University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud Applications

Acrobat Pro (PDF creator and editor)

Scribus

Scribus is a desktop publishing application designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.

Note: GPL Ghostscript is necessary to import EPS images and use PostScript Print Preview. If that functionality is not needed Scribus will otherwise function properly. 

Download the General Public License for GPL Ghostscript »

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

After Effects (Visual effects application)

Jahshaka

Jahshaka is a free media management and playback platform the is accentuated by compositing, editing and effects modules.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Animate (Computer animation application)

Synfig

Synfig is a free and open source 2D vector graphics and timeline-based computer animation program.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Audition (Audio editing)

Audacity

Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Dreamweaver (HTML editor)

Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio is an open source integrated development environment (IDE) for building web applications, it supports JavaScript, HTML, DOM and CSS with code-completion, outlining, JavaScript debugging, error and warning notifications and integrated documentation.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Bluefish

Bluefish is a free software advanced text editor with a variety of tools for programming in general and the development of dynamic websites. Bluefish supports development in (among others) HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Google Go, Vala, Ada, D, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby and shell.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Illustrator (Vector graphics editor)

Boxy SVG

Boxy SVG is a free vector graphics editor used to create illustrations, icons, banners, mockups, charts, buttons and more.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Mondrian

Mondrian is a free vector graphics web app.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

SVG-Edit

SVG-edit is a web-based free and open-source vector graphics editor.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Vectr

Vectr is a free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It's a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

LightRoom (Digital darkroom photo application)

LightZone

LightZone is professional-level digital darkroom software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, that includes RAW processing and editing.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

InDesign (Page layout editor)

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is an entry-level desktop publishing application from Microsoft, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing.
Microsoft Publisher is part of the Windows version of Microsoft Office, it is currently not available for macOS or Linux. Linux and macOS users can access Microsoft Publisher through UCONN AnyWare and Skybox.

Student Download
Faculty/Staff Download
UConn AnyWare and Skybox

Operating System Compatibility – Windows
macOS and Linux users can access Microsoft Publisher through UConn AnyWare and SkyBox.

Canva

Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, which has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Scribus

Scribus is a desktop publishing application designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Photoshop (Raster image editor)

GIMP

GIMP /ɡɪmp/ (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Paint.Net

Paint.NET is a freeware raster graphics editor program with support for layers, blending, transparency, and plugins.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is a free web browser based image editing application (requires Adobe Flash Player).

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

PIXLR

PIXLR is a free web browser based image editing application.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

Premiere Pro (Video editor)

Avidemux

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux

HandBrake

HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder.

Operating System Compatibility – macOS, Windows, Linux