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By Jason Snell

Applications Folder: Affinity Designer

Two or three times a year I need to open up and modify vector art files, generally sourced from Adobe Illustrator. This is mostly to generate t-shirt designs for The Incomparable, though sometimes it involved other uses of vector logos. For the past few years I’ve been soldiering on with an ancient copy of Adobe Illustrator CS5, the last version of Adobe’s full Creative Suite that I have installed on my Mac. (I pay for the Creative Cloud subscription version of Photoshop, but have little to no use for the other apps in the larger, much more expensive suite.)

With the arrival of macOS Catalina, Adobe CS5 is no longer an option. I installed it in a virtual machine using VMWare Fusion and tried to run it, but it didn’t want to open my files and I decided that I was tired of fighting it. Rather than paying Adobe $240 a year for an app to open logo files a handful of times, I spent $50 and bought Serif’s Affinity Designer.…

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