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Old Sep 4th, 2015, 06:00 PM   #21
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Yes Adobe has been taking all of us for an expensive ride for much too long! Their model is essentially that of the 'pure Pro' who doesn't mind spending $$$ for something they use every day. The issue is with the more causal user who may use InDesign once a month, Photoshop once a week and Illustrator once in a blue moon... Apple, for all their neglect of the pro market, have addressed the 'semi-pro' market in terms of pricing e.g. Final Cut now costs ⅔ less than the previous version.

Anyway, I digress... Here is what looks like a sensible comparison review between teh two programmes.
I am a pro use and I do mind paying the monthly rental fee. Unfortunately there is no real alternative yet. I have toyed a bit with Designer (replacement for illustrator). But without spot colours and pantone it is a useless app for me. I have photo as well, not a power use by any means when it comes to touching up photos. Adobe has some great simple tools like the magic spot healing brush. I briefly looked at Affinity Photo but did not see that tool there. Again my use for photo touch ups are very light and the simple tools photoshop has for what I need are great.

It is an uphill battle as the standard is Adobe. Corel dropped the ball years ago, Quark did the same and then the competition went away as it was all adobe. Now I like adobe, indesign is my main app of use and love it, have seen nothing I would replace it with. My real grievance with adobe is not giving me the option to pay outright. I prefer buying outright, I keep the software for as long as my computer supports it. If I cancel my Adobe CC subscription I lose everything, am left only with the work it has allowed me to do. So really paying about the same for every upgrade as I did before but not getting software I can keep and being stuck paying forever.

I do like Affinities software for speed, runs very snappy and Designer handles more complex files faster then Illustrator does, but again, no spot/pantone colours so at the end of the day the speed means nothing.
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There are workarounds:
https://affinity.serif.com/forum/ind...nity-designer/
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https://affinity.serif.com/forum/ind...nity-designer/
Thanks for that link. I imported the pantone library for solid and uncoated. It was pretty simple, not sure why Affinity would not just release it properly if it is that easy to import.

Just noticed that when I export a test file to PDF or EPS that it converts the pantone colour, which again makes it useless. If you cannot print or save a file with the colour info intact, whats the point of using a pantone colour at all? Maybe I have missed something and it can be done, but my poking around did not reveal anything. The colour spaces you can work in and save are CMYK, RGB, Grayscale and Lab.

Close but no cigar, hopefully they keep pushing this app with updates to bring it up to some industry standards.
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