Markzware noticed a review of newspaper layout software, which appeared on the State of Newspapers website. It mentions Markzware’s IDMarkz macOS application to preview and convert Adobe InDesign files to many file formats and other applications.
Author/speaker/trainer, Kevin Slimp, “the news guru” and PDF inventor, wrote an article, called, “Affinity Publisher: Could this be the layout software newspapers have been waiting for?“. The article examines pros and cons of Serif’s Affinity Publisher page layout software, an InDesign alternative. The Publisher graphic design application can be used by creative professionals in newspaper layout design, printing, publishing, and other workflows.
Kevin notes that Publisher’s “… pros outnumber the cons …” Here is the gist of each:
Affinity Publisher Pros
- integrates with PDF
- works much like InDesign or QuarkXPress
- costs about $50, as a one-time purchase (free beta & no monthly fee)
- opens IDML (InDesign Markup Language) files
- allows text import and placement
Affinity Publisher Cons
- In a placed PDF, printer’s marks may disappear.
- Changing page sizes in the document dialog hampers page creation.
- Data merge seems problematic.
- Imported Word files may have character issues (but can be fixed via InDesign’s “import options”).
- Adobe CC fonts are unavailable, without a Creative Cloud subscription.
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Mr. Slimp is a publishing company owner who pays monthly Creative Cloud subscription fees and writes that the Affinity suite apps are “great.” He indicates that Affinity Publisher is “something most publishers can use” to design, but is in no rush to switch from InDesign. He realizes publishers may find it more convenient, in the meantime, to use InDesign for processes involving data merge and scripts, for example.
Kevin has worked with a host of software companies and PDFs, and even tested the original InDesign beta. He advises publishers to test Affinity Publisher, to get an idea of the app’s UI and consider whether to switch from InDesign.
Serif has worked hard to improve Affinity Publisher. So, while some newspaper businesses may not yet be ready for the switch from InDesign, testing Publisher could be worth a shot.
We appreciate that Mr. Slimp recommends the IDMarkz app, for InDesign users switching to Affinity Publisher. He shares an image of an InDesign page that was opened in Publisher, with the help of IDMarkz, which quickly converts InDesign, QuarkXPress, Acrobat and Illustrator files to Affinity Publisher files. You can read Kevin’s full article:
Affinity Publisher: Could this be the layout software newspapers have been waiting for?
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