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Blender is a free 3D animation program. It can be used for modelling, wrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.

Blender is available for several operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, IRIX, Solaris, FreeBSD, SkyOS, MorphOS and Pocket PC. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max and Maya. These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body dynamics, fluid dynamics, and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and an embedded scripting engine based on Python.


Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development


K-3D features a robust plugin architecture and visualization pipeline, designed to scale to the needs of professional artists. K-3D has been written from the ground up to generate motion picture quality animation using RenderMan render engines. We strongly recommend the Aqsis render engine for use with K-3D.


Krita is a painting and image editing application for KOffice. Krita is part of KOffice since version 1.4. Krita supports many managed colorspaces, like rgb, grayscale, cmyk, lab, ycbcr and lms, in 8 and 16 bits per channel. Some colorspaces even support 32 bits per channel! With the development of KOffice 2.0, all these colorspaces will be available to all KOffice applications that need color management. An experimental watercolor colorspace that tries to follows the physics of paint is included in 1.5.

Krita can import RAW images in 8 and 16 bits per channel and load and save the usual image formats: tiff, png, jpeg. Other image formats, like xcf, can imported and sometimes exported through the GraphicsMagick import/export plugin, but are not fully supported.

There is a rich set of filters for image enhancement, color enhancement and artistic reinterpretation of your image.

Krita is a very modular application and if you want, you can easily extend Krita by creating new tools, paint modes, filters, dialogs, colorspaces and import and export filters. Most of these plugins are described in the "Developing Krita Plugins" document. Krita also has an extensive user manual.


LightZone is a photo browser and editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux. LightZone is like Photoshop and the Gimp, but it´s easier to use and it´s focused on photography. It features RAW file support, high-fidelity color space management, non-destructive editing, and color-managed printing and export. It´s mostly written in Java and the larger tarball includes a Java runtime environment. It requires no privileges and runs no install scripts. LightZone is copyrighted by Light Crafts Inc. of Palo Alto, CA. Light Crafts has said it´s OK to give away the Linux version of LightZone in binary form, but they don´t sell it, they don´t support it, and if you contact them about it they will ignore you. Please leave them alone, and write Anton Kast instead.


Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer. Because it depends only on PyGTK, Mirage is ideal for users who wish to keep their computers lean while still having a clean image viewer.

  • Supports png, jpg, svg, xpm, gif, bmp, tiff, and others
  • Cycling through multiple images (with preloading)
  • Slideshow and fullscreen modes
  • Rotating, zooming, flipping, resizing, cropping
  • Saving, deleting, renaming
  • Custom actions
  • Command-line access
  • Configurable interface

Sodipodi is a free software vector graphics editor released under the GNU GPL. It is designed specifically around the SVG standard, using the file format (with some extensions to hold metadata) as its native storage format.

It will import and export plain SVG data, and can also export raster graphics in PNG format. The user interface of Sodipodi is a Controlled Single Document Interface (CSDI) similar to The GIMP.


SVGpage is a pyGTK application to view and convert to and from vector SVG graphics, acting as a frontend for Autotrace. In addition to SVG files the application is able to open PNG, GIF, JPG (including Exif), BMP and XPM. It can save as SVG, PNG or JPG.


Paint.NET is free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.


Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. Formely known as Xara LX, it is based on Xara Xtreme for Windows. The Xara Xtreme source code was made available open-source in early 2006, and is being ported to Linux. This process is almost complete and Xara Xtreme for Linux is available for download now.

  • Is very fast, very slick to use.
  • Offers some of the most powerful graphics tools available.
  • Is simple to use and learn.
  • Has a clean, un-cluttered user interface. Few floating dialogs, palettes, menus etc.
  • Is able to create a huge range of outstanding graphics.
  • Has a huge resource of learning material, tutorials, movies, tips and a very active enthusiastic and growing user community.