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Alternatives to Affinity Designer

Sketch, Adobe XD, Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, and Affinity Photo are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Affinity Designer.
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What is Affinity Designer and what are its top alternatives?

No bloat, no gimmicks, just all the tools you need, implemented how you always dreamed. It is a stripped back, pro-end workhorse that will always get your job done. It was created to thrive on the electric pace of the latest computing hardware. Live, responsive and incredibly fluid, it’s simply a joy to use.
Affinity Designer is a tool in the Graphic Design category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Affinity Designer

  • Sketch
    Sketch

    Easily create complex shapes with our state-of-the-art vector boolean operations and take advantage of our extensive layer styles. ...

  • Adobe XD
    Adobe XD

    A vector-based tool developed and published by Adobe Inc for designing and prototyping user experience for web and mobile apps. ...

  • Inkscape
    Inkscape

    It is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This software can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. ...

  • Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Illustrator

    The industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography, and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video, and mobile. ...

  • Affinity Photo
    Affinity Photo

    It is born to work hand-in-hand with the latest powerful computer technology, it’s fully-loaded photo editor integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS. ...

  • Figma
    Figma

    Figma is the first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. It keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools. ...

  • Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Photoshop

    It is the best in the world of graphic design and image processing software that will realize any of your ideas. Create and enhance photos, illustrations and 3D graphic objects. ...

  • Zeplin
    Zeplin

    Collaboration app for designers & developers. Supports Sketch and Photoshop (on beta!). ...

Affinity Designer alternatives & related posts

Sketch logo

Sketch

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Professional Digital Design for Mac
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PROS OF SKETCH
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    Lightweight alternative to Photoshop
  • 11
    Mirror designs on mobile devices
  • 9
    Reusable elements/components
  • 7
    Vector
  • 5
    Plugins for everything
  • 2
    Real-time design preview on iOS devices
  • 1
    Constant updates
  • 1
    Thought for UI design
CONS OF SKETCH
  • 4
    Not for Windows
  • 3
    Horrible for slide presentations

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Priit Kaasik
Engineering Lead at Katana MRP · | 8 upvotes · 458.8K views

How we ended up choosing Confluence as our internal web / wiki / documentation platform at Katana.

It happened because we chose Bitbucket over GitHub . We had Katana's first hackaton to assemble and test product engineering platform. It turned out that at that time you could have Bitbucket's private repositories and a team of five people for free - Done!

This decision led us to using Bitbucket pipelines for CI, Jira for Kanban, and finally, Confluence. We also use Microsoft Office 365 and started with using OneNote, but SharePoint is still a nightmare product to use to collaborate, so OneNote had to go.

Now, when thinking of the key value of Confluence to Katana then it is Product Requirements Management. We use Page Properties macros, integrations (with Slack , InVision, Sketch etc.) to manage Product Roadmap, flash out Epic and User Stories.

We ended up with using Confluence because it is the best fit for our current engineering ecosystem.

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Adobe XD logo

Adobe XD

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UX/UI design and collaboration tool
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PROS OF ADOBE XD
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    Free
  • 8
    Interactive Prototypes
  • 7
    Reusable elements/components
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    Vector
  • 7
    Clean Design
  • 4
    Imports Sketch files
  • 1
    Repeat Grid
  • 1
    Import Adobe files
CONS OF ADOBE XD
  • 5
    No dark theme

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Nadia Matveyeva
UI Designer at freelancer · | 5 upvotes · 32.2K views
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I am working on a project for a client, I need to provide them with ideas and prototypes. They all have Adobe XD, but not InVision - I am the only one who will have that if purchased. I am trying to decide what would be the best tool to hand off the work to a developer who in terms will be working in PySide (Qt related) or Tkinter. Is there any benefits to me or the developer to work in Adobe XD or InVision. I am just trying to use the best tool to get the job done between the two.

Thank you in advance! Nadia

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אלישבע מזרחי
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Hi, I'm a web designer. I need to convert files to HTML5 to transfer them to a developer. I know the Adobe XD software really well, I also heard about Zeplin. What software do you recommend working with? Is Zeplin better than XD?

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Inkscape logo

Inkscape

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An open source vector graphics editor
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PROS OF INKSCAPE
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    Free
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    Linux compatible
  • 1
    Vector Creation
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Simple design
CONS OF INKSCAPE
  • 1
    Crashes sometimes

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Adobe Illustrator

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Create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations
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PROS OF ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
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    Vector Creation
CONS OF ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
  • 3
    Massive disk space usage
  • 3
    Adobe Updater to slow you down even more
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    Expensive
  • 1
    Not really a tool for web design
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    Clunky

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Affinity Photo

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A raster graphics editor for macOS, iOS and Windows
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PROS OF AFFINITY PHOTO
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    Ease of use
  • 3
    No subscription
  • 3
    Fast and doesn't crash
  • 2
    Feels like Photoshop
CONS OF AFFINITY PHOTO
    Be the first to leave a con

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    Figma logo

    Figma

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    The collaborative interface design tool.
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    PROS OF FIGMA
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      Web-based application
    • 8
      Intuitive interface and perfect collaboration
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      Works on both Mac and Windows
    • 6
      Free software
    • 6
      Highly Collaborative
    • 5
      Great plugins, easy to extend
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      Large community, tutorials, documentation
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      Hands done the best design tool for collaboration!
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      Works on multiple OS's
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      Imports Sketch files
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      Interactive, event-based prototypes
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      Prototyping, design files and comments all in one place
    • 3
      No more syncing between Sketch and InVision
    CONS OF FIGMA
    • 6
      Limited Export options

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    Adam Neary

    The tool we use for editing UI is React Storybook. It is the perfect place to make sure your work aligns with designs to the pixel across breakpoints. You get fast hot module reloading and a couple checkboxes to enable/disable browser features like Flexbox.

