Professional-grade design and graphics software Serif Affinity Designer (opens in new tab) is now available for Windows.
The vector drawing app – formerly restricted to Mac owners – is a budget-friendly alternative (opens in new tab) to Adobe Illustrator (opens in new tab). It’s available for a special launch price of £29.99/US$39.99 (about AU$55) until 24 November.
That’s compared to £17.25/US$19.99/AU$22.99 per month for an Illustrator license through Adobe Creative Cloud.
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The PC edition of Affinity Designer has all the same features as its Mac counterpart, including unlimited artboards with device presets; non-destructive effects and adjustment layers; RGB, CYMK, LAB, Pantone and ICC color management; and 10 million+ per cent zoom.
Its launch comes hot on the heels of the release of Serif Affinity Photo for Windows as a public beta. The Photoshop-alike is available to download free (opens in new tab) – though bear in mind that there may still be a few rough edges. You can report any issues you discover on Serif’s beta forum (opens in new tab).
The third part of Serif’s creative trinity – Affinity Publisher – is due for release on Windows next year.
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