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3. Best Free Image Tools for Linux


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 30. October 2012 - 21:03  (101622)

gpg4usb is a very easy to use small portable editor to encrypt and decrypt any text message/file:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 8:39  (101591)

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:

by Panzer on 26. October 2012 - 7:36  (101361)
by Panzer on 23. October 2012 - 9:59  (101214)

NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago:

by Panzer on 20. October 2012 - 7:47  (101095)

Alan creates the Openbox menu on-the-fly:

by Panzer on 19. October 2012 - 8:39  (101036)

Anamnesis is a clipboard history manager. It stores the clipboard history and offers an easy interface to do a full-text search on it.


* Stores all text copied to clipboard
* Graphics interface to query items from the clipboard
* Full text search on clipboard history
* Command-line tool

by Panzer on 18. October 2012 - 8:42  (100969)

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations:

Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility:

by Panzer on 17. October 2012 - 8:50  (100892)

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment:

Traverso DAW - Multitrack audio recording & editing:

Ardour - A multichannel digital audio workstation:

by Linuxis on 14. October 2012 - 21:14  (100765)

I bring news of an amazing fork of Assault Cube. Assault Cube Reloaded.
It's multiplatform, Windows,Mac and Linux and comes with a host of improvements.
Including several modes (Zombie,Vampire...etc;) realistic weapons and riccochet,
Anti-Cheat system, better voting and all sorts of other improvements *especially visual*
compared to the original Assault Cube.

Check it out, fps fans.

by Panzer on 12. October 2012 - 8:48  (100677)

Sonata is an elegant GTK+ music client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD):

PulseAudio is a proxy for your sound applications:

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:55  (100634)
by Panzer on 9. October 2012 - 7:45  (100529)

Zipwhip - Desktop Texting App:

by Linuxis on 3. October 2012 - 15:01  (100185)

The under appreciated browser brothers.

*not really related*

Midori: gtk webkit browser which is light but via builtin plugins capable of achieving some of the functionality latent in the big boys. *Such as userscripts, adblocking and mouse gestures, to name a few*

Qtweb: A small qt web browser with some basic privacy settings.

Qupzilla: A lightweight qt webkit browser with themes, *including native gtk-theme support*, adblocking, userscript support and form filling. *More features keep getting added*

Dooble: A unique browser to say the least. Qt and using webkit, this browser is very privacy-centric and sporting some features I've never seen anywhere, including launching terminal from within the browser and encoding, re-encoding every aspect of a website. Though what really stands out in this web browser is it's speed.
It has one of the fastest page loads I've seen on a linux browser.


by Panzer on 3. October 2012 - 7:49  (100162)

TuxOnIce is most easily described as the Linux equivalent of Windows' hibernate functionality, but better. It saves the contents of memory to disk and powers down. When the computer is started up again, it reloads the contents and the user can continue from where they left off. No documents need to be reloaded or applications reopened and the process is much faster than a normal shutdown and start up:

by Steeleye (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 20:51  (100014)

Abiword and Scribus are major parts of the reason i still have Windows on my machine.

I found the learning curve on Scribus ridiculously steep and the interface less than wonderful.

Serif's PagePlus on Windows is superior in my experience.

I seldom use a full-fledged word processor (like, say, Word) because they are bloated and overly complex. I use EditPad Lite for text entry and editing, and then, if i need anything beyond that, import the files to PagePlus.

If i could get PP (and a couple of miscellaneous other programs) to run under WINE, i might switch primarily to Linux.

by Linuxis on 1. October 2012 - 17:01  (100048)

There's a native version of scribus for linux.

by Panzer on 1. October 2012 - 9:53  (100031)

You can use Abiword on Linux as well.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 6:40  (101495)

The OP dislikes Abi & Scribus. He was lamenting on no way to run PagePlus on Linux, otherwise he'd ditch Windows for it.

by Linuxis on 28. September 2012 - 17:22  (99916)

Songbird was to linux what Winamp was to windows. Except bulky and slow.
But since Songbird is no longer updated for linux, there is this.

Nightingale is music collection manager and player for linux. It's surprisingly fast, it feels faster then firefox. And supports addons so I find myself using it for web browsing more then firefox, and it plays music. *Even better*

by Panzer on 28. September 2012 - 10:54  (99904)

Ease is a modern desktop presentation application for GNOME, with Clutter-based visuals:

by Linuxis on 27. September 2012 - 22:04  (99880)

Wow! The linux section has come alive. Much more new stuff since the last time I was here. I've learned of all sorts of new and interesting programs.

You all are doing awesome!

My favorite word processors are ;TED and wordgrinder.


Wordgrinder is a small terminal based word processor.
And TED is a very small word processor, smaller then abiword but compatible with microsoft word docs and able to save text to .rtf formats. Ted is also extensible with plugins.

I'm currently using Instantbird for my messenger.

Instantbird is built on the gecko engine and supporting a wide variety chat protocols. And since it's based on firefox, it supports addons.

It's the most userfriendly and configurable instant messenger I've used.

I hope these suggestions are good.

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:49  (100633)

For those who don't know: Ted and Ted Notepad are not one and the same software (the latter is for Windows only).

by Panzer on 27. September 2012 - 9:43  (99835)

Nevernote (NixNote) - An open source client for Evernote:

* Synchronizes with Evernote servers
* Local data caching
* Cross platform
* Local-only and synchronized notebooks supported
* Database may be encrypted locally

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:55  (99719)

Laptop Mode Tools is a laptop power saving package for Linux systems. It allows you to extend the battery life of your laptop, in several ways. It is the primary way to enable the Laptop Mode feature of the Linux kernel, which lets your hard drive spin down. In addition, it allows you to tweak a number of other power-related settings using a simple configuration file:

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:40  (99716)

TexMaker - Free cross-platform LaTeX editor:

by Panzer on 21. September 2012 - 8:15  (99541)

SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux (beta) works with all Linux distributions for PCs with glibc 2.2.5 or higher:

Tunlr for Linux lets you stream content from sites like Netflix, Hulu, MTV, CBS, ABC, Pandora and more to your PC:

by Panzer on 17. September 2012 - 9:06  (99365)

imPcRemote Free is a remote support tool that enables instant, secure, and trouble-free connections between remote computers over the web:

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 8:26  (101497)

The website says, "Mac & Windows" only?

Have you installed this somehow to Linux & used it successfully?

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:38  (101499)

Edit: my bad.

For some reason it only shows Mac & Windows on the main screen, but when you go into the actual list of downloads, Linux shows up as a supporting OS.


by Anupam on 28. October 2012 - 8:30  (101498)

Site clearly states for Windows, Linux and Mac. Mentioned on the RHS of the page too.

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