Award-winning Affinity apps get major upgrade – and a 40% price drop

Serif has revealed Affinity Version 2 and for the first time the entire roster of its apps is available on iPad, making Serif a go-to place for your complete graphic design suite. This means upgraded editions of its incredibly popular and powerful suite of apps for designers, that includes Affinity Designer 2, Affinity Photo 2 and Affinity Publisher 2, is an enticing Adobe alternative.

As our Affinity Designer review shows, this is a big deal for graphic designers. Serif's suite of design apps has closed the gap on Adobe's software, and Affinity Designer itself is a fantastic Photoshop alternative

To recap, Affinity Photo 2 is a superb photo editing app; Affinity Designer 2 is excellent for vector graphic design and illustration; and Affinity Publisher 2 is a dependable InDesign alternative. The innovative Affinity 'Studio Link' feature means you can move between each app instantly in the same project.

Affinity V2 – get 40% off

A screen of a photo being edited in the Affinity Photo 2 app

Affinity Photo 2 works on iPad as well as desktops (Image credit: Serif)

Alongside today's announcement is news you can now buy the Affinity V2 Universal Licence, which gives you access to the full suite of software for one payment, and there's 40% off right now. There's no subscription, it's a one-off fee of $169.99 $99.99 / £144.99 £89.99.

If you don't want all three apps you can simply buy the software you need, and the 40% saving still applies. This all-inclusive offer looks like a better deal now every app runs on iPad, ensuring you can take your complete workflow anywhere.

Affinity Publisher shown working on an iPad, a page from a magazine is being edited

Affinity Publisher comes to iPad for the first time in the Affinity Version 2 upgrade (Image credit: Serif)

While the three apps have been upgraded with new features (see below), the big news is that Affinity Publisher 2 is now on iPad for the first time and includes new touch-friendly tools such as the Command Controller, a new radial dial menu. It's iPadOS 16-ready too. 

This means Serif's impressive design workflow is now available on Apple's superb on-the-go tablet. Your iPad is now as complete as your MacOS or Windows desktop or laptop, and is designed for mobility.

In a statement Ashley Hewson, managing director of Serif, said: "There’s genuinely never been anything like this before. The power and portability of Affinity Publisher 2 for iPad allows you to take page design and layout out of the confines of the office and into whatever space brings you most inspiration.”

Affinity V2: new features

A screen of Affinity Designer

New features like Hue Range makes the Affinity Photo workflow faster than ever (Image credit: Serif)

Affinity Designer 2 gets a number of eye-catching new tools, includes Vector Warp that means you can apply non-destructive warps to text and images to twist your designs; the Shape Builder Tool enables you to build complex designs from simple shapes; and the Knife Tool lets you slice and dice your designs faster than ever. 

Affinity Photo 2 has some nice updates too, including Live Mesh Warp for distorting images to match underlying templates; RAW files can now be edited non-destructively; and you can speed up your workflow with Live Masks, that update update automatically based on an underlying image's properties, and Hue Range for applying automatic adjustments.

Affinity Publisher 2 gets a slew of eye-catching features, for example Books automatically syncs page numbers, contents tables and styles across all pages in the same document and Place Auto-flow means you can create a design that repeats across a document for instant designs.

Visit the Serif site for the complete upgrade list of new features. If you're looking for a good alternative to Adobe, and need a spectrum of design apps that connect beautifully and instantly together, then the Affinity V2 release is a great choice.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & Design

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.