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Topic: Adobe CC replacements (Read 707 times) previous topic - next topic

Adobe CC replacements

Since I'm no longer employed at false hopes and regret printing I no longer have access to any Adobe products. Well, legal access. I just bought a new laptop with windows 10 (sucks balls) and I would like to install something like CC for content creation. The laptop has a nifty wacom stylus that's pressure sensitive so that would be a bonus if the software supported that as well.

I basically need a replacement for PS, indy and illustrator. Are there any free options out there that can produce not utter poop files?
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
         —Benjamin Franklin

My other job

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #1
Inkscape = Illustrator

GIMP = Photoshop

Scribus = InDesign

All open source and free.

Not free but cheap...Affinity Photo (Photoshop) and Affinity Designer (Illustrator). Affinity Publisher (InDesign) has been in beta for 194 years now but they keep promising it is coming out this year. Of course they have been saying that for 194 years now.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #2
Have you used affinity? I'd rather an all in one solution.

That being said I'm downloading the free options now.
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
         —Benjamin Franklin

My other job

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #3
I did the trial of Affinity Photo. Was very good. Never tried Designer as I rarely use Illustrator.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #4
Don't knock your Windows setup - Affinity and some others are Windows only. Affinity's stuff seems to be received well. Haven't seen any negative response to it except for "it's not Photoshop." Well, duh.
No Facebook, no iAnything. What am I missing?
2009 Mac Mini, OSX 10.6

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #5
Don't knock your Windows setup - Affinity and some others are Windows only. Affinity's stuff seems to be received well. Haven't seen any negative response to it except for "it's not Photoshop." Well, duh.

Affinity has Mac and Windows versions.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #6
Don't knock your Windows setup - Affinity and some others are Windows only. Affinity's stuff seems to be received well. Haven't seen any negative response to it except for "it's not Photoshop." Well, duh.

Affinity has Mac and Windows versions.
Good to know, they didn't last time I checked.
No Facebook, no iAnything. What am I missing?
2009 Mac Mini, OSX 10.6

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #7
You can still find legal, free, versions of CS2 from Adobe, and serial numbers to make them work. There are also Spoiler (click to show/hide)
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #8
I am aware of the other ways but I don't like how connected windows 10 is to the mothership.
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
I once knew a plus-sized girl and this pretty much describes teh secks. :rotf:
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
         —Benjamin Franklin

My other job

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #9
You can still find legal, free, versions of CS2 from Adobe, and serial numbers to make them work. There are also Spoiler (click to show/hide)

About a week or two ago I went looking for the CS2 downloads and it appears they have been removed. At least where I looked they were. Technically Adobe didn't didn't release it as freeware to the masses. They made it so people that had bought it could still use it after they shut down the activation servers by putting out an activation key that works for everyone.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #10
If you know anyone with a student email address or you can become a student of something  :laugh:
The Adobe license is way cheaper

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #11
Will the University of B4Print work?
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #12
You can still find legal, free, versions of CS2 from Adobe, and serial numbers to make them work. There are also Spoiler (click to show/hide)

About a week or two ago I went looking for the CS2 downloads and it appears they have been removed. At least where I looked they were. Technically Adobe didn't didn't release it as freeware to the masses. They made it so people that had bought it could still use it after they shut down the activation servers by putting out an activation key that works for everyone.
I downloaded them a few months ago... I still have CS2 .exes on my NAS at home. I think I used a link found on B4Print for the download, and it downloads the files as install DVDs, so you need to extract them and install them like you're installing from DVD, as separate disc directories. I had to hunt Adobe forums a little bit, but I finally found a serial number that worked. Later, I deleted the install and replaced with CS5 from work. I only use it at home to do some flyers and projects and stuff for my kid's school.
Will the University of B4Print work?
Are we accredited, and am I an instructor?
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #13
Sure why not. Tell Adobe Joe sent you.
Mac OS 10.12 Sierra | Prinergy 7.5 | Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 | Two Luscher XPose 160 CTP units

Prepress: One who does precision guess work based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.

Re: Adobe CC replacements

Reply #14
The best replacement I have seen for Illustrator and Photoshop is from Affinity (Designer and Photo). Modern UI and works very fast. They are working on their own version of Indesign. Will be a decent package when it is done though I think it will be a very long time before they can even come close to catching up to Indesign. Would love to be proven wrong on that. I am wary of the free graphic programs, we have had many clients come in with stuff they did on their own in those various programs and they can be a nightmare. The Affinity stuff seems to be more common sense with the basics that we are all used to. I would look at them before anything else, for a couple hundred bucks you will have everything with no monthly fees.