Small Business Marketing for $600 – Part Two: Free Software Could Save You $3000

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
Website: www.openoffice.org

Adobe Photoshop -> Gimp
Website: www.gimp.org
Tutorials: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

Adobe Illustrator -> Inkscape
Website: www.inkscape.org
Tutorials: http://inkscape.org/doc/basic/tutorial-basic.html
http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/

Adobe InDesign -> Scribus
Website: www.scribus.net
Tutorials: http://www.scribd.com/doc/8745015/Scribus-Tutorial
http://www.open-of-course.org/courses/course/view.php?id=38

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

 

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