Many people have asked me whether there are high-quality tools available for Creative Pros other than the rental suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
I leave it up to you whether you prefer renting a software suite or whether you like to keep/own your tools (the license that is).
Though for me the model of “software vendor adds features and time savers into software – user decides whether it’s worth the purchase/upgrade” just feels to be more fair than “continue paying vendor as long as you use software and if you stop paying you can’t open your work files anymore.”
So here are my personal recommendations for high-quality tools that do not force you to rent:
Perpetual: CorelDraw (Win only), Gravit Designer, InkScape, Krita
- Image Editing:
Perpetual: Acorn (Mac only), Affinity Photo, Photoline, Photo-Paint (Windows only)
- Motion Graphic:
Renting: After Effects
Perpetual: Apple Motion (Mac only), Fusion
- Music Production:
Perpetual: Bandlab (Windows only), Garageband (Mac only), Waveform
- Page Layout/Design:
- PDF Touchup:
Renting: Experience Design (XD)
Perpetual: Lunacity (Win only), Sketch (Mac only)
- RAW Editor:
Perpetual: Capture One, DxO Photolabs, ON1 Photo
- Video Editing:
Perpetual: DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut (Mac only)
- Web Design/Web Animations:
Perpetual: Hype (Mac only)
- Web Editor/Websites:
Perpetual: BlueGriffon, Hype (Mac only), PineGrow
And of course this is just a personal preference, there are many others.
Which tools are you recommending and using?
URLs (as of May 18, 2018):
Affinity Photo: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/
Apple Motion: https://itunes.apple.com/app/motion/id434290957?mt=12
Capture One: https://www.phaseone.com/captureone/
DaVinci Resolve: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
DxO Photolabs: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/photo-software/dxo-photolab
Final Cut: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/
Gravit Designer: https://designer.io/
ON1 Photo: https://www.on1.com/products/photo-raw/
Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people. Before joining Quark in 1997, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represented Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.
From 1997 until 2019 Matthias played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop, mobile and enterprise software. From February 2014 until January 2019 he headed Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit; and was therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.
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