That array of computers and users includes far too many copies of Microsoft Office, and a slowly diminishing number of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, et al) accounts. Why ‘diminishing?’ You don’t really buy software from Adobe. It’s more like rent. By the month. Forever.
Own vs. Rent
There’s been a move afoot in the company for about a year (oddly coincidental with Adobe’s new monthly rental pricing scheme) to find suitable alternatives for less money.
Yes, some Mac and Windows PC users would rather die than give up Photoshop, Illustrator, or whatever else is usable by the month, but great savings can be had the old fashioned way.
By shopping around.
Not every employee involved in graphics requires Adobe’s flagship app suite, so we’ve looked closely at a few substitutes that can do much the same kind of work, but for far less money.
Here’s an example (but one of a number).
It’s called iDraw, and it has both Mac and iPad versions, both remarkably affordable, and to anyone who’s used or struggled through Illustrator, it’s familiar and useful immediately.
Tell me, does this look familiar?
iDraw is a mostly lightweight vector drawing app that you could (but don’t, because that would be wrong) call Illustrator Lite or Illustrator mini. It imports PDF, EPS, PSD, and SVG files, handles layers (each fully editable), comes with Bezier pens, and just about all the palettes of tools you can think of to create professional level illustrations on a budget.
Plus, there’s an inexpensive version of iDraw for the iPad so illustrations can be totally mobile in presentation and design. This version does far more than Adobe’s lame attempts to bring Illustrator functions to Apple’s iOS devices.
Now, to be fully honest, iDraw is not Illustrator, so hard core Adobe Creative Suite aficionados won’t be swayed by anything other than the price tag. But what you get is a very capable vector drawing app for a single price, rather than a monthly rental for features you may never use.