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6 Free Softwares For Designers That Are Absolutely Useful

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33 Responses

  1. Getting There... says:

    No Gimp? Hmmm…

  2. cssah says:

    thanks so much

  3. my PC Techs says:

    TrueSpace 7.6 is currently available for free and is a high quality 3D rendering application. I use it on a regular basis for graphics in my web designs.

  4. Gary Simon says:

    “The 6 Free Softwares For Designers That Are Absolutely Useful” Keyword being “Absolutely”, come on… seriously?

    Would you come up to your friends and say, “Here are 6 free softwares for designers that are ABSOLUTELY useful!” – You’d get kicked in the nuts for sounding ridiculous..

    Cut it out with the buzzwords, I like this blog aside from that fact.

  5. Hinh anh dep says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Greg Bulmash says:

    You show a screenshot of Synfig running on Mac, but when Mac users go to download it… “MacOS X: Taken offline, please see bug 1686495. Patches and volunteers to create new packages are welcome. Until someone volunteers, you can build it yourself or install via fink.”

  7. Crowd says:

    Still missing the GIMP too

  8. Coward says:

    Clarification: free as in beer, not free as in speech

  9. Kryztoval says:

    Ok, what about:

    Blender (a 3D modeler)
    Picasa (a picture browser)
    Inkspace (a vector drawing)

    there are too many to choose from, what would make your suggestions betters than others? :|

  10. Leye says:

    Great resource. Please are you aware of any open source alternatives to Dreamweaver and Flash?

  11. Don says:

    Well – I have been trying to do a simple cover for a DVD case in Scribus, and it is pretty flakey still. I have been trying to use styles but the same style seems to be displayed in different ways and sizes in different places. And snap to guide should be called glue to guide.

  12. Don says:

    Oh – and for the font nuts – Fonty Python lets you create font sets and easily enable/disable them.

  13. uiew says:

    I use gimp , it’s a free software open source for Design , Great App , Thank you Smashing ;l)

  14. Banago says:

    Where is Inkscape man?

  15. Jason says:

    Artweaver looks very similar to photoshop no?

  16. Noname says:

    Inkscape and Gimp don’t have CMYK capability. But Gimp is far more recommendable than Paint.NER.

  17. cathrene says:

    It’s great to have these softwares but for proofing I love Proofmini because of easiness and free of cost.

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