List of Software Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud Products

Following is a list of possible alternative products available to users who are unable or unwilling to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud software under annual licensing arrangements that began in late February 2015.

  • Adobe After Affects
    • Suggested: Blender (Windows), Apple Motion (Mac)
    • Other Options: WonderShare Video Editor, Wax, Jahshaka, Nuke, eyeon Fusion (expensive)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (formerly Adobe Acrobat Professional)
  • Adobe Reader DC (formerly Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Adobe Audition
    • Suggested: Audacity (Windows), Logic Pro (Mac)
    • Other Options: LMMS, Ardour, GarageBand (Mac)
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
    • Suggested: Use the Medical School’s WordPress System. Contact the Medical School’s Office of Communications.
    • Other Options: Aptana Studio, RapidWeaver, Coda, SeaMonkey, BlueGriffon, Amaya, Flux, Espresso, Eclipse, KompoZer, Bluefish, Nvu, Expression Web, Visual Studio, Vim/Emacs
  •  Adobe Flash Professional
    • Suggested: None. Consider switching to HTML5.
    • Other Options: Synfig Studio, Flash Develop, Stencyl
  • Adobe Illustrator
    • Suggested: Affinity Designer (Mac), Inkscape (Windows or Mac)
    • Other Options: Google Draw, Pixelmator, Sketch, Openoffice Draw, Karbon, Vector Pain, Serif DrawPlus, Xara Xtreme, CorelDraw, SVG-edit
  • Adobe InCopy
    • Suggested: Scrivener (includes features for research paper writers, as well as features for fiction and non-fiction authors)
  • Adobe InDesign
    • Suggested: LucidPress, Scribus
    • Other Options: Microsoft Publisher, PrintWorks, Serif PagePlus, iStudio Publisher, FormatPixel, Swift Publisher, Quark Xpress, Passepartout, Sigil, Calibre
  • Adobe PhotoShop
    • Suggested: Pixelmator (Mac), GIMP (Windows or Mac)
    • Other Options: paint.net, Pixlr, Xara, Acorn, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Aperture, Pinta, CinePaint, Krita, IrfanView
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
    • Suggested: Lightworks (Windows, Mac or Linux), Final Cut Pro (Mac)
    • Other Options: Avidemux, iMovie, VideoLAN, ScreenFlow, OpenShot, Corel VideoStudio, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Kdenlive, Windows Movie Maker, PiTiVi, T@b ZS4, Cinelerra, Pinacle Studio, EditStudio, PowerDirector, EZVid, VideoPad, Kino