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Alternative Products To Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud

Article ID = 97
Article Title = Alternative Products To Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 21st May 2013
Article Last Updated = 25th July 2017
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?97

Article Brief Description:
A list of alternative software products to and a source of information for leaving Adobe Creative Cloud and/or abandoning Adobe Creative Suite

Alternatives To Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud

Based on our 17th May 2013 blog post about Adobe Creative Cloud we have produced this article with a list of alternative products to the Adobe versions. This article will be updated as frequently as possible so do bookmark it and come back regularly if you want. Always check operating system compatibility and your feature requirements versus what the alternative application actually supports before making any purchases - most products do have trial versions available. If you have come across additional products not listed here but that you think should be, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud Products

Alternative Software

Acrobat Pro [PDF editing / manipulation]

Large feature set products: Basic products: Windows only products:

Photoshop (Extended) [photo editors / bitmap painters]

Large feature set products: Basic products: Windows only products:

Illustrator [vector graphics / computer aided design {CAD}]

Large feature set products: Basic products: Windows only products: NOTE: See also, MacHow2's Best CAD Software For Mac.

InDesign [page layout]

Large feature set products: Basic products: NOTE: More information about third party alternatives to Adobe InDesign is available on the MacHow2 web site along with information on working with Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac.
Windows only products:

Flash Professional

+ Edge

HTML 5 animation products: Windows only products:

Fireworks

Large feature set products: Basic products:

Dreamweaver [HTML/web site coding]

+ Muse

Large feature set products: Basic products: Windows only products:

Lightroom [photo processing / management]

Large feature set products: RAW Processing Apps: Basic products: Windows only products:

Premiere Pro [video editing]

Large feature set products: Basic products: Windows only products: NOTE: See also, MacHow2's Best Video Editing Software For Mac.

After Effects [video processing]

Large feature set products: Windows only products:

SpeedGrade

Large feature set products: Basic products:

Audition

Large feature set products: Basic products:
  • Apple GarageBand Buy it now on the Mac App Store Buy iLife 11 (iPhoto+iMovie+GarageBand) now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Audacity [FREE - open source]
Windows only products:

Prelude

Generic project management related products:

Encore

Products including menu creation: DVD burner products:
  • Toast Burn (£14.99) Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • Roxio Toast Titanium 15 Buy it now at Amazon UK
  • Roxio Toast Titanium 14 Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • DiscBlaze (£4.49) Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • NTI Dragon Burn (£23.99) Buy it now on the Mac App Store
  • Burn (FREE)
  • Disco (FREE)
  • SimplyBurns (FREE)
  • NCH Express Burn (US$30-50)
Windows only products: NOTE: Apple has pretty much abandoned the optical disc format so their iDVD and DVD Studio Products are now, unfortunately, discontinued.

Notes and Considerations

The above listed alternatives are similar to their Adobe counterparts in terms of classification but are not necessarily the same in workflow or interoperability. We therefore strongly advise strenuous product testing before rollout/large purchases in business environments but it is better to start this testing now before you get stuck between a rock (testing) and a hard place (forced Adobe subscription)! You should also consider the following:
  1. Licence / upgrade costs
  2. Licensing options e.g. is easy volume licensing available for larger businesses
  3. Purchasing options appropriate to your requirements - is software available as boxed, download and/or via the Mac App Store
  4. Software that requires activation
  5. Software rollout/update management
  6. Asset management

Additions, Omissions and/or Errors

If you have any additions or comments regarding the above products please use our Contact Form to inform us.

Authorised/Activated Software and/or Services

NOTE: If you know of any other Macintosh software that requires activation please contact us.

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