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Creative Cloud alternatives. A list of the tools I now use to make everything


Not everyone feels the pinch to their pocketbook when bills come around every month, but some of us do—very much. Unless you are an multimedia company, or genius—as I once was*— everything Adobe offers is just too much. And the price follows.

Here’s my list of valuable and affordable tools I use instead of subscribing to a cloud:

PROCREATE

As soon as I got my hands on an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil I ordered with it, I downloaded Procreate. I don’t think I’ve taken to a programme (app) as quickly—ever. It is easy, streamlined and I can sit anywhere and draw anything anytime. Gold.

PROCREATE

DROPBOX

Gone are the days of FTP-ing files to clients. I don’t even know how to FTP from an iPad and luckily I’ve never had to figure it out. I make my stuff, save to my own cloud and send a link to whatever I want to share through an email. Frikkin’ love it.
Also: I dump all the photos from my iPad and iPhone to Dropbox automatically. Then I delete them from my devices. They just take up too much space.

DROPBOX

DAYONE

I use DayOne to keep track of progress on projects, gripe about stuff, jot down ideas, write prose, journal and basically write to think. I subscribe, so I get to upload more pictures and even video. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an idea while walking and filmed myself breathlessly trying to describe it from an unflattering angle.

DAYONE

GRAMMARLY

Grammarly is like having an editor at my beck and call, except she’s there looking over my shoulder at every single word I type. I actually typed all this on the blog and then ran it through Grammarly. It makes me look smart, or at least like I know how to write good.

GRAMMARLY

AFFINITY PUBLISHER

As soon as I found Publisher, I left Adobe. It does everything I needed InDesign to do and only took a day to  transition old files into Publisher. Mind you, I am no expert at desktop publishing—but Publisher fits my needs and then some. Today it launched an iPad version. I’ve downloaded it, and will write about it soon.

PUBLISHER

AFFINITY PHOTO

The Photoshop that actually works on iPad. I never could figure out what Adobe was trying to do putting out weird versions of Illustrator and Photoshop for the iPad—I could never get them to work for me. I have this for both my Mac and iPad for my formatting and exporting files for my website. Is that it?!

PHOTO

*Part of a company. Not a genius.

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