Affinity Publisher is an alternative to Adobe InDesign. More at https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/.
I've used it a lot and I already love it. I found some bugs on the beta, but I could perfectly deliver a PDF for production in no time with great quality.
Ive been using it for production work (yeah I know they said not to) since the beta launched. I have high hopes in Affinity/Serif, and I have not been disappointed yet, in fact I just set up my new Mac at work, and didn't install a single adobe software.
Publisher is excellent, it doesn't have the breadth of features that indesign or quark has (yet, they update constantly) but the price point is amazing all things considered, and if you aren't doing anything too crazy with your documents, then it will work really well for you.
I haven't had any issues with it, and the one time my computer crashed on me (don't know if it was the Mac or the publisher software) the restore file was exactly where I had been up to in my workflow.
Im buying the preorder today!
I have also using it to produce production documents. I am super happy with the App and how it will solve almost any needs when creating documents. I am happy with the price and also purchased it on the Beta price.
I am waiting for Affinity to come out with Affinity Animation and Affinity Video. And then start charging a subscription (being sarcastic; although a competitor to AE would be cool)
I found it to be a mixed bag. There were things I definitely liked and things I despised. Too many of the latter and not enough of the former to make me want to switch.
What things did you like & dislike?
Some of this could due to unfamiliarity to Publisher but if it's not intuitive, to begin with, that's a knock against it in my opinion. I liked the direction table styling was headed but tables, in general, were not well implemented. One feature I use in InDesign ALL THE TIME is spanning tables across multiple frames. I've had documents where a single table takes up 5 or 6 pages. In InDesign, the table head repeats when it breaks across the page and the content continues to flow. Publisher appears to require a table on each page which means when you need to make updates you will need to move a lot of copy around as the table rebreaks.
InDesign allows you to mix multiple page sizes n a single document. This is handy if you want to layout something a gatefold or barrel fold brochure where successive pages are trimmed ~.125" smaller as the page folds in. This lets you set columns and margins consistently across all master pages easily. I didn't see a way to do this in Publisher.
Binding along the top edge was a nice feature that I'd like to see officially supported in InDesign. I've been able to hack a solution together but PDFs don't export the file properly.
Paragraph styles were a mess in Publisher. I loathe Word and implementing paragraph styles, in the same way, was a huge mistake. InDesign has limitations and I've developed methods to work around only allowing a single character style applied a text at a time but I'll take their approach any day. I realize you can create custom styles but let me start with a clean slate and decide how I want to structure and name thngs.
A lot of other issues really stemmed from nearly two decades of experience with InDesign and all the other Adobe Creative Suite apps. There's a lot of muscle memory with keyboard shortcuts, app preferences, and general workflow that just made working in Publisher a chore. I don't love InDesign like I once did but I didn't see anything in Publisher that would make me want to ditch the Creative Suite.