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Alternatives to the Creative Cloud

New Here ,
May 07, 2013 May 07, 2013

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With Adobe's decisions to force users to go to subscribe to the creative cloud, I thought it might be a good idea to get a list going of some alternative programs. I'm a designer working mostly in print with some web - anyone know of some good alternatives for these?

Photoshop -> Gimp

Illustrator -> ?

Indesign - Quark

Dreamweaver - ?

Flash - been moving away from that anyway

What programs are you going to look into to replace the creative cloud?

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2014 Sep 25, 2014

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I've been a graphic designer for over 35 years... early days on Mac with Page maker and followed on to the first Quark. I use Quark still despite the haters. I work for International clients and produce work above and below the line. I have issues with CC on many of the points mentioned and other aspects. I fear the pricing structure may well change and accelerate. I use CS6 and dreamweaver and I find that working in house as a freelancer they all use inDesign mainly due to the cost pushes going back 5-10 years back and Quark loosing the plot at that time. I have stuck with Quark as it gives for me a secure platform in print. From brochure work to 2,000pg p[lus catalogue work... It is for me secure but I suppose this is via a nurture. What to come. I am investigating other vector and pixel based programs... I will look at a replacement for Dreamweaver but will use freelancers to assemble web design for the meantime... Quark I will continue to use as I find it is what I need for my design.

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Explorer ,
Sep 26, 2014 Sep 26, 2014

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I have to admit Howard, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here, or just frustrated with the direction software publishers may go.

I can honestly say that for the past year and a half, I have *rarely* used adobe products and have had vastly less stress in my life. My main tools are:  Sketch 3, Pixelmator and iDraw. For web development, I use Text Wrangler.

The only serious Quark/InDesign alternative that I know of is called Scribus. It has some good tools but it's a bit rough around the edges.

HTH

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Participant ,
Sep 26, 2014 Sep 26, 2014

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I started using Affinity Designer for the first time today and it's great! I talked with someone from the company and they said that they should be announcing an InDesign competitor by the end of this week. If the ID competitor is anywhere near as good as their illustration program then there should be some great competition coming down the line!

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2014 Oct 05, 2014

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I was not asking anything more suggestions within the original post. I was stating what I use as an alternative after many had issues with the way Adobe and CC were travelling . What I am saying is that I use for print design Quark which despite some detractors I have found in the last 3 years to be secure and stable and more importantly I own it and do not need to purchase a subscription on a monthly basis. As for web I still have the last pre CC Dreamweaver and will look elsewhere as with pixel manipulation... I have been looking at other programs/developers and Affinity is one with the vector based program. Just my take.
Serif releases free alternative to Adobe Illustrator | Illustration | Creative Bloq

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Explorer ,
Oct 05, 2014 Oct 05, 2014

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I snapped up Affinity Designer the other day after watching their promotional video. So far, it well lives up to its promises and is as well-behaved as any software out there, legacy or not.

Serif is a company to watch. I'm sure their photo editing and page layout software will be equally good as Affinity Designer.

A new paradigm is upon us all...

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