Free Alternatives to Best-Selling Software

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)
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Instead of PowerPoint, use SlideRocket
Microsoft PowerPoint: $100
SlideRocket: Free
Type: Web application
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Instead of Photoshop, use Gimp
Photoshop: $500
Gimp: Free
Type: Free download (Windows and Mac)
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Instead of Illustrator, use InkScape
Adobe Illustrator: $500
InkScape: Free
Type: Free download (Windows and Mac)
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Instead of InDesign, use Scribus
Adobe InDesign: $500
Scribus: Free
Type: Free download (Windows and Mac)
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Instead of Quicken, use Mint.com
Quicken: $70
Mint.com: Free
Type: Web application
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