Open Source creative tools

Since I am tired to constantly recite this list whenever one of these designer-type people tells me that they need Adobe’s Whatever Suite to do some basic task here is a summary that I can point them to.

Vector Graphics

Inkscape (
Xara Extreme (

Raster Graphics

Gimp (

Desktop Publishing

Scribus (

Photo Editing

Gimp (see above)
Darktable (
RawTherapee (
Luminance HDR (
Layout Tools (DTP): Scribus (

3D Modelling & Animation

Gimp (see above + plugins)
Blender (

Video Editing

CinelerraCV (
OpenShot (

Audio Editing

Audacity (
Ardour (

Before anybody thinks this is to start a flame-war – I don’t have a problem with a creative professional whose livelyhood depends on this work needing a professional package such as Adobe Creative Suite. I do however have a problem when some graduate or work-experience kid dabbling in graphics tells me he can not do this with anything else. Hopefully this list helps to open some minds ….

Author: Leo Gaggl

ict business owner specialising in mobile learning systems. interests: sustainability, internet of things, ict for development, open innovation, agriculture

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