I have them both. Good apps. Had them since they came out.
I’ve been an owner and user of Adobe’s Master collection for close to ten years and started with Photoshop 2.0.1. Adobe’s dropped permanent licensing on everything except Acrobat Pro. And that’s a bunch of apps. Some have surrogates, others don’t, and some surrogates have design features that undermine productivity (such as Apple’s video and motion graphics apps that no longer support pallet monitors – I used to be a huge fan of Motion but when they suddenly reduced things to nested tabbed pallets my productivity dropped by a good 80%).
Adobe is not going to restore permanent licenses. The subscription system encourages adoption, it provides for more predictable revenues without the peaks and valleys in profits associated with new releases, and most users don’t mind paying for a subscription and they do not have any concern about ownership of source documents.
As for Affinity, they have stated that their focus will not spread to include web design, motion graphics, video or audio.
For web, we all know that things are in a period of transition. Pro-level WYSIWYG web apps are in demand but do not exist. The more developer-oriented apps such as Pinegrow are slowly moving towards WYSIWYG just as WYSIWYG apps are moving towards coding with JS/JQ and insertion of HTML / HTML5, etc.
As we know, the two approaches are driven by two complementary mentalities - right-brain creatives and left-brain coders. The right-brainers want complete creative freedom with layers and objects placed anywhere on the screen where as the left-brainers like things in a much more structured, logical and manageable way. The long-range goal is the merging of the two, in such a way that both approaches get what they want. Once we get there, the power of such apps will be extremely impressive.
Of all the horses in the race, I think that Pinegrow has the most potential and it is making moves vaguely in the direction of the right-brain mindset, but it is most definitely a left-brain creation. The place where we are in web development today is centered on using left-brain tools to create a right-brain feel – using rigid rules to create the impression of free-form creativity.