I’ve been following this pretty closely on the Serif forums. Like many others, this is the last piece in my move away from Adobe. Publisher is definitely early, but heading in the right direction. I feel thta if you like Photo and Designer then you’ll feel right at home.
IMO, it´s the right way to involve us in that early stage of development, so we´ll get a software that fits our needs. The more people are doing the beta test, the better it is for the final release. I agree, the beta forum at Serif is great to share and discuss our opinions on bugs and features.
The integration of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer will definitely make the Serif software an eco system for print publishing on its own. As long as Adobe won´t return to offer a perpetual license or give us a a newspaper license, I'm going to move away, too.