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You can use the Affinity suite for free during the coronavirus outbreak

Affinity Publisher Windows 10
Affinity Publisher Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Serif's entire desktop Affinity suite of creative programs is free for 90 days due to coronavirus
  • All Affinity programs are on sale for 50 percent off, including Windows, Mac, and iPad versions of the apps.
  • Serif is also commissioning 100 freelance artists during the coronavirus outbreak.

Serif announced several measures (opens in new tab) to help creators during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The entire desktop Affinity suite is available for free for 90 days right now. Additionally, if people prefer to purchase an app, Serif's entire lineup is on sale for 50 percent off. The 90-day offer is available for the Windows and Mac versions of Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher. The 50 percent off sale includes all the Affinity apps on Windows, macOS, and iOS.

Serif announced the trial and discounts on a community post. In addition to the trials and discounts, Serif committed to engage with over 100 freelance artists during the outbreak. This will help creators who might struggle to have a complete workload while many things are shut down. Serif states that it will spend "the equivalent of [its] annual commissioning budget in the next three months."

Because many people have to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, some won't have access to creative apps like Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher. Having a 90-day trial bridges that gap and allows creators to work from anywhere.

To get access to the free trial, you just need to enter your details onto this page (opens in new tab) and follow the steps on the email Serif sends you.

Sean Endicott
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2 Comments
  • Cheapest Ive seen Affinity Photo and great alternative to Photoshop imo. Photo ran so much smoother than Photoshop when i trialed both of them a year ago on my Surface Pro 2017 i5. Definitely seems like a better optimised photo editor, especially when using the pen. This was with light editing. Some reviewers online state heavy editing with many layers and using large resolution pixels does slow down Photo much more than Photoshop so thats one thing to take into consideration.
  • Already owned Photo and Designer, but picked up the iPad versions in this sale.