People often ask for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and other Adobe products, due to the fact that their prices are so high and you often need to upgrade frequently to keep up with consistent releases.
Truth be told as a web designer I haven't used Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator in almost 2 years, I retired them after I discovered Xara's Designer Pro 7.
This tool has become my number one Graphics and Photo editing tool over that past 2 years, It's 3 tools in one and is capable of Web Design, Graphics, and Photo editing. I still use Adobe Dreamweaver for web design framework because Designer Pro isn't quite yet up to par on the Web Design front, but it's pretty solid with everything else and their making constant updates.
When it comes to the learning curve, Designer Pro is by far much easier to use than any Adobe tool. After about a 20 minutes of using it you'll be on your way to doing almost anything you want. I recently used it to design the logo for Mixtapes.tv, I usually out source logos because for the life of me I can't design logos, not good ones at least. For some reason I pictured this logo a certain way that no other logo designer was bringing to reality, so I decided to give it a shot with the help of Designer Pro and below is what I came up with.
That was my first official logo with Designer Pro, I've been using it since back when it was called Xara Extreme but I never did a real good logo before. This logo is quite simple but don't think that's all that Designer Pro is capable of doing. Below are some logos, graphics and illustrations that other Designer Pro artists have put together.
And guess what? This isn't even close to the best stuff they have in the Artist gallery on the site.
In terms of affordability lets compare, a full version of Adobe Photoshop is $699, Adobe Illustrator is $599 and Adobe Dreamweaver is $399 which totals $1,697…Ouch! On the other hand a full version of Designer Pro costs $299, and you only need but look at the images above to see what it's capable of.
I didn't post any images of websites designed by Designer Pro (Too lazy) but it's a very capable Web Design tool as well which is probably only second to Dreamweaver and CoffeeCup.
Designer Pro is without a doubt the best alternative to Adobe Web Design and Graphics products.
Check out Designer Pro.
……Oh and Designer Pro is also the fastest graphics program available, period!