Bewertet am 10.10.2019
Kommentare: I'm overall really happy with the program, and I'd highly recommend it. I prefer to buy a software vs. a monthly subscription so it fit my needs.
Vorteile: Although I'm new in creating book covers and images for marketing, I'm falling in love with Affinity. The tutorials are super clear and helpful and the price was fantastic.
Nachteile: There are a lot of features and learning curves, but I don't view this as a negative. I try and learn one to two things at a time.
Bewertet am 11.1.2020
Capable "Owned" Replacements for Adobe Creative Cloud "Leased" Software
Kommentare: I'm very pleased with my Affinity products. I have used Affinity Designer (Illustrator replacement) since shortly after it was released and was also an early adopter of Affinity Photo (Photoshop replacement). As of about four weeks ago, I relegated the Adobe CS6 apps to a legacy machine and in that time, I have found no reason to go back to them. (Note: I have never used Adobe CC, since it is leased. The apps that I moved to a legacy Mac was CS6.) The only feature that I wish Affinity would add is "background texture" in "effects". It would speed up my uses of effects. The only feature that I wish Affinity would improve is their "live" view of effects changes. There is a learning curve. Some things are more difficult that with comparable Adobe apps, but others are much easier. I'm a Photoshop guru and have not found anything I can do in Photoshop that I can't do in Affinity Photo. The same applies to Affinity Designer, but I'm not an Illustrator guru. All in all, I'm "extremely pleased" with the Affinity apps. They are respectable "owned" replacements for the comparable Adobe "leased" apps. I have bid adieu to Adobe and after more than a month, I've found no reason to look back.
Vorteile: Both Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer are excellent and capable replacements for the Adobe CC packages they replace. But most of all, unlike the Adobe apps they replace, I "OWN" the Affinity apps. Although I don't use Affinity software every day, when I need it, I need it immediately. I cannot afford to be denied access to leased software, simply because some black hat hacked a license server that I have no control over. As a former white hat hacker and IT Director, I know the risks all too well. That's why I only use software that I "own". Big companies spend tons of money on security. But despite all the high-end security software and procedures, we've all heard about numerous Fortune 500 companies and even the US government getting hacked. Not only is there no guarantee that a license server won't be hacked, but such servers are major targets. By contrast, my computer is a minor target. Sure, I can still be hacked. But if that happens, I can restore everything from an on-site backup in an hour. OTOH, if a hacker gets into a license server and sets all licenses to "expired", it could take days or even weeks for a company with 100K+ licenses to correct the problem, during which time, the license holders are down. I "OWN" my Affinity software. It cannot be turned off. Also, Affinity does not force you to update to the latest version, as do certain leased apps. I typically delay updating any app till I've had a chance to read the blogs about the update.
Nachteile: The way effects handles background textures is quite different from Photoshop and Illustrator and there is a resultant learning curve. That said, you can, with just a little more effort, achieve an output that is almost identical to what came from the comparable Adobe app. In fact, once you learn how to manipulate the effects, you can some times create a better looking output than what can be produced with an Adobe app. There are some shortcut keys that are in Adobe apps, for which I have not yet found a comparable shortcut in the Affinity apps. OTOH, there are some shortcuts in the Affinity apps that are no available at all in the comparable Adobe products. The negatives with Affinity apps are very minor, compared to the positives of being an "owned" product.
Bewertet am 24.1.2020
My favorite photo editor!
Vorteile: This program has everything and more that I need to edit and fine tune photos for myself or for clients. Furthermore, their customer service is outstanding. They respond quickly, and always respond with helpful information! Their tutorial section on their site is especially helpful, as it offers detailed videos on how to use their software. A completely inexperienced and aspiring photographer, photo editor, or graphic designer could learn the skill almost purely by watching the videos on Affinity’s site.
For some reason, I have had a few instances when the software has slowed my computer down tremendously. I expect this with photo editing programs, so it’s not usually a major issue, but it shouldn’t happen when I only have a single tab open within the program.
I remember contacting customer service about this once and they were able to walk me through setting changes that allowed the program to run more smoothly.
Bewertet am 2.10.2019
Great....but hard to get started.
Kommentare: Affinity has made photo editing faster, which has created easier uses. It allows for faster production of photos, which is always a plus in this business!
Ease of use
No a subscription model
Easy learning curve
Harder to operate than some software
Some tools in unusual places
Tools backwards location considering popular sofware
Bewertet am 10.6.2019
Affinity is a more mobile Illustrator
Vorteile: I love affinity because I can use it on my iPad Pro
Nachteile: The shortcuts can be quite unintuitive, however once you learn them it is fine