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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.

  • Krita

    A user-friendly and feature-rich sketching and painting application for raster images, complete with real-world painting materials and workflows, multiple brush engines, blending and wrap-around modes, advanced selection and masking tools, symmetry tools, drawing aids, filters, effects, layer and color management.

 

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 12. January 2013 - 8:16  (104416)

tcplay is a free, pretty much fully featured (including multiple keyfiles, cipher cascades, etc.) and stable TrueCrypt implementation.

This implementation supports mapping (opening) both system and normal TrueCrypt volumes, as well as opening hidden volumes and opening an outer volume while protecting a hidden volume. There is also support to create volumes, including hidden volumes, etc.:
https://github.com/bwalex/tc-play#readme

by Panzer on 9. January 2013 - 8:42  (104349)

Starbuck's FreePlayer is a simple and complete media player based on the powerful MPlayer project (version for Linux is still in testing phase):
http://www.labdv.com/freeplayer/

Subvein: Mutant Factions is a free multiplayer action game. It has over 20 weapons, a strategic skills system, crazy vehicles and countless user-generated maps. It's tactical, fast-paced and most importantly, fun:
http://subvein.net/

by Panzer on 8. January 2013 - 8:43  (104318)

gscan2pdf - A GUI to ease the process of producing a multipage PDF from a scan. It should work on almost any Linux/BSD machine.

Features

* Compatible with any SANE-capable scanner
* Crop, threshold & clean up scan
* Reorder pages via DND
* Write multi-page scan to PDF, DjVu or TIFF
* Write single scans to any format supported by ImageMagick
* Ocropus & tesseract support
* Place OCR output at boundary boxes supplied by Ocropus
* Incorporate PDF metadata in filename

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gscan2pdf/

Reditr was designed to serve as a simple to navigate client for Reddit:
http://reditr.com/

"... rTorrent is a text-based ncurses BitTorrent client written in C++, based on the libTorrent libraries for Unix, whose author's goal is “a focus on high performance and good code” ... On high-bandwidth connections, it claims to be able to seed at 3 times the speed of the official client ..."

http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/

by Panzer on 5. January 2013 - 10:14  (104243)

"... BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system ...":
http://www.busybox.net/about.html

by Panzer on 4. January 2013 - 8:52  (104215)

Sound Juicer is a clean, mean, and lean CD ripper:
http://burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer

Asunder is a graphical Audio CD ripper and encoder:
http://littlesvr.ca/asunder/

Rubyripper is a secure digital audio extraction application. It uses cdparanoia error correcting power and it's own secure ripping algorithm to make sure that a CD rip is done successfully and accurately:
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Rubyripper

by Jojo Yee on 4. January 2013 - 9:12  (104216)

Thanks Panzer. Asunder is on the list. Will check out the other two.

by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 9:24  (104164)

DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files:
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/

by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 8:57  (104162)

TideSDK - Create multi-platform desktop apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript:
http://www.tidesdk.org/

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