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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
AcrobatPDF ProcessingAbbyy PDF Transformer+ProprietaryWindowshttps://www.abbyy.com/en-eu/finereader/in-details/No
AcrobatPDF ProcessingCorel PDF FusionProprietaryWindowshttps://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/pdf-creator/Yes
AcrobatPDF ProcessingFoxit PhantomPDFProprietaryWindowshttp://www.foxitsoftware.com/PDF_EditorNo
AcrobatPDF ProcessingNitro ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.gonitro.com/No
AcrobatPDF ProcessingNuance Power PDF FamilyProprietarymacOS, Windowshttp://www.gonitro.com/No
AcrobatPDF ProcessingOracle PDF Import ExtensionGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windows, Solarishttp://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/oracle-pdf-import- extension
No
AcrobatPDF ProcessingPDF-
XChange PRO
ProprietaryWindowshttp://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-proNo
AcrobatPDF ProcessingPreviewPart of the OSmacOShttps://support.apple.com/guide/preview/welcome/macYes
AcrobatPDF ProcessingSkimBSD, FreemacOShttps://skim-app.sourceforge.ioNo
AcrobatPDF ProcessingVarious PDF Processing SoftwareVarioushttp://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_von_PDF-Software

http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/PDF
No
After EffectsVideo Effects
After EffectsVideo EffectsNatronOpen Source, FreemacOS, Linux, Windowshttps://natrongithub.github.ioNo
InDesignDesktop PublishingmacOS, Windows
InDesignDesktop PublishingQuarkXPressProprietarymacOS, Windowshttp://www.quark.com/No
InDesignDesktop PublishingScribusGPL, FreeLinux, macOShttp://www.scribus.net/

No
InDesignDesktop PublishingAffinity PublisherProprietarymacOS, Windowshttps://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/publisher/Yes
IllustratorVector Graphic DesignmacOS, Windows
IllustratorVector Graphic DesignAffinity DesignerProprietarymacOS, Windowshttps://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/Yes
IllustratorVector Graphic DesignInkscapeGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://inkscape.org/
No
PhotoshopImage ProcessingmacOS, Windows, others
PhotoshopImage ProcessingCorel PHOTO- PAINTProprietaryWindowshttp://www.coreldraw.com/de/pages/photo-paint
Yes
PhotoshopImage ProcessingGIMPGPL and LGPLLinux, macOS, Windows, othershttps://www.gimp.orgNo
PhotoshopImage ProcessingAffinity PhotoProprietarymacOS, Windowshttps://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/Yes
LightroomDigital PhotographymacOS, Windows
LightroomDigital PhotographyACDSee ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.acdsee.com/de/products/acdsee-pro-7No
LightroomDigital PhotographyCorel AfterShot ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.aftershotpro.com/de/
No
LightroomDigital PhotographyCorel PaintShop ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.paintshoppro.com/de/Yes
LightroomDigital PhotographyDarktableOpen Source, FreemacOS, Linux, Windowshttps://www.darktable.orgNo
LightroomDigital PhotographyLightZoneOpen Source, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://www.lightzoneproject.org/No
LightroomDigital PhotographyRawTherapeeOpen Source, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttps://rawtherapee.comNo
PremiereVideo EditingmacOS, Windows
PremiereVideo EditingAvidemuxGPL, FreeLinux, macOS, Windowshttp://avidemux.sourceforge.net/No
PremiereVideo EditingCorel VideoStudio ProProprietaryWindowshttp://www.videostudiopro.com
Yes
PremiereVideo EditingCyberLink PowerDirectorProprietaryWindowshttp://de.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultraNo
PremiereVideo EditingFlowbladeOpen Source, FreeLinuxhttps://jliljebl.github.io/flowblade/index.htmlNo
PremiereVideo EditingMagix Video deluxeProprietaryWindowshttp://www.magix.com/de/video-deluxeNo
PremiereVideo EditingCorel Pinnacle StudioProprietaryWindowshttps://www.pinnaclesys.com/en/products/studio/No
PremiereVideo EditingOliveOpen Source, FreemacOS, Linux, Windowshttps://www.olivevideoeditor.orgNo
PremiereVideo EditingShotcutOpen Source, FreemacOS, Linux, Windowshttps://shotcut.orgNo
PremiereVideo EditingVarious Video Editing SoftwareVarioushttp://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videoschnittsoftware


http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Videobearbeitung
No
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