The Winner is – Affinity Publisher (and related Affinity programs).

I have been testing and trying the three big Book layout and design software tools for the past year or so. After building books in Scribus, Adobe Indesign and Affinity Publisher I have settled on my new platform going forward. The Winner is Affinity Publisher (and related Affinity programs). The Affinity group of programs , Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher together cover all the major tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud for a quarter of the price. Unlike Adobe, Affinity sells an old school license allowing you to use the software for as long as you like vs a subscription model. At this time a years creative clout subscription is about $720 and Buying the full Affinity group of programs is about $170. A huge difference for very equivalent tools.Continue reading

Fonts – Who buys Fonts?

Why are fonts so expensive? Why are there so many free fonts available? Who makes them and why? Gwern atempts to explain in "Fonts are a rare highlight in software design—stable, with well-defined uses, highly-compatible software stacks, and long-lived. Unsurprisingly, a back-catalogue of tens or hundreds of thousands of digital fonts out there, many nigh-indistinguishable from the next in both form and function.Continue reading

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