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Best Free Image Viewer for Linux
  • XnView

    "Fast, lots of features, very manageable, many plug-ins, supports nearly any OS." (Review)

 

Best Free Image Editor for Linux
  • Luminance HDRGIMP

    "Currently the only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor.

    If you are inexperienced at using image editing programs GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on as it has a steeper learning curve but it is feature rich. It has lots of advanced features and can do almost everything the Photoshop can do.

    Its multi-windowed interface makes it a little unusual if you're used to a windows program." (Review)

  • Pinta

    A simplified alternative to GIMP and modelled after the popular Windows program Paint.Net, Pinta is good for average users and includes most basic features including common drawing tools, resizing and cropping, adjustments and effects for tweaking images as well as supports for multiple layers.

 

Best Free Paint Program for Linux
  • Luminance HDRMyPaint

    Designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets, MyPaint allows you to use a large collection of brushes including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, with color changers and opacity controls, unlimited canvas and basic layer support.

    You can also download and import more brush packages for use with the application.

 

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Linux
  • Luminance HDRLuminance HDR

    Luminance HDR (previously known as Qtpfsgui) is an open source graphical user interface program and a high quality application to provide a workflow for high dynamic range imaging.

    It has great tone-mapping and aligning facilities, allowing for 8, 16 and 32 bit channels and two means of manually manipulating the image.

 

Best Free Photo Organizer for Linux
  • digiKam

    A digital photo management program designed to import, organize, enhance, search and export image files. With this you can add comments and tags to albums, view and edit items, create slideshows and calendars, and share your creations.

 

Best Free Vector Graphics Editor for Linux
  • Inkscape

    "A top product enhanced by an excellent user interface and the impressive set of tutorials, helps wean the user away from the world of digital images to the nodes, lines, curves and shapes that form the basis of vector editing." (Review)

 

Best Free Digital Image Stitcher for Linux
  • Hugin

    A GUI front-end of Panorama Tools allows you to stitch overlapping digital photos taken from the same location into a complete panorama, with advanced features and workflow options such as correction of exposure and white balance, generate HDR, supporting a full range of cameras and lenses, multiple rows of photos, cropping, masking, control points, optimizer and more.

 

Best Free CAD Program for Linux
  • Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3D

    "This software package is sure to tickle every bone in your body. You can model your dream home, along with all of its cherished appointments, and then watch it come to life. You can start simple with just the bare walls or import an image of your intended floor plan to serve as a basis for the design-to-be.

    The user interface is as intuitive as it gets; drag and drop furnishings from the built-in catalog onto your floor plan. Clear graphic handles then make it easy to edit the items. Once you've finished your home design and tweaked every niche and corner to your liking, the fun has only just begun." (Review)

  • BlenderBlender

    "A complete software package for 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, animation and physics. It has a complex but merciful user interface, and the entire repertoire of its capabilities are made available through a scripting language, so the creation of 3D games beckons.

    The software can import from and export to more than 20 different file formats. There is a large and growing community of Blender users who've already contributed numerous add-on scripts that can make your going easier. If it can be imagined then it can be realized, with Blender freeware." (Review)

 

Best Free QR Code Generator and Decoder for Linux
  • BlenderQtQR

    A graphical frond-end for python-qrtools allows you to easily create and decode QR codes, supporting URL and other data type, configurable pixel and margin sizes, error correction, and save QR Codes in png format.

    You can also use it to decode a QR image from a file on your computer or captured on a Webcam. (Note: Install python-qrtools in your system before installing qtqr; both debian and rpm packages are available.)

 

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by Panzer on 22. March 2014 - 9:19  (115178)

Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions, the right way:
https://asciinema.org/

by Panzer on 17. March 2014 - 10:25  (115069)

Something for the kids:

Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
http://ri-li.sourceforge.net/

by Ancaeus on 17. March 2014 - 6:00  (115062)

Picasa 3 is apparently no longer available for Linux. At least, the website (picasa.google.com) claims that it is "not currently available for your operating system." I am running Ubuntu. And, I tried the download page with both Chrome and Firefox, just to rule-out some kind of browser--OS recognition problem.

The Ubuntu Software Center still offers Picasa. But this version causes my whole computer to freeze. I was hoping that a software update would fix this problem. Alas, it is not to be.

by Jojo Yee on 17. March 2014 - 6:20  (115064)

Thanks for your comment Ancaeus. Picasa for Linux is no more supported by the developer. It has now been removed from the list.

According to Google's Official Blog, the WINE-based version of Picasa for Linux was launched in 2006 as a Google Labs project. They were deprecating Picasa for Linux during the Spring cleaning.

by vandamme on 25. February 2014 - 14:01  (114644)

Video editors: PiTiVi is improving quickly and deserves a look. KDenLive has always been reliable for me. OpenShot is easy and quick, kind of like Windows Movie Maker (except it works).

by Panzer on 6. February 2014 - 10:10  (114283)

gdiskdump:
https://launchpad.net/gdiskdump

I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z:
https://launchpad.net/i-nex

Marlin - a sleek and fast GTK3 file manager:
https://launchpad.net/marlin

bro pages show concise, common-case examples for Unix commands:
http://bropages.org/

by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:24  (114203)
by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:11  (114202)

TimeShift is a system restore utility which takes incremental snapshots of the system using rsync and hard-links. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo all changes that were made to the system after the snapshot was taken. Snapshots can be taken manually or at regular intervals using scheduled jobs:
https://launchpad.net/timeshift

