Free Alternatives to Best-Selling Software

Free Alternatives to Best-Selling Software

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Taryn Williford
Nov 7, 2012
I believe it was the great philosopher Mick Jagger who once said, "You can't always get what you want." So while you might have your eye on that $500 copy of Photoshop, your head is telling you that there's probably some freeware out there that will do the same thing for way less. We glanced over a few lists of the best-selling software on sites like Amazon.com or NewEgg and found free alternatives to some of the most popular applications.
Instead of Microsoft Office, use Open Office Microsoft Office: $149 Apache Open Office: Free Type: Free download (Windows and Mac) Get it here.

Instead of PowerPoint, use SlideRocket Microsoft PowerPoint: $100 SlideRocket: Free Type: Web application Use it here.

Instead of Photoshop, use Gimp Photoshop: $500 Gimp: Free Type: Free download (Windows and Mac) Get it here.

Instead of Illustrator, use InkScape Adobe Illustrator: $500 InkScape: Free Type: Free download (Windows and Mac) Get it here.

Instead of InDesign, use Scribus Adobe InDesign: $500 Scribus: Free Type: Free download (Windows and Mac) Get it here.

Instead of Quicken, use Mint.com Quicken: $70 Mint.com: Free Type: Web application Use it here. (Images: 1. Shutterstock; Others: As credited above)
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