Over the last 25 years, Serif's range of software has long been highly regarded within the design community as providing a decent cut-price alternative to Adobe's.
While none of its tools have previously been quite as good as the likes of Photoshop CS6 (opens in new tab) and Illustrator CS6 (opens in new tab) , for light users they've done a pretty decent job at a significantly cheaper price - albeit only if you're working on a PC.
But now things are changing. Serif has started again from scratch, built a new product for OS X, on an entirely new codebase. It's aimed squarely at professional designer, and is called Affinity Designer.
First for Mac
A vector drawing application, Affinity Designer is the first in a new range of professional creative software for the Mac. With those who baulk at the price of Adobe Illustrator firmly in its sights, Serif's tool is currently in beta and is currently available to download for free from https://affinity.serif.com/ (opens in new tab).
The tool takes full advantage of native OS X technologies such as OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch, Core Graphics and Serif says it's fully optimized for 64-bit and multi-core processors for faster performance.
Another major focus has been on compatibility with other pro tools, with a PSD import engine and with full support for AI, PDF and EPS.
Full suite to come
Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher will complete the new Serif suite over the next 12 months – and Tony Brightman, head of the Affinity development team, claims that there will be "complete integration" between the new apps, allowing for "seamless switching".
"[This] opens up a truly mixed-discipline creative suite with no boundaries between vector, raster, text, or page layout tasks to offer complete freedom to graphic designers," he adds.
Serif is targeting Creative Cloud users then – but it won't be emulating Adobe's subscription model. When the full product launches in October, Affinity Designer will be available exclusively on the Mac App store for £34.99/$49.99.
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