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KBlogger: Nvu, the GIMP, and OpenOffice.org
rhysara From: rhysara Date: July 8th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The secret to adobe acrobat (the full version) isn't that it let's you make .pdf files, lots of things let you create .pdfs, indeed most of the programs I have on my machine let me do it. the thing that acrobat lets you do that none of those others do, is link .pdfs together to create giant!pdfs. When you're dealing with text stuff or the type of document you would write in office, it can all be done in those programs and acrobat is unnecessary.

It's only when you're making large graphic intensive, specifically laid out files that acrobat becomes necessary. For example, I've used it when i've wanted to make digital files of brochures or booklets where every page was done as a graphic layout in illustrator or photoshop (as opposed to laid out in word). This allows me to preserve all the niceties of the layout by simply linking graphic .pdf files. If the files didn't have to maintain the exact layout of the print versions I could otherwise easily throw them into office and use that basic .pdf thing. Unfortanately, the linking thing is still an acrobat thing.

Also, you are correct about Gimp being a very powerful graphic tool. It is modeled very closely on photoshop (w/ regard to features) far more closely than paint shop pro. Unfortunately it is just a tiny bit off which (to those of us who have invested thousands of hours of our lives into using photoshop), is just irritating enough to make it not worth trying to use. As a result i think for the most part the people who require the features of photoshop for what they do (graphic designers, etc) have spent so much time as students and as professionals using photoshop (as it's the industry standard), that switching isn't worth the effort. In my case I'm happier with an older version of photoshop that I could use in my sleep, than taking the time to learn the nuances and arrangements of something new. (I always seem to get clients who need things done in a hurry, and I can whip things out in .pds without even having to think about what I'm doing). So really the best converts are those who are using it for fun or who are just starting out and haven't yet been sucked into the world of adobe.

yes, yes. adobe has me brainwashed, i know there are very good free programs out there, but I've been using adobe stuff for so long and it's so ingrained that I can't seem to break free.

Also, I've yet to see a decent replacement for illustrator and I'll tell you that illustrator adn photoshop are too closely linked in everything I do, (Illustrator is vector based graphics vs photoshop which is pixel based) and I rarely use one wihtout the other, typically I go back and forth between them, importing and exporting from one to the other, back and forth, hundreds of times in the course of a project.

I'm going to stop rambling now.