Xara Designer Pro X9

Many designers, including me, are upset by Adobe’s announcement that henceforth its software will only be available through subscription for $50 per month. For PC users, Xara Designer Pro X9 might be an acceptable, though less powerful, alternative. I must make this disclaimer: I have never used this software and know nothing about it. 

http://www.xara.com/uk/press-center/designer-pro/

What if you are a Mac user like me? I only buy Macs for my personal use. Apple’s QuickTime Pro is a basic video editor that only costs $29. When you buy a Mac you get iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband, which are pretty good programs. You can buy Adobe Photoshop Elements for the Mac pretty cheaply. You can download these 15 free apps for designers who use Macs.

http://www.marcofolio.net/features/top_15_free_mac_apps_for_graphic_designers.html