Adobe InDesign competitor Affinity Publisher launches free public beta for Mac and Windows

Affinity Publisher logoAffinity Publisher, an upcoming desktop publishing software for Mac and Windows by Serif that has Adobe InDesign in its sights, today announced availability of its first public beta.

This is the app’s inaugural public beta so expect some rough edges and bugs.

“We will have deep integration with our other apps (check out the persona buttons!),” reads the post, adding they’ll be pushing an update to Photo and Designer before this works.

You can download the public beta of Affinity Publisher via the official website.

If you’re going to be taking this app for a spin, it may be a good idea to watch a selection of tutorials that are available on the Affinity website to help you get started with Publisher.

Affinity Publisher is months away from commercial launch, according to the website.

Affinity Publisher system requirements

Here’s what you’ll need to test drive the app on your Mac or Windows desktop.

Mac system requirements


  • Mac Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini


  • Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better (from 2007)


  • 2GB RAM minimum

Operating system

  • macOS 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave beta
  • Support for Mavericks and Yosemite will be added shortly

Hard Disk

  • 1.04GB of available space; more during installation
  • Cannot be installed on removable flash storage or a volume with a case-sensitive file system
  • Additional space is required to edit images


  • 1280×768 display size or better
  • Supports regular, Retina and expanded gamut DCI-P3 displays

Windows system requirements


  • Windows-based PC with mouse or equivalent input device.
  • DirectX 10-compatible graphics cards and above.


  • 2GB RAM (4GB RAM recommended)

Hard Disk

  • 593MB of available space; more during installation

Operating systems (64 bit)

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 (Service Pack 1, Aero enabled)


  • 1280×768 display size or better

Serif, a privately-owned British software developer and publisher, is behind other Affinity-branded apps like Affinity Photo, their excellent Photoshop and Pixlemator alternative.

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There’s also the pro vector drawing app Affinity Designer that recently got ported to iPad with Apple Pencil support and a bunch of pro-grade features. Last but not least, last year saw the arrival of Affinity Photo for the iPad, another great Serif app for creatives.