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 ….

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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