Canva's Affinity acquisition means serious competition for Adobe

Canva and Affinity logos on a white background
(Image credit: Canva)

If it already seemed that Canva was out to challenge Adobe's dominance over design software, today's news leaves no doubt. The company is buying Serif's Affinity suite, a major subscription-free competitor to some of the main Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

The Affinity suite is by no means as broad as Creative Cloud, but it comprises alternatives to three of Adobe's main programs: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Unlike Adobe's software, Affinity Photo 2, Affinity Designer 2 and Affinity Publisher 2 are available as one-off purchases rather than subscriptions, making them much more affordable in the long term.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.