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Affinity Publisher beta launched – try it free

Press Release   •   Aug 30, 2018 10:24 BST

The Affinity range of professional creative software takes a step closer to completion with the launch of desktop publishing app Affinity Publisher in a free public beta today (30 August).

Anyone can download and test the pre-release version of the app from

Affinity Publisher is the result of thousands of hours of development time dedicated by the multi-award-winning team at developer Serif’s UK headquarters.

Serif are emphasising that the app is still in development and beta users will play an influential role in shaping the first retail release, around the end of the year.

Uniquely, Affinity Publisher will boast full integration with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, allowing owners of all three to edit vector designs and images right there in one app, in a stunning new way.

Early users will see buttons to switch to Photo and Designer within Affinity Publisher, though these will not be activated until later in the beta period.

Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “From the earliest days of visualising the Affinity range, we planned an unrivalled trio of sleek, super-modern apps created to work with the latest technology – ultra-fast, with stunning power and completely stripped of bloat.

“The final step towards realising that initial ambition will come with the launch of Affinity Publisher.

“It’s an all-new app which we believe will revolutionise desktop publishing in the same way Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have shaken up professional photo editing and vector graphic design.”

Key desktop publishing capabilities built into Affinity Publisher include

  • Advanced typography
  • Linked text frames
  • Master pages
  • Facing page spreads
  • Dynamic photo frames
  • Tables
  • Baseline grids
  • Linked resources
  • End-to-end CMYK

Hewson adds: “It’s a beta, so there will be bugs and areas of the app which are not yet fully polished, so we don’t recommend you use it for any important production work at this time.

“We are relying on beta users to let us know what works and what doesn’t. If there are any features that need adding, let us know. Even if we don’t get them in before we release version 1, you can expect plenty of free updates to come, just like with our other apps.”

Serif has set up a dedicated forum where beta users are encouraged to share their feedback, suggestions and requests, at

The beta version of Affinity Publisher is for Mac and Windows only. An iPad version will follow later, as with Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year.

Notes to Editors

The beta is available with English UI only. Other languages will be available at retail launch.

Serif (Europe) Ltd, Nottingham, UK, NG11 7EP

John Atkin, Head of PR, email, phone +44 (0) 115 914 9006




Twitter @affinitybyserif


Affinity is a next-generation suite of award-winning software for creative professionals, comprising Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher.

About Serif

Serif’s global success with its Affinity suite of professional design and photo editing software is built on almost three decades of expertise.

Affinity Designer, winner of an Apple Design Award in 2015, and Affinity Photo, named Best Imaging Software by the Technical Image Press Association in 2016, were a result of the vision of the development team at Serif’s headquarters in Nottingham, UK.

Created with the emphasis on speed, power, accuracy and lack of bloat, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo received a stream of glowing reviews from Mac users around the world, before being launched for Windows and now iPad, where it is Apple's 2017 iPad App of the Year..

Their creation marked a change of focus for Serif which, since 1987, had grown a reputation for quality and reliability based on the award-winning Plus range of software for PC. Powerful yet easy to use, the software offered low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, putting professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of PC users around the world.

Serif is the winner of over 200 awards internationally, with more than 6.5 million customers worldwide. The company has around 70 employees.