Note: This post is mainly for those who use Macs.
Over the years, Adobe has made themselves the staple application suite for all things creative in the digital realm. Their monopoly over the design industry has always bothered me a bit (sarcasm). Minus the fact of the expense of the software, the applications have always been bulky and takes up all your memory just to run them. And now, you don’t even truly own the software with new Creative Cloud. I understand the benefit of using cloud systems but Adobe makes it difficult for your freelancer or average user.
Here are a few applications that I use now and swear by…
This is a wonderful vector application that I started using. It was so good, intuitive, and relative to Illustrator, that once I created one file in it, I deleted Illustrator. There are many great features in this application. Just watch the video and see the capabilities.
This application, which was built around the Wacom tablet, has an arsenal of features that are already pre-built into it. To compare, to do what you can do in Pixelmator in one step, it would take dozens of steps and setup to do the same thing in Photoshop.
Coda is a trusty application for programming. It has nifty themes for code coloring, a imbedded reference library, installed ability to connect to SVN, a FTP client, and an area to save code snippet templates. The is also a website with all the free plug-ins that makes it even easier to program your next website. Not to mention, they have a version of it for the iPad called Diet Coda.
If you are used to the interface of iMovie, you will have no problem with the interface of Apple Motion. I was a huge After Effects user and I still sometimes use it, but Motion has become my first choice. With the integration of Quartz compositions, drag-and-drop effects, and realtime previewing, Motion is a winner in my book.
Well, Adobe really doesn’t have a program that is even close to an equivalent to this application. It is so versatile that there is no comparison. You can use it as a live instrument(s), sound production, sound engineering, and mastering. It has an open source midi framework that allows you basically plug any controller into it. Many studios are switching over to it for the simple fact of its cost and versatility.
To sum things up, Adobe is not the only creative software company on the market. There so many options these days. It seems like new creative software is popping up everyday. Before you dish out $50 a month to have a subscription to creative cloud, search to see what options are out there. There just might be an application(s) out there that fit your needs, that you own.