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Alternatives to Adobe Software

Adobe software is very expensive to license for ETH Zurich, requires a lot of resources to package and distribute and causes an exceptional number of installation problems. That’s why we encourage you to use alternative software products if possible.

The following list will give you an idea of available alternatives for the common Adobe software packages.

 

Adobe ProductPurposeAvailable AlternativesLicense TypePlatformsLinkIT Shop Product
AcrobatPDF ProcessingmacOS, Windows
Abbyy PDF Transformer+ProprietaryWindowshttps://www.abbyy.com/en-eu/finereader/in-details/No
Corel PDF FusionProprietaryWindowshttps://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/pdf-creator/Yes
Foxit PhantomPDFProprietaryWindowshttp://www.foxitsoftware.com/PDF_EditorNo
Nitro ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.gonitro.com/No
Nuance Power PDF FamilyProprietarymacOS, Windowshttp://www.gonitro.com/No
Oracle PDF Import ExtensionGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windows, Solarishttp://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/oracle-pdf-import- extension
No
PDF-
XChange PRO
ProprietaryWindowshttp://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-proNo
Various PDF Processing SoftwareVarioushttp://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_von_PDF-Software

http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/PDF
No
InDesignDesktop PublishingmacOS, Windows
QuarkXPressProprietarymacOS, Windowshttp://www.quark.com/No
ScribusGPL, FreeLinux, macOShttp://www.scribus.net/

No
Affinity DesignerProprietarymacOS, Windowshttps://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/No
IllustratorVector Graphic DesignmacOS, Windows
CorelDRAW Graphics SuiteProprietaryWindowshttp://www.coreldraw.com/de/product/grafikprogrammYes
InkscapeGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://inkscape.org/
No
PhotoshopImage ProcessingmacOS, Windows, others
Corel PHOTO- PAINTProprietaryWindowshttp://www.coreldraw.com/de/pages/photo-paint
Yes
GIMPGPL and LGPLLinux, macOS, Windows, othershttps://www.gimp.orgNo
Affinity PhotoProprietarymacOS, Windowshttps://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/No
Photoshop LightroomDigital PhotographymacOS, Windows
ACDSee ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.acdsee.com/de/products/acdsee-pro-7No
Corel AfterShot ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.aftershotpro.com/de/
No
Corel PaintShop ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.paintshoppro.com/de/Yes
LightZoneOpenSource, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://www.lightzoneproject.org/No
PremiereVideo EditingmacOS, Windows
AvidemuxGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://avidemux.sourceforge.net/No
Corel VideoStudio ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.videostudiopro.com
Yes
CyberLink PowerDirectorProprietaryWindowshttp://de.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultraNo
Magix Video deluxeProprietaryWindowshttp://www.magix.com/de/video-deluxeNo
Various Video Editing SoftwareVarioushttp://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videoschnittsoftware


http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Videobearbeitung
No
Corel Pinnacle StudioProprietaryWindowshttps://www.pinnaclesys.com/en/products/studio/No
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