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Earlier this week, I talked about the muscle memory monopoly Adobe and other vendors have on users. As we become more and more experienced with these commercial products, we also become more tied to them.
But they are expensive. Individual, non-student licenses for Adobe Creative Cloud can be upwards of $600 per year. While there are lower cost alternatives to many of the individual applications included in Creative Cloud, buying them can add up as well.
A number of you reached out to me asking what you could do if you wanted the capabilities of Creative Cloud, but didn't want to spend the money. In this gallery, we'll look at the 11 main Creative Cloud products and find (mostly) workable substitutes.
Premiere Pro: Replace with DaVinci Resolve
We're moving away from open source software with our replacement for video editor Premiere Pro.
DaVinci Resolve comes in both a free and pay-for Studio version. The thing is, the free version is just so good that it deserves spotlighting here. Even if you are a pro with a budget, you might use the free DaVinci Resolve.
After Effects: Replace with Fusion
Acrobat DC: Replace with PDF-XChange
Acrobat DC is part of an entire document management solution and, as such, isn't completely replaceable with open source products.
But if you're on a budget and just want to create great PDFs, you have many solutions, including PDF-XChange Editor. This tool is free, but has a pro variant. It's not open source, but it does work.
Personally, on the Mac, I get almost all I need done simply using the MacOS-native Preview program, which comes with the OS.
Dreamweaver: Replace with BlueGriffon or Brackets
If you just want a great, free HTML editor, check out Adobe's own Brackets. It's free and that'll get you into the Adobe camp without spending a cent.