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Alternative Creative Pro Suite?

Posted: 19 May 2017, 03:52
by Matthias Guenther (Quark)
Hi all,

we saw several people asking what the best alternatives are, when you are not seeing "renting" as a fair model.

I have shared some thoughts and my personal picks here: ... tal-suite/

Which tools are you using? Do you pick the best ones yourself? Or do you go with what you get within a Suite or Bundle?


Re: Alternative Creative Pro Suite?

Posted: 19 May 2017, 11:58
by eyoungren
Recently installed Adobe CC 2017. I'm using Illustrator and Photoshop. I gave InDesign a try but it's got a lot of things I don't particularly care for. On top of that the whole thing seems to be bloated.

So, back to still using ID CS4 for layout.

I'm starting to look into Affinity however. They seem to have a nice suite there.

Re: Alternative Creative Pro Suite?

Posted: 14 Mar 2018, 15:16
by dannyrome9
Not sure if you've tried any of the Affinity products, but I can say I find them much more responsive and intuitive than Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. I'm still using CS5 on my MacBook Pro. At work we have the latest CC from Adobe on a Windows 10 machine. In my opinion, it's nothing remarkable. Been through about 3 update cycles since August 2017 and there's not much that would make you jump for joy but they were kind enough to include quite a few bugs.

Like many, I started with Quark in the early 90's. Adobe offered a ridiculously cheap incentive to try InDesign and while the first version was laughable, once they started bundling I switched. Then along came the CC. No thank you. I've been doing just fine for years with CS5. However, about 7 months ago I realized that the MacBook Pro wouldn't last forever so I needed to find an alternative. I tried QuarkXpress for the month trial (and they even extended the trial period for me) and was so impressed that I now use QuarkXpress over InDesign. I've been methodically but not insanely converting my ID files to Quark and while not everything converts, (I'd say 80% - 95%-depending on the file), I'm not having to rebuild everything from ground up. Plus, the process of converting is helping me to re-aclimate with the product. Combined with Affinity Photo and Affinity Design, I just about NEVER touch Adobe products on my Mac. Affinity is working on a page layout program called Publisher (no relation to Microsoft product), and I will most certainly purchase that as well. Using whatever tools I can that don't force me into an endless billing cycle is my chosen path. I'm sure for others there are alternatives to what I've mentioned and if those tools work for you, I say go for it.

Hope some of this helps.

Re: Alternative Creative Pro Suite?

Posted: 15 Mar 2018, 04:48
by Matthias Guenther (Quark)
Hi Danny,

thanks for sharing and welcome!

By the way, unfortunately the forums participation has died down a lot here, most people have moved to our Facebook Group with dozens of posts every day: