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Author Topic: Favorite graphic applications  (Read 4278 times)
blurymind
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« on: October 24, 2007, 04:45:30 am »

Decided such a thread would be nice...

so here's what i use:

key applications:

3-D:
google sketchUp6+wine (i know how to make it work alright)
blender/z-brush...altho im experimenting...i wanna learn 3d

graphic editing:
Gimp 2.4 (better tool organisation+the new tools are awesome),
gogh (nice one for a tablet),altho still poor
myPaint ( http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~mrenold/mypaint/  )- immitates corelpainter,its an interesting piece of software

wine: photoshop,opencanvas,image analyzer (awesome freeware tool)

Batch processing:
PHATCH!
http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=2189
absolutelly love this one! Needs the python imaging library

kde image menu (kim) - needs too many libraries to run, i havent used it from a while,because phatch is better in many ways.

vector fgraphics:
something at which i am a beginner... i use inkscape,because xaraLX doesnt support tablets yet

Organisation/Photo editing:
Picasa

quick publishing:
kflickr- for those who have a flickr account

Scanning:
first of all,i just want to state that SANE is terrible.It doesnt work right with my scanner,no matter the distro...at their website it says compability should be alright,but it isnt at all.Sane sucks.
Instead i use Vuescan. It is shareware,but easy to find a serial number..altho these guys deserve a good pat on the shoulder and one should really pay for it to sponsor them.
http://www.hamrick.com/
Vuescan worsk flawlessly,and it fully supports my scanner,and i believe it is alot better than sane or its frontends.It just is,try it.

Drivers:
wacom drivers for linux (wacom-tools). They were kinda hard to install and set.I think of making a package with an automated script to do that  Tongue Sadly the gui frontends to set a wacom are poor on linux and kinda hard to find. I also use Expresskeys to make the tablet buttons work with gimp.

so,lets liven up this forum.Which are your favorite apps?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2007, 05:03:53 am »

Hey, you named all of them already...
I think linux has covered this angle pretty well. I like inkscape very much, but I think the interface is a little hard. The interface is not something to experiment with, imo. Just use the regular stuff people is used to.
In the other hand, I like Blender layout, people complains about it, but I think is pretty straightforward, just push the button! (yeah I know, the question is which one) BTW, I am working in a blendered vl logo, I wonder why vl is missing a big, 3d, nice "V". 
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2007, 05:06:33 am »

I tend to do most of my graphics work in the GIMP (btw, version 2.4 was just released); with a significant amount of that being done in the GAP (GIMP Animation Package) and much experimenting with MATHMAP. Dave's Batch Processor also makes a nice addition.

I recommend ImageMagick for command line batch processing of images. PHATCH looks like a nice approach -- I will need to give that a try.

I generally use GQVIEW to browse image files, though I am not particularly thrilled with its lack of deleting/moving capabilities. I will need to find a better tool for organizing my files.

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007, 05:22:33 pm »

I'm trying to get some skills with the Gimp. There are things about it I like, but a lot that I'm not really happy with. I am looking forward to Gimp 2.4. I like Photoshop Elements 4 much better and if push comes to shove and I get frustrated with the Gimp, I either reboot to Windows or switch back to Windows if I'm using VL in a virtual machine.

I've used Inkscape some and would like to get good with it. In Windows I used CorelDraw. For vector graphics I've also used OOo Draw.

For photo organizing and quick and dirty edits I use Picasa for Linux. I also like GQview. My main problem with GQview is that it doesn't do IPTC keywords. I won't use a photo organizer that doesn't do IPTC keywords because I don't want to do the work twice, and I want the keywords to be available in both Linux and Windows.

I don't do 3D, so haven't looked into that. For video editing I haven't found anything in Linux that is as good for my purposes as what I use in Windows, so on the infrequent occasions that I'm doing video editing, I do it in Windows.

I have one Linux partition with a Wine that works nicely, and I like to use the wonderful Irfanview there. Irfanview works almost perfectly under Wine.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007, 01:34:05 am »

stanford university had developed a vectorising tool with which you can convert bitmap graphics to svg graphics.This is very useful if you need hi-def images.  Grin

http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

very useful!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007, 05:14:14 am »

stanford university had developed a vectorising tool with which you can convert bitmap graphics to svg graphics.This is very useful if you need hi-def images.  Grin

http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

very useful!!

Looks good, thanks for pointing it, I will give it a try. Another good of SVG, they are based in plain text files, if you open one with a text editor you should see human readable source code.
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