So I recently found out Microsoft Professional with Publisher costs something like $500!!! Goodness forbid you want to buy professional graphic design software from Adobe. Adobe CS5.5 Design Standard (the basic software package for print-design) costs $1,300. The Master Collection (print, web, flash, video and the kitchen sink) runs $2,600!
If you’re a start-up, you don’t have the money for something like that. Unless you’re starting a graphic design company, you also don’t need it! Here are some copy-cat 100% free software that mimics what might otherwise cost you over $3,000. They aren’t perfectly the same and they won’t do all the same things. However chances are good they can do enough so you still look professional without spending a dime.
Read the below list like this:
Name Brand Software -> Free Copy Cat Software
Website: (Where to download the software and get software support)
Tutorials: (Some helpful sites for learning how to use the software better)
Microsoft Office -> Open Office
Adobe InDesign -> Scribus
Adobe Acrobat -> I couldn’t decide on just one option. Here is a wonderful comprehensive list of PDF software available right now: http://www.cogniview.com/convert-pdf-to-excel/post/pdf-editing-creation-50-open-sourcefree-alternatives-to-adobe-acrobat/
You Can Read the Whole Series Here:
Part One: Your Greatest Tool
Part One (And a Half): Camera & Printer
Part Two: Free Software
Part Three: Design, Design, Design
Part Four: Start Up Printing
Part Five: Website!
Part Six: Out of Money?
Part Seven: Out of Ideas?
Part Eight: Back Up