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 ….

Install GIMP 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04

Since the latest version of GIMP has not been included in the main 12.04 repositories because it was not ready at release time you have to use a PPA at current.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

Gimp 2.8 Screenshot

TIP: Go to the “Windows” menu and select ‘Single-Window Mode’ to use Gimp in one window (see screenshot).