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! Replaces: Photoshop GIMP is easily one of the most powerful pieces of open source software available on the internet today. The app gives you the same photo manipulation features as Photoshop, as well as a variety of filters to choose from. There's also incredible hardware and plug-in support.
Adobe Creative Suite is more than just Photoshop: it contains other software that helps you build web sites, design logos, edit video, layout books, and more. Adobe Fuse delivers a variate collection of tops, pants, shoes, hats, eyewear, gloves, and masks, so you have enough to go through and choose from. The library also includes several hair styles.
Xee is an streamlined and convenient image viewer and browser. It is similar to Mac OS X's Preview.app, but lets you easily browse the entire contents of folders and archives, move and copy image files quickly, and supports many more image formats. With the GL Image Browser, you can open a folder on your computer and look for all the pictures that are inside, even in subdirectories if you want. It is no iPhoto or Picasa clone, GL Image Browser is not meant as a tool to archive pictures, but as a tool to quickly browse through thousands of pictures to find a special one you are looking for. More about GL Image Browser The current version of the software is 1.0.1 and the latest update was on 2/17/2006. It's available for users with the operating system Mac OS X and prior versions, and you can get it in English. With the GL Image Browser, you can open a folder on your computer and look for all the pictures that are inside, even in subdirectories if you want. It is no iPhoto or Picasa clone, GL Image Browser is not meant as a tool to archive pictures, but as.
Plus, there's plenty of sites that offer. Replaces: Photoshop An image editing application packed in a pretty little name, Seashore is built on OS X's Cocoa framework so it's made just for Mac users looking for an open source alternative. Though it doesn't have some of GIMP's features, Seashore is perfect for novices looking for a simple image editor. Replaces: Acrobat Feel caught in a tizzy when you have a digital document you need to sign? Formulate Pro lets you open and write on PDF documents with a mouse and tablet, then save or print. Replaces: Illustrator Got a character you wanna sketch out, but don't have access to Adobe Illustrator?
Inkscape's got the capabilities. Best yet, it supports advanced Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) features like markers, clones and alpha blending. And actually, it's very easy to navigate.
One of the simplest open source UIs we've used yet. Replaces: Illustrator Need to make a poster for your environmental club? Galeria de photo shop for mac. Open Office Draw is a super easy-to-use desktop publishing application, part of the Open Office suite that's actually maintained by Sun Microsystems so it's a relatively stable build compared to the other applications featured in this article.
Replaces: InDesign For a more powerful, InDesign-like desktop publishing application, Scribus is a wonderful alternative for wannabe professionals. Replaces: Flash If you've used Adobe Flash to animate before, Synfig is an open source alternative to making 2D animations with vectors and bitmaps. Synfig also has a pretty healthy community of contributors, so many updates are inevitably on their way.
Replaces: Soundbooth You need to edit your homemade podcasts, so do so with Audacity. It's free, and though it's got a bit of a learning curve for new audio editors, it's the best solution for chopping up and stringing together audio files. Replaces: Premiere Frankly, you'd be hard pressed to find a full-fledged video editor that's free. So if you just need to cut and edit a home video, Avidemux is the capable open source solution.
Replaces: Dreamweaver SeaMonkey is a community-developed internet application suite that helps you code and develop websites for the Mozilla browser. It comes with its own browser, an email and newsgroup client and an HTML editor. It's also got IRC chat and added on web development tools.