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About a year ago I switched to Linux and was quite happy with RH 7.1 - even bought a 7.2. But I work in school publications and eventually had to switch back (to windows) because of Pagemaker, Photoshop (sorry, GIMP is ok but Photoshop still rules), Imageready, Illustrator, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver.
From what I've read and heard there is still no replacement/alternative/equivalent for these applications in Linux. I maybe wrong - is there?
Also, with the development of programs for OS X (like Adobe and Macromedia), Is there a possibility we may see these products available for Linux as well? I mean really written for Linux, not using WINE.
I would gladly pay (anyway my Boss would) for these products (or any good products for that manner).
makes a few dtp related apps. Try doing a search on Ice Sculptor on Amazon or whatnot. I haven't used that application but I've seen several favorable reviews of it that poised me on the precipice of dropping $70 or so for it.
looks promising, but not there yet.... hmmm, I sound like one of the reviews.
I guess this is one of the areas (dtp i mean) in linux that needs a couple of years under it's belt. I always say to myself I'm willing to wait, but blue screens and freezes that happen on the most inappropriate times really get to me.
Maybe I'm hoping that the big fishes of DTP (or any other field for that matter), start selling linux versions. Maybe I'm hoping that the makers of these applications recognize linux as a viable platform and add a version or line for it (not just win and mac).
But I would also like to see native linux applications mature on their own and develop to the extent that their quality actually makes a person think about switching to linux.
I gotta recommend LyX for typesetting stuff. The whole concept of it just makes so much sense that I'm amazed programs like Word or Pagemaker could be so popular. I've recently started using LyX, and love it. And yeah, there's similar stuff for emacs too (TeXmacs), though I haven't tried it (besides, I'm a Vim man )
What can Photoshop do that GIMP can't? (Well, actually Photoshop at the moment seems better for adding and laying out text elements, and there is that CMYK thing, though it looks like there's a plugin for that). But seriously, I've been a Photoshop user for almost 8 years now, and find that GIMP is plenty adequate for most things. Unless you're doing hard-core print preparation and stuff, GIMP fits the bill nicely.
Haven't used Illustrator much though, and haven't used Fireworks or Imageready at all. Browse around on freshmeat.net though, you are bound to find some good software that you didn't know about (mostly GPL, but some proprietary also).