When there's just not enough cash in the bank and you're in a bind, the last thing you're able to do is drop a ton of money for pricey software like Adobe Creative Suite. And sometimes, the professional-grade stuff is too much overkill for simple tasks like putting together a poster, blurring out a license plate in a photo or cropping out a shaky part of your vacation video. So that's what open source software is for. While they're sometimes not the most stable of applications, they're free and they oftentimes get the job done, just like their paid-for counterparts.
We compiled a list of some of the best open source Adobe Creative Suite alternatives. Cycle through for alternatives to Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator and more!
If you’ve got Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium or Master Collection installed on your system, you may have noticed the updater has fired up to let you know something is new. The company today released updates to Adobe Flash Builder and AIR to enable the promised functionality for designing iOS and BlackBerry PlayBook apps in addition to Android.
Instead of jumping ahead one full version number every 18 months as usual, Adobe surprised us this spring with Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade that brings new features to applications snubbed in the last release. The company plans to continue this trend in the future with major updates (like CS6) coming every two years and “point five” releases in between. Users of earlier versions can also graduate slowly to CS5.5 if they so desire -- our older copy of CS4 Design Premium coexists nicely with the latest and greatest version -- but as usual, preferences don’t transfer from older versions.
As promised, Adobe starting shipping its Creative Suite 5.5 updates on May 3, bringing big features to some of the applications mostly left untouched with last year’s CS5. After Effects CS5.5 is among them, with a performance boost in the latest edition of this popular cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics software.
After Adobe ditched GoLive as their primary web development software in 2008, Dreamweaver has settled nicely into the rest of the Creative Suite. With CS5.5, Adobe brings the industry-leading web authoring and editing software another leap forward with enhanced support for CSS3, HTML5 and much more.
Mac users may think of Final Cut Pro by default when they think about high-end video editing software, since Adobe abandoned the platform entirely for a number of years. But Premiere Pro (and its audio-editing companion, Audition) are back and better than ever thanks to the new Creative Suite 5.5 update.
If there’s one component of Adobe’s Creative Suite more than any other that’s become a vital tool for designers, it’s probably Flash Professional. Despite the controversy surrounding the platform’s use on Apple’s iOS devices, Flash has come a long way from simply being used to create animated banners for websites.
Aldus PageMaker virtually overnight cemented the Mac as “the” platform for desktop publishing in 1985, a tradition that continued in 2004 when the mantle was passed to Adobe InDesign. A lot has changed since then, and with the latest CS5.5 update, InDesign is no longer just for laying out print publications.
I run a small bookkeeping business, so I have to look through dozens of bank statements in PDF format every month. I view these PDF files in Preview, and I often have to search for dollar amounts. This used to work just fine, but now Preview doesn’t accurately search for dollar amounts anymore. For example, if I search for “5.00”, Preview will find any instance of “5” or “00” in the entire PDF file, which doesn’t help me narrow down the search results at all.
The often-maligned Adobe Flash Player may not be Steve Jobs’ best friend anymore, but the developer still wants to be your neighbor -- and with the final release of version 10.3, the player now finds a new home in your Mac System Preferences.