    The only tricks I apply to Storybook are loading the stories with the mock data we’ve extracted from the API. If your mock data really covers all the various various possible states for your UI, you are good to go. Beyond that, if you have alternative states you want to account for, perhaps loading or error states, you can add them in manually.

    This is the crux of the matter for Storybook. This file is entirely generated from Yeoman (discussed below), and it delivers the examples from the Alps Journey by default. getSectionsFromJourney() just filters the sections.

    One other hack you’ll notice is that I added a pair of divs to bookend my component vertically, since Storybook renders with whitespace around the component. That is fine for buttons or UI with borders, but it’s hard to tell precisely where your component starts and ends, so I hacked them in there.

    Since we are talking about how all these fabulous tools work so well together to help you be productive, can I just say what a delight it is to work on UI with Zeplin or Figma side by side with Storybook. Digging into UI in this abstract way takes all the chaos of this madcap world away one breakpoint at a time, and in that quiet realm, you are good down to the pixel every time.

    To supply Storybook and our unit tests with realistic mock data, we want to extract the mock data directly from our Shared Development Environment. As with codegen, even a small change in a query fragment should also trigger many small changes in mock data. And here, similarly, the hard part is tackled entirely by Apollo CLI, and you can stitch it together with your own code in no time.

    Coming back to Zeplin and Figma briefly, they're both built to allow engineers to extract content directly to facilitate product development.

    Extracting the copy for an entire paragraph is as simple as selecting the content in Zeplin and clicking the “copy” icon in the Content section of the sidebar. In the case of Zeplin, images can be extracted by selecting and clicking the “download” icon in the Assets section of the sidebar.

    ReactDesignStack #StorybookStack #StorybookDesignStack
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    Lucas Litton
    Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 2 upvotes · 155.8K views

    We chose Figma because of the collaboration aspect of it. We are able to work as a team to create designs for web apps, mobile apps, and alike. After creating our designs in Figma we start exporting the assets and designs over to Webflow and Supernova.

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    Adobe Photoshop logo

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      Layers
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      You can use it for anything related to graphics
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      Easy to crack
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      Pen Tool
    CONS OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
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    Zeplin

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    Collaboration app for UI designers and frontend developers
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    PROS OF ZEPLIN
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      Avoid the insanity of extract this info from Photoshop
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      Free
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      Works with lots of devices
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      HTML
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      SVG
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    CONS OF ZEPLIN
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    Adam Neary

    The tool we use for editing UI is React Storybook. It is the perfect place to make sure your work aligns with designs to the pixel across breakpoints. You get fast hot module reloading and a couple checkboxes to enable/disable browser features like Flexbox.

    The only tricks I apply to Storybook are loading the stories with the mock data we’ve extracted from the API. If your mock data really covers all the various various possible states for your UI, you are good to go. Beyond that, if you have alternative states you want to account for, perhaps loading or error states, you can add them in manually.

    This is the crux of the matter for Storybook. This file is entirely generated from Yeoman (discussed below), and it delivers the examples from the Alps Journey by default. getSectionsFromJourney() just filters the sections.

    One other hack you’ll notice is that I added a pair of divs to bookend my component vertically, since Storybook renders with whitespace around the component. That is fine for buttons or UI with borders, but it’s hard to tell precisely where your component starts and ends, so I hacked them in there.

    Since we are talking about how all these fabulous tools work so well together to help you be productive, can I just say what a delight it is to work on UI with Zeplin or Figma side by side with Storybook. Digging into UI in this abstract way takes all the chaos of this madcap world away one breakpoint at a time, and in that quiet realm, you are good down to the pixel every time.

    To supply Storybook and our unit tests with realistic mock data, we want to extract the mock data directly from our Shared Development Environment. As with codegen, even a small change in a query fragment should also trigger many small changes in mock data. And here, similarly, the hard part is tackled entirely by Apollo CLI, and you can stitch it together with your own code in no time.

    Coming back to Zeplin and Figma briefly, they're both built to allow engineers to extract content directly to facilitate product development.

    Extracting the copy for an entire paragraph is as simple as selecting the content in Zeplin and clicking the “copy” icon in the Content section of the sidebar. In the case of Zeplin, images can be extracted by selecting and clicking the “download” icon in the Assets section of the sidebar.

    ReactDesignStack #StorybookStack #StorybookDesignStack
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    Marte Fredriksen
    Shared insights
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    Hey,

    We are a diverse group of in-house UX/UI-designers who currently work in different software; XD/Sketch/InVision and so on. We need an efficient way to manage our workflow to build, share, and maintain a consistent yet dynamic design library and a smooth, less time-consuming developer hand-off. There are lots of things to consider, and where we're at the moment, it's "design in your preferred program, but joint library and handoffs should happen through Zeplin or Avocode." Which one of these two should we go for? Any other solutions?

    Thanks!

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