An increasing number of licence free, open source programmes are becoming viable alternatives to their expensive license restricted rivals. Here are a few for my student friends at the University of Hertfordshire :
Gimp – Don’t be put off by the name or the rather uninspiring website. This is an extremely credible rival to Adobe’s Photoshop and is available for Mac and Windows (as well as UNIX).
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Inkscape – is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw.
PrimoPDF is the free alternative to Adobe’s Acrobat programme for creating a PDF
KompoZer – again don’t be put off by the website if you want a programme that starts to rival Dreamweaver.
Scribus – Scribus is an open source cross-platform page layout (DTP) program aimed at producing layouts for newsletters, corporate stationery, posters, training manuals, technical documentation, business cards and other documents which need flexible layout and/or sophisticated image handling, as well as precise typography controls and image sizing not available in current word processors.
Whilst these programmes may lack some of the features of their rivals they are free and likely to improve as they gather support.