.99 (£29.99 or €39.99) via the Affinity Designer pages.

Affinity Designer on Windows
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Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)



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