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Running out of time? There are many ways to boost your productivity.
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Affinity Publisher is incredibly powerful, surprisingly affordable

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Affinity Publisher does it all — and plays nicely with other Affinity apps.
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Serif just delivered its latest Affinity app for Mac and PC — and it looks like an essential purchase for publishers.

Affinity Publisher is a professional desktop publishing client that has Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo baked-in for seamless vector design and image editing. It’s packed full of other useful features, too, and it won’t break the bank.

The best Apple Pencil apps that aren’t for drawing

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Don't leave your Apple Pencil in the jar.
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You have a new iPad, and you have a new Apple Pencil. Time to learn how to draw, right? Not necessarily. Just like a regular pen or pencil, there are ton of other things you can do with an Apple Pencil. You can write, of course, but you can also play games, compose musical scores, do coloring in books, edit photos, and even play the Apple Pencil like a musical instrument.

Let’s take a look at the best non-drawing apps for Apple Pencil.

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'Appy new year.
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Photoshop gets a new challenger on OS X, and it looks great

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A powerful rival to Photoshop.
Possible Photoshop beater now in beta. Photo: Serif
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If you’re a creative director, designer, or just enjoy using your Mac for graphics editing, you may want to check out the new Photoshop rival, Affinity Photo.

Currently available as a public beta, this pro-level photo software and graphics editor boasts some pretty impressive features — with an emphasis on real-time editing, meaning no previews, “apply” buttons, or hanging around to wait for an effect to render.

You can read up on more details after the jump. Best of all? Unlike the subscription-only Photoshop, you can currently download Affinity Photo for free.