7 thoughts on “Adobe Dreams (and What I Replaced Adobe Software With) Leave a comment

  1. This is a great post! πŸ™‚ I always appreciate dev feedback on cheaper applications. Still love Photoshop, but not everyone can afford an expensive applications.


  2. On the Mac I use Seashore, which puts a less daunting front-end on Gimp. It’s not perfect, but does most of what I need. I’d really like an OS X replacement for Fireworks.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Seashore isn’t bad but I prefer Acorn personally. The features in Acorn are a lot more advanced – and new features are released more often.

      For Fireworks there’s not much to compare. As I said in the article – the closest is Sketch, which is really good. It doesn’t have all the features of Fireworks but it’s constantly getting better and better.

      1. Sorry, my last comment wasn’t too clear. Sketch does look good, but it’s overkill. Mainly I change image size, resolution and crop to get the right shape. Fireworks was probably also overkill.

  3. Great list!
    I also use Pixlmator which replaced Photoshop on my computer entirely.
    I love Sublime text.

    What tasks makes Acorn better than Pixelmator?
    Just wondering, never seen this app before.

    1. Hi – thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

      With Acorn there’s a few things I prefer. Firstly the interface is better organized and so you’re less likely to end up with loads of windows/ palettes littering the screen. Secondly the layer styles are much much better. Basically you can apply any filter as a layer style and stack them up on top of each other so that you can apply them non-destructively.

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