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[–] Zednix 0 points 47 points (+47|-0) ago 

I'd buy winrar first.

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[–] Slayfire122 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

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[–] SirDigbyChikenCaesar 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I actually bought Winrar. Don't doxxx me bro.

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[–] SubspaceDistortion 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Alcohol.. Drink it and go to heaven.

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[–] ToTheMoonAlice 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] derram 1 points 26 points (+27|-1) ago 

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Wasn't CS1 accidentally released for free? I think I downloaded it. It's Pshop 7 + all the other creative suite stuff in the same generation. They had to make it publicly available to honor some sort of post support-cutoff license thing I think? It was only meant for actual CS owners, but some kind of fuck-up in the way it was supplied online made it essentially a free for all.

CS2: http://www.techspot.com/news/51316-adobe-offering-creative-suite-2-for-free-but-they-didnt-mean-to.html

Adobe turned off the old activation servers, and as a result it became impossible to legally reinstall the software and have the serial checked remotely.

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[–] mixedCase 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

but some kind of fuck-up in the way it was supplied online made it essentially a free for all.

It was easy to download and it would work as intended, but it was (and is) still illegal, as you have to own the license to it.

Too many people (even in the media) were seriously confused about this but they absolutely did not give it away for free.

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[–] DabbaDan 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You made my day.

e - On the off-chance, a polite nod to any Asylum Inmates of days past that happen to be wandering by. Take a sec to find Doc's email and shoot him a 'hello,' he'll appreciate it.

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[–] Fred 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

GIMP is fine for the casual user, but IIRC it can't work with RAW format, and doesn't do CMYK. The lack of PSD (though a given, since it's Photoshop's proprietary format) is mildly annoying. Also, having used Photoshop and GIMP, holy shit Photoshop's UI is so much better.

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[–] Alopix 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Shit. Link removed, guy below is correct.

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[–] prickballs 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

www.krita.org crowdfunded open source project with a GUI very similar to Photoshop. It's good.

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[–] bruinsdude 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

im pretty amateur at this kind of thing, but imo paint.net was pretty comparable in terms of ease of use. It lacked some features, but was pretty close to photoshop for me.

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[–] EmmetMcTaggart 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Affinity designer is where it's at.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLqlFpfHO30

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[–] twerkin_for_trayvon 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Is there a free lightroom replacement?

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[–] B3nd3r 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

see if one of those is useful for you

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[–] wesofx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

UFRaw is what I use for raw images from my Nikon.

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[–] GumbyTM 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] derram 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

No idea, I've never used it.

Going off the description, you could try Picasa if you don't mind google products.

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[–] Chiefpacman 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows is headed [in] this direction.

Video games even perhaps. Look at where that industry has gone in 10 years. I would not be surprised if, eventually steam charges a monthly account fee to play their games. Even if they did that right now, a lot of gamers would happily hand their money over.

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[–] NoRagrets 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

Mandatory https://www.gog.com plug.

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[–] Skyrock 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Actually completely owning a game and having access to it even without an online connection, even if the vendor should go belly up: Priceless.

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[–] Sword-and-Shield 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

GOG is amazing and I always recommend people to get the DRM-Free version of a game every chance I get.

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[–] mostlyfriendly 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thank you! I wasn't familiar. Excited to see an alternative.

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[–] lorlipone 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I've never in my life owned a legitimate copy of ANY Windows operating system. Fuck those guys. I mean, I use their software, I just can't imagine paying them for it.

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[–] torky 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That sounds like entitlement. I know its a buzzword used on gamers, but honestly, you're​ saying you use a service, but don't feel obligated to pay for it. It's not a public service or a right. I know Microsoft isn't the greatest company in the world, but even then, if you use their products, you owe them.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows is headed [in] this direction.

Almost all commercial software is headed in this direction. Even if you're not paying for a subscription in cash, you may well be paying for it in your personal data.

This is one reason why I stay the fuck away from things like cloud computing - you don't own the computer, someone else does. And they own the software and data, too. Now this isn't really cloud computing directly, but the cloud is part of the thrust of this (e.g. Windows 10 trying to drag users into a cloud-based OS, which is another "feature" it has).

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[–] jhaluska 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's partly a product of their own success and the cost of larger scale products. Newer software simply doesn't offer enough productivity advantages to justify the upgrade expense every year. The cost of development for products like Windows and Adobe means either they change their business model or go out of business..

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[–] Abe__Froman 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

That is bullshit.

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[–] hdawg25 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

What's even worse is that you cannot even do a one month subscription or a month to month subscription. I needed one more month of licensing to finish up a project before I switched to my company's license (currently a contractor, long story) and I was told by Adobe that my only option was to purchase a yearly subscription, paid monthly, and if I cancelled before the year was up, I would have to pay out the balance of the subscription fees up to the end of the year.

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[–] BrutusMaximus 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I hope they go bankrupt

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[–] ninjai 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

They're laughing at this comment all the way to the bank with their bags of money from SaaS

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[–] 8987086? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good thing is that a skilled programmer will one day say "Fuck yall, this aint right" and start making cracks for free. It is somewhat similar to crimes and laws: if you have extra harsh penalties for crimes, you will naturally have low average crime-rate but the crimes are gonna be more brutal. I might be wrong tho, the analogy makes somewhat sense to me, stop smoking weed ferref. They will never win. Imo the more they push this kind of things and shitty DRMs, piracy starts sounding like a logical move. You shouldnt be charged a fee for using a program. If you pay for it, you own it, if you really like it, donate to the developers. Boycot any company (if you can) that does shit like this.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Almost all commercial software is heading in this direction, or will sooner or later. In fact, this is the general thrust of things like cloud computing.

This is actually a very disturbing development, overall, and a continuous progression of preventing the user from controlling the computer they supposedly own (but in reality, don't). Ultimately it's part of the overall industry thrust such that only corporations really own computers, even if you paid for them. They want to systematically eliminate all independently operating computing equipment, and it's pretty obvious they'll do whatever it takes. All of the major technology companies seem to be pushing in this direction. Unfortunately a lot of people don't know (and in many cases, just flat-out don't care) that any of this is happening, nor the implications for the future.

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[–] prairie 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

a lot of people ... just flat-out don't care

This is the real and only answer. If people didn't put up with it, it wouldn't be happening. The real voting (with one's wallet) is where people fail daily.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Actually, I think that a lot of people would care if they knew. But it's not the sort of thing you can explain in an elevator ride, and it's not something that can easily rile up moral outrage. I'm afraid it's going to be a while before something slaps people in the face, and then it's going to be a long and painful slog to try to fix it, if it's even practical any longer at that point.

Plus, for all that "vote with your wallet" is espoused, there are often few alternatives, and those that are there are seriously expensive or seriously crippled in one way or another.. I can run, by myself, all the software I want on a "desktop" made out of a Raspberry Pi, for instance, but it's slow, low on storage, and requires technical know-how. Linux isn't something easily learned by a lot of people, and it can be intimidating trying to put together such a thing, plus that doesn't address incompatibility issues and any manual tweaks you might need to do. Eventually it starts looking like the way things are going for EULAs (which are a related topic, albeit not obviously), where it's fast approaching the point where you're free to reject all the EULAs you want, so long as you don't mind living in the woods.

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