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Scribus

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing program that can be used for a variety of purposes. Common products designed with the software include but are not limited to fliers, brochures, posters and newspapers. In utilizing WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) forms of page composition and layout, Scribus aims to compete with the likes of Adobe InDesign and QuaekXPress, both of which are its main commercial competitors. Support for the CMYK color model and Scalable Vector Graphics also help to establish its presence as a well-suited alternative to said programs for those on a tight budget. Though, for better or worse, it lacks support for proprietary file formats used by its competitors; users should still be content knowing that this is free software and, after all, it’s the final product that matters, and Scribus delivers on that with ability to export to PDF and various other print-ready formats used by the industry at large.

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Aviary

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Adobe’s Creative Suite is where it’s at if you want to get serious about any sort of professional work in the multimedia field. For this reason, and perhaps a few others (such as piracy or greed, whichever comes first), one would find that the prohibitive cost of entry as dictated by Adobe is forcing many to look for alternatives. The Aviary suite of web-based applications is hoping to change that, at least for small-time or amateur artists, by making its offerings widely accessible and free of charge. Users of the service are able to create, edit, enhance images and audio in relative depth, employing several features found in commercial products (layer editing comes to mind). Ease of use, coupled with unrivaled accessibility, is sure to make this a crowd favorite once more apps start to take off.

LMMS

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Linux MultiMedia Studio–or LMMS–is a digital audio workstation that is able to create, arrange and mix music from scratch. Its principal of operations is similar to FruityLoops(now FL studio), and is readily accessible to beginners. Those of you that are new to music creation can familiarize yourself to the application by using the default preset of sound effects&loops, dragging them onto a timeline and watching it play out in a symphony of notes. As such, it bears resemblance to GarageBand on the Mac OS X and is also capable of letting the end-user bring in his/her own effects and sounds into play. For more advanced methods of creation, there’s the various editors in which you may manually sequence loops, mix effects and whatnot.

Gimp

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a free image editor comparable often touted as a viable replacement to Photoshop. It boasts a powerful feature set that is beyond most, if not all freeware editors available to the general public at this moment. This bold claim is backed up by its immense capability such as through the use of layer editing, channel mixing and customizable brushes. Built-in filters and image creation tools are also of noteworthiness; or if you find its default selection lacking, extensions can be used to improves upon or add to the functions of GIMP. Though the absence of certain features would have some deeming the software inferior to Photoshop, its progress so far will still impress amateur artists, photographers or those in favor of open-source development in general.

KompoZer

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

KompoZer is a HTML editor that utilizes WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) authoring of web pages. Originally intended as the successor to the now defunct Nvu editor, it has the potential to become an open source alternative to Adobe’s Dreamweaver. Creating your very own web page is as easy as typing up a word document, though more advanced options such as importing images are also available to the end user. Those familiar with HTML will be happy to know that you can also view&edit the source by hand if desired. Given the fact that it still has a long way to go to rival Dreamweaver, the program would make a nice addition to the amateur library of any curious web designer should you be in the market for a freebie.

The complete online desktop service

June 8, 2008 1 comment

Glide digital is an early prototype online desktop service with over two dozen useful tools for the user, and hosting a 5GB data storage free of charge for the average user. Some of the basic tools are a photo editor, calendar, email, and a social network group. But what really attracted me to this is its 3 main tools (crunch, present and write), and some of you might have guessed already that these 3 tools are an alternative to Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint/Word, respectively. Though not fully featured, it is 100% internet-based nonetheless, meaning that you can host all of your documents and files online providing ease of access whenever there is internet connections available. With further development and polish, Glide might even be a threat to serious competitor such as Google Docs.