The design tools I use

I have been testing the three big Book layout and design software tools for the past year or so. After building books in Scribus, Adobe Indesign, and Affinity Publisher, I have settled on the group of design software tools I will be using going forward. I am standardizing on  Affinity Publisher (and related Affinity programs).

The Affinity group of programs , Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher together cover all the major tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud for a quarter of the price. Unlike Adobe, Affinity sells an old school license allowing you to use the software for as long as you like vs a subscription model. As I am writing this, the  Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is about $720 a year and Buying the full Affinity group of programs is about $170. A huge difference for very equivalent tools.

If Affinity was buggy or limited in scope or unsupported, you might say that you get what you pay for, but from my experience the Affinity programs are stable and have all the ability that you would expect.

In short the hunt is over – Affinity provide the professional design tools tools I need and the fixed price lets me keep the cost of designing books as low as possible.