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Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 11 Nov 2022, 16:10
by benwiggy
Not strictly notation software, but many here use Affinity Suite to alter/add graphical elements to PDFs of notation; or to create prelim pages, etc.

Serif have just released 'version 2' of their Affinity Suite. There's a major overhaul of the UI, and lots of new features -- for example Publisher now has very sophisticated Footnotes, Endnotes, and even Sidenotes. It also has a "Book" tool, allowing you to manage separate documents into one project, with consistent styles, page numbers, etc.

Version 2 is a new purchase: the new apps are called e.g. "Affinity Publisher 2", so they are separate from version 1 apps. There's currently 40% off, and if you buy the whole suite (£90), you can use it on Windows, Mac and iPad.

If Affinity is your first-choice of DTP app, then I'd suggest it's an essential purchase (especially while the discount is on), as there are swathes of new features and improvements. There are some nice 'shape' editing features in Designer.

As 'version 1' has been going for between 3 and 8 years (Publisher last), you should get another 5 years or so before 'version 3'; so the price is a very reasonable one, particularly compared to Adobe's subscription.

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 21 Nov 2022, 15:09
by OCTO
As a Publisher user it sounds interesting. As I have purchased earlier version I guess it is not free of charge.
The only thing I had problem with was embedding fonts, they were missing from PDFs generated in Finale.

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 22 Nov 2022, 02:58
by John Ruggero
Does Affinity Publisher now do cross-references?

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 22 Nov 2022, 13:19
by benwiggy
What sort of thing?

It can do Indexes, ToC, and Foot/End/Sidenotes.

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 22 Nov 2022, 16:03
by John Ruggero
Cross references like "See Figure 31 on Page 55" and it updates those two numbers automatically if you make changes.

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 11:50
by benwiggy
Not sure. It seems to have some cross-referencing abilities, according to the help pages, based on fields.

Re: Affinity Suite version 2

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 14:54
by John Ruggero
That might be good enough for my uses.