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What is a cheap alternative to Adobe Creative Suite?

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There are many apps that can be downloaded as cheap alternatives to those in Adobe Creative Suite but, as of 2015, there is no single all-inclusive bundle. Instead, each program can be bought and downloaded separately as an alternative to one of the suite's programs.

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The Master Collection of Adobe Creative Suite 6, before the company rebranded the line as Adobe Creative Cloud, features seven main programs. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional, Flash Builder and Dreamweaver all come with hefty price tags separately, and even bundled as one Suite, but there are cheaper alternatives to each program that can be purchased online, many from the Mac App Store. Popular Photoshop alternatives include Acorn 4 and Pixelmator, while Illustrator can be substituted with iDraw or Artboard. Users can use an app called PDFpen to replace Acrobat, and Swift Publisher or Pages for InDesign. The Suite's Web design apps can be replaced by Hype, Coda and Rapidweaver.

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