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The Non-Rental Suite for Creative Pro’s

| March 21, 2018 | Matthias Guenther

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Many people have asked me whether there are high-quality tools available for Creative Pros other than the rental suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

I leave it up to you whether you prefer renting a software suite or whether you like to keep/own your tools (the license that is).

Though for me the model of “software vendor adds features and time savers into software – user decides whether it’s worth the purchase/upgrade” just feels to be more fair than “continue paying vendor as long as you use software and if you stop paying you can’t open your work files anymore.”

So here are my personal recommendations for high-quality tools that do not force you to rent:

Illustrations
Renting: Illustrator
Perpetual: Affinity Designer, CorelDraw (Win only), Gravit Designer, Sketch (Mac only)

Image Editing
Renting: Photoshop
Perpetual: Acorn (Mac only), Affinity Photo, Photoline

Motion Graphic
Renting: After Effects
Perpetual: Apple Motion (Mac only), Fusion

Music Production
Renting: Audition
Perpetual: Bandlab (Windows only), Garageband (Mac only), Waveform

Page Layout/Design
Renting: InDesign
Perpetual: QuarkXPress

PDF Touchup
Renting: Acrobat
Perpetual: pdfToolbox

Prototyping
Renting: Experience Design (XD)
Perpetual: Lunacity (Win only), Sketch (Mac only)

RAW Editor
Renting: Lightroom
Perpetual: Capture One, DxO Photolabs, ON1 Photo

Video Editing
Renting: Premiere
Perpetual: DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut (Mac only)

Web Design/Web Animations
Renting: Muse
Perpetual: Hype (Mac only)

Web Editor/Websites
Renting: Dreamweaver/Muse
Perpetual: BlueGriffon, Hype (Mac only), PineGrow

And of course this is just a personal preference, there are many others.

Which tools are you recommending and using?

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URLs (as of May 2018):

Acorn: http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/
Affinity Designer: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/
Affinity Photo: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/
Apple Motion: https://itunes.apple.com/app/motion/id434290957?mt=12
Bandlab: http://www.bandlab.com
BlueGriffon: http://bluegriffon.org/
Capture One: https://www.phaseone.com/captureone/
CorelDraw: http://www.coreldraw.com/
DaVinci Resolve: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
DxO Photolabs: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/photo-software/dxo-photolab
Final Cut: https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/
Fusion: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion
Garageband: https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/
Gravit Designer: https://designer.io/
Hype: http://tumult.com/hype/
Lunacity: https://icons8.de/lunacy
pdfToolbox: https://www.callassoftware.com/en/products/pdftoolbox/
PineGrow: https://pinegrow.com/
Photoline: https://www.pl32.com/
ON1 Photo: https://www.on1.com/products/photo-raw/
QuarkXPress: http://www.quarkxpress.com/
Sketch: https://www.sketchapp.com/
Waveform: https://www.tracktion.com/products/waveform

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