Affinity Publisher Indesign

Software developer Serif has been taking on Adobe with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer targeting Photoshop and Illustrator users respectively, and they’ve just released the first public beta of Affinity Publisher, which aims to take on Adobe’s page layout powerhouse, InDesign. As we now expect from Affinity products, version 1 is a fully-fledged, powerful application. Since then the beta has undergone many updates, and the first shipping version of Affinity Publisher is now available at a one-off, no-subscription price of $49.99. As well as being a fully-fledged page layout program, Publisher boasts a huge range of features, with many unique tools not found in InDesign or elsewhere. Serif is finally releasing Affinity Publisher, which is shaping up to be an amazing alternative to InDesign, allowing for the design of gorgeous photo books, portfolios, photo albums, nearly any project you'd like to design for a fraction of the price. One of the most requested features for Affinity Publisher is now available in 1.8—the ability to import InDesign Markup Language (IDML) files. This means you can now migrate your InDesign documents directly into Affinity Publisher instead of via PDF import or copy/paste operations. Affinity Publisher From books, magazines and marketing materials, to social media templates, website mock-ups and other projects, this next-generation publishing app gives you the power to combine your images, graphics and text to make beautiful layouts ready for publication. Was $49.99 Now only $24.99.

Affinity Publisher
Developer(s)Serif Europe
Initial release19 June 2019; 21 months ago
Stable release
1.9.3 / 13 April 2021; 1 day ago[1]
Operating systemmacOS and Windows
Available in9 languages
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian
TypeDesktop Publisher
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Affinity Publisher is a desktop publishing application developed by Serif for macOS and Microsoft Windows, with an iPadOS version planned for release in 2020. It is a part of the Affinity product line along with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.


Affinity Publisher serves as a successor to Serif's own PagePlus software, which the company discontinued in August 2017 in order to focus on the Affinity product range.[2] It has been described as an alternative to Adobe InDesign,[3][4][5] due to its primary focus on desktop publishing workflows for both printed and online media, including common features from this industry, such as master pages, OpenType support, linked text frames, and end-to-end support for the CMYK color model.[6]

Affinity Publisher includes StudioLink technology,[7] developed by Serif, which allows owners of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo to use the vector and raster graphic editing functionality of those applications for editing content directly within Publisher[3][8] (in addition to its own, smaller set of native vector and raster editing features).[6]

File format support[edit]

File formats supported by Affinity Publisher (in addition to the Affinity suite's native file format) include Adobe InDesign Markup Language (IDML),[9]Adobe Photoshop PSD, Adobe Illustrator AI, PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, and EPS,[10] with export functionality for the PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 standards of the PDF/X file format.[11]

The iPadOS editions of Affinity Photo and Designer also include support for Affinity Publisher files.[10]


The first promotional video for Affinity Publisher was shown by Serif in December 2017, demonstrating features such as the drag & drop functionality, and text flow between frames.[12][13] A free public beta of the software was made available for both macOS and Windows on August 30, 2018.[14][15]

The first full version of Publisher (using the 1.7 version number, to align with other Affinity products) was first released on June 19, 2019,[16] in conjunction with Serif's 2019 'Affinity Live' event,[17] during which the company also announced the StudioLink integration features for the first time.[18] Publisher was made available for purchase directly from Serif's website and also available from the Mac App Store and Microsoft Store.

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Publisher was updated to version 1.8 in February 2020, introducing support for importing Adobe InDesign's IDML file format.[9]

Serif have stated that an iPadOS version of the software is planned for release in 2020.[16][18]

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Affinity Publisher received generally favorable reviews following its initial release in 2019, with the application's range of features, its StudioLink integration with Affinity Designer/Photo, and non-subscription pricing model commonly cited as positive areas.[19][20][21] Limitations noted by reviewers of the initial release included its lack of support for InDesign's document (INDD) & markup (IDML) files[19][20] (although Serif added IDML support in February 2020[9]),[22] for footnotes & endnotes,[23] and for GREP-based and nested styles.[23]

Affinity Publisher Indesign Compatibility

Many reviews drew comparisons between Publisher and InDesign,[19][23][22] often noting that Publisher's first release did not have all of the features required to serve as a full replacement;[19][22] however, CreativePro also acknowledged it as having additional tools that are not present in InDesign or other desktop publishing applications.[23]

In December 2019, Apple named Publisher the “Mac App of the Year”.[24]


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  3. ^ abPruitt, Ant (2019-06-24). 'Affinity Publisher creates competition for Adobe's InDesign'. TechRepublic. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. ^Antunes, Jose (2018-08-31). 'Affinity Publisher: an affordable alternative to Adobe InDesign'. ProVideo Coalition. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
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  11. ^Becker, Leo (2019-06-20). 'DTP: Affinity Publisher tritt gegen Adobe InDesign an'. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  12. ^Benjamin, Jeff (2017-12-14). 'Affinity Publisher for Mac teased on video ahead of 2018 beta release'. 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  13. ^Antunes, Jose (2017-12-18). 'Affinity Publisher: a sneak peek at Serif's DTP by Jose Antunes'. ProVideo Coalition. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  14. ^Benjamin, Jeff (2018-08-30). 'Affinity Publisher free public beta goes live for Mac users'. 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  15. ^Lee, Giacomo (2018-08-30). 'Affinity Publisher: a free beta of the new InDesign rival is now available'. Digital Arts. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
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  18. ^ abHamilton, Ruth (2019-06-19). 'Affinity Publisher launches, and reveals a ridiculously cool new feature'. Creative Bloq. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  19. ^ abcdParis, Steve (2019-07-16). 'Affinity Publisher DTP software review'. TechRadar. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  20. ^ abEndicott, Sean (2019-06-28). 'Affinity Publisher is professional-grade but doesn't require a subscription'. Windows Central. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  21. ^Evenden, Ian (2019-10-01). 'Work With Images in Affinity Publisher'. Maximum PC. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  22. ^ abcJefferis, David (2019-06-25). 'Affinity Publisher review: can it replace InDesign?'. The Big Tech Question. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  23. ^ abcdCaplin, Steve (2019-07-02). 'Review: Affinity Publisher'. CreativePro. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  24. ^'Apple celebrates the best apps and games of 2019'. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2020-02-03.

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