For you who involved often with design world, surely you’re familiar with Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe Creative Suite is a software package contained of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. There’s no one doubt that Adobe-made software, but there’s one thing often cause a matter… Yup! Price!
The price for Adobe Creative Suite is truly expensive. Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection is sold USD 2599! For you who are not able to buy software with such astonishing price, today SOT will give you tips to create your own “Adobe Creative Suite” for free.
Here SOT will give you various alternative software in each Adobe Creative Suite package. This alternative software commonly is an open source software which you can use for free. Curious?
GIMP: Best Software for Adobe Photoshop Alternative
Photoshop is functioned as photo editor and photo manipulator. Talking about Photoshop’s alternative, we couldn’t leave GIMP behind. GIMP is the best alternative software for Photoshop today. By feature, ability, and user interface which is not far different with Photoshop, GIMP becomes the most popular Photoshop’s alternative. Moreover, GIMP is an open source software you can use for free.
Download GIMP here:
In addition of GIMP, you can also use Pixlr Editor as alternative for Photoshop. Pixlr Editor is an online application which has similar basic function like Photoshop.
Visit Pixlr Editor here:
Inkscape: The best alternative software for Adobe Illustrator
Illustrator is functioned as vector graphic editor. You can draw various vector image you can enlarge or minimize without damaging the image quality. To replace Adobe Illustrator, you can use Open source software, which is Inkspace. Although it is not as complexes as Adobe Illustrator, but by using Inkspace, you can do almost all things you can do in Illustrator.
Download Inkscape here:
If you’re a Linux user, Xara Xtreme is also vector graphic editor software you deserved to be tried.
Download Xara Xtreme here:
Scribus: Best alternative software for Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign has been long considered as standard software used by media publishing to create layout for magazine, book, etc. But it doesn’t mean we couldn’t create a cool layout without InDesign. If you want to create layout for magazine, book poster, flyer, etc.. Scribus can be the best alternative software for InDesign. Scribus is not as pretty as InDesign when it comes to User Interface and its features arrangement, but Scribus can be lethal weapon in creating cool and attractive magazine layout.
Download Scribus here:
VideoLAN Movie Creator: Best alternative software for Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere makes you possible to edit and create movie/video. By various effect and editor features, you can easily create a professional movie. It’s quite difficult for SOT to find the same level alternative software with this Adobe Premiere. But VideoLAN Movie Creator can be used as alternative for Adobe Premiere. Although its features are still far comparing with Adobe Premiere, you can do various video editing, add effects, etc, by this software. This software is still in Alpha version, still far from perfect. But if you want to create simple movie, VideoLAN Movie Creator can be accurate alternative for Adobe Premiere.
Download VideoLAN Movie Creator here:
if you’re a Linux user, Kdenlive is the brilliant alternative software for Adobe Premiere.
Download Kdenlive here:
KompoZer: Best Alternative Software for Adobe Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver is a web editor software with WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) concept. By this concept, you can create website visually. As free alternative from Dreamweaver, you can use KompoZer. KompoZer is a free web editor software made by Mozilla which also use WYSIWYG concept. By KompoZer you can create website visually, just like when you use Dreamweaver.
Download KompoZer here:
Wax: Best alternative Software for Adobe After Effects
After Effects is used to give effect to video. For example, adding some smoke and fire effect in bomb explosion scene in movie, etc. it’s a little bit difficult to search the same level alternative for After Effects, however, Wax is quite great to do that.
Although Wax is considered as an old software, but the feature and function are still able to be used as video composer, add special effect to video, etc. moreover, Wax also has various plugin options you can use.
Download Wax here:
Synfig, Stencyl, and FlashDevelop: Best alternative software for Adobe Flash
Flash is used often for various needs, just like creating two dimensional movie, two dimensional animation, creating game, animation banner, etc. because of the complexity of this Adobe Flash, it is so difficult to find other similar alternative software. But: difficult doesn’t mean none.
SOT found some software you can use as alternative software for Adobe Flash as purpose you wanted.
If you want to use Flash to create 2D animation, animation banner, 2D movie, and some kind like that, you can use Synfig Studio.
Download Synfig Studio
If you want to use Flash for ActionScript programming, you can use FlashDevelop. FlashDevelop is a cool software for you who have interest in ActionScript programming. FlashDevelop is supported ActionScript 2 and ActionScript 3.
Download FlashDevelop here:
if you want to use Flash to create game, you can use Stencyl. In addition creating flash game, Stencyl can also be used to create iOS game.
Download Stencyl here:
Best Alternative Software for Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat is an all-in-one software which can be used to create, edit and read PDF file. Unfortunately, there’s almost no free software which can do almost all those features completely.
To read PDF file, you can use Foxit Reader which is free and powerful. In addition to read PDF, Foxit Reader can also be used to fill in PDF Form, add signature, etc.
Download Foxit Reader here:
In order to edit PDF File for free, you can do some steps:
1. Changing PDF File to Word
SOT often shares PDF to Word Converter software. The latest trick SOT shared recently is how to change PDF to Word via Facebook. You can also use the trick. Also, you can use First PDF software to do that.
2. Editing PDF file which is already in Word form
You can edit it in Microsoft Office Word, also via LibreOffice Writer.
3. Converting Word to PDF File
After editing process is finished, you can directly change it into PDF file again. If you’re a LibreOffice Writer fan, you can directly export it into PDF via File -> Export as PDF menu.
If you’re a Microsoft Word 2007 user, you can export file into PDF directly by using all tricks SOT shared before.
Those are ways and various alternative software to create your own “Adobe Creative Suite” for free. By applying tips above, you can reduce your dependency to Adobe-created software which are sold in definitely high price. I wish it would be useful.