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Thread: Free software like Adobe InDesign - Scribus. Free software like Adobe Photoshop.

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    Free software like Adobe InDesign - Scribus. Free software like Adobe Photoshop.

    About a year ago I was wanting Adobe InDesign and was going to upgrade to Adobe windows CS 5.5 from the standalone Adobe Photoshop 4, but was told by an Adobe Rep to wait until Adobe CS 6 came out and upgrade directly to that... The thing is Adobe changed the rules when they brought out Creative Suite 6 and you could no longer upgrade from standalone software such as Adobe Photoshop 4 and had to buy the entire Creative Suite instead or products individually so I upgraded to Photoshop CS6 and forgot about the other Adobe software as I didn't have the kind of money they wanted for CS6 and instead went looking for free software like Adobe InDesign.

    What I found was this great free piece of software:

    Scribus Open Source Desktop Publishing
    Scribus.net

    It's brilliant, having never go the chance to use InDesgin as I couldn't buy it I'm not missing it, if you do your own publishing or layouts for prints you don't need Adobe InDesign just get the free Scribus.

    Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux, BSD UNIX, Solaris, OpenIndiana, GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design. Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.

    Saving more money and ditching more expensive Adobe products for cheaper ones or free software:
    If you're after free software like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is worth a try: GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

    I've decided to stay with Photoshop 6 for the next few years, even if there are updates, and only upgrade the cheaper Adobe Lightroom as I've found it does 90% of all the things I need from photography editing software and the other 10% Photoshop does with the extra controls of layers and editing software it's enough for the way I work at the moment. I think Lightroom 5 looks good, but I'm sure it'll drop in price and they're already up to version 5.2 only a month after 5 was released.
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    Scribus Video Tutorial - Part 1 - Basic Introduction and Setting Preferences



    GIMP V Photoshop from Nixie Pixel, this is for 2.7, good for home use:



    GIMP 2.8 review from Nixie Pixel, now up to 2.8.6


    Love the new GIMP layers setup and startup tools, very helpful!
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    Thanx for the tips Gav these be good enough to touch up a few old family photographs?
    I love to shop!

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    Good post Gav BUT you could go further if you want to create a similar package to Adobe Creative Suites for FREE which as you know means MEGA DEAL!!

    Best software to replace Adobe Illustrator for free:

    Inkscape is good vector based software:
    Inkscape. Draw Freely.
    About Inkscape
    An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

    Also try Apache openoffice draw:
    Apache OpenOffice Draw


    Best software to replace Adobe Premiere for free:

    https://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/

    VideoLAN Movie Creator
    VideoLAN Movie Creator is a non-linear editing software for video creation based on libVLC and running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X!

    Or try the free version Lightworks:
    Lightworks


    Best software to replace Adobe Dreamweaver for free:
    KompoZer - Easy web authoring
    Easy Web Authoring!

    KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

    KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.


    Best software to replace Adobe After Effects for free:
    blender.org - Home of the Blender project - Free and Open 3D creation software
    Blender:
    Blender is 3D creation for everyone, free to use for any purpose.
    Free Software, great community, and 100% open.

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    I thought some may also want Flash although that's not very popular now due to Apple and I think it was Apple that once forced it upon us!


    Free Software like Adobe Flash
    Synfig Studio :: Home
    Synfig Studio:
    Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.


    And for those that use Adobe Acrobat you can try:
    PDF-XChange Viewer

    http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

    The No.1 rated BEST PDF Reader - as voted by Life Hacker Readers by a 2-1 margin for the 2nd year in a row!

    Those wishing to View/Modify or perform simple editing and even OCR Image based PDF files
    on their Windows PC's now have a FREE pdf reader alternative to the Adobe Reader! The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/ PDF Viewer/ PDF Editor available. This free pdf viewer download also allows users to try the extended functionality offered by the PDF-XChange Viewer 'PRO' in evaluation mode - for free. No PDF reader or Viewer offers more features than PDF-XChange - or does so without compromising performance and quality, checkout the feature list below and save $100's in unnecessary expenditure on your PDF software today. Also included are the very powerful PDF-XChange Shell Extensions and iFilter.
    The licensed PDF-XChange Viewer 'PRO', is a PDF creator in it's own right, allowing users to create PDF files directly from scanners, image files and can even take a .txt or a .rtf file and convert it to PDF or build your PDF document from scratch.The FREE OCR functionality supports a base language set of English, French, German & Spanish. Additional Language Extension Packages are available here.

    The FREE PDF viewer download of the PDF-XChange Viewer may be used without limitation for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses, provided it is not -: incorporated or distributed for profit/commercial gain with other software or media distribution of any type - without first gaining permission.
    A Software Developers SDK is available including for licensing in 3rd party software applications that require the functionality of a PDF reader, or the ability to edit PDF files from within their own applications, without exorbitant royalty fees.
    **Now included PDF converter: PDF-XChange 4 Lite... Free (licensed end users only) !**
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