OpenToonz

Alternative

s

to

Adobe Flash


as

an a

nimation

tool

for film


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


The following software offers a substitution for animation tools like Adobe Animate and apps for shooting a stop motion animation.

Alternative

s

to

Adobe Flash

for

webbas

ed

a

nimation


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s




a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


  • Hype (MAC), ca. 50,--€ (pro version: 100,--€)
a
nimation (
video
a
nd
w
eb)

Hype

Tools

f

or

s

top

m

otion

a

nimation


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


Stop Motion Studio Pro

 
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Haftungsausschluss:

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Thorsten Nerling and
Oliver Wetterauer

Medienwerkstatt Kunst der
Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart

Am Weißenhof 1
70191 Stuttgart


medienwerkstatt.abk-stuttgart.de
www.abk-stuttgart.de
Telefon: 0049 711 28440 381

oliver.wetterauer@abk-stuttgart.de

CrazyBump

Additional tools


open-source/free


  • 7-zip (WIN, MAC, Linux) (zipping software)
  • FileZilla (WIN, MAC, Linux) (ftp-program)
  • Ghostscript (WIN, MAC, Linux) (display and export pdf and postscript)


commercial software (not open source)


  • CrazyBump (WIN/MAC (beta)), ca. 50,--€ up to 300,--€ (create bumpmaps for 3D-software)
We couldn't put any of the following apps into one of the existing categories. These are useful tools that come in handy when working with another software, but also software that is situated outside the categories corresponding to Adobes apps of the Creative Cloud.
etc...

miscellaneous software


open-source/free





commercial software (not open source)


libre office

Unreal Engine

 

Scribus

Alternatives to Adobe InDesign


open-source/free alternatives


  • Scribus (WIN, MAC, Linux) (requires Ghostscript for pdf-Export, cf. etc...)


alternative commercial software (not open source)


  • Affinity Publisher (due 2017/2018) ca. 50--€
  • QuarkXPress (WIN, MAC), ca. 80,--€ (edu) up to 1000,--€
This list consists of alternatives to layout software like Adobe InDesign as well as software that is able to edit and export pdf-files.
d
esktop-
p
ublishing / pdf-
editing

Alternatives to pdf-editors / Adobe Acrobat


open-source/free alternatives



alternative commercial software (not open source)


 

Affinity Designer

as a

pdf-

e

ditor

blender

Alternative

s

to

Autodesk 3ds Max / Maya


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


These are the alternatives to Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya
3D-
design
/ 3D-
a
nimation
 

tracktion T5

Alternatives to Adobe Audition / Avid Pro Tools (DAW)


open-source/free alternatives



alternative commercial software (not open source)


These are the alternatives to audio tools such as Adobe Audition and Avid Pro Tools.
a
udio
 

sunvox

additional

a

udio

software

(

t

racker,

s

ynthesizer, etc.)


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s


  • sunvox (WIN, MAC, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.)


a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


Blackmagic Davinci Resolve

Alternatives to video editing software such as Adobe Premiere


open-source/free alternatives



alternative commercial software (not open source)


This is a list of alternatives to video-editing software such as Adobe Premiere, as well as alternatives to animation and compositing tools like Adobe After Effects. Below that is a list of alternatives to DVD- and BluRay-authoring tools such as Adobe Encore.
v
ideo
-editing
/
v
ideoanimation
a
nd
c
ompositing /
a
uthoring

Alternatives to the animation- and compositing software Adobe After Effects


open-source/free alternatives




alternative commercial software (not open source)


Blackmagic Fusion

Alternative

s

to the

a

uthoring

software

Adobe Encore


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s




a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


DVD-Styler

additional

useful

v

ideo

software


open-source/

free

software


  • cinepaint (MAC, Linux) (graphicssoftware for films)
  • mpeg Streamclip (WIN, MAC) (videoconverter)
  • VLC (WIN, MAC, Linux, Android, iOS) (media player)
  • ffmpeg (WIN, MAC, Linux, etc.) (videoconverter)


a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


Mpeg-Streamclip

 

Quick n' Easy Web Builder

Alternative

s

to

Adobe Dreamweaver / Adobe MUSE


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


These are the alternatives to Adobe Dreamweaver (html-editor) and Adobe Muse (visual web-editor).
w
eb
design
 

Affinity Designer

Alternative

s

to

Adobe Illustrator


(ve

c

torbas

ed

drawing

)


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


The list below consists of alternatives to vectorbased drawing apps like Adobe Illustrator as well as pixelbased drawing apps such as Adobe Photoshop.
v
e
c
torgra
ph
i
cs
/
i
llustration

Alternativen

to

Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop (pixelbas

ed

drawing

)


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s


  • Krita (WIN, MAC, Linux)


a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)



Krita

 
 
Ever since the introduction of Adobes Creative Cloud subscription model, many of those working in digital media are confronted with the search for alternative digital tools that are still for purchase and that do not have to be rented for a monthly fee. The main reason for this search might not primarily be the monthly costs but rather the dependancy on a number of proprietary file formats that won't be editable after the end of the subscription. Since Adobe is not the only company that completely switched to the subscription model - other big companies like Autodesk also changed their licences to subscription only - the search for alternatives has developed into a comprehensive hunt for alternative software in the areas of imaging, desktop-publishing, vectorgraphics, webdesign, video-editing, animation, 3D-design and audio.

It is interesting, that at the same time as the introduction of the subscription models, numerous alternative software developers advertise their conventional licencing as opposed to the subscription models, trying to attract those who decided against renting software. In addition to that, a number of open source programs are being developed, sometimes with incredible leaps in development. Very often these software projects can be seen as vital alternatives to commercial products.

The following list is divided into the aforementioned areas and consists of software that we consider to be especially interesting in the digital media teaching environment of an art school. We don't regard this list as being complete, we simply listed the programs that found their way into our daily work as substitutes of subscription-only software.

By no means do we want to cast a poor light on Adobes Creative Cloud and other listed software that we tried to substitute with alternative applications. Many of these software titles have been the industry's standard for a long time and that in our opinion rightly so. However we also think that neither young artists at the beginning of their career nor art teachers are the targeted group of customers of companies offering such licence models and neither are the countless enthusiasts who might have bought a licence every now and then. For all those our list may serve as a starting point for their search for the right digital tools, far away from the monopolies of big software companies.

The list entries that we set in bold are the applications that we personally prefer. That, however, should not belittle any other program in that list.


Thorsten Nerling and Oliver Wetterauer



                                                                                                                          last update: 13.11.2017

A list of

open-source und

propietary software as a

lternative

s

to

Adobe

'

s

Creative Cloud

subscription model

 

Alternatives to Adobe Bridge


open-source/free alternatives



alternative commercial software (not open source)


Raw Therapee

Affinity Photo

Alternative

s

to

Adobe Photoshop


open-source/

free

a

lternative

s



a

lternative

commercial

s

oftware (

not open source

)


r
aw-
development
/
imaging
The following software is an alternative to digital asset management software (DAM) such as Adobe Bridge. For us raw convertion is most important, so we put our focus on that aspect. Below that is a list of alternatives to more complex imaging tools, like Photoshop.
 

Adobe CC Alternatives