Just some of the apps we use...


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I really like how this software allows you to achieve great looking photo edits – no matter how extreme, or subtle, quick time!


This is the closest true alternative I could find that sits anywhere near Adobe Photoshop.

Affinity Photo has a sibling app for vector art called Affinity Design.


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I tend to neglect this one quite a lot. However, it always comes in handing for a quick photo synching solution, as well as off course managing your photos.

Its also pretty handy because of its seamless integration with other Apple software, by allowing easy access to your photos from within an Apple application….

I use this all the time for quickly resizing images and many other quick little editing tasks. Such as fixing screenshots, pngs, cropping, etc

I have an Adobe Creative Suite account, which I look forward to dipping into when the demand requires…


Me and this tool use to be everyday buddies for many years. Although, still the best for vector illustration. We’ve kind of gone separate ways. A phase maybe?

As dodgy as this software can sometimes behave. It has been pretty good at handling basic vector graphics tasks, such as drawing logo designs and relatively simple illustrations.

Now, if I had to, I’d say this is the nearest to Adobe Illustrator. Another Affinity product from Serif.



Use Xd for designing web pages or screens for prototyping and observing user experience for web and mobile apps.

Relatively easy to use and you can work with great precision.

Screen Design and Prototyping. Also very easy to use. However lacks a lot of the features found with Adobe Xd. However, still a great app. 

Okay, so when I decided to push the boat out a bit, regarding web design and development. And namely WordPress. MAMP is a very easy way to use your Mac as a server for running WordPress from your desktop.

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I like their angle on the idea of creating websites everyone can use. Shows that the people behind this app are both creative and responsible. Learn more


A more than useful apple equivalent to Microsoft Word.

As dodgy as this software can sometimes behave. It has been pretty good at handling basic vector graphics tasks, such as drawing logo designs and relatively simple illustrations.

If you know InDesign or Quark Express. This Affinity Publisher, Serifs answer to document publishing and design software.

Now, if I had to, I’d say this is the nearest to Adobe Illustrator. Another Affinity product from Serif.




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macOS apps that sit in my Applications Folder…

As a creator, your Applications Folder is a very important folder. It contains all the software, or rather, tools, that allows users to get things done more efficiently…

However, in many cases for the individual, it is the cost of equipment and software that creates a roadblock between these talented sources or individuals, from accessing the capability to readily progress forward with producing the high quality, desirable content or artwork to be proud of. 


Now, because we know that sometimes people that look and behave the same do not always like the same things. Some of us for example may handle a chaotic appearing workflow and call it ‘multi-tasking’, while others may prefer a one task at a time, step-by-step methodical workflow.

Over time you too may have come to the conclusion there are different interfaces that either keep you focused, or distracts you with a number of different items of information. Well, this is the sort of thing where experience with using a piece of software first-hand makes for a valuable insight.

Which is why, ultimately, your opinion is valuable in the mission to help creators untangle the clicks and links between creativity and technology.

For more software suggestions and insights check out the Software Folder Creator’s Glossary.

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Thrive SuitE for WordPress

Yes, Thrive Themes are raising their prices.

It had to happen sooner or later. With so much value being offered you can imagine the minds of current long term users;

 “ How much longer will this last?”
You could hear them say.

Well, unfortunately that time has come. And although, there is still the opportunity, during the Thrive Apprentice 4.0 new product feature reveal period, to get yourself through the door at the current super value for money price.

Good News

Thrive Apprentice 4.0 will be available as a
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