Photoshop Killers: Nine OS X alternatives to Photoshop
Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:29 AM
LOL CC has lead to more piracy of PS then ever before. I have taken to using on VFX compositing packages instead of Photoshop and they cost 10x photoshop. Nuke and Mari while not ideal are much better compositing systems anyway if you are doing more then just touching up some skin.
Maybe I'm a little slow, but I do not see anything, in this article, showing how any of these "alternative titles" are "Photoshop Killers" - just another pissed off writer, doing an editorial rant about the new CC Subscription model. GET OVER IT! Perpetual licensing is gone! If you want to continue to complain about this issue, why don't you write an article, calling out all the software pirates, who illegally obtained and used Adobe Software. This is a long list, because it doesn't just include the pirate software networks. It includes your friend, your neighbor, educators, and many professionals from various industries. Lets see an article, attacking these people by name, for their roll in Adobe's switch, away from perpetual licensing. PixelMator may actually be the closest (next best) alternative, but it still doesn't compete with Adobe's compelling automation tools, nor it's plugins. When PixelMator is able to get a grasp on simplistic automation and plugins, it will likely, then, be worthy of the title of "Photoshop Killer" - but not until then. GIMP is a solid OpenSource application, but it has a terrible user interface. Also, GIMP developers refuse to publish the application through Apple's App Store, likely for similar reasons - it won't meant Apple's standards as an OS X Compliant Application. Its a great hobby app, if you are into that kind of thing, but as a professional application IT SUCKS! Finally, another commenter already mentioned the Nik Collection (from Google). While I don't believe it can add any merit to this article, it can help level the playing field, between four of the listed software titles. The Nik Collection is able to to this by providing special image effects, which can be used in Adobe's Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, as well as Apple's Aperture. However, Nik doesn't magically provide Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or Aperture with Photoshop's Professional Functionality. All in all, this article completely missed the mark for journalism. At the very best is was a misleading title/tagline to draw people in, to sub-par text. At worst, it is a complete misrepresentation of the listed software's ability.