Adobe has also acknowledged the persistent interest in a special photographer's bundle or photography cloud package, and says it is actively exploring such offerings—perhaps pairing Photoshop and Lightroom.
Adobe also markets powerful advanced consumer software in Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. If image editing is a hobby and not a business, then you might also consider those—or Acorn, Pixelmator, or the free GIMP—as much less expensive alternatives. Then again, you may not be so willing to switch after you've settled into years of using Photoshop.
So many people have expressed outrage at Adobe's business decision that it's beginning to sound like Quark all over again. Nonetheless when it comes to pro level competitors in various fields, pickings are slim: QuarkXPress is the closest InDesign alternative out there for pro users, though there are many more consumer oriented packages available. Final Cut Pro X could replace Premiere Pro, while Avid offers a number of professional video and finishing software packages, including Media Composer. Apple's Logic Pro is comparable to Audition while Avid's slate of audio software, such as Pro Tools HD, could assist in the transition. Apple's motion graphics package, Motion, could possibly replace After Effects while, depending on your needs, you could turn to Sketch as a refuge from Illustrator, or to Hype as a substitute for Flash. KompoZer is a visual Web design tool that might replace Dreamweaver.
These alternatives are somewhat analogous to their Adobe counterparts in terms of classification, but not necessarily in workflow or interoperability. Those differences will dictate that users think hard before making a switch. If you're really unhappy with the cloud alternative, and are thoroughly offended by the concept of a subscription, then it might be best to hang with what you have now, while you investigate your options before making a switch. For its part, Adobe says its policies continue to evolve as it listens to community concerns.
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