A curated list of design tools (many free) that can replace your paid software

2 days ago, I asked IH to share their favorite free alternatives for paid design software and made a response list. Thanks to all indie hackers who participated and shared their favorite stacks. Some of them are not free but said to be affordable and well worth the money.

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Let's go!

Other tools:

Feel free to add your favorite alternatives below and I'll update to this post.

If you know the founders/teams behind these amazing tools, please shout out their names.

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    Perhaps I would like to add a whole new category - UX research tools or something like the Design Feedback category. For those, my favorite is UXtweak (www.uxtweak.com). It has a very usable Free Plan and their Professional is affordable too.

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      Nice one, thanks for the addition, @UXNYCer. I just updated your suggestion to the list above.

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    Hey Musa,

    I am building Scale. I add a new high-quality illustration each day - free for commercial use with no attribution needed :). I have already added about 60 illustrations.

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      Hi Karthik,

      Scale looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. Would love to add Scale to the directory for UX/UI/graphic designers I'm building at Doesign.

      If you are interested, please complete this Product Form for founders and Scale will be automatically added to the database.

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        Thanks for the kind words Musa. I'll fill this right away!

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          Great, thank you! I'll notify you when I launch :)

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            Filled the form :)

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              Received it! Thanks again, Karthik.

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    Bookmarked. Thank you 😁🙌 Not a designer here, but I used Snapseed for a while for retouching pictures. It's free and I loved it.

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      Yesss me too. I've been using Snapseed since 2015 (I think) for Instagram photos. You should check out Lightroom Mobile. It's powerful, easy to use, and free!

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        Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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    Hi Musa,

    If you’re working on web designs with your team or client and always found sharing feedback a pain, I think you’ll love Pagereview. The free plan is ideal for those making small changes between the two of you.

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      Hi Jonathan,
      Thanks for sharing. Although I'm not a web designer, I'm sure Pagereview will be a great help for other web designers who needs collaboration out there.

      I'm building Doesign, a database directory for UX/UI/graphic designers. If you are interested, please complete this Product Form. Pagereview will be added to the database and available to the public when I launch.

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