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| p.1 #8 · Alternative software to Photoshop |
Yeah, lots of folks are asking this question this morning...thankfully there are lots of software tools at our disposal!
FWIW, I almost didn't upgrade from CS2 for PPC when I purchased my 2011 i7 iMac, had it not been for Apple's similar blunder in "EOL"ing Final Cut Pro 7 there wouldn't have been available the incredible savings from Adobe to switch over to their CS5.5 Production Premium Suite which, just so happened, to include PS 12.1! I had already populated the new iMac with Aperture 3 along with the NIK software suite and Topaz plugins and was prepared to make a break from Adobe once and for all. The only reason I continue with it today is because of, A, the great bargain price I paid and, B, familiarity...I've been using the PS tool set since version 3.0.5.
Other stand-alone software that I've experimented/used on the Apple platform over the years that I think will need revisiting were...
...which I experimented with back when it was a 0.x shareware program...it didn't support beyond 8-bit at the time, if I recall correctly, but it's looking a bit more grown-up now, full OSX RAW support though it still lacks 16-bit PSD support. Probably good for the JPG crowd?
Another one was this...
Lemke Software - GraphicConverter Key Features
...which supports PSD files up to 24-bit per channel. Which is funny as PSD files come in 1-, 8-, 16- and 32-bit flavors. The software has been in development for many years and has been able to open up pretty much anything I've thrown at it. The interface and preference settings are daunting on this beast with more switches, dials and levers than I care to explore!
And another one which came to my attention is...
PhotoLine: Image Processing:
...which I have not yet tried, though I've just downloaded the trial version. Seems to have full 32-bit PSD and HDR EXR support and the interface Toolbox looks vaguely familiar.
Anyhoo, there is no great rush needed here, I tend to run my systems for at least five years before even considering an upgrade...so we'll see what the software landscape looks like come 2017. It should be quite the platform I will be able to build with the money I didn't give to Adobe's "forced-lease" subscriptions...ahahahah! Plenty of time for the industry to see where it's at in the post-cloud-pioneering era.
Life goes on.