Need Alternatives To Adobe Creative Suite?

I’m still slogging along under the weather, so today’s post will be another quickie, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it may not be of much value. Several weeks ago, I noticed composer, academic, and all around sharp knife in the drawer David MacDonald posted something on his Facebook wall about starting the process into migrating away from using Adobe Creative Cloud.

For many arts orgs and arts entrepreneurs, the painful price point for their software suite can be crazy painful. The trick is finding a suite of tools that can not only do the job but ease the transition process.

I reached out to David and asked if he would be willing to chronicle his experience for an article at ArtsHacker. Fortunately for all of us, he agreed.

The result is a remarkably detailed overview of his process, insights, and recommendations.

Breaking Up With Adobe

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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