FFmpeg Little Helper - an easy to use FFmpeg code generator:
http://rodrigopolo.com/ffmpeg/

by Panzer on 28. January 2014 - 9:12  (114025)

TLP – Linux Advanced Power Management:
http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:30  (113957)

BaShare (Basic Share) is a very simply and user-friendly file sharing tool over the Internet and private LAN too:
http://code.google.com/p/bashare/

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:19  (113956)

Newspaper: Article scraping & curation:

Features:

* Works in 10+ languages (English, Chinese, German, Arabic, ...)
* Multi-threaded article download framework
* News url identification
* Text extraction from html
* Top image extraction from html
* All image extraction from html
* Keyword extraction from text
* Summary extraction from text
* Author extraction from text
* Google trending terms extraction

http://newspaper.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by Panzer on 22. January 2014 - 9:44  (113864)
by Panzer on 21. January 2014 - 8:52  (113811)
by Panzer on 18. January 2014 - 8:38  (113687)

Fedora Utils lets you install codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like MP3 codecs, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc.:
http://satya164.github.io/fedorautils/

by spilot on 15. January 2014 - 17:53  (113626)

For my money (so to speak), Homebank is a much better personal banking app than GnuCash and should be included in the banking category.

by Jojo Yee on 16. January 2014 - 9:21  (113649)

Many thanks for your kind comment Spilot. For your info, Homebank has been included in our category review article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-personal-finance-software.htm

In most cases, this list covers the software products with Gizmo's top picks in each category review.

by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2014 - 18:24  (113631)

Out of interest, found a review/comparison of HomeBank here. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/72338.html

by Panzer on 10. January 2014 - 13:58  (113512)

kalu is a small application that will add an icon to your systray and sit there, regularly checking if there's anything new for you to upgrade. As soon as it finds something, it'll show a notification to let you know about it (for Archers only):
http://jjacky.com/kalu/

by Panzer on 9. January 2014 - 8:55  (113495)

"... ICEcoder is an open-source browser code editor, which provides a modern approach to building websites. By allowing you to code directly within the web browser, online or offline, it means you only need one program (your browser) to develop sites, plus can test on actual web servers ... Conversely, ICEcoder is lightweight (under 1.2mb including all plugins) and boots in seconds (often 1-2s). Oh, and it's also free ...":
http://icecoder.net/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 9:06  (113401)

"... Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past ...":
http://www.vagrantup.com/about.html

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:50  (113400)

"... CMPlayer is a multimedia player. It is aimed for easy usage but also powerful features. It provides various features and convenience functions. Just install and enjoy it ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cmplayer/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:46  (113399)

"... Syncplay synchronises the position and play state of multiple media players so that the viewers can watch the same thing at the same time. This means that when one person pauses/unpauses playback or seeks (jumps position) within their media player then this will be replicated across all media players connected to the same server and in the same 'room' (viewing session). When a new person joins they will also be synchronised ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syncplay/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:11  (113376)

"... The git-annex assistant creates a synchronised folder on each of your OSX and Linux computers, Android devices, removable drives, NAS appliances, and cloud services. The contents of the folder are the same everywhere. It's very easy to use, and has all the power of git and git-annex ...:
https://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:10  (113375)

"... The goal of Sayonara is to be a small, clear, not yet platform-independent music player. Low CPU usage, low memory consumption and no long loading times are only three benefits of this player. Sayonara should be easy and intuitive to use and therefore it should be able to compete with the most popular music players ...:
https://code.google.com/p/sayonara-player/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:09  (113374)

"... LongoMatch is a free video analysis software for sport analysts with unlimited possibilities: Record, Tag, Review, Draw, Edit Videos and much more ...":
http://longomatch.org/index.php
http://longomatch.org/features.php

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:07  (113373)

"... oterm is a web browser unix terminal. It serves a console so you can access your server from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection. It effectively is an xterm in a browser. It emulates xterm commands, which are very similar to vt100 commands ...":
http://www.coralbits.com/oterm/

by Panzer on 18. December 2013 - 8:54  (113024)

"... Matterhorn is a free, open-source platform to support the management of educational audio and video content. Institutions will use Matterhorn to produce lecture recordings, manage existing video, serve designated distribution channels, and provide user interfaces to engage students with educational videos ...":
http://opencast.org/matterhorn/

by daviodan on 16. December 2013 - 20:45  (112985)

The Mobile Media Converter is a free audio and video converter for converting between popular desktop audio and video formats like MP3, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis Audio (ogg), Wave Audio (wav), MPEG video, AVI, Windows Media Video (wmv), Flash Video (flv), QuickTime Video (mov) and commonly used mobile devices/phones formats like AMR and 3GA audio (amr) and 3GP video. iPod/iPhone and PSP compatible MP4 video are supported. Moreover, you can remove and add new formats or devices through the internet.
http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverter.php

by Panzer on 7. December 2013 - 9:16  (112820)

SavageXR - Free Real-Time Strategy Shooter:
http://www.savagexr.com/

by Panzer on 16. November 2013 - 7:58  (112259)

pySioGame - is a set of pretty simple activities aiming to teach children some of the basic skills. It turned out that pySioGame focuses mainly on teaching maths but it also covers areas such as abc, reading, writing, colors, memory and more:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pysiogame/

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