Friday, September 26, 2014

Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) for the Creative Arts

Today, Art and Technology often go hand-in-hand. The following are links to selected 'open source' software & tools for use in the Creative Arts. If you have an interest in this area, you might want to try some of them out.
  • Art of Illusion - A free and open source 3D modelling and rendering studio.
  • - An open source business tool for art organizations or businesses that includes modules for ticketing, fundraising, constituent management, and more.
  • Audacity - A free and open source, cross-platform software tool used for recording and editing sounds.
  • Avidemux - Free and open source software designed for multi-purpose video editing that can be used with almost all known computer operating systems.
  • Blender - A free and open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.
  • Booktype - An open source platform to help you  write, publish, and/or print books.
  • Calligra Flow - An easy to use free & open source diagramming and flowcharting application.
  • DarkTable - An open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers.
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool. It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • Inkscape - An open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator or CorelDraw.
  • Kaltura - A community developed free and open source video management platform and applications.
  • KdenLive - A free and open source multi-track video editing tool.
  • Krita - A full-featured, open source sketching and painting application for digital artists
  • Mixxx - One of the most popular free and open source DJ software packages in the world.
  • MuseScore - Free and open source music composition and notation software.
  • MyPaint - An open source graphics application for digital painters.
  • Open Movie Editor - A free and open source video editing program, designed for basic movie making capabilities.
  • PhotoPrint - A free utility designed to assist in the process of printing digital photographs and posters.
  • Scribus - An open source desktop publishing system with and extensive graphics tools.
  • Shape Collage - An open source tool that allows you to create picture collages in any imaginable shape or form.
  • Synfig Studio - Free and open-source 2D animation software solution for creating film-quality animation using vector and bitmap artwork.
  • TuxPaint - A free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12.
  • VLC - A popular free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most CD, DVD,  and many other files & streaming protocols.
  • Xournal - A free and open source application for notetaking, sketching, and keeping a journal using a stylus on Tablet PCs and other platforms.
There are also a lot of other links to selected web sites with free, but not open source, online creative art tools: e.g. Flockdraw ; Phoenix; Pixlr; Frinika; Kristal ;Splashup.

If you know of some other great free and open source software and tools for use in the Creative Arts, please` share them with us.

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