Does anyone else agree? They are a huge company and they have a monopoly in the design sector. Where are the pro alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (I know about Quark Xpress but they have lost share) and Dreamweaver? Since Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005 this monopoly has grown to gigantic proportions. I managed to get Adobe & Macromedia software for my first Mac in 2002 whch I bought to support a Multimedia course. As I was a student, I could get the software at a greatly reduced price. Of course, it's now so old that I am not eligible for an upgrade and so would have to pay about £1700 to get it replaced. There are, of course open-source alternatives but they are woefully short of the functionality of the industry standard programs and to a lesser degree the same is true of the cheap programs aimed at home users. Trouble is, Adobe charge huge money to buy their products (£600 for Photoshop alone) which is part of the problem. With some healthy competition there would be more incentive for innovation and prices would surely become more accessible. The next best thing I've found to Photoshop is a program called PhotoLine which contains many similar as well as some different features although it isn't as comprehensive in the colour selection, swatches, batch processing etc. However, at 59 it's definitely better value for money. Does Photoshop offer 10 times more features? I don't think so, hence my reasoning that, as Adobe basically ARE the creative software industry, they can charge whatever they like. I'd love to see some new upstarts challenge their dominance. Is this ever likely to happen or am I just being naïve here?