Adobe CS5 Alternatives
For decades, Adobe's been the gold standard for graphics applications. From Photoshop and Illustrator's early days as Mac-only programs, Adobe's suite of applications has grown both in scope — the CS5 suite includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and Soundbooth — and in price.
Thanks to the Internet and the open-source movement, however, we now have professional-quality free open-source alternatives for Adobe CS5 applications at our fingertips. I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the offerings and can recommend each program's alternative wholeheartedly.
I also made sure, with the rare exception, that each of these free open-source Adobe CS5 alternatives was available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Occasionally there was a solution developed for only one or two of these platforms, but was either rare enough or exceptional enough to merit inclusion in the list.
So, without further ado, here are the best open-source equivalents to Adobe CS5 applications.