Alternative to Illustrator?

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  1. Mr. Monsieur macrumors 6502

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    Hey! Is anyone aware of an inexpensive alternative to Illustrator? I've been told that Studio mx does similar things...but alas...it is not inexpensive. From what I can tell, the Gimp doesn't help much...are there any open source alternatives? Thanks!
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    EazyDraw and Intaglio should be similar enough without the more complex functionality or price.
     
  3. reckless_0001 macrumors 6502

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    Macromedia Studio MX is a bundle of software.. which includes Freehand MX. it can purchased seperately but i'm not too sure what the price is. Free hand is equal to Illustrator. Kinda like a Adobe vs. Macromedia..

    Macromedia vs. Adobe
    Fireworks = Photoshop
    Freehand = Illustrator
     
  4. russed macrumors 68000

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    i have something called expression 3. i have only briefly used it but i got it for free but i cant remember how or where from. it looks quite good though!
     
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    aah i remember now! its not bad and microsoft are giving something away for free. shock horror!
     
  7. Col. Panic macrumors member

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    I use both FreeHand and Illsutrator and Illustrator is the better of the two. I also use Expression and love it as well. But to answer your question fully we'd need to know what your intended use is.
     
  8. Mr. Monsieur thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good point...at present I'm designing a logo by hand, which I plan on scanning and then manipulating to load quickly and to look slicker on-line.
     
  9. Mr. Monsieur thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? Where? How? Please tell me!
     
  10. russed macrumors 68000

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    follow the link about 4 posts up!
     
  11. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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    Expression is one of the best I've used and I found quite good for cartoon style drawing (I used it to draw a picture Invader Zim-a character on a Nickelodeon show of the same name )
     
  12. neilrobinson macrumors 6502

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    a program that comes with the newer G5's omni graffiti or something like that does it, it seems to be ok.
     
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  14. reckless_0001 macrumors 6502

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    I saw this on TechTV's Screensaver show...

    it was originally called "Killustrator" then they got sued and changed the name to.. Karbon14

    Supposed to be really good FREE alternative...

    http://www.koffice.org/karbon/
     
  15. Inkmonkey macrumors 6502

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    Roaring Rhesus Monkeys! I want so bad to learn one of these vector programs but I find them so intimidating. I downloaded Expression 3 but haven't tried it yet. Anyone have any tips, resources, or books to recommend?
     
  16. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Wow, that ones comes a little close to being like Illustrator. Thats awesome.
     